Journal Development Editor/Senior Journal Development Editor (m/f/d)- Medicine & Life Sciences

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Date: Jun 22, 2022

Location: New York, US Milan, IT Dordrecht, NL Philadelphia, US London, GB Heidelberg, DE Berlin, DE

Company: Springer Nature Group

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Location(s): New York, Philadelphia, London, Berlin, Dordrecht, Heidelberg, or Milan


We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated publishing professional to journal of Journals team in Medicine and Life Sciences. We are a global team working on research journal across the BMC and Springer imprints.


Journal Development Editors (JDEs) are responsible for managing an assigned list of peer-reviewed research journals within medicine and life sciences group, working as part of the team to grow the portfolio through strategic journal development and acquisitions. JDEs are expected develop the portfolio through creating and implementing data-driven journal development plans for all titles in the program. As the primary publishing contact for assigned journals, JDEs are expected to build and maintain relationships with key external stakeholders including editors, editorial board members, reviewers, authors and society partners. The JDE will also work closely with colleagues across the business including Editorial Operations, JEO, Production, Sales, Marketing, Rights & Licensing, Legal, and Research Integrity to drive and maintain overall operations and performance against targets and KPIs.




  • Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with academic Editors, Editorial Boards, society executives and other key contacts in the field, with the aim of building and maintaining the journals’ reputation and increasing submissions.
  • Build knowledge of the field and the relevant scientific communities to identify development opportunities and translate them into actions to maintain a competitive advantage. This will involve engaging with senior scientists and obtaining their advice.
  • Produce and implement journal development plans for the journals.
  • Work with members of the Medicine & Life Sciences team to acquire new journals in this area
  • Monitor peer-review performance for the portfolio and assist colleagues in dealing with author queries or problem manuscripts.
  • Plan and drive the commissioning of content including pro-actively suggesting topics
  • Support the management of the journals by being the primary contact for Editors and handling contract renewals
  • Ensure the journals are promoted through all relevant avenues
  • Organize and host Editorial Board meetings
  • Represent the company at scientific conferences when required to improve market knowledge, to network within the community, receive feedback on the journals and to promote Springer Nature journals and open access


  • Educated to degree level
  • Previous experience working in the publishing industry (desirable)


  • Interest and understanding of publishing business models (subscription, hybrid, open access)
  • Proven knowledge of publishing process and related matters
  • Highly customer focused
  • Proven administrative skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent influencing skills
  • Excellent critical appraisal and problem solving skills
  • Takes ownership to drive and complete tasks
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines consistently
  • Ability to adapt quickly to change
  • Strong attention to detail/high accuracy
  • Proven high level of computer literacy


If you are an internal applicant please inform your line manager.


We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision
  • Life and AD&D
  • 401(k)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Transit Accounts
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Summer Hours

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