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Growing Globally: Recognizing Japanese Authors

Growing Globally: Recognizing Japanese Authors

Over the past five years, ACS journals published nearly 2,000 articles from Japan. ACS Publications would like to extend its sincere gratitude to the ten editors located in Japan, who exemplify research excellence and provide leadership to ACS journals.

Though there is no way to showcase all of the important research from our distinguished Japanese authors, the articles listed here represent some highlights of the research published in ACS journals from Japan. This list is compiled based on a selection of ACS Editors’ Choice, ACS Author Choice, most cited, most downloaded, and general interest articles based on our internal data and recommendations. Finally, we thank our Japanese authors for their contributions that helped ACS journals receive more than 2.7 million total citations, and are once again ranked the most-cited and/or impactful scientific journals in 14 scientific categories, including 6 core chemistry categories.

On our Growing Globally website, we have compiled a list of recent important papers by Japanese authors from each of the 6 core chemistry categories. Visit the site to lean more about the contributions of Japanese chemists, read a profile of Journal of Proteome Research Associate Editor Setsuko Komatsu and more.

Growing Globally: Japan’s Research Initiatives Over Time

The Japanese government first introduced its Science and Technology Basic Act in 1995, with ¥17 trillion
in funding for research and development (R&D) over the first 5 years. Every 5 years, Japan makes
changes to its policies on science and technology, based on input from the Council for Science and
Technology Policy (CSTP). The Japanese government first introduced its Science and Technology Basic
Act in 1995, with ¥17 trillion in funding for research and development (R&D) over the first 5 years.

The Second Basic Plan, from 2001 through 2005, was led by the CTSP, with ¥24 trillion allotted to R&D
focusing on life science, information and communications, environment, and nanotechnology and
materials. From 2006 through 2010, the Third Basic Plan focused on social needs, international
competencies, and the sustainability of the R&D system. The Fourth Basic Plan (2011 through 2015) and Fifth Basic Plan (in effect since December 2015) prioritized science and technology policies as a means for Japan to realize some of its major mid- and long-term national goals and to improve its society as awhole.

Download the timeline that shows the progression of research in Japan from the 1960s to present time.

 

ACS Publications is Growing Globally

Growing Globally

We might call ourselves the American Chemical Society—but ACS publications are hardly limited to research from the United States. ACS journals have long been growing globally in scope. In the past 5 years, ACS journals published 48,000 papers from Brazil, India, China, and South Korea. There are 44 editors-in-chief/associate editors and 207 editorial advisory board members from these countries. As our readership continues to grow and diversify, we’re highlighting countries that are emerging as leading producers of research:

Through the Growing Globally campaign, we’re sharing tips and tricks for researchers working in these countries to help them meet the challenges of publishing in their unique environments.

There are four ways you can get involved:

  1. Read white papers – These brief, info-packed articles will explain trends affecting researchers in China, India, Korea, and Brazil. They will also give authors advice they can put to work immediately as they conduct research and prepare manuscripts.
  2. Watch webinars – Top researchers from each country will lead these interactive, video-based discussions. Participants can ask questions during the live session or watch a recording on their own time.
  3. View research highlights – Across the world, scientists are producing top-quality work in nanomaterials chemistry, sustainable energy, physical chemistry, and more. We’re featuring papers from several fast-growing research hotspots.
  4. Submit your work – Want to see your own work published in an ACS journal? We want to hear from you. Read our advice for getting your papers accepted, and help us increase our reach. Are you a Chinese researcher? It’s now even easier for authors in China to publish with ACS. Introducing the new Chinese Author Portal: A webpage in Simplified Chinese containing centralized links and resources to get started publishing in an ACS publication.

Learn more about how ACS is growing globally.

Download a free white paper and learn how How Scientists in China Can Share Their Research with the World.

International Women Scientists: A Conversation with Chemists from Asia

Worldwide, women scientists are underrepresented in their fields. The next generation of young girls and women will be more likely to pursue a career in an area like chemistry if they see women scientists in these roles. Five established chemists from Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and India shared their perspective on what it’s like for women scientists in their countries.

