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ACS Sensors Celebrates First Full Impact Factor

Earlier this month, ACS Sensors received its first full Impact Factor, 6.944, in Clarivate Analytics’ Journal Citation Reports®. The Impact Factor is for the 2018 calendar year, and is determined by dividing the number of citations received in 2018 to content published in 2016 and 2017 by the number of articles published in ACS Sensors in 2016 and 2017.

“The impact factor of 6.944 is now very similar to our parent journal Analytical Chemistry; one of the great legacy journals of the American Chemical Society,” says ACS Sensors Editor-in-Chief, J. Justin Gooding.

The infographic shows a brief timeline and history of ACS Sensors, and how it has grown since its launch in 2016.

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This could not have been achieved without the strong community of scientists who back ACS Sensors and produce high-quality research and engage with their peer’s work. The ACS Sensors editorial team wants to express its gratitude to the community of authors, readers, and reviewers who welcomed this new journal and helped make it a success in its first few years.

Top Ten Most Cited Papers from ACS Sensors in 2018

TitleAuthorsDOITotal Citations
Wearable Chemical Sensors: Present Challenges and Future ProspectsBandodkar, Amay J.; Jeerapan, Itthipon; Wang, Joseph10.1021/acssensors.6b00250165
Biosensors Based on Two-Dimensional MoS2Kalantar-zadeh, Kourosh; Ou, Jian Zhen10.1021/acssensors.5b00142120
Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework Coated ZnO Nanorods as Molecular Sieving to Improve Selectivity of Formaldehyde Gas SensorTian, Hailin; Fan, Huiqing; Li, Mengmeng; Ma, Longtao10.1021/acssensors.5b0023698
Noninvasive Alcohol Monitoring Using a Wearable Tattoo-Based Iontophoretic-Biosensing SystemKim, Jayoung; Jeerapan, Itthipon; Imani, Somayeh; Cho, Thomas N.; Bandodkar, Amay; Cinti, Stefano; Mercier, Patrick P.; Wang, Joseph10.1021/acssensors.6b0035697
Fluorescent Sensors Based on Aggregation-Induced Emission: Recent Advances and PerspectivesGao, Meng; Tang, Ben Zhong10.1021/acssensors.7b0055185
Design of Superior Ethanol Gas Sensor Based on Al-Doped NiO Nanorod-FlowersWang, Chen; Cui, Xiaobiao; Liu, Jiangyang; Zhou, Xin; Cheng, Xiaoyang; Sun, Peng; Hu, Xiaolong; Li, Xiaowei; Zheng, Jie; Lu, Geyu10.1021/acssensors.5b0012380
Rationally Modulate the Oxidase-like Activity of Nanoceria for Self Regulated BioassaysCheng, Hanjun; Lin, Shichao; Muhammad, Faheem; Lin, Ying-Wu; Wei, Hui10.1021/acssensors.6b0050078
Surface Plasmon Resonance Clinical Biosensors for Medical DiagnosticsMasson, Jean-Francois10.1021/acssensors.6b0076375
Novel Turn-On Fluorescent Sensors with Mega Stokes Shifts for Dual Detection of Al3+ and Zn2+Boonkitpatarakul, Kanokthorn; Wang, Junfeng; Niamnont, Nakorn; Liu, Bin; Mcdonald, Lucas; Pang, Yi; Sukwattanasinitt, Mongkol10.1021/acssensors.5b0013663
Nanobody-Based Apolipoprotein E Immunosensor for Point-of-Care TestingRen, Xiang; Yan, Junrong; Wu, Dan; Wei, Qin; Wan, Yakun10.1021/acssensars.7b0049562

Make Your Mark!

Learn more about ACS Sensors and submit your research here.

ACS Sensors is a peer-reviewed research journal that is devoted to the dissemination of new and original knowledge on all aspects of sensor science that selectively sense chemical or biological species or processes. Articles may address conceptual advances in sensing that are applicable to many types of analytes or application papers which report on the use of an existing sensing concept in a new way or for a new analyte.

