Assistant Editor

New Item - London, UK

Ref: 80Saturday 17 April 2021

ROLE: Assistant Editor

Location: London (remote Cov19)

Salary: £22k to £28k

JOB PURPOSE: Assistant Editor

To provide timely and accurate administrative support to the department/team in order to ensure a high quality service to journal editors, editorial boards and publishing partners.


• Accurately and punctually compile publishing reports for individual titles

• Accurately maintain journal management records and databases ensuring all information relating to the department’s journals is up to date.

• Promptly carry out journal management activities as required, to support journal development initiatives in line with company strategy and departmental goals.

• Promptly respond to queries from journal editorial teams, society publishing partners and authors to ensure we provide a high quality service. Actively liaise with colleagues across all relevant departments.

• Support Editors/Publisher in the drafting and sending of journal contracts and addenda, and ensure correct circulation following signature (following internal procedures) to assist in maintaining accurate records.

• Research new acquisition leads, maintain accurate database of acquisition leads, undertake background research for journal tenders/launches and support Editors/Publisher in the preparation of journal proposals to actively seek out new business opportunities in accordance with editorial growth strategies.

• Assist the Editor/ Publisher with planning and running meetings.

• As required represent the company at necessary conferences, meetings and/or events. Able to stand in for Editor/Publisher at editorial meetings and other external meetings, where necessary.

• If required, and depending on experience, take responsibility for handling specific journals under supervision.

• Handle discrete projects and journals-wide administration for the editorial department when required ensuring agreed parameters and deadlines are met for cross departmental activities.


• Strong oral and written communication skills

• Excellent organisational and prioritisation skills

• Good attention to detail and accuracy

• Broad understanding of editorial strategy, the publishing process and the wider publishing landscape.

• Basic financial awareness relating to journal profit and loss statements, and the commercial publishing environment.

• Ability to work without close supervision