We're looking for a Journals Development Editor- could it be you?

Posted on April 13, 2023 by Alison Fox

Want to join the journals department of one of the most exciting, innovative open access publishers around? Then look no further, we're looking for a Journals Development Editor to join the UCL Press team!

For a full job description, and to apply, visit Applications close on 7th May 2023.

About us
UCL Press was launched in 2015 as the UK’s first fully open access university press. It publishes scholarly monographs and textbooks, and has a portfolio of 15 academic journals which have achieved a combined total of over 6.5 million downloads globally.

About the role

UCL Press was launched in 2015 as the UK's first fully open access university press. In that time, it has published over 250 scholarly monographs and has built a portfolio of 15 academic journals. 

This newly created role will be responsible for overseeing the publication process on a designated list of journals, including acting as the main point of liaison with Editors-in-Chief on all day-to-day aspects of running their journals; ensuring articles are progressing smoothly through peer review via the journals submission system; monitoring schedules so that articles and issues are published in a timely manner; taking forward and supporting the delivery of journal objectives. Additional tasks to support the journals programme overall also form part of this role, as per the job description.

The role holder will be expected to work a minimum of 20% of their time on campus, on every first and third Tuesday of each month (designated Team days). The pattern of on-campus and remote working will be agreed with the role holder.  

This is a full-time open-ended role, working 36.5 hours per week; times of work are as determined by the Line Manager.

About you

Candidates must have experience with academic journals in a scholarly publisher. This role would suit someone who has been working at assistant level or similar, looking to take the next steps in their publishing career. It is not suitable for students and academics who have filled a Journal Editor or Editorial Board Member role to further academic careers.

Successful candidates will be able to show a strong understanding of the full publication and peer review cycle with good experience of using journal submission and peer review management systems from an Editorial and management perspective. They will be able to show a good understanding of journal publication metrics and reporting, experience of working closely with Editors-in-Chief and be highly organised with a methodical and analytical approach to work, as well as a strong ability to manage own workload in order to meet deadlines. 

What we offer


The post is graded as UCL Grade 6 with salary in the range £32,331 - £37,548 per annum including London Allowance.


This appointment is subject to a probationary period of 6 months. 

Annual leave

Annual leave is 27 working days for a full-time member of staff and 6 UCL closure days in addition to 8 Bank Holidays.


Appointments are superannuable under the Universities Superannuation Scheme(USS).

Other benefits

As part of the UCL community you can access free lunch hour lectures, exhibitions and museums and collections. On campus UCL has the Bloomsbury theatre hosting a range of performances and a series of bars, cafes and other facilities, which UCL staff can use.

We also offer some great benefits some of which are:

Additional 5 days’ annual leave purchase scheme; defined benefit career average revalued earnings pension scheme (CARE); cycle to work scheme and season ticket loan; Immigration loan; Relocation scheme for certain posts; On-Site nursery; On-site gym; Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay; Employee assistance programme: Staff Support Service;  Discounted medical insurance

Visit to find out more.

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

As London’s Global University, we know diversity fosters creativity and innovation, and we want our community to represent the diversity of the world’s talent. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where we all belong. We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in UCL’s workforce. These include people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds; disabled people; LGBTQI+ people; and for our Grade 9 and 10 roles, women.

For further information about the vacancy including the full job description and person specification about the vacancy and how to apply online, please go to and search for Reference Number B09-00860

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