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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Afteec92168b913b2f5e68a66266c44d30a8-huge-hor graduating from university, I did not have a set career path in mind except that I knew the lab was not for me (too clumsy!) but I wanted to contribute to something that helps people and makes a positive impact. I had dabbled a little in editing while at university and started my own blog, which inspired me to apply for jobs in publishing.

My first job was at a publisher of dentistry magazines which I really enjoyed. To continue my career in publishing at the Royal Society of Chemistry where, as a not-for-profit organisation, the aim is to increase the wellness of employees and to disseminate knowledge, is fantastic! I love knowing that my hard work is allowing my colleagues in other teams to do great things. This includes supporting chemistry teachers across the UK, increasing diversity and inclusion throughout the chemical sciences and helping chemists directly through schemes like the Chemist’s Community Fund.

My degree is in Biochemistry and Biological Chemistry, and I am now working on the Environmental Science journals. I have been a Publishing Editor for four months and I have really enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about a different field.

The move to Cambridge was also a bit daunting, but the city itself is lovely and everyone here has been really friendly. There are multiple support networks available through the training scheme and peer-to-peer support system, and regular after work social events!

 
Sarah Holmes is a Publishing Editor working in the Royal Society of Chemistry's Publishing Department. To see if there are any current vacancies go to 'RSC: Latest Vacancies' Blog or subscribe to 'RSC: Latest Vacancies' by Email
 
Posted by Harriet Brewerton on Jul 18, 2019 11:45 AM BST


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After my degree I knew that a career in the lab was not for me but I wanted to stay in touch with science. A lot of different roles accommodate this but I thought publishing looked interesting and diverse, and over 10 years later I am still here!

I started working on Databases and then moved into working on the production side of journals before being trained in handling peer review. My role now covers most aspects of journal production as I handle articles from submission to acceptance, and as a journal coordinator, deal with any problems that arise as the article is edited and produced ready for final publication.

I have been able to work on a range of different journals that cover all kinds of chemistry research. Some journals I work on - Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry and Analyst - are among the oldest that the Royal Society of Chemistry publishes, the first edition of Analyst was published in the nineteenth century and it is great to be part of its continued success! However, I have also worked on journals as they first launch, including Analytical Methods and Metallomics.

It is interesting to work with different chemistry communities and to see journals grow and change, and I have enjoyed meeting Board Members and Associate Editors of the journals that I work closely on and hear their point of view. The Publishing Editor role provides a birds-eye view of chemistry research that continues to keep my attention!
 

Harriet Brewerton is a Publishing Editor working in the Royal Society of Chemistry's Publishing Department. To see if there are any current vacancies go to 'RSC: Latest Vacancies' Blog or subscribe to 'RSC: Latest Vacancies' by Email
 
Posted by Harriet Brewerton on Jun 6, 2019 12:41 PM BST