Job Vacancy: Journals Publishing Assistant

Posted on September 16, 2016 by Anthony Cond

About LUP

Liverpool University Press (LUP) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Liverpool, and was founded in 1899. The Press has recently expanded rapidly, and now publishes 28 scholarly journals and around 80 new books per annum across the arts and humanities.  LUP currently employs 13 staff.  In 2015, LUP was both the IPG Frankfurt Book Fair Academic and Professional Publisher of the Year and The Bookseller Independent Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year.

The role of Journals Publishing Assistant reflects our growing journals portfolio and ambitious future plans.  Reporting to the Press’s Head of Journals for three days per week and its Head of Sales for two days per week the role will cover a wide range of journals activity. The job is based in Liverpool, but will require some travel.


Job Description

The Journals Publishing Assistant will undertake the following duties under guidance from the Head of Sales:


  • Deliver targeted marketing communications via email and direct mail as guided by the Journals Marketing Plan:
    • Using email marketing software and Microsoft Outlook to create, design and send out a variety email marketing campaigns
    • Adhere to the schedule in the Journals Marketing Plan and ensure all campaigns are sent out on time
    • Meet monthly with the Head of Sales and Head of Journals to analyse the previous month’s campaigns and brainstorm as to how the results can inform the next month’s strategy


  • Table of Contents alerts and Social Media:
    • Sending out new issue alerts to relevant subject listservs
    • Daily use of a variety of social media outlets for standard promotions of the journals and to seek new and inventive ways in which to reach a wider audience


  • Website and platform development:
    • Regularly updating pages on both the Liverpool University Press website and the Liverpool University Press Online platform with news, information and online adverts
    • This requires use of Adobe Photoshop


  • Conferences:
    • Maintaining and updating the list of conferences at which the journals are promoted and researching new events at which we can reach new audiences
    • Arranging the shipping and delivery of promotional materials to these conferences
    • Management of the conference budget
    • Use of Adobe Photoshop and InDesign for design and delivery of adverts and flyers for conference programmes/packs


  • Advertising:
    • Maintaining and updating the list of exchange ads as well as seeking new opportunities to advertise the journals
    • Use of Adobe Photoshop and InDesign for design and delivery of paid for and exchange adverts


  • Reporting:
    • Preparing marketing summaries for individual journals, collections and/or subject areas when requested


The Journals Publishing Assistant will undertake the following duties under guidance from the Head of Journals:

  • Oversee editorial administration for the journals list
  • Attending and contributing to editorial management meetings
  • Liaising with a number of external contacts, including editors, authors, societies and subscription and fulfilment agents
  • Managing member lists for some journals
  • Updating and maintaining editorial contact lists
  • Assisting with research into possible new journals in core subject areas
  • Updating and maintaining Liverpool University Press website and the Liverpool University Press Online platform with correct editorial information
  • Assist the HoJ with preparation of Annual Reports
  • Liaise with other departments for information
  • Assist with provision of bibliometric and usage analysis
  • Managing requests for OA articles (maintaining records, liaising with author and finance department, ensuting article is Open Access when published)
  • Manage the ‘featured article’ selection for 2 journals (liaising with editors, promotion surrounding article, making free to access when published)


The Journals Publishing Assistant will also undertake such other duties as will be decided by the Head of Journals and Head of Sales.


Person specification

The successful candidate will:

  • Demonstrate an interest in publishing, through current employment, work experience placement, internship or other activity.
  • Show initiative, enthusiasm and the confidence to engage with the distinguished scholars who comprise our journals editors, editorial boards and contributors.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of current issues and pressures in the publishing industry.
  • Possess excellent administrative and organisational skills with the ability to prioritise tasks and work under pressure to tight deadlines.
  • Possess a good honours degree in a relevant field.
  • Be proficient in the use of the Microsoft Office applications with experience using Adobe Photoshop and InDesign preferable but not essential


To apply

Please email a CV and covering letter detailing how you are suited to the role, together with the names of two referees (who will be contacted only in the event of a successful application), to Clare Hooper, Head of Journals,

CLOSING DATE: 5pm on September 30th, 2016

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5th Annual Lawrence R. Schehr Memorial Award winner announced...

