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ACS Begins Retracting “Paper Mill” Articles

Over the past several months, ACS Publications editorial staff has been working diligently to identify articles resulting from “paper mill” schemes and has begun retracting these fraudulent articles as individual investigations conclude. As disclosed earlier this year, ACS Publications is one of many scholarly publishers targeted by these unethical operations. To ensure that we remain the most trusted source for chemistry articles, ACS Publications is committed to protecting the integrity of the content we publish by both identifying and properly addressing any and all violations of publication ethics.

ACS Publications is conducting an exhaustive, time-intensive, specialist-led investigation into articles that bear characteristics of professionally fabricated manuscripts. Issuing these retractions is not a step we take lightly. We are committed to conducting this investigation in a way that is fair to our authors and transparent to our readership. ACS Publications staff provided the authors of the identified articles with an opportunity to address the scientific concerns raised before the retraction decision was made by ACS Publications editors.

Following the guidance provided by the Committee on Publications Ethics (COPE) for managing retractions, ACS Publications continues to adhere to these best practices to correct the scholarly record. A notice is linked to each retracted article. All pages of the article PDF are watermarked with a “retracted” stamp, and notices are placed on all online article pages. The retraction notices are available for all readers, regardless of subscription access status, and state the reason for retraction.

While retraction of these articles is an important first step, ACS Publications’ work is not complete. Paper mills are sophisticated operations that have been detected by numerous publishers. ACS Publications editorial staff is investigating other articles with similar characteristics to those identified as fraudulent. All ACS Publications journals are subject to this review, and our team of specialists will thoroughly examine all articles of concern. We will take appropriate action as needed.

Based on preliminary investigations, ACS Publications anticipates identifying additional fraudulent articles. When additional fraudulent articles are uncovered, ACS Publications will retract them as the individual investigations conclude. Ensuring the integrity of the scholarly record is our paramount concern. We will update the community on the results of this investigation once we’ve finished our initial review.


ACS Au Journals Make Sharing Your Work Easy

The sweat and tears you shed in forging scientific exploration yield the coveted paper. But publishing your discoveries isn’t necessarily the end of the story if you want as many people as possible to make use of your research.

Of course, publishing in open-access journals like ACS Au makes sharing easier as there is no barrier for readers to read and use your work. And Fast Format makes the entire preparation and submission process simpler and quicker.

But the technical process and explanations are not easy to understand for those outside your field of expertise. So how do you explain what you’ve learned to a wider audience?

A visual summary can help you explain your work more easily to more people. And this summer, the ACS Au open-access journal portfolio will make this easier.

If you submit to any ACS Au journal before September 5, 2021, and your paper is subsequently accepted following the usual rigorous ACS peer-review process, then you can choose a FREE infographic or videobyte summary of your article so you can easily explain your research to others.

  • An infographic provides a visual snapshot of the background, methodology, and key findings from your study.
  • A videobyte summarizes your research with a one-minute video for a lay audience.

You will also receive a free guide on the best ways to share and promote your work using your choice.

There is an open-access ACS Au journal for all aspects of chemical science. See which journal is right for you:

ACS Au journals are fully open access, making them free to read for anyone, anywhere in the world, immediately on publication. This means researchers and others can apply for your work more quickly.

The journals enable this instant global access by assessing an article processing charge (APC) for authors who want or have to make their work open access. Learn more about this charge and the various agreements and programs ACS has with institutions and researchers in low-income countries.

Submit to any ACS Au journal before September 5, 2021, and if the journal accepts your paper, you can choose a FREE infographic or videobyte summary of your article so you can easily explain your research to others.

Sign up to receive the latest ACS Au published articles by email.

Special Issue on Persistent Organic Pollutants Recognizes Professor Kevin C. Jones

Professor Kevin C. Jones of Lancaster University is the recipient of the 2020 American Chemical Society Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Technology, making him the award’s 40th recipient. The award was to be presented at the ACS Spring 2020 National Meeting & Exposition in Philadelphia. However, that meeting was canceled in response to the impending coronavirus pandemic to protect the health of participants and staff.

