[Job] BioMedCentral, Senior Journal Development Editor, ????, clos?? #scicomm jobs

Watch out for the non-Senior version of this job coming up in a minute.

I have to confess to not being entirely clear when this closes, apols if I’ve gormlessly missed the date.


Senior Journal Development Editor

Location: London
Posted: January 2011
Apply: jobs@biomedcentral.com

BioMed Central, a leading open access publisher of more than 200 peer-reviewed journals, has a vacancy for a Senior Journal Development Editor to join its editorial team.

The main purpose of the job will be to optimise the publishing service and increase submissions for a set of journals within a specific biomedical area, through the execution of journal development work and by supporting our external clients. Communication is a key part of this role.

You will also manage and oversee the work of a number of Journal Development Editors.

Main duties:

  • Be involved in optimising the publishing service and improving the reputation of the journals within the portfolio, and in increasing submissions and readership
  • Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with Editors-in-Chief, Handling Editors, and society contacts
  • Prepare and execute journal development plans, and oversee implementation of plans by Journal Development Editors whom you manage
  • Provide line-management and training for Journal Development Editors working in the portfolio
  • Prepare and communicate reports on journal/portfolio performance internally and to Editorial Boards
  • Use market knowledge and developments in the wider scientific community to build relationships with external clients and identify new business opportunities and relationships
  • Manage internal projects as required
  • Be required to travel internationally

Person specification

  • A biomedical degree or equivalent
  • Experience of scientific peer review and editorial/publishing processes
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) and influencing skills
  • Ability to complete allocated tasks and work to (often competing) deadlines
  • A positive, can-do approach to problem-solving in both daily tasks and more complex troubleshooting
  • Well organised, analytical and customer focused
  • Strong attention to detail/editing skills
  • A high level of computer literacy (including MS Office, Outlook and internet browsers)
  • Interest in open access publishing
  • Experience of working with senior scientists
  • Able to represent BioMed Central at external events


  • Prior line management experience
  • Some experience of project management, preferably in a publishing environment
  • Proven ability to prepare and give presentations to external clients

Please send your CV and covering letter, stating salary expectations and quoting the job reference (BMC/JD-SJDE) to: HR, BioMed Central Ltd, Floor 6, 236 Gray???s Inn Road, London, WC1X 8HB, or by email to: jobs@biomedcentral.com.

BioMed Central Ltd is an Equal Opportunities Employer. We welcome all applications irrespective of race, gender, age, religion or belief, relationship status, pregnancy/maternity, sexual orientation or disability.

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