Category: Career

November 6, 2015

Honoring Future Leaders

By Angela Walker

ACS Publications’ polymer portfolio has a long history of serving the polymer science community. It is made up of three journals (Macromolecules, Biomacromolecules, and ACS Macro Letters), the oldest of which, Macromolecules, has been publishing for nearly 50 years. To honor this legacy, while also recognizing the next generation of standard-bearers in the field, the […]

  • ACS Macro Letters
  • Biomacromolecules
  • Macromolecules

October 28, 2015

Real-life CSI: Age Dating Fingerprints

By Selenah Njoloma

Find out how researchers at NIST are using mass spectrometry to determine how long a finger print has been at a crime scene in new research published in Analytical Chemistry. Watch the latest episode of ACS Headline Science to learn more.

  • Analytical Chemistry

October 28, 2015

Looking Back: Two New Journals Reflect on Their First Year of Publication

By Selenah Njoloma

In January of 2015, ACS Publications launched two new journals to advance research and further the conversation in the high-growth fields of biomaterials and infectious diseases. ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering is a flagship journal for high-quality, innovative research at the interface of biology, materials science and engineering. By drawing from both the science and […]

  • ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering
  • ACS Infectious Diseases

October 28, 2015

The ABCs of Becoming a Ph.D.

By Selenah Njoloma

What’s more grueling than earning a Ph.D.? Not much. That’s why student Lina G. Abdul Halim hopes to help aspiring Ph.D.candidates survive the daily grind. Inspired by editorials she read from JPC Letters Deputy Editor Prashant Kamat including, “Looking Beyond the PhD”, she sought to help other students successfully complete their Ph.Ds. by offering some […]

  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

October 27, 2015

ACS Offers Strong Showing at International ChinaNANO Conference

By Bethany Meisinger-Reiff

ACS has long been at the forefront of scientific research by publishing high-quality work that encourages conversation and innovation between researchers and disciplines. This influence was on display at the sixth International Conference on Nanoscience and Technology, China 2015 (ChinaNANO 2015), one of the largest nanoscience conferences in the world. Held September 3-5 in Beijing, […]

  • ACS Nano

October 27, 2015

Chemistry of Materials’ Up and Coming articles: Meet Science’s Rising Stars

By Selenah Njoloma

When scientists begin their research careers, they tend to think carefully about the research directions they will pursue. After all, their success depends on choosing research questions that are exciting, have broad societal impact, and have high growth potential. For this reason, early-career scientists tend to have fresh perspectives on which research directions are most […]

  • Chemistry of Materials

October 27, 2015

Combi Chem Is Not Dead!

By Angela Walker

Tune into this fascinating Reddit AMA today at 1:00PM EST with ACS Combinatorial Science Editor-in-Chief, M.G. Finn. He’ll discuss his research and explain why, in his view, the field is very much alive. Dr. Finn’s group does research in a variety of areas that seek to develop molecular function. They define “molecular” in ways that […]

  • ACS Combinatorial Science
  • Reddit AMA

October 23, 2015

ACS on Campus: Learning the Art of Publication in Utah

By Katherine Stevens

On September 18, ACS on Campus traveled to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City—home to the editorial offices of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the Journal of Organic Chemistry, and Accounts of Chemical Research. Led by Editors-in-Chief and Utah faculty members Peter Stang, Dale Poulter, and Cindy Burrows respectively, the journals […]

October 20, 2015

What’s Next for Sensors Research?