As a result, a Special Issue on persistent organic pollutants (POPs), entitled “POPs on the Global Scale: Sources, Distribution, Processes, and Lessons Learned for Chemicals Management,” was published in Environmental Science & Technology. This issue recognizes the contributions of Professor Jones to environmental organic chemistry in lieu of the award symposium.

As one of the world’s leading environmental organic chemists, Professor Jones’ research focuses on the sources, fates, and effects of environmental pollution. His research addresses some fundamental questions encompassing persistent organic chemicals (pesticides, industrial chemicals, waste products, etc.) in fundamental, practical, and real-world implications.

I caught up with Professor Jones to learn more about his career so far.

What drew you to environmental organic chemistry?

When I was at school, I became passionate about the damage we are doing to our planet by polluting it. This made me want to study environmental science as a degree. I then had the chance to do a Ph.D., which was actually on heavy metals in the environment, investigating linkages and transfers of pollutants between environmental compartments. Once I was offered my faculty position at Lancaster, I had the chance to think about possible directions for an independent line of research. I attended a Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) conference in North America and was captivated by the work going on investigating POPs in the Great Lakes of North America and in the Arctic. I was fascinated by the interconnectivity of environmental systems. The field seemed integrated and collaborative, compared to what I had experienced previously, and I think these things – not just the science area – drew me in.

What were the biggest challenges for you in developing a research career?

I started a faculty position very young – aged 25. Lancaster had no other staff working in the areas I wanted to develop. So I had lots of early challenges in finding my way around university systems, juggling teaching and research, learning about funding, getting the resources to set up a lab, and developing the confidence to approach potential collaborators and funders. Looking back now, I can see that it was all a rapid and steep learning curve. Luckily, I had chosen an exciting and productive area, and I was determined to make things work out.

What do you consider some of the most important highlights from your career so far?

I could talk about key research findings or papers, but I actually get the most enjoyment from working with enthusiastic and committed students and international scientists, helping them get their careers up and running, and encouraging their passion and commitment. I have been lucky to supervise nearly 100 Ph.D. students through my career so far, and a large proportion of those have gone on to work in the discipline – in universities, institutes, companies, and organizations around the world. It is extremely fulfilling to know their skills are needed and making a contribution. I have also had many international links, projects, and collaborations, which have been great fun, important learning and life experiences, and a way in which the influence of our work can be seen.

What motivates you to be a researcher in this field of environmental science & technology?

A major motivation is to see that the environment has become part of mainstream thinking in society. Further progression is still urgently needed, of course. Another is the sense of wonder and excitement one gets from studying the natural world and trying to understand those processes better.  A third is the desire to help and facilitate others, as mentioned above.

What are the major challenges in this area, and what type of work can we look forward to seeing from you in the future?

In very general terms, I think we now have a good understanding of how chemicals behave in the environment. We know much less about their effects at low doses, and research will continue to be active on that. However, the broader challenges – as discussed in my article in the Special Issue – are how to make informed decisions about the risks they pose and to reduce society’s unsustainable consumption and reliance on chemicals.

Read the Special Issue.

Explore articles published by Professor Kevin C. Jones in ACS Publications journals.


Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and Related Chemicals in the Global Environment: Some Personal Reflections
Environ. Sci. Technol. 2021, 55, 14, 9400–9412
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.0c08093


Use of the Dynamic Technique DGT to Determine the Labile Pool Size and Kinetic Resupply of Pesticides in Soils and Sediments
Environ. Sci. Technol. 2021, 55, 14, 9591–9600
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.1c01354

Development and Applications of Novel DGT Passive Samplers for Measuring 12 Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Natural Waters and Wastewaters
Environ. Sci. Technol. 2021, 55, 14, 9548–9556
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.0c08092

Biochemistry – Call for Papers for 2021-2022 Special Issues

Biochemistry is publishing a number of special issues in 2021/2022 highlighting research at the forefront of the field, and it is with great enthusiasm that the journal invites you to submit your work to be considered for inclusion! These special issues are part of the journal’s efforts to demonstrate that Biochemistry has broadened its scope considerably over the past few years and is a home for a wide range of interdisciplinary work that uses biochemistry tools and techniques or provides biochemical insights.

