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

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 Europe/London

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