Announcing the Winners of our Reviewer Contest

During the month of October, ACS Publications thanked our reviewers for devoting their time to the ACS and their contributions to the advancement of science in a variety of ways. As part of this celebration, any scientist who submitted a review was automatically entered to win one of three prizes: a grand prizewinner received an iPad and two runners-up won an Apple Watch.* Read more about the three winners, whose thoughtful comments and analyses, like those of their colleagues in this great pool of peer reviewers, directly improve the work of our authors.

Grand Prize Winner

Rob McClain

Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison

I have been reviewing for ACS journals since 2010.

I am a laboratory director in the department of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  I am responsible for the management of the instructional laboratories in analytical chemistry.  My professional activities are focused on laboratory development for chemical instrumentation courses.

“Reviewing articles helps keep me informed on recent developments in laboratory instruction.  It also allows me to have some impact on the types of articles, and their quality, that get published.”

Runner Up #1

Vojtech Spiwok

Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague

I have been reviewing for ACS journals since 2007.

I work mostly in the field of computational chemistry. My research interest is developing and applying techniques that make it possible to study long time scales via biomolecular simulations.

“I also contribute as an author, so I appreciate when the review process is fast and fluent. This motivates me to act as a reviewer. I always accept the offer to review a manuscript in a familiar field of study.” 

Runner Up #2

Hai Yu

CSIRO Energy

I have been reviewing for ACS journals for more than 10 years.

I am a senior research scientist with CSIRO Energy. My current work focuses on development of new capture agents and processes used in gas cleaning technologies.

“ACS journals publish high-quality, high-impact papers in areas related to my research. It is a great honor to be invited to be a reviewer for ACS journals. ACS asks me to review papers that are of great interest to me. I feel very comfortable reviewing for ACS.”

These are just three of the many thousands who contribute to the peer-review process by reviewing manuscripts for ACS journals every month. We offer our sincere gratitude for everything that they do.

If you are interested in becoming a reviewer for an ACS journal, please contact the editorial office of your journal of interest with your CV and publication record.

* Winners were drawn at random and have already received their prizes.

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