Category: Career

May 27, 2016

Celebrate Cancer Research Awareness Month with Journal of Medicinal Chemistry and ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters

By Kristen Kindrachuk

It’s an exciting time to be in cancer research. Advances in both immunotherapy and chemotherapy research are revolutionizing treatment for many cancers and are improving outcomes for many patients. Medicinal chemists are using innovative strategies to improve chemotherapeutic agents in ways that reduce toxic side effects and overcome drug resistance. For example, chemists have refined […]

  • cancer
  • medical research

May 26, 2016

C&EN Roundup: Storing Natural Gas, a Nanowire Battery and a Vaccine for Meth

By Jesse Stanchak

Chemical & Engineering News covers the world of chemistry, from research and education to business and policy. Here’s a sampling of their coverage of research from ACS journals: *** New Storage Technique Could Make Natural Gas More Convenient Sealing natural gas in porous beads with hydrocarbon plugs could allow the fuel to be transported in compact, affordable […]

  • batteries
  • cell probes
  • medical testing
  • methamphetamine
  • natural gas

May 25, 2016

4 Steps to Improving Submission Success for Indian Scientists

By Chi Wang

In recent years, India has seen substantial growth in its annual output of scientific publications. It quadrupled its research output between 2001 and 2013. The country’s greatest research strengths are in chemistry and materials science. While India has a low density of researchers relative to the size of its population, the number of women entering […]

May 24, 2016

Cleaning Water With Tiny Motors

By Jesse Stanchak

Motors are an essential component of some of our largest machines, but motors don’t have to be huge to have a big impact. Scientists are developing new motors that are tiny and soft. They run on things like light, magnetic effects or chemical solutions. And they can serve specific functions — including cleaning up pollution. […]

May 23, 2016

A Commentary on Academic Identity Theft

By Erin Wiringi

As a chemist, you are trained to focus on lab and environmental safety to protect yourselves, your colleagues, and the consumers of your research. In today’s virtual, networked world, information security is an integral part of this “safety first” outlook. As a scientific scholarly community, it is everyone’s job to protect the data that drives […]

May 21, 2016

How Librarians Can Help Authors Publish Open Access at ACS

By Katherine Stevens

As a librarian, you are often the “go to” on campus or in the office for scientists wanting to better understand the research and publishing landscape. Of the questions fired at you, open access is a common concern. Questions you may hear include, “How do I make my article open access?” “How much will I […]

May 21, 2016

How Do Libraries and Librarians Benefit from the Figshare Partnership?

By Michael Qiu

In November 2015, ACS Publications announced a new partnership with Figshare to encourage the broad discovery and use of research data and supplemental information (SI). The ACS Publications-Figshare partnership provides several tangible and immediate benefits to all users of ACS Publications, but what should libraries and librarians be aware of? Figshare now provides greater visibility, […]

May 21, 2016

ACS Launches Energy Letters

By Mark Fraser

Every year, ACS Publications launches new journals that address specialist topics and emerging or niche science. There is a growing demand for specialist publishing outlets to support the work being done in the scientific community. It is the ACS belief that specialist journals allow the dissemination of more volume and detail than may be appropriate […]

May 21, 2016

PatentPak, a CAS Solution, Streamlines Chemical Information Searches in Patents

By Ramona Joseph

PatentPak saves around half the time needed to find the important chemistry in patents CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, now offers PatentPak, a new patent workflow solution. PatentPak is available in both SciFinder® and STN®, and can drastically reduce the time spent searching for chemical information in patents. Third-party research indicates that […]

  • CAS
  • Chemical Information
  • PatentPak

May 20, 2016

In the Lab with Stephen Hecht

By Renee John

The rate of adult smokers has dropped by more than half from 1965 to 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But smoking and the cancers it causes are hardly a thing of the past. “Most people don’t realize that there are still more than 40 million smokers in the U.S. and […]

  • cancer
  • health
  • smoking
  • Stephen Hecht

May 20, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Insights Into Clean Water and Dirty Air

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: air quality monitoring, disinfection byproducts in pools and spas,  prediction of electron ionization mass spectra from first principles — and more! Each and every day, ACS grants free access to a new peer-reviewed research article from one of the Society’s journals. These articles are specially chosen by a team of scientific editors of ACS […]

  • ACS Combinatorial Science
  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • Chemical Research in Toxicology
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
  • Nano Letters
  • Organic Process Research & Development
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry A

May 19, 2016

6 Tips for Shooting a Video Abstract On Your Phone

By Stephanie Monasky

Video abstracts can be a great way to expand the visibility of both a study and its authors. Both fellow scientists and laymen alike can learn about your findings. One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to record a video is by using a smartphone. Here are six key tips to helping you record […]

  • research submission
  • smartphone
  • video abstract

May 18, 2016

ACS Presentations on Demand: Newly Released San Diego National Meeting Recordings!

