5 Publishing Tips for Researchers in China

5 Publishing Tips for Researchers in China


It’s a good time to be a scientist in China. The Chinese government has strengthened its national programs for science and technology R&D, including investments in fundamental science and sustainable energy.

These advancements have helped make China the world’s second-largest publisher of scientific articles. ACS journals published more than 32,000 articles from China in the past 5 years. And the country is home to 30 ACS editors and 130 editorial advisory board members.

Given this high level of productivity, it’s more important than ever for researchers in China to set themselves apart. There are a few critical steps scientists can take to improve their chances of being accepted by a peer-reviewed journal.

  1. Know the field: You don’t want to waste your time on research that’s old news to your academic community. Read journals relevant to your field to stay current—tools like SciFinder are a great way to do this. Another good way to learn about trends in your field is to attend an international research conference.
  1. Partner with others: Collaborating with other scientists across the world can bring new strengths and perspectives to your work. It’s also an international learning opportunity for your students. When your research is complete, you can co-publish it with collaborators. China has made funds available for this type of work.
  1. Seek out funding: By 2019, China may be the world’s top spender on R&D. There are three main government-based funding sources: the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Some researchers can also secure funding through industry partnerships. Read up on these groups’ areas of support to determine which funder is right for you.
  1. Take advantage of open access: Low availability of journal articles in China makes open access a researcher’s best friend. Be sure to check out ACS open access journals ACS Central Science and ACS Omega, plus individual articles through ACS AuthorChoice and ACS Editors’ Choice.
  1. Prepare a high-quality manuscript: Your research won’t be published or cited if no one understands your ideas. If you are translating your work into English from Chinese, use simple, clear language to explain your results. For help with translation, document formatting, and figure services, give ACS ChemWorx a try.

China has become one of the world’s major contributors of scientific research. By making smart decisions about funding, partnerships, and manuscript preparation, researchers in China can put themselves on track for publication—and get their work noticed by a global audience.

Learn more about publishing in China. Download our latest white paper, part of the Growing Globally series.

Upcoming Webinar: Publishing Tips for Researchers in India


As any India-based researcher knows, publishing your work on an international stage comes with unique challenges. But despite the barriers, India is a fast-growing source of scientific research. In the past 5 years alone, ACS journals published 7,000 articles from authors based in India. Six ACS editors and 35 editorial advisory board members call India home.

ACS wants to help researchers in India overcome the common obstacles they face on the path to publication as part of our Growing Globally initiative. That’s why we’re sharing tips from one leading researcher during a free webinar on March 24, 2016.

Join the Associate Editor of The Journal of Physical Chemistry, Kankan Bhattacharyya and inaugural Editor-in-Chief of ACS Energy Letters, Prashant Kamat for a discussion that describes their perspective on how best to prepare your manuscript for submission.

During this free webinar you’ll learn how to:

  • Prepare a high-quality manuscript.
  • Improve your chances of publishing in international journals.
  • Secure research funding.
  • Overcome language barriers.

The webinar will be held Thursday, March 24 at 5:00 AM Eastern Standard Time (Thursday, March 24 at 3:30 PM India Standard Time).

Reserve your place at this webinar today!


Meet ACS Energy Letters Editor-in-Chief Prashant Kamat

Prashant Kamat

ACS is proud to announce the launch of a new journal, ACS Energy Letters, dedicated to showcasing the latest findings in energy conversion and storage from a variety of chemistry disciplines. Leading this exciting new journal is Dr. Prashant Kamat, principal scientist at the University of Notre Dame’s Radiation Laboratory.

What are your goals as Editor-in-Chief?

Energy research has recently emerged as a new discipline, drawing attention from diverse areas. Given the urgency to communicate new advances within the scientific community, there is a need to publish new scientific advances rapidly and effectively. This journal will fill the void for rapid communication of significant findings in energy conversion and storage. We want to make ACS Energy Letters the go-to place for authors and readers to obtain the latest developments in the energy field. By creating a trustworthy publication platform for disseminating high-quality scientific research, we expect to build a premier journal in the discipline.

What is the intended impact of this journal?