By Selenah Njoloma

When nonscientists think of advanced sensors, images of Star Trek’s “tricorder” often come to mind. The tricorder could detect contamination, sense approaching enemies, and give quick evaluations of an individual’s health (even one of a non-human species). As J. Justin Gooding, editor-in-chief of ACS Sensors explains, however, this depiction of sensors couldn’t be further from […]

  • ACS Sensors
  • Reddit AMA

October 19, 2015

In the Lab with Craig Lindsley

By Wendy Wise

Nashville, Tennessee, also known as Music City, is home to Vanderbilt University and musically connected ACS Chemical Neuroscience Editor-in-Chief Craig Lindsley, Ph.D. ACS Axial caught up with Lindsley at his two labs, one on campus and one off, to find out what projects he is currently working on and which musicians he’s recently spotted around […]

  • ACS Chemical Biology
  • ACS Chemical Neuroscience
  • Biochemistry
  • In the Lab
  • Journal of Medicinal Chemistry

October 19, 2015

Celebrate National Chemistry Week with the Journal of Chemical Education

By Freddy Tellez

From the moment you open your eyes, you are surrounded by color. From the food we eat, to the clothes we wear, to the paintings that decorate our walls, chemistry colors our world. National Chemistry Week is October 18–24, 2015. This year’s theme, “Chemistry Colors Our World,” explores the chemistry of dyes, pigments, and light. […]

  • C&EN
  • Journal of Chemical Education
  • National Chemistry Week

October 9, 2015

The Evolving Role of Librarians on the 21st Century Campus – Part One

By Katherine Stevens

Librarians have always played an essential role in research and information services, providing scientists with essential information and helping students find what they need. However, the modern librarian’s role has evolved into one of the most multifaceted jobs on a university campus. Scientific librarians, in particular, are tasked with engaging their patrons with the latest […]

  • Librarians

October 8, 2015

Now on YouTube: The ACS Nanotation Video Playlist!

By Heather Tierney

ACS Nanotation is a community-driven multimedia forum spearheaded by ACS Nano Editor-in-Chief Paul Weiss and presented by ACS Publications. It is the premier destination for nanoscience and nanotechnology news, highlights, and community. Recently, the forum consisted of only a Facebook page by the same name, as well as the @ACSNanotation, @ACSNano and @NanoLetters Twitter feeds. […]

  • ACS Nano
  • Nano Letters

October 7, 2015

ACS Congratulates the 2015 Nobel Laureates in Chemistry

By Angela Walker

Congratulations to Tomas Lindahl of the Francis Crick Institute and Clare Hall Laboratory in England, Paul Modrich of Duke University School of Medicine, and Aziz Sancar of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, who were awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their mechanistic studies of three different types of DNA repair. […]

  • Biochemistry
  • C&EN
  • Chemical Reviews
  • Nobel

October 6, 2015

ACS Congratulates the 2015 Nobel Laureates in Physics

By Selenah Njoloma

       Congratulations to Takaaki Kajita in Japan and ACS author Arthur B. McDonald in Canada, who were awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics for their discovery that neutrinos have mass.  Takaaki Kajita discovered that neutrinos change identities on their way to the Super-Kamiokande detector in Japan. Arthur B. McDonald showed that neutrinos from the […]

  • ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
  • C&EN
  • Nobel

October 6, 2015

Langmuir: 30 years of Fostering Innovation

By Selenah Njoloma

As is fitting for any milestone anniversary, the journal Langmuir has much to take pride in as it celebrates three decades of publication. For the journal’s 30th anniversary, ACS released a virtual issue that highlights Langmuir’s most significant papers and a video that underlines what makes the journal so compelling. In August, a symposium showcased […]

  • Langmuir

October 6, 2015

Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters’ Viewpoints: Going Beyond the Research

By Selenah Njoloma

Peer-reviewed research articles are a major way that scientists share knowledge with their research communities. But how can researchers learn and share information beyond the findings of a particular study? Where can readers go to discover broad insights their colleagues have learned in their laboratories? How can researchers learn skills to help them publish their […]

  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry

September 28, 2015

How to Respond to Reviewer Comments

By Sarah Sarber

In an earlier blog post, we talked about what reviewers can do to provide useful, high-quality reviews. We turn now to some recommendations on how you, as an author, should respond to reviewer comments. Anatomy of a thorough and high-quality response A high-quality response shows the editor that you have thoughtfully considered reviewer comments. It […]

  • Authors
  • Peer Review Week

September 28, 2015

What Makes a Good Review?