Application papers should demonstrate the use of the sensor in complex samples, show it is fit-for-purpose, and exhibit a correlation of the sensor’s performance with an existing analytical method. Papers in ACS Sensors may focus on sensor development for commercialization or developing sensors that are used to provide new scientific knowledge. Articles may be entirely theoretical with regard to sensing, or they may report experimental results. The types of sensors the journal covers include:

  • Biosensors
  • Chemical sensors
  • Gas sensors
  • Intracellular sensors
  • Single molecule sensors
  • Cell chips
  • Arrays
  • Microfluidic devices

Primary research papers in ACS Sensors include Letters and Articles. Note that the maximum length of Letters is four journal pages and Articles are eight. In addition, ACS Sensors publishes Reviews, Perspectives, Sensor Issues and Introducing Our Authors. Perspectives should report the authors’ opinion on important new directions in sensing and discuss the nature of the opportunities perceived. Reviews can cover conceptual advances in sensing, review a class of sensor or analyte, or can be more of a tutorial that addresses a specific challenge in sensing and approaches to overcoming it. Sensor Issues will guide the community and new entrants to sensors on where the opportunities and challenges are by highlighting specific sensing issues.

Virtual Issue on Microplastics in the Aquatic Environment

A recent article entitled “Human Consumption of Microplastics” published in Environmental Science & Technology has received much attention in the news from all over the world. In the article, researchers estimate that Americans inhale and ingest an average of between 74,000 and 121,000 microplastic particles each year. Researchers also noted that people who drink bottled water can ingest as many as 90,000 additional plastic particles, compared with just 4,000 from those who drink tap water. According to the article’s Altmetric Attention Score, which tracks online attention to published research articles, this article has been mentioned in articles from 114 news outlets (including Time, CNN, and Yahoo News) and 18 blogs, and 719 social mentions as of June 28, 2019.

Microplastics are a fairly new and emerging contaminant, and a lot remains to be learned about their impacts. Extensive research has been conducted to understand the occurrence and fate of microplastics in the environment, especially in aquatic environments. Environmental Science & Technology and Environmental Science & Technology Letters organized a Virtual Issue highlighting over a dozen recent articles related to microplastics in aquatic environments. The articles in this Virtual Issue cover topics as diverse as sources of microplastics, how they’re transported through aquatic environments, human health concerns, their effects on specific marine life, and their larger environmental impact.

“The science and engineering of microplastics will be different from that of the chemical contaminants that preceded them, writes Environmental Science & Technology Editor-in-Chief David Sedlak in an editorial from the issue. “Nevertheless, we should learn our emerging contaminant history lessons. As we embark on our second decade of microplastics research, we need to set our sights on how best to provide society with the information needed to decide what to do about our newest emerging contaminant.”

Read the Virtual Issue: Microplastics in the Aquatic Environment

Discover research articles like these and more published in Environmental Science & Technology and Environmental Science & Technology Letters, which are essential resources for a wide range of environmental disciples, including environmental chemistry and engineering

ACS Editors’ Choice: Activation Energies and Beyond

This week: Activation Energies and Beyond!

Each and every day, ACS grants free access to a new peer-reviewed research article from one of the Society’s journals. These articles are specially chosen by a team of scientific editors of ACS journals from around the world to highlight the transformative power of chemistry. Access to these articles will remain open to all as a public service.

Check out this week’s picks!
Activation Energies and Beyond

J. Phys. Chem. A, 2019, ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.9b03967
Fluoxetine Induces Morphological Rearrangements of Serotonergic Fibers in the Hippocampus

ACS Chem. Neurosci., 2019, ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acschemneuro.8b00655
Integrating Nanotechnology into Cancer Care

ACS Nano, 2019, ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.9b04266
Influence of Defects on Excited-State Dynamics in Lead Halide Perovskites: Time-Domain ab Initio Studies

J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2019, 10, XXX, 3788-3804
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.9b00641
Tailoring the Attraction of Polymers toward Surfaces

Macromolecules, 2019, ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.9b00492
Two-Dimensional Ferroelectric Tunnel Junction: The Case of Monolayer In:SnSe/SnSe/Sb:SnSe Homostructure

