Hilary Crichton

Senior Associate

Hilary has spent nearly two decades in scholarly publishing, working for not-for-profit and commercial publishers in the U.K. and the U.S.

As an Editor at the Royal Society of Chemistry, Nature Materials and Wiley, she gained significant expertise in manuscript handling and decision making, and in generating and supporting journal growth.  With a focus on optimising author, reviewer and editor experience, she has streamlined editorial workflows, reconfigured manuscript submission systems and revised production procedures. Hilary is a also a skilled communicator, having fostered relationships with learned societies, managed the publishing operations of a society’s journal portfolio, appointed and collaborated with editorial boards, and trained and mentored colleagues.

As well as proficiency in peer review, Hilary has extensive knowledge of research integrity, publication ethics and journal marketing.  During her career she has overseen new journal launches and revitalised stagnating titles.  Her commitment to staying up-to-date with progress in the industry has provided her with insight into the current challenges publishers and researchers face, particularly surrounding the drive towards open research.

Hilary holds an MChem(Hons) (University of Edinburgh) and Ph.D. (Heriot-Watt University) in chemistry.  She has been invited to speak on scholarly publishing at several academic institutions including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Duke University, New York University and Rice University.