As a vibrant new journal in the ACS family, ACS Energy Letters will attract authors and readers from many energy subdisciplines by presenting sound science and breakthrough research. By covering a broad range of topics in fundamental and applied research, the journal will appeal to theoretical chemists, experimentalists, and energy device makers who want to gain insights into new energy advances. Multimedia and social media will play an important role in publicizing these research articles, allowing our authors to further increase the impact of their published work.

What are the biggest challenges facing this field? How will this journal meet them?

As the field of energy research grows, we need to communicate quickly. Our first goal is to use a rapid publication platform to promote ACS Energy Letters to researchers across various disciplines (e.g., energy materials, photosynthesis, and energy conversion and storage).

Perspectives and Reviews of selected topics will broadcast emerging research areas. Senior editors who are practicing scientists will process manuscripts within hours of submission. Pagination of ASAP articles will allow our authors to cite their articles at first sight. Direct communication with our authors and readers will further allow our editorial team to establish well-trusted partnerships with researchers.

Who should submit? Who should read?

ACS Energy Letters will publish new scientific advances that deal with all aspects of energy conversion and storage. Today, energy research is led by a diverse group of chemists, materials scientists, physicists, and engineers. They are actively engaged in pursuits such as the design of new molecules, nanomaterials, solar cells, solar fuels, energy materials, catalysis, photosynthesis, biofuels, fuel cells, storage batteries, display devices, and energy efficiency.

Researchers who have an interest in advancing the fundamental understanding of new light harvesting assemblies, solar cells, solar fuels, biofuels, fuel cells, storage batteries, and designing efficient devices will find the journal extremely useful.

Why did you want to be the EIC of this journal? What are you most looking forward to about this new position?

For more than three decades, I have been actively involved in research related to light energy conversion and the storage aspects of nanomaterials. With this experience, I am now in a position to lead ACS Energy Letters and reach out to the research community to provide them with a platform to discuss emerging topics and issues related to energy. I am excited to be part of this venture.

It is an exciting time to lead a journal that is devoted to energy research. Our goal is to raise the bar for energy journals and make our authors aware of the salient features of our new journal. Rapid communication of scientific results will remain a major attraction. I’m also looking forward to seeking Perspectives articles from prominent researchers, which will enable us to further strengthen the visibility (and hence the impact) of ACS Energy Letters. In addition, we will offer multimedia features for our authors to communicate their findings through videos and LiveSlides.

How did you first become interested in your journal’s area of focus?

Even in childhood, I was fascinated with nature’s ability to capture the sun’s rays and store energy in the form of food (carbohydrates). This passion led me to study photoelectrochemical light energy conversion during my graduate research in late 1970s. For more than three decades, I have been actively involved in various aspects of energy research, working with students, postdoctoral research associates, and collaborators.

The decision to introduce a journal devoted to new advances in energy research is timely. I hope it energizes young researchers to tackle clean energy challenges. I am thankful to the ACS governing board and ACS Publications for giving me this opportunity to lead ACS Energy Letters. I am delighted to lead this journal now and offer my services to the scientific community.

How does research in your journal’s area affect people’s everyday lives?

Today, most everyone is aware of the importance of renewable energy in meeting our demand for clean energy. The harvesting of solar and wind energy is growing globally by more than 10% annually. Such energy conversion systems need to be matched with storage devices. Advances made in storage batteries can directly improve the performance of devices we have come to rely on in our day-to-day lives, such as cell phones and automobiles.

ACS Energy Letters will rapidly become the premier scientific journal to publish major scientific energy advances, and the research it publishes will ultimately influence people’s everyday lives.

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Learn more about the journal and submit your best research.

Upcoming Webinar: Publishing Tips for Researchers in China


As any China-based researcher knows, publishing your work on an international stage comes with unique challenges. But despite the barriers, China is a fast-growing source of scientific research. In the past 5 years alone, ACS journals published 32,000 articles from authors based in China. Thirty ACS editors and 130 editorial advisory board members call China home.

ACS wants to help researchers in China overcome the common obstacles they face on the path to publication as part of our Growing Globally initiative. That’s why we’re sharing tips from one leading researcher during a free webinar on March 8.