ACS Appl. Electron. Mater., 2019, ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acsaelm.9b00146
Improving Learning Outcomes in Secondary Chemistry with Visualization-Supported Inquiry Activities

J. Chem. Educ., 2019, ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.9b00205
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Julien Nicolas and Ilja K. Voets Win Biomacromolecules/Macromolecules Young Investigator Award for 2019

The Editors of the ACS Publications journals Biomacromolecules, Macromolecules and ACS Macro Letters, in partnership with the Division of Polymer Chemistry, are proud to announce that Dr. Julien Nicolas of University Paris-Sud, France and Professor Ilja K. Voets of the Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands are the winners of the 2019 Biomacromolecules/Macromolecules Young Investigator Award. Dr. Nicolas and Professor Voets will be honored during an award symposium at the ACS Fall 2019 National Meeting and Exposition, August 25 – 29, 2019 in San Diego.

Dr. Julien Nicolas, CNRS, University Paris-Sud/Paris-Saclay

Dr. Nicolas was selected in recognition of his outstanding contributions in applications of polymer science to the biomedical field. Dr. Nicolas is acknowledged with his accomplishments in design, synthesis, and biological evaluation of advanced polymers and polymeric nanoparticulate systems for use in the treatment of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, and coagulative disorders. Successful translation of his research to industrial partners, also highlights the importance and applicability of his work.

View selected articles published by Dr. Nicolas

Radical Ring-Opening Copolymerization-Induced Self-Assembly (rROPISA)
Macromolecules, 2019, Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.9b00161
Degradable Copolymer Nanoparticles from Radical Ring-Opening Copolymerization between Cyclic Ketene Acetals and Vinyl Ethers
Biomacromolecules, 2019, 20 (1), pp 305–317
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.8b01500
Radical Ring-Opening Copolymerization of Cyclic Ketene Acetals and Maleimides Affords Homogeneous Incorporation of Degradable Units
ACS Macro Lett., 2017, 6 (10), pp 1071–1077
DOI: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.7b00572
Tunable Degradation of Copolymers Prepared by Nitroxide-Mediated Radical Ring-Opening Polymerization and Point-by-Point Comparison with Traditional Polyesters
Macromolecules, 2018, 51 (3), pp 724–736
DOI: 10.1021/acs .macromol.7b02655

Professor Ilja K. Voets, Eindhoven University of Technology

Professor Voets was selected for this honor in recognition of her exceptional contributions towards bridging synthetic and physical polymer science. She’s particularly known for pioneering in a diverse range of research areas such as polyelectrolyte assembly, biomimetic polymers, supramolecular materials, protein biophysics, and soft matter characterization, most notably her development and implementation of nanoscopy tools in polymer science that has led to major breakthroughs in super-resolution microscopy for nanomaterials.

View selected articles published by Professor Voets

Effect of Intra- versus Intermolecular Cross-Linking on the Supramolecular Folding of a Polymer Chain
Macromolecules, 2018, 51 (21), pp 8853-8861
DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.8b01623
Improving the Folding of Supramolecular Copolymers by Controlling the Assembly Pathway Complexity
Macromolecules, 2017, 50 (21), pp 8562-8569
DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.7b01769
Folding Polymers with Pendant Hydrogen Bonding Motifs in Water: The Effect of Polymer Length and Concentration on the Shape and Size of Single-Chain Polymeric Nanoparticles
Macromolecules, 2014, 47 (9), pp 2947-2954
DOI: 10.1021/ma500273g
Bundle Formation in Biomimetic Hydrogels
Biomacromolecules, 2016, 17 (8), pp 2642-2649
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.6b00703

Global Call for Papers: ACS Infectious Diseases Issues

ACS Infectious Diseases, a journal published by the American Chemical Society, publishes research that advances the field of infectious disease research through the publication of impactful work, which emphasizes the basic sciences and lays foundations for clinical work to improve human health.

Learn about submitting your research to ACS Infectious Diseases today!


