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Journal Publishing Assistant

About British Society for Rheumatology

We are a UK wide membership organisation for all health professionals working in adult, paediatric and adolescent rheumatology. BSR works to promote excellence in the care of people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders and to support those delivering it, involving patients and carers at every step.

We work to ensure that our rheumatology professionals have access to the latest in education, research and clinical best practice to provide high quality care. Our members look after patients of all ages, from children to adults and across the whole patient pathway. 

Job Summary 

We are recruiting for a Journal Publishing Assistant in our journals team. This is an exciting opportunity to start building a career within the academic publishing industry. Your role will support the development of our journals through handling of the online peer review submission system, as well as contributing to our digital and social media strategy.

The ideal candidate will be an excellent written and verbal communicator, passionate about building positive working relationships with a range of stakeholders, organised and methodical, and adaptable and open to innovation and change. Prior experience in publishing or digital or social media products is desirable but not essential.


Our office is based in Central London but we are currently working remotely and you will be given the support and equipment needed to make this possible.

In this role you will:

  • Process manuscripts from receipt through to accepted copy using an online submission and peer review system.
  • Answer author, editor and other stakeholder queries.
  • Support the Journal Development Officer with compiling and running reports and analysing data.
  • Support the Journal Development Officer with handling Editorial Board workloads.
  • Assist in the training of new Editorial Board members.
  • Arrange meetings and circulate documents, write and circulate minutes.
  • Maintain and regularly update databases and spreadsheets.
  • Represent the journals and organisation at conferences and events.
  • Support the Journal Development Officer with podcast and video editing and hosting.
  • Support the Journal Development Officer and Head of Publishing with social media planning and implementation.
  • Perform wider research and reporting tasks and assist in the development of digital media projects.
  • Work with colleagues across the organisation on new product and process creation and application.
  • Assist with other reasonable general duties and tasks for the organisation when required.

We'd love to hear from you if you: 

  • Have excellent organisational and planning skills with a strong ability to multi-task and adapt to changes.
  • Have a collaborative work ethic and ability to engage positively with colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Are an excellent all-round communicator, highly detailed oriented.
  • Have demonstrable interest in science or medicine and publishing.
  • Can be professional at all times and supportive to our passionate customers and volunteers.

We want your experience of the following: 

  • Strong organisational and project management skills, with the ability to work on multiple projects with conflicting deadlines.
  • Strong IT skills.
  • Demonstrable experience in handling external stakeholders and communicating effectively.
  • Ability to develop strong positive working relationships across different teams and groups.
  • Experience in problem-solving and thinking of new ideas to improve processes or stakeholder experiences.
  • Experience of managing multiple tasks and projects to competing deadlines.
  • Knowledge of journal publishing, and online submission systems would be advantageous but not essential.

We can offer: 

  • A great place to work, we are Investors In People accredited and committed to Equality, Inclusion and Diversity
  • Performance related pay and incentive schemes that include colleague nominated awards 
  • Group pension scheme 
  • 25 days holiday 
  • A heap of benefits, such as BUPA health insurance, cycle to work schemes, buy/sell leave etc.
  • Regular staff social events
  • Year round learning and development programmes 

To apply:  Submit a detailed covering letter and CV to  

Closing date to submit applications: Monday 22 March.

Interviews will be held virtually the week commencing 29 March.

Unfortunately, due to the large volume of applications that we receive, we are unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For any questions about this role, please email  


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Employment Type 

Permanent & Full-time.

We particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, minority ethnic backgrounds, LGBT+ and from different socio-economic and educational backgrounds.

BSR is committed to encouraging inclusion, equality and diversity among our workforce, and eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation by complying with the Equality Act 2010. 

We want a working environment free of all the above, where individual differences and the contributions of all staff are recognised and valued. To do this, we will proactively tackle discrimination and disadvantage and ensure that no individual or group is directly or indirectly discriminated against for any reason. We expect all BSR employees to champion and live our values through their work at every opportunity. 

Please complete our Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form.

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Journal Publishing Assistant

British Society for Rheumatology, London
Full-time, Permanent
Academic, Educational, Professional
Events, Publicity, Other Publishing, Communications, Digital, Social Media, Editorial
Journal Publishing Assistant
Salary description: 
£20,000-25,000 (depending on experience)

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