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Research Integrity Officer

IOP Publishing
Bristol / Hybrid / UK Remote
Negotiable salary + excellent benefits
Closing date
7 Dec 2022
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We are currently recruiting for an experienced and motivated Research Integrity Officer to join our Publishing team on a full time, permanent basis. 

The Research Integrity Officer’s (RIO) role is to contribute to the quality, reliability, and trustworthiness of IOP Publishing’s content by managing allegations of publication misconduct and correcting the scientific record. The RIO addresses allegations of misconduct promptly and consistently, in line with industry guidelines, owning and managing the majority of cases to conclusion, with support from the Research Integrity and Manager (RIM). The RIO will support the RIM in their goal to prevent and tackle emerging research integrity challenges and will work with cross-functional teams across the business to ensure goals and objectives are met and promoted.

What will you be doing?

Key job accountabilities:

Manage all investigations relating to allegations of research integrity misconduct, including but not limited to:

  • Responding to whistle-blowers;
  • Challenging communications with authors, reviewers and board members;
  • Interpreting plagiarism reports and assessing articles for potential duplication;
  • Escalating cases and queries to institutions, and responding to requests from them;
  • Preparing correction and retraction notices, working closely with production colleagues;
  • Update internal best practice and supporting materials as agreed with the RIM.

About you:

Successful applicants should demonstrate the following:

  • Scientific academic background is essential with a physics background desirable;
  • Extensive experience in an editorial role within journals publishing is required;
  • A demonstrable understanding of research integrity problems affecting the STM Publishing market is required;
  • Extensive experience of COPE workflows and guidelines is required;
  • Resiliency in handling escalated cases is required;
  • Experienced user of relevant software and tools (e.g. ScholarOne, iThenticate) is desirable.

What we offer:

In addition to a competitive salary, we offer employees an excellent pension scheme (up to 12% company contribution), discretionary annual bonus scheme, 25+ days holiday, standard 35-hour working week, volunteering days, and a comprehensive benefits package including private medical insurance, life assurance, as well as a range of flexible benefits such as cycle to work scheme, discounted gym membership and healthcare cash plan.  

Our modern and contemporary offices are based in the thriving city centre of Bristol, a stone’s throw away from Temple Meads train station, and within walking distance of Cabot Circus shopping centre, and numerous cafés and restaurants. Named on more than one occasion as the best city in the UK to live in, Bristol is a cosmopolitan and creative city boasting a historic harbour, internationally renowned cultural institutions and home to world-class festivals and events. 

As there will not be a requirement for the person in this role to be in the office weekly, we are open to considering applicants from a wider geographical area who are happy to travel to Bristol around once per quarter for meetings, annual appraisals, one to one and team meetings, subject to business needs.

To apply, please submit your CV and cover note through our careers site.  

About us: 

IOP Publishing is an international scientific publisher, through which leading-edge research is distributed worldwide. Our rapidly expanding journals programme is published alongside other sources of scientific information in the form of eBooks, magazines and conference proceedings. Other publications include easily accessible community and regional websites. We are a world leader in the development of electronic publishing for the scientific community and have offices in Europe, Asia and the US. Working in the interests of science and scientists, we aim to maximise the impact of the research we publish. 

IOP Publishing is central to the Institute of Physics, a not-for-profit society. Any financial surplus earned by IOP Publishing goes to supporting science through the activities of the Institute. With a continuing focus on growth, we recognise that every single person has a real part to play if we’re to achieve our aim of becoming the world’s leading publisher in our field. 

Vision Our vision is that diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) are built into our identity in a way that is both natural and sustainable and that is visible through the work we produce, our Ways of Being, our company branding, our professional networks and the colleagues and communities we serve and support.


IOPP profile imageIOP Publishing is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institute of Physics, a leading scientific society with a worldwide membership of physicists from all sectors. Complementing the Institute’s mission of promoting physics and bringing physicists together for the benefit of all, IOP Publishing provides a range of journals, ebooks, magazines, conference proceedings and websites for the scientific community. Any profits generated by the publishing company are used by the Institute to support science and scientists in both the developed and developing world.

Why work for us
IOP Publishing provides a friendly, positive, open, relaxed but purposeful environment. People who come to work here tend to stay. This is because it feels like you come to work with your friends, not just colleagues. We like to think that we’ve got the kind of environment that encourages people to do well and to enjoy what they do. We believe in treating each other with respect, providing an opportunity for you to contribute to our future. IOP Publishing is a great place to work.

Our success is made possible by the talent, energy and commitment of our people to the company and what we do. This success is founded on having the right people in the right place, in an environment in which they can flourish.

What we are looking for
As an organization, we are the sum of our parts. While we employ specialists in a range of fields, all our employees share a number of qualities and attributes: our people are professional and dedicated, talented and energetic. They work collaboratively to help us expand in a rapidly changing scientific landscape.

The IOP Publishing culture is one of growth, learning and innovation, and we are looking for people who want to develop, innovate and succeed; people who see the exciting opportunities that digital publishing has to offer.

UK, USA, China, Japan and Russia

Number of employees

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Editorial assistant, production editor, senior publisher, marketing executive, BI analyst

How to apply

Closing date
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Tel +44 (0)117 929 7481

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