Editor - 12 month FTC

IOP Publishing
Bristol, UK
Negotiable Salary + Excellent Benefits
Closing date
28 May 2023

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Job Details

We are currently recruiting for motivated Peer Review Editors to join our Publishing team on a 12-month fixed term basis. This is an excellent and rare opportunity to take the next step in your publishing career, using your enthusiasm, knowledge and experience to contribute to the success and growth of our journals.

As an Editor, you will focus on ensuring the provision of an efficient peer review process across a portfolio of journals. Reporting to the Peer Review Team Manager, you’ll play an important role in improving author service and quality, supporting and supervising the team, and achieving the goals of the group. In collaboration with the Journal Development team, you will support initiatives aimed at improving our journals, capturing quality content and increasing market share.

Key job accountabilities include:

You’ll demonstrate expertise in the peer review process including reviewer selection, decision-making on articles, efficient handling of papers and ensuring the integrity of research published. You will lead and mentor team members to ensure targets are met and will be expected to contribute to and lead on continuous improvement initiatives to increase the efficiency and quality of our service.

Working collaboratively with colleagues and developing effective relationships with external stakeholders, you’ll take a proactive approach to listen to the scientific community and identifying promotional opportunities to improve journal visibility. You will have strong communication and organisational skills combined with commercial awareness and understanding of what it takes to make a journal attractive to its community, helping to make it the first choice for authors and readers.

Please note that this is an in-house position and should not be confused with an Editor-in-Chief role. 

About you:

To be successful in this role, you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • A degree or PhD in a relevant scientific subject;
  • Expert knowledge and experience of peer review processes and awareness of COPE guidelines;
  • Ability to take responsibility, assess complex situations, and work autonomously, but also as part of a team, motivating others;
  • Excellent communication and networking skills, with the ability to build strong relationships.

We know it is unusual for someone to tick every box so if you don’t meet all the criteria, but demonstrate most of the skills and experience we are looking for, and have the enthusiasm to work with us, go ahead and apply.

We aim to review applications soon after they are received and will arrange interviews when there’s someone we’re keen to meet, therefore we may conduct interviews prior to the closing date and reserve the right to close the advert early

Why work with us at IOP Publishing: 

Purpose: We are a world leader in the development of electronic publishing for the scientific community - working in the interests of science and scientists, we aim to maximise the impact of the research we publish; 

Culture: We offer a truly international culture with offices in Europe, Asia and the US and our reach is global. Our culture is the perfect blend of dedicated and intelligent professionalism, informal, friendly collaboration and authenticity with a social conscience.  

Financial benefits:  A competitive salary, an excellent pension scheme (up to 12% company contribution), a discretionary annual bonus scheme, £200 stipend payment on completion of the probation period, and a range of other useful and cost-saving benefits available through our benefits platform; 

Health and Wellbeing: 33+ days holiday (including bank holidays), a 35-hour working week, life assurance, cycle-to-work scheme, dental insurance, health care cash plan, and a great positive working environment in our brand new office in central Bristol - modern airy and designed with all of our colleagues in mind – for work and social time; 

Flexibility: A flexible hybrid working environment to suit everyone’s needs. This role will require the successful applicant to work remotely or from our office in Bristol, with the understanding they will be required to travel to Bristol once a month subject to business needs. We are also open to applicants who may wish to work part-time (minimum 28 hours a week), subject to discussion.

And last but not least, did we mention that we are unique: IOP Publishing is central to the Institute of Physics, a not-for-profit society and we gift-aid all our profits to support science through the activities of the Institute.  

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

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.


IOPP 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, India, Japan and Russia

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How to apply
Visit www.ioppublishingcareers.org/current-vacancies.html

Closing date
All year round

Tel +44 (0)117 929 7481
E-mail careers@ioppublishing.org

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