Journal journeys: Day 2939, end of an era

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After almost 8 years, 2785 new manuscripts (of which I’ve ultimately published almost 300) I’m leaving Nature Chemistry.

I wholeheartedly agree with Neil,  when he said (some 3½ years ago) that it’s been a privilege to work on this journal from the start. I’ve travelled all over the world doing it (including spending a little over 7 years living in Boston (living longer there — with the exception of my family home — than anywhere else in my life).

I’ve attended something in the range of 30–40 conferences in that time and met up with many of the authors, reviewers and readers who are at the heart of what we do — thanks to all of them for making the job so interesting and rewarding. Thanks must also go to the rest of the team; though I’ve been about 3500 miles away for most of that time, it wouldn’t have been half as much fun without them. And thankfully, I’m not going to be going too far as I will move just across the street to take up a new role based here at NPG towers — more on that to come, but if you fancy coming to work with me then check out this job ad and get writing.

There’s a decent chance you’ll still find me around here on the blog — I plan to keep you in the loop with what is going on in my new role.


Stephen Davey (for one last time, Senior Editor, Nature Chemistry)

Stephen Davey

Chief Editor, Nature Reviews Chemistry, Springer Nature

Stephen holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of Sheffield where he conducted research on asymmetric nucleophilic catalysis. He then moved to Groningen, Netherlands for postdoctoral research on the synthesis and applications of light-driven molecular motors. He has been a chemistry editor for 12 years. He began his editorial career with the Royal Society of Chemistry (working on the journals Lab on a Chip and the Journal of Environmental Monitoring). In 2008 he joined the launch team of Nature Chemistry and later that year moved to Boston, USA where he stayed until the end of 2015. Shortly after returning to London he moved jobs to become Chief Editor for Nature Reviews Chemistry, which launched in 2017.