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Editorial Assistant - Social Science

Company/ Firm Name

Sage Publishing


London, UK

Published Date

26 August 2022

About the job:

About our company:

  • 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.

About our team:

We are recruiting an Editorial Assistant for the Social Sciences team, Books Editorial. The Editorial Assistant will work mainly on textbooks and handbooks, and some impact titles. This varied and exciting entry-level position provides administrative and commissioning support to the Publisher for Sociology, Criminology and Media lists; the Senior Commissioning Editor for Politics and international Relations; and the Commissioning Editor for Reference and Social Science impact titles. We are a collaborative and friendly team, and work closely with external authors and our colleagues within SAGE’s sales, marketing, production and design departments.

Could you be our new Editorial Assistant?

Are you?

  • A proactive person, who constantly looks for the best ways to get the job done;

  • Excellent organisational and prioritisation skills, with the ability to handle a varied workload and deadlines efficiently;

  • Able to work quickly while maintaining strong attention to detail and  accuracy;

  • Able to hold courteous, persuasive conversations in writing and in person;

  • Proficient at using standard IT packages (e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook);

  • Capable of showing initiative and self-motivation;

  • This role may be offered at Editorial Assistant or Assistant Editor level depending on experience.

Your new role:

  • Organizes the reviewing of book proposals by finding and briefing suitable academic reviewers, chasing feedback to deadlines and arranging payments.

  • Accurate preparation of contracts for new book projects, ensuring they are signed and processed promptly.

  • Maintains complete, accurate and up-to-date information on the books’ database and internal tracking spreadsheets.

  • Communicates regularly with authors to ensure manuscripts are delivered on time and to plan, and to answer author queries.

  • Prepares manuscripts and accompanying information required by production, marketing and design colleagues.

  • Researches the market for new books and competing titles to inform publishing decisions and strategy.

  • Represents SAGE at conferences and events (where appropriate) to build relationships with authors and contribute positively to the reputation of the company and our publishing.

  • Supports Editorial in helping to deliver each list’s objectives and initiatives.

  • Provides administrative and commissioning support to one Commissioning Editor, one Senior Commissioning Editor and one Publisher in the Social Sciences team, Books Editorial. This role spans the Politics, International Relations, Sociology, Criminology, Media textbook lists; and Social Sciences impact and handbooks lists.

  • Assists and supports in the day-to-day work activities of the Commissioning   Editors and Publisher in their development of new projects.

  • Ensures that SAGE offers a high level of service to its authors and editors within the editorial assistant's areas of responsibility.

  • Works closely with colleagues within SAGE, both across departments and globally.


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 or gender identity, 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.

This role reports to Andrew Malvern, Senior Commissioning Editor for Politics and International Relations. 

Only Successful candidates will be contacted

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