Posted on September 07, 2016 by Chloe Johnson

Contemporary French Civilization (CFC), published by Liverpool University Press, is pleased to announce the results of the 5th Annual Lawrence R. Schehr Memorial Award competition for the best conference paper submitted by a junior colleague in the field of contemporary French civilization and cultural studies. 

We received many excellent submissions again this year and would like to thank all of our junior colleagues who submitted essays for this competition. We would strongly encourage you to continue sending us your work in the future- both for the Schehr Memorial Award and for potential publication.

2016 Award Recipient:

Dr. Patricia Goldsworthy (Western Oregon
University) for her essay, “Orientalist Legacies and Photography in Contemporary Morocco" in which she examines the re-appropriation of the colonial heritage by photographer Lalla Essaydi in her two series, “Converging Territories” and “Les Femmes du Maroc” and by scholars of the Groupe de Recherches et d’Etudes sur Casablanca (GREC) at the Université Hassan II in their publication of Casablanca rétro.

The award recipient has been invited to publish an expanded version of the winning essay, after further peer review, in a forthcoming issue of CFC.

Congratulations to Dr. Goldsworthy for her excellent essay!  

For more information about our winning author, please visit:

Details on next year’s competition will be available in early 2016 on H-France, Francofil, and the CFC journal website at:

- Denis Provencher, editor of Contemporary French Civilization

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Pavilion Poetry and the 2016 Forward Prizes

Posted on August 23, 2016 by Heather Gallagher
Pavilion Poetry and LUP would like to congratulate Ruby Robinson and Sarah Westcott on their achievements in the 2016 Forward Prizes for Poetry! 


Ruby Robinson on the nomination of Every Little Sound for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection.


Sarah Westcott for her poem Inklings (from Slant Light) which has been Highly Commended by the judges for this year’s Forward Prizes for Poetry. It will be published this autumn in The Forward Book of Poetry 2017.


Ruby Robinson


Drawing from neuroscience on the idea of 'internal gain', an internal volume control which helps us amplify and focus on quiet sounds in times of threat, danger or intense concentration, Ruby Robinson's brilliant debut introduces a poet whose work is governed by a scrupulous attention to the detail of the contemporary world. Moving and original, her poems invite us to listen carefully and use ideas of hearing and listening to explore the legacies of trauma. The book celebrates the separateness and connectedness of human experience in relationships and our capacity to harm and love.

Ruby Robinson was born in Manchester in 1985 and lives in Sheffield. She studied English Literature at the University of East Anglia and has an MA from Sheffield Hallam University where she also won the Ictus Prize for poetry. Her poems have appeared in The Poetry Review, Poetry (Chicago) and elsewhere.

 Sarah Westcott

In her first full-length collection, Sarah Westcott immerses the human self in the natural world, giving voice to a remarkable range of flora and fauna so often silenced or unheard. Here, the voiceless speaks, laments and sings - from the fresh voice of a spring wood to a colony of bats or a grove of ancient sequioa trees. Unafraid of using scientific language and teamed with a clear eye, Westcott’s poems are drawn directly from the natural world, questioning ideas of the porosity of boundaries between the human and non-human and teeming with detail. A series of lyrical charms inspired by Anglo-Saxon texts draw on the specificity of the botanical and its spoken heritage, suggesting a relevance that resonates today. Westcott’s poems are alive to the beautiful in the commonplace and offer up a precise honouring of the wild, while retaining a deeply-felt sense of connection with a planet in peril.

