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Announcing ACS Au, a Suite of Global Open Access Journals

ACS Publications has launched a suite of nine global open-access journals, collectively known as ACS Au. All nine journals are compliant with open-access requirements, including those listed under ‘Plan S’ and those of funders requiring publication in a fully open-access journal, just like JACS Au, which launched in 2020.

Each of the nine ACS Au journals focuses on a different field relevant to ACS readers and each is lead by a respected Deputy Editor from that field. The entire journal family is led by Editor-in-Chief Professor Shelley D. Minteer of the University of Utah. She serves as the Deputy Editor for ACS Measurement Science Au.

The titles in the ACS Au journal family and their leaders include:

ACS Bio & Med Chem Au

The Deputy Editor of ACS Bio & Med Chem Au is Squire J. Booker, Ph.D., Howard Hughes Medical Investigator, Evan Pugh University professor of chemistry and of biochemistry and molecular biology, and Eberly Family Distinguished Chair in Science at Penn State University. There, he and his lab study the chemical mechanisms by which enzymes use organic radicals to catalyze various reactions in the biosynthesis of medicinally important natural products and other essential biomolecules. Booker is the recipient of numerous awards and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2019. He currently serves as an executive editor for Biochemistry.

ACS Bio & Med Chem Au is a broad scope, open-access journal, which publishes short letters, comprehensive articles, reviews, and perspectives in all aspects of biological and medicinal chemistry. Studies providing fundamental insights or describing novel syntheses, as well as clinical or other applications-based work, are welcomed.

This broad scope includes experimental and theoretical studies on the chemical, physical, mechanistic, and/or structural basis of biological or cell function in all domains of life. It encompasses the fields of chemical biology, synthetic biology, disease biology, cell biology, agriculture and food, natural products research, nucleic acid biology, neuroscience, structural biology, and biophysics.

The journal publishes studies that pertain to a broad range of medicinal chemistry, including compound design and optimization, biological evaluation, molecular mechanistic understanding of drug delivery and drug delivery systems, imaging agents, and pharmacology and translational science of both small and large bioactive molecules. Novel computational, cheminformatics, and structural studies for the identification (or structure-activity relationship analysis) of bioactive molecules, ligands, and their targets, are also welcome. The journal considers computational studies applying established computational methods, but only in combination with novel and original experimental data (e.g., in cases where new compounds have been designed and tested).

Also included in the scope of the journal are articles relating to infectious diseases research on pathogens, host-pathogen interactions, therapeutics, diagnostics, vaccines, drug-delivery systems, and other biomedical technology development pertaining to infectious diseases.

ACS Engineering Au

Vivek Ranade, Ph.D., is the Deputy Editor of ACS Engineering Au. Ranade holds joint appointments as a professor in the school of chemistry and chemical engineering at the Queen’s University Belfast and in the department of chemical science at the University of Limerick. His research focuses on the complex interactions of mass, momentum, and energy as a part of the manufacturing processes of chemicals and materials. He is a fellow of numerous institutions, including the Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Indian National Science Academy, and the Indian Academy of Sciences. Ranade is an Associate Editor of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research.

ACS Engineering Au is an open-access journal that reports on the broad fields of applied chemistry, chemical engineering, and fuels, both industrial and academic.

Papers may be based on work that is experimental, computational, theoretical, mathematical, chemical, or physical. Short letters, comprehensive articles, reviews, and perspectives are welcome on topics that include:

  • Fundamental research in such areas as thermodynamics, transport phenomena, chemical reaction kinetics, and engineering, catalysis, separations, interfacial phenomena, and materials
  • Process design and development (e.g., synthesis and design methods, systems analysis, process control, data correlation schemes, modeling, scale-up procedures, etc.)
  • Product research and development involving chemical and engineering aspects (e.g., catalysts, plastics, elastomers, fibers, adhesives, coatings, paper, membranes, lubricants, ceramics, aerosols, etc.)
  • Formation, exploration, and production of fossil fuels and biomass
  • Properties and structure or molecular composition of both raw fuels and refined products
  • Chemistry in the processing and utilization of fuels
  • Fuel cells and their applications
  • Photochemical fuel and energy production
  • Data on phase equilibrium behavior and measurements of physical, thermodynamic, and transport properties of well-defined materials, including complex mixtures of known compositions

ACS Environmental Au

Xiang-dong Li, Ph.D., is the Deputy Editor of ACS Environmental Au. He is the Chair Professor of Environmental Science and Technology at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where he also serves as the Dean of Faculty of Construction and Environment (FCE) and the Director of Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development (RISUD).

