Category: Professional Advice

cover letter

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, […]

  • cover letters
ACS Career Fair

February 3, 2017

Why Your Organization Should Recruit at the ACS Career Fair

By Ebony Shamberger

It’s getting harder for employers to find the top talent in their field. This is especially true in the chemical sciences, as more and more chemists are being trained worldwide and new specializations emerge. At the same time, recruiting has become a more complex process and even the most talented individuals may struggle to get […]

December 7, 2016

Editors Answer: Researchers’ Questions About Publishing in India

By Selenah Njoloma

On March 24, 2016, ACS Publications held a webinar on publishing tips for researchers in India, hosted by Associate Editor of The Journal of Physical Chemistry Kankan Bhattacharyya and inaugural Editor-in-Chief of ACS Energy Letters Prashant Kamat. After the session, Bhattacharyya and Kamat answered hundreds of questions from webinar listeners. Here are a few of […]

  • Growing Globally
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
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 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 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

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 3, 2016

Quotable Lessons in Science Leadership

By Marc Reid

Career building requires questioning. Where will my career go? What job type will I choose? What sort of scientist will it make me? Is there a correct decision? Will I love the choice? Will I regret it forever? For every decision, we create a fork in the road. We reflect on the paths already taken […]

  • Leadership
virtual networking

September 15, 2016

Join ACS Members for Virtual Networking

By Jesse Stanchak

No matter where you are in your career, professional networking is essential. Chance connections at events can help you find advice, insights, and opportunities you may never have discovered otherwise. Still, it can be difficult to fit a networking event into your already-packed schedule. That’s why ACS is making it easier to form those crucial […]

  • networking

August 18, 2016

Free Resources for Creating Chemistry Figures for Journal Publication

By Stephanie Monasky

We recently polled authors on what their preferred program for creating chemistry figures for research publication via our @ACS4Authors account. Unfortunately, Twitter polls only allow for 4 answer choices, so we hoped to capture votes for other popular programs for creating chemistry figures by asking you to tweet at us. And tweet you did. 5,892 […]

  • Chemistry Figures
  • Getting published

August 1, 2016

First Week as an Assistant Professor: Coffee and Lists

By Keith A. Brown

I recently started as an assistant professor at Boston University. Moving from a high-tempo research group with a constant flurry of activity to an empty office is a pretty jarring transition. Having an abundance of time to think was very welcome, however, as it was the first, and perhaps last, time in my research career […]

Continuing Education

July 28, 2016

Librarian Life: Continuing Education On a Budget

By Michael Qiu

I need some creative ideas for fulfilling my job’s continuing education requirements. In the past, I took care of them at the ACS National Meeting. But my office doesn’t have enough money to send me this year. How can stay up-to-date in my field without busting my budget? Working with a limited budget for continuing […]

  • Continuing Education
Electronic Lab Notebook

July 11, 2016

A Newbie’s Guide to Using an Electronic Lab Notebook Part 1: The Basic Lab Notebook

By Stephanie Monasky

For generations, the lab notebook has been the backbone of the lab scientist, regardless of discipline, regardless of level — from a lab student to postdoc. Everyone in the lab is required to have her own notebook. It is the most basic instrument in the scientist’s arsenal and perhaps among the last holdouts of formal […]

  • Electronic Lab Notebook
John R. Yates III

June 28, 2016

John R. Yates III on the Future of Proteome Research

By Jesse Stanchak

No one understands the importance of studying proteomes quite like John R. Yates III, the recently named editor-in-chief of the Journal of Proteome Research. Get to know more about Yates and the field of proteomics in this wide-ranging video interview. Yates discusses his vision for the journal, including areas it could expand to cover in the […]

  • John R. Yates III
  • Proteomes

June 13, 2016

Share your tales of peer-review!

By Stephanie Monasky

We know, we know: peer-review is tough. You worked countless hours to pull your research together and now you seem to be at the mercy at some unknown scholarly giants. Maybe you receive enthusiastic reviews from one referee while the other referee says your research isn’t offering anything new to the field. How do you […]

  • Contest
  • Reviewers

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 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 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 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

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 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
sandpaper

April 12, 2016

Life in the Lab: The Science Behind Sandpaper

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
Millennial Student

April 1, 2016

Addressing the Millennial Student in Undergraduate Chemistry

By Deborah C. Bromfield Lee

The e-book “Addressing the Millennial Student in Undergraduate Chemistry” is a survey of pedagogies and solutions for effectively communicating with millennial students, without alienating other generations. The millennial student is described as diverse, self-expressive and having an intimate (if sometimes distracting) relationship with technology. They are sometimes uninterested in the whole picture, preferring to think locally. […]

  • E-books
  • education
  • millennials
  • teaching

March 21, 2016

Video: What Does a Toxicologist Do All Day?

By Jesse Stanchak

Toxicology is an important field — but it’s not always easy to communicate that value to a non-scientific audience. Telling people you’re a “poison expert” usually doesn’t make for great cocktail party conversation, jokes Hans Plugge, S.M., a senior database toxicologist at 3E Company. In this video, he talks about the impact of his work […]

  • industry
  • toxicology

March 8, 2016

Top 10 Poster Presentation Tips

By Stephanie Monasky

So you’ve completed your research paper. Your figures are all correctly formatted, and your citations are everywhere they need to be. Now you just need to make a poster. Easy, right? Well, not always. Putting together a poster isn’t just reformatting your paper. It should be more than a printout of each page of your […]

  • author services
  • poster presentation

March 7, 2016

Upcoming Webinar: Publishing Tips for Researchers in India

By Selenah Njoloma

As any India-based researcher knows, publishing your work on an international stage comes with unique challenges. But despite the barriers, India is a fast-growing source of scientific research. In the past 5 years alone, ACS journals published 7,000 articles from authors based in India. Six ACS editors and 35 editorial advisory board members call India […]

  • ACS Energy Letters
  • Growing Globally
  • Prashant Kamat
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry
  • webinar

March 4, 2016

Are You Ready to Become an ACS Science Coach?

By Stephanie Prosack

Maybe you’re a graduate student looking to broaden your experiences. Maybe you’re a researcher who wants to give something back. Maybe you’re a retired chemist with an interest in shaping the next generation of scientists. Wherever you are in your career, maybe it’s time you considered becoming an ACS Science Coach. ACS Science Coaches are […]

  • ACS Science Coaches
  • chemistry education
  • volunteering

February 24, 2016

How Do I Network at Professional Events?

By Michael Qiu

The ACS National Meeting is coming up and I’m excited to go for the first time… but I’m nervous about networking at professional events. I’d like to be able to use this meeting to make some new connections and have a little fun, but I’m bad at talking to strangers. I know I’ll spend the […]

  • ACS National Meeting
  • Librarians
  • networking

February 17, 2016

6 questions Every Scientist Should Ask Before Talking to a Reporter

By Nancy Blount

What do I do when a reporter calls to talk about my research? Stay calm. Don’t answer any questions right away. Tell the reporter you’re about to head into a meeting and you’ll need to call them back. Ask the reporter their name, the publication they’re writing for and the nature of their story. Once […]

  • ACS National Meeting
  • Chemistry Ambassadors
  • media
  • Office of Public Affairs
  • reporter

January 16, 2016

ACS Drives Chemistry Patents

By Finbar Galligan

Quality academic journals are the cornerstone supporting commercial innovation and scientific advance. Find out how ACS is driving corporate success and creating lucrative patents for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries… “Sometimes, one small piece of chemical research published in a journal can power a research and development breakthrough that allows a company to make billions […]

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 […]

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 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

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