Assistant Managing Editor, Copy and Production

Atlanta, Georgia
Jan 06, 2021
Feb 05, 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
Not willing to travel
Experience Level

Based in Atlanta, GA the American College of Rheumatology is a professional association for physicians, health professionals, and scientists that work in the medical subspecialty of rheumatology. The ACR has over 9,500 members from around the world. We offer a variety of services, including educational programming, legislative and regulatory advocacy, practice management support and grant funding through its Rheumatology Research Foundation. The ACR’s Annual Scientific Meeting, held each fall, is the premier scientific meeting in the world devoted to rheumatic diseases. To find out more about us please visit

TITLE:             Assistant Managing Editor: Copy and Production, Arthritis & Rheumatology journal

STATUS:          Exempt

LEVEL:            Director

DIRECT SUPERVISOR:         Senior Director, Journals/Managing Editor, Arthritis &


The Assistant Managing Editor, Copy and Production is closely involved in Arthritis & Rheumatology quality control and schedules—managing some activities independently and working closely with the Senior Director, Journals/Managing Editor on others. The Assistant Managing Editor also participates, along with the journal’s Manuscript Editors and Senior Manuscript Editor(s), in copyediting manuscripts for publication in Arthritis & Rheumatology, reading article proofs, and performing other activities related to the journal’s content and production.


  • Supervise Arthritis & Rheumatology Manuscript Editors and Senior Manuscript Editor(s)
  • Train new editing staff in editorial style and procedures
  • Proactively monitor copyediting and proofing output to ensure high quality, adherence to style and aesthetic standards, and on-time publication
  • Identify, and work with Senior Director, Journals/Managing Editor to address, any problems/issues related to the publisher’s production/composition services
  • Update and maintain copy-related documentation such as the journal style guide
  • Write monthly ACR Announcements as well as occasional features (e.g., biography of new ACR President, ACR Committee Updates)
  • Review and approve monthly Arthritis & Rheumatology table of contents emails and proofread table of contents in each A&R compiled issue proof
  • Review article proofs, creating redummy if necessary
  • With Senior Director, Journals/Managing Editor, develop overall plan for each issue of the journal, including placement of fillers, pagination to assure two-page tables appear as a spread, order of letters
  • Coordinate with Editor-in-Chief in selection of journal cover image and obtain image/description
  • Copyedit manuscripts according to journal style
  • Other duties as assigned by Senior Director, Journals/Managing Editor, Arthritis & Rheumatology or Executive Vice President


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in related field
  • Minimum of eight years of experience in the setting of a peer-reviewed scholarly publication (experience specifically with a medical journal and experience specifically with a professional society journal are strongly preferred)
  • Awareness of current practices and potential future trends in scholarly medical publication
  • Strong familiarity with scientific/medical terminology
  • Ability to edit complex, technical material for internal consistency, sense and logic, and comprehensibility
  • Strong writing skills



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.


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