Sunday, 12 January 2014

DARTP - PTR Academic Assistant Role

The BPS Division for Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology are looking for a motivated, keen and enthusiastic psychology postgraduate to act as an academic assistant for the journal Psychology Teaching Review. Ideally, the candidate will be able to help in this role for the next 4 months, with a view to extending.The person we are looking for will have excellent communication skills (verbal and written), time management skills and will be able to work independently with very little direct supervision.  The assistant will be available on a flexible basis (max 7 hours in any one week) to work under direction of the Editor to ensure the smooth running of the PTR which has two issues annually (Spring and Autumn).Duties include, setting up and maintaining a database of submitted manuscripts to record date of submission and the following actions:·         
1)   Author submits manuscript

2)   Email acknowledgment sent

3)   Manuscript sent to Associate Editors and arrange for it to be reviewed by two referees

4)   Associate Editor receives reviewers’ comments and makes recommendations to Editor

5)   Author is informed of decision, which normally requires some re-drafting and re-writing

6)   Author resubmits manuscript

7)   Editor accepts or send back to Associate Editor for further review 

To keep the system working, the assistant will need to regularly monitor what stages each manuscript is at, send reminders out to Associate Editors and/or reviewers and keep authors informed.  Sometimes the delay is such that the manuscript needs to be sent to other reviewers.The assistant will also liaise with the publishers to make sure that copyright forms are completed and sent, that proof reading required by authors is completed in time to meet the P4P schedule of deadlines.The assistant will further liaise with the Books Review Editor and Abstracts Review Editor ensuring deadlines are kept, and that reviews are proof read.From time to time, the assistant may be asked to carry out other duties which contribute to the effective and regular production of the PTR.Rate of payBased on hourly equivalent of HERA grade 2, spine point 8£8.22 per hourIndicative hours per month would be between 10 and 30 and there is no average month!If you would like to apply for the role please send your CV with a  covering letter that demonstrates how your skills and experience fits the job description (above) to Dr Jacqui Taylor The Deadline for applications is 17th January 2014.

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