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ACS Publications Enables Remote Access Options

To ensure that researchers can effectively access ACS Publications content while off-campus, ACS Publications is enabling remote access via federated authentication (commonly known as “Shibboleth”) for institutions. This effort is consistent with the recommendations in the ICOLC Statement on the Global COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Impact on Library Services and Resources. In these rapidly changing times, it is more important than ever that your students, faculty, and staff have options to easily access ACS Publications content remotely.

As we’ve all made this epic shift, institutions around the world have reported network capacity problems. Federated authentication is a solution to the burdens institutions experience on their VPNs and a way that members of subscribing universities can continue to access ACS Publications content.

What is federated authentication?

Federated authentication delivers content directly from the publisher to the user working off-campus. It relies on your university’s network only for a user login, and therefore uses minimal network capacity. Conversely, other remote access options, such as VPN servers or proxy servers, often require downloads to pass through your university’s network infrastructure before they are delivered to your patrons working remotely.

With federated authentication, users log in through ACS Publications’ site to access articles without having to use their university VPN.

What other access options are available? 

Remote Device Pairing 

ACS Publications has also enabled support for device pairing, allowing a laptop, tablet, or smartphone to pair with your institutional subscription for use while off-campus. The device pairing must be done while you are connected to a recognized campus/corporate network. However, VPN connections should allow pairing to work. Paired devices can access subscribed content regardless of physical location for four months.

Google CASA

ACS Publications has enabled Google CASA (Campus Activated Subscriber Access). This enables direct links to “” in Google Scholar search results. These links will take users directly to the full text regardless of their physical location.

Expanded remote access options are a key effort to ensure that our global community of researchers and scientists are properly supported in these uncertain times. Please visit this resource page to stay up to date with ACS Publications remote access options for your institution.

Call for Papers: 8th Special Issue on the HUPO Human Proteome Project (HPP)

The Journal of Proteome Research is preparing to publish its eighth annual special issue dedicated to highlighting the progress made on the HUPO Human Proteome Project (HPP). The journal’s editorial team invites you to submit a manuscript for consideration by July 31, 2020.

Thematic Priorities

For this special issue, the journal will consider research papers encompassing both the Chromosome-Centric Human Proteome Project (C-HPP) and the Biology and Disease Human Proteome Project (B/D-HPP), as well from the HPP Resource Pillars (Antibody, MS, Pathology, and Knowledgebase), and short definitive reports, submitted in the Letters format, on the discovery of a missing Protein(s). To be considered, the missing protein(s) must meet the HPP Data Interpretation Guidelines Version 3.0 and be cast in the context of the HPP and biological setting in which they were discovered.

The editorial team is particularly interested in receiving manuscripts that relate to one of these themes:

  • Completing the high-resolution draft of the human proteome with new strategies and results leading to confident identifications of neXtProt missing proteins (PE2 – 4) according to the C-HPP Guidelines v 3.0 or recent updates
  • Progress on the protein list of individual chromosomes and groups of chromosomes, annotating known proteins and their isoforms/proteoforms and/or credibly identifying missing proteins (PE2 – 4)
  • Annotating proteins and their isoforms/proteoforms and/or identifying missing proteins found in rare or under-explored cells and tissues, and protein lists of human cell types as a step in creating a human cell proteome atlas
  • Produce and use “popular proteins” lists in B/D-HPP and contribute to the identification of missing proteins
  • Proteomic studies of proteoforms produced by proteolytic processing, PTMs, alternative splicing (ASV),
    coding non‐synonymous single nucleotide polymorphisms (cSNPs), or chromosome abnormalities
  • Use of targeted proteomics, especially SRM and MS‐SWATH, to extend chromosome‐based protein findings
  • Disease studies using chromosome information, characterizing amplicons, cis‐regulated pathways or networks
  • New bioinformatic tools and approaches for annotating the human proteome
  • Biological mechanistic analyses inspired from proteomics data in diseases or biological processes
  • Biomarker discoveries based on the identification of novel ASVs, PTMs or cSNPs in proteomic studies
  • Studies using the Human Protein Atlas to identify missing proteins

Manuscript Requirements & Submission Deadline

Manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the ACS Paragon Plus Environment online submission system by July 31, 2020, to be considered for inclusion in this eighth special issue on the HUPO HPP.

Papers must conform to both the Journal of Proteome Research Mass Spectrometry Guidelines and the HPP Data Interpretation Guidelines Version 3.0 as judged by the HPP Data Interpretation Guidelines Version 3.0 checklist. For all papers, authors must analyze their data using the Human PeptideAtlas release 2020-01-24 and neXtProt release 2020-01-17, and include protein evidence based on the neXtProt release 2020-01-17 protein existence.

Authors must complete the full MS data submission to ProteomeXchange prior to their initial submission and provide the PXD number in the abstract. In their cover letter, they must specify that the manuscript is intended for the HPP Special Issue and include the completed HPP Data Interpretation Guidelines Version 3.0 checklist

Manuscripts that don’t meet these requirements will be returned without review.

HPP Special Issue Review and Publication Process

Manuscripts submitted for this special issue will be handled by Associate Editor Christopher M. Overall of The University of British Columbia and a team of guest editors:

  • Young‐Ki Paik of Yonsei University
  • Eric Deutsch of Institute for Systems Biology
  • Fernando Corrales of CSIC, Madrid
  • Lydie Lane of Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics
  • Gilbert S. Omenn of University of Michigan

Editorial triage will determine whether manuscripts are appropriate for the HPP Special Issue and meet all the requirements. Nonconforming papers will be returned unreviewed. All relevant papers will go through a full peer review.

