Developmental Editor
Elsevier - Philadelphia, PA

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Elsevier is the world's leading provider of scientific, technical and medical (STM) information, tools and resources. A global company based in Amsterdam, Elsevier partners with scientists, researchers, healthcare providers, educators and decision-makers in academic institutions, governments and corporations to help them find, evaluate and use information. Our breadth of content is unparalleled, spanning virtually every STM field in the world and includes such distinguished brands as Gray's Anatomy, The Lancet and Cell. Using innovative technology, we deliver our content through tools that help our customers be more productive and successful in their work. ScienceDirect delivers the worlds' leading journals electronically to over 11 million readers in 200 countries. And physicians in 95 percent of teaching hospitals rely on MD Consult to get critical information that can save lives. Elsevier employs over 7,000 people in more than 70 offices worldwide. We are an employer of choice, attracting and developing talented and creative people who thrive in a challenging and fast-paced environment. We offer an excellent compensation and benefits package as well as a real opportunity for career growth in a growing organization. Elsevier is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

This role manages and develops assigned review journal issues from pre-production manuscript stage through release to production. The employee is responsible for maintaining permission logs, using Elsevier’s electronic manuscript

submission system, and corresponding with authors. Other key areas include the following:

Prepare manuscripts for timely release to production, meeting publishing schedule and deadlines.

Work with Acquisitions Editors to coordinate timely publication.

Review manuscripts for clarity and adherence to template; evaluate quality of illustrations and obtain redraw or high-res files when necessary; increase visual elements in articles.

Check for and work with authors and Editors to obtain missing items (figures, tables, permissions, etc.) needed to comply with content and format requirements.

Transmit articles using a designated ftp site or other electronic system to transfer files between computers or networks.

Continue to enhance speed to production/press for review periodical issues by proposing enhancement of an existing process to better meet editorial/customer needs.

Manage production costs, ensuring issues do not exceed budgeted size and reducing the number of articles/issues that are fast-tracked. Review content for potential reprint opportunities.


Strong organizational, interpersonal and written communication skills; flexible and creative approach to problem-solving; attentiveness to details. Ability to foresee and avert problems. Excellent collaborative skills.

Two to three years of developmental editing experience in medical or scientific publishing. Proficiency in managing authors and interacting with them in a professional way; experience in managing multiple, high-priority projects and meeting deadlines; familiarity with acceptable formats for digital text and art; facility with Word, Excel, Outlook, and Adobe Photoshop. Familiarity with electronic manuscript submission systems a plus.

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