November 2015 - ACS Axial | ACS Publications

Announcing the Winners of Our Reviewer Contest

During the month of October, ACS Publications thanked our reviewers for devoting their time to the ACS and their contributions to the advancement of science in a variety of ways. As part of this celebration, any scientist who submitted a review was automatically entered to win one of three prizes: a grand prizewinner received an iPad and two runners-up won an Apple Watch.* Read more about the three winners, whose thoughtful comments and analyses, like those of their colleagues in this great pool of peer reviewers, directly improve the work of our authors.

Grand Prize Winner

Rob McClain

Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison

I have been reviewing for ACS journals since 2010.

I am a laboratory director in the department of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  I am responsible for the management of the instructional laboratories in analytical chemistry.  My professional activities are focused on laboratory development for chemical instrumentation courses.

“Reviewing articles helps keep me informed on recent developments in laboratory instruction.  It also allows me to have some impact on the types of articles, and their quality, that get published.”

Runner Up #1

Vojtech Spiwok

Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague

I have been reviewing for ACS journals since 2007.

I work mostly in the field of computational chemistry. My research interest is developing and applying techniques that make it possible to study long time scales via biomolecular simulations.

“I also contribute as an author, so I appreciate when the review process is fast and fluent. This motivates me to act as a reviewer. I always accept the offer to review a manuscript in a familiar field of study.” 

Runner Up #2

Hai Yu

CSIRO Energy

I have been reviewing for ACS journals for more than 10 years.

I am a senior research scientist with CSIRO Energy. My current work focuses on development of new capture agents and processes used in gas cleaning technologies.

“ACS journals publish high-quality, high-impact papers in areas related to my research. It is a great honor to be invited to be a reviewer for ACS journals. ACS asks me to review papers that are of great interest to me. I feel very comfortable reviewing for ACS.”

These are just three of the many thousands who contribute to the peer-review process by reviewing manuscripts for ACS journals every month. We offer our sincere gratitude for everything that they do.

If you are interested in becoming a reviewer for an ACS journal, please contact the editorial office of your journal of interest with your CV and publication record.

* Winners were drawn at random and have already received their prizes.

ACS Editors Shine on the Power List 2015

“Don’t take it too seriously,” says The Analytical Scientist of its 2015 Power List. But when a list claims to name the world’s 100 most influential analytical chemists, how can you not?

Now in its second iteration, the Power List is “a celebration of the analytical sciences, promoting the importance of the whole field to the wide world.” The selection process is designed to be inclusive; anyone can nominate a colleague (or a researcher can nominate him- or herself). After nominations are received, a panel of judges selects their top 100, with rankings averaged across five experts in the field.

Of the hundred accomplished researchers chosen, 12 are editors of ACS publications, including two current editors-in-chief.

Jonathan Sweedler, editor-in-chief of Analytical Chemistry, was named #3 on the list (joining three other ACS associate editors who made it to the top 10). He also appeared on the original list.

J. Justin Gooding, the inaugural editor-in-chief of new journal ACS Sensors, has also made the list for the second time. “When I made the list the first time I was stunned and delighted,” Gooding says. “This year, I hoped to make it again. When I did, I was relieved. I don’t like to feel like I am going backwards.”

Congratulations to all ACS editors who made the 2015 Power List. Serious or not, according to The Analytical Scientist, each of you is a reason to be proud of analytical science. We couldn’t agree more.


What to Know Before you Submit a Manuscript

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 field.

Read the whitepaper from ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering to get publishing tips from the webinar featuring Editor-in-Chief David Kaplan.  The whitepaper is packed full of information that will help you prepare your paper for submission. Topics include:

  • Journal scope
  • Submission best practices
  • Experimental data requirements

Download the whitepaper here.

12 of the Hottest Research Topics in Chemistry- Q3

Virtual Collections include Special Issues and ACS Selects from ACS Journals. These collections reflect topics of current scientific interest and are designed for experienced investigators and educators alike. 

Below are our most recent collections from July 2015 to September 2015.

This virtual issue focuses on scientific and engineering advances related to Carbon Capture and Sequestration. With this virtual issue, we highlight the many ways in which chemists, materials scientists and chemical engineers are making a difference in meeting the grand challenge of safe, reliable, and affordable Carbon Capture and Sequestration technologies. Read More.