Sarah Westcott’s debut pamphlet Inklings was the Poetry Book Society’s Pamphlet Choice for Winter 2013. Her poems have been published in journals including Poetry Review, Magma and Poetry Wales and in anthologies including Best British Poetry 2014 (Salt). Sarah grew up in north Devon, on the edge of Exmoor, and has a keen interest in the natural world. She holds a science degree and an MA in poetry from Royal Holloway, University of London. Sarah lives on the London/Kent borders with her family and, after a spell teaching English abroad, works as a news journalist.


Take a look at the other nominees for the 2016 Forward Prizes on the official website.


To stay updated with all of our Pavilion Poets follow us on twitter @PavilionPoetry

Ruby Robinson @RubyxRobinson

Sarah Westcott @sarahwestcott1


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Why should academics use social media?

Posted on August 17, 2016 by Chloe Johnson

At the University Press Redux in March, Ann Lawson of Kudos explained how their latest study revealed that 88% of researchers thought that more could be done to increase the visibility and impact of their work. Of these researchers 91% were supportive of sharing their own work. So what are the options? Why should academics be doing this?


“impact on a broader community…”

There are approximately 313 million monthly active users on Twitter, which seems to be the favourable social networking site for scholarly communication. With a 140-character limit, your messages need to be short and to the point. Tweets can include links, pictures, videos, and you can tag (‘mention’) other Tweeters too… if you have the space! Communicating your work in a condensed way such as this is a quick and easy way to reach wider audiences and have an impact on a broader community. With pressures on academics to demonstrate the impact of their work, this seems like a step toward that goal. This is then exemplified by the fact that your Tweet can be retweeted so it is not just people who follow you who can see it, but followers of those who retweet you. Your publishers (who likely have thousands of followers) could retweet your work too, so the potential new audience you could reach with just one small Tweet - and only minutes of your time - is astounding.

Back in July we posted a photo of a new journal issue on Instagram, which was then picked up and reposted by the school of one of the authors. This meant that a whole new audience became aware of our news and who we are, while simultaneously increasing the chances of that particular issue being viewed online. It also places more value on the post. It is expected for publishers to use social media within marketing but as Policy Press’ Kim Eggleton points out on their blog, doing it yourself brings a new level of credibility to the practice and people are more likely to value your opinion as a researcher.


Socialising on social media…

Social media doesn’t have to be used solely as a means of marketing your work; it is an excellent way to network with others in your field, keep up to date with the latest news, and sometimes even ‘attend’ a conference. Big conferences will often have a designated #hashtag which delegates will use to commentate and describe the event. Following the hashtag allows you to keep on top of what’s going on even when you can’t attend yourself. Keeping up with other researchers in your field is also easy on Twitter; you can see what events they are attending and what work they are publishing. It is a great way of building relationships and networks outside of your usual circles which opens up new platforms for discussion and debate.


Getting noticed…

With the huge amount of published work coming out every year, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to stand out. Having your work out there on social media increases the likelihood of it reaching different outlets - such as newspapers, blogs, and magazines - as well as people. This is the kind of data that Altmetric look at. Altmetric collect article level metrics and the online conversations around research papers by tracking a selection of online indicators (both scholarly and non-scholarly) to give a measurement of digital impact and reach. ‘Mentions’ that contain links to any version of the same paper are picked up, and collated. The result is the Altmetric score, recently renamed the ‘Altmetric Attention Score’ to reflect the idea that their aim is to measure the attention around a given article, not just citations. Having an Altmetric Attention Score is another way to measure the broader impact of your work, and using social media is one way in which you can increase your score.

Back in 2013, PLOS ONE published a study that aimed to ‘quantify the impact of social media release on views and downloads of articles’. Although the study was based on a specific research field, their results are still very interesting…




Who can help?

