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ACS Publications Editors Discuss How Scientific Publishing Has Changed

Science never stays still for long. The ideas of today will have to make room for the breakthroughs of tomorrow. But just as our understanding of the world evolves, so has the way scientists go about sharing their discoveries. ACS Editors are all accomplished active researchers and over the course of their long careers, they’ve seen a number of significant changes to the process of taking research out of the lab notebook and getting it into a respected journal. In this video, ACS Publications Editors share their thoughts on how scientific publishing has changed since they began their careers.

Some of those changes are usually considered to be positive, such as all the ways that the submission process has become faster and simpler. But some of these changes are more controversial. A reliance on metrics for evaluating journals, papers, and researchers, for example, may have removed some nuance from the publication process. Different researchers may come to different conclusions about these changes, but one thing is certain: There’s no going back.

Watch ACS Editors Discuss How Scientific Publishing Has Changed


The ACS Publications Editors featured in the video are (in order of appearance): Professor Jillian M. Buriak, Editor-in-Chief of Chemistry of Materials; Professor Prashant V. Kamat, Editor-in-Chief of ACS Energy Letters; Professor Luis Liz-Marzán, Associate Editor of ACS Nano; Professor Kai Rossen Editor-in-Chief of Organic Process Research & Development; Professor Cynthia J. Burrows Editor-in-Chief of Accounts of Chemical Research.

In the comments, share your reflection on how scientific publishing has changed during your career.

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