Specialist, Manuscript Editor

Atlanta, Georgia
Oct 29, 2019
Nov 28, 2019
Specialist, Manuscript Editor A&R
Job Function
Health / Medical
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
Not willing to travel

TITLE:           Manuscript Editor, Arthritis & Rheumatology

STATUS:       Non-exempt

LEVEL:         Specialist

DIRECT SUPERVISOR:     Managing Editor, Arthritis & Rheumatology


The Manuscript Editor is responsible for detailed substantive editing of manuscripts accepted for publication in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology


  • Edit copy, most of which originates from non-native English speakers, for logic clarity, accuracy, language, and style
  • Ensure correctness of scientific/technical/medical terminology and adherence to journal style
  • Rewrite and reorganize sections of manuscripts to improve comprehensibility
  • Verify all data within articles for internal consistency and face validity
  • Review and revise tables for logical presentation of data
  • Review illustrations for consistency of data and for appropriate sizing and style
  • Review information provided by authors regarding their financial relationships with industry, and assess appropriateness/necessity of publishing the information
  • When editing articles, be attentive with regard to other potentially problematic legal/ethical issues, e.g., ghostwriting, copyright concerns
  • Correspond with authors concerning alterations, corrections, or questions
  • Work with little supervision and be responsible for all aspects of each article edited
  • Read and correct proofs of articles edited by others
  • Other duties as Managing Editor or ACR Executive Vice President may assign


  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 2 years of experience in scientific/technical/medical editing
  • Familiarity and comfort level with clinical and laboratory medical/scientific terminology
  • Ability to work with highly technical and specialized material
  • Ability to comprehend statistical/analytical concepts and to analyze large amounts of data for consistency and logic
  • Strong command of language, including grammar, syntax, and spelling
  • Ability to recognize and work with idiosyncrasies of various foreign languages
  • Ability to recognize elements of accepted articles that could raise legal/ethical concerns
  • Highly detail-oriented
  • Ability and willingness to work very independently
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively and professionally with authors, editor, and staff

The ACR provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. The ACR complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities or conducts business.

This is not a contract.  The description and duties as they relate to this position are subject to change as reasonable business necessity dictates.  In the event of such changes, a new job description may be created.