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the future of science communication

December 5, 2016

What Will Science Communication Look Like a Decade from Now?

By Suzanne Jansze

Most of us can remember a time when we wrote reports by hand or with a typewriter and when we had to go to the library to look something up in hardcopy books. I count myself fortunate that the personal computer came along relatively early in my education. The internet followed soon after, evolving from […]

  • CAS
  • electronic lab notebooks
  • SciFinder

December 2, 2016

ACS Honors the Discovery of Ivermectin

By Keith Lindblom

This month the American Chemical Society designated the discovery of ivermectin as a National Historic Chemical Landmark in a ceremony at Merck & Co., Inc., in Rahway, New Jersey. Why is the discovery of ivermectin such an important achievement in the history of chemistry? The story starts when a scientist discovers a lowly bacterium near […]

  • Ivermectin
  • Nobel Prize

December 2, 2016

Celebrating the History of B Vitamin Research With ACS

By Keith Lindblom

This month the American Chemical Society designated the research of Merck & Co., Inc., on the vitamin B complex as a National Historic Chemical Landmark in a ceremony in Rahway, New Jersey. The story of the discovery of the vitamin B complex begins in 1889, when a Dutch physician named Christiaan Eijkman, working in the […]

  • Vitamin B

December 2, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Novel Methods of Agricultural Pest Control and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Novel methods of agricultural pest control, lead-free perovskite solar cells, fighting neurodegenerative diseases with antioxidants — 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 […]

  • ACS Editors' Choice
ACS Publications ACS member benefits

December 1, 2016

Members Get More with ACS Publications

By Katherine Stevens

Members are the cornerstone—the heart and soul—of the American Chemical Society. Our mission is to “advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people”, which ACS Publications supports by providing essential resources to advance science and its practitioners. As such we are proud to offer a variety of […]

  • ACS member benefits

November 30, 2016

Nano Letters’ Charles Lieber Wins 2017 Von Hippel Award

By Ellie Key

Nano Letters Co-Editor, Charles M. Lieber is the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Von Hippel Award, from the Materials Research Society. The Society’s highest honor, the Von Hippel Award recognizes those qualities most prized by materials scientists and engineers: brilliance and originality of intellect, combined with vision that transcends the boundaries of conventional scientific disciplines. […]

Productive Scientists

November 29, 2016

Discover the 7 Habits of Productive Scientists

By Chi Wang

Do you often find yourself busy but not very productive? Do you struggle with deadlines or fumble your way through projects? Maybe you have a lot of great ideas but don’t have time to execute them. If that’s the case, maybe you need to adopt some of the productivity secrets of ACS Publications Editors-in-Chief. George […]

November 28, 2016

Increase the Discoverability of Your Research with ORCID

By Stephanie Monasky

Of the more than 6 million authors registered in major journal citations, it is estimated that roughly two-thirds of authors have the same first initial and last name as another, according to the Australian National Data Service. Think about Jack Smith and Jill Smith. Sometimes Jack’s name appears as “Jack Smith”; sometimes Jill’s name appears […]

  • discoverability
  • Getting published
  • ORCID

November 23, 2016

ACS Editors Shine on 2016 Highly Cited Researchers List

By Jesse Stanchak

A total of 54 editors of ACS Publications journals appeared on the 2016 Highly Cited Researchers list from Thomson Reuters. The Highly Cited Researchers list is determined by looking at highly-cited papers published between 2004-2014 in science and social sciences journals indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection. Thomson Reuters defines “highly-cited paper” as […]

  • Highly Cited Researchers

November 22, 2016

Tricking the Brain Into Perceiving Tastier Healthy Foods

By Jesse Stanchak

Scientists at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique in France may be closing in on a way to let consumers savor the sweet taste of cake, cookies and other culinary delights without the sugar rush. In preliminary tests using a new device that allows them to screen for odor compounds in real foods, they […]

November 21, 2016

2017 APS Polymer Physics Prize Goes to ACS Central Science’s Monica Olvera de la Cruz

By Jesse Stanchak

ACS Central Science Senior Editor Monica Olvera de la Cruz is the recipient of the 2017 Polymer Physics Prize from the American Physical Society. The award recognizes Olvera de la Cruz’s “outstanding contributions to the theoretical understanding of polymers and the effects of electrostatic interactions on their structure and properties.” She is the Lawyer Taylor […]

  • Monica Olvera de la Cruz

November 18, 2016

Watch How an Insulin Pill Could Transform Diabetes Treatment

By Jesse Stanchak

Every day, millions of Americans with diabetes have to inject themselves with insulin to manage their blood-sugar levels. But less painful alternatives are emerging. Scientists are developing a new way of administering the medicine orally with tiny vesicles that can deliver insulin where it needs to go without a shot. Now they are sharing their […]