The scope of the journal encompasses all aspects of chemistry relating to infectious diseases research including research on pathogens, host-pathogen interactions, therapeutics, diagnostics, vaccines, drug-delivery systems, and other biomedical technology development pertaining to infectious diseases. We are continuing to seek submissions in areas not yet extensively covered in the journal, such as viral and fungal infections, drug delivery, and diagnostics.

Our journal issues feature diverse research topics publishes in the form of Articles, Letters, Reviews, Perspectives, and Viewpoints. To highlight emerging research areas, current topics relevant to the infectious disease field, or research in specific geographic areas, ACS Infectious Diseases also publishes thematic Virtual and Special Issues, often in collaboration with its sister journals such as ACS Chemical Neuroscience, ACS Chemical Biology, ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters, and Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.

Prospective authors are welcome to use the pre-submission inquiry mechanism to ensure relevance and appropriateness of research by emailing the Editorial Office:  eic@id.acs.org

The journal is currently welcoming submissions for upcoming Special Issues on the following research topics. You are encouraged to consider submitting your manuscript, should your research falls into one of the following categories:

  • CNS-Related Pathogens: Submissions due Sept. 1, 2019
  • Infectious Disease Research in China (open to first and/or corresponding authors located in China): Submissions due Sept. 30, 2019
  • Chemical Microbiology: Submissions due Nov. 1, 2019
  • Antibiotics: Submissions due Jan. 15, 2020

The ACS brand recognition will ensure high visibility for your research and our rapid, thorough review process will disseminate your work without any delays. There are no publication charges, though the additional ACS AuthorChoice license gives you the option to make your published work open access upon publication, if desired.

Submit your manuscript to ACS Infectious Diseases.

On behalf of ACS Infectious Diseases’ Editor-in-Chief, Courtney C. Aldrich, the Editorial team and the Editorial Advisory Board, all of whom are also prominent leaders in their respective fields: Thank you in advance for your kind consideration of ACS Infectious Diseases as the destination for your next manuscript!

Butterfly-Based Sound Sensor Takes Wing

The brilliant metallic blue wings of Morpho butterflies dazzle the eye. Branched nanostructures on the wings scatter light in complex ways to produce this characteristic iridescent hue. By harnessing the optical properties of these nanostructures, researchers have made a device that detects sound waves and human voices. The technology could lead to acoustic detectors that are smaller, faster, and more sensitive than current ones, its developers say.

Acoustic sensors usually consist of a vibrating diaphragm or piezoelectric material that converts sound waves into an electrical signal. Such sensors are used for testing pipelines for leaks and to monitor machines and medical implants to catch faint sounds or unusual vibrations long before components fail. Newer types of acoustic sensors detect sound waves using light; they are based on thin metallic films or optical fibers that, when deformed by sound waves, reflect or scatter light waves. Because light waves interact with nanoscale structures and are immune to electromagnetic interference, optical acoustic sensors can be smaller and more sensitive and have a faster response time.

Materials scientists and engineers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University decided to take advantage of the unique photonic nanostructures on Morpho butterfly wings to sense the sound waves. Others have already used the wings or tried to mimic their structures to make gas and heat sensors and photocatalysts. Morpho wings are covered with rows of tile-like scales. Each scale has long parallel ridges that, in cross section, look like pine trees. Light waves bounce off these tree-like nanostructures and interfere to create shimmering colors; the colors and brightness change when the ridges deform under mechanical or chemical changes.

To make their acoustic sensor, Tao Deng, Wen Shang, and their colleagues sandwiched a piece of a butterfly wing between two steel films and cut a 5 mm wide hole in the middle. They direct sound from a speaker onto the wing, shine bright white light on it, and use a photodetector to look at the reflected light.

The wing vibrates due to the acoustic wave, causing the nanostructures to deform. “This leads to an oscillation in the intensity of the reflected light from the wing surface, which could be detected by a photodetector,” Deng says. The detected frequency spectrum matched that of the input sound waves. As a simple demonstration of the sensor’s ability to recognize human voice, the team broadcast long vowel sounds in a female voice and a male voice. The sensor created an accurate frequency spectrum for each vowel, with the frequency peaks slightly different for the male and female voice speaking the same vowel.