Targeted Degradation and Autophagy – Submission deadline: May 1, 2022

Led by Guest Editor Josh Paulk of Novartis, this issue will seek to highlight exciting work being done at the intersection of biochemistry, targeted degradation, and autophagy. Biochemistry is thrilled to announce that this will now be a joint special issue co-published in partnership with the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.

Protein Condensates – Submission deadline: March 1, 2022

Biochemistry Executive Editor Hong-Wei Wang of Tsinghua University is leading this issue, which will publish novel and impactful biochemical insights into all aspects of protein condensates.

Gene Editing – Submission deadline: June 1, 2022

This Special Issue on gene editing, led by Guest Editor Amit Choudhary from The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, seeks to highlight research in the revolutionary field of genome engineering; with impact from fundamental biochemistry, to applications in understanding and treating a broad range of diseases.

Microbiome – Submission deadline: May 1, 2022

Led by Guest Editor Emily Balskus of Harvard University, this Special Issue jointly published by Biochemistry and ACS Chemical Biology invites reports of unique biochemical insights into multiple facets of this topic ranging from structural characterization, to understanding biochemical pathways, to impact on health and disease and beyond. Studies on all microbiomes (not only the human microbiome) are welcome.

Protein Engineering – Submission deadline: May 1, 2022

Guest Editor Andrew Ellington of the University of Texas at Austin will be leading this Special Issue publishing the latest developments at the intersection of biochemistry with all aspects and applications of protein engineering.

Manuscripts can be submitted any time in advance of the deadline via Paragon Plus.

Author guidelines for the journal can be found online.

For all other questions and pre-submission inquiries, please contact: c_maclaughlin@acs.org

Biochemistry looks forward to hearing from you, and publishing your most exciting results!

ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Virtual Special Issue—Degradable and Recyclable Polymers

Every ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering reader appreciates what polymers have done to positively transform medicine, transportation, electronics, and beyond. Every reader also appreciates that the problems brought to human health and the environment by our traditional plastics are untenable and cannot continue unchanged.

In this virtual special issue (VSI), you will find papers from leading groups from around the world on an incredible diversity of topics within the general space of “Degradable and Recyclable Polymers.” Material types explored in the issue include polyurethanes, cellulose, polyesters, novel enzymatically derived polysaccharides, and many more. The value chains for these materials are also quite varied, including packaging, adhesives, applications in apparel, and more. Finally, the studies will also give a broad view of the type of scientific work going on in this exciting and fast-changing field on the ways materials can help make the global economy more circular. Examples include studies on degradation mechanisms, new material synthesis, new applications for materials, and enzymes for recycling.

Because of the science represented in the papers in this VSI and the worldwide community of other researchers building on and extending this important work, a future materials portfolio that is designed to be degradable, recyclable, and healthful can be realized. In that way, we as a scientific community are preserving the best of what has been accomplished over the past century and eliminating the unintended adverse consequences. After all, isn’t that what sustainable chemistry and engineering are all about?

Adapted from the ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Editorial by Guest Editors Paul Anastas and Michael Saltzberg.

Learn more in the Degradable and Recyclable Virtual Special Issue Editorial.

