Melissa Berbusse Schmidt joined KWF Editorial in 2018 with more than 15 years of experience as Managing or Executive Editor of medical journals in a wide variety of subspecialties such as ophthalmology, cosmetic surgery, neurosurgery, and orthopedics. Melissa brings extensive expertise in workflow design and efficiency, strategic planning for journal growth or expansion, budget management, and staff development. Melissa has worked alongside colleagues at nearly all major scholarly publishing houses, including Elsevier, Wolters Kluwer, SAGE, and Oxford University Press. She brings to KWF a particular love for (and successful track record of) supporting the growth of small-to-mid-sized journals looking to bring their procedures in line with industry best practices or expand their appeal to authors. For several of these journals, Melissa managed transitions between publishers from start to finish, including everything from the Request for Proposals (RFP) process to the education of authors and reviewers on a new submission system. Melissa also brings deep experience with many scholarly submission and review systems; she was a member of a select beta testing group for Editorial Manager through Aries Systems from 2002-2004, and has since worked intensively with Manuscript Central/ScholarONE. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, along with a Master of Education in Adult Education for Health Professionals.