PeerJ Careers

Change 300 years of how science has been communicated

Our mission is to efficiently publish the world's knowledge. Help us build the next set of tools that will advance the current state of scientific communication. If you have an interest in ensuring that academic research remains free to anyone to read, download, and reuse then consider PeerJ.

Publishing Operations (editorial & production) Assistant California, US


PeerJ is an award-winning, open access, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal publisher covering biology, life science, environmental science, medicine, and computer science. We are taking a Silicon Valley approach to shaking up academic publishing and our mission is to ‘efficiently publish the world’s knowledge’.

We need someone with professional communication skills to join our team helping authors, peer-reviewers, and Academic Editors as we move submissions through peer-review and into production via our Content Management System. This role is conducted entirely online. It includes checking manuscripts to ensure they are complete and adhere to our guidelines; troubleshooting and fixing various aspects of the peer-review process; light copyediting of accepted articles before publication to ensure compliance with house style; coordinating with reviewers, authors, Academic Editors and typesetters and responding to their queries; communicating with authors and reviewers.

Reporting to the Head of Publishing Operations, the ideal candidate is motivated to complete their assignments in a timely manner; self-directed; demonstrates good judgment (using common sense, logic, and problem-solving skills); understands when to escalate a situation; takes the initiative where appropriate and particularly where a sense of urgency is required; has the highest standards of ‘customer service’; and maintains discretion regarding confidential information.

Starting ASAP, this is a full time position working from home with flexible working hours.

Mandatory Skills & Experience

  • Based in California
  • Excellent English comprehension and communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Proficiency with text document programs (most importantly MS Word)
  • Proficiency working with PDF editing tools
  • Working knowledge of Google Docs
  • Demonstrated organizational skills (the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines)
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • An interest, and/or experience, in STM (‘Scientific, Technical and Medical’) or academic publishing
  • A university degree or equivalent is preferred

Skills that would make you stand out

  • Prior experience with journal submission systems
  • Prior copyediting experience
  • Prior experience conducting highly detailed quality checks
  • Customer service experience

Benefits

  • Equity share in the company (after vesting period)
  • Flexible working hours and a relaxed work environment
  • The opportunity to play an active role in improving scientific communication and to make a difference in the world!

Location

Open to anyone residing in California.

If you would fit into the Operations Assistant role then please send a CV or résumé to: jobs@peerj.com. We never reply to recruiting agencies.

Staff Editor at PeerJ California, US


PeerJ is an award-winning, open access, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal publisher covering biology, life science, environmental science, medicine, and computer science. We are taking a Silicon Valley approach to shaking up academic publishing and our mission is to ‘efficiently publish the world’s knowledge’.

We need someone who is seeking a career as a journal editor in scientific, academic journal publications. The position exposes the employee to a broad range of issues related to the running of PeerJ and PeerJ PrePrints, but has a particular focus on ‘Editorial’ responsibilities (i.e. relating to ‘content’ issues). This role deals with content related issues; it helps to maintain an effective quality control and peer-review process; and it involves frequent interactions with academics worldwide. Starting ASAP, this is a full time position working from home with flexible working hours.

Primary tasks

  • Initial staff checks of new submissions to PeerJ, PeerJ Computer Science and PeerJ PrePrints (a check of submitted articles to ensure they are suitable for peer-review from a content point of view; adherence to our policies etc)
  • In collaboration with other team members, responsible for the integrity, speed and smooth running of the PeerJ Peer-Review process – assigning Editors, responding to Academic Editors, chasing Academic Editors, chasing Reviewers, research and identify peer-reviewers on behalf of some Editors etc. Expected to suggest and implement process improvements which will improve the KPIs of the peer-review process.
  • Respond to specific emails (relevant to the responsibilities of this position) as they come in to shared inboxes

Mandatory Skills & Experience

  • Based in California
  • Excellent English comprehension and communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Proficiency with text document programs (most importantly MS Word)
  • Demonstrated organizational skills (the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines)
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • An interest, and/or experience, in STM (‘Scientific, Technical and Medical’) or academic publishing
  • An advanced degree (minimum PhD, but ideally postdoctoral)

Skills that would make you stand out

  • Postdoctoral experience in a biological / medical / environmental science subject area.
  • Strong familiarity with the journal publication process, ideally having published and reviewed journal articles themselves. Relevant experience in similar editorial roles is an advantage, but not required.
  • The successful candidate will be capable of understanding complex scientific topics; able to converse with academics on ‘their level’; and able to communicate complex topics to a broader audience.
  • They will be professional and articulate. They will be capable of handling multiple responsibilities, working independently, and meeting strict deadlines.

Benefits

  • Equity share in the company (after vesting period)
  • Flexible working hours and a relaxed work environment
  • The opportunity to play an active role in improving scientific communication and to make a difference in the world!

Location

Open to anyone residing in California.

If you would fit into the Staff Editor role then please send a CV or résumé to: jobs@peerj.com. We never reply to recruiting agencies.



Open positions


Why work at PeerJ?

  • Everyone should have free access to research. That is not happening today, as most tax-payer funded research is locked up behind expensive paywalls. PeerJ is changing that and we are particularly looking for people who have experienced that paywall frustration in the past.
  • Publishing needs a shakeup. What better way to do that than by taking a Silicon Valley approach. We are funded by investors led by O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures and count Tim O'Reilly as not just a board member, but a vocal advocate for Open Access in tech and government. This means our approach has never been tried before and is open for you to directly lead.
  • Work with very smart and creative people. PhD and MS degrees are a dime a dozen at PeerJ. You also have access to the top scientists in the world.
  • We push code constantly. And if it's not good enough to push at 5PM on a Friday, then it's probably not good enough to push any other day either. ;)
  • We offer top salary, stock options, a "take-what-you-need" holiday/vacation policy, and minimum $2,500 (£1,500) for your dev setup to be spent however you want every other year.
  • PeerJ has locations in both California, US and the UK.