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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.
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Why Work In Academic Publishing?

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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!

Don’t make a typo, yo.

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Working on a journal, I thought I would be mostly editing text and opening post. I didn’t really consider the possibility of contacting publishers. Since moving offices, we’ve spent a lot of this term updating the database and alerting publishers of recent reviews. It sounds quite impressive and I took advantage of this by telling all my friends that I had emailed Macmillan and Taylor & Francis that morning. In reality, it’s really nothing personal. Just a little ‘Hello, your review is in this edition and the PDF is attached. Thanks, ISR.’ and then it’s off to email the next one.

 

See? I did get to add my name, of course. So who knows, maybe the person receiving all those emails will decide to look up Chelsea from ISR and hire me…