The Panel:

In this interview, they share how they got their start in science, challenges encountered, and what they’ve learned about forging their path to success. They also share professional tips for young women looking to become chemists in a field traditionally dominated by men.

How did you first become interested in your career?

Ching-Wen Chiu: I became interested in main group organometallics when I enrolled in the graduate program at Texas A&M University and joined Professor Francois Gabbai’s group.

Jackie Yi-Ru Ying: Since high school, I have been passionate about and interested in chemistry. My high school chemistry teacher, Mr. Williams, was one of the best teachers I had, and he was a key motivator for my decision to pursue a career in science. When I was in university, I switched my major from electrical engineering to chemical engineering because of my interest in chemistry. My chemistry professor, Prof. John Bove, recruited me to conduct a research project very early on during the semester and I worked with him on the project throughout my four years in university. That really sparked my interest in research. I was introduced to nanotechnology during my postdoctoral studies in Germany. My postdoc advisor, Professor Herbert Gleiter, is an expert in nanotechnology. I was one of his first female postdocs.

Vivian Wing-Wah Yam: I have always been amazed and fascinated by the wonders of science and nature, especially chemistry since I was small. I always love to look at things and analyze things in an objective manner. Chemistry is a science of great creativity. The beauty that distinguishes it from other disciplines involves its ability to create new molecules and the ability to understand and to manipulate molecules. Chemistry is also a central science. One can work at the interface of chemistry, physics, and engineering in developing new materials and in tackling energy‐ and environmental‐related problems. Alternatively, one can work at the interface of chemistry, biology, and medicine in developing new drugs and diagnostics for biomedical applications.

Somdatta Ghosh Dey: I had always enjoyed chemistry in school, because of which I chose to pursue chemistry after school. Extremely knowledgeable and motivational professors at Presidency College, where I did my B. Sc. in Chemistry Hons., inspired me to further my knowledge in chemistry. Exposed to current research in chemistry and a competitive environment at IIT, Kanpur, while doing my master’s degree further motivated me to do a Ph.D. in chemistry. At Stanford University, I got exposed to state-of-the-art research. The sincerity, honesty and hard work of my peers helped me excel and want to pursue chemistry further. Essentially, I became interested in chemistry at many different levels in my academic journey.

Jyotirmayee Dash: From an early age, I had a passion for science. In high school I took physics, chemistry, math, and biology; organic chemistry classes were my favorite ones. From the very beginning, I was curious to know the chemical structure of drugs and medicines and understand how they work in our bodies. I took chemistry as the major subject for my undergraduate studies and studied MSc in chemistry with a specialization in organic chemistry at Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, India.

How did you progress your career to your current position? Were there any programs in place to help women scientists advance, such as for funding or scholarship?

CWC: I started chemical research in nanomaterial as an MS student and then worked as a research assistant in the synthesis of dye molecules for OLED applications in Taiwan. After joining TAMU, I became interested in main-group chemistry, a research area that is not well-developed in Taiwan. Then, I received a Humboldt fellowship to work in Germany as a postdoctoral researcher. After two years of postdoctoral work, I became an assistant professor at National Taiwan University and was promoted to associate professor in 2015.

In Taiwan, there is foundation called Wu Chien-Shiung Education Foundation that is devoted to helping women in scientific research. It not only established awards in recognizing senior and junior outstanding female scientists, but is also actively involved in encouraging high school female students to participate in scientific research.

JYRY: I joined the chemical engineering faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1992, and was promoted to associate professor in 1996 and then to professor in 2001. At MIT, I was a triple minority – I was a woman, an Asian (there were only two Asian-American women professors at MIT in 1992) and young (I was 26 when I first joined the faculty of MIT). So I had to work very hard to break whatever glass ceiling there was – working 75-80 hours a week since I was a Ph.D. student. I was also fortunate to have two wonderful mentors, Professor Kenneth Smith and Professor Robert Brown.

In 2002, I was given the opportunity to set up the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) in Singapore. It was a tremendous career opportunity, and I was excited about being able to contribute to the then-fledgling biomed scene in Singapore. I also had very fond memories of Singapore because I grew up there before my family moved to the U.S. when I was 15. So I took up the challenge to create a research niche in bioengineering and nanotechnology, recruit talented people from all over the world, and build up the research infrastructure.

