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Managing Editor

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Position Title:        Managing Editor
Position Type:       Permanent Full-Time
Department:          Research
Work Location:     Beijing or Shanghai, China
Reports to:             Managing Editor (James Baldwin)



  • An engineering or physical sciences background to at least BSc level and ideally a higher degree (MSc, MPhil or PhD);

  • A firm grasp of the principles of engineering and physical sciences research, and a knowledge of modelling and experimental protocols, theory, design and reporting standards;

  • Ideally, journals publishing experience in an editorial role;

  • Excellent relationship management and communication skills and confidence in working with internal and external stakeholders, including senior academics. Talent for establishing and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with journal editors;

  • A proactive approach, good commercial awareness and a strong understanding of journals publishing business and processes;

  • Excellent organisation skills and an ability to prioritise effectively;

  • The ability to travel to attend conferences, both in the UK and internationally;

  • A high level of motivation, with the capacity to work independently and as part of a close-knit team.


  • Assessing submitted content for scientific rigour, novelty, and suitability for publication;

  • Managing peer review processes within agreed timeframes, as required; ensure that all published content meets required ethical and scientific standards recommend changes to peer review processes to improve efficiency;

  • Hands-on journal development, including article-level commissioning, original research article solicitation, special collection development;

  • Building specialised scientific knowledge of allocated subject areas;

  • Selecting and inviting peer reviewers; working with external editors and internal Managing Editors to make final accept/reject/revise decisions;

  • Managing existing titles and developing editorial boards;

  • Achieving acceptance by key indexing services; driving impact factor growth;

  • Driving journal growth via increased submissions and appropriate acceptance rates.


SAGE is an independent, leading academic and professional publisher.  We are a growing company, with over 1,500 employees based in London, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Singapore, New Delhi and Melbourne. 

We believe that education is intrinsically valuable to a healthy society and we're dedicated to producing high quality content in our books, journals and digital products. 

We're passionate about contributing to our local communities; we run a diverse mix of community-based programs each year and we make sure everyone has the chance to get involved.


We are a highly motivated and hard-working but friendly and welcoming team.

We are a key part of the journal’s editorial division, one of the most dynamic parts of SAGE.


At SAGE Publishing we embrace diversity and Inclusion.  We seek to promote the benefits of diversity in all of our business activities and develop a business culture that reflects that belief.  We welcome applications from all members of society irrespective of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief as creating value through diversity is what makes us strong.  As a business and as an organisation with an increasingly agile workforce, we're open to flexible working arrangements where appropriate.


Please send in your updated resume to us at Your application will be reviewed against our requirements, and we will be in touch to provide you with an update on the status of your application if shortlisted.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed within this position description are representative of the education, skills, experience and qualifications required. Incumbents in this position must maintain absolute confidentiality with company information at all times. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disability to perform the essential functions. Management reserves the right to change, rescind, add or delete the functions of this position at any time.


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