Submit your manuscript by November 1, 2023.

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Many successful stories and important innovations in organic chemistry result from collaborations between scientists in academia and industry. To capture some of these stories and bring them to light, Organic Letters is publishing a Special Issue entitled “Organic Chemistry Driven by Academic-Industrial Collaborations.” Research areas can cover the breadth of the Organic Letters scope, including:

  • Organic chemistry (including organometallic and materials chemistry)
  • Physical and theoretical organic chemistry
  • Natural products isolation and synthesis
  • New synthetic methodology
  • Bioorganic and medicinal chemistry

Examples of manuscripts that can be considered for this Special Issue include ones that stem from a formal research agreement via consulting or cemented collaboration between academia and industry, or an informal point of contact in which an idea from academia or industry translates into a new research project. Manuscripts in which the research was completely done at a company, but the idea(s) sparked by a clear transformation from an academic/industrial group may be also included, as well as manuscripts that focus on the application of an academically developed methodology to prepare key industrial molecules and/or intermediates.

Joint funding or a sponsored research agreement is not required for inclusion in the Special Issue. Both academic and industrial coauthors are not strictly required for the submitted manuscript. Authors are expected to explain the nature of the collaboration and the past or current working relationship in the introduction and discussion of their manuscript.

The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2023.


Prof. Marisa C. Kozlowski, University of Pennsylvania

Editorial Advisory Board Members

Prof. Hongli Bao, Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Dr. Karla Bravo-Altamirano, Pfizer

Guest Editors

Dr. Zachary Buchan, Corteva Agriscience
Dr. Pablo J. Cabrera Ventura, Pfizer
Dr. Joshua Roth, Corteva Agriscience
Dr. Sarah J. Ryan, Eli Lilly
Prof. Fernando Sartillo-Piscil, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla
Dr. Yasuhiro Sawai, Takeda
Prof. Uttam K. Tambar, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dr. Cayetana Zarate, Janssen

Submission Instructions:

All manuscripts will be formatted as Letters and must meet the Organic Letters length requirements. Organic Letters welcomes submissions on synthesis that may have limited substrate scope so long as the scope is diverse. The inclusion of both positive and negative results is encouraged.

To submit your manuscript, visit the Organic Letters website. Please follow the normal procedures for manuscript submission, and when on the ACS Paragon Plus submission site, select the special issue “Organic Chemistry Driven by Academic-Industrial Collaborations.” All manuscripts will undergo the normal peer review process. For additional submission instructions, please see the Organic Letters Author Guidelines.

Articles that are not accepted may be offered to transfer to another ACS journal, including The Journal of Organic Chemistry and Organic Process Research & Development, and if accepted be published along with the Organic Letters articles in a companion Virtual Issue. For those with full articles within the scope of this Special Issue, you may submit to The Journal of Organic Chemistry and Organic Process Research & Development and specify in the cover letter your interest in having your article included in the Virtual Issue.

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