The wing-based sensor can detect sounds as low as 20 decibels, which is an order of magnitude less sensitive than today’s best acoustic sensors. “But this sensitivity can be further improved by applying a better photodetector and light source,” Shang says. The device’s response speed of 50 MHz matches the scanning speed of the photodetector, so theoretically the butterfly wing sensor should be able to detect high-frequency ultrasonic waves. The researchers are now planning to make microsized acoustic sensors based on a single scale of the butterfly wing, she says. Practical sensors would use artificial butterfly nanostructures made with lithographic processes rather than real butterfly wings, she adds.

“This is a brilliant concept,” says Radislav A. Potyrailo, a micro- and optoelectronics researcher at GE Research who has made gas sensors based on Morpho butterfly wings. High-performance acoustic detection is an “unexpected application” for the natural photonic nanostructures on wings. Such 3-D nanostructures can be made in a cost-effective way, he says. And since iridescent butterflies are visible from kilometers away, he imagines that the wing-based sensor could allow remote noise detection, which could be especially useful for security and surveillance applications.

This article is reproduced with permission from C&EN (© American Chemical Society). The article was first published on April 11, 2019.

2020 Priestley Medal Will Go to Professor JoAnne Stubbe

Professor JoAnne Stubbe will receive the 2020 Priestley Medal at at ACS’ Spring 2020 National Meeting & Exposition in Philadelphia. The annual award, named for chemistry pioneer Joseph Priestley, is the highest honor the American Chemical Society bestows. This award recognizes her pioneering studies of enzymatic radical chemistry, long-range proton-coupled electron transfer, DNA cleavage by anti-cancer drugs, enzymatic formation of polyesters and purine biosynthesis.

Professor Stubbe is the Novartis Professor of Chemistry and Biology, emerita, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has authored more than 300 papers, including over 140 in ACS Publications journals. Professor Stubbe joined the faulty of MIT in 1987, devoting most of her time to studying ribonucleotide reductases, which she has called “some of nature’s most-complex and important enzymes.”

“Dr. Stubbe is a true pioneer in biochemistry,” says ACS Executive Director and CEO Thomas Connelly Jr., Ph.D. “Her efforts in studying ribonucleotide reductases, among other major accomplishments, have had a profound impact across the scientific landscape and the world at large. I can think of none more deserving of this award, and I extend my sincerest congratulations.”

Her first major discovery was figuring out how ribonucleotide reductase catalyzes the conversion of ribonucleotides, the building blocks of RNA, to deoxyribonucleotides, the building blocks of DNA — an essential role in DNA repair and replication. She also worked out the mechanism of action of cancer drug bleomycin. Her works has inspired similar studies in a host of other enzymes, leading to new cancer drugs.

In addition to several previous ACS national awards, she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1992, received the 2008 National Medal of Science and 2010 Welch Award in Chemistry, among many other accolades.

“JoAnne Stubbe is an excellent choice to receive the 2020 Priestley Medal. Her research into the mechanisms of key biochemical enzymes has significantly advanced the field. Her passion for the science has made her a role model for young women and men alike,” says ACS President Bonnie Charpentier, Ph.D. “And I’m especially proud to welcome her into the prestigious ranks of the Priestley Medalists as only the fifth woman to receive this honor.”

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Meet ACS Publications’ Newest Associate Editors: Summer 2019

When a scientific journal adds a new associate editor, that change means more for readers than just a tweak to the masthead. New associate editors bring new experiences, new perspectives, and new ideas to their publications. Get to know some of ACS’ latest editors and learn what unique gifts they’ll be bringing to their respective journals.

Peng Chen, ACS Chemical Biology

What is your research focus? What initially attracted you to your field?
My laboratory is interested in developing and applying bioorthogonal reactions to probe and perturb protein activity within the native cellular context. A collection of genetically encoded chemistry tools have been created that allowed the study of dynamic protein modifications, interactions, and activations under living conditions.

