Assistant Editor

Jan 16, 2013
Feb 15, 2013
Ms. Human Resources
Full Time

The Assistant Editor works with the editorial and production staff to plan, direct, and coordinate activities in preparing material for print and Web publication for two peer-reviewed journals, The American Journal of Managed Care and The American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits. The Assistant Editor works with internal staff and external freelancers to help oversee the workflow of projects to completion within specified deadlines. Key areas of responsibility include:


1. Write Online Content - Identify news relevant to the managed care audience. Create original content for Web site, such as interviews with managed care professionals and articles on relevant topics.

2. Manage Manuscript Submission Process: - Review and check in new and revised manuscripts in our online manuscript tracking system. Ensure manuscripts are properly blinded and formatted for peer review. Set up manuscript folders, print manuscript files and related correspondence, and coordinate/collect authorship forms.

3. Assist in Managing the Peer Review Process - Screen incoming manuscripts for appropriateness of both style/format and scope/content for the journals. Conduct MEDLINE searches to identify and assign appropriate reviewers to submitted manuscripts.

4. Assist in Posting Content to the Web: - Use the CMS system to upload and/or update content, manage workflow for HTML conversions of print articles, and ensure frequent and timely posting of content to the Web sites.

5. Participate in Special Projects - Assist the editorial team in generating ideas and recommendations that help promote the editorial quality and objectives of the journals.

6. Attend Meetings/Conferences - Represent the journals at meetings and conferences, work the booth, perform AJMC TV video interviews, and attend scientific sessions/presentations.

Skills & Abilities

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret scientific and medical journals.

Ability to write professional business letters, brief news stories and press releases, and marketing copy.

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from authors, reviewers, or members of the journal audience.


The Assistant Editor reports to the Group Editorial Director.

Challenges and Opportunities

Learning about the industry and clinical journal publishing is both a challenge and an opportunity. The incumbent is expected to grow a network of sources at various levels within the industry to gain information needed to publish relevant editorial. The incumbent must also learn to work well with various departments within the company to understand workflow and manage time to meet appropriate deadlines.

Position Requirements
Education - A bachelors degree from a four-year college or university, and 2 years editorial experience and/or training. Minimal industry knowledge required.

Language Skills - Must possess excellent written skills and be able to communicate with, and speak effectively to, individuals.

Reasoning Ability - Ability to take direction and multi-task.

Required Skills - Knowledgeable in Microsoft Office and basic computer skills.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, this position is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, use hands, reach with hands and arms, climb stairs, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, talk or hear, taste or smell. This position must occasionally lift or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and depth perception. Must also be physically capable of traveling and operating a motor vehicle.

Please include a cover letter detailing your experience and salary requirement and e-mail to:

No recruiters, please.

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