Senior Editor, AJP-JNCN
Job Details
American Psychiatric Association HQ - Washington, DC
4 Year Degree
Media - Journalism - Newspaper


American Psychiatric Association (APA) Publishing is a leading independent medical specialty society publisher of books, journals, and multimedia in psychiatry, mental health, and behavioral science. It is the largest publisher of information on mental health for psychiatrists, other mental health professionals, medical students, and the general public. Key components of APA Publishing’s program are our longstanding medical journals, including the longest consecutively published specialty journal in North America, the American Journal of Psychiatry. Published since 1844, the American Journal of Psychiatry is the most widely read psychiatry journal in the world. APA Publishing is offering an excellent opportunity to become part of a dynamic team of publishing professionals in their new building in the exciting Wharf District in southwest DC (with up to 3 days/week remote work) as a Senior Editor for the American Journal of Psychiatry and the quarterly publication Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences


This employee oversees the copyediting, production, and publication of research articles and other content accepted for publication in APAs flagship monthly journal, the American Journal of Psychiatry; its quarterly online companion publication, the Residents Journal; and APA Publishings quarterly publication the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences (JNCN). Ensures that articles meet standards of quality and editorial style; synthesizes and writes content for promotion to multiple audiences (internal and external) in multiple formats (print, online, e-mail, etc.) to encourage online usage.



Performs technical review of papers in peer review system for potential production problems and provides instruction for decision letters to authors.


Copyedits and reviews freelanced copyediting for publication in the American Journal of Psychiatry, the Residents Journal, and JNCN

  • 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 and to complete production work on tables and graphics as needed.
  • 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.

Quality assurance and production

  • 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.
  • Prioritizes work to minimize time between article acceptance and publication and facilitate article-based workflow, adjusting schedule on occasion to accommodate high-visibility articles.

Promotion of content

  • 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.


Assists annually with onboarding new team of residents editing Residents Journal and provides liaison throughout their one-year term.

Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s 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.

EOE, including disability/vets