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Editorial Directors/ Chief Editors/ Publishing Directors

Descriptions & Duties

  • Editorial Directors/ Chief Editors/ Publishing Directors are responsible for editorial policy and standards, departmental organisation and procedures, the profitability of new publications, authors' royalty policy and legal implications especially copy-right. Co-ordinate editorial and research activities with production, design and marketing departments, and monitor schedules of e-publishing business.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:1 (Max:5) 

Skill is rarely required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Trade Specific Competencies

Knowledge on new technology

Chief Editors should be able to utilize new technology to plan and manage editorial project. He/She may have to generate new ideas to enhance editorial procedures and increase readership. Chief Editors should be familiar with the development of E-publishing in order to co-ordinate the editorial activities with production.

Knowledge in budget and copyright management

Chief Editors have to plan budget for publications and handle copyright issues. Knowledge in copyright rules and intellectual property regulations is crucial for Chief Editors to negotiate contracts and plan new projects.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • Completion of the bachelor's or master's degree in publishing or related discipline


  • At least 5 years of relevant experience

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $15,000-$20,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$30,000

Monthly Salary > $30,000

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Editorial Directors/Chief Editors/Publishing Directors typically work indoors. May need to travel to attend meetings.


  • Computers with project management software

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