Becoming a scientific journal editor


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Feb 26, 2016

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.

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John Plummer

Senior Editor, Nature Materials, Nature Research

John Plummer earned a MEng in materials science and engineering from the University of Sheffield, UK, and remained there for a PhD, investigating glass formation and the mechanical properties of metallic glasses. He then moved to Imperial College London as a postdoctoral researcher and to lecture on deformation mechanisms in materials. His research focused on the use of small-scale mechanical testing and in situsynchrotron experiments to elucidate the micromechanisms of deformation in crystalline metals and ceramics. As an editor, John started with Nature Communications in January 2013, and then joined Nature Materials in October 2014, where he handles manuscripts on structural materials, glasses, multiferroics and other topics of condensed matter physics.

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