Category: White Papers

April 3, 2017

ACS Publications Editors’ Pick for the Most Important Trend in Science for 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

The following is an adapted excerpt from the 2016 report “Top 10 Trends Driving Science,” a look at the social, political, and economic forces affecting researchers. In late 2015, representatives from 185 countries met in Paris to commit to a framework for addressing climate change.The accord was hailed as a historic victory, but even the […]

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March 31, 2017

Why Big Data Matters to Researchers Now More Than Ever

By Jesse Stanchak

The following is an adapted excerpt from the report “Top 10 Trends Driving Science,” a look at the social, political, and economic forces affecting researchers in 2017. Research has always meant data, but never quite like this. Modern research produces experimental data not just from in vitro and in vivo studies, but also from simulation-driven […]

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March 27, 2017

Why Researchers Are Still Betting Big on Nanoscience

By Jesse Stanchak

The following is an adapted excerpt from the report “Top 10 Trends Driving Science,” a look at the social, political, and economic forces affecting researchers in 2017. Nanoscience is the study of materials’ properties at sizes smaller than one billionth of a meter. Nanotechnology is the development of the ability to manipulate materials one atom […]

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March 13, 2017

Taking a Closer Look at the Role of Scientific Publishers

By Jesse Stanchak

The following is an adapted excerpt from the report “Top 10 Trends Driving Science,” a look at the social, political, and economic forces affecting researchers in 2017. What exactly is a scientific publisher in 2017? Are we information aggregators? Content-related product providers? Content quality checkers? Twenty years ago, the definition was much simpler: Scientific publishers […]

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March 6, 2017

The Fight for Research Funding Gets More Complex

By Jesse Stanchak

The following is an adapted excerpt from the report “Top 10 Trends Driving Science,” a look at the social, political, and economic forces affecting researchers in 2017. As long as there have been scientists, there have been scientists in need of research funding. The online archives of ACS journals contain references to the need for […]

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February 22, 2017

4 Keys to Increasing Submission Success for Japanese Researchers

By Jesse Stanchak

Japan’s greatest scientific research strengths may be in physics, but the country also has influence in the disciplines of pharmacology and toxicology, biology, and biochemistry. Researchers in Japan are making great progress in the areas of development of synthetic methodology with catalysis, organic materials including supramolecular chemistry, photo- and electrofunctional materials, soft matter, nanoparticles, and […]

February 20, 2017

Imagining the Future of Open Access

By Jesse Stanchak

The following is an excerpt from the report “Top 10 Trends Driving Science,” a look at the social, political, and economic forces affecting researchers in 2017. Allowing scientific research to be freely available is increasingly important for many researchers and funding organizations. The thought is that if research is freely available, it can be built […]

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February 13, 2017

What Does Globalization Mean for the Future of Research?

By Jesse Stanchak

The following is an excerpt from the report “Top 10 Trends Driving Science,” a look at the social, political, and economic forces affecting researchers in 2017. There was a day when science was dominated by researchers from Europe and North America. That day is not today. Just as science has become more open and collaborative, […]

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February 6, 2017

Why Science Communication is an Essential Skill in 2017

By Jesse Stanchak

The following is an excerpt from the report “Top 10 Trends Driving Science,” a look at the social, political, and economic forces affecting researchers in 2017. The landscape in which science communication takes place is changing. Information spreads faster. It’s easier for a finding to become distorted. If a finding proves controversial, opposition can spring […]

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January 30, 2017

Defending Science in a Skeptical Society

By Jesse Stanchak

The following is an excerpt from the report “Top 10 Trends Driving Science,” a look at the social, political, and economic forces affecting researchers in 2017. Scientists have always challenged the public with new ideas, but sometimes it takes a while for a scientific finding to find broad public support. Research shows even trained scientists […]

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January 23, 2017

Why the Future of Research is Collaborative

By Jesse Stanchak

This is an excerpt from “Top 10 Trends Driving Science,” a free report from ACS Publications. Download the full report to learn more about how landscape of science is changing. Once upon a time, collaborating on a paper meant meeting a colleague face-to-face and comparing research notes. This often meant traveling some distance, usually to […]

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January 18, 2017

What’s the Most Important Unsolved Problem in Chemistry?

By Jesse Stanchak

What’s the most important unsolved problem in chemistry? It’s a deceptively simple question. You could ask 100 different chemists and get 100 different answers. Chemistry is the central science, with ties to every other scientific discipline. It’s only natural that someone studying physical chemistry would have a very different selection for the most important unsolved […]

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December 12, 2016

10 Big Ideas No Scientist Can Afford to Ignore

By Jesse Stanchak

Some experiments might take place in a vacuum, but science never does. The pursuit of knowledge only happens within the context of the wider world. Research is not driven by pure, idle curiosity. Social, political, and economic trends influence every area of our lives, including the questions we ask and the work we do to […]

National Nanotechnology Day

October 7, 2016

Celebrate National Nanotechnology Day With These Nanotechnology Resources

By Jesse Stanchak

Mark your tiniest calendar! October 9th is the first-ever National Nanotechnology Day and ACS Publications will be celebrating in a big way. We’ve got events planned, resources to share, and an online conversation anyone can join. What is National Nanotechnology Day? The day is joint project of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office and scientific societies […]

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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 […]

Growing Globally

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 […]

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March 17, 2016

Video: Learning to talk About Chemistry in Informal Environments

By Jesse Stanchak

Communicating the value of chemistry to non-scientists is essential to the future of the field. Chemistry can seem intimidating or even dangerous to the uninitiated. One of the most effective ways to teach people about science is in informal settings, but this can every bit as challenging as doing research — if you’re not used […]

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March 10, 2016

5 Publishing Tips for Researchers in China

By Selenah Njoloma

It’s a good time to be a scientist in China. The Chinese government has strengthened its national programs for science and technology R&D, including investments in fundamental science and sustainable energy. These advancements have helped make China the world’s second-largest publisher of scientific articles. ACS journals published more than 32,000 articles from China in the […]

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November 18, 2015

What to Know Before you Submit a Manuscript

By Selenah Njoloma

Launched in January 2015, ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering aims to be the flagship journal for high-quality, innovative research at the interface of biology, materials science, and engineering. By drawing from both the science and engineering perspectives of biomaterials research, the journal showcases leading research that is helping to catalyze and grow this rapidly expanding […]

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