Ever wanted to know what the staff at the RSC get up to? In this blog our publishing editors describe some of the interesting activities they are working on, and let you know what it's really like to work at a leading international scientific publishers. You can also hear from the development editors in our publishing team, and find out what exciting projects and RSC social events they have been involved in recently.

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456af0827f1045b90380401df5dae081-huge-1rI joined the RSC as a Publishing Editor for RSC Advances in October 2014 from working in the pharmaceutical industry as a drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics scientist. I was looking for a career change after six years in drug research and the Publishing Editor role offered what I was looking for: a new challenge away from the laboratory and the opportunity to keep in touch with advances in scientific research.

I am currently training in peer review and started editing training a month ago. Training in both areas has been helpful in understanding more about the entire publishing process at the RSC. I am currently working towards becoming fully trained in peer review and hopefully it won’t be too long until I have final responsibility for deciding which papers are acceptable for publication!

One of the benefits of working for the RSC is that there are plenty of opportunities to learn and develop new skills. I was recently chosen to be a member of the project team responsible for organising the RSC's participation in the Open House event in London later this year, in which our headquarters at Burlington House will be open to the public. I have taken on the role of project secretary and I am really looking forward to contributing to the organisation of the event. It is a great opportunity to gain more experience in project management. 

Outside of work I am pretty busy with my 2 year old son. For those with a bit more free time, there are plenty of social events and clubs organised by the social committee at the RSC. This month the club has held a ceilidh event and there is a quiz night organised which I am thinking of entering with some fellow publishing editors. I think between us our general knowledge is pretty poor though!

I think I have joined the RSC at a great time. The organisation has seen massive growth and is continuing to build on the successes of the last couple of years. I know I have made the right choice stepping away from laboratory research and I am very excited about developing my career at the RSC.
Sarah is working as a Publishing Editor in the RSC Advances team, in the Royal Society of Chemistry's Publishing Department. To see if there are any current vacancies in Publishing click here.
Posted by Sarah Farley on Mar 17, 2015 2:50 PM GMT

9b643c1907c429e16cd8e6e98733aec6-huge-imI had been interested in science publishing ever since I realised that lab work and I just didn’t quite click. So when I saw the opportunity to work at the RSC – safely behind a desk, but still making good use of everything I had been learning at university for the past four years – I just couldn’t resist.

Now fully trained in peer review and training in editing, I am involved in seeing manuscripts right through from submission to acceptance to final publication. Working on the Sustainability team is great as I get to see a wide variety of manuscripts on a daily basis, many of which are written by world-class scientists at the top of their research fields. I am also responsible for coordinating covers for Catalysis Science & Technology. This allows me to correspond with authors who produce some pretty cool graphics for the printed issues of the journal.

There are as many opportunities to get involved in extra activities outside of work as there are within the job itself. I sing with the RSC choir, and can’t wait for the Sport and Social Club’s next quiz. Even though I live outside of Cambridge, this hasn’t stopped me from joining in – everyone is so friendly and it would be no trouble to find somewhere to crash for the night if I needed to! Overall it’s been easy to settle in and after 6 months here, I feel really comfortable in my role.
Heather is working as a Publishing Editor in the Sustainability team, in the Royal Society of Chemistry's Publishing Department. To see if there are any current vacancies in Publishing click here.
Posted by Sarah Farley on Mar 11, 2015 2:05 PM GMT

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I started my role as a graduate publishing editor here at the RSC in November, about 3 months ago. In that time I feel that I have settled into my role well and have met plenty of pleasant and like-minded people - most of whom have been through, or are currently in, the graduate role themselves and are happy to help wherever they can.

Before applying for this role I had been working as a laboratory technician in Birmingham for a couple of years and thus was unsure whether I would be applicable for a graduate role. However, since starting here, I have found that graduate publishing editors have been employed from many different backgrounds from within the chemical sciences.

I have started my training with the peer-review process, where I have been reading manuscripts submitted by chemists from all around the world and sending them to be assessed by other notable scientists in that respective field. I am working for the journal RSC Advances, which is a general chemistry journal. This means that I have been reading about current developments from many different areas of chemistry and learning about topics that I otherwise would never have had the chance to find out about.

There have also been many opportunities for activities outside of work. For example, I have volunteered to help with the RSC events at the Cambridge Science Festival which is being held on Saturday 14th March. At the science festival I will be helping at both the climate change and the general chemistry stands with another recent starter (Patrick Hull, look out for his blog posts soon); feel free to come along and say hello! There is also a sports and social club that organises several out of work activities, one of which is a weekly five-a-side football game that I have been playing in: a great way to meet people!

