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Rachel Won

Dr. Rachel  Won

Senior Editor
Nature Photonics

Nature Publishing Group
6th Fl Chiyoda Bldg Nature Asia-Pacific
2-37 Ichigayatamachi
Tokyo  162-0843

tel: 81 80 6787 9337
fax: +81-3-3267-8754
E-mail: pcwon@hotmail.com
Web: http://www.nature.com/naturephotonics

Area of Expertise

Editing, writing, nonlinear optics, silicon photonics, fibre optics, microwave photonics, optical sensing, biophotonics, nanophotonics, optical communications, photography.


Working as an editor of Nature Photonics Rachel's main responsibility is to ensure that the journal publishes top-quality research in all areas of photonics. She assesses and selects high-quality work for peer review, and makes decisions on publications. She also plays an important role in shaping the journal's content by giving ideas on Focus issues, reviews, commentaries and Technology Focus issues. She commissions and edits news articles, and writes research highlights, interviews, editorials and press releases. Attending conferences and visiting research institutions worldwide are also essential in her role to keep her up-to-date with the latest photonics research progress and strengthen links with the scientific community.

Before joining Nature Photonics, Rachel worked for Aston University's Business Partnership Unit in Birmingham, UK, as a research commercialization officer commercializing research output of the university, particularly that of photonics research. She obtained her PhD in microwave photonics and nonlinear optics as a member of Aston's Photonics Research Group. Prior to that, she worked for Philips Optical Storage in Singapore as an Optics Engineer. She holds a Master's degree from Nanyang Technological University of Singapore doing research in optical fibre sensing and a Bachelor's degree from the National University of Malaysia.

Lecture Title(s)

A career in scientific publishing and editing - Life as an editor

Working as an editor is intellectually very stimulating as you are always exposed to the cutting edge of photonics research through the nature of manuscript assessments, lab visits and conference attendances; discovering not only the depth but also the breadth of research from all around the world. It is also challenging having to identify high-quality, broad-impact research work for publication, and satisfying being able to contribute to the photonics field by driving the research and communicating optics with the public. This talk will focus on career life as an editor in a scientific journal. At the end of the talk, you will get to know the responsibilities and challenges of being editors, how to get into scientific publishing and editing, and career paths after being an editor.

Communicating optics with the public - my journey in optics

Having been exposed to the environment of journalism where she worked as a student reporter during school days, Rachel has always been excited about news communications. However, she faced a dilemma - science or journalism - when it came to the time to choose a major in furthering her study. With a stronger interest in physics and mathematics, science was, naturally, her choice. Fortunately, after completing her PhD study in the world of science, she had the opportunity to combine her background in photonics and her enthusiasm in news communications working as an editor for Nature Photonics.

Manuscript preparation and submission

Rachel will talk you through the concept of scientific detailed information and guidelines on scientific manuscript preparation and submission, as well as an overview of editorial process and the peer-review system. You will learn what editors seek, how to write a good cover letter and a good scientific paper, how to review a manuscript and how to make an appeal.

Introduction to Nature Photonics

Launched in January 2007 by Nature Publishing Group, Nature Photonics is a monthly journal that publishes top-quality, peer-reviewed research in all areas of light generation, manipulation and detection. The objective of this talk is to tell fellow researchers how to get their papers published in Nature Photonics.

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