Would you like some experience of basic editorial work at RIO Journal?

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    Warming up for its first set of research ideas, proposals, articles, software suggestions and a lot more types of scientific work to be submitted in November, RIO Journal is on the lookout for early career researchers to lay the basis of the one-of-a-kind project that Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) Journal is.

    What is an Editorial Apprentice?

    At RIO Journal, we want to help researchers gain an understanding of editorial roles, by experience, from an early stage in their careers. Editorial Apprentices perform basic technical checks and execute the validation of a manuscript right before it is submitted to RIO.

    RIO uses a unique platform – ARPHA, along with its associated authoring tool, the ARPHA Writing Tool (AWT). The platform is the first end-to-end, narrative- and data-integrated publishing solution that supports the full life cycle of a manuscript, from authoring to reviewing, publication and dissemination.

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    To ensure high quality of content, manuscripts on ARPHA go through a two-step validation process. First, the system provides an automated technical check, but a human “fine tuning” on a manuscript is often still needed. The editorial assistant keeps an eye on the text consistency, whether the references and the language are in compliance with the high standards of RIO, and if data underlying a manuscript are published according to the journal’s policy.

    Why should I apply for an Editorial Apprentice at RIO?

    If you are a PhD student or a Postdoc, you should be looking for some first-hand experience of more senior academic roles. It’s good to improve your own understanding of the academic system, as well as good for your CV. As an Editorial Apprentice at RIO you’ll gain experience of paper reviewing and publishing processes, and you will also be given the right atmosphere to advance your editorial skills and improve your knowledge of the publishing process.

    What else do I want to know about RIO?

    RIO is the first open-access peer-reviewed journal that makes it possible to publish research across all stages of the research cycle in disciplines ranging from humanities to science.  RIO uses a novel, entirely public process of quality assurance checks, technical validation and formal peer-review, including options for pre-submission and post-publication peer-reviews.

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    How to apply?

    If you are a PhD student or a Postdoc and wish to continue your career in academia or in the academic publishing industry, you are more than welcome to apply for an Editorial Apprenticeship via our online application form (Also available as PDF).

    Please, note you will need to spend a few hours per week for a period of one year or more. We are looking for candidates who have published or submitted at least two scientific articles. High-level proficiency with written English is a must.

    We look forward to working with you!

    2 thoughts on “Would you like some experience of basic editorial work at RIO Journal?

    1. These tasks seem like those that would be done by paid staff at most journals.
      Are there any tangible benefits provided to apprentices, like reduced APCs?

      1. Dear Nick,
        Thank you for your comment. The ARPHA Writing Tool (arpha.pensoft.net), which RIO uses, is actually designed to ensure quality check before the manuscript validation, so in reality the job of the Editorial Apprentice will not be extremely voluminous, but still rather important. The real benefit is for people to have an insight on the publication process and have a feel of the tool.
        Best regards,
        RIO Admin

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