As papers are accepted, they will be published online and available in time for HUPO-2020. Due to the publication schedule, only papers accepted by September 31, 2020, will be published in the December 2020 HPP Special Issue. Papers requiring more time for revision or falling outside of the scope of the special issue will be published in regular issues of the journal.

ACS Editors’ Choice: Solar-Driven Metal Halide Perovskite Photocatalysis — and More!

This week: Solar-driven metal halide perovskite photocatalysis — 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!
A Luminescent Mg-Metal–Organic Framework for Sustained Release of 5-Fluorouracil: Appropriate Host–Guest Interaction and Satisfied Acid–Base Resistance

ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2020, XXXX, XXX, XXX-XXX
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.0c01198
An Asymmetric Suzuki–Miyaura Approach to Prostaglandins: Synthesis of Tafluprost

Org. Lett. 2020, XXXX, XXX, XXX-XXX
DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.0c00745
Full-Range Ratiometric Detection of D2O in H2O by a Heterobimetallic Uranyl/Lanthanide Framework with 4f/5f Bimodal Emission

ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2020, XXXX, XXX, XXX-XXX
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.0c02783
Multiscale Self-Assembly of Distinctive Weblike Structures from Evaporated Drops of Dilute American Whiskeys

DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.9b08984
Effects of Dazomet Fumigation on Soil Phosphorus and the Composition of phoD-Harboring Microbial Communities

J. Agric. Food Chem. 2020, XXXX, XXX, XXX-XXX
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.9b08033
Plasma-Based CH4 Conversion into Higher Hydrocarbons and H2: Modeling to Reveal the Reaction Mechanisms of Different Plasma Sources

J. Phys. Chem. C 2020, XXXX, XXX, XXX-XXX
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.0c00082
Solar-Driven Metal Halide Perovskite Photocatalysis: Design, Stability, and Performance

ACS Energy Lett. 2020, 5, XXX, 1107-1123
DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.0c00058
A Luminescent Mg-Metal–Organic Framework for Sustained Release of 5-Fluorouracil: Appropriate Host–Guest Interaction and Satisfied Acid–Base Resistance
ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2020, XXXX, XXX, XXX-XXX
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.0c01198
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Resources for Teaching Your Chemistry Class Online

Educators are feeling the effects of the COVID-19 crisis in more ways than one. Not only do they need to be concerned about their health, but they have to find new ways to engage their students, as schools move online for the duration of the pandemic. The American Chemical Society has a long history of supporting chemical education, including through the Journal of Chemical Education, which offers teachers peer-reviewed articles on chemical content, activities, laboratory experiments, instructional methods, and pedagogies.

To help chemistry educators in this challenging time, the journal, the ACS Division of Chemical Education, and ACS Publications have published a virtual issue titled “Resources for Teaching Your Chemistry Class Online: A Free to Read Collection from the American Chemical Society & the ACS Division of Chemical Education.” This free-to-read issue will help chemistry educators make the most of the transition to teaching and learning remotely.

Read on to learn about the intent behind this issue, as well as find additional online education resources.

Overview by Journal of Chemical Education Editor-in-Chief Thomas A. Holme

In the summer of 2018, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the International Conference on Chemical Education (ICCE) in Sydney, Australia. There were many memorable talks and workshops, but among the most eye-opening was a keynote presentation by Professor Marietjie Potgieter describing the responses made at the University of Pretoria in South Africa when student strikes led to a disruption of the class schedule. Their campus went from normal, face-to-face instruction to all on-line instruction essentially overnight.

Helpfully, this talk has been captured in a volume with papers on several talks that were presented at ICCE1. All of us in the audience seemed to be turning to each other saying, “I can’t imagine having to do that.” Now, about 20 months later, most of that audience is, in fact, having to do precisely the same thing.

Over the past several years, articles related to distance learning of chemistry and the teaching and learning of chemistry on-line have occurred occasionally in the Journal of Chemical Education. This virtual issue has collected many of these articles, along with a few additional resources, to provide guidance and perhaps inspiration to chemistry instructors who are now finding themselves deep into an instructional format that is new, probably less-than-ideal, and presenting new challenges on a regular basis.

Our hope is that these articles will be helpful as the amazing ingenuity of chemistry teachers around the world takes over and gets us and our students to the other side of this crisis.

Additional Online Education and Engagement Resources from C&EN

In keeping with their commitment to providing readers with the chemistry news that matters most, C&EN is reporting on school closures and how teachers and students are adapting to online education. The magazine’s team is also engaging students, postdocs, faculty, and other chemical professionals who are in their homes instead of their labs with C&EN virtual tweetups and Twitter chats.

Visit @cenmag on Twitter and read these articles to learn more:

More Tips for Teaching and Learning Remotely from the ACS Education Team

ACS and its members are using social media to share resources, have asynchronous communications, and cross-link communities. This JCE virtual issue features one of those communities, Chemical Education Xchange, which is offering access to videos and software, along with a blog sharing resources. Organic Education Resources (OrganicERs), an independent group focused on the dissemination of evidence-based materials for active learning pedagogies in organic chemistry, is also featured in this JCE virtual issue and has compiled additional resources to support the transition to learning remotely.

Share Your Recent STEM Education Experiences with the NSF!

STEM Educators have a critical perspective on how STEM education has been impacted by COVID-19, and federal policymakers want to hear it. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued a request for information (RFI) regarding the U.S. education system’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and you can share your feedback by submitting comments until October 19th to make your voice heard!