Li’s research interests include air pollution and health, urban environmental studies, and remediation of contaminated soils. He has published extensively and is the author of a few highly cited papers in the environment/ecology category in the Web of Science database. Li currently serves as an Associate Editor for Environmental Science & Technology.

ACS Environmental Au is an open-access journal, which publishes experimental research and theoretical results in all aspects of environmental science and technology, both pure and applied.

Short letters, comprehensive articles, reviews, and perspectives are welcome in the following areas:

  • Alternative Energy
  • Anthropogenic Impacts on Atmosphere, Soil, or Water
  • Biogeochemical Cycling
  • Biomass or Wastes as Resources
  • Contaminants in Aquatic and Terrestrial Environments
  • Environmental Data Science
  • Ecotoxicology and Public Health
  • Energy and Climate
  • Environmental Modeling, Processes, and Measurement Methods and Technologies
  • Environmental Nanotechnology and Biotechnology
  • Green Chemistry
  • Green Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Risk assessment, Regulatory Frameworks, and Life-Cycle Assessments
  • Treatment and Resource Recovery and Waste Management

ACS Materials Au

ACS Materials Au is led by Deputy Editor Stephanie Brock, Ph.D., a professor in the department of chemistry at Wayne State University and associate editor of Chemistry of Materials. At Wayne State, Brock leads a team of researchers whose efforts are centered on the synthesis and characterization of novel inorganic/solid-state materials with unique and tunable properties, particularly nanomaterials. Brock was elected an AAAS Fellow in 2012 and an ACS Fellow in 2014.

ACS Materials Au is an open-access journal, which publishes letters, articles, reviews, and perspectives of high-quality research on the forefront of fundamental and applied research, at the interface between materials and other disciplines, such as chemistry, engineering, and biology.

Papers that showcase multidisciplinary and innovative materials research addressing global challenges are especially welcome.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Design, synthesis, characterization, and evaluation of forefront and emerging materials
  • Understand structure, property, performance relationships and their underlying mechanisms
  • Develop materials for energy, environmental, biomedical, electronic, and catalysis applications

ACS Measurement Science Au

ACS Measurement Science Au is led by Shelley D Minteer. Professor Minteer is the Dale and Susan Poulter endowed chair of biological chemistry and associate chair of chemistry at the University of Utah. She manages a multi-disciplinary research group with a broad range of projects, including work on electrocatalysis, batteries, organic electrosynthesis, synthetic biology, and electrochemical biosensors.

Minteer received her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Iowa. She has been an associate editor for the Journal of the American Chemical Society since 2016.

ACS Measurement Science Au is an open-access journal that publishes experimental, computational, or theoretical research in all areas of chemical measurement science. Short letters, comprehensive articles, reviews, and perspectives are welcome on topics that report on any phase of analytical operations, including sampling, measurement, and data analysis.

This includes:

  • Chemical Reactions and Selectivity
  • Chemometrics and Data Processing
  • Electrochemistry
  • Elemental and Molecular Characterization
  • Imaging
  • Instrumentation
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Microscale and Nanoscale systems
  • Omics (Genomics, Proteomics, Metabonomics, Metabolomics, and Bioinformatics)
  • Sensors and Sensing (Biosensors, Chemical Sensors, Gas Sensors, Intracellular Sensors, Single-Molecule Sensors, Cell Chips, Arrays, Microfluidic Devices)
  • Separations
  • Spectroscopy
  • Surface analysis

Papers dealing with established methods need to offer a significantly improved, original application of the method.

ACS Nanoscience Au

The Deputy Editor of ACS Nanoscience Au is Raymond Schaak, Ph.D., DuPont professor of materials chemistry in the chemistry department at Penn State University. He is also part of the Penn State Materials Research Institute and the department of chemical engineering. His research group focuses on developing new chemical strategies for the synthesis of nanoscale solid-state materials and applying these materials to problems at the forefront of modern materials research. In 2017, Schaak was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He currently serves as an associate editor of ACS Nano.

ACS Nanoscience Au is an open-access journal, which publishes original, fundamental, and applied research on nanoscience and nanotechnology research at the interfaces of chemistry, biology, medicine, materials science, physics, and engineering.

The journal published short letters, comprehensive articles, reviews, and perspectives on all aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology:

  • synthesis, assembly, characterization, theory, and simulation of nanomaterials and nanodevices
  • nanobiotechnology
  • design and fabrication of organic, inorganic, bio- and hybrid nanomaterials
  • methods and tools for nanoscience and nanotechnology
  • self- and directed-assembly
  • nanomedicine and nanotoxicology.

ACS Nanoscience Au also publishes original experimental and theoretical research of an applied nature that integrate knowledge in the areas of materials, engineering, physics, bioscience, and chemistry into important applications of nanomaterials.

