Editorial Assistant - Publications

Contract type: Full time (35 hours per week), permanent.

Salary: £24k - 26k per annum (depending on experience)

Location: This is a full-time permanent position based on a hybrid model of working from home and from our office at John Snow House, 59 Mansell Street, London E1 8AN (or fully office based if preferred). 

Royal Society for Public Health offers a wide range of benefits, including excellent training opportunities, generous staff health care scheme, flexible working, and pension.

Closing date: 17 August 2022

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to work for an organisation dedicated to improving the public’s health. Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is the world’s longest-established public health organisation. Based in central London, but working across the UK, we are a public health charity with more than 5,000 members, all of whom work to improve and protect the public’s health. Our activities include qualifications, digital learning, publishing, conferences, membership, policy and campaigning work.

Reporting into the Managing Editor you will be a key player in the Membership and Educational Services team and support the production of our three academic publications. This is a great opportunity to join an organisation committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of its employees.

Job Description

Accountable to: Managing Editor

Our publications team are experiencing a period of high volume submissions and we are looking for a highly organised, proactive and enthusiastic individual with an interest in publishing to join us during this exciting phase. 

Main Tasks:


Provide administrative support for the organisations’ three journals Public HealthPerspectives in Public Health and Public Health in Practice

  • To manage the flow of copy for each journal including sending editor reminders, checking manuscripts and assigning editors, inviting reviewers, sending reviewer reminders and notifying authors of editorial decisions.
  • To manage your assigned issues for Perspectives in Public Health and manage the workload of the Editor assigned to the issue.
  • To ensure the timely production of issues, by compiling and commissioning content, ensuring editorials are written on time, liaising with Guest Editors, sending copy to the publishers.
  • To work with the Editorial Manager to commission review papers, in consultation with the Editors of Public Health and Public Health in Practice.
  • To work with the Editors, Guest Editors and Editorial Manager on special issues ensuring that these are published on time.
  • To write short news and RSPH diary content for publication in Perspectives in Public Health
  • To help manage journal social media communications, including taking responsibility for the Perspectives in Public Health Twitter account.
  • To organise meetings with the Editors, publishers and Editorial Board of Perspectives in Public Health, take minutes, create agendas. 
  • Proofread material ready for publication, check covers and source images for publication.

Training will be provided on a variety of systems including manuscript systems Editorial Manager and Manuscript Central.

Person specification

We are looking for a highly organised person with excellent written skills and an interest in public health and publishing. 


A large part of the role will focus on administering articles submitted for publication, experience in this field would be an advantage.

Essential knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Familiarity with and interest in scientific and public health issues
  • High standard of communication including written, verbal, listening skills
  • A good writer with ability to research topics and produce good written work
  • Capacity to proofread scientific articles 
  • Well organised and able to work on own initiative
  • Ability to liaise with authors and other senior health professionals with tact, diplomacy and confidence
  • Excellent standard of IT skills
  • Ability to manage a varied workload, prioritising, and meeting deadlines
  • Ability to work accurately with excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to work in team setting and provide support to colleagues

Education and experience

  • A high standard of education, e.g. educated to degree or equivalent level 
  • An interest in public health and wellbeing


  • Work experience in a similar role
  • Familiarity with medical and scientific terminology
  • Familiarity with academic publishing processes
  • Experience of writing articles
  • Familiarity with and an interest in public health issues


RSPH offers a friendly, welcoming working environment with a team of workplace health champions encouraging healthy living. Other benefits include:

  • 25 days holiday entitlement each year
  • Flexible working hours and remote working opportunities
  • Organisational commitment to supporting the health and wellbeing of our employees
  • A supportive and inclusive team of colleagues
  • Pension contributions
  • Staff healthcare scheme 

RSPH values and actively strives to have a diverse and inclusive workforce in a working environment free from discrimination.

To apply

Please email a copy of your CV and a supporting statement of no more than two pages. We are particularly interested in your communication skills and administration experience in relation to publishing.

Applications should be sent to Natalia Camicia, Managing Editor: [email protected]


We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

Please note that due to the high volume of applications; unfortunately, we may only be able to contact those candidates who are called for an interview.

No agencies please.

Please do let us know if you require any adjustment to allow you to participate in this recruitment process.