By John F. Gardiner

ACS members have exclusive viewing privileges to the just-released select technical recordings from the San Diego National Meeting held earlier this year. “Computers in Chemistry” was the meeting theme and over 200 recordings are available. The Presentations on Demand website has also been redesigned to make recordings easier to find. Users can search by title, meeting, topic, or speaker. […]

  • ACS Annual Meeting
  • presentation recordings

May 13, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Introducing Teslaphoresis

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: the directed motion and self-assembly of matter by a Tesla coil — and more! Each and every day, ACS grants free access to a new peer-reviewed research article from one of the Society’s journals. These articles are specially chosen by a team of scientific editors of ACS journals from around the world to […]

  • ACS Catalysis
  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • ACS Nano
  • ACS Synthetic Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioconjugate Chemistry
  • JACS
  • open access
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry A

May 13, 2016

The Evolving Role of Librarians on the 21st Century Campus: Part Three: Donna Wrublewski

By Katherine Stevens

How has your job changed over the years? What is it like being a 21st-century librarian compared to the more traditional image most people have in their minds? Donna Wrublewski (Librarian for Chemistry, Biology, and Biological Engineering, California Institute of Technology): Well, I’ve only been a librarian for about five years, so the only things […]

  • ACS Chemical Information Division
  • Librarians
  • Special Libraries Association

May 11, 2016

Bioorganic Chemistry Award 2016 Goes to Vincent Rotello

By Jesse Stanchak

Bioconjugate Chemistry Editor-in-Chief Vincent Rotello is the winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Bioorganic Chemistry Award 2016. In a statement, the RSC said it was presenting the award to Rotello “for his pioneering research in using chemistry of nanomaterials to understand and modulate biological processes.” “I have used organic chemistry to interface the man-made and […]

  • Bioconjugate Chemistry
  • Chemical Research in Toxicology
  • Langmuir
  • Vincent Rotello

May 9, 2016

Meet the Newest National Academy of Sciences Members

By Jesse Stanchak

Earlier this month The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced the election of 84 new members, as well as 21 foreign associates from 14 countries. Of those new members, 15 are either members of the American Chemical Society or work in a chemistry-related field. Four of the new members have particularly close ties to ACS […]

  • Accounts of Chemical Research
  • ACS Catalysis
  • ACS Nano
  • JACS
  • Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
  • Nano Letters

May 5, 2016

ACS Approved Chemistry Degrees: Do I Have to Subscribe to ACS Publications?

By Michael Qiu

While chemistry remains central to advances in many areas of science, the lines between chemistry disciplines are blurring. As approaches to science education continue to evolve, it can be difficult to compare a degree from one chemistry program to another. That’s why the American Chemical Society created an approval and certification program for bachelor’s degree […]

  • education
  • Librarians
  • universities
twitter

May 4, 2016

6 ACS Journal Editors You Need to Follow on Twitter

By Jesse Stanchak

Social tools like Twitter have changed the way the world communicates. Social networks help us connect with fascinating people from all walks of life, in all manner of disciplines, from all over the world. You can use Twitter to get news and views from politicians, musicians, business leaders and yes, even chemists. Twitter is full of institutional accounts […]

  • ACS Central Science
  • Chemistry of Materials
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • Environmental Science & Technology Letters
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
  • Organometallics
  • Social Media
  • Twitter
Fictional Librarians

May 3, 2016

7 Fictional Librarians to Guide You on Your Quest for Knowledge

By Katherine Stevens

The depictional of fictional librarians in media is often laden with tropes and inaccuracies — not unlike the portrayal of chemists. Despite these pitfalls, however, there are quite a few fictional information specialists who make the job look cool and fun. Here are seven of our favorite fictional librarians: Barbara Gordon (DC Comics) Widely regarded as one […]

  • Librarians

May 2, 2016

C&EN Roundup: Spotting Counterfeit Honey, Flexible LEDs, and Fighting Climate Change with Bubbles

By Jesse Stanchak

Chemical & Engineering News covers the world of chemistry, from research and education to business and policy. Here’s a sampling of their coverage of research from ACS journals: *** Building a Better Flexible Display With Nanowires Flexible electronic displays have a variety of applications, but the organic light-emitting diodes used in many displays tend to wear […]

  • ACS Nano
  • ACS Photonics
  • ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
  • climate change
  • EKG patches
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • honey
  • Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
  • light bulbs

