Freelance Research Editor

London (Central), London (Greater)
£38.93 per hour
11 Aug 2020
25 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Part Time

The 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 a freelance research editor to join us.

The successful candidate will join a growing BMJ team of international editors while also liaising closely with the BMJ Editorial team in London and reporting to BMJ’s head and deputy head of research, Dr. Elizabeth Loder and Dr. Wim Weber.

The incumbent will read, select, and handle the peer review and editing of research papers. In addition, she or he may participate in other BMJ projects including representation of The BMJ at meetings and flying the flag for BMJ in the wider medical community. Hours for this job are flexible and may expand or contract depending upon the needs of the journal, but we anticipate a fairly steady flow of work that will amount to roughly two days a week. Freelance editors are paid a standard hourly rate of £38.93.

Ideally, the successful candidate will be a physician with experience of medical editing or research appraisal. She or he will work for The BMJ on average two days a week and may continue with outside clinical, academic or other work on other days, with flexible scheduling to allow for occasional longer periods on the clinical service. We encourage remote working for this role, and candidates based anywhere in the world are encouraged to apply. The job may involve occasional travel to meet with research teams and represent The BMJ at medical meetings and other events.


  • Reading, appraising, and managing peer review  of research articles using a web based manuscript tracking system and negotiating with authors
  • Attending the weekly manuscript committee meeting every Thursday (in person or by phone) to discuss submitted papers
  • Liaising with authors, reviewers and technical editors regarding revisions
    Depending on editorial experience, assisting with screening of research papers, teaching and interacting with trainees, liaising with patient reviewers and The BMJ patient editor
  • Occasional travel to meet with academic researchers and other groups, and to represent The BMJ at professional meetings or outside venues, to identify potential submissions, and to keep up-to-date with current developments in medicine
  • 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)


  • Qualified medical doctor. 
  • Strong communication skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Ability to work well alone and in a team
  • Experience in appraising medical research
  • Familiarity with IT systems: PCs, databases, word-processing, publishing software, email, and internet.

Desirable attributes:

  • Some experience of medical editing and journal peer review
  • Ability to work well under pressure

If you would like more information on this role before or after applying, please contact Elizabeth Loder, Head of Research, via the apply click button.

Similar jobs

Similar jobs