University of Wisconsin–Madison Medical College of Wisconsin

WMJ Editorial Fellowship

The Wisconsin Medical Journal (WMJ) sponsors a one-year Editorial Fellowship in medical editing, peer review and journal production.

The Editorial Fellow supports the Editor-in-Chief and staff in guiding the WMJ to consistent high quality and fulfillment of its mission: to provide an opportunity to publish original research, case reports, review articles and essays about current medical and public health issues.

This volunteer position is designed for an individual with relevant background who seeks to build skills and gain experience in medical editing, peer review, and medical journal production. It averages approximately 4 to 8 hours per month and requires a 1-year commitment with opportunity for renewal.

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  • Saswati Bhattacharya, PhD, Scientist, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Corlin Jewell, MD, Assistant Professor (CHS), BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine (also assistant clerkship director), School of Medicine and Public Health
  • David Mallinson, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Eduard Matkovic, MD, Assistant Professor (CHS), Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, School of Medicine and Public Health

Essential Functions

  • Works with the Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Board and staff to shape the strategy and direction of the journal, including initiatives to expand circulation, reader impact and profitability.
  • Manages the peer review process for assigned manuscripts, including inviting reviewers, providing feedback to authors, and participating in publication decisions.
  • Promotes WMJ through professional networks.

Key Responsibilities Include

  • Reviewing manuscripts.
  • Representing the publication externally.
  • Meeting monthly with Editor-in-Chief, Deputy Editor(s) and staff for coordination and status updates, review.
  • Providing feedback from reviewers to authors.
  • Advising Editor-in-Chief regarding preliminary and final decisions on acceptance or rejection of manuscripts.
  • Participating in biannual Editorial Board meetings.
  • Serving as a member of the Advisory Group for development and production of any special issues.
  • Working on journal-related special projects based on personal interest and the needs of the journal, such as social media, creating special collections and bibliographies on a given subject, and reviewer recruitment.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Experience

  • MD, DO, or clinically oriented PhD.
  • Faculty member or learner at the Medical College of Wisconsin or the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Previous publication experience as author and/or reviewer for peer-reviewed journal.
  • Possesses a broad medical vantage point.
  • Knowledge of research methods.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit the following by July 15, 2024 to with the subject “Editorial Fellowship”:

  • A current curriculum vitae
  • A one-page letter summarizing why you are interested in and qualified for the role
  • A current conflict of interest form (download here)



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