My Job in 5: Ruth Miller
1. Describe your role
The Journal Manager role at Frontiers is versatile and diverse, and no day is the same! It offers numerous activities, including analysing and researching the subject area to find new and exciting opportunities for exploration, attending international conferences, developing a portfolio of journals and participating in Editorial Board strategy meetings. As the point of contact for top researchers in the academic community, you will work with a great internal team to support the advancement of cutting-edge science.
2. What do you like best about your role?
The people! Working with a diverse and skilled team from a range of backgrounds provides many opportunities for professional growth through cross-departmental projects and innovations. We have a very international and hybrid working environment and encourage input from everyone, regardless of your role or department. Working at Frontiers – a pioneer of Open Access publishing – you will have a tangible impact on the accessibility and reach of scientific knowledge, education and research.
3. Which new projects or titles are you working on at the moment?
In collaboration with the team, we have recently developed and launched the first Open Access journal on Blockchain research from a mainstream scientific publisher. We were given ownership of the project to drive it forward from an initial idea to a new and unique outlet for research. From its conception, Frontiers has encouraged and facilitated creativity and innovation from its team members.
4. What skills do you need for your role?
The Journal Development Manager role requires strong communication and analytical skills, as well as motivation to empower a team and to work independently. Time management, fostering relationships and providing a clear vision and strategy are important skills to develop projects to fruition and inspire your team.
5. What advice would you give to those looking to work in the industry
Do not be afraid to reach out and network with industry members to ask questions and find ways to gain experience. There are many societies and organisations which provide useful information on the academic (and wider) publishing community.