Opportunity : Journal of Responsible Technology – Managing Editor


The Journal of Responsible Technology was launched in the summer of 2020, as the successor to the ORBIT journal. It is published by Elsevier and run by ORBIT.

ORBIT is looking for a Managing Editor who will have a crucial role in shaping, developing and promoting the journal and the academic community that supports it.

Benefits for the post holder

The role is suitable for a junior academic who is looking to build their academic profile. Benefits include:

  • Development of experience of academic publishing
  • Ability to shape the processes and structures of a newly fast-developing journal and the associated academic community
  • Development of strong networks within the academic community, in particular possible authors of the Journal of Responsible Technology, e.g. the current RRI community, computer ethics and related

The journal will be able to pay an honorarium of £400 per month in recognition of the efforts of the managing editor. The expectation is that the managing editor will spend approximately 1 day per week working on journal-related activities.  

Job description

The Managing Editor of the Journal of Responsible Technology will be responsible for:

  • Working closely with the editors in chief on all aspects of organisation and running of the journal
    • Regular status review and update to the editors in chief with regards to the status of all papers under review
    • Initial screening of all new submissions for suitability, identification of potential reviewers, and suggestions of suitable decisions
    • Monitoring of review progress for all papers, which includes chasing authors or reviewers, where necessary. 
  • Increase visibility of journal and outputs by
    • Developing and implementing social media strategy (focus on Twitter)
    • Developing and disseminating call for special issues
    • Proposing bespoke special issues to potential editors
  • Supporting the journal community, e.g. by 
    • Serving as first port of call for all questions from the editorial review board
    • Identifying unresponsive review board members and their possible removal from the board
    • Proposal for new review board members
    • Organising meetings of review board members, typically co-located with relevant conferences / events or online meetings
  • Serving as first port of call for interaction with authors and potential authors
  • Reviewing and updating relevant journal policies

Person specification


Characteristic essential desirable
Experience in undertaking research (e.g. evidenced by PhD or publication experience) x
Good communication and people abilities x
Proficiency in English x
Experience in publishing peer-reviewed outputs x
Excellent organizational and leadership skills x
Experience of and affinity to relevant social media x
Strong subject knowledge in at least one aspect of the subject area of the journal (e.g. responsible innovation,  technology ethics, AI ethics & safety, trustworthy autonomy, responsible robotics, human-machine teaming etc .) x
Independence, ability to work without supervision, strong time management skills x
Reliability and efficiency x
Attention to detail x
Ability to combine this role with existing commitments x
Ability to work flexible hours, depending on the requirements of the Journal x
Experience with the Editorial Manager submission platform x


Application procedure

Please fill in the following form and upload a current CV and an application letter detailing your motivation for taking the post and how you meet the person specification

Closing Date: 28.06.2021, 12.00 noon

Interview Date: 05.07.2021


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