By Sarah Sarber

In a previous blog post, we discussed what you can do to become a reviewer.  Once you become a reviewer, you should understand how to provide a thorough, first-rate review. Anatomy of a useful and high-quality review A high-quality review is useful to both the editor and the author. It should include: A brief summary […]

  • Authors
  • Peer Review Week

September 28, 2015

How to Become a Reviewer

By Jamie Liu

One question that ACS editors and staff are asked regularly is, “How do I become a reviewer?” We love being asked this question, because great reviewers are just as important to the publication of reproducible, relevant research as great authors are. In order to be selected as a reviewer, you should: Have broad knowledge and […]

  • Authors
  • Peer Review Week

September 23, 2015

Why Do Old Books Smell So Good?

By Michael Woodruff

The smell of old books is as ubiquitous and memory-jogging as that of cut grass or freshly baked bread. It instantly transports us to musty college libraries, second-hand bookshops sliced by shafts of light thick with dust mites, and the well-turned, softly yellowing pages of our favorite novels – re-read and re-thumbed down the years. […]

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Librarians

September 22, 2015

Learning from Librarians in Brazil

By Erin Wiringi

ACS on Campus is an outreach program dedicated to helping students, post-docs and faculty advance their careers by bringing together leaders in chemistry, publishing, research and science communications. The recent ACS on Campus events held in Brazil in May 2015 marked the first execution of a separate track dedicated to engaging and better understanding the […]

  • ACS Journals
  • ACS on Campus
  • Librarians
  • SciFinder

September 22, 2015

What is the Deal with Research Data?

By Finbar Galligan

Research Data Management (RDM) is a hot topic in many institutions, with many conflicting opinions and suggestions. Current thinking puts libraries at the heart of the solution, with many arguing that librarians may hold the key to unlocking its true potential. Research data management has been hotly debated in recent years, yet it is a […]

  • ACS Journals
  • Librarians

September 18, 2015

Testing Old Tapes For Playability

By Katherine Gammon, for C&EN

Audio recordings are a huge part of the world’s cultural history—and some are in danger of degrading so much that they’ll be lost forever. Now researchers report that infrared spectroscopy offers a quick, noninvasive way to separate magnetic tapes that can still be played from those that can’t. This could help archivists know which tapes […]

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • C&EN

September 14, 2015

Show Off Your ACS Chemcation!

By Andrew Clinton

Summer is almost over and schools are back in session. Whether it was working in the lab, attending an ACS sponsored event, or keeping any of the ACS journals handy on the beach, ACS Publications wants to know what you have been up to this summer. Relive your summer memories by entering into the #ACSChemcation […]

  • #ACSChemcation

September 9, 2015

Why Molecular Formula Strings are Important for Medicinal Chemists

By Renee John

Creating Molecular Formula Strings is simple, yet these computer-readable formulas can be a powerful addition to your medicinal chemistry toolkit. Watch Dr. Michael K. Gilson from the University of California, San Diego explains how to prepare Molecular Formula Strings for manuscript submission. Learn more about Molecular Formula Strings.  

  • Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
  • Researchers

September 9, 2015

Chemistry of Materials’ 1K Club: Spotlighting Foundational Research

By Selenah Njoloma

Over the past 25 years, Chemistry of Materials has published seminal research in the materials sciences. Materials chemistry is a vibrant and interdisciplinary field, and Chemistry of Materials has helped put innovative research in the spotlight. Since its founding in 1989, papers published in the journal have been cited more than 86,000 times. When Prof. […]

  • 1K Club
  • Chemistry of Materials
  • Journals
  • Researchers

September 9, 2015

The Art Behind the Science: Publishing Tips from ACS Journal Editors

By Joseph Graham

For the novice author, the process of writing and publishing a scientific paper can go something like this: inspiration, research, excitement, gathering data, preparing figures and tables, drafting methods, discussion, panic, fear, questioning everything, rewrites, more rewrites, abstract, conclusion, still more rewrites, submission, and hiding under the desk waiting for a rejection message. Yet experienced […]

  • Authors
  • Interactive
  • Publishing Tips
  • Researchers

September 9, 2015

C&EN Virtual Symposium Keynote Q&A with Christopher P. Austin, M.D.