Here are even more resources that may help you as you work to adapt your lessons and teaching tactics to work online:

Meet the 2020 Recipients of The Journal of Physical Chemistry – PHYS Division Lectureship Awards

The Journal of Physical Chemistry (JPC) and the Physical Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society (PHYS) are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 The Journal of Physical Chemistry and PHYS Division Lectureship Awards:

  • Amir Karton – Associate Professor, Faculty of Science, School of Molecular Sciences, The University of Western Australia, Australia
  • Gabriela Schlau-Cohen – Thomas D. and Virginia W. Cabot Career Development Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Robert Baker – Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The Ohio State University, USA

The Journal of Physical Chemistry – PHYS Division Lectureship Awards honor the contributions of investigators who have made major impacts on the field of physical chemistry in the research areas associated with each section of the journal – JPC A, JPC B, and JPC C.

I spoke with the recipients to find out what the award means to them.

Amir Karton – JPC A Recipient

What does this award mean to you?

As an early career researcher, it’s sometimes hard to know if you’re on the right track, so receiving an award from the American Chemical Society is extremely encouraging. I feel deeply honored by this Lectureship, which recognizes not only my own work but also the contributions of my students, mentors, and collaborators.

What are you working on now?

I am a theoretical and computational chemist. My lab is focusing on the development of quantum chemical theory and its application to problems of chemical structure, mechanism, and design. We use quantum chemistry to tackle challenging chemical problems that span several disciplines, ranging from biochemistry to nanochemistry. These include the computational design of two-dimensional functional materials for catalysis, molecular sensing, and hydrogen storage, the computational design of small bioactive molecules, and highly accurate simulations of astrochemically- and atmospherically-relevant chemical reactions.

What advances are you hoping to see in your field in the next decade?

Major advances in electronic structure theory and supercomputer technology in the 21st century have increased the accuracy of quantum chemical methods and the size of systems they can treat by roughly an order of magnitude. This makes quantum chemistry one of the most detailed ‘microscopes’ available for examining chemical processes at the atomic level. Yet, to further increase the predictive power of the theory, additional advances are needed in the development of cost-effective methods for (i) predicting accurate solvation energies, (ii) automated reaction path searches, and (iii) accurate description of nuclear motion (e.g., anharmonic corrections to zero-point vibrational energies and Born–Oppenheimer corrections). I anticipate that significant advancements will be made on these fronts in the coming years.

Why do you choose to publish your research with The Journal of Physical Chemistry?

I publish in The Journal of Physical Chemistry A for two reasons: reputation and readership. The Journal of Physical Chemistry A is arguably the top international journal in the field of physical chemistry. The journal is a strong supporter of theoretical and computational chemistry and publishes extensively in this area. Accordingly, many of its readers are theoretical and computational chemists, and I know publishing in this journal will bring my work to their attention.

Read JPC A articles published by Amir Karton:

Highly Accurate CCSDT(Q)/CBS Reaction Barrier Heights for a Diverse Set of Transition Structures: Basis Set Convergence and Cost-Effective Approaches for Estimating Post-CCSD(T) Contributions
J. Phys. Chem. A 2019, 123, 31, 6720-6732
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.9b04611
Performance of DFT for C60 Isomerization Energies: A Noticeable Exception to Jacob’s Ladder
J. Phys. Chem. A 2019, 123, 1, 257-266
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.8b10240
From High-Energy C7H2 Isomers with A Planar Tetracoordinate Carbon Atom to An Experimentally Known Carbene
J. Phys. Chem. A 2018, 122, 46, 9054-9064
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.8b08809

Explore Professor Karton’s papers published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry and The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.


Associate Professor Amir Karton leads the theoretical and computational chemistry group at the University of Western Australia. He currently holds an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. His research interests focus on the development of quantum chemical theory and its application to chemical problems spanning several disciplines, ranging from biochemistry to nanochemistry. These include the computational design of two-dimensional functional materials and catalysts, elucidating the mechanisms by which enzymes catalyze molecular transformations, and highly accurate simulations of atmospherically relevant chemical reactions. Karton’s work has been recognized by a number of recent awards including the Le Fèvre Medal from the Australian Academy of Science (2018) and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Physical Chemistry Division Lectureship (2019).

Visit his website for further information or follow him on Twitter: @CompQuantumChem

Gabriela Schlau-Cohen – JPC B Recipient

What does this award mean to you? 

I’m honored to receive this award. My first first-author publication and my first corresponding-author publication were both in The Journal of Physical Chemistry, so the journal has played a special role in my career.

What are you working on now?

My group uses single-molecule spectroscopy and ultrafast spectroscopy to explore the energetic and structural dynamics of biological and bio-inspired systems. In particular, we develop and apply tools to uncover the conformational and photophysical mechanisms of photosynthetic light harvesting and its regulation.

What advances are you hoping to see in your field in the next decade?

Hopefully, ones that I can’t predict! One of the exciting things about science is unexpected discoveries. My research group is at the interface of physical and biological chemistry, so advances could include improvements in temporal, spectral, and spatial resolution of our measurements or new abilities to isolate and manipulate proteins.

Why do you choose to publish your research with The Journal of Physical Chemistry?

As I mentioned above, I have published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry throughout my career. The journal has a long history of publishing foundational papers across physical chemistry, and I am proud to share my work there.

