Prof. Pranjal Chandra shares his journey on how he arrived to where he is today - lots of hard work, handling of various projects and earning accolades along the way.
In July 2022, I was assigned as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Handbook of Nanobioelectrochemistry. In addition to this, I have been working with Springer for several years now and have edited over 15 books of high repute.
My group and I have contributed more than 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals/articles along with 17 books, among which 2 books recently got high-pitched appreciations (top books in the world by Forbes and Book Authority USA). I am also serving as an associate editor and editor for several peer-reviewed journals. As a Principal Investigator, I have handled various research projects for translational research in healthcare and biosensor applications. Our research has been highlighted in top-tier articles/news and has earned some prestigious accolades and awards including the Young Scientist Award from Indian Society of Chemists and Biologists (ISCB), 2022 and the Shakuntala Amir Chand Prize 2020 from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to name a few.
My experiences and the resources provided by Springer Nature attracted me to the role. Finding suitable peer reviewers for a manuscript can be challenging and time-consuming. Springer Nature helps make this process considerably more accessible and faster. Their Reviewer Finder is an exciting tool that reduces the manual work of finding relevant reviewers.
A Handbook provides researchers with a thorough understanding of research regulations of a particular domain and other essential practices, principles, and perks. In a word, it outlines primary responsibilities, defines methodologies, and establishes clear ideas about outcomes. A Handbook is an essential introduction to any new research area for recruits, giving them information they may use to comprehend their goals and values. A Handbook is also considered a type of reference work or other instructions intended to provide a ready reference. Handbooks may deal with any topic and are generally compendiums of information in a particular field or technique. They are designed to be easily consulted and provide quick answers for a specific area.
As an educator and an editor, balancing and managing time plays a significant part. So, each day is genuinely different in a beautiful way. Editorial meetings are crucial; my co-editors decide what sections or essential topics can be included in a volume. Perspective and intellectual inputs are the key points here to be discussed. Sorting of the chapters according to their relevance is the following topic of interest. Then, we must decide and address the experts in the concerned fields. Around these meetings, I'll be answering emails. For the last editorial, I sent around 750 emails, read 820, and had over 100 chats and calls.
Sometimes, there are days when I will need to drop everything – for example, if an interesting new submission comes in and we are on deadline, if there's a problem within the team, or if an author needs to discuss their edits or publishing plan urgently. I prioritize ensuring the authors are satisfied and comfortable with their intellectual input.
In a nutshell, the following are the responsibilities I handle day-to-day as an editor:
Research editors check the accuracy of factual information in manuscripts, find additional information to support written material, write and edit, and cultivate new ideas. In my opinion, expansion of imagination and boundaries of knowledge are equally necessary to become a research editor for a journal or book publisher, along with solid writing and editing skills. That is the most exciting thing for me.
There are quite a few challenging tasks:
The publishing contract from Springer Nature is always there to:
This may be a sensitive topic to advise on. I will briefly give some advice here that I personally follow. One might have noticed that most articles, even those you wrote yourself, get expanded and improved by other editors. Working together is the best way to develop a complete article/manuscript/book or publishing material. The other editors are doing their best, too, and getting along well with them is key.
Prof. Pranjal Chandra is an Associate Professor at the School of Biochemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi, India. He earned his Ph.D. from Pusan National University, South Korea, and pursued post-doctoral training at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Israel.
His research interest focuses on the vivid fields of BioNanoSensors, NanoDiagonstics, NanoAnalytics, Nanobioengineering, Pre-formulation and Formulation of Smart-materials and their applications, Medical Device Development to provide pertinent solutions to healthcare industries.