00:16 I work in the Publishing Department of the Royal Society of Chemistry, looking after journals, scientific journals.
00:23 I always liked chemistry at school and I didn’t really know what I wanted to do as a career,
00:28 so I just carried on doing the subject I enjoyed doing when I chose my degree subject at university
00:34 and so I carried on with chemistry, I liked chemistry
00:37 but I realised that I didn’t want to work in a lab but I wanted to stay in the industry,
00:43 so I saw the job advertised for publishing at the Royal Society of Chemistry and I thought ‘that sounds perfect’,
00:49 it’s staying in chemistry, working in an office, not working in a lab
00:53 but still keeping completely up to date with all the latest developments of what’s going on.
01:01 The journals that we work on report new scientific discoveries that
01:06 academics all around the world are making, they’re really important so that other researchers in the field
01:13 can see what other people have done, see the results that they’ve got and
01:18 know how to take the science forward in that direction.
01:29 Chemistry really does open up a lot of doors, it gives you a lot of skills
01:33 that you can apply to all sorts of different things, you have to be literate and numerate
01:38 so that it opens doors into a wide variety of careers whether they be
01:42 science-based or you take them into a different industry.
01:50 I started as an assistant editor, which looked after the peer review of manuscripts.
01:54 So, academics submit papers to journals and we assess them for their suitability for publication.
02:02 If we think they might be suitable we then pick some referees
02:06 who are other academics working in the same field.
02:09 They read the paper and write a report on it, recommending whether it’s suitable for publication or not.
02:14 After a paper is accepted we edit the papers for English content
02:20 and also consistency in the chemistry, after that the authors get sent a proof and
02:27 they read it and ask us to make any proof corrections which we then apply
02:32 to the manuscript, we then publish the papers on the web immediately,
02:36 and then gather them together in issues when they get published in print at a later stage.
02:45 It’s science and publishing, we have to be chemists to be able to do the job,
02:51 we need to know whether the chemistry is up to scratch.
02:54 We also need to know that when we’re editing a paper that the chemistry
02:59 is correct and consistent throughout, so it’s really important to have a good strong chemistry background,
03:05 as well as good English skills to be able to make sure the paper’s written well.
03:10 I’m quite a naturally organised person so I enjoy that element of the role
03:16 and I do enjoy being a manager; I find that the extra bits that brings to the role makes it a more varied role.
03:24 Interacting with lots of different people, which I find really rewarding.
03:32 I spend most of my time either working on a computer or in meetings with other colleagues,
03:37 discussing manuscripts, you’ve got to have quite strong computer skills, I use Excel a lot,
03:43 and Word, we do have some specialist manuscript processing software that we use.
03:51 It’s a web-based programme which monitors the progress of papers throughout the system,
03:57 so we can keep a track of where they are, whether they’re with authors, with referees
04:01 and at what stage they are so we can keep close contact with them all.
04:10 You also need to have a very good knowledge of science,
04:14 so that you know that the papers are good quality.
04:22 The end process of publishing is the hard copy of the journal,
04:26 and it’s a great feeling seeing the hard copy land on your desk
04:30 with your name in the front of it and you know you’ve had some input into those papers.