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 - Sustainability

Even without a degree in Chemistry, it really is possible to apply any scientific background to the Publishing Editor role. When I first introduced myself at my assessment centre, I realised I was the only biologist and was surrounded by chemists with masters degrees, PhDs and post-docs, making me certain that I wouldn’t be considered for the job! I am now coming up to my year anniversary as a Publishing Editor with the Royal Society of Chemistry, and I could not imagine working anywhere else.

At the Royal Society of Chemistry, we are lucky enough to count biologists, geologists and more among our ranks, and each contributes their own knowledge and skills to our teams. As a Publishing Editor on the Sustainability team, I have worked on facilitating the peer review of some incredible journals and I spend most days communicating with authors and reviewers from all over the world. After eleven months working here I now support Associate Editors, am the journal coordinator for Green Chemistry and the cover coordinator for Energy & Environmental Science, and I have just started training a new starter on my team in peer review.

As well as a varied workload, we are also very proud of our work/life balance, and there is a thriving social scene at the Royal Society of Chemistry making it impossible not to settle in straight away. Almost as soon as I joined I volunteered to work on the Sports and Social Club Committee, who plan company-wide social events throughout the year both after work and at lunch, and I personally helped to organise a celebration for International Women’s Day in March. Since then, we have hosted a self-defence class, a floristry workshop, go-karting and have lots more in store for the remainder of 2018.

Olivia Wakeman is a Publishing Editor 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 Harriet Brewerton on Sep 12, 2018 2:44 PM Europe/London

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