I was contacted this summer by Malcolm Macleod, Professor of Neurology and Translational Neuroscience, here at UoE who sits on the editorial board of “Nature:Scientific Reports”: an online open-access primary research publication from the publishers of Nature, covering all areas of the natural and clinical sciences. He and the Editorial Manager of Scientific Reports told me they were looking for graduate level entrants interested in a career in scientific publishing. He said “there is a particular thirst for physics graduates” .
The work involved using databases to match submitted papers to expert Editorial Board Members (EBMs), and assist EBMs in co-ordination of peer-review. Constant communication with the scientific community and Editorial Board was a big part of the role. Some of the skills they were looking for from physicists included good literary and interpersonal skills, attention to detail in a fast-paced environment, time-management and prioritisation skills. Having some editorial experience was beneficial, but not essential.
These vacancies and others like them are advertised on MyCareerHub but if you want to know a bit more about publishing have a look at our website resources and search the resources on MyCareerHub using “publishing”. If you are interested, think about what you could do at university to develop these skills and maybe some experience?