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 - Materials & Nano


ac6900799068b34f964858d09cf1bd7a-huge-ghAs an avid reader and with a broad interest in chemistry (but absolutely no desire to be in a lab each day) when I discovered the Publishing Editor role, it seemed absolutely perfect. Two years on, and I have learned so much about the publishing landscape, and really enjoyed getting involved in all of the social activities and clubs with my colleagues across the organisation.
A core part of my role is considering new submissions to journals and discussing these with my colleagues in editorial meetings. As a member of the Materials team, I have really enjoyed learning more about the latest cutting edge research across a broad range of topics from batteries to biosensors to LEDs. In particular, I work on one of the largest journals at the Royal Society of Chemistry, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, which focuses on materials for energy and sustainability. I find it really motivating that my job contributes to the broader efforts of science in solving global environmental issues.
Outside of the day-to-day activities, there are also plenty of opportunities to work with different people across the organisation. Last year, I was able to join the Membership team in travelling across the UK to discuss the benefits of Royal Society of Chemistry membership with students at various different universities. This had the added benefit of a trip home to Scotland and a chance to catch up with all my old lecturers, supervisors and friends at the University of Edinburgh.
Recently, I was appointed to the role of Assistant Editor, which is a similar role to the Publishing Editor role but focuses on our flagship journal Chemical Science. I am excited to learn more about the strategy and development of the journal, though I will be sad to leave my colleagues on the Materials team. My time at the Royal Society of Chemistry has been a great learning experience, and I know it will stand me in good stead for challenges to come!

Geraldine Hay 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 May 27, 2020 4:25 PM Europe/London

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