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Get to Know an Acquisitions Editor: Rachel Gerlis

By: , Posted on: January 25, 2017

We sit down with Rachel Gerlis, Senior Acquisitions Editor for Food Science and Chemistry to learn more about her field of publishing.

Rachel Gerlis
Senior Acquisition Editor
Food Science and Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Major Reference Works and Reference Modules

Do you have prior publishing experience?

I have worked in academic publishing since 2010 so I’ve built up a good understanding of the industry and have experience of working with authors and editors across a wide range of disciplines. I began my career at Emerald Group Publishing as an Assistant Publisher for Business, Management and HR books and journals before moving to ICE Publishing (Institution of Civil Engineers) in 2012 as a Commissioning Editor for engineering books.

What’s your history with Elsevier?

I joined Elsevier in 2014 to commission Food Science MRWs and manage the Food Science Reference Module, which launched in December 2015. I also look after the Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Science and Chemical Engineering and commission MRWs in the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering list.

What do you enjoy about signing in this area?

The passion and enthusiasm that authors and editors have for their areas of research is infectious. Despite not having a scientific background (I have a degree in Linguistics and Phonetics), I find it fascinating to listen to the experts discussing the latest advances in the field and the impact their work has on society. It’s amazing to be able to play a part in bringing that research to a wider audience.

Why should this person sign a Major Reference Work with you?

I have several years of experience in academic publishing; from helping early career researchers navigate the publishing process for the very first time to supporting emeritus professors who’ve seen publishing evolve from traditional hardcopy printing to innovative electronic solutions. I pride myself on ensuring that authors and editors enjoy the publishing experience and receive my full support and assistance every step of the way.

Why do you love publishing?

I love seeing a book through from start to finish; from a basic idea to a scientific contribution that will benefit an entire research community. It’s so rewarding to be able to help experts around the world bring their research to life and to see 2-3 years’ worth of hard work and effort finally come to fruition when a vast MRW publishes. It’s also exciting to be working in an industry that is constantly evolving and I’m lucky to be working for a company like Elsevier that is firmly at the forefront of these developments.

Tell something personal about yourself:

I am completely addicted to reality TV – the tackier the better! But do I read a lot of books to try and repair my damaged brain cells…

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