Category: Editorials

December 4, 2018

Reflections on 2018 from Chemical Research in Toxicology

By Shana J. Sturla

In many ways, this was a year like any other for Chemical Research in Toxicology (CRT), a volume of diverse, exciting, important, rigorous research findings at the intersection of Toxicological Sciences and Chemistry in its 31st year. In other ways, it was a major event, with a new Editor-in-Chief—me!—and a team of Associate Editors coming […]

October 25, 2018

ChemRxiv: Year One and Beyond

By Andrew Clinton

Last August, ChemRxiv was launched with the goal to become the world’s premier preprint server focused on the chemical sciences, and what a year it has been! This spring, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and the German Chemical Society (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, GDCh) joined the American Chemical Society (ACS) as co-owners. This three-society group […]

September 14, 2018

3 Reasons to Share Your SOP

By Jesse Stanchak

Everyone knows lab safety is essential. Yet accidents continue to happen. Why are lab accidents still a problem in 2018? In part, the problem may lie with chemists being reluctant to share safe Standard Operating Procedures, according to a new editorial in Organometallics. Alexander J. M. Miller and Ian A. Tonks argue that while organizations […]

September 10, 2018

How You Can Help Solve Chemistry’s Protein Problem

By Jesse Stanchak

Biochemistry has adopted manuscript submission guidelines to address the recent increases in entries to protein databases such as UniProt and GenBank/RefSeq. This surge of new entries affects chemists’ ability to unambiguously identify proteins that are described or characterized in a manuscript. This trend has also led to an increase in database misannotations, which hurts research […]

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August 29, 2018

Now You Can Watch Cellular Respiration with a Novel Nanoelectrode Probe

By Li-Qun Gu

Professor Li-Qun Gu is a Professor of Bioengineering at the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Missouri. He and ACS Sensors Associate Editor Professor Yi-Tao Long of East China University of Science have known each other for more than 15 years. Professor Gu is a pioneer in biological nanopore DNA sequencing while Professor […]

June 20, 2018

Undergraduate Research: Contributions To Organometallic Chemistry

By Stephen Ritter

A recent ACS Virtual Issue features a collection of organometallic chemistry papers from research groups at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs). Four ACS core-chemistry journals, Organometallics, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Letters, and The Journal of Organic Chemistry, published the papers between 2014 and 2018. The authors represent a broad variety of U.S. and Canadian institutions, faculty career […]

Inorganic Chemistry Explores the 5 Stages of Rejection

May 8, 2018

Inorganic Chemistry Explores the 5 Stages of Rejection

By Stephen Ritter

Manuscript rejection is a normal part of the scientific publishing process. It happens to all researchers, from novices to Nobel Laureates, at one time or another.  Intellectually that makes sense—especially when it happens to someone else—but what should you do when a rejection notice shows up in your inbox? “First, take a breath. Take a […]

Quantitative Sustainability Metrics

May 7, 2018

Promoting the Development and Use of Quantitative Sustainability Metrics

By Freddy Tellez

ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering has a history of calling for the increased use of quantitative sustainability metrics, and increasingly considers the use of sustainability metrics in its editorial decisions. Now the journal is demonstrating that commitment with a Virtual Special Issue containing contributions from well-known authors in the field and addressing diverse topics in the field. […]

March 12, 2018

Paul J. Chirik’s List of Common Misconceptions about Organometallics

By Stephen Ritter

How do researchers choose which journal to submit their latest research? It often comes down to how they perceive the scope of a journal. And that process is one of the many things that weigh on an editor’s mind: How can I convince chemists that my journal is the best fit for their great new […]

March 6, 2018

5 Keys to Writing Good Theory & Modeling Papers

By Marcus Anderson

ACS Publications has a long history of publishing and highlighting the best papers, manuscripts, and articles across the chemistry landscape. One of the recurring questions authors ask is “what makes a good theory and/or modeling paper?” Enter Langmuir editors Han Zuilhof, Shu-Hong Yu and David S. Sholl. To help ensure authors are writing and submitting focused […]