April 29, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Understanding the Properties of Colloidal Double Quantum Dots

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: colloidal double quantum dots, simulating gas–liquid−water partitioning – optical sensors for simultaneous imaging of pH and dissolved O2- and more! Each and every day, ACS grants free access to a new peer-reviewed research article from one of the Society’s journals. These articles are specially chosen by a team of scientific editors of ACS journals […]

  • Accounts of Chemical Research
  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • ACS Sensors
  • Biomacromolecules
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • JACS
  • Molecular Pharmaceutics
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry C
research submission

April 29, 2016

The Recipe for a Successful Research Submission

By Stephanie Monasky

A successful research submission is like a well-made dish: There’s a handful of key ingredients that take it from mundane to noteworthy. While almost every researcher has scratched their head and wondered why they were rejected, very few stop to consider why an article was accepted. While every researcher’s recipe for success differs slightly, there […]

  • author services
  • Getting published
  • research submission

April 26, 2016

Librarian Life: What’s So Mega About ACS Omega?

By Michael Qiu

I heard ACS Publications is launching an open access journal called ACS Omega. Is that the same thing as ACS Central Science? Will it be a part of my library’s current subscription? Does my library have to pay for ACS Omega? Good news: ACS Omega will not cost your library a penny. ACS Omega is […]

  • ACS Omega
  • Librarians

April 25, 2016

Meet the Q1 2016 Lectureship Winners

By Jesse Stanchak

2016 Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship Award Winner: Prof. Dr. Serena DeBeer Institution: Max-Planck-Institut fuer Chemische Energiekonversion Research Highlights: A professor and research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany, Dr. DeBeer’s research group is focused on the development and application of advanced X-ray spectroscopic tools for understanding […]

  • ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
  • ACS Catalysis
  • ACS Chemical Biology
  • ACS Photonics
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioconjugate Chemistry
  • Biomacromolecules
  • Chemical Biology
  • Energy & Fuels
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Langmuir
  • Lectureships
  • Macromolecules
  • Nano Letters
  • Organic Letters
  • Organometallics
  • The Journal of Organic Chemistry
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry A
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry B
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry C

April 22, 2016

Environmental Science & Technology Letters Honors Earth Day

By Freddy Tellez

Did you know the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters (ES&T Letters) is an international environmental forum for rapid communications on experimental and theoretical results of exceptional timeliness in all aspects of environmental science, and short reviews on emerging environmental science & technology topics? The topics covered are highly relevant to the preservation of […]

  • Earth Day 2016
  • Environmental Science & Technology Letters

April 22, 2016

Energy & Fuels: Past, Present & Future With Michael T. Klein

By Renee John

In celebration of Eath Day 2016, Energy & Fuels Editor-in-Chief Michael T. Klein discusses the state of energy research. You’ve been the EIC of Energy & Fuels since 2002. How has the field of energy and fuels research changed in that time?  The most significant change is that virtually all possible energy solutions are placed in and […]

  • Earth Day 2016
  • Energy & Fuels
  • Michael T Klein

April 22, 2016

Chemical Research in Toxicology: The Place for Chemists Curious about Contaminants

By Renee John

“‘Chemophobia’ is spreading,” says Janice E. Silverman, Acquisitions Editor of Chemical Research in Toxicology. “Everything is perceived as toxic.” Many people may overestimate the dangers posed by “toxic” substances in their everyday lives, but toxicology research plays an undeniable role in our understanding of contaminants to the environment and living species. “Toxicology tries to determine […]

  • Chemical Research in Toxicology
  • Earth Day 2016
  • Janice E. Silverman
Journal of Chemical Education

April 22, 2016

Celebrate Earth Day 2016 with the Journal of Chemical Education

By Mary Saecker

Chemists Celebrate Earth Day is an ACS annual event that seeks to bring international focus to environmental topics, such as clean air, water, and energy. Earth Day serves to illustrate the positive role chemistry plays in understanding and preserving the Earth. In honor of Earth Day 2016, the Journal of Chemical Education is highlighting recently […]

  • Earth Day 2016
  • Journal of Chemical Education

April 22, 2016

Life in the Lab: The Future of Biological Materials and Biofuels

By Jesse Stanchak

Challa Vijaya Kumar, Ph.D, is a professor of chemistry at the University of Connecticut. Prof. Kumar’s research interest is in the production of functional materials that are biodegradable. He is also interested in using chemical reactions to transform these materials into something that people can benefit from, such as biofuel cell-based power. Watch this video […]

  • biofuels
  • Challa Vijaya Kumar
  • Earth Day 2016
  • video
Where does an article's DOI come from?