Featured Articles:

Antibacterial and Soluble Paper-Based Skin-Attachable Human Motion Sensor Using Triboelectricity
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 29, 10786–10794
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c02542

Intrinsic Biodegradability of Plastics and Ecological Risk in the Case of Leakage
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 25, 9239–9249
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c01230

Enzymatic Polymerization Routes to Synthetic–Natural Materials: A Review
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 27, 9947–9954
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c01664

Hydrolyzable Biobased Polyhydroxyurethane Networks with Shape Memory Behavior at Body Temperature
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 24, 9125–9135
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c02610

Current State and Perspectives Related to the Polyethylene Terephthalate Hydrolases Available for Biorecycling
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 24, 8894–8908
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c01638

Effective Control against Broadleaf Weed Species Provided by Biodegradable PBAT/PLA Mulch Film Embedded with the Herbicide 2-Methyl-4-Chlorophenoxyacetic Acid (MCPA)
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 13, 5360–5370
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c00991

“From the Nature for the Nature”: An Eco-Friendly Antifouling Coating Consisting of Poly(lactic acid)-Based Polyurethane and Natural Antifoulant
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 3, 1671–1678
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b06917

Sustainable Triblock Copolymers as Tunable and Degradable Pressure Sensitive Adhesives
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 32, 12036–12044
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c03158

Synthesis of Linear Polyesters from Monomers Based on 1,18-(Z)-Octadec-9-enedioic Acid and Their Biodegradability
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 45, 16853–16860
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c05671

Multiple Hydrogen Bonding Enables Strong, Tough, and Recyclable Soy Protein Films
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 20, 7680–7689
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c01333

Degradation Behavior of Biobased Epoxy Resins in Mild Acidic Media
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2021, 9, 1, 438–447
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c07621

Special Issue: Transformative Inorganic Nanocrystals

Accounts of Chemical Research is a popular venue for concise reports on focused topics in which the authors are world experts. It is perfect for readers wanting to be broadly educated about current research frontiers in chemistry and related sciences. One of the journal’s most popular features is its Special Issues.

Recently, the journal published the “Transformative Inorganic Nanocrystals,” Special Issue which is, “meant to be just the beginning of a comprehensive understanding of these materials,” according to the guest editors. The issue covers aspects including anion and cation exchange reactions, and how they can be controlled to produce a wide variety of multicomponent nanocrystals. It also examines ultrasmall clusters and describes how transformations taking place in metal halide nanocrystals can be sometimes unified under a scheme of cation framework preservation, among other pertinent and related topics.

We met with Professor Liberato Manna, one of the guest editors, via Zoom to discuss nanocrystals, what makes them transformative, and why you should check out the issue. We also asked him about current projects in his lab. Watch the interview below:

Accounts of Chemical Research Journal Club

Join us on Tuesday, July 27 at 10:00 AM ET for the Accounts of Chemical Research Journal Club. This month we will be presenting and discussing the Transformative Inorganic Nanocrystals Special Issue. Speakers include Professor Manna as well as authors Raymond Schaak, Sara Bals, and Raffaella Buonsanti. The event is hosted by Associate Editor Jinwoo Cheon. Join us!

2021 Langmuir Lectureship Award Winners Announced

Langmuir and the ACS Division of Colloid & Surface Chemistry are proud to announce Professors Deborah E. Leckband (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) and Ivan I. Smalyukh (University of Colorado – Boulder) as the winners of the 2021 Langmuir Lectureship Award. The award recognizes individuals working in the interdisciplinary field of colloid and surface chemistry.

Get to Know the Winners

Deborah Leckband

Professor Leckband is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and the Reid T. Milner Professor in the School of Chemical Sciences at the University of Illinois. She has affiliate professor appointments in the Beckman Institute, the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, the Micro and Nanotechnology Lab, and the Bioengineering department. She is also the leader of The Biological Interfaces Group, whose research is determining how the physical-chemical properties of surfaces impact fundamental biological functions and device/material performance in biological environments.

What does winning this year’s award mean to you?

Being selected as a 2021 Langmuir Lecturer is a terrific honor. Since my postdoc years with Jacob Israelachvili, I have been fascinated by the ways that surface science affects biology, from fundamental processes like cell adhesion to preventing marine fouling on ships. I have many superb colleagues in the field. Their recognition of my contributions in this way is both humbling and an honor.

What exciting projects are you currently working on?

