Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate
  • London


Purpose of the Job:

Assisting in the organisation and preparation of the monthly print issue and online content for The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Main Activities and Responsibilities:

Developing and maintaining links with the international gastroenterology and hepatology communities, and scanning the current literature to aid in the identification of suitable material and authors for the journal

Commissioning material for the journal as required, and organising and conducting interviews

Organising peer review of articles and other written material and negotiating with authors, keeping to journal timelines

Writing editorials, news items, and other material for the journal or website

Sub-editing material from all sections of the journal to improve clarity of expression, and to conform to journal style, and the limits of the space available

Checking galley proofs and cross-reading journal pages, both as paper copies and on screen

Attendance at conferences and other events, to represent the journal, to identify suitable topics and Authors and to keep up to date with current developments in the gastroenterology and hepatology community

Checking of monthly website updates and selection of material for homepage

Assist with press releases as required

Participate with online strategies

Suggesting and helping 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)

Meet daily, weekly, and monthly targets while doing other tasks.

Other tasks consist of: checking Cover and Contents pages; writing of press releases; and attendance at weekly meetings with Editorial and the Production department

Adherence to highest standards and the journal’s agreed approach

Checking format of all articles.

Checking data for accuracy, use of SI units, and clarity of presentation

Checking proofs and pages for whole journal content

Reviewing Lancet style on a monthly basis


Interpersonal Skills

Ability to work in a team and keep to strict deadlines

Negotiation skills with members of the medical profession, the media, and other editors

General Knowledge and Technical Skills

Knowledge of biological and medical sciences

Good use of English

Writing skills

Negotiation skills

Computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Office, EES, PPM, and InCopy

Education, Knowledge, Skills and Experiences

An MD (with clinical experience in a relevant discipline) or a PhD (in a related subject) is required;

Some editorial experience, preferably at Senior Editor, or Assistant Editor level

Relevant writing experience

Ability to work independently, but also to collaborate closely with other team members

Ability to work well under pressure

Familiarity with IT systems: PCs, databases, word-processing, publishing software, email, and internet