In this virtual issue Chemical Research in Toxicology, ACS Nano, and Nano Letters represent the forefront of research in the recently emerged field of nanotoxicology. The broad topics covered in this collection include the application of conventional in vitro toxicological approaches to assess the biological effects of nanomaterials, the development of new methods, studies of fundamental interactions between nanoparticles and molecular species, and vertebrate animal studies. Read More.

ACS Infectious Diseases is excited to publish its first special issue, a collection of work focused on “Virus Entry”. The papers in this collection highlight the multidisciplinary approaches required to understand the basic science underlying host–pathogen interactions as they pertain to virus entry. Read More.

In this second in a series of Forums on the activation of small molecules, a collection of articles is presented that focus on the interconversion of NOx species such as dinitrogen, nitrite, nitric and nitrous oxide, and ammonia that are highly relevant for the global nitrogen cycle. A pervasive theme is the role of these processes in global food and biofuel production, environmental pollution, and global climate. Read More.

This ACS Select virtual issue showcases transformations enabled by this intersection impact drug discovery, alternative energy schemes, and materials synthesis to name but a few. The topic of this joint virtual issue highlights the resurgent area of catalysis and organometallic chemistry with first row transition metals and includes papers that have appeared in the last year in Organometallics and ACS Catalysis. Read More.

This Virtual Special Issue of ACS Catalysis highlights “Catalysis in Singapore,” where a vibrant research and development community exists across several Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) research institutes, universities and centers. This virtual collection presents a broad spectrum of research in Singapore, from new analytical techniques to new routes to novel materials, new materials as catalysts and catalyst supports, novel energy storage materials, enzyme catalysis and computational catalysis. Read More

The Drug Annotations series in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry was launched in 2014. Drug Annotations cover a new approved drug or phase I, II, or III clinical candidate that is likely to provide or has provided a new treatment modality or significant patient benefit over existing therapy, with the authors outlining a case study of a synthetic or biological molecule, disease target(s), mechanism of action, and scientific rational for bringing the candidate to clinical trial. Read More


This virtual issue celebrates the 30th anniversary of Langmuir by collecting together some of the most important Langmuir articles published over its history. Here we are focusing on seminal advances that the Langmuir editors consider to have had the most influence in the community of surface science and colloid science that the journal was founded to serve. Read More

Together this group has published over 200 papers in Analytical Chemistry since 2014. We selected one article each from most members, covering a variety of subfields of analytical chemistry: nanoscale electro-chemistry, multiphoton spectroscopy, proteomics, sensors, droplet microfluidics, ion mobility mass spectrometry, to name just a few. Read More

Throughout 2015, we join our colleagues worldwide in a year-long celebration of the central role of light in science and technology: the International Year of Light. In this cross-journal virtual issue, we at ACS Photonics, The Journal of Physical Chemistry A and B, and Analytical Chemistry have compiled a diverse range of cutting-edge, light-based characterization and spectroscopy manuscripts that showcase how light continues to be at the forefront of some of the most exciting developments by ACS authors. Read More

This collection highlights computational methods and workflows relevant for the practice of medicinal chemistry.Computational methods with utility for medicinal chemistry have special requirements. The dominant theme of computational medicinal chemistry is helping to make better compounds and rationalize their properties.Read More

Biological processes are driven with outstanding precision by femtomoles of molecules acting in an environment subjected to the unique thermodynamic and kinetic constraints imposed by interfaces. New characterization tools and new chemistries are needed to understand biointerfacial processes, and to harness them for implementation in nanodevices. This research is at the intersection between the interfacial focus of Langmuir and the biomolecular and conjugation research featured in Bioconjugate Chemistry. Read More

Lucky Number 800,000

800,000. A respectable number of Twitter followers for a pop star. An outstanding salary (anyone hiring?). A major scientific achievement.

On October 20, 2015, the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) announced the entry of the 800,000th crystal structure (Figure 1) into the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD). The comprehensive database allows researchers to share data associated with crystal structures of small molecules, enabling comparison of space groups, bond distances, and more through a user-friendly search feature.