  • diabetes
  • insulin

November 18, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment — And More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Alzheimer’s Disease treatment, investigating heat transfer in nanofluids, narrow spectrum antibiotics — 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 Editors' Choice
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • antibiotics
  • nanofluids
Analytical Chemistry

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 […]

  • Getting published

November 16, 2016

Welcome the Newest Associate Editors of ACS Publications Journals – Q3 2016

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 associate editors and learn what unique gifts they’ll be bringing to their respective journals. *** Thomas Riedl, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces What do […]

November 15, 2016

How a New Generation of Batteries Could Power Medical Devices

By Jesse Stanchak

Non-toxic, edible batteries could one day power ingestible devices for diagnosing and treating disease. One team reports new progress toward that goal with their batteries made with melanin pigments, naturally found in the skin, hair and eyes. Watch Christopher Bettinger and Hang-Ah Park explain their battery discoveries during this presentation from the 252nd ACS National […]

  • batteries

November 14, 2016

A Newbie’s Guide to Using an Electronic Lab Notebook Part 2: Options

By Stephanie Monasky and Clinton Parks

Now that the basic lab notebook has been defined as a ubiquitous, primary source of documentation for an experiment (see Part 1), it’s time to look at the electronic laboratory notebooks, or ELNs. With mobile devices becoming increasingly popular — from smartphones to laptops and tablets — it’s not surprising that some researchers may prefer, […]

  • Electronic Lab Notebook

November 11, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Taming Membrane-Disrupting Antibiotics — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: nanocarriers for cancer drugs, photocarrier dynamics in solar cells, taming membrane-disrupting antibiotics — 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 […]

  • ACS Editors' Choice

November 11, 2016

Developing Anti-Glare Screen Materials With Unusual Inspiration

By Jesse Stanchak

What do squid and jellyfish skin have in common with human skin? All three have inspired a team of chemists to create materials that change color or texture in response to variations in their surroundings. These materials could be used for encrypting secret messages, creating anti-glare surfaces, or detecting moisture or damage, they say. Watch […]

November 10, 2016

Take a 360° Lab Tour With JACS’ Taeghwan Hyeon

By Joseph Graham

Taeghwan Hyeon is a Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering at Seoul National University, Korea. He is also Director of the Center for Nanoparticle Research at the Institute for Basic Science. In addition, Professor Hyeon is an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS). We met with Hyeon for a brief […]

  • 360º Videos
  • In the Lab

November 8, 2016

Using Hydrogels to Heal Damaged Hearts

By Jesse Stanchak

During a heart attack, clots or narrowed arteries block blood flow, harming or killing cells within the tissue. Afterwards, those damaged tissues may weaken and pump less blood. Researchers may have discovered an effective treatment to heart failure, in the form of hydrogels. In animal tests, injections of hydrogels into the heart were able to […]

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 […]

  • green chemistry
  • special issue

November 4, 2016

Join Us to Discover the Source of Innovation

By Ribka Gemilangsari

Innovation is all about getting new ideas to market and is inherently a collaborative process. Join Michael Blaustein, former Director of DuPont Ventures and current Principal of MAB Innovation Group, and ACS Executive Director and CEO Tom Connelly on Tuesday, November 15 from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. for a unique conversation entitled, “Driving Invention […]

November 4, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Understanding Water Usage — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Understanding water allocation, treating chronic pain, studying nanoconfined water — 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 highlight the […]

November 3, 2016

Understanding Why Mentorship Matters

By Liesa Ross

The mentor/mentee relationship between Dr. Katherine Jungjohann and Professor C. Barry Carter, a consultant for the Center of Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), was arranged by others but evolved organically. Carter was a natural choice for Jungjohann, who wanted guidance after finishing her postdoc and beginning a staff scientist position at CINT. Carter never saw himself as […]

  • Early Career Advisory Board
  • Leadership
  • mentorship

November 2, 2016

Perspectives on Electro- and Photoreduction of CO2

By Jesse Stanchak

In this video from ACS Energy Letters,  Csaba Janaky of the University of Szeged in Hungary sheds new light on the possibility of using solar energy to convert CO2 into fuels, such as hydrocarbons or alcohols. Such a process could be enormously beneficial, since it could fight climate change by reducing CO2 levels, while also […]

  • Perspectives

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 31, 2016

What Happens to Your Body When You Feel Afraid?

By Jesse Stanchak

Halloween is a season for  jitters and jump-scares galore. But what happens inside your body when you feel afraid? And why do so many of us seem to actually like scaring ourselves silly? ACS Chemical Neuroscience Associate Editor Anne Andrews recently appeared on NBC’s “Today” show to uncover the mysteries behind the chemistry of fright. […]

October 31, 2016

What a Time to Be a Scientist!

