Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Opportunity to work with BMJ

The BMJ, one of the world’s leading medical journals, is seeking an experienced medical editor to lead its activities in South Asia. The India Editor will guide the development of content on for South Asian doctors, commissioning and editing new content and selecting the most relevant of our existing output.
The successful candidate will be based full time in India, ideally in Mumbai or New Delhi, and will join a growing BMJ team in India and while also liaising closely with the BMJ Editorial team in London. He or she will report to Trish Groves, deputy editor BMJ and editor in chief of BMJ Open.
Key tasks

1. main role as India editor
·         taking day to day responsibility for the content, processes, and management of
·         helping to implement and develop the BMJ’s India strategy; initially by ensuring that launches successfully in late 2012
·         selecting and curating relevant content to feature on
·         writing and editing “Editor’s choice”-type content for
  • handling and managing peer review for original research papers submitted to BMJ
  • attracting submissions of original research papers from India for BMJ and BMJ Open and case reports for BMJ Case Reports, to be fed through the peer review and production systems in London
·         commissioning news, editorials, comment articles and blogs (and ultimately education) for and sometimes for Student BMJ
·         developing and managing user-generated content for, including Rapid Responses (eletters) and blogs
  • developing a strategy-driven programme of editorial outreach; meeting researchers/authors and readers at medical conferences and medical/academic institutions; using the web and particularly social media to reach readers, potential authors, peer reviewers, and influencers
  • working on presentations and workshops:
    • planning and delivering public presentations on how to get published and on BMJ editorial policies and practices
    • working with the BMJ’s London and India teams - and, when appropriate, with Indian institutions and/or sponsors - to develop and implement a programme of BMJ publishing workshops in India
  • working with the editorial and marketing teams on
    • attracting the best and most relevant content for BMJ and sister publications
    • continuously improving services to authors, peer reviewers, readers
·         possibly working with BMJ Careers team to scope out a BMJ India jobs board for medical recruitment within India

2. general editorial roles within BMJ Group
  • liaising regularly with the BMJ’s London-based commissioning and editing teams about content and policies
  • blogging on
  • seeding and contributing to India-related discussions on Doc2Doc
  • other occasional writing for the BMJ
  • acting as an ambassador for the BMJ

Person specification

Essential attributes
·         medical degree
·         at least 3 years’ postgraduate clinical experience
·         experience as an editor handling submitted and commissioned articles, ideally at an Indian medical journal
·         experience of public speaking and giving presentations
·         ability to work alone and as part of a team, and willingness/ability to join weekly conference calls with the BMJ’s London-based team
·         strong communication skills – with colleagues, authors/readers, and with audiences: must be a confident and competent public speaker
·         fluency in written and spoken English
·         commercial astuteness
·         ability to travel up to 8 weeks a year, in total, within India; ability to visit the UK from time to time particularly for key meetings at the BMJ
·         ability to spend a month at the BMJ in London for induction

Desirable attributes
  • wide clinical experience
  • a postgraduate clinical qualification
  • at least 1-2 years experience in clinical research
  • proven experience of critical appraisal of clinical research and/or peer review
  • experience of writing for the web
If you like to apply the last date is 7th July


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