Associate Editor

Negotiable + Excellent Benefits
27 Oct 2021
07 Nov 2021

The Associate Editor works on a portfolio of journals, contributing to an efficient peer review process and upholding journal standards in quality, accuracy, and author service. Reporting into the Managing Editor, you will work within a team of Editors, Editorial Assistants and other Associate Editors. You’ll interact with teams across the business, such as Journals Development, and external stakeholders including journal Editorial Boards and leading academics from around the world.

You will be responsible for selecting appropriate reviewers, making decisions at key stages of the process, and improving author and reviewer service. Your role will provide support and value to members of the STM community during a key part of the publication journey.

This is a diverse role, which offers the opportunity to see cutting edge research, manage an effective peer review process for our customers, and work with a variety of stakeholders.


What will you be doing?

Key job accountabilities:

  • Manage peer review on a number of titles within the portfolio;
  • Maintain peer review times, quality standards and acceptance levels;
  • Contribute to continuous improvement initiatives for increasing peer review efficiency and quality;
  • Work with different teams (such as Journals Development, Marketing and Journalism) to identify key articles for promotion and improve journal visibility.

About you:

Successful applicants should demonstrate the following:

  • Demonstrable customer service skills;
  • Experience of communicating with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Strong team working skills;
  • Time management, planning and decision making skills;
  • University degree, ideally in a scientific subject;
  • Awareness of STM Publishing would be desirable, but it is not essential.

The contractual location of this role is from our Bristol office, but most employees are continuing to work from home until later this year, and in future we will be moving to a more dynamic and blended combination of office and remote working.

What we offer:

In addition to a competitive salary, we offer employees an excellent pension scheme (up to 10% 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, healthcare cash plan, and childcare vouchers.  


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. 


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


We aim to review applications soon after they are received, and will arrange interviews when there’s someone we’re keen to meet, so please don’t hold off applying until the closing date is approaching - we don’t want you, or us, to miss out! 


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. 


IOP Publishing is an equal opportunity employer. Our goal is to ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) are built into our identity in a way that is natural and sustainable, visible through the work we produce, our company branding, our professional networks and the communities we serve and support, which includes our employees, talent communities and candidates. We particularly welcome applicants from under-represented backgrounds.