… the innovations will keep coming
I’m having one of those ‘can’t believe it’ moments! I can’t believe that I am writing the editorial for the last issue in this year of celebrating Education in Chemistry’s 50th anniversary. It has been a hugely exciting year – starting with our newly designed magazine and closing with our fantastic new website, which we will continue to develop and add new features to, in the months to come.
So many people have been involved in making these changes happen, it is difficult to know where to start thanking everyone for their contributions. I first decided that we ought to do something special to commemorate the 50th anniversary almost two years ago, so thanks probably start with Kate, the librarian at Burlington House who helped me to search the archives. Next, there is the Editorial Board; the current members have played a vital role in supporting my plans for Education in Chemistry. I shall single out David Read for squeezing writing the Education Research News into his busy schedule and to Declan Fleming for his amazingly successful Exhibition Chemistry series (we had a million hits on YouTube last month).
Where would we be without contributors and editors, particularly the special guests who have written Endpoint articles this year, without whom we would have no content? And then there is our fabulous production team; Scott who does all of the design and page layout and Emma, who does amazing things with pictures. I can’t possibly forget the commercial team either, who look after all our sponsors and advertisers who help, along with the Royal Society of Chemistry make it possible to bring you Education in Chemistry every two months. The IT team have also worked tirelessly with me to deliver your brand new website.
Last but by no means least, two special people – Bibi, the publisher who trusts me to deliver the best and most innovative content to you and David, assistant editor, who does more than you would believe to make sure this magazine is produced to the highest possible standard and delivered to you.
I hope you will enjoy our new website, which has been designed to help make our content more accessible for you and to give you more opportunities to interact with us. Apart from a completely fresh new design, the website is now completely responsive and will display content to suit your pc, tablet or phone. You will also be able to comment directly on most of the articles, as well as easily see which are the most recent and popular.
Just because the party has ended, doesn’t mean we stop. During 2014 we will continue to develop the website by adding a blog and new article types including continuing professional development. To help us tune the website to your requirements, you are welcome to send us your feedback.