[Purposes] This paper discusses the effect of the Editing Competition for Young Editors of Scientific Journals (hereinafter referred to as the competition) on the cultivation of young editorial talents. [Methods] The competitions held from 2017 to 2020 were analyzed. Combined with the questionnaire survey, this paper evaluated the professional status of outstanding young editors of scientific journals according to the award-winning contestants, and analyzed the effect of the competition on talent cultivation, so as to provide references for the analysis of young editors of scientific journals. [Findings] The competitions had unique features, which promoted exchanges among editors of journals on different disciplines, editors responsible for different processes of publishing, and editors of journals in different languages. The content of the competitions involves both the professional knowledge and other qualities. It is organized in a rigorous but not rigid manner, thus attracts a lot of young editors. The winners in the competitions were competent and excellent in the publishing industry, showing the style and strength of young editors. They were dynamic with a thorough knowledge of this occupation and clear career plans. [Conclusions] The competition, as one of the effective ways to discover and cultivate talents, builds a stage for young editors to display and communicate. Practice has proved that the competition tests the publishing level and actual ability of editors, and it promotes the editors' accomplishment and career development, thereby contributing to the construction of world-class journals.
Editing Competition for Young Editors of Scientific Journals,