Senior Editor and Writer, Psychiatric Services
Job Details
American Psychiatric Association HQ - Washington, DC
Full Time

POSITION SUMMARY

The Senior Editor/Writer, Psychiatric Services oversees the copyediting of research articles and other content accepted for publication in Psychiatric Services, ensuring that articles meet standards of quality and editorial style for the journal, and synthesizes and writes content for promotion to multiple audiences (internal and external) in multiple formats (print, online, e-mail, etc.) to encourage online usage.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Copyedits and reviews freelanced copyediting for publication in Psychiatric Services

  • Edits articles as assigned for style, grammar, and accuracy; ensures that manuscripts present authors ideas in a clear, precise, and effective manner, verifying scientific nomenclature for accuracy and consistency and resolving discrepancies between text and displayed material and in cited references.
  • Oversees work assigned to freelancers:
    • Performs second reads of manuscripts copyedited by freelancers to ensure that the level of editing is appropriate and meets standards for style, grammar, accuracy, and presentation.
    • Provides feedback to freelancers as needed.
  • Uses the online submission site (ScholarOne Manuscripts) to identify any special instructions from Editor and to evaluate copyright and disclosure forms for compliance with APAP policies; edits the manuscript accordingly, adding disclosure statements as needed.
  • Edits and formats tables and reviews and validates type and digital tagging (XML) specifications to meet typesetter and online platform vendor requirements.
  • Edits authors graphics and instructs Production Manager on formatting for print and online presentation.
  • Confers with authors about their edited manuscripts and page proofs to ensure accurate incorporation of alterations and satisfactory resolution of problems/issues.
  • Performs quality checks of edited manuscript files and revised typeset proofs before releasing to vendor.
  • Identifies and implements adjustments to workflow to accommodate new technologies and procedures.
  • Communicates with freelancers to ensure quality of editing and facilitate production.
  • Prioritizes work to minimize time between article acceptance and publication and facilitate article-based workflow, adjusting schedule on occasion to accommodate high-visibility articles.
  • Writes succinct, character-limited text for promoting use of online content for internal and external audiences.
  • Notifies APA Communications of upcoming content for press release consideration.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 

 

REQUIRED SKILLS, EXPERIENCE, AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelors degree in English, journalism, behavioral sciences, or related field, with a minimum of 10 years experience in substantive editing of scholarly material for publication, preferably on journals in a medical or behavioral sciences field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of publishing systems and content delivery systems as they apply to publishing, combined with prior experience in STM publishing.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office; demonstrated experience with spreadsheet creation and databases preferred.
  • Experience with Adobe Acrobat to correct PDF proofs.
  • Demonstrated editing, proofreading, and writing skills, with careful attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently to establish priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of productivity.
  • Diplomacy and customer service skills to assist APA member-authors in communicating the results of scholarly research and in providing feedback to freelancers.
  • Ability to work well with other members of the editorial team.
  • Ability to serve as project manager when needed to cover the work with an acceptable level of quality.
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