James is working as a Publishing Editor in the RSC Advances team, in the Royal Society of Chemistry's Publishing Department. To see if there are any current vacancies in Publishing click here.

Posted by Sarah Farley on Mar 2, 2015 6:23 PM GMT

                                                       
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Elisa Meschini joined the RSC as a Publishing Editor in late 2011. Here she shares some highlights from the past few years, and describes her role working with the Supplier Relations team.


As I write this, it occurs to me that it has been over 3 years since I started at the RSC and over 2 since I last wrote a blog post! It’s a pleasure to dip back into this to share some highlights from the last couple of years.

Many things in the organisation have changed in the last couple of years; many others, including the constant presence of cake, have remained the same. We have gone through a full brand refresh process which, from the point of view of Publishing, has received good feedback and had a positive effect on the way we relate to our authors and readers. The Publishing department has grown in size and we have launched a number of new products, with the opportunity for many staff across the wider department to become involved in various development activities.

My team have had a fair bit to do over the past couple of years. We have launched a new portfolio of journals, the Frontiers journals, a pioneering collaboration between the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Chinese Chemical Society. At the moment two journals have been launched as part of this portfolio, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers, now both in their second volume, with many more titles in the pipeline. As the overall coordinator for the Frontiers journals, the year since their launch has been quite busy for me! The graphical databases on which my team were working last time I wrote here have been discontinued, and merged into an exciting new product which at the moment is in the late stages of development, with a brand new team working on it. This exciting development was celebrated with (what else!) cake at the end of 2014.

As for me, while I still spend half my week working in my usual role with the Organic and Frontiers team (formerly the Synthetic Organic team), I now spend the other half of my week working with the Supplier Relations team. In my new role, I act as a point of contact for the external companies that we work with on many of our production activities. After a paper is accepted for publication after peer review, much work has to go into transforming the accepted version into an edited, formatted and paginated pdf ready for inclusion in a journal issue. This part of the job (which includes such activities as editing, which are relevant to the Publishing Editor role) has to be done both exceptionally well and exceptionally quickly. In order to achieve this challenging goal, we work with a number of external typesetting companies, who have worked with us over the years to develop increasingly sophisticated technologies aimed at delivering a final product full of added value for the benefit of our authors and readers. As part of my job with the Supplier Relations team, I liaise with our typesetters on a daily basis about their work with us and monitor it closely to ensure high quality at all times. I also play host to them when they come over to visit us to learn more about our in-house work, and will travel overseas to visit them in the coming months and years to learn more about their in-house work.

As I was writing my last blog post at the end of 2012 I was full of anticipation for the many opportunities that lay ahead for a fully trained Publishing Editor. Two years down the line, I am very happy to say that I was not disappointed! This is a job which is inherently varied and full of very diverse opportunities for personal development. I can’t even begin to predict what more will come in the next two years, but whatever it is I am very excited about it!

Elisa is working as a Publishing Editor in the Organic and Frontiers and Supplier Relations teams, in the Royal Society of Chemistry's Publishing Department. To see if there are any current vacancies in Publishing click here.

 

Posted by Sarah Farley on Feb 11, 2015 5:29 PM GMT


d2bc606be86f826e9a1a4e550b1791b2-huge-haHamish Crawford describes how his career is progressing since joining the RSC as a Publishing Editor in 2013.

During my year and a half as a Publishing Editor I was lucky enough to be involved in lots of activities above and beyond the core role of editing and peer review. I have organised focus groups and even coordinated a Faraday Discussion. I am also a Brand Champion, and am involved with making sure our communications follow our Brand guidelines. I was also training a new Publishing Editor on all aspects of the peer review process.

When the Training Team advertised some new positions, I saw an opportunity to gain some new skills, and a chance for some genuine career progression.  My application was successful and I began my new role. As part of the training team I have much more independence and responsibility for my own workload, and am gaining a lot of supervisory and mentoring skills. I am currently training three Publishing Editors how to edit.

Customer service is very important, and at the centre of everything I do, and I work closely with the Customer Service team and Supplier Relations team. I also have regular meetings with both trainees and managers, discussing progress and sharing ideas. There are also other responsibilities that come with being on the Training Team. We are constantly trying to improve our training methods, and come up with new ideas on how to be effective, whether this be how we actually train people, or on developing new workshops that can be beneficial to new and established Publishing Editors.

The Royal Society of Chemistry has grown quickly and effectively over the last few years, and there are opportunities abound for career progression. I have been lucky enough to take advantage of this, and am excited for the future.

Hamish is working in the Training Team within the Royal Society of Chemistry's Publishing Department. To see if there are any current vacancies in Publishing click here.

Posted by Sarah Farley on Feb 4, 2015 6:29 PM GMT
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