Read JPC articles published by Professor Schlau-Cohen:

Comparison of the Energy-Transfer Rates in Structural and Spectral Variants of the B800–850 Complex from Purple Bacteria
J. Phys. Chem. B 2020, 124, 8, 1460-1469
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.9b11899
Photophysics of J-Aggregate-Mediated Energy Transfer on DNA
J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2017, 8, 23, 5827-5833
Single-Molecule Identification of Quenched and Unquenched States of LHCII
J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2015, 6, 5, 860-867
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.5b00034

Explore Professor Schlau-Cohen’s papers published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry and The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.


Gabriela Schlau-Cohen is the Thomas D. and Virginia W. Cabot Career Development Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She joined the faculty of MIT in 2015. Prior to MIT, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Center for Molecular Analysis and Design at Stanford University, where she worked with Prof. W.E. Moerner.

Dr. Schlau-Cohen received her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 2011 from the University of California, Berkeley, where she worked in the lab of Prof. Graham Fleming as an AAUW American Fellow. She received a B.S. with honors in Chemical Physics in 2003 from Brown University. She is the recipient of an NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, the Beckman Young Investigator Award, the Smith Family Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research, the Sloan Research Fellowship in Chemistry, and she was selected as a CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar.

Robert Baker – JPC C Recipient

What does this award mean to you?

It is really an honor to be selected for this award. Physical chemistry has a lot to offer society, and it is a lot of fun to be a part of this exciting field. I am particularly grateful for my research advisors who helped shape me and for my group members who have done the work. When you look at the past recipients of this award and other leaders in this field, it is great to be able to interact with and learn from these individuals, so I am thrilled to be selected for this award.

What are you working on now?

We are trying to develop new ways to watch how electrons move at surfaces and interfaces. So many important processes happen at an interface. This includes charge separation for energy conversion, catalytic reactions, and information processing. The ability to make femtosecond bursts of XUV light offers some exciting new tools to watch these processes in real time with chemical detail. To a physical chemist, it is always exciting to try to see something that has never been seen before.

One tool, which my group helped develop, is XUV reflection-absorption spectroscopy. This is a core-hole spectroscopy, which means that each element has its own spectral signature. Watching how these features evolve on the femtosecond time scale shows how charge is moving between elements or across an interface. Observing these processes is teaching us important lessons about how to make materials more efficient for a wide range of applications. For example, we are learning how to better separate electrons and holes as well as how to improve charge mobility at the surfaces of semiconductors.

What advances are you hoping to see in your field in the next decade?

I would love to see XUV spectroscopy find its way into the hands of more users so that the average chemist or material scientist can utilize this tool to really guide the design of new molecules and materials. This field is progressing rapidly right now, and I am excited for what is coming in the next 10 years.

Why do you choose to publish your research with The Journal of Physical Chemistry?

The Journal of Physical Chemistry sets a high standard, and I think this journal really defines the field. Since my early time as a graduate student until now, The Journal of Physical Chemistry has always been the go-to place for high-quality physical chemistry research, and this journal really does a great job serving the community.

Read JPC articles published by Professor Baker:

Ultrafast Electron Trapping and Defect-Mediated Recombination in NiO Probed by Femtosecond Extreme Ultraviolet Reflection–Absorption Spectroscopy
J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2018, 9, 17, 5047-5054
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b01865
Hole Thermalization Dynamics Facilitate Ultrafast Spatial Charge Separation in CuFeO2 Solar Photocathodes
J. Phys. Chem. C 2018, 122, 21, 11300-11304
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b02996
Catalysis at Multiple Length Scales: Crotonaldehyde Hydrogenation at Nanoscale and Mesoscale Interfaces in Platinum–Cerium Oxide Catalysts
J. Phys. Chem. C 2017, 121, 25, 13765-13776
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b03886

Explore Professor Baker’s papers published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry and The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.


Robert Baker received a BS degree from Brigham Young University in 2007 and an MS degree from Brigham Young University in 2008.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, under the supervision of Gabor Somorjai in 2012.  Following his Ph.D., he performed postdoctoral research with Stephen Leone before joining The Ohio State University in 2014.  His research interests are in ultrafast spectroscopy, heterogeneous catalysis, and surface science.  He is a recipient of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award, the Department of Energy Early Career Award, and the Young Innovator Award in NanoEnergy. He is the lead principal investigator of the NSF National eXtreme Ultrafast Science (NeXUS) facility.

Collected Resources for Chemists on the COVID-19 Coronavirus from ACS Publications

The global crisis surrounding the novel coronavirus 2019–nCoV, commonly known as the COVID-19 coronavirus, is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. It has affected the lives and the work of people around the world, including chemists. Yet chemists are also at the forefront of the fight to understand, contain, treat, and eventually defeat the disease. The American Chemical Society takes this threat seriously and remains committed to supporting chemists during this difficult time as part of its mission to advance the broader chemistry enterprise around the world. Below is a collection of news, research, and resources for chemists related to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, courtesy of ACS Publications.

Please bookmark this page and share it with your professional network, as it will be updated with new information and chemistry resources related to the pandemic as they become available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click below to read answers to common questions about ACS Publications’ operations during the COVID-19 crisis.

ACS Publications Response to the Pandemic

What is ACS doing to ensure that coronavirus related research is available?

ACS has made all coronavirus-related research published in our 60+ portfolio of journals open access and free-to-read since learning of the novel coronavirus outbreak. The most effective way to access this research is through this virtual issue, which is being updated regularly as new articles are published. Additionally, ACS has made all COVID-19 related research published in ACS journals freely and immediately available in the National Institutes of Health PubMed and World Health Organization (WHO) databases.

