Peer Review Analyst (Editorial)

Date: Apr 24, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society

The American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific membership association and one of the top five scholarly publishers in the world. The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society provides to its members and the worldwide scientific community a comprehensive collection of high-quality information products and services for the practice and advancement of the chemical sciences. The Division publishes 70+ high-quality peer-reviewed journals that cover the breadth of chemistry and allied fields, as well as a weekly magazine, peer reviewed books and reference works (ACS Reagents, ACS Guide to Scholarly Communications).


Within the ACS Publications Division, the Global Editorial Operations team performs three main functions:

  • Editorial Services, charged with overseeing the editorial operations for our 700+ offices, developing and implementing policies and strategies to ensure that high quality peer review continues to be a cornerstone of ACS Publications, at scale,

  • Product Development, charged with overseeing author and reviewer products, including ChemRxiv, ACS’s Author and Reviewer Labs, the ACS Publishing Center, revenue generating Supplementary Covers, and our suite of for-fee authoring services,

  • Editorial Products and Partner Services, charged with developing products and services to support editorial stakeholders, including all editors within the ACS journals portfolio and partner journals; also houses the Publishing Integrity Office.


Position Summary & Accountabilities


As a member of the Editorial Services team, the Peer Review Analyst role is critical in supporting editorial offices and retaining quality editors, editorial assistants, authors, and reviewers.


This position works with  IT, Editorial Development, Digital Strategy, Marketing, and Production business units, as well as other teams within Global Editorial Operations. The Peer Review Analyst develops, documents, and communicates requirements for new processes and functionalities and serves as a liaison to editorial offices during requirements gathering, implementation, testing, deployment, and monitoring of the resulting functionality.  


The Peer Review Analyst monitors the effectiveness and efficiency of editorial offices along with handling and appropriately communicating reports and confidential information. This position interacts directly with ACS editors and can be asked to represent Editorial Services at editorial board meetings.  This team member works closely with staff from other business units and with other peer review analysts.


This position reports to the Lead Peer Review Analyst. Core job responsibilities include:


Support and enhance the strategic value of the ACS editorial offices.


  • Assist in establishing, developing , and managing relationships with editors and editorial office staff.

  • Monitor competitive practices, services, and technologies related to editorial offices and the peer review process.

  • Contribute to the development of policies and guidelines related to peer review and Editorial Services.

  • Facilitate and lead training, discussions, and initiatives for and among editors, editorial assistants and vendors on topics related to editorial operations.

  • Facilitate and lead meetings of editorial office assistants related to journal office workflow and the peer review process.

  • Serve as a central point of communication between the EIC office and vendor staff on issues related to Manuscript Administration services.

  • Work with vendor staff on issues related to Portfolio Services responsibilities, often in partnership with Peer Review Operations.


Working alone or with cross-functional teams, oversee the tasks and responsibilities associated with Editorial Services.


  • Contribute to the effective opening, maintenance, and transitioning of editorial offices.

  • Advise Management and/or relevant business units on/about performance issues at editorial offices.

  • Lead and/or participate in the launch of new products /offices.

  • Lead an/or participate in the rollout of new services used by existing editorial offices.

  • Assist with the development of appropriate training materials and documentation for and lead and/or participate in the training of editorial assistants, editors, or vendors

  • Ensure that journal process documentation is correct and up-to-date.

  • Identify and encourage efficiencies within and among editorial offices, using data from the appropriate environment to support the identified change.

  • Monitor requests from editorial offices, editors, and vendors, ensuring that requests are acknowledged in a timely manner and prioritized appropriately.

  • Ensure that Editorial Services resources are used in an effective manner, ensuring that the strategic and operational objectives of the ACS Publications Division are met.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of teams in Global Editorial Operations, Editorial Development, and other business units and ensure that internal and external customers are routed to the team with the appropriate expertise.



Working with sensitive and confidential information, serve as an effective, tactful, and strong communicator with editors and assistants, and provide appropriate problem assessment and resolution for editorial office and peer review issues.


  • Utilize appropriate mechanisms and modalities for communication with editors and editorial offices.

  • Represent the peer review process and editorial offices in discussions with other ACS business units.


Position Summary

  • BA/BS degree or equivalent combination of education, certifications, and experience in areas of related discipline. Minimum of 5 or more years of relevant experience.

  • Excellent communication, negotiation, analytical, and organizational skills.

  • Basic to intermediate Excel skills preferred.

  • Experience working with Web-based applications, in particular applications that support online submission and the peer review process.

  • Experience in scholarly publishing preferred.    


This position will be primarily based in the Washington D.C. office. ACS offers hybrid work arrangement of three days per week working in the office and two days per week working remotely. New employees are immediately eligible for this hybrid work arrangement. ACS offers relocation assistance, if applicable.



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