Hold on to your lab glasses — ACS is unveiling something big.
This week, ACS announces the creation of ACS Omega, a new open-access, multidisciplinary journal publishing high-quality, peer-reviewed research from around the world. We made the big announcement in Hawaii at Pacifichem, an international chemistry conference.
ACS Omega will be a home for original research covering all areas of chemistry, chemical engineering, and allied scientific fields. But it’s different from other ACS journals. Here are three things you need to know:
- It’s global. ACS has received an increasing number of submissions from China, India, and Korea, and ACS Omega will help meet the needs of those markets. The journal will be led by four co-editors, based in China, India, Europe, and the Americas. Editors will also draw on a geographically diverse editorial board of active scientists.
- It’s “mega.” Like other so-called “megajournals,” ACS Omega will publish articles on the basis of rigorous technical review, rather than subjective opinions of a paper’s significance or impact. ACS currently publishes more than 40,000 peer-reviewed articles annually across all of its journals. But tens of thousands of manuscripts are declined. Megajournals allow communities to decide for themselves which papers are most “important.” And authors benefit from rapid editorial decisions, swift publication, and immediate availability of their work.
The journal will integrate with a new manuscript transfer system, which will allow authors submitting to one ACS journal to be easily referred for review and publication in another suitable ACS journal if their paper is not initially accepted.
- It’s open. ACS Omega is the latest chapter in ACS’ growing open access program, joining sister publication ACS Central Science and other initiatives including ACS Author Rewards, ACS Editors’ Choice, and ACS AuthorChoice. It will satisfy open access mandates from a range of funders, and will set article publishing charges competitive with other open access journals that feature objective peer review.
ACS Omega will begin accepting research submissions in the spring of 2016 and will publish its first articles online that summer. For chemists around the world, summer can’t come soon enough.
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