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Publishing Editor – Physical & Nano

Chemistry and publishing have been two of my biggest passions for as long as I can remember, so the opportunity to combine them in the Publishing Editor role meant that this was the perfect job for me after I graduated from university.

I am soon to celebrate my two-year anniversary on the Physical Nano team and the time has flown by. My team coordinates two of the largest journals in the portfolio, PCCP and Nanoscale, as well as the cutting-edge Nanoscale Horizons, so there is always something to do - be it editing manuscripts, corresponding with authors and reviewers, or even attending a Faraday Discussion.

Over the last year, I have been involved with the Royal Society of Chemistry’s newest journal, Nanoscale Advances, which is our first journal to be fully Open Access at launch. The freely available content in Open Access journals aims to help science progress faster and on a global scale – which is amazing in an increasingly collaborative and diverse world! The launch of Nanoscale Advances ensures the Royal Society of Chemistry stays at the forefront of the dynamic journal publication field and it is exciting to be part of this.

As the journal coordinator for Nanoscale Advances, I am more involved in the running of this journal than the other publications on my portfolio. This role has allowed me to work more closely with the development and marketing teams, commissioning cover artwork, preparing the contents of each issue ready for publication every month, assessing manuscripts transferred into the journal, and attending regular meetings to keep on top of the journal’s progress in this important first year. I also get to work directly with authors, making sure that their experience with peer review and article production is as smooth as possible.

Nanoscale Advances’ first impact factor will be released in 2021. We have set our sights high and I am so proud of the opportunities this journal provides for research that might not otherwise be seen by scientists and the general public alike.

Lucy Balshaw 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 20, 2019 4:54 PM Europe/London

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