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 - General Chemistry Team

After finishing my PhD in Soft Matter Chemistry, I decided that research wasn’t really for me anymore, and that a job that used my science knowledge whilst keeping me far away from the lab was ideal.

Since joining the RSC in August 2014, I’ve been working as a Publishing Editor on the General Chemistry team. My training started with peer review, and once I was signed off from that, I quickly moved onto editing training, which allowed me to get to grips with what happens to a manuscript after it has been accepted. As an author myself, I found it really interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes!

One of the great things about the Publishing Editor role is the variety. I currently handle manuscripts from three different journals, with three very different article types: ChemComm (communications), Chemical Science (“edge” articles) and Chemical Society Reviews (reviews).  As well as processing articles, I spend a portion of my time corresponding with authors, reviewers and other editors, and recently, I was even able to attend a couple of editorial board meetings in our London office in Burlington House.

While life as a Publishing Editor may be a bit hectic at times, you can guarantee that every day is different, and, what with the ubiquitous cake in the office, I’m really enjoying my career at the RSC so far. 

Sam is working as a Publishing Editor in the General Chemistry 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 May 14, 2015 1:01 PM Europe/London

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