How is ACS supporting the federal and global COVID-19 response?

As the world’s largest scientific society, ACS is doing everything possible to aid in the global and federal response to the pandemic. Information about ACS efforts in this area is available on the ACS resources webpage. In addition to enabling free access to all coronavirus-related research, CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, is reaching out to offer its considerable expertise to organizations investing their efforts toward vaccine and therapeutic research as they evaluate the means to combat COVID-19. This assistance, offered at no charge, might involve helping researchers get needed answers or analyses quickly, providing access to CAS solutions, satisfying requests for custom-curated data sets relevant to a target of interest or collaborating with our CAS scientists on a challenging formulations problem, among others. You can contact CAS at the CAS Customer Center.

Does ACS have any resources for families teaching children or young adults about science and chemistry at home?

ACS has made resources available to help in teaching high school, middle school, and elementary school students. The American Association of Chemistry Teachers has also unlocked resources for families learning from home. Additional educational resources can be found on ACS’ Educate resource page.

I’m a professor teaching remotely. Are there any resources I can review?

ACS’s member magazine, Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) has compiled useful tips for teaching online. The Journal of Chemical Education has also created an open-access, free-to-read collection of articles on this topic. Additional resources can be found on the ACS Educate resource page.

Does ACS have any materials for non-chemists who would like to learn more about the pandemic and how it affects our lives?

C&EN has made all of its coverage of the coronavirus pandemic open access and free-to-read for all. C&EN’s reporting includes coverage of the scientific advances in fighting the virus and news about the impact of the pandemic on universities, labs, and industry.

To learn more about the chemistry behind coronavirus, how vaccines are made, and how materials like soap and hand sanitizer work to fight the virus, visit, and subscribe to ACS’s Reactions YouTube channel.  Additional materials can be found on ACS’ Communicate resource page.

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Will there be delays in the publication of my article during the pandemic?

At the moment, we are not experiencing any delays in the publication process, but individual circumstances may lead to delays in peer review. If you have questions about the timeline for publication of an article, contact your journal’s editorial office.

What should I do if I need additional time to submit revisions to an article?

If you need more time, contact your journal’s editorial office and explain your request. We’ve communicated the need to be flexible during this unprecedented time to all ACS editors, who understand that authors may be under challenging circumstances.

Will the release of any ACS journals be delayed?

We are doing everything we can to minimize any journal disruptions, and at this time, we expect no delay in the release of any ACS journal articles or issues. If this should change, we will communicate updates to our subscribers and authors.

How can I submit my research quickly?

Uploading your research to ChemRxiv is the fastest way to make your work public. ChemRxiv is a free-to-use service for disseminating unpublished preprints in chemistry and related areas. Preprints are easily searchable and free to read, many with licenses that permit reuse. Uploading your manuscript to ChemRxiv prior to submitting it to a journal for peer review is the quickest way to document your research and make it available to the chemistry community. Please note that while ChemRxiv carries out checks for problematic content, the curators there do not carry out peer review.

As many universities and labs have closed, what considerations should I make when performing a peer review?

We’ve asked our peer reviewers and editors to refrain from requesting additional experiments except when absolutely necessary, as doing so during this time may delay publication. Our journal editorial offices are aware of the difficulties that researchers face when additional lab work is requested; they are carefully evaluating all requests for any additional experimentation from peer reviewers at this time.

I am able to peer review. How can I let editors know of my availability?

We encourage you to accept invitations to peer review, and/or contact journal editorial offices in your field and let them know of your availability. Our peer reviewers are vital to the publication process, so if you find yourself with time, ACS journal editors will no doubt appreciate your expertise.

I thought I had time to review an article, but my circumstances have changed. What should I do?

We understand that individual circumstances are changing on a daily basis. We appreciate your commitment to peer review, but if you are unable to complete a review, please contact the journal editorial office and explain that you are no longer available. You will still be contacted for peer review requests in the future unless you wish otherwise.

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ACS Publications has a variety of options for how you can access articles remotely. Visit our remote access resource page to learn about options for you and for your institution.

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ACS has enabled “federated authentication” for my university. What is federated authentication?

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ACS Publications Call for Papers for COVID-19 & Related Research Topics

ACS Publications is committed to rapidly communicating urgent developments in characterizing, preventing, and treating the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) or the disease it causes, COVID-19. As part of that commitment, we’re working to assist anyone whose research relates to COVID-19 to publish and share their results as quickly as possible.

We invite you to submit your COVID-19 or coronavirus-related manuscript to one of our journals.

Consideration for COVID-19 Manuscripts & Published Articles

Due to the unique nature of the current situation, ACS Publications has some special measures in place for handling manuscripts and published articles related to COVID-19/coronavirus:

  • For a limited time, free editing services are available for all manuscripts related to COVID-19/coronavirus. Visit ACS Authoring Services to learn more.
  • COVID-19/coronavirus-related articles included in the Chemistry in Coronavirus Research Virtual Issue are free to read through the end of 2020.
  • ACS Publications is sharing all articles related to COVID-19/coronavirus with the World Health Organization (WHO) immediately upon publication, for inclusion in the WHO COVID-19 research database.

Use a Preprint to Share Your Results Even Faster

ACS also welcomes submissions to the preprint server ChemRxiv

When you post a draft of your manuscript on ChemRxiv, you can share your results with the community and get feedback ahead of formal peer review and publication. You can also use ChemRxiv’s Direct Journal Transfer feature to submit a posted preprint to an established journal for editorial consideration and peer review.

