Leadership in the Editorial Office

This presentation gives a personal perspective on what leadership means for the editorial office from someone who has been an editor in various leadership positions for more than 20 years. Leadership is an elusive, philosophical and intimate topic. Intimate, because it has much to do with one’s own personality, and that of others. Rather than being a career issue, leadership should be seen in the context of responsibility.

The talk will not be presented by a guru who has the answers to all questions. Nor should the audience expect ready-to-use, one-size-fits-all solutions. Rather, it will provide food for thought to help you find your own leadership position and leadership style.


After completing a PhD in chemistry, Steffen Pauly started as an editorial trainee for VCH Publishers (now Wiley-VCH) in 1992. As publishing editor he was responsible for the acquisition and development of books, journals and loose-leaf collections, mostly in analytical and environmental chemistry.  He later became a group leader of an editorial team in life and analytical sciences. He joined Springer beginning 2008 as senior editor chemistry with responsibility inter alia for the journal Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, of which he acted as managing editor from 2011 to June 2013. Currently he is Executive Editor Chemistry with responsibility for developing Springer’s global chemistry programme, which includes books and journals. He is also a member of the management team of the global publishing unit physical sciences and engineering.