BMJ Open is seeking a Research Editor to join their in-house editorial team. The role will involve handling medical manuscripts through peer review and providing input on journal development, processes, and policies. The Research Editor will work closely with other editors on the team, providing second opinions when necessary. Strong organisational and communication skills are essential.
- Assessing submitted manuscripts against the journal’s aims and scope for suitability for peer review and rejecting unsuitable submissions
- Making post-peer review editorial decisions on whether to publish reviewed submissions, seeking and providing second opinions from other members of the team when necessary
- Handling publication/research ethics concerns
- Occasionally sourcing appropriate peer reviewers
- Working with the rest of the editorial team to ensure journal processes are as user-friendly and efficient as possible
- Ensuring the journal’s editorial policies are up-to-date
- Providing contributions to the journal blog and social media accounts
- Occasional attendance at medical and publishing events for outreach and market intelligence gathering
- Providing second opinions to other editors on whether to send new submissions for peer review and publish reviewed submissions; flagging to the Deputy Editor or Editor in Chief if necessary
- Auditing editorial decisions and contributing to new editorial guidelines/ resources to support the training and development of new editors. Providing information to the team on a regular basis to help broaden their knowledge and decision making ability
Skill, Experience & Qualifications
Suitable medical qualification or a scientific qualification and experience conducting research, for example in earning an MSc or PhD, plus relevant editorial experience:
- Experience handling manuscripts and of peer review processes
- Demonstrable understanding of open access
- IT competence, including MS Office and web skills
- High standard of written English required to communicate effectively and professionally with reviewers and authors
Why should you apply?
BMJ is a global healthcare knowledge provider with a vision for a healthier world. We share knowledge and expertise to improve healthcare outcomes.
You may know us as the publisher of one of the world’s most cited general medical journals, The BMJ. We also publish over 70 specialty journals, many of which are the most influential titles in their field.
We also offer digital professional development courses and clinical decision support tools to help medical institutions and clinicians tackle today’s most critical healthcare challenges.
Evidence underpins everything we do – it’s what makes us one of the world’s most trusted knowledge providers. And the figures speak for themselves. More than 50 million users from over 150 countries access our websites every year.
BMJ is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Medical Association (BMA), with nearly 500 employees worldwide. Our head office is located within the Grade II listed BMA House in Euston, London, with more offices in China, India, North America, and Wales.
At BMJ we take equal opportunities very seriously, diversity and inclusion are more than just words, they are an organisational priority. We are building a culture where everyone feels able to bring their full, authentic selves to work. We encourage applications from under-represented groups and we are a Disability Confident Committed employer.
You will be able to join any of our employee-led networks focusing on: Gender, Cultural Diversity, Sexual Orientation, Mental Health and Well-being, Parents and Carers and Age.
We offer flexible work arrangements to all our employees.
Those who come to work with us are assured of a rewarding career in an increasingly global company. In return, we offer a great place to work with a wide range of benefits, including:
- Twenty-five days holiday entitlement plus bank holidays, a BMA Day the opportunity to gain more holiday entitlement through long service employment
- Additional days’ leave for moving house, volunteering or getting married
- Onsite gym, fitness classes and subsidised canteen and cafeteria
- Double matching employer pension contribution, up to 12%
- Multiple discounts through MyReward employee benefits platform.
- Season ticket loan, gym membership and cycle to work scheme
- Seven x salary life assurance cover
- Regular social events, diversity and inclusion groups, and charity fundraising initiatives to get involved in