By Sondra Hadden

On September 16, 2015, scientists from biotech, pharma and academia will present the latest research findings and new technologies that are driving the design, discovery and development of new drugs – from traditional small molecules and biologics to cutting-edge gene-editing and immunological technologies. Speakers will present the latest advances in identifying promising drug targets, verifying […]

  • C&EN
  • Drug Development
  • Drug Discovery
  • Researcher

September 9, 2015

Personify: Profile of ACS Member and Undergraduate Student Taryn Dooms

By Owen Kibenge

If Taryn Dooms, 20, was to write a book it would be about survival as an extrovert in science, it is a challenge that lingers on several years after giving up her desire to be a journalist and embracing science at the Paul Lawrence Dunbar Magnet school for the performing arts. Doom’s decision to change […]

  • ACS Members
  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Science and Technology
  • Researcher
  • Undergraduate
Interesting chemistry topics

September 4, 2015

15 of the Hottest Research Topics in Chemistry

By Renee John

Virtual Collections include Virtual Issues, Special Issues and Thematic Collections of chemistry research from ACS journals. These collections reflect topics of current scientific interest and are designed for experienced investigators and chemistry educators alike. Below are our most recent collections from April 2015 to June 2015.   The community at large recognizes the need to […]

  • Accounts of Chemical Research
  • ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
  • ACS Catalysis
  • ACS Select
  • ACS Select Virtual Issue
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Bioconjugate Chemistry
  • Chemical Reviews
  • Chemistry of Materials
  • Crystal Growth and Design
  • Energy and Fuels
  • Hottest Chemistry Research Topics
  • I&EC Research
  • Organic Letters
  • The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry
  • The Journal of Organic Chemistry
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
  • Virtual Issue
  • Virtual Special Issue

September 1, 2015

Take 5 Minutes to Raise Your Article’s Impact

By Renee John

The Drug Annotations series was launched in 2014 to highlight newly approved drugs or clinical candidates that are likely to provide significant patient benefits over existing therapies. Watch Dr. Jeff Zablocki, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry Drug Annotations Editor from Gilead Sciences Inc. introduce the Drug Annotations series, describes its impact on the field and provides advice to authors interested in […]

  • Authors
  • Journal of Medicinal Chemistry

September 1, 2015

3 Ways Researchers Can Boost Their Social Media Savvy

By Andrew Clinton

Social networks have become far more than just a way to stay close to family and friends. These digital communities are now a commonplace tool for scientists and publishers alike to collaborate, evaluate, and gain exposure to goings-on in their scientific communities. How has social media transitioned from a fun distraction to a professional asset? […]

  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Researchers
  • Twitter

August 14, 2015

CHEMOJI – A new Chemistry Keyboard from the American Chemical Society

By Sondra Hadden

We here at the American Chemical Society like texting our friends from the lab or library as much as you do! Let your crew know you’re working late in the lab, tell everyone your paper was accepted by JACS, and send your PI a research update with your very own chemistry emoji set by downloading […]

  • Authors
  • C&EN
  • CAS
  • Chemoji
  • JACS
  • Multimedia
  • Researchers

August 14, 2015

Donor-Acceptor Polymers Special Issue and Podcast

By Wendy Wise

Hear from Dr. Klaus Muellen on the importance of donor acceptor polymers and how research in this field can help solve for challenges in materials science and existing real word problems.

  • Accounts of Chemical Research
  • Authors
  • Chemistry of Materials
  • JACS
  • Macromolecules
  • Multimedia
  • Researchers

August 14, 2015

ACS Launches New Interdisciplinary Journal Focused on Modern Sensor Science

By Selenah Njoloma

Although interest in and demand for sensors research and commercialization is flourishing, the field has lacked a dedicated, peer-reviewed journal to showcase high-quality research and to champion sensor-related education. Until now.

  • ACS Sensors
  • Authors
  • C&EN
  • Journal
  • Researchers