February 2, 2018

Advancing the Use of Sustainability Metrics in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering

By David T. Allen

This editorial originally appeared in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. We begin the year at ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering (ACS SCE) celebrating a growing field that is playing an increasingly important role in global chemistry and engineering. In 2017, for the fourth consecutive year, ACS SCE published a record number of manuscripts, covering topics including, but not limited […]

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November 23, 2017

Looking at Latin America’s Challenges in Innovation and STEM Education

By Gabriela Gonzalez

Recently, I got a fantastic opportunity to participate in the SciFinder Future Leaders program sponsored by CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society. I shared the experience with 21 Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers from around the world. We got to share our experiences and ideas about how to build a brighter future through […]

July 24, 2017

Welcome the Newest Associate Editors of ACS Publications Journals: Q2 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

New associate editors bring more than just changes to a publication’s masthead. They bring new experiences, new perspectives and new ideas to their publications. Get to know some of ACS’ latest editors and learn what unique gifts they’ll be bringing to their respective journals. *** Yaakov ‘Kobi’ Benenson, ACS Synthetic Biology What do you hope […]

March 28, 2017

Remembering Prof. Millie Dresselhaus (1930–2017), Carbon Nanomaterials Pioneer

By Yan Li, Jillian M. Buriak, Yury Gogotsi, Mark C. Hersam, Cherie R. Kagan, and Paul S. Weiss

The following is an editorial adapted from the current issue of ACS Nano. We join the world of science and engineering in mourning the loss last month of Prof. Millie Dresselhaus, an international treasure, a scientific leader, and a mentor to many of us. Prof. Dresselhaus had an inspiring life and career; she broadcast her […]

March 17, 2017

Being Interdisciplinary and Learning to Love the Threshold

By Keith A. Brown

Imagine research as a big house with many rooms. Physicists are in one room, chemists are in a second room, all mechanical engineers are in a third room and so on. Each researcher has a flashlight that they are using to illuminate and study little sections of their room. When a researcher gets the idea […]

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March 14, 2017

Two Journals Sharing One Name

By David L. Sedlak and Bruce E. Logan

The following editorial originally appeared in Environmental Science & Technology Letters. A little over three years ago, ACS Publications launched Environmental Science & Technology Letters (ES&T Letters) as a new environmental journal to enable rapid publication of research communications on environmental topics. While many journals publish both short communications and full papers together, Environmental Science […]

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February 9, 2017

Mastering the Art of the Cover Letter

By John R. Yates III

This editorial originally appeared in The Journal of Proteome Research. Publishing is the principal means by which scientific findings are communicated and confirmed to the broader community. As I half-jokingly remind my lab, “If it isn’t published, it doesn’t exist.” Among the many steps in the path to publication, if you are like most authors, […]

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February 8, 2017

Embracing Diversity to Drive Chemical Innovation

By Melanie Lui

Lights, colour, action! It was these three things that first drew me to chemistry. My fascination with glow-in-the-dark toys and firework displays as a child paved the way to an education in this field. I quickly learned that an understanding of molecules and bonding could impact many other streams of science. More recently, I learned […]

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January 9, 2017

Safety: Declare the Hidden Risks and Hazards of Your Research

By Jonathan Sweedler

This editorial originally appeared in Analytical Chemistry. There are many aspects to consider when writing a manuscript. Besides reporting and discussing your results, you need to include the details required for a skilled scientist to reproduce your work. One area that has failed to get adequate attention is safety. Analytical Chemistry, and in fact all […]

December 15, 2016

Celebrate The Journal of Physical Chemistry’s 120th Anniversary With 25 Most-Cited Papers

By George C. Schatz

This editorial originally appeared in The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, B, C, and Letters. October, 2016 is the 120th anniversary of the founding of The Journal of Physical Chemistry (JPC). In this Virtual Issue we celebrate this occasion by recognizing the top 25 cited papers published in JPC since its first publication. JPC has […]

