UPDATE: Applications are now CLOSED.
The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) indexes more than 10000 open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities. It is a community-curated list of reputable, open access journals and aims to be the starting point for all information searches for quality, peer reviewed, open access material. Publishers must apply for their journal(s) to be indexed in DOAJ and each application is reviewed manually by the editorial team. We receive approximately 80 new applications every week.
DOAJ is now seeking a freelance Publication Specialist to assist the editorial team with reviewing new applications and reapplications. The role requires knowledge of academic publishing, in particular: online journals, editorial process, best practices and publishing technology standards.
DOAJ is a virtual organization so the role is based from home. The successful applicant will be expected to provide their own work space and equipment. Most meetings are conducted virtually but expenses will be paid if you attend any physical meetings.
Hours of work: 15-25 hours per week. Working hours are flexible and you will be expected to manage your own time but it would be helpful if some of the time could be spent between the hours of 8-4pm (GMT).
Pay: Hourly rate negotiable.
Language: English + 1 other preferable
Working in the DOAJ Admin system, the role is to methodically review, assess and eventually approve/reject journal applications.
- Check new applications against the DOAJ criteria for acceptance.
- Manage all communication with the applicants and respond to their queries.
- Liaise with the Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editors as needed.
- Promote awareness of DOAJ, its resources and services to successful applicants and the academic publishing community in general.
- Attend team and editorial Hangouts every week.
Qualifications / Experience Required
- Higher education or graduate
- At least two years experience in academic publishing
- Previous experience of manuscript submission systems or large databases is desirable
- Open access and its developments
- Publishing technologies, standards and best practices
- Excellent IT competence
- Publisher relations experience an advantage
Personal Qualities / Skills
- Fluent in English
- Good communication skills, both written and oral
- An understanding of how to handle confidential and/or sensitive information
- Good organisational skills
- Ability to produce accurate work, demonstrate good attention to detail and meet deadlines
- Strong team player
- Ability to work on own initiative
- Motivated and resourceful
- Adaptable and flexible
- Experience of building effective working relationships
Please send a CV and a short cover letter to the Community Manager, Dominic Mitchell, at dom[@]doaj[.]org by 26th August 2015.