Dongyuan Zhao, Ph.D., Senior Editor of ACS Central Science and a professor at Fudan University in Shanghai, will share lessons he’s learned on how best to prepare manuscripts for submission.

During this free webinar you’ll learn how to:

  • Prepare a high-quality manuscript.
  • Improve your chances of publishing in international journals.
  • Secure research funding.
  • Overcome language barriers.

The webinar will be held Tuesday, March 8 at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (Wednesday, March 9 at 9 a.m. Beijing time).

Reserve your place at this webinar today!

Erick M. Carreira Will Be the Next Editor-in-Chief of Organic Letters

ACS Publications announced that the next Editor-in-Chief of Organic Letters will be Professor Erick M. Carreira of the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry at ETH Zürich. He has been an Associate Editor with the journal for 18 years and will succeed its inaugural Editor-in-Chief, Professor Amos B. Smith, III, who is stepping down at the end of 2018.

“We are delighted to welcome Professor Erick Carreira in his new role as editor-in-chief of Organic Letters,” James Milne, Ph.D., senior vice president, Journals Publishing Group at ACS Publications, said in a statement. “Professor Carreira’s extensive editorial and publishing experience with the journal, as well as his scientific expertise in the areas of organic synthesis and natural products, will ensure the journal continues to develop and be held in the highest regard over the years ahead.”

Meet Professor Carreira at Heidelberg University

Professor Carreira’s first event as Organic Letters Editor-in-Chief-to-be will be the ACS Publications Forum: Scientific Diversity in Inorganic/Organic Chemistry in Europe at the University of Heidelberg, October 10-11. The event is co-organized by Organic Letters, Inorganic Chemistry, The Journal of Organic Chemistry, and Organometallics. It is free to attend, but you must register in advance.

The Forum will feature talks by European researchers covering the broad span of topics under the umbrella of organic, inorganic, and organometallic chemistry. Attendees will have a chance to meet the speakers and organizers, including Professor Carreira, and learn more about research, publishing, and the global scientific community.

“I look forward to my visit to Heidelberg, a historically important landmark that houses one of Germany’s oldest and most reputable universities,” Professor Carreira said. “It is always stimulating to visit Germany, as it is a powerhouse of organic chemistry!”

An Interview with Professor Erick M. Carreira

I connected with Professor Carreira recently to learn more about him, his research, his history with Organic Letters, and his thoughts on the global organic chemistry community. These are the highlights of our conversation.

You have a long history with Organic Letters, what do you love about the journal and why did you want to be its next Editor-in-Chief?

As an avid reader of Organic Letters, I can always count on issues packed with the highest quality science, spanning a range of exciting new developments.  As an associate editor, I am well aware of the hard work that goes into curating the content, ensuring that the science is timely and relevant. Importantly, anyone who has published in Organic Letters knows that in parallel to the traditional refereeing process, there is a process of careful checking of the experimental/supplementary sections for accuracy and completeness.

Having published in a variety of venues, I know that the OL normal is not common. Yet, it is the integrity and soundness of the data accompanying every manuscript that ultimately determines its staying power. In sum, what I love about Organic Letters: The latest cutting-edge organic chemistry with the highest-quality experimental data.

My mentors and heroes in chemistry have always underscored that the responsibility of a scholar/scientist includes doing great science along with serving the community.  When learning about the scientific process, the generation of a hypothesis, experimental design/execution, observation, and analysis are usually given top billing. Yet the dissemination of science is just as important if the work is to have an impact.

Publishing is a rapidly evolving endeavor, coupled with the emergence of new technologies and various societal developments. It is my goal to maintain Organic Letters as the premier platform for publishing first-class organic chemistry. Cognizant of the pluses and minuses of the rapidly evolving landscape, I hope to manage the journal as it adapts to new developments.

You were born in Cuba, studied and began your career in the U.S., and now work in Switzerland. How have your international experiences helped you in your career, especially as we’ve seen the mobility of science and society increase across cultures and continents? How have these changes helped to improve organic chemistry?

