• Managing Editor, Open Access

    Location UK-LND-London
    Contract Type
    Full Time
  • Overview

    Journal development, including (but not limited to) content development via article commissioning, original research article solicitation (e.g. via Special Collections, including management of Guest Editors); managing Peer Review, including final decision making; active referral (including acting as Discipline Lead on the SAGE Transfer Desk); launching new Therapeutic Advances and other journal titles and managing and rebranding titles to join the TA series; Managing existing Therapeutic Advances and open access titles.


    Essential Job Functions & Responsibilities

    • Journal development via article commissioning with the aims of providing each journal within the ME’s area of responsibility with a consistent stream of high quality manuscripts, likely to be highly cited and (where appropriate) to boost the journal’s likelihood of Clarivate SCIE indexing.
    • Original research article solicitation (principally via Special Collections, including management of Guest Editors); also via other means of promoting the journal such as face to face contacts at conferences and social media.
    • Additionally, commissioning of review article manuscripts and solicitation of original research manuscripts that are likely to be purchased as reprints by pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Liaison with the Commercial Sales department and visits to pharma/medical communications companies.
    • Peer review management, including selecting and inviting peer reviewers.
    • Decision making on individual manuscripts, both independently and in conjunction with the journal’s Editor-in-Chief and/or Associate Editors.
    • Active engagement in the manuscript referral process, including acting as Discipline Lead on the SAGE Transfer Desk. Providing recommendations for destination titles, and advising the Transfer Desk staff as required.
    • Applications to abstracting and indexing services.
    • Conference attendance (including internationally) with the aim of maintaining a solid awareness of the disciplines relevant to the ME’s commissioning remit.
    • Launching new titles in the Therapeutic Advances series; rebranding other, existing titles into the Therapeutic Advances series; launching and rebranding open access titles.
    • General journal management tasks on Therapeutic Advances and other journals, including monitoring the manuscript submission system, editorial board development and recruitment of Associate Editors and Editors-in-Chief.
    • Liaison with Marketing as required in the development of Special Collections and other Marketing activities.
    • Promotion of journals via social media.
    • Attendance of Commissioning Team, Open Access or other team meetings as required.
    • Monitoring of and reporting on financial performance of journals with the ME’s remit, including open access and Commercial Sales revenues. All necessary actions to grow revenue on individual journals.
    • Other duties such as reporting, as required by the Executive Managing Editor and Executive Director, Open Access.


    Qualifications & Education

    • Degree-level qualification in a biomedical subject is essential; the ideal candidate would additionally hold a postgraduate qualification

    Language, Reasoning, Analytical & Mathematical Skills



    • Interest in and knowledge of biomedical subjects
    • PC skills and experience with Microsoft Office software
    • (Ideally) familiarity with the ScholarOne manuscript submission system

    Interpersonal Skills

    • Communication skills
    • Ability to work under pressure
    • Organisation and prioritisation skills
    • Ability to influence
    • Confidence to approach senior individuals at conferences


    • Able to travel to attend international conferences
    • Able to work occasional evenings to permit videoconferencing meetings with US-based colleagues

    Previous Experience

    • Essential: previous journals publishing experience in an editorial role
    • Essential: previous experience of peer review and manuscript decision-making
    • Essential: previous experience of article-level commissioning
    • Ideally: experience in biomedical research
    • Ideally: familiarity with the pharmaceutical and medical communications industries


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