Recently, we spearheaded the development of bioorthogonal cleavage reactions for the gain-of-function study of diverse proteins in living systems, and we are also exploiting the therapeutic potential of such reactions.

I have been attracted to the bioorthogonal chemistry and genetic code expansion field because these chemistry-enabled strategies have revolutionized our ability to probe and perturb biomolecules such as proteins within their native cellular context. This offered us an unprecedented opportunity to dissect native protein functions and biological processes with high specificity and temporal resolution.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?
I hope to further promote ACS Chemical Biology as a timely platform to report innovative work with distinct chemical biology features. Whether the work reported on new chemical biology tools or addressed important biological questions using chemistry-enabled methods, or a combination of both, I hope to speed up the review process to make these new work available to our readers as soon as possible.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?
Proteins are the workhorse of a cell, but methods to study their structures and functions under living conditions are still lacking. In particular, research tools to investigate the dynamic features of proteins in situ (e.g. dynamic modifications, interactions, and spatial organizations) are highly desired. Secondly, directly amplifying proteins in a way similar to the polymerase chain reaction for DNA molecules would open many exciting frontiers such as single-molecule protein sequencing. Finally, protein folding is still an unresolved problem and a holy grail in the field. We are still not able to predict how a protein folds into the three-dimension structure from its primary sequence. The rapid emerging of new frontiers such as artificial intelligence and machine learning may shed light on decoding the protein “folding code.”

Do you have a recent paper in an ACS journal that you’d like to highlight?

Gap-Junction-Dependent Labeling of Nascent Proteins in Multicellular Networks
ACS Chem. Biol., 2019, 14,2, 182-185
DOI: 10.1021/acschembio.8b01065

This paper reports an enzyme-triggered amino acid deprotection method that allowed selective labeling of nascent proteomes and record translation in adjacent cells connected by gap junctions. This cell contact-dependent protein tagging method offered a powerful tool to study molecular events such as material transfer and signal transductions within a multi-cellular network.


Xinbin Ma, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research

What is your research focus? What initially attracted you to your field?
Our research is focused on the design, synthesis, and characterization of solid materials useful as catalysts and adsorbents for efficient conversion of synthesis gas to commodity fuels and chemicals, as well as carbon dioxide capture and utilization. The studies cover both fundamental science and applied engineering from understanding the relationships between the material characteristics and performance, reaction kinetics and mechanism to process integration, scaling-up, and industrialization. I have a strong interest in C1 chemistry and technology and a desire to convert the knowledge to practical technologies lead our research to the current areas.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?
I hope my joining in the associate editor team of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research will bring new horizons, new experiences, and ideas to the journal. My experience will help to discover more valuable research for the community, and rapidly deliver the most original results to the readers. I hope my work with other editors will further enhance the impact of the journal and contributes to the development of applied chemistry and chemical engineering.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?
We have been working for many years on C1 chemistry and technology and applied catalysis. It is difficult to design green chemical technology that can realize sustainable production of chemicals with no hazardous effect on the environment or on humans. With the fast development of chemistry and material science, a number of novel catalytic technologies and materials have been generated in the lab. The challenge is to further enhance the process efficiency, reduce the complexity, facilitate scaling-up and industrialization.


Donald Wink, Journal of Chemical Education

What is your research focus? What initially attracted you to your field?
I am currently working in research in chemistry education and the learning sciences. Both grew out of engagement in projects in curriculum development at the college level and teacher professional development in K-12 settings. I continue to also use my “bench” training in the collaborations for small molecule single crystal X-ray diffraction.

What do you hope to bring to your journal?
Since I have worked on the development of curricula and materials, the training of teachers, and on research about these settings, I hope I bring an ability to see how practical questions and theoretical perspectives are important in reporting the most current work in the field.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?
There is a need for ongoing engagement between empirical studies about learning and teaching and their application to authentic settings. This is why innovation in teaching methods should be accompanied by rigorous quantitative and qualitative research–and why research should be alert to important new areas of practice. And, as innovation and research are disseminated, it is important to examine how they shift in new settings, especially with diverse audiences.