By Vincent Blay Roger

This summer, I participated in the SciFinder Future Leaders program and it has been a life-changing experience. When I think about the experience, I feel a whirlpool of emotions, but one of my important take-homes is positivism about the future. During the program, we went deep into a company that is the information solution provider […]

  • SciFinder

October 28, 2016

C&EN Roundup: Stronger Silk, Nanobot Drug Delivery, and Mercury Leaks

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: *** Sea Life Untainted by Wrecked WWII Submarine’s Mercury Leak Researchers say metallic mercury leaking from a World War II German submarine wreck has polluted ocean floor […]

  • C&EN

October 28, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Treating Coronary Heart Disease — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: treating coronary heart disease, molecular machines, hexavalent chromium in drinking water wells – and more! Also, in honor of Open Access Week, ACS is promoting ACS AuthorChoice article from every journal. View articles by portfolio: Analytical | Applied | Biological | Materials Science & Engineering | Organic/Inorganic | Physical   Each and every day, ACS grants […]

  • ACS Editors' Choice

October 27, 2016

ACS Publications Improves Website Features and Customer Security

By Andrew Clinton

In an effort to continuously improve the ACS Publications website for our global community, we recently introduced a number of upgrades. These improvements will enhance the discoverability and accessibility of articles, while concurrently increasing security and preventing unauthorized access of customer data. One key improvement is the addition of “Remember Me” functionality for ACS ID […]

October 27, 2016

What Does Open Access Mean to You?

By Katherine Stevens

October 24-28 is Open Access Week, a time to share open access research, learn about open access publishing options, and to ponder the implications of making more research more freely available. Authors now have more options that ever for making their research open, such as ACS Omega, ACS Central Science, ACS AuthorChoice, ACS Editors’ Choice, […]

  • Open Access Week

October 26, 2016

Going Back to the Future With Organometallics Distinguished Author Valentine P. Ananikov

By Jesse Stanchak

More than five years ago, Irina P. Beletskaya and Valentine P. Ananikov published an article in Organometallics entitled, “Can We Predict the Future of Organometallic Chemistry?” The article took a critical eye to the past and present state of the discipline as it stood in 2011. Additionally, the authors made predictions about the future of […]

October 26, 2016

Celebrate Open Access Week With Physical Chemistry Week

By Katherine Stevens

In celebration of Open Access Week, we are highlighting some of the best research made open by our authors via ACS AuthorChoice in 2016. Below are the most-read AuthorChoice articles from our Physical Chemistry portfolio of journals. Learn more about ACS open access initiatives. Read more Open Access Week content: Analytical | Applied | Biological […]

  • Open Access Week

October 26, 2016

Celebrate Open Access Week With Organic/Inorganic Research

By Katherine Stevens

In celebration of Open Access Week, we are highlighting some of the best research made open by our authors via ACS AuthorChoice in 2016. Below are the most-read AuthorChoice articles from our Organic/Inorganic portfolio of journals. Learn more about ACS open access initiatives. Read more Open Access Week content: Analytical | Applied | Biological | Materials […]

  • Open Access Week

October 25, 2016

Celebrate Open Access Week With Materials Science & Engineering Research

By Katherine Stevens

In celebration of Open Access Week, we are highlighting some of the best research made open by our authors via ACS AuthorChoice in 2016. Below are the most-read AuthorChoice articles from our Materials Science & Engineering portfolio of journals. Learn more about ACS open access initiatives. Read more Open Access Week content: Analytical | Applied […]

  • Open Access Week

October 25, 2016

Discover the Future of 2D Materials

By Selenah Njoloma

Interested in learning about the future of 2D materials and their applications? Join ACS editors on November 2, 2016 at 10 a.m. (EST) for an hour-long free webinar.  You’ll hear from ACS Publications Associate Editors Mark Hersam of ACS Nano, Jeanie Lau of Nano Letters, Kian Ping Loh of Chemistry of Materials, and ACS Photonics […]

October 25, 2016

Celebrate Open Access Week With Biological Chemistry Research

By Katherine Stevens

In celebration of Open Access Week, we are highlighting some of the best research made open by our authors via ACS AuthorChoice in 2016. Below are the most-read AuthorChoice articles from our Biological Chemistry portfolio of journals. Learn more about ACS open access initiatives. Read more Open Access Week content: Analytical | Applied | Materials Science […]

  • Open Access Week

October 24, 2016

Celebrate Open Access Week With Applied Chemistry Research

By Katherine Stevens

In celebration of Open Access Week, we are highlighting some of the best research made open by our authors via ACS AuthorChoice in 2016. Below are the most-read AuthorChoice articles from our Applied Chemistry portfolio of journals. Learn more about ACS open access initiatives. Read more Open Access Week content: Analytical | Biological | Materials Science & […]

  • Open Access Week