VWWY: I obtained both my BSc (Hons) and Ph.D. from The University of Hong Kong. After spending two years as a faculty member in the then-newly-established Department of Applied Science at the City Polytechnic of Hong Kong (now City University of Hong Kong), I joined my alma mater, The University of Hong Kong, as a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry in 1990. I am now the Philip Wong Wilson Wong Professor in Chemistry and Energy and the Chair Professor of Chemistry there. I have served as Head of the Department for six years, spread over two terms in the 2000’s. I have been trained as a coordination chemist and am now a synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemist as well as a photochemist, with a strong physical inorganic and materials focus.

As for current support of women scientists, our Vice‐Chancellor and President at The University of Hong Kong launched a United Nations campaign HeForShe starting from April 2015. HeForShe is a UN initiative on gender balance, and HKU is the first university globally to launch this campaign on campus.

SGD: I have never applied for or received any funding or fellowship programs to promote women in science. I am quite satisfied with my current job profile as I get to be a scientist and a mother of two at the same time. I have always felt a lack of support for women scientists in India. This is in contrast to the U.S. where there is a conscious effort to accommodate the need to balance family and work for women scientists. In Indi, a generous maternity leave (now extended even more) and some other leaves are what you get. I am aware of women in science schemes. However, having interacted with one once in 2009 or so, I realized that they were mostly outreach activities for women scientists and did not express genuine concern for the practical difficulties of women in science.

JD: After completing my MSc, I had the opportunity to do my Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry under the supervision of Professor F. A. Khan at IIT Kanpur, India; that is where my career in scientific research started. Subsequently, I was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship to work with Professor H. U. Reissig at F. U. Berlin. Then I moved to ESPCI Paris to work as a postdoctoral researcher with Professor Janine Cossy, a renowned woman scientist. I was awarded the Marie Curie fellowship to work with Professor Sir Shankar Balasubramanian at the University of Cambridge, UK, in the field of chemical biology of nucleic acids. I am lucky to have worked with excellent scientists throughout my research career.

I started my academic career as an assistant professor at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata, and presently I am working as an associate professor at the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), Kolkata. My current research interests are the synthesis of biologically active compounds, targeting nucleic acid secondary structures and membrane channels for the delivery of drugs.

All of my progress in my academic career came through my hard work and dedication. There were no specific schemes for women scientists. Nowadays the government is providing different scientific programs like DST women scientist scheme or DBT Bio-care programmes that encourage young women scientists to carry out research in their respective fields.

What are some of the challenges you encountered as a woman in your field? What advice would you give to young women scientists?

CWC: I would say it is common in all scientific research fields for people to feel male researchers are better. It is strange that we’ve seen an increase of female students in science and engineering departments in the past decade, but we have not seen an increase of female faculty members in those fields. In our department, we rarely receive applications for faculty positions from female chemists. It seems that female scientists turn down the opportunities themselves. Thus, my suggestion to young women in science is “don’t be the one who limits your development.” If you do not give yourself a chance, no one can help you.

JYRY: The nanotechnology and engineering fields are still very much male-dominated, and this gives me added impetus to work harder. When I was going to university and graduate school, I had only one female professor in chemical engineering. But I believe it is a matter of having enough women going into an area to form a critical mass. Although we may be a minority [in the lab], women are very good at juggling multiple roles and managing people from diverse backgrounds. These are important and necessary skills to work successfully in a multidisciplinary research environment.

Research is a long journey that requires a lot of perseverance. If you are in research for tangible, quick rewards, then you will give up easily, because, in this field, we don’t see the rewards until many years later, when your inventions get commercialized and make a difference in people’s lives. I would encourage young people to look into opportunities for an internship in research areas that excite you. Such exposure will help you decide if you are really interested in pursuing a career in science. It will also bring you into close interaction with researchers who can mentor and advise you.

I was very fortunate to have met many excellent mentors in my research journey. I hope to pass on what I have received to the future generations and be a role model for young women interested in careers in research.

