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  • Currently, I am a Deputy Editor for Green Chemistry which is owned and published by the RSC. We also publish journals on behalf of other societies. For example I also work for NJC: New Journal of Chemistry and we publish on behalf of the French research institute: CNRS. PPS: is owned by four different societies: EPA, ESP, AOSP, KSP
  • The RSC has 6 main departments: Publishing, Membership, Library, Education, Conferences and Science & Technology: to influence and guide policy through strong Parliamentary links and partnership with the chemical science community.  The RSC also seeks to reward those undertaking excellent work in the chemical sciences with its prestigious Prizes and Awards. Any surplus is invested in the advance of chemical sciences.
  •   Life and journey of a manuscript
  • We have an active and growing Books program, currently around 80 per year and increasing The RSC publishes 30 journals and has been publishing journals in some guise since 1841. The entire content until 2010 is available electronically in a journals archive. We also publish databases and magazines such as Chemistry World. All the publishing activities are based at our Cambridge office with a staff of 350 people mostly trained chemists. Also LIC based in London
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    • 1. Scientific Publishing - A Deputy Editor’s Perspective Kathleen Too Royal Society of Chemistry Friday 26 th November 2010 University of Glasgow
    • 2. Deputy Editor, RSC Deputy Editor, RSC Owned by: the European Photochemistry Association (EPA), the European Society for Photobiology (ESP), the Asia and Oceania Society for Photobiology (AOSP) and the Korean Society of Photoscience (KSP). Owned by Centre Nationale de la recherche Scientifique (CNRS) Owned by the RSC
    • 3. Royal Society of Chemistry
      • Formed in 1980 from The Chemical Society (1841), Royal Institute of Chemistry, Faraday Society and the Society for Analytical Chemistry
      • Learned society
      • 46,000 members worldwide
    • 4. Where are we?
      • Approximately 360 staff and growing!
      Burlington House, London Thomas Graham House, Cambridge
    • 5. What do we do?
      • Not-for-profit publisher – surplus is invested to support the advance of the chemical sciences
      Publishing Conferences Membership Library and Information Services Education Science and Technology RSC
    • 6. Chemical Scientists at the RSC Sales: membership, journals, books Making the news: RSC News, Chemistry World, campaigns LIC: information specialists Publishing: journals & books Education: HE policy, supporting schools & colleges Parliamentary activities Supporting members: networks, local sections, advice & help Science policy Conferences: Events organiser
    • 7. What is RSC Publishing?
      • RSC publishing activity dates back to 1841
      • 30 Journals
        • Approx. 35,000 submissions (2009)
        • Approx. 10,000 articles published (2009)
        • Online journal archive (220,000 articles back to 1841)
      • 80+ Books/year, ca. 350 titles in print
        • Almost 1000 ebooks available
      • Databases, such as Analytical Abstracts
      • Magazines, including Chemistry World
    • 8. New Journals
    • 9.
      • The editor is ultimately responsible for the quality and selection of manuscripts for the journal
      • Managing the peer review process
      • Editor may be a well-respected academic
      • RSC - Dedicated team of editors
      Role of Editor
    • 10. Peer-review process Receipt Assessment Rejection PEER REVIEW Acceptance Publication Appeal
    • 11.
      • Publishing Editor’s role
        • Initial screening
        • Select suitable reviewers, database of over 20,000 referees
      • Referee’s role
        • Comment on science
        • Make recommendation
      • Publishing Editor’s role
        • Interpret referee report
        • Make decision
        • Communicate with authors and referees
      PE: Peer-review process
    • 12. PE: Technical editing/production
      • Copy-editing of manuscripts
      • Formatting, graphics, assistance with language
      • Added value to articles
      • Technical development/website
      • design
    • 13. Journal Development
      • Development Editor Deputy Editor Managing Editor
      • Maintain, improve and develop quality of journal
      • (Impact Factors, Usage, blogs, conferences, hot areas) ‏
      • Commissioning of articles and new content
      • Branding & quality of the Journal
      • Appoint experts to the Editorial and Advisory Board
      • Willingness to travel
      • Excellent interpersonal skills
      • Excellent communication skills
    • 14. Promotion of published content
      • Writing news articles and science journalism
      • Website news and blogs
      • Chemistry World
    • 15. Graduate Training Scheme at the RSC
      • Exciting and diverse organisation with worldwide activities
      • Team work and varied daily challenges
      • Good honours, masters or PhD degree (chemical or related science is essential for some positions).
      • Posts are for 1 year on a temporary contract, with the possibility of a permanent position on completion.
    • 16. How did I get into publishing?
      • PhD at the University of Leeds
      • 2 ½ years post-doc at the Medical Research Council, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK
      • Wanted to work in science, but not necessarily in the lab…
      • Enjoy reading and writing papers
      • Enjoy refereeing papers (develop critical thinking!)
      • Enjoy interacting with people
      • Possible career in publishing
      • Graduate Training Scheme at RSC
    • 17. £ and Opportunities
      • Starting salaries for trainees start from £22,464
      • Deputy Editor £30,000
      • Many opportunities to move up/across
      • e.g.
      • Deputy editor/Managing editor
      • Books Commissioning editor
      • Conference Executive
      • Web development
      • Science journalism - Chemistry World correspondent
    • 18. Career Opportunities
      • Graduate trainee
      Publishing Editor Development Editor Senior Publishing Editor Managing Editor Deputy Managing Editor Publisher Assistant Manager / SPE Manager Editorial Production
    • 19. STM Publishing Scientific, technical and medical (STM) publishing is… a great way of staying in science without doing research, and it combines interests in science and language.
    • 20. Thank you!
      • The most highly cited green chemistry journal, Impact factor = 5.84*
      • Fast Publication, typically <90 days for full papers
      • Full variety of research including reviews, communications, full papers and perspectives
      • *2009 Thomson Scientific (ISI) Journal Citation Reports
      Kathleen Too Deputy Editor [email_address]