Position Description
Press Johns Hopkins University Press
Production and Design
Books Production Editor


General nature/purpose of work:

Production Editor prepares the transmittal to production of 24+ freelance copyedited manuscript per year (scholarly, reference, textbook, or trade) and is project manager for the manuscripts through all subsequent stages through approval of bound book.

Primary duties and responsibilities

  • Serve as project manager and Press liaison with author on all assigned projects, from final edited manuscript through bound book.
  • Evaluate the work of freelance copyeditors.
  • Hire and evaluate the work of freelance proofreaders and indexers.
  • Edit, sometimes substantively, indexes prepared by author or freelancer as well as miscellaneous front-matter elements (e.g., foreword) as needed. Proofread catalog copy.
  • Proofread catalog copy and route book jacket copy; check jacket through all production stages.
  • Establish schedules and ensure they are met.
  • Resolve problems in manuscript and proofs, in consultation with Managing Editor and/or other departments when appropriate.
  • Track permissions for text and art; track original art, most of which is in the form of electronic files.
  • Traffic page proofs to authors, proofreaders, and indexers, primarily as PDFs.
  • Transfer all changes to PDF of master proof using Adobe markup tools, working with author to reduce alterations when appropriate.
  • Track corrections on PDFs through subsequent proof stages.
  • Check revised pages, blues, F&Gs, and advance copy.
  • Follow Press procedures for internal routing of proof stages.
  • Participate in monthly departmental meetings; work closely with Production staff and interact frequently with Marketing and Acquisitions Departments. Maintain database records with daily/weekly status reports on each project; summarize editing and production history after publication.
  • As workload requires and if incumbent is qualified to do so, may copyedit full-length manuscripts.
  • Under the guidance of the Managing Editor, may supervise freelance copyeditors or liaise with production services.


Minimum Requirements


B.A/B.S. degree

Related Work Experience: Minimum of two years' book or journal publishing experience, preferably in scholarly or academic publishing, and including copyediting experience.

Special Skills/Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of mechanical and substantive editing skills as they apply to book-length (including illustrated and tabular) manuscripts; well versed in Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed., with ability to apply other appropriate style manuals as necessary.
  • Strong language skills and interpersonal communication abilities; elementary foreign-language skills.
  • Broad familiarity with book production process; ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and to prioritize effectively.
  • Detail oriented, flexible, well organized, and able to meet deadlines.


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