VWWY: I think a lot of times women are discouraged by traditional social values and family pressures, and sometimes they choose to give up their dreams to fulfill the so‐called and widely perceived “social and family role and duties of what women should be.”

SGD: Doing creative research in a developing country like India is quite difficult as the promotion and other assessments are strictly made on the basis of metrics (number of papers and their impact factors). It does not matter if the woman candidate has had a child or any other family commitments that may take a lot of her time. In my case, I have had two children in the first five years of my service. In return, I have not been given due promotion or award in spite of being a performer in the field with substantial recognition as an independent researcher. So I kind of faced discrimination of women in science rather than the promotion of women in science. Since these issues are subjective one can never establish such claims. Although it has recently improved, I had to face tremendous delays in the release of grants in my first two years. The situation is much better in the developed countries where these factors are considered for women scientists.

My advice will be “ekla cholo re.” This is a very famous line by Rabindranath Tagore which means essentially “you are on your own.” You and your male counterparts will be measured on the exact same scale. So try your best.

JD: It is a long journey of dedication for pursuing an independent career as an independent scientist. I am fortunate enough that my family has supported me, but in our country, many scientists cannot pursue their career because of their socio-economic status. But yet, in recent years, I have noticed a steady increase in women research scholars and faculty.

In my opinion, a strong will and a curious, innovative mind can overcome all the hurdles faced in life. I also feel that there should be supportive scholarships for young students and scientists at the beginning of their career, and there should be no gender bias for the scientists.

What is one of your biggest accomplishments or accolades in your field?

CWC: In Taiwan, no one teaches main-group organometallics. That’s why I knew nothing about main-group chemistry before I joined Francois’ group. Thus, I feel my biggest accomplishment in the past few years is to show students in Taiwan that main-group chemistry is an interesting and on-going field of research in chemistry.

JYRY: My glucose-sensitive nanoparticles work that won the Mustafa Prize* in 2015 was very gratifying because this technology is now in clinical trials after many years of research and preclinical studies. These nanoparticles can auto-regulate the release of insulin depending on the blood glucose levels. This drug delivery system bypasses the need for blood glucose monitoring with finger pricks and allows insulin to be delivered orally or by nasal passage, instead of through injection. This technology would greatly benefit diabetic patients by helping to prevent hyperglycemic and hypoglycemic conditions and the associated organ damage.

*Professor Ying was the inaugural winner of the Mustafa Prize – “Top Scientific Achievement” Award in 2015 for her research in bio-nanotechnology. The laureate of this award receives USD 500,000 in prize money, a certificate and an engraved medal.

VWWY: The most exciting aspect of my research has been discovering strongly chromophoric and luminescent molecules with rich excited state properties. Our understanding and control of molecular packing has led to innovative classes of materials with improved and desirable properties and functions.

SGD: My group has been exploring the potential role of heme in Alzheimer’s disease; a rather new point of view. However, it seems that our opinion is getting gradual acceptance in the community and more and more groups are starting to work in this area and are approaching us for collaborations. This, to me, is most gratifying.

JD: After hard and sincere work, I have established myself as an independent scientist in the field of bioorganic chemistry, and I have been involved in teaching and training young and budding scientists and helping them to establish themselves in their careers.

What do you want people to know about women scientists in Asia?

CWC: In terms of intellectual abilities, I think there is no difference between Asian and western female scientists. However, I do think stereotypes in Asian society significantly suppressed the development of female scientists in Asia. Thus, I wish that Asian people, both male, and female, knew that female scientists can perform as well as male scientists.

JYRY: There are quite a number of excellent female scientists in Asia. It is our hope that we can make a difference through our research and nurture the future generations of scientists, especially more women researchers.

VWWY:  I do not think there is a difference between men and women, both in terms of their intellectual ability and capabilities for research in science. I am a firm believer that regardless of one’s gender and race, as long as one has the passion, the dedication, and determination, one can excel and produce work of high quality.

SGD: Asian society is very hierarchical and male dominated in spite of some well-meaning initiatives. The expectations of society on women are still limited to their roles as homemakers. Only women with very strong resolve and family support can work in science.

