Associate Publishing Content Specialist (X638)

Associate Publishing Content Specialist (X638)

02 May
Chennai district

02 May


Chennai district

Key Result Areas

Develop and project manage high quality topical and special issues according to targets;

Create actionable acquisition, publication and bulk sales plans in line with targets under supervision of publisher and team leader

Execute on publication plans

Monitor special content quality by tracking citations and downloads in comparison with regular content in publishing portfolio

Feedback quality reports to publisher, editors and guest editors as indicators of success and input for further portfolio strategy planning

Participate in editorial board meetings from time to time

Take full ownership and manage the publication process for special issues by tracking progress,

guiding and chasing guest editors and authors, anticipating potential barriers and solving issues

Ensure all special issues are published in time and in accordance to publication schedules and targets

Actively manage special issue publication budget towards year end

Develop and maintain relations with editors, (potential) guest editors and authors as well as internal stakeholders

Maintain excellent communications with journal editors, guest editors and authors

Establish productive collaboration with publishers

Act as single-point of contact for special content on all non-

production related matters for all stakeholders, internally and


Provide process guidance and timely status information to all stakeholders for all special issues and review articles in the assigned portfolio from idea to production stages;

Liaise with guest editors and review authors to confirm topic coverage, formats, and timelines, once the special issue / review proposal is accepted by publisher and editors

Generate special issue contracts and get these signed and stored

Send out thank you notes to guest editors and authors upon project completion

Set up EES system for special content

Maintain the pipeline of special issues and invited review articles by timely and accurately recording progress in SID/JCI

Liaise with journal managers and local supplier managers for production and dispatch matters

Oversee invoicing of bulk deals

Deliver positive contribution to overall team performance and process improvements

Actively contribute to and participate in special content development initiatives such as further workflow improvement, participating in internal workshops, Non Solus updates, team meetings, etc. 

Pro-actively flag areas for improvement in relation to special content acquisition and publication

Key Competencies:

Elsevier Competencies

Displays High Integrity and Honesty: Always follows rules and does what is expected; does what s/he says s/he will do; remembers commitments and promises; is honest and ethical in decision making; is trusted by others to do the right thing; is fair and honest in how s/he treats others

Drives for Results: Works hard to achieve objectives; stays focused on key commitments; looks to overcome obstacles or barriers to performing; works with others to achieve joint goals.

Takes Initiative: Volunteers for new job responsibilities or projects; identifies areas within own role that could be improved; notices and acts on opportunities to contribute more without being asked.

Technical / Professional Expertise: Develops and demonstrates core technical and professional skills required for own discipline; develops and applies understanding of business context (including products, processes, culture and values); develops and applies knowledge of the markets in which function operates

Solves Problems and Analyzes Issues: Is able to ask effective questions and collect facts from multiple sources in order to solve problems; is able to effectively identify and analyze problems and propose solutions; effectively manages day –to-day issues and problems without intervention.

Communicates powerfully and prolifically : Shares information relevant to own role; demonstrates effective conversational skills, including active listening and questioning; participates in team presentations.

Collaboration and Teamwork : Develops co-operative working relationships within the team; considers how own style affects others and tailors interactions accordingly; looks for ways to develop mutually beneficial relationships across teams.

Functional Competencies

Knowledge of publishing process and related developments

Knowledge and familiarity with JCI, SID, Oxford Abstracts, ScienceDirect, Scopus, EES

Knowledge and ability to work with MS suite: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project

General Knowledge and Technical Skills:

Excellent verbal and written English communication skills

Commercial awareness

Required Education and Experience:

Minimum University degree, preferably M.Sc. level

At least 2 years relevant experience, preferably in the publishing industry


Elsevier is an equal opportunity employer: qualified applicants are considered for and treated during employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship status, disability status, protected veteran status, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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