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Publishing Editor - General Chemistry


I’ve been working on the General Chemistry team at the RSC for ten months now and the time has flown by.

Before Christmas, I successfully completed the final part of my Publishing Editor training. I am now handling manuscripts at all stages of the publishing process, from peer review, through to editing, proof reading and publication online and in print.

While peer review, editing and proof reading are the main tasks I do day-to-day as a Publishing Editor, there are many other parts of the job, such as commissioning cover artwork, putting together online and print journal issues, and being the Editorial Office point of contact for a number of Associate Editors.

Working with our Associate Editors (AEs) is one of the most enjoyable (and challenging) aspects of my role as a Publishing Editor. AEs are academics that work with a journal and carry out peer review of manuscripts, as well as serving on the Editorial Board and providing scientific expertise and direction to the journal.

As an Organic Chemist by training, I work with the Organic Chemistry AEs for ChemComm
 and Chemical Science. This involves checking any manuscripts that are submitted to them to ensure that they are in the correct field of chemistry, answering any queries they have regarding the manuscripts, the peer review process, and occasionally the arcane inner workings of our manuscript submission system, and generally being on hand to help out as and when required. It is a privilege to work with some of the biggest names in organic chemistry and is one of the many factors that make my job so rewarding.


Ellie Merritt is a Graduate 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 Ellie Merritt on Jan 29, 2013 9:25 AM GMT

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