Figure 1. 800,000th CSD entry, refcode TUWMOP

The entry milestone belongs to a metal organic copper structure published by Pilar Amo-Ochoa and colleagues in Crystal Growth & Design (CG&D). CG&D disseminates knowledge among scientists and engineers working in the fields of crystal growth and crystal engineering. Of the now more than 800,000 entries in the CSD, over 16,500 structures were first published in CG&D.

In fact, CG&D can claim another landmark number: the 200,000th entry was published by CG&D Editor-in-Chief Robin Rogers in 1998 (Figure 2).


Figure 2. 200,000th CSD entry, refcode VAVFAZ

Says Rogers, “I have always been a big fan of the power of the CSD and what it brings to the scientific community, and indeed was very pleased when my own structure was celebrated. I will continue to work for seamless cooperation between our authors, reviewers, and readers and the invaluable services provided by the CCDC.”

Maybe CG&D should aim for lucky number 1,000,000 next?

Honoring Future Leaders

ACS Publications’ polymer portfolio has a long history of serving the polymer science community. It is made up of three journals (Macromolecules, Biomacromolecules, and ACS Macro Letters), the oldest of which, Macromolecules, has been publishing for nearly 50 years.

To honor this legacy, while also recognizing the next generation of standard-bearers in the field, the Biomacromolecules/Macromolecules Young Investigator Award was established in 2013. It is a  collaboration between the journals and the ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry.  Each year, the award recognizes two rising stars who have made major impacts on the field of polymer science.

According to Macromolecules Editor-in-Chief, Tim Lodge, “Polymer science is a dynamic field, currently invigorated by major improvements in synthetic strategies, characterization tools, computer simulations, and theoretical understanding. This vitality is underscored by the large number of young scientists world-wide who are launching successful careers around fundamental polymer science and its applications. Accordingly, this award seeks to encourage and recognize international leaders among the next generation of polymer scientists.”

And in just 3 short years, the award has become one of the most sought-after recognitions for young researchers. Ann-Christine Albertsson, Editor-in-Chief of Biomacromolecules says, “The popularity and repute of this award is reflected in the quality of the nominations that are sent in each year and the winners who receive this honor. The journals consider this to be of great importance that the leaders of tomorrow be recognized as they will carry the torch and show the path to future discoveries and successes in the field.”

Nominees must be 40 years old or younger and have published at least one article in one of the three polymer journals in the past 2 years. A selection committee, made up of editors of the polymer journals and POLY Division representatives, carefully reviews and evaluates the nominations.

Who are these award winners?

In 2013, the inaugural recipients of this award were Raffaele Mezzenga, ETH Zurich and David Michael Lynn, University of Wisconsin–Madison. They were selected for their respective contributions to understanding self-assembly processes in polymers and the design and synthesis of biologically relevant polymers.

In 2014, Sébastien Perrier, University of Warwick and Zhiyuan Zhong, Soochow University were awarded for their research in living radical polymerizations and development of functional biodegradable polymers for therapeutic applications, respectively.

This year’s winners are Matthew Becker, University of Akron and Brent Sumerlin, University of Florida. Professor Becker was recognized for developing novel functional materials for biomedical applications and Prof. Sumerlin for his contributions to the application of polymers in preparing advanced materials for treatment of disease.

The award does not only highlight cutting-edge research in the field. It is also a way for researchers to grow their careers. Professor Zhong has since become an Associate Editor for Biomacromolecules and Professor Sumerlin is now an Associate Editor with ACS Macro Letters.

Putting the spotlight on top research

Young Investigator Award winners are honored with a $3,000 cash prize, plus $1,500 to travel to the fall ACS National Meeting. They’re also featured in the polymer journals’ monthly ACS Polymer Science Podcast. But the real honor for awardees is the symposium held in their honor at the ACS National Meeting. Both awardees present their latest research, along with distinguished invited speakers.

The Young Investigator Awards have more than accomplished their goal of raising the polymer journals’ profile and uniting this large, diverse community of chemists.

Learn more about the Biomacromolecules/Macromolecules Young Investigator Award and nominate a colleague in 2016.