Academic publishing

Academic publishing is a career area that combines working with cutting-edge research and a fast-paced working environment.

Each academic field has its own specialist publications, meaning that there are opportunities in this field for PhDs from a range of subject areas.

PhD graduates and researchers often make good candidates for jobs in this field as it demands a certain level of understanding of the subject area and the academic world.

Editorial jobs require the ability to recognise what might make good content, and to liaise with academics, researchers and other potential contributors.

The publishing industry is driven by financial profit. As a result, much work is done as part of a team to improve profits and manage budgets, which can be a different work structure to which many PGRs have become accustomed during their PhD.

Key skills required in Academic publishing include:

  • A passion for the subject area
  • Understanding of recent trends and developments in the field, both within and beyond your speciality
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • An understanding of what makes a well-written and accessible research or review paper, and a willingness to work with authors to help them achieve correct standards
  • Tact and diplomacy for giving feedback to authors and negotiating changes
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines

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