JD: Nowadays there is a good number of promising women scientists working in different disciplines. And it is possible for a woman to be successful in a scientific career. In modern times there is not much difference between men and women scientists.

What scientific developments are you most excited about for the future of your area of chemistry?

CWC: I think the most exciting development in main-group chemistry is the discovery of transition metal like reactivities in main-group metals. This may offer an opportunity to replace precious transition metals with abundant main-group metals in catalytic organic reactions.

JYRY: There are a lot of critical problems to solve, but I am most interested in developments in the area of diagnostics because infectious diseases are spreading faster around the globe than ever. IBN is developing paper-based kits for rapid, point-of-care diagnosis of infectious diseases, such as dengue and Zika, in 10 minutes to facilitate health screening and monitoring.

VWWY: I am particularly excited about advancing our understanding on the control of supramolecular interactions and molecular assembly, as it will have important impact and contribution toward our society in addressing issues in energy and biomedical applications.

SGD: I am really looking forward to the advancements in brain imaging and super-resolution microscopy amongst other things. Much of what we do and how we plan depends on credible information that we get from in-vivo imaging and analysis of human tissue.

JD: I am interested in applying my knowledge in organic chemistry to understand biochemical reactions involved in human physiology and related diseases. I would also like to develop novel therapeutics which will give a new direction in the field of medicine.

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Because research is global, ACS is committed to highlighting research from all parts of the world. Our Growing Globally site shares tips and tricks for researchers to help them meet their publishing challenges.

7 Tips for Attending an International Conference for Chemists

If you’re a chemist looking to network with peers, expand your knowledge of your field, and be an active member of the chemistry community, there’s no better place to be than an international conference. Attending a variety of educational sessions and exploring the array of offerings from vendors in the exhibit hall can provide a welcome break from the predictable routine of a chemistry lab.

With so many opportunities to learn and network over a short period of time, how can you get the most out of international conferences? Here we share ideas to help you find the best opportunities to meet your international peers and make key connections to expand your research globally.

Gather Information About Your International Conference

Your first task is to explore the meeting’s website. There, you’ll be able to view all of the information relating to the event, including the educational program and a list of exhibiting companies. This will be your richest resource for the meeting. Some international conferences even offer a digital app for download on your mobile device. Use it to keep your schedule organized and access the program on-site. If you still prefer to consume this information in paper form, rest assured that most conferences offer an attendee bag at check-in that includes a print version of the program.

Register for Your International Conference

Instructions for registering can usually be found on the meeting website and once you receive confirmation, you can begin to book your hotel accommodations and flight arrangements. Do this sooner rather than later, as the most conveniently located hotels usually fill up first. The website for an international conference typically has housing information that can help you plan your stay. Familiarize yourself with your hotel’s location relative to the convention center and investigate places where you can have dinner after a long day at the conference.

Note: Sometimes travel visas are required to attend an international conference. Make sure you plan accordingly and give yourself enough time to get all of your documentation in order. Often, international conference organizers can provide you with a letter of support.

Plan Your International Conference Itinerary

Once your travel arrangements are made, it’s a good idea to review the educational offerings at your event and take note of the ones you are most interested in attending. It is likely that your calendar will fill up fast with activities, so be strategic about how you spend your time. Don’t forget to leave time to visit the exhibit hall while it’s open so you can learn about the latest innovations and technologies in chemistry – plus collect the various free giveaways to give to your kids or labmates.

Be Part of the Conversation Around Your International Conference

National and international chemistry meetings are another great way to interact with chemists working in similar areas. Don’t be shy about engaging in chemistry discussions with leading experts—panels, poster sessions, and seminars are a good way to do this. Listen, ask questions, and talk about your own work. Stay informed with what people at the conference are talking about in real-time by following the official conference hashtag on Twitter.

