Illustration Editor

Palo Alto, CA 94306
United States

Printing / Publishing
Application Closing Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Employment Type
Work Schedule

Job Description
Annual Reviews (AR) is a nonprofit publisher dedicated to synthesizing and integrating knowledge for the progress of science and the benefit of society. Our top-ranked journals and highly cited reviews—written by some of the world’s foremost experts in their fields—promote innovation among researchers and advance scientific awareness among journalists, policy makers, business professionals, and others with an interest in the societal impact of research.

We offer competitive salaries and excellent benefits including a great health benefits package, personal enrichment benefits, a matching gifts program, free meditation classes, and most importantly, the ability to work with an amazing group of people who care about each other and their work.


We are currently seeking a FT Illustration Editor who resides in CA, OR, OH, NV, NC, VA, WA, WI, CO, MA, PA, NY, HI, or GA. Responsibilities include:

  • Determining the suitability of submitted images and the best means of improving or readying images for use in print and online
  • Creating, revising, enhancing, and finalizing images for use in print and online. This may include rendering from sketches
  • Managing the production of figures for assigned journals to ensure a smooth flow of figure sets through production steps and meeting of deadlines
  • Establishing good relations with authors, editors, production editors, and vendors using tact and flexibility
  • Ensuring consistent presentation of published graphics by performing quality checks throughout the production cycle
  • Adding, updating, and maintaining data in a central database and preparing status reports

This position offers broad exposure to print and online publishing and is an opportunity to acquire hands-on editorial and production experience.

Job Requirements
Qualified candidates must have:

• B.A. Graphic Arts or equivalent experience
• A strong portfolio of vector artwork with a concentration in scientific illustration and information graphics
• 3–5 years of experience in managing a variety of graphics production activities
• Demonstrated proficiency in graphics software, including Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat, as well as Windows and MS Office
• Ability to create and edit vector graphics; convert a variety of incoming file formats; use layers, channels, and masks; and scan, manipulate, and edit images
• Ability to use close vision and color vision and ability to effectively use a Wacom tablet and stylus
• Strong typographic skills (manual kerning, leading, formatting sub- and superscripts, for example)
• Intermediate MS Word capability
• Effective verbal and written communication skills with the ability to demonstrate tact and develop and maintain good internal and external professional relationships
• Ability to work well both independently and in a team environment
• Strong organizational skills with the ability to multitask effectively and meet deadlines
• A background or interest in science is preferred, and experience in publishing or an academic environment is a plus

All candidates must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. without the need for employment visa sponsorship now or in the future.

If you possess the above requirements, please submit your cover letter, resume, and a strong portfolio of vector artwork with a concentration in scientific illustration and information graphics by applying online at:

Annual Reviews is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion or creed, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, age (40 and above), military status, status as a protected veteran or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact the Director of Human Resources at 650-493-4400 or by email at and let her know the nature of your request and your contact information. Requests for accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that only inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this phone number or email address.

For more information about our commitment to equal employment opportunity, please click on each of the following via the job ad on our career website: (1) EEO is the Law Poster, (2) EEO is the Law Poster Supplement, (3) Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Statement, and (4) AR EEO/AA Statement.