Author: Chelsea Brown

Publishing student at Bath Spa University. Interested in academic and children's publishing, social media and baking cakes.

End Of An Internship


With a mass of deadlines ahead of me, it has been suggested that I pass down the Editorial Assistant Internship baton. While this makes sense, I can’t help but feel a pang of sadness about leaving the ISR. For two years, I’ve been working with Nina to become the best interns the journal has ever seen, and I’d say we’ve done a pretty good job.

We’ve cleaned out a cupboard and moved to a new building. We cleaned up the database and sorted out inaccurate entries. We emailed publishers and adjusted layouts. We’ve mastered a new style guide and actually, learnt a little bit about Irish history. As a first foray into the academic publishing industry, I would say I couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with. My ‘boss’, the assistant editor, has found jobs for us both to do, and ensured that each hour of work experience has been valuable.

Working at ISR has opened my eyes to a new area of publishing to consider working in, and I really hope I can find something in this area post-university. After interviewing graduates for this website, it seems like an exciting and evolving area to delve into.

Thanks, ISR!


Impact of Open Access on the UK Job Market


If you’re a recent graduate or graduating soon, a role in academic publishing may seem like a risky move. There is a level of uncertainty surrounding the industry due to Open Access. If the articles become free, then surely there will be a cut in jobs? It’s very difficult to find an exact answer for this, but for the moment job prospects in academic publishing do not show signs of slowing down.  (more…)

Do It For The Glory


I’ve only gone and got my name in the latest edition of Irish Studies Review! Don’t worry, I haven’t let the fame go to my head. I’m still a regular student, just working hard and meeting deadlines. I should probably change my LinkedIn bio to say that my name is in print though, right?

As well as this, I also feature on the Irish Studies Review editorial board. It’s a hard life, but someone has to do it…

Interview With… An Inventory and eBooks Controller

Luke Dawson is a recent graduate who specialised in digital publishing at university and knows the trials and tribulations of the job market. If you’re feeling flustered with the interview process, Luke has some great tips to keep you on your toes.


Why Work In Academic Publishing?


With so many areas in publishing, it can be hard to figure out which one is right for you. Academic publishing itself has a vast amount of sub-sections, from the sciences to humanities with everything else in between. This site has been created to help you work out if academic publishing is the area for you, so let’s have a look at some reasons to work in academic publishing…

1. It’s reliable
For as long as textbooks continue to being created, and as long as researchers want to have their findings published – there will be academic publishing. Although trade publishing, be it fiction or non-fiction, might seem glamorous, academic publishing isn’t going to disappear over night. Textbooks will sell, and journals will need to be edited and published.

2. It’s exciting
With the digital age creating challenges for all areas of publishing, academic publishing has really pushed for pricing and availability of research journals and books. With Open Access continuing to affect more journals – with the sciences leading the way – a whole host of new roles and titles could be developed in academic publishing to ensure the switch over is as smooth as possible.

3. There’s more to it than editing
Even if you don’t have a lot of experience in publishing, some work in sales could prove to be advantageous. All publishing houses need someone to reach out to customers and bookshops to sell books, so having a this experience could be good for you. Academic publishing has a wide variety of roles including layout design, marketing, metadata, production and management.

So there we have it, just three simple reasons why you should consider working academic publishing!