The Optical Society (OSA) is recruiting for a Production Editor. The Production Editor’s chief duty is to perform tasks that contribute to the quality and process efficiency of assigned journals. The Production Editor must possess expert knowledge of both traditional editorial production and XML-centric processes for structuring, validating, and publishing both text and multimedia content to PDF, HTML, and other formats. The incumbent in this role must also be able to concentrate for long stretches and work effectively with content that can contain dense mathematics and other highly structured information. The Production Editor is also assigned specific duties to support aspects of development, implementation, and ongoing monitoring of the new initiatives that Pubs Production adopts each year.
Primary Production Responsibilities
Ensure that materials, including metadata and multimedia files, are complete and correct before transmission to vendors
For Express journals, perform XML tagging and normalization routines
Apply the appropriate level of copyediting, proofreading, or other quality control at each production stage
Monitor the author-alteration process; work directly with authors when appropriate
Check all final proofs and (a) perform needed changes, (b) authorize publication
Perform online article publication; includes final quality control and treatment of XML, PDF, and, where appropriate, HTML and multimedia
Compile issue and coordinate issue publication; for print journals, coordinate print process, including electronic bluelines
Monitor overall workflow, product quality, and process efficiency of assigned journals
Monitor vendor queues and turnaround times; monitor vendor quality for copyediting, XML preparation, and composition
Participate in establishing and applying evolving initiatives in the production process
Provide coverage for other OSA journals as needed
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required, preferably in English, journalism, or science.
One year of scientific (e.g., physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics) copyediting or editorial production required.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Excellent skills in English writing and grammar.
Strong knowledge of XML tagging and validation practices.
Demonstrated ability to meet editorial deadlines with quality and efficiency.
Strong interpersonal skills required for working with publishing staff and with external editors, authors, and vendors.
Located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC, OSA offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits. Please send your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Optical Society
The Optical Society’s (OSA) mission is to promote the generation, application and archiving of knowledge in optics and photonics and to disseminate this knowledge worldwide. The purposes of the Society are scientific, technical and educational. OSA’s commitment to excellence and long-term learning is the driving force behind all its initiatives.
Since 1916, OSA has been the world’s leading champion for optics and photonics, uniting and educating scientists, engineers, educators, technicians and business leaders worldwide to foster and promote technical and professional development. Through publications, events and services, the Optical Society is helping to advance the science of light by addressing the ongoing need for shared knowledge and innovation.
OSA was founded more than 90 years ago as The Optical Society of America and has evolved into a global enterprise serving a worldwide constituency. In recognition of its global reach and focus, since 2008 the Society has been known as OSA - The Optical Society.