To learn my new trade, I took a 12-month course in journal editing.
As an editor, I get the best of both worlds. I get to think about the science, but I never have an experiment fail.
Any journal editorial job involves reading and thinking about a very wide range of scientific topics, far broader than for most researchers.
At a certain point, I just learned to follow my heart in my career.
The word 'manage' was not really part of my vocabulary during my career as a researcher. I always thought I was more of a 'muddler' than a 'manager'.
As a lab technician, I watched senior scientists create the most unreadable gobbledygook I had ever seen. It drove me nuts!
Visiting labs and attending meetings worldwide offers a great opportunity to enjoy travel to new places, while exercising my brain and acquiring fresh ideas!
If you have the right science you have the truth, but if you have the right words you have the power--sometimes even to define a new truth.
Experience on an editorial board can be a significant contributing factor to career progression in the research sciences.
Although the editor should always strive to preserve the author's style, a lot can be achieved by editing out unnecessary verbiage.
Freelance editing has provided me with the opportunity to exert my independence.
Being in science is probably no more likely to take one into publishing than studying history or English is, but it's probably no less likely to be a background for succeeding in the industry.
The two most important things to remember for a successful publication are deadlines and audience!
I really believe in this venture for its importance in education and awareness, and for its innovative art and science treatment.
It takes a certain insight to spot the gaps in research and academic texts--and in my case having "been there, done that" is at the root of that necessary skill.
The advert seemed too good to be true: "Wanted, a scientific editor for a book comprising an international assessment of cancer." Moreover, the job was based in France!
Even though I chose not to carry on with astronomy research, I'm still involved in some small way with a subject that has fascinated me since childhood.
Friends and friends of friends are good ways to learn about opportunities to get writing and editing experience. .
It is easier to say NO to something you don't want to do if you have already said YES to something you do want to do.
The primary role of an editor is to act as a liaison between the author and the audience.
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