As some of you may know, I have a deep interest in science publishing and a few days ago, I posted this question over at the "Ask the Nature Editor" forum.
I was wondering which of these two hypothetical scientists would have a better chance of entering the editorial team either at Nature or some of the other NPG journals.
a) Scientist with a recently awarded PhD degree. Published 2-4 papers during his/her formation. Works as an editor in a journal of a competing publisher for 1-2 years after obtaining his/her degree (the journal is one of his/her area of expertise). Applies for a job at NPG.
b) Scientist with a recently awarded PhD degree. Published 2-4 papers during his/her formation. Works as a postdoc for 1-2 years, publishing 1-2 more papers.
Applies for a job at NPG.
Both scientists are non-native English speakers.
What do you think? Who would have a better chance? Please post your thoughts!
You can then check Maxine Clarke's response here.