ACS Energy Letters Receives Inaugural Impact Factor

ACS Energy Letters Receives Inaugural Impact Factor

ACS Energy Letters received its inaugural Impact Factor last month with the 2017 Journal Citation Reports® from Clarivate Analytics. The partial Impact Factor of 12.277 is a testament to the hard work and participation of energy researchers around the world who have formed a community around this new journal.

“Our initial success is made possible by our authors who published their best work during our first two years,” says Editor-in-Chief Professor Prashant V. Kamat. “On behalf of our entire editorial team, I would like to thank our authors, reviewers, and readers for all their support and making ACS Energy Letters a go-to journal for publishing new advances in energy research with speed.”

Read more in ProfessorKamat’s July 13, 2018, editorial “ ACS Energy Letters Makes Its First Impact.”


Most-Read, Most-Cited Papers

ACS Energy Letters has published far more excellent articles than we have room to share in one post, but we did want to celebrate a handful of articles that were particularly well received by the community through the end of June 2018.

5 Most-Read ACS Energy Letters Articles

100k Cycles and Beyond: Extraordinary Cycle Stability for MnO2 Nanowires Imparted by a Gel Electrolyte
ACS Energy Lett., 2016, 1 (1), pp 57–63
DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.6b00029
Toward Lead-Free Perovskite Solar Cells
ACS Energy Lett., 2016, 1 (6), pp 1233–1240
DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.6b00499
Performance Metrics Required of Next-Generation Batteries to Make a Practical Electric Semi Truck
ACS Energy Lett., 2017, 2 (7), pp 1669–1673
DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.7b00432
Nickel-Rich Layered Cathode Materials for Automotive Lithium-Ion Batteries: Achievements and Perspectives
ACS Energy Lett., 2017, 2 (1), pp 196–223
DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.6b00594
Lead Halide Perovskite Nanocrystals in the Research Spotlight: Stability and Defect Tolerance
ACS Energy Lett., 2017, 2 (9), pp 2071–2083
DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.7b00547

5 Most-Cited ACS Energy Letters Articles

Formamidinium Lead Halide Perovskite Crystals with Unprecedented Long Carrier Dynamics and Diffusion Length
ACS Energy Lett., 2016, 1 (1), pp 32–37
DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.6b00002
Efficient Near-Infrared-Transparent Perovskite Solar Cells Enabling Direct Comparison of 4-Terminal and Monolithic Perovskite/Silicon Tandem Cells
ACS Energy Lett., 2016, 1 (2), pp 474–480
DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.6b00254

Toward Lead-Free Perovskite Solar Cells
ACS Energy Lett., 2016, 1 (6), pp 1233–1240
DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.6b00499
Two-Dimensional Molybdenum Carbide (MXene) as an Efficient Electrocatalyst for Hydrogen Evolution
ACS Energy Lett., 2016, 1 (3), pp 589–594
DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.6b00247
Light-Induced Phase Segregation in Halide-Perovskite Absorbers
ACS Energy Lett., 2016, 1 (6), pp 1199–1205
DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.6b00495

Read the latest issue of ACS Energy Letters.


Rapid Growth, Rapid Publishing

With an average time to acceptance just 28 days from submission, ACS Energy Letters has attracted more submissions each month since it published its first two Letters on April 15, 2016:
Integrated Photon Upconversion Solar Cell via Molecular Self-Assembled Bilayers
ACS Energy Lett., 2016, 1 (1), pp 3–8
DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.6b00001
Electron Transfer from Single Semiconductor Nanocrystals to Individual Acceptor Molecules
ACS Energy Lett., 2016, 1 (1), pp 9–15
DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.6b00047
The journal published its inaugural issue on July 8, 2016. Through the end of June 2018, the journal has published a total of 698 articles and 19 reviews.

Moving forward, its editorial team expects to see even more submissions of exceptional research.

“We are excited to work with our authors and help them publish new and significant advances in energy conversion and storage, including storage batteries, solar cells, solar fuels, display devices, thermoelectrics and advanced energy materials with speed,” says ProfessorKamat. “We also ask authors to make use of the  Energy Express feature to publish new breakthroughs in a short (2-page) format.”

Submit your research to ACS Energy Letters.


Meet Senior Editor Professor Phillip Christopher

The journal’s rapid growth has fueled a need for more Editors to lend their expertise to evaluating submissions and overseeing the peer-review process. To that end, Professor Phillip Christopher, Associate Professor and Mellichamp Endowed Chair in Sustainable Manufacturing, University of California Riverside, joined the ACS Energy Letters Editorial Board May 1 as a Senior Editor. He is the journal’s second new Senior Editor this year, following Professor Dipankar Das “D.D.” Sarma who joined the journal March 1.

“Professor Christopher is well recognized for his contributions in plasmonics and catalysis. His research background will help us to expand our editorial expertise in handling submissions in this area,” said Professor Kamat. “We are excited to have him on board.”

I recently connected with Professor Christopher to learn more about him and his research. Here are the highlights of our conversation.

As a Senior Editor of ACS Energy Letters, what do you expect your new contribution to the journal will be?

I expect my primary contributions will be handling papers and promoting interest in the area of catalysis for energy applications. Catalysis is an enabling technology for many current and emerging energy conversion/utilization processes and can be driven by various energy sources–thermal, electrical, photo, plasma, etc. My goal is the promote ACS Energy Letters as a premier venue for publishing high-quality work in this area.

All ACS Publications Editors are practicing scientists. Could you describe some of the key research areas your group is involved in?

My group is broadly interested in heterogeneous catalysis starting with understanding fundamental properties and leading toward the design of new or more efficient catalytic materials and processes. Our current focus is on using plasmonics to efficiently exploit photon energy sources to drive catalysis, promoting energy efficiency in conversion of natural resources to higher valued fuels and chemicals, and converting CO2 to higher value products.

Beyond high-quality, breakthrough science, what do you think makes a great article on energy research?

Great articles present new findings in the context of what is already known or has been demonstrated, and do so with minimal use of unquantifiable descriptions of performance (i.e. remarkable, outstanding). Connections between fundamental insights and application always stand out in great articles. Great articles also present carefully crafted figures and figure panels to most effectively communicate results.

In the context of energy research, incumbent technologies should be explicitly considered using comparative metrics (cost, activity, stability, etc.) when presenting an analysis of new processes or materials. This is in contrast to demonstrations that highlight significant improvements from a poorly performing reference point.

Read what Professor Phillip Christopher has published in ACS Publications journals.


Up Next: ACS Energy Letters in China

ACS Energy Letters Editor-in-Chief Professor Prashant V. Kamat is one of more than a dozen ACS Publications journal editors slated to speak at the ACS Publications Symposium Innovations in Materials Science later this month. The symposium features more than a dozen ACS Publications Editors and is being presented in partnership with ShanghaiTech University July 29-31 in Shanghai.

“At the symposium, we will have a Materials for Energy plenary session with a discussion of the latest advances in energy research by several leading scientists from the U.S. and China,” says Professor Kamat. “I will be presenting a talk on Nanotechnology for Light Energy Conversion. We will also have a discussion session on various aspects of scientific publication, and participants will have an opportunity to meet with ACS editors during an evening reception.”

While in China, Professor Kamat will also attend the 22nd International Conference on Photochemical Conversion and Storage of Solar Energy of Solar Energy (IPS-22), which is taking place in Hefei July 29 to August 3. He will be presenting an invited talk on his lab’s latest work on metal-halide perovskites and ACS Energy Letters is one of the conference’s sponsors.

Read more about the ACS Publications Symposium Innovations in Materials Science and register to attend.

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