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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Publishing Editor - RSC Advances

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 Europe/London

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