Associate or Senior Editor (Psychology), Scientific Reports

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Date: Sep 22, 2022

Location: London, GB

Company: Springer Nature Group

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Title:  Associate or Senior Editor (Psychology), Scientific Reports

Location: London, Berlin, Washington DC, New York (Hybrid working)

Full time, Permanent Role

Closing Date for Applications: Sunday 9th October 2022


We are hiring for an Associate or Senior Editor to join Scientific Reports


Scientific reports is a primary research journal from the publishers of Nature, covering all areas of the natural, clinical and behavioural sciences, and engineering. Online and open access, Scientific Reports publishes a high volume of scientifically valid, original research papers, without barriers to access. With the support of external Editorial Board Members, papers are rapidly peer-reviewed to ensure they are technically sound.


In this role you will support the Chief Editor and Deputy Editors of Scientific Reports in expanding the scope of the journal into behavioural sciences, managing the Editorial Board, making editorial decisions for specific cases and manuscripts where required, and overseeing editorial workflows and peer-review processes. Key performance indicators include rapid publication, sound peer-review practices, and high levels of service to staff, authors, reviewers and Editorial Board Members (EBMs).


This is a fantastic opportunity for somebody with a passion for science to break into an editorial career, or for an experienced editor to join a high-profile, fast-paced, multidisciplinary journal.



Editorial and journal development

  • Assist in the daily management of the journal workflow, with the objective of providing rapid, constructive peer-review and publication decisions, acting as handling editor on manuscripts as required
  • Support strategic scope expansion into behavioural sciences, including work on best practices and support for the Registered Reports format
  • Respond to authors, reviewers, EBMs, SEBMs and readers of Scientific Reports in a timely fashion
  • Work with the publishing team in the allocation of manuscripts to EBMs
  • Liaise with EBMs on an on-going basis to follow up on peer review and final decisions, ensuring decision policies are adhered to at all times by EBMs
  • Resolve pre- and post-publication issues raised by staff, EBMs and readers (e.g. authorship, scope, ethics and consent, misconduct), including communication with authors and other stakeholders
  • Input to policy development initiatives and implement editorial policy as required
  • Establish and maintain relationships with EBMs, including attending in-person meetings, and supporting initiatives to further improve engagement
  • Manage recruitment and training of new EBMs where required
  • Represent Scientific Reports at international and national conferences as required
  • Be an active member of the Springer Nature editorial community, engaging with editorial colleagues on other journals and driving collaboration on projects as necessary
  • Sign-off social media and marketing content


Experience, Skills and Qualifications:

  • PhD-level research experience in Behavioural Sciences. Applicants with research experience in psychology are particularly encouraged to apply
  • Thorough understanding of the research community and its needs
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Sound knowledge of and interest in science in general
  • Highly self-motivated, resourceful and achievement-oriented
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong workload management and organisational skills
  • Active, supportive team player
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Willingness to travel


This role can be located in our London, Berlin, New York, or Washington DC office. The position is offered on a full-time, permanent basis and on a hybrid working pattern. Editorial experience is not required, although applicants with significant editorial experience are encouraged to apply and will potentially be considered for Senior Editor positions.


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
  • An excellent benefits package!


Further details regarding benefits and hybrid working in your preference of location will be discussed during the interview process.


To Apply: Please include a CV, and a cover letter outlining your key ambitions in the role and preferred office of employment.

Candidates will be considered as they apply, therefore early applications are encouraged.


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