As established in the AMA Manual of Style, 10th Edition, these values inform everything we do here at Elite Manuscripts.
- Possess a general scientific knowledge of the fields covered in the publications and be skilled in the arts of writing, editing, critical assessment, negotiation, and diplomacy1
- Be familiar with the general principles of statistics1
- Be able to make rational editorial decisions within a reasonable period of time, and communicate these decisions to authors in a clear and consistent manner2-7
- Be skilled in the art of rhetoric8 to recognize the tools of linguistic persuasion and identify and remove hyperbole, inconsistent arguments, and unsupported assertions and conclusions from manuscripts
- Have a sense of humor,3 as a bit of humor can often avoid, or at least soften, potential conflicts between editors and authors, reviewers, owners, publishers, other stakeholders, and other editors1
- Maintain policies about confidentiality and ensure that all staff (editorial and production staff) are sufficiently educated about the company’s principles of confidentiality1
- Ensure that information about a submitted manuscript is not disclosed to anyone outside the editorial office2,4
- Deal with authors in a respectful, fair, professional, and courteous manner3,6,7
- Maintain a positive relationship with you, the author, with a keen sense of diplomacy, tact, and empathy1
- Be able to act impartially and honestly2,7,9
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