All ACS journals accept manuscripts that have been previously published on ChemRxiv.

Special Issue Calls for Papers

Specific ACS Publications journals are inviting manuscript submissions for Special Issues:

Environmental Science & Technology

ES&T Special Issue Call for Papers: Environmental Transmission and Control of COVID-19

Journal of Chemical Education

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Insights Gained While Teaching Chemistry in the Time of COVID-19

Journal of Proteome Research

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Proteomics and its Application in Pandemic Diseases

A Message for Authors and Reviewers

For Authors

During these unprecedented times, ACS remains fully committed to supporting our authors. In particular, we want to remain flexible with deadlines for revisions and other requests. Please let your journal’s editorial office know if you need additional time to work on a manuscript revision or run into any other challenges with preparing your manuscript. We are happy to work with you!

To support the publication of your research, ACS staff and Editors are working carefully to ensure that journal operations continue with as little disruption as possible. However, given the challenges presented by the COVID-19 outbreak, you may experience delays in the event that reviewers or editors need more time to complete evaluations of your manuscript. We appreciate your understanding that others involved in the publishing process are experiencing many of the same challenges. Posting a preprint of your research on ChemRxiv is one way to help your work reach its audience as rapidly as possible.

For Reviewers

The current global crisis proves that now more than ever, the contributions of scientists are vital. We appreciate the efforts of our reviewers, as their work allows critical research to continue to be published. However, we completely understand that taking the time to review a manuscript is not always possible, especially at this time. If you receive a review invitation, consider the timeline requested and feel free to decline if it isn’t feasible for you. If you’ve accepted an invitation to review and your situation no longer allows you the time necessary to do so, please contact the journal office as soon as possible and explain that you are no longer able to review. We would encourage you to help the editor by recommending an alternate reviewer whenever possible.

If you decline an invitation to review, our editors will contact you again for future review opportunities unless you indicate that you are not interested. Declining a review during this time does not mean that you will be excluded from future review opportunities.

For others, you may find that you have some additional time available at the moment. In these cases, please accept invitations to review, and let journal offices in your area of expertise know if you are available for more review assignments. Hard-working editors will appreciate knowing you are willing and able to provide your expert feedback!

Finally, given that many researchers are not able to visit their labs during this time, please carefully consider any request for additional experimentation as doing so can further delay publications. We ask that you only recommend experiments if they are essential for publication, and clearly differentiate for the editor between required additions (e.g., critical controls) and suggestions that would strengthen the work but should not stand in the way of publication.

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Meet Organic Letters’ 2020 Outstanding Publication of the Year Award Recipient

Co-sponsored by the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry and Organic Letters, this annual award recognizes authors of an outstanding letter published in the journal in the previous calendar year. The letter is selected based on its creativity and impact in the field. 

This year’s recipient, Professor Ruben Martin of the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) in Tarragona, Spain. He is being recognized for his group’s paper, Ni-catalyzed Reductive Deaminative Arylation at sp3 Carbon Centers.” 

Learn more about Professor Martin by reading the highlights from our interview below. 

What does this award mean to you? 

It is truly an honor to receive this award on behalf of my very talented co-authors. It is actually very humbling to be elected as the recipient of this award, particularly if one takes a look at the unbelievable number of excellent manuscripts published in Organic Letters. In line with this notion, I would like to highlight that Watson and Molander independently came up with a related approach towards the same goal, also published in Organic Letters

My co-authors certainly deserve all the credit for this award, they are an amazing team of not just scientists, but also incredible human beings who together drive our innovation and accomplishments.

What prompted you and your team to write this paper?

A while ago, my group launched a program aimed at unraveling the potential of catalytic reductive cross-coupling reactions for forging new C–C bonds without recourse to stoichiometric organometallic reagents. In particular, our goal was to establish a de novo catalytic reductive route for enabling sp3 carbon-aryl architectures from alkyl amines due to the prevalence of the latter in pharmaceuticals and preclinical candidates, hoping that it might serve as a versatile tool for late-stage functionalization. We were guided by the inherent potential of pyridinium salts as coupling counterparts, hoping to come up with a synthetically-enabling, yet user-friendly, protocol to forge the targeted sp2-sp3 linkages.

What will you be working on next? 

Alkyl amines hold considerable potential as coupling partners in late-stage functionalization. With that in mind, our group and others are actively pursuing a variety of relevant deaminative strategies that include innovative carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom bond-forming reactions with unconventional coupling partners, as well as new atom-economical alternatives to amine surrogates with similar, if not better, reactivity profile.

Read all of Professor Ruben Martin’s articles from ACS Publications.

Stay Tuned!

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Present Beyond the Meeting with SciMeetings from ACS

Scientific conferences present researchers with a paradox. On the one hand, they’re great places to network and share your work. On the other hand, events limit your audience to the people attending that conference. Once the conference is over, your presentation practically vanishes. The American Chemical Society is looking to change that with the introduction of SciMeetings.

SciMeetings is a platform for showcasing scientific presentations and posters, created by ACS in partnership with the proven technology of Morressier. SciMeetings allows you to create a citable digital record of your work and share it with a global digital audience through a searchable, indexed, free-to-access portal from the most trusted name in chemical sciences.

This service is intended to provide a timely option for presenters and conference organizers of meetings postponed, delayed or canceled, such as the ACS Spring 2020 National Meeting & Expo, that was to be held in Philadelphia, PA. ACS is adopting SciMeetings for the more than 14,000 posters and talks that were scheduled for this event.

