Publisher, HSS Journals (Political Science & Social Sciences)

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Date: Jun 23, 2022

Location: London, GB

Company: Springer Nature Group

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Publisher, HSS Journals (Political Science & Social Sciences)


Location: London, UK

Closing date: 24th July 2022


The Editor will manage a portfolio of approximately 20 proprietary and society-owned journals in the Palgrave imprint, in the areas of Political Science, International Development, and general Humanities and Social Sciences, with a focus on enhancing performance of the current titles, exploring opportunities for new product development, and participating in a variety of company- and industry-wide initiatives.



  • The Editor is responsible for the growth, development, and publishing management of a dynamic portfolio of journals in Political Science, International Development, and general Humanities and Social Sciences. Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Strategic management of the portfolio, including prioritization of key titles, preparing and implementing journal development/improvement plans, and establishing and monitoring annual performance targets for submission, acceptance, publication, and transfer volumes, as well as turnaround times
  • Delivering a best-in-class author experience and efficient workflows
  • Engaging with Editors-in-Chief, Editorial Board members, and society partners to develop collaborative, long-term relationships
  • Negotiating contracts and renewals
  • Monitoring financial performance and identifying opportunities to increase profitability
  • Developing strong working relationships with colleagues across departments
  • Actively participating in the research communities by attending conference and meetings, understanding trends in the disciplines
  • Expanding the network of advisors and contributors, and sensing opportunities for new products and services
  • Contributing to the wider Springer Nature Journals group by taking part in cross-departmental projects and initiatives, with respect to publication ethics, data transparency, Open Access practices and policies, Sustainable Development Goals, Diversity and Inclusion, and other industry and market developments


  • Educated to degree or level or equivalent, preferably in a relevant field of study
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be numerate and IT systems-literate, with a sharp eye for detail
  • Be able to organize and prioritize numerous tasks and work on your own initiative
  • Be resourceful and proactive in dealing with problems, queries, and opportunities
  • Have excellent team-working skills to deal with people within the company and externally at all levels
  • Have a proactive attitude
  • Excellent English-language skills
  • Have excellent networking and acquiring skills and good presentation skills
  • Be a diplomatic and assertive individual who is able to work with demanding stakeholders
  • Previous experience within academic publishing preferred
  • Be flexible, able to work in a multi-cultural environment and show a commercial/entrepreneurial spirit
  • Familiarity with research and/or publishing practices, including the journals publishing cycle, peer review, publication integrity, and open access


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  • 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 to help develop your skills

This position is offered on full-time, permanent basis and is based in our London office.


To apply, please submit a CV and a cover letter outlining your key ambitions in the role, including your salary expectations. 


Applications deadline 24th July 2022


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

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