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 - Physical/Nano Team

Following the completion of a PhD in Computational Chemistry I moved into a postdoc position in Ireland, where I researched solid state materials for energy applications. After five years in this position I decided a change was needed and swapped being an author for a publishing editor! 

On joining the RSC I became part of the Physical-Nano team, primarily dealing with PCCP - a general physical chemistry journal which complemented my specialism. I quickly began my peer review training, learning how to assess submitted papers for suitability and to select the best referees. Seeing the other side of the publishing process was fascinating and I thoroughly enjoyed the challenges and sense of achievement that are involved in the peer review process. 

Since completing my initial training I have taken on a shared responsibility for coordinating the cover artwork of Nanoscale. Negotiating with authors with regards to this popular opportunity to highlight their research is often highly rewarding when it results in an impressive end product. Another aspect of the role that I was particularly looking forward to was being trained in editing. My training has now been going for two months and I think it is a great skill to learn and very satisfying. Another benefit of this is that is gives me exposure to a wide range of chemistry topics, allowing me to get an appreciation for the cutting edge of scientific research.

Working for the RSC has so far been very enjoyable and I look forward to continuing my career within this vibrant and ambitious organisation. I found it very easy to feel a part of the RSC culture thanks to the packed social events calendar, a very welcoming team, and the ever-popular fortnightly baking rota! 
Jeremy is working as a Publishing Editor in the Physical/Nano 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 Apr 16, 2015 2:59 PM Europe/London

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