Here’s what you get when you share your work via SciMeetings:

  • Citability: Your abstract, poster, or presentation will become part of the scientific record when it’s assigned its own unique digital object identifier (DOI). This means your work can be cited by others, even before you’ve published it in a journal. The DOI also serves as a legal marker for future patents and trademarks, so your work won’t be scooped by the competition.
  • Searchability: Your work will be indexed and searchable through the ACS Publications platform, which attracts more than 150 million downloads per year. Now you won’t have to rely on your social network to get your research noticed.
  • Shareability: The research will be free-to-read for everyone around the world, under a CCBY-NCND license. That means your work will be compliant with Plan S funder mandates, and you’ll reach an even bigger audience. Your next employer, funder, or collaborator could learn about your work through SciMeetings.

Plus, you’ll be able to:

  • Track how many times your work is viewed, downloaded, or bookmarked
  • Tag your research with related keywords to enhance discoverability
  • Access work remotely, across a range of display settings for viewing online or during an in-person presentation
  • Include features you couldn’t incorporate into a traditional poster, such as animations, video and audio clips
  • Set up an author page with your bio, photo, and ORCID ID
  • Share seamlessly through Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook
  • Host virtual poster session Q&As once the feature is implemented in May/June of 2020

SciMeetings is now available for content submission to those whose posters or presentations were accepted for dissemination at the ACS Spring National Meeting in Philadelphia.

Highlighting Women in Catalysis

March is Women’s History Month, and to mark the occasion, ACS Catalysis asked women scientists in the field to reflect on how they got started and where they hope to see women in science in the next 20 years.

Josephine M Hill

Professor, Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary

What inspired you to get into the field of catalysis?

When I first learned about catalysis, I was fascinated that such a small amount of material could have such a large effect on a reaction. I was hooked from there! I was fortunate to have wonderful mentors who encouraged me. In particular, one mentor told me that if I was going to do a Ph.D. I should ‘go somewhere good.’ I went to the University of Wisconsin – Madison and studied with Jim Dumesic.

 What do you hope to see from women in science in the next 20 years?

In 20 years, I hope that we are no longer talking about women in science because there are no more issues. It’s not a matter of women (or other minorities) fitting in with the current system – the entire system has to change. We have to accept that the issues are complex and require critical thinking to solve. All too often we fall back on numbers – of papers, of grants, of students graduated, etc. – because everyone can count. This simplistic thinking, however, ignores the actual impact of the work that people are doing and of what is important for society. Women bring a different perspective to problems and are enabling (and catalyzing!) change. Diversity in all aspects is key to making a better world.

Kandis Leslie Abdul-Aziz
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering,
Material Science and Engineering Program

What inspired you to get into the field of catalysis?

Prior to attending graduate school, I worked in industry for about five years. One of the most impressionable experiences I had was as a refinery chemist. My job tasks were ensuring the quality of chemical products and analyzing environmental wastewater. I was surprised at the environmental ramifications of select pollutants in our wastewater as a consequence of the production of commodity chemical products from petrochemicals. It is that industrial experience that I think back to as a motivator behind the research we do in heterogeneous catalysis to develop sustainable processes that promote a circular economy.

What do you hope to see from women in science in the next 20 years?

To answer this question, I think about the accomplishments of women in science within the past 20 years within the catalysis field, which has been immense. From notable figures including Francis Arnold, who is a Nobel laureate, to the late Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, and many others. What I hope is that more women will enter the catalysis field and that their work and accomplishments are celebrated and highlighted.

Odile Eisenstein

Directrice de Recherche Classe Exceptionnelle – CNRS

 What inspired you to get into the field of catalysis?

I started to be fascinated by chemistry when I realized that chemical transformation could be related to the electronic properties of atoms. I had taken chemical physics as major at the University of Paris-Sud at Orsay. As usual, the professors are the real catalysts. Lionel Salem, a highly distinguished theoretical chemist, taught the class of quantum chemistry. I enjoyed the topic without yet understanding what it could be good for.

The answer came from the class on organic chemistry by Nguyen Trong Anh, who started his class with the recently discovered Woodward-Hoffmann rules. It was 1969, and the symmetry rules were published in 1966. I love visual representations and understanding chemical transformations by drawing molecules and orbitals whose energy I could guess from chemical intuition and very simple calculations was a permanent wonder. Chemical transformations were so logical. It was really fun.

Time went on, and I moved from organic to organometallic chemistry following a post-doctoral stay with Roald Hoffmann. I remained mostly interested in molecular chemistry, but my interest in chemical transformations rapidly expanded to include homogeneous catalytic transformations. From the start to the present time (I am now emeritus), I worked in close collaboration with experimental chemists, and I was so lucky to maintain long term collaborations with most of them. My main goal was to develop an in-depth understanding articulated in terms of the chemical language of molecular reactions while using the state-of-the-art computational methods available at the given time and paying considerable attention to the models used for representing chemical systems.

The topics were numerous. For my Ph.D. with Nguyen Trong Anh, I put a naked hydride at a fixed distance from a carbonyl bearing a chiral carbon, everything being in the gas phase, and this became the Felkin-Anh model for asymmetric induction.

Today, with a colleague for University of Oslo, M. Cascella, we unveiled the mechanism of the Grignard reaction in THF solvent by ab initio molecular dynamics. Reactivity of organometallic species was really challenging with early calculations but it was possible to analyze unusual structural features notably involving H2 as a ligand (collaborations with B. Chaudret and with K. G. Caulton).