December 14, 2016

A Picture Worth 250 Million Words (and Counting)

By David Sedlak

The following editorial originally appeared in Environmental Science & Technology. About 50 years ago, the astronaut William Anders took a photograph that changed humanity. The image that came to be known as “Earthrise” shows our blue planet emerging from the shadow of the moon. At a time when civilization was struggling with the threats posed […]

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November 17, 2016

Choosing an Important Project: The First Stage to Getting Research Published

By Jonathan Sweedler

The following editorial originally appeared in Analytical Chemistry. This is the season that faculty spend a lot of time discussing research projects with potential graduate students. Like many analytical chemistry faculty, I am affiliated with several graduate departments and training programs, each of which have multiple dates to meet with visiting students. Thus, I find […]

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November 7, 2016

25 Years of Green Chemistry and Green Engineering: The End of the Beginning

By Paul T. Anastas and David T. Allen

This editorial originally appeared in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, as part of the “Building on 25 Years of Green Chemistry and Engineering for a Sustainable Future” special issue. Reflecting on a quarter century of advances in the fields of Green Chemistry and Green Engineering, the strong scientific foundation that has been built is worthy […]

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November 1, 2016

Abbreviations in Scientific Writing: Friend or Foe

By J. Justin Gooding

A version of this editorial originally appeared in ACS Sensors. A couple of years back the journals ACS Nano, Chemistry of Materials, and Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters assembled a virtual issue of editorials called Mastering the Art of Scientific Publication—20 Papers for 20/20 Vision About Publishing. The issue covers the entire journey of a […]

October 11, 2016

A Perspective on Lignin Refining, Functionalization, and Utilization

By Dimitris S. Argyropoulos and Claudia Crestini

This editorial originally appeared in the ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Special Issue from October 3, 2016. Lignin is the second most abundant natural polymer in the world, yet its utilization (other than for fuel) makes up only a tiny fraction of the billions of pounds processed from harvested wood and other lignocellulosic crops. There […]

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September 22, 2016

How Scientists Can Influence and Get Involved In Science Policy

By Ben Isaacoff

Science doesn’t happen in a vacuum (well, some experiments may require a vacuum). All scientists are living and working within society, and that social context matters. What is legal to study? How much funding is available to study it? How will resulting new science and technology be used? These are all essential questions. Ultimately, social […]

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September 12, 2016

Why Science Needs Civility

By Sarah Brittman

In an ideal world, science is a wholly objective pursuit. The facts are indisputable. But such a model is too simple to represent reality. Every day new research challenges long-held tenets, probing our understanding to make sure that we do indeed have our facts straight. When all the known data fits one theory, we declare […]

March 24, 2016

ACS Central Science Celebrates Its First Anniversary

By Jesse Stanchak

ACS Central Science – our first fully open access journal – celebrates its first birthday this week. It was one year ago, at the ACS spring meeting in Denver, that the journal debuted. Today ACS Central Science is living up to its promise to highlight and communicate research articles that epitomize the “centrality of chemistry.” Every issue […]

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February 1, 2016

Putting Research in Context: ACS’ Approach to Editorials

By Liesa Ross

Editors-in-chief of ACS journals do more than review manuscripts. They also articulate the vision for their journals and comment on changes and emerging best practices in their respective fields. A major way they do this is through editorials: short, opinion-based pieces written by a journal’s editor-in-chief or editorial staff. Each journal approaches editorials in a […]

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December 2, 2015

Pacifichem 2015: Analytical Chemistry

By Antonella Mazur

The field of Analytical Chemistry encompasses all research involving the separation, identification, and quantification of the chemical composition of natural and synthetic materials. This includes various aspects of chemical measurement science as well as the development/application of analytical tools and methodologies. In an effort to showcase some of the most recent advances in this field, […]