Associate Editor/Editor Journals (Physics/Materials Science)

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Date: Jul 15, 2022

Location: Dordrecht, NL New York, US Philadelphia, US

Company: Springer Nature Group

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Associate Editor/Editor Journals (Physics/Materials Science)

Location: Dordrecht, New York, Philadelphia



Explain business area and mission

The Springer Nature Journals group aims to support researchers in communicating and advancing discovery for a better world. We do this by providing a trusted environment in which researchers can quickly, easily and transparently share their discoveries, data and research stories.


How the role fits in and the purpose

The Associate Editor/Editor, Journals is responsible for the growth, development and editorial management of a portfolio of journals with the aim of becoming market leader within selected disciplines and geographies. The Associate Editor/Editor operates under the daily mentorship of the Executive Editor or Senior Editor.



1. Drive the editorial and publishing development of a portfolio of journals in physics with a core focus on lasers, optics, materials science and related emerging fields

  • Drive the growth and development of a group of journals as part of the strategically defined overall portfolio within the Journals group.
  • Develop your journals to deliver a best-in-class author experience and foster maximum engagement from the Editors-in-Chief and Editorial Board Members (EBMs) on whom we rely.
  • Understand and manage the annual targets for journal submission, publication and transfer volumes as well as target turnaround times.
  • Ensure that all KPIs are regularly monitored, reported and met, and that action is taken as needed.
  • Strive for maximal efficiency and productivity of your editors, peer-reviewers and EBMs and manage/streamline the peer-review process for your journals.
  • Develop strong working relationships with colleagues in production, IT and other departments to ensure that any problems encountered with your journal, and particularly by authors, editors and peer reviewers, can be swiftly and effectively resolved.
  • Manage annual Journal Development/Improvement Plans and oversee their implementation and successful conclusion.


2. Understand and engage regularly with the research communities and third-party partners that your journals serve

  • Attend external meetings to build close working relationships with external EiCs, EBMs, society partners and the wider research community.
  • Understand the trends and changes in the communities you serve to ensure that Springer Nature can respond appropriately.
  • Become recognized as an outstanding publishing expert by the members of the relevant research communities.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with a network of researchers.
  • Be aware of changes within the research community and publishing industry, and translate these into proposals for successful (new) products and services including the possible acquisition of new society contracts.


3. Contribute to the wider Springer Nature Journals group

  • Take part in cross-departmental projects and/or company-wide task forces and working groups.
  • Ensure that you understand and can explain the key strategic goals of the division, and key publishing initiatives.
  • Take responsibility for timely resolution of research integrity/publication misconduct issues that arise in any of your journals (both pre-publication and post-publication), working with the Springer Nature Research Integrity Group (SNRIG) and Editors-in-Chief or their equivalents as appropriate.
  • Contribute to pilots and implementations as needed, and take full responsibility for communicating any changes to your external editors and society partners.
  • Review and develop publishing guidelines and ensure that publishing plans are implemented correctly.
  • Review new journal and commercial opportunities in consultation with the Executive/Senior Editor and contribute to journal proposals.
  • Represent the team in projects with Production, Sales, Marketing, Finance and other Editorial colleagues.


Experience, skills and qualifications


  • Excellent English language skills
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent, preferably in a relevant field of study
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Be IT systems-literate, with a sharp eye for detail
  • Be capable of working with demanding stakeholders
  • Be capable of organising and prioritising numerous tasks
  • Be able to work on your own initiative and independently within a (virtual) team environment
  • Be resourceful and proactive in dealing with problems and queries
  • Have excellent team-working skills to deal with people at all levels
  • Have excellent networking skills
  • Ability to travel


  • Demonstrate diplomacy and assertiveness
  • Previous experience in academic publishing


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