Later results with DFT could be compared and enrich experiments. With Bob Crabtree, diverse reactions and interactions involving interacting hydrogen atoms were explored.

With C. Copéret (ETH Zürich), we obtained results on the reaction pathways of olefin metathesis with Schrock catalysts, which improve their use for the synthesis of fine chemicals.

With L. Maron (Toulouse), L. Perrin (Lyon) and R. A. Andersen (UC Berkeley), the reactivity of organolanthanide complexes was better understood.

With E. Clot (Montpellier) and R. N. Perutz (York) calculations helped to understand why the strongest C-H bond can be cleaved by transition-metal complexes.

With C. Raynaud (Montpellier), R. A. Andersen, and Copéret, the anisotropy of the NMR 13C chemical shift in organometallic complexes and catalysts was related to their electronic structures and their reactivity.

It was really fun to contribute over many years to a better understanding of chemical reactions and catalysis with in-silico studies.

What do you hope to see from women in science in the next 20 years?

As the single daughter of a single mother originating from a Jewish family from Vilno (now in Lithuania), I never questioned my future. I had to work. I was good at school, very bad at any physical activities but fascinated by books describing adventures. With Jules Verne, I discovered the world and I dreamed of being one of his characters. In real life, I went through girl-only state schools from elementary to high schools. Such was the time.  My mother’s motto was simple: study, study and have high expectations. No one really stopped me, and if I had met someone who doubted that I could not do something because I was a girl, I do not remember. Probably, I just ignored such persons.  I kept this attitude for my entire professional carrier.

This was certainly beneficial but as I grew older, I realized that the situation was more complex and that there were really invisible obstacles for many women to enter scientific carriers and to climb to the highest positions. The problem has been well studied, and the many factors that contribute to keeping them away from this domain of activity or at the lower levels are known. There is now a real effort spent at removing these obstacles. One sees the progress in the academic domain, which is the one I am addressing at the present time. Many meetings have a higher proportion of female speakers, and one should applaud this evolution. More needs to be done and any effort by the community to give increased opportunities for women to become more visible should be strongly encouraged. As women scientists will become more visible, their excellence will be more apparent; they will naturally be hired and promoted to higher positions. I read with great interest the article on “meet these amazing women in chemistry.” Yes, action of this type is essential at the present time.

Luckily related actions are now numerous through meetings, web sites, social networks, etc.  Mentoring is obviously essential, and I am proud that most of the female Ph.D. students or post-doc fellows in my group have now academic or related positions. Hopefully, these specific actions to promote females in science should become obsolete in a number of years, Will that be 5, 10, 20 years or even more?  Who knows? The goal will be reached when there will be no need to talk about women in science.

Eranda Nikolla
Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Wayne State University

What inspired you to get into the field of catalysis?

I entered the field of Catalysis because I wanted to change the energy landscape toward renewable energy sources and efficient energy conversion systems. While going through my undergraduate studies in Michigan, it became clear that advancements in scientific research were required to develop energy-efficient conversion systems to minimize pollution from internal combustion engines in automobiles. I spent my Ph.D. years at the University of Michigan, developing robust heterogenous catalysts for fuel cells as potential alternatives to thermal combustion systems.

What do you hope to see from women in science in the next 20 years?

I hope that women in science continue their exceptional scientific contributions and discoveries, which are the key to moving science forward in the next 20 years. I also hope that the scientific community acknowledges and awards the accomplishments of women in science fairly, in order to promote the inclusion and retention of women in science, essential members of our scientific community.

ACS Editors’ Choice: Impacts of Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining — More!

This week: Impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining — 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!
Contaminant Subsidies to Riparian Food Webs in Appalachian Streams Impacted by Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

This week: Impacts of Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining — 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!
Contaminant Subsidies to Riparian Food Webs in Appalachian Streams Impacted by Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Environ. Sci. Technol. 2020, XXXX, XXX, XXX-XXX
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.9b05907
Simple Calculation of Phase Diagrams for Liquid–Liquid Phase Separation in Solutions of Two Macromolecular Solute Species

J. Phys. Chem. B 2020, XXXX, XXX, XXX-XXX
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.0c00402
Control of Excited-State Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer by

Environ. Sci. Technol. 2020, XXXX, XXX, XXX-XXX
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.9b05907
Simple Calculation of Phase Diagrams for Liquid–Liquid Phase Separation in Solutions of Two Macromolecular Solute Species

J. Phys. Chem. B 2020, XXXX, XXX, XXX-XXX
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.0c00402
Control of Excited-State Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer by Ultrafast Pump-Push-Probe Spectroscopy in Heptazine-Phenol Complexes: Implications for Photochemical Water Oxidation

J. Phys. Chem. C 2020, XXXX, XXX, XXX-XXX
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.0c00415
Sulfonimide and Amide Derivatives as Novel PPARα Antagonists: Synthesis, Antiproliferative Activity, and Docking Studies

ACS Med. Chem. Lett. 2020, XXXX, XXX, XXX-XXX
DOI: 10.1021/acsmedchemlett.9b00666
Integrating Exposure Knowledge and Serum Suspect Screening as a New Approach to Biomonitoring: An Application in Firefighters and Office Workers

Environ. Sci. Technol. 2020, XXXX, XXX, XXX-XXX
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.9b04579
Development and Validation of Scientific Practices Assessment Tasks for the General Chemistry Laboratory

J. Chem. Educ. 2020, XXXX, XXX, XXX-XXX
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.9b00897
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