Becoming a scientific editor

What skills do you need to embark on a career as a scientific editor?

John Plummer, Senior Editor at Nature Materials, explains his motivations for becoming an editor, and outlines the key skills needed to pursue a career at a scientific journal.

These include great curiosity about different areas of science. John notes that individual researchers look into specific problems in-depth, but as an editor you need to take a broad view and develop curiosity beyond a specific subject.

Editors develop great critical thinking skills in their role, as selecting papers for publication involves making a judgement on the merits of individual papers, particularly looking at authors' claims and ensuring they stand up.  

We hope this short video provides some insight upon embarking on a career as a scientific editor. 

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Becoming a scientific editor