Clinical Editor – Freelance

Company : BMJ
Location : London / Remote
Closing Date : 24/08/2021
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Position: Freelance Clinical Editor x 22-3 days per weekStart date: ASAPThe BMJ is one of the world’s leading general medical journals. Our mission is to lead the debate on health and to engage, inform, and stimulate doctors, researchers, and other health professionals in ways that will improve outcomes for patients. We are looking for two part-time freelance clinical editors to join our growing team of international editors. We have roles available in both the Education and Analysis sections. In these roles, the candidates will review submissions, commission, manage peer review and edit articles for publication in The BMJ. The candidates will regularly contribute to weekly meetings, providing clinical experience-based opinions on papers handled by other editors and assessing the relevance of prospective new content for a clinical audience. This will amount to a minimum of two to three days a week, with flexible scheduling to accommodate other roles and responsibilities. We encourage remote working for this role. It may involve occasional travel to meet with teams based in London. Freelance clinical editors are paid a standard daily rate of £250 (GBP).Responsibilities- Read and appraise pitches and submissions and judge relevance to clinical audience- Commission, manage peer review and edit articles working closely with authors and use a web based manuscript tracking system- Attend at least one weekly meeting where manuscripts are discussed - Request and evaluate financial competing interests of prospective authors- Liaise with authors, reviewers and technical editors regarding revisions- Suggest and help to develop new initiatives for the further development of the journal- Such other duties as may be necessary from time to time (e.g. covering for other team members during holiday and sickness absences)QualificationsThe successful candidate will be a medical doctor with broad experience and recent clinical practice as well as knowledge of peer review and academic publishing. Essential attributes:- Qualified medical doctor with recent clinical experience - Strong communication skills- Fluency in written and spoken English- Ability to work well alone and in a team Desirable attributes:- Experience of medical editing and peer review- Experience conducting or appraising health-related research - International experience or outlook How to apply: A cover letter explaining why you want the job (max 500 words)Your CV (no more than 2 pages)Brief outline of two articles which you would like to commission for The BMJ, one for the Education section and one for the Analysis section (max 500 words)If you would like more information on this role before or after applying, please contact Cat Chatfield, Head of Education, at or Jenny Rasanathan, Head of Scholarly Comment at 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.