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PLOS (Public Library of Science) - Associate Editor One - Psychology and Behavioral Sciences

Rolling Deadline  |  Full-Time Job  |  San Francisco, CA US


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PLOS is a non-profit publisher and advocacy organization with a mission to transform research communication. We are currently looking for an Associate Editor to join the PLOS ONE Behavioral and Social Sciences, Neuroscience, and Mental Health editorial team. The position will be based in the PLOS office in Cambridge, UK or San Francisco.

As an Associate Editor, you will work with other staff editors to oversee the editorial process for submissions to PLOS ONE. The role involves a wide array of editorial responsibilities, from daily submission assessments to the development of editorial policies.

We are looking to broaden the skills covered by our editorial team and particularly encourage candidates with backgrounds including psychiatry, psychology and behavioral sciences, ideally with experience in human-subjects research.

The journal’s broad scope and focus on innovation provides a unique opportunity to gain and advance editorial skills. The position offers an excellent opportunity for candidates looking for a move from research into Open Access scholarly publishing, as well as those seeking to advance their editorial experience.


  • Assess new submissions and guide manuscripts through the review process
  • Oversee editorial decisions
  • Provide support to external Academic Editors
  • Develop editorial policies and processes
  • Represent PLOS ONE at scientific meetings

Qualifications and experience

  • Experience in a scientific research environment and strong familiarity with the scholarly literature
  • A PhD or similar clinical qualification in a relevant subject area
  • Highly organised and efficient, with strong problem-solving abilities
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both written and oral

Applicants should be able to adapt to fast-paced environments and show a proven interest in editorial matters and the scholarly literature.

We believe in pushing the boundaries of ‘Open’ to create a more equitable system of scientific knowledge and understanding–it’s core to who we are, inside and out. Beyond accepting distinct perspectives, we seek and support divergent backgrounds among our staff because we know differences strengthen our teams, our work, and our communities. We’re ever-evolving in our journey for representation and equity, and strongly encourage applicants of diverse identities to apply: you’ll find a group of critical thinkers eager to challenge the status quo and learn with you as we continue breaking barriers to open science.

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