Our most exciting current work started with a recent collaboration with Martin Gruebele who invented a way to measure protein folding stability in nanoliter volumes in cells. I realized that this approach could also generate exciting new insight into how materials affect protein stability in situ. We study proteins on surfaces, in solution, and in 3D materials at sub-micron resolution. In just a couple of years, we’ve already discovered some surprising ways that polymers can preserve or shut down protein function.  This new knowledge will be used to guide the design of new biomaterials with enhanced biological activity and stability.

Ivan I. Smalyukh

Ivan Smalyukh is a Professor of Physics and Materials Science Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is a founding fellow of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, a joint institute of CU-Boulder and NREL, and also a founder of a startup company iFeather Technologies, Inc. He joined the Department of Physics of the University of Colorado Boulder as an assistant professor in 2007, becoming an associate professor in 2014 and a full professor in 2017. His current research focuses on various types of soft matter systems, including colloids, liquid crystals, biomaterials, and their applications in photonics and renewable energy technologies.

What does winning this year’s award mean to you?

This is very exciting news. I feel honored and grateful. The award will help to motivate me and my research team to pursue many new ambitious research projects in the area of colloidal and surface science

What exciting projects are you currently working on?

On the fundamental side of our research portfolio, we are developing new condensed matter phases that combine fluidity with the low-symmetry orientational order, like the triclinic nematic colloidal fluids. On the applied side, we are developing highly transparent, thermally super-insulating mesoporous materials for applications in energy-efficient windows.

As the winners of the 2021 Langmuir Lectureship, Professors Leckband and Smalyukh will present their respective talks during the 2021 ACS Fall National Meeting.

Call for Papers: 6-Journal Virtual Special Issue on Epigenetics

ACS Chemical Biology, ACS Chemical Neuroscience, ACS Infectious Diseases, ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters, ACS Pharmacology & Translational Science, and Journal of Medicinal Chemistry invite the biomedical research community to submit manuscripts for a 2022 joint virtual special issue on advances in epigenetics.

This joint virtual special issue is a follow-up to a highly read and well-cited joint special issue on the same topic published in 2016 by ACS Chemical Biology, ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters, Biochemistry, and the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.

The issue will highlight the broad spectrum of research pursuits and accomplishments in this exciting area of study. Each journal will focus on a different aspect of epigenetics and will have its contribution led by selected guest editors.

Each manuscript will first be published in a regular issue shortly after it is accepted for publication. Once all papers have been accepted, they will be collected on a single webpage, giving additional exposure to each author’s work. This website will be announced in another regular issue that includes an introductory Editorial by the guest editors.

Read on to learn more about what types of manuscripts each participating journal is seeking and see the submission deadlines.

ACS Chemical Biology

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2021

Guest Editor: Jordan Meier, (US) National Cancer Institute

ACS Chemical Biology welcomes submissions that use chemical biology approaches or describe new chemical biology tools to understand or exploit epigenetic mechanisms or functions.

Please select the “Epigenetics 2022” tag in the Special Issue dropdown menu during submission to mark your manuscript for consideration for inclusion in the issue. Please note that all submissions will undergo the standard peer-review process.

We look forward to reading about your latest research developments, and thank you for supporting our journal and the chemical biology research community!

LEARN MORE: Read ACS Chemical Biology’s call for papers Editorial

If you have questions, please email ed-office@chembio.acs.org.

ACS Chemical Neuroscience

Submission Deadline: November 1, 2021

Guest Editor: Stephan J. Haggarty, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard

ACS Chemical Neuroscience will focus on epigenetic mechanisms associated with neurogenesis, neural plasticity, as well as cognition and memory. Papers of interest also include those aimed at neuropsychiatric disorders for which epigenetic deregulation is a key driver of the disease phenotype. Articles, letters, perspectives, and reviews are all welcome.

Please tag your manuscript by selecting “Epigenetics 2022” from the Special Issue dropdown menu during submission.

We look forward to reading about your latest research developments, and thank you for supporting our journal and the chemical neuroscience research community!

If you have questions, please email eic@chemneuro.acs.org.