Liverpool University Press is partnered with Kudos whose main aim is helping authors increase the visibility and impact of their work. Kudos provides a new way for authors to use social media to engage the digital community with their research. By creating 'profiles' for their published articles and adding short titles, lay summaries, impact statements and supplementary content, authors can make their articles more engaging for a digital readership accustomed to strategically browsing the millions of potential papers at their fingertips. The steps to using Kudos are simple, all you have to do is claim your published articles, enrich them with content, and share them out to various social channels. You will also be able to measure the impact of your activity through comprehensive personalised metrics. The most recent study revealed that researchers’ use of Kudos correlates to 23% higher downloads on publisher websites!

Furthermore, Kudos has a partnership with Altmetric, so all the work that researchers do on Kudos can contribute to their Altmetric Attention Score. For proof of why using Kudos to explain and share your work is worth your time, check out case studies from our very own authors here.


Looking forward…

One of the struggles I face is convincing academics that social media is worthy of their time. Kudos’ Charlie Rapple summarises the ‘three primary issues’ brilliantly on Scholarly Kitchen, where she concludes that academics will ‘benefit from exercising their communications muscles’. The gist of it is: it is difficult for academics to see clear results of social media; academics would like for their work to stand alone on merit; and, it is something new that they are perhaps not used to, and therefore tempted to avoid.

While fair points, I think it is important that we, as a publisher, work hard to ensure that the content we are publishing is circulated widely. This includes making the effort to encourage our authors to get it out there and as Emily Willingham stated perfectly on Forbes, ‘advocates don’t need to argue that social media is a form of dissemination. They may as well argue that liquid water is wet’.

When asked about the role of social media in scholarly publishing in a recent Scholarly Kitchen post, Jill O’Neill said ‘social media is currently well-integrated in the modern mindset’ which is a really important point to consider when discussing whether academics should use it. Social media seems to be everywhere, present in everyday life. Using it to get your work out there implies that it is current and worthy of attention from the public. In the same Kitchen post, Karin Wulf referred to social media as a ‘vital part of scholarly communications’. Using social media should no longer be seen as self-promotion or vanity; it should be fully integrated into your workflow as an academic.  

Social media is not about showing off, or trying to tick certain boxes for an employer, it is about communicating with other scholars, keeping up-to-date with your field, and most importantly, ensuring that your work reaches as wide an audience as possible. After all, isn’t the dissemination of knowledge at the core of what we’re all doing?

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Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies – Call for Papers

Posted on August 16, 2016 by Chloe Johnson

Special Issue: Autism Narratives

Guest Editors: Stuart Murray (English, University of Leeds) & Mark Osteen (English, Loyola University Maryland)  

2018 will mark the 10th anniversary of the publication of two major studies on the cultural representations of autism, Stuart Murray’s monograph Representing Autism: Culture, Narrative, Fascination and Mark Osteen’s edited collection Autism and Representation. In the intervening years, autism representation has proliferated across media and been re-configured diagnostically in the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-V. This special issue asks: what current topics shape the cultural conversations around autism? Has the greater profile of the condition over the last ten years led to improvements in the ways it is discussed and greater sophistication in its representations? Have increases in cross-and multi-disciplinary academic work produced more nuanced accounts of autism experiences? Where does the condition fit in recent developments in Disability Studies? In short, do we now know better what is meant by an ‘autism narrative’?

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

- Autism in fiction, film, and life-narratives

- Autism and the visual arts 

- Music and autism

- DSM-V and changes in autism diagnosis; the ‘disappearance’ of Asperger’s syndrome

- Autism and popular media

- Theorising autism 

- Medical discourses of autism

- Autism and social communities 

- Autism and technology

- Autism and inter/dependence and care

- Autism and cultural, ethnic and racial diversity

Please email a one-page proposal to and by February 28, 2017. Contributors can expect to be selected and notified by March 31, 2017. (Full drafts of the selected articles will be due on December 15, 2017). Please direct any questions to either guest editor. We welcome contributions from autistic/neuro-atypical persons.

For further information about JLCDS please contact Dr. David Bolt (

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