Welcome to Atwood Tate’s industry spotlight series, where we go behind the scenes of each of our recruitment desks to give you the scoop on working with Atwood Tate. This week Clare returns, focusing on roles in STM publishing
What does ‘STM’ means in publishing?
STM publishing refers to scholarly, Scientific, Technical, Medical and professional publishers. In Atwood Tate, we work with a wide range of publishers from academic and scientific publishers, learned societies, open-access publishers and professional bodies to reach out to publishing professionals. The content is often journals or books based, for journals, there are open-access journals and subscription journals.
What will be the academic requirement?
The majority of roles we work on require a scientific degree. It is not often that a Master’s or PhD is required but for senior editorial positions, especially working on a particular scientific subject, it is likely that a specific academic background will be needed. However, for roles that are more operational or with a strategic focus, companies might be more flexible on educational background. Some candidates have, for example, an English degree who now work in a managerial STM publishing role so never say never!
What roles do we work on within STM publishing?
We work on roles from junior to senior level. From Editorial or Publication Assistant, to middleweight Production Editor or Commissioning Editor; senior level Managing Editor or Publishing Operations Manager and so on. STM publishing is a big area and it is full of potential to transfer your expertise.
Is there good progression in STM Publishing?
STM publishing is fast growing and blooming quickly so there will definitely be good progression. Through working with different portfolio of journals and academia, you will grow your network and gain a wider knowledge of STM publishing. Currently, a lot of STM publishers are expanding and restructuring so there are definitely opportunities to grow your career in the field.
Atwood Tate is a member of ALPSP (The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers).
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