ACS Infectious Diseases

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2021

Guest Editors: Associate Editor Félix Calderón, GlaxoSmithKline; Kelly Chibale, University of Cape Town; and Nathaniel G. Jones, University of York;

ACS Infectious Diseases invites the submission of Articles, Letters, Reviews, Viewpoints, and Perspectives from academic groups, nonprofits, and industry. Recognizing the breadth of research that can be encompassed in the theme “epigenetics,” we are reflecting this with a wide scope of interest. This includes work on genetic and chemical target validation of pathogen histone-modifying enzymes, reader proteins of these modifications, targeting of the host response to pathogens, pathogen virulence factors that impact human epigenetic processes, host-pathogen interactions, epi-transcriptomics, platforms for drug discovery, experimental model systems, mechanistic characterizations, approaches utilizing biologicals, natural products, and synthetic small molecules. We are open to works detailing the biology of viral, bacterial, and eukaryotic pathogens.

LEARN MORE: Read ACS Infectious Diseases’ call for papers Editorial

If you have questions, please email eic@id.acs.org.

ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2021

Guest Editors: Robert A. Copeland, Accent Therapeutics, Inc., and Associate Editor Donna M. Huryn, University of Pittsburgh

ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters invites Notes, Letters, Innovations, and Technology Notes manuscripts that advance our understanding of chemical modulators of chromatin- and RNA-modifications. We call upon scientists in medicinal chemistry and allied fields to contribute their research and innovations to this special issue of the journal.

LEARN MORE: Read ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters’ call for papers Editorial

If you have questions, please email eic@medchemlett.acs.org.

ACS Pharmacology & Translational Science

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2021

Guest Editors: Sanil Bhatia,Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf; Finn K. Hansen, University of Bonn; and Matthias Schiedel, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

ACS Pharmacology & Translational Science invites active researchers to submit manuscripts detailing recent advances in the field of epigenetics, including the development and recommendation of novel tool compounds for epigenetic targets and the discovery of new biomarkers.

LEARN MORE: Read ACS Pharmacology & Translational Science’s call for papers Editorial

If you have questions, please email eic@ptsci.acs.org.

Journal of Medicinal Chemistry

Submission Deadlines: July 31, 2021, for Perspectives; October 31, 2021, for Articles and Drug Annotations

The Journal of Medicinal Chemistry invites submissions across the full spectrum of epigenetics, including epigenetic studies focused on human and non-human species. The Journal of Medicinal Chemistry is traditionally associated with full-length papers that report substantial studies in medicinal chemistry, and we are keen to receive such submissions. However, we are also excited to receive shorter, more preliminary studies, which report work of high novelty. We would also like to encourage Perspectives and Drug Annotations in the epigenetics area.

LEARN MORE: Read the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry’s call for papers Editorial

Call for Applications ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering Early Career Editorial Advisory Board

ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering is inviting interested and eligible early-career researchers to apply for membership to our Early Career Editorial Advisory Board. The journal onboarded its inaugural Early Career Board of 28 members in 2019 and is looking to assemble a new cohort for 2022. Members will have the opportunity to gain insight into the editorial decision-making process on matters regarding journal content and direction, and to play an active role in the decision-making and publishing process.

Over the course of a three-year term, we will aim to foster key professional and mentoring relationships between our established Editorial Advisory Board members and Associate Editors and the “in-training” Early Career Board. Members of this Board will be expected to actively participate in the journal’s peer review process through recommendations to Editors. Additional opportunities for involvement will include social media engagement, solicitation and contributions to the journal content, participation in special issues as creditors, and many related functions.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be an active research scientist employed by an academic, industrial, or research institution
  • Must have been awarded a doctoral degree in any area of biomaterials science and engineering within the past 5 years (excluding career breaks)

Application requirements:

