Associate/Senior Editor, BMC Series

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Date: Aug 3, 2022

Location: London, GB New York, US Dordrecht, NL Shanghai, CN Berlin, DE

Company: Springer Nature Group

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Job Title: Associate/Senior Editor, BMC Series

Location: Berlin, Dordrecht, London, New York, Shanghai (Hybrid Working)

Full Time, Permanent Role

Closing Date for Applications: 10th August 2022


The BMC Series are looking for an Associate/Senior Editor to work across several journals within our medical and life sciences portfolios.


You will contribute to the success of the BMC Series by supporting editorial handling of content across a defined portfolio of journals and by driving the content development of these journals. This is a dynamic and varied role that will give you the opportunity to see content across a broad range of topics and contribute to the success of BMC as a whole.

Communication is a key part of this role, as you will need to build excellent and productive relationships with the external Editorial Board who manage the peer review process and with internal teams responsible for journal editorial office support.

Content development
•    Develop a journal development strategy for each journal in your portfolio, taking into account individual journal performance and development needs, as well as the overall strategy of the BMC series.
•    Work with colleagues across the Journals group to support subject-specific strategy development at Springer Nature.
•     Identify and commission reviews, collections and supplements, and work with the scientific community to drive these forward. 
Peer review quality
•     Oversee the handling of the content published in BMC Series journals, primarily by advising on content handled by editorial board members, but also by handling individual submissions yourself where required.    
•     Investigate and resolve publishing or research ethics cases, both pre- and post-publication, with the guidance of Springer Nature Research Integrity Group when needed. 
•     Engage effectively with other teams to support the resolution of editorial issues and to prioritise author service while maintaining editorial standards
•     Advise on editorial policy development as appropriate.
Editorial Board management
•     Build excellent communications and relationships with Editorial Board Members and authors. 
•     Call Senior Board Members to discuss journal policy, specific content-related issues, editorial board recruitment etc.
•     Contribute to the recruitment and training of new editorial board members
•     Contribute to editorial board engagement initiatives across the journals
•     Host regular Senior Board and Editorial Board Meetings, either in person or online.
•     Ensure that all members of the Editorial Board are fully aware of the ethos and editorial policies of the journal and the BMC series, and have all necessary training and information to perform their roles.


Build awareness of the BMC Series
•     Contribute to the efforts of the marketing team, providing input into marketing plans and activities. 
•     Develop journal website content and features that are of interest to the community and raise the profile of the journal websites in the online environment.
•     Attend conferences to promote the journals and develop a network of contacts within relevant fields.
•     Increase journal visibility by writing blogs and participating in social media activities to promote journal content and BMC values.

 Contribute to the BMC team
•      Contribute to the culture of the BMC editorial team by supporting your colleagues, covering for them when needed and sharing expertise and experience.


To be considered for the position, you will have:
•    Educated to PhD level (or equivalent), in a relevant field 
•    An interest in open access publishing 
•    Excellent communication skills 
•    Excellent time management and prioritization skills, able to balance short-term deadlines with long-term goals 
•    Self-starter with a positive, can-do approach to problem-solving
The position can be based in our London, Berlin, New York and Shanghai offices (hybrid working available). Please state your preferred location in your application. 
At Springer Nature, we are committed to creating a great working environment which includes the benefits you receive, opportunities for you to develop your skills and ways to get to know your colleagues. Some of these include: 

•    Support networks that focus on fostering dialogue around diversity, community building, advice and advocacy
•    Wellbeing initiatives to support in maintaining a healthy work life balance
•    24-hour access to our learning and development platform Leap and LinkedIn Learning to help develop your skills
Further details regarding benefits and hybrid working in your preference of location will be discussed during the interview process.
To apply, please submit a CV and a cover letter outlining your key ambitions in the role, including your salary expectations.

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