Mr. Smith is the former managing editor of the American Heart Association peer-reviewed scientific specialty research journal Hypertension. His responsibilities are listed below.


Managed the day-to-day operations of an editorial office for an internationally acclaimed monthly peer-reviewed scientific research journal through a contract with the American Heart Association. Received up to 1,000 solicited and unsolicited manuscript submissions annually, and directed and implemented logging and tracking of review processes for potential publication in the journal. Established and implemented various computerized methods to identify and present statistical data such as flow of manuscripts, performance of manuscript reviewers, and monthly as well as annual performance and efficiency data of the journal’s overall review process.

Financial and Personnel Responsibilities

Responsible for all aspects of budgeting and statements of account, as well as personnel staffing, management, and performance appraisal. Was responsible for approving invoices, initiating and approving purchase orders with vendors, and supervising two full-time and one part-time employee. Managed a $2 million contract budget.

Editorial and Management

Prepared manuscripts for copy editing by the publisher, and for publication by ensuring adherence to publisher and printer specifications, typographical style sheets, and overall production schedules. Developed and mandated author adherence to submission guidelines. Provided solid and timely communications by acting as liaison between authors, editors, reviewers, and publisher staff to ensure effective review as well as print production of submissions. Provided immediate statusing and response upon request from editorial board members and publishing administrators.

Marketing and Public Relations

Coordinated with the publisher’s marketing department to develop plans for increasing the subscriber base as well as advertising sales. Assisted the publisher in developing readership surveys for tracking subscriber satisfaction. Attended societal international conferences to arrange for publication of two annual supplemental issues of the journal composed of scientific articles received and processed for review at the meetings. Attended professional development organization conferences (see Special Training below) for such groups as AMWA, CSE, and STC (see Affiliations below) to acquire information on the latest market trends to help analyze, evaluate, and increase the effectiveness of editorial office processes and procedures. Wrote articles for these organizations’ journals (see Writing Background below). Provided internal and external media personnel with appropriate background on events and activities such as lectures and lecturers, symposia, workshops, and journal and staff accomplishments. Monitored and maintained vigilance over Internet website development by the publisher.

Major Accomplishments

•  Conceptualized and created the Hypertension Editorial Office Operating Procedures. This manual was adopted by the American Heart Association as the standard by which all of its journal editorial offices operate.

•  Conceptualized and consulted on an aggressive marketing campaign targeting medical suppliers for articles published in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension for the purpose of increasing advertising revenue to increase the journal’s page budget.

•  Conceptualized and created electronic manuscript review forms for E-mail transmission to the Hypertension editorial office.

•  Conceptualized and created both annual and monthly reports documenting journal progress.

•  Reduced operating expenses for the journal by over $40,000 in my first year while increasing staff and staff moral.

•  Established new records with the publisher to include the highest number of diskettes submitted and the highest number of manuscripts submitted with complete information.

•  Rewrote Instructions to Authors every 6 months.

•  Reduced the turnaround time for receipt to publication from 8 months to 4 months for publication of supplement issues for Hypertension. Reduced overall turnaround time for regular submissions from 12 weeks to 4 weeks from receipt to first decision.

•  Received numerous letters of commendation from authors and Ochsner staff.