April 21, 2016

Where does an article’s DOI come from?

By Bryan McBournie

There is more to an article’s Digital Object Identifier (DOI) than you may think. Every published article has an alphanumeric string assigned to it, which not only makes citation easier but also ensures the article has a persistent link online. The International DOI Foundation maintains the platform. Recently, ACS created its own format based on that […]

  • DOI
  • Journals
  • publishing
  • research

April 20, 2016

Take a 360° Lab Tour With The Journal of Physical Chemistry’s John T. Fourkas

By Joseph Graham

John T. Fourkas is the Millard Alexander Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland in College Park. Fourkas is also the Senior Editor for The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, B, and C, a position he’s held since 2002. We recently caught up with Fourkas for a brief video […]

  • In the Lab
  • John T. Fourkas
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry A
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry B
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry C
Food Waste

April 19, 2016

ACS Newsclips: Food waste, bacterial batteries and transparent wood

By Jesse Stanchak

Each week ACS Axial brings you selected news stories based on research appearing in ACS journals, alongside links to the original journal articles so you can learn more. Did we miss one of your favorite news items of the week? Share it in the comments below. Fighting hunger and climate change by reducing food waste […]

  • ACS Newsclips
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biomacromolecules
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • Environmental Science & Technology Letters
  • Langmuir
Dennis Liotta

April 19, 2016

Dennis Liotta at TEDx: Finding Treatments for Neglected Diseases

By Renee John

Dennis Liotta wants to make some of the world’s most devastating diseases a thing of the past. Liotta is the Executive Director of the Emory Institute for Drug Development and Editor-in-Chief of ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters. And he has devoted his career to developing drugs for so-called “neglected diseases,” conditions that mostly affect poorer countries […]

  • ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
  • Dennis Liotta
  • TEDx

April 18, 2016

In the Lab with William Tolman

By Renee John

When William Tolman, Editor-in-Chief of Inorganic Chemistry, isn’t in the lab, he’s taking long weekend rides around Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. An avid cyclist, Tolman rides his bike to and from his lab at the University of Minnesota’s Kolthoff Hall almost every day. That’s quite a feat, considering temperatures in the Twin Cities are below […]

  • In the Lab
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • William Tolman

April 15, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Healing Broken Hearts

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: healing damaged hearts without resorting to a transplant, developing a better dehydrogenation catalyst, creating an algorithm for classifying molecular interaction motifs in crystal structures — and more! Each and every day, ACS grants free access to a new peer-reviewed research article from one of the Society’s journals. These articles are specially chosen by […]

  • ACS Catalysis
  • ACS Chemical Neuroscience
  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • Biomacromolecules
  • Crystal Growth & Design
  • Industrial &Engineering Chemistry Research
  • JACS
  • Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
TED Talk on using nanoscience to treat cancer

April 14, 2016

Video: Can Nanoscience Offer a “Superweapon” for Fighting Cancer?

By Jesse Stanchak

Not all cancers are created equal. Some types of cancer, such as ovarian, stomach and pancreatic, can survive rounds of surgery and chemotherapy. Paula T. Hammond, Associate Editor of ACS Nano, calls these types of cancer “supervillains.” She says their persistence often stems from one of a number of genetic mutations. These mutations can confer […]

  • ACS Nano
  • cancer
  • medicine
  • nanoscience
attending an international conference for chemists

April 14, 2016

ACS Publications is Growing Globally

By Stephanie Monasky

We might call ourselves the American Chemical Society—but ACS publications are hardly limited to research from the United States. ACS journals have long been growing globally in scope. In the past 5 years, ACS journals published 48,000 papers from Brazil, India, China, and South Korea. There are 44 editors-in-chief/associate editors and 207 editorial advisory board […]

  • Authors
  • China
  • Growing Globally
  • white paper
raising the visibility of your research

April 13, 2016

Want to Raise the Visibility of Your Research?

By Stephanie Monasky

Lucky you. Your research is done and your paper has just been accepted for publication. While writing your paper was tough, getting your message out to a relevant audience can be every bit as difficult. Ever wondered what the best strategies are for increasing the visibility of your research? Which social networks to use? How […]

  • Researchers
  • webinars
sandpaper

April 12, 2016

What Chemists Do: The Science Behind Sandpaper With Sarah Mullins

By Jesse Stanchak

You might not realize it, but sandpaper is a big deal. Many of the manufactured items in our lives need to be buffed and smoothed in some way before we can use them. Sandpaper isn’t one size fits all, either. Different materials can require a different sandpaper to achieve an optimal finish. It’s not a […]

  • 3M
  • industrial chemistry
  • sandpaper
  • Sarah Mullins