Please submit the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae including a list of published works and peer review experience to date (3-page-maximum)
  • Mission statement (~300 words) describing your research goals and why you are interested in becoming a member of the Early Career Board
  • Please respond to these questions as part of the Mission Statement:
    • Are you willing to participate and volunteer some time toward the journal’s social media engagement by providing content for tweets, etc.?
    • Are you willing to assist the journal in commissioning efforts by identifying potential topics and authors?
    • Are you willing to assist the journal in organizing special and virtual issues in topics of interest?
  • Reprint of your most significant paper published to date
  • One letter of recommendation provided by a professor or advisor

Applications will be accepted through September 10, 2021. Finalists will be notified by November 8, 2021, and those ultimately chosen are expected to begin and serve a three-year term starting January 1, 2022. Those who are not selected are encouraged to reapply for the following term, as long as eligibility stands. Please submit your applications to Editor-in-Chief, David Kaplan at eic@biomaterials.acs.org. We look forward to receiving your applications.

World Environment Day: ACS Publications Water Research Virtual Talk in Indonesia

ACS Publications did another Virtual Talk on Water Research on June 24, 2021, at the LPPM Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) in Indonesia. We explored the impact on water in June for World Environment Day and invited Professor Shane Snyder, Editor-in-Chief of ACS ES&T Water to join us for this event.

We started the event with a video showcasing highlights from World Environment Day on June 5. This year’s theme is “Ecosystem Restoration,” calling for urgent action to revive our damaged ecosystems.

Next up, we were welcomed with the opening remarks by Dr. Rino Rakhmata Mukti from LPPM ITB, who gave attendees a brief overview of the institute’s vision and how the talk on water ties in with the theme on Ecosystem Restoration.

For the day’s main event, Professor Shane Snyder talked about the journal ACS ES&T Water and his international editorial team. He also shared his insight and the initiatives that he and his team in Singapore worked on in South-East Asia and beyond.

“I very much enjoyed participating in the ITB-ACS event on June 24, 2021.  Having worked closely with many colleagues across SEA, it was particularly exciting to see a large number of participants from Indonesia as well as several from other SEA countries and beyond.  With all of us greatly impacted by the pandemic, the facilitation of such scientific exchanges is of great importance.

I was very impressed by the presentation on Indonesia’s water situation and infrastructure planning.  With a population of over 270 million people distributed over a large and segmented group of islands, water challenges and solutions are both highly diverse.  This meeting allowed an exchange of ideas and concepts for environmental sustainability of immediate need locally but with applicability globally.   I am deeply honored to have had the chance to participate and share some of the research efforts from Singapore.  Moreover, I appreciated the chance to speak about the journal ACS Environmental Science & Technology Water, where I hope the participants will consider submitting their research and policy developments for dissemination.” — Professor Shane Snyder, Editor-in-Chief of ACS ES&T Water

After the session, the president of the ITB Student Chapter did an introduction to their chapter, which was established in 2020. And we got to hear a sharing from Dr. Hadi Kardhana about water issues in Indonesia and the ongoing water research done in ITB.

“Enlightening event promoting an end-to-end quality publication!” — Dr. Hadi Kardhana, Vice Dean of Human Resources, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering ITB

Finally, the event ended with Trivia Questions on the World Environment issues, hosted ACS Publications, complete with prizes for the fastest guessers.

We hope to organize more joint events worldwide. Stay tuned for more upcoming talks with ACS Publications!

Watch a Live Recording of the Talk on YouTube

See What Attendees Had to Say About the Event

What I really like about the event is that it promotes greater awareness for sustainable water usage and management. The presentation was enlightening to me, showing that sciences, particularly chemistry, have been used intensively to develop technology to tackle various water issues, including in my country, Indonesia. — Ferawati Insyabela, Chemistry teacher, Jakarta

The ITB-ACS Virtual Talk on Water Research is a very well-prepared event. The sharing by Prof Shane Snyder and Dr. Hadi is very straightforward and based on real-life cases. This event enlightened me as a young chemist to transform chemistry into sustainability. Kudos to everyone behind this event!” — Giovanno Alvin S, Undergraduate Chemistry Student, Institut Teknologi Bandung