What do you think is the most interesting and/or important unsolved problem in your field?
One of the fascinating aspects of learning (and teaching) is that, in many ways, it is only important at the level of the individual. As a result, we are confronted with the challenge of figuring out “what works” in a way that identifies broad, reproducible trends and also responds to the authentic diversity of teaching and learning settings

Do you have a recent paper in an ACS journal that you’d like to highlight?
I am very proud of the opportunities I have had to work in a collaborative setting with other investigators. A recent example of this is the project led by my colleague Ginevra Clark:

Relating Chemistry to Healthcare and MORE: Implementation of MORE in a Survey Organic and Biochemistry Course for Prehealth Students
J. Chem. Educ., 2018, 9, 5, 137-46
DOI: doi.org/10.1021/acs.jchemed.7b00272

ACS Editors’ Choice: Stiffness and Membrane Anchor Density Modulate DNA-Nanospring-Induced Vesicle Tubulation — and More!

This week: Stiffness and membrane anchor density modulate DNA-nanospring-induced vesicle tubulation — and more!

Each and every day, ACS grants free access to a new peer-reviewed research article from one of the Society’s journals. These articles are specially chosen by a team of scientific editors of ACS journals from around the world to highlight the transformative power of chemistry. Access to these articles will remain open to all as a public service.

Check out this week’s picks!
Stiffness and Membrane Anchor Density Modulate DNA-Nanospring-Induced Vesicle Tubulation

ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2019, ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.9b05401
Munc13 Is a Molecular Target of Bryostatin 1

Biochemistry, 2019, ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.9b00427
Native Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry Reveals the Formation of β-Barrel Shaped Amyloid-β Hexamers in a Membrane-Mimicking Environment

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2019, ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.9b04596
Formation of a μ3-Acetylide on a Ru3 Cluster via Coupling of μ-Methylene with Isocyanide Accompanied by Elimination of Amine: A Model of Hydrogen-Assisted C–C Bond Formation on a Metal Surface

Organometallics, 2019, ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.9b00301
Isoindigo-Based Binary Polymer Blends for Solution-Processing of Semiconducting Nanofiber Networks

ACS Appl. Polym. Mater., 2019, ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acsapm.9b00321
Revisiting the Cleavage of Evans Oxazolidinones with LiOH/H2O2

Org. Process Res. Dev., 2019, ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.oprd.9b00124
Optimization and Stability of Cell–Polymer Hybrids Obtained by “Clicking” Synthetic Polymers to Metabolically Labeled Cell Surface Glycans

Biomacromolecules, 2019, ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.9b00478
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Impact Factor 2018: Journal Citation Reports Show ACS Journals are Chemistry’s Most Cited

ACS Publications journals are again among the most cited in chemistry, according to the newly-released 2018 Journal Citation Reports® (JCR) from Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science Group. The Impact Factor reports show:

  • ACS journal articles were cited more than 3.4 million times in 2018, an increase of 7%
  • Almost half of all ACS journals have an Impact Factor of 5 or higher
  • ACS journals published more than 51,154 articles in 2018, an increase of 11%
  • ACS journal articles were read 130 million times in 2018, an increase of 27%
  • ACS journals continue to be most-impactful publications in the six core chemistry categories, with 75% ranking in the top quarter of their respective topical categories

“As a professional society, we are grateful to our many authors, editors, referees, and readers worldwide for continuing to make ACS journals the most influential across the chemical sciences,” says James Milne, Ph.D., senior vice president of the Journals Publishing Group within ACS Publications. “We remain mindful that Impact Factors are but one measure by which to assess the overall value of a scholarly publication to the community it serves. For this reason, we are delighted by the many positive metrics that underpin the reputation for excellence that ACS journals enjoy globally.”

Some notable individual journal results include:

ACS Publications would like to thank the authors, reviewers, and readers who’ve made such remarkable results possible. It is thanks to the continued support of the global chemistry community, that ACS Publications journals continued to be chemistry’s most trusted, most cited, and most read. With the global chemistry community behind us, we will continue to work toward improving people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people.

View full 2018 JCR Impact Factor data for all ACS Publications journals