ACS Organic & Inorganic Au


ACS Organic & Inorganic Au is led by Deputy Editor Géraldine Masson, Ph.D., research director of the French state research organization CNRS. She leads the Masson Group, which focuses its research on photocatalysis, organocatalysis, and catalyst design. She has been an associate editor for The Journal of Organic Chemistry since 2019.

ACS Organic & Inorganic Au is an open-access journal that publishes original experimental and theoretical/computational studies on organic, organometallic, inorganic, crystal growth and engineering, and organic process chemistry. Short letters, comprehensive articles, reviews, and perspectives are welcome on topics that include:

Organic chemistry:

  • Physical and theoretical organic chemistry, including mechanistic studies
  • Natural products isolation, identification, and synthesis
  • New synthetic methodology, including single or multistep reactions and total synthesis
  • Bioorganic and medicinal chemistry
  • Materials science: Polymer chemistry and studies on functional molecules and systems

Organometallic chemistry:

  • Synthesis, structure, bonding, chemical reactivity, and reaction mechanisms for a variety of applications, including catalyst design and catalytic processes
  • All aspects of main-group, transition-metal, and lanthanide and actinide metal chemistry
  • Synthetic aspects of polymer science and materials science
  • Bioorganometallic chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry:  

  • Coordination chemistry involving transition metals, lanthanides, and actinides
  • Main-group and organometallic chemistry
  • Bioinorganic chemistry
  • Catalyst design and catalytic processes
  • Solid-state/materials/nanoscale chemistry

Organic Process Chemistry:

  • Practical applications of organic chemistry that enable the safe, environmentally benign, and ultimately economical manufacturing of organic compounds at large-scale

Crystal Growth and Engineering:

  • Organic, inorganic, hybrid solids, biological substances (e.g., biomineralization)

ACS Physical Chemistry Au

Gemma C. Solomon, Ph.D., is the Deputy Editor of ACS Physical Chemistry Au. Solomon is a professor in the nano-science center and department of chemistry at the University of Copenhagen and currently serves as senior editor for The Journal of Physical Chemistry A/B/C. At the University of Copenhagen, the Solomon Group works to understand chemical trends in charge and heat transport through molecular systems with a particular focus on quantum interference effects.

ACS Physical Chemistry Au is an open-access journal, which publishes original, fundamental, and applied research on all aspects of physical chemistry.

The journal publishes new and original experimental, computational and theoretical research of interest to physical chemists, biophysical chemists, chemical physicists, physicists, material scientists, and engineers.

An essential criterion for acceptance is that the manuscript provides new physical insight or develop new tools and methods of general interest.

Some major topical areas include:

  • Molecules, clusters, and aerosols
  • Biophysics, biomaterials, liquids, and soft matter
  • Energy, materials, and catalysis

ACS Polymers Au

ACS Polymers Au is led by Deputy Editor Arthi Jayaraman, Ph.D., of the University of Delaware. There, she is currently the Centennial Term Professor for Excellence in Research and Education in the department of chemical & biomolecular engineering, with a joint appointment as professor in the department of materials science & engineering. Her research expertise lies in the development and application of molecular models and computational techniques for a fundamental understanding of polymers and the design of macromolecular materials for various applications.

Jayaraman is the recipient of numerous honors, including the American Physical Society (APS) Fellowship, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) COMSEF young investigator award, and Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career Research Award. She is currently an associate editor for Macromolecules.

ACS Polymers Au is an open-access journal, which publishes original, fundamental, and applied research on all aspects of polymer and biopolymer science and related cross-disciplinary areas.

The journal publishes all areas of macromolecular and soft matter science and their applications, including nanotechnology, self-assembly, supramolecular chemistry, energy generation and storage, electronics, photonics, sensing, adaptive materials, membranes, renewable/sustainable materials, biomaterials, and biomedical applications of polymers.

  • Submissions should highlight advances in the fundamental understanding of polymers through studies covering:
    synthesis
  • Phase behavior
  • Thermodynamics
  • Dynamic phenomena
  • Structure and properties
  • New state of the art characterization
  • Simulation
  • Theoretical methods

Manuscripts in any of the above topics of interest that report studies integrating fundamental knowledge in the areas of polymer science and chemistry into important polymer applications and their performance are also welcome.

All research published in these journals is available completely open access, without an embargo period, continuing ACS Publication’s long history of supporting open science. Authors in these journals are able to choose to make their articles available open access via a CC-BY or CC-BY-NC-ND license. ACS sponsors or substantially discounts article publishing charges for authors based in numerous countries classified as lower-middle-income economies.

The ACS Au journals are now open for submissions. Learn more about the ACS Au portfolio. Discover other ways ACS Publications is supporting open science.

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