As an active scientist, one must always remain ready to embrace uncertainty and manage the unexpected. Likewise, uncertainty and the unexpected are characteristics one must deal with as one encounters new cultures.

The fact that I am a first-generation immigrant has made a big difference in ensuring enriching, stimulating professional experiences. I was six years old as a newly minted immigrant in the U.S. as a consequence of decisions made by my parents. Later in life, as an adult, I chose to be an immigrant in Switzerland. In addition to keeping me on my toes, it facilitates all sorts of personal connections to the many around the world who choose to study and live outside of their comfort zone, away from their home country. Scientifically, it also encourages collaborative research well beyond one’s borders.

Although science is fairly uniform in its execution globally, there are differences in the local culture of science that are inevitably coupled to history, available resources, and nonscientific cultural context. No one culture has a monopoly on the best way to practice science! As someone who has a multitude of experiences, identifying the best in each hopefully results in an approach to teaching and research that amalgamates the best.

What is your group working on now? How does that work connect with the broader body of work being carried out by the global organic chemistry community?

I have always considered myself a generalist, who works in a number of themes at the core of organic chemistry.  This includes catalysis, methodology, target-oriented synthesis, medicinal chemistry, and—collaboratively—chemical biology. The first three themes are focused on fundamental aspects of organic chemistry while the last two provide avenues for implementing the core tools of organic chemistry to solving problems well beyond the discipline. The breadth of research topics in my group connects my group to a wide network of scientists globally.

When you’re not teaching and doing research—and working as a journal editor or reviewing papers—how do you spend your time? What are your passions outside of organic chemistry and your workday?

Outside my workday, I prioritize my family, which includes my spouse, Andrea, and two children, Christopher and Isabel. They enrich my life with a different set of daily uncertainties and unexpectedness, while at the same time providing a bedrock of support. What remains of the day after attending to the various recitals, flag football games, ballet performances, along with tennis, violin and guitar classes, and parent-teacher meetings, I split between reading (fiction), learning how to play piano, gardening, and the zoo we call home.

I have always loved gardening and animals, and, while growing up in Chicago we lacked resources, time, and space to fulfill my wishes, I now compensate with four dogs, a cat, 15 birds of various feathers, two aquaria, a bearded dragon (as well as the crickets necessary to keep it happy), and a rabbit, along with a collection of bonsai.

Announcing the First Issue of ACS Applied Nano Materials

ACS Applied Nano Materials is celebrating the publication of its inaugural issue. The new journal is led by Deputy Editor Professor T. Randall Lee, Ph.D. All articles in Volume 1, Issue 1 are freely available to read until December 31, 2018.

In his introductory editorial, Randy explains, “Materials science is one of the fastest growing areas of research globally … it is our intention that ACS Applied Nano Materials will serve authors and readers with improved access to state-of-the-art research”.

Lee selected the following articles as particular highlights within the issue:

1D Wires of 2D Layered Materials: Germanium Sulfide Nanowires as Efficient Light Emitters

ACS Appl. Nano Mater., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.7b00053
Development and Evaluation of a Nanometer-Scale Hemocompatible and Antithrombotic Coating Technology Platform for Commercial Intracranial Stents and Flow Diverters

ACS Appl. Nano Mater., 2018, 1 (1), pp 344–354
DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.7b00192
From Single Molecules to Nanostructured Functional Materials: Formation of a Magnetic Foam Catalyzed by Pd@FexO Heterodimers

ACS Appl. Nano Mater., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.7b00051
Selective Passivation of Pt Nanoparticles with Enhanced Sintering Resistance and Activity toward CO Oxidation via Atomic Layer Deposition

ACS Appl. Nano Mater., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.7b00026
Bimodal Mesoporous CMK-5 Carbon: Selective Pore Filling with Sulfur and SnO2 for Lithium Battery Electrodes

ACS Appl. Nano Mater., 2018, 1 (1), pp 455–462
DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.7b00307
Lee is the Cullen Distinguished University Chair and Associate Dean for Research at the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Houston. He has served as an Associate Editor of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces since 2010.

The journal publishes research of an applied nature on functional nanostructured materials, including the design, synthesis or fabrication, characterization, and properties of the materials.