Publishing Ethics Executive

Company : Royal Society of Chemistry
Location : Cambridge
Closing Date : 22 August 2021
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The Royal Society of Chemistry has an exciting opportunity to join our publishing team working as a Publishing Ethics Executive on a permanent full time (35- hour week) basis. As the Publishing Ethics Executive you will be joining a vital part of our publishing team, assisting with upholding our commitment to ethical publishing practices. You will work closely with the Publishing Ethics Specialist, handling ethical cases and contributing to the implementation and communication of our ethical guidelines, and ensuring that our ethical policies are implemented consistently across the Publishing department. You will gain experience working with a variety of colleagues to resolve challenging situations and will develop specialist expertise in the increasingly important area of publication ethics. The Royal Society of Chemistry is a not-for-profit organisation whose purpose is to advance excellence in the chemical sciences, with a thriving global community of hundreds of thousands of people who love chemistry. An internationally renowned publisher of high-quality chemical science knowledge, we are also the professional body for chemists and the biggest non-governmental investor in chemistry education in the UK, with strong links to schools, colleges, universities and industry.Your responsibilities will focus onAssisting in investigating and resolving research integrity and publishing ethics allegations in RSC publications with support from the Publishing Ethics Specialist. To liaise with the relevant Executive Editor and/or Editorial Production Manager to agree appropriate courses of action, reporting proposed actions back to the Publishing Ethics Specialist as appropriate. As required, to liaise directly with researchers and institutions involved in alleged misconduct to seek appropriate resolutions.Monitoring the progress of on-going ethical cases within own workflow, ensuring that a resolution is reached and the RSC’s ethical responsibilities as a publisher are upheld.Providing advice to colleagues relating to RSC ethical policy and procedures, ensuring compliance with COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) guidelines.Developing and maintaining an understanding of COPE guidelines and industry standards for publication ethics and research integrity.Helping to write correction and retraction notices, as required, to ensure consistency and transparency, and compliance with relevant guidelines and industry standards, with input from the Publishing Ethics Specialist when needed.Providing advice and guidance to colleagues on the use of our plagiarism detection software.Delivering training for colleagues and contributing to preparing supporting materials/other documentary training support, as required.Assisting the Publishing Ethics Specialist in implementing and maintaining standard procedures for handling ethical cases (such as standard email templates for different types of case), in line with COPE and internal guidelines. Proactively suggesting improvements to internal policies based on experience in managing cases.Assisting the Publishing Ethics Specialist in documenting and communicating ethical policies and procedures appropriately.Contributing to progressing RSC Publishing’s strategy to increase our reputation for quality and impact and become a market leader in research integrity/ethics, by ensuring that our journals continue to be known for rigorous and fair peer review, transparency and our commitment to ethical publishing practises.We are looking forA person with experience in STM publishing, including a strong understanding of journal editorial and production processes and polices.Good communication skills in interacting with internal and external contacts. In particular you should have strong tact, diplomacy and negotiation skills.Sound judgement and decision making skills.The ability to train staff effectively on technical and non-technical matters.The ability to work well in a team.A proactive approach to problem solving.Good attention to detail.Good organisational and time-management skills, together with the ability to work under pressure, prioritise and to meet deadlines.The contractual base for this role is Cambridge, however we are about to enter a period of piloting hybrid working, and you may be able to work from a location other than this, as agreed with your line manager. Applicants should be aware that there is an expectation that employees will attend the offices as needed for their role, and that permanent working arrangements away from the office may not be agreed in the future. Interviews will be held for this role the week of 6th September 2021. Download the full job description here.