Assistant Editor

British Ecological Society

£29,000 - £32,000 pa

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

Reference: BES0219

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Thursday, 28th February 2019  

Assistant Editor - Part Time (17.5 Hours weekly)

(3 Year Fixed Term Contract)

The BES is a thriving learned society established in 1913 whose vision is a world inspired, informed and influenced by ecology. We publish six successful journals, an ecological book series and a quarterly newsletter, the Bulletin, which is distributed to our 6,000 members worldwide. 

We are seeking an enthusiastic candidate with outstanding communication skills and an interest in further developing their career in academic publishing to join our journals’ publications team.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone with relevant experience in journals publishing, who is looking for an interesting and varied role in academic publishing. Reporting to the Managing Editor, the Assistant Editor will take overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of People and Nature, a newly launched journal but will also work closely with the rest of the publications team.

Core duties will include:

  • Managing a timely and fair peer review process for a newly launched international, interdisciplinary journal
  • Dealing with enquiries from authors, reviewers and editors
  • Maintaining accurate records of manuscript progress from submission to final acceptance or rejection
  • Contributing ideas for journal development and improvements to processes to Managing Editor and Editors
  • Providing regular reports to Editors and Managing Editor from ScholarOne on all aspects of manuscript processing
  • Liaising with publisher’s production department to ensure publication runs smoothly
  • Assisting in ongoing journal marketing and promotion via online campaigns, printed publicity and social media channels
  • Updating journal web pages to highlight new journal content
  • Developing and managing the journal blog
  • Attending the BES annual conference and any other external relevant meetings as required.

The successful candidate will be educated to degree level or equivalent with the ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders. They will have demonstrable experience of working in academic publishing. A proven interest in scientific publishing is essential and a postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject would be an advantage but is not essential. They also need to have a good eye for detail and experience using ScholarOne or a similar journals database is desirable.

This role offers an opportunity to be part of an experienced journals team and is located at the BES offices in Central London. The role is part-time (17.5 hours per week) but exact working hours can be negotiated.

A full job description and person specification is available on the vacancy pages  of the BES website.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Emilie Aimé , Managing Editor.

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Please submit your CV, and covering letter via email to HR Team.

Applications must be received no later than Thursday, 28th February 2019 at 17:00

Due to limited resources it is not possible for the BES to acknowledge receipt of applications. If you do not hear from us within two weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. 


The Society is based in bright, modern offices in central London, a few minutes’ walk from Russell Square and Chancery Lane underground stations. Our building, Charles Darwin House, is a thriving community for other learned societies and like-minded organisations from across the biosciences.


The British Ecological Society offers a contributory personal pension scheme. The BES will match up to 7.5 % of an employee’s monthly salary in contributions to the pension scheme.

Annual Leave

25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays and the period between Christmas and New Year.

Childcare Vouchers

Employees can take part in the childcare salary sacrifice scheme saving tax and National Insurance contributions in line with HMRC limits on their eligible childcare costs.

The Society also offers interest free season ticket loans for London travel and participates in the ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme.

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