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Editor - International Studies

Palgrave Macmillan (Books)

Location: London

Closing date: 29th August 2022

Palgrave Macmillan specializes in cutting-edge academic books in the Humanities and Social Sciences. It publishes monographs, journals, textbooks, professional and reference works, in subjects ranging from Political Science, Economics and History, to Literature, Linguistics and Business.  

Palgrave Macmillan is looking for a motivated Editor to join the Politics and International Studies team.

The ideal candidate will be a commercially-aware, target-minded, energetic, driven, and creative self-starter, who is passionate about scholarly publishing.

Reporting to the Executive Editor for International Studies, the Editor will be responsible for acquiring and publishing a program of research monographs, edited collections, Handbooks and Palgrave Pivots for the scholarly market, to ensure the strategic growth of the list, as well as administrative tasks such as peer review, forward programme management and preparing manuscript for production.


  • Seek out new authors and book ideas: actively research ideas, topics, and people for potential books and book series
  • Evaluate proposals and manuscripts to determine commercial viability, audience, and market; offer editorial feedback
  • Meet goals set by editorial management such as contracts signed and manuscripts handed over to production 
  • Negotiate the acquisition/contract process with authors
  • Manage the existing list and series associated with the assigned subject area, and maintain profitable relationships with book series editors, authors, and advisors
  • Manage the back-list, making decisions on publishing potential new editions of successful titles
  • Serve as a project manager for each book project, coordinating delivery date, production workflows, and author management
  • Remain a point of contact for authors throughout the publication process
  • Work with editorial assistants and editorial coordinators to ensure high-quality list management
  • Attend academic conferences and conduct campus visits to meet new authors as well as to promote and build the Palgrave brand

Required Skills, Qualification and Experience


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Relevant publishing experience in an editorial acquisition capacity and/or in an academic publishing environment
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be numerate and IT systems-literate, with a sharp eye for detail
  • Exceptional organizational skills and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines and work independently
  • Be able to organize and prioritize numerous tasks and be able to work on 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
  • Strong presentation skills


  • Be a diplomatic and assertive individual who is able to work with demanding stake-holders;
  • Be flexible, able to work in a multi-cultural environment, and show a commercial/entrepreneurial spirit.

 The position is offered on a permanent full-time basis and will be located in our London office.

At Springer Nature, we’re 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 to help develop your skills

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

Editor - International Studies

Springer Nature Group, London
Full-time, Permanent
Administration, Editor, Publishing, Communications, Business Development, Editorial, Acquisitions
Editor - International Studies
Salary description: 
Excellent salary and benefits

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Educated to degree level or equivalent Relevant publishing experience in an editorial acquisition capacity and/or in an academic publishing environment