Get Involved With Your International Conference

Attending an international conference by itself is a positive experience but if you have a chemistry paper that contributes to advancing your field, consider submitting an abstract to the conference. If it is accepted, you can share your work on a much larger stage. In addition, you can practice your presentation skills in front of peers. This can be a valuable experience, especially if English isn’t your first language. People can ask questions about your work directly, facilitating a valuable dialogue that can introduce new ideas to your research. You may even meet future collaborators or learn about potential job prospects this way.

Make New Connections at Your International Conference

International conferences are ideal settings to network with colleagues and peers for future collaborations and career prospects. Take business cards everywhere you go and exchange them with everyone you meet. Plan to attend the conference-sponsored social events, too, as it’s easier to talk to people in a relaxed atmosphere. Many of these events have free drinks and food, which you will need after a long day of stimulating chemistry discussion. When you return from an international conference, it is a good idea to follow up with the connections you’ve made and invite them to stay in touch.

In addition to making new connections, foster old ones by getting valuable face-time with international colleagues that you partner with remotely but don’t often have the chance to see in person.

Embrace Getting Away at Your International Conference

Finally, international conferences provide a reason to travel the world. The experience is whatever you prefer it to be. If you wish to spend free time doing some sightseeing, whether on your own or through a guided tour, you are bound to come home with lots of memories. If you’re not feeling as adventurous and just want to have quiet meals at the hotel and enjoy being away from the stresses of your daily routine, an international conference visit can still be a welcome reprieve. Sometimes a change of scenery can be enough to open up perspective and make you that much more productive when you get back in the lab.

International chemistry conferences will continue to be a valuable part of any chemistry researcher’s career, especially as the field becomes more collaborative and international. Take advantage of all the networking opportunities they offer and enjoy traveling to a different place to share your passion for chemistry.

Learn More About How Chemistry is Growing Globally

ACS Heads to Brazil for IUPAC 2017

ACS spent a successful week at the IUPAC-2017 conference in São Paulo, Brazil, from July 7-13. As platinum sponsors of the event, ACS Publications, CAS, and ACS Membership shared a large booth in the main exhibition hall. The booth generated a lot of traffic with its giveaways – including a USB key linking to the ACS Publications virtual issue. ACS Publications also hosted three events during the conference.

“The IUPAC conference was a wonderful opportunity to interact with our authors, readers, and reviewers in Brazil,” said Tamara Hanna, Assistant Director with ACS Publications. “It was amazing to experience the enthusiasm for chemistry, which was evident in the questions we received during the ACS on Campus event and during the Open Access panel. I am grateful for the occasion to have met so many members of the Brazilian chapter of the ACS, whose warmth and collegiality are second to none.”

Standing-Room-Only to Learn More About Publishing with ACS

On Monday, July 10, ACS on Campus hosted an outreach panel discussion, featuring 10 tips on how to get published with five ACS Editors. Panelists included:

The student turnout for this event was incredible, and they were all excited about the ACS On Campus notebook and pen set giveaways. They asked the panelists good questions, keeping the conversation engaging.

The event on Tuesday, July 11 featured a panel about publishing open access materials with ACS Publications. Panelists discussed how ACS supports open access, our open access journals, and using ACS AuthorChoice to publish in any ACS journal. Panelists included:

During the discussion, panelists and attendees had great dialogue, and attendees asked compelling questions. They talked about where open access is now and how it will evolve in the future.

Those in attendance were given ACS Publications flip-flops and other fun giveaways. Both events had awesome turnouts, each attracting more than 125 people, making them standing room only.

The last event, held Wednesday, July 12, featured ACS Omega Editor Krishna Ganesh, Associate Editor Dean Tantillo, and Associate Editor Frank Quina. They were stationed at the ACS booth in the exhibition hall for a reception with pastries and coffee where they answered questions about publishing in the journal.

ACS Omega is our newest open access journal, and it offers global researchers the opportunity to publish new multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed research.

Attendees received ACS Omega giveaways to commemorate the event.

Excitement About Connecting with ACS

“ACS was excited to be part of this important chemistry event in Brazil,” said ACS Publications Marketing Manager Brooke Howell. “We are looking forward to expanding our presence in and interacting with the Brazilian community.”

ACS would like to thank the three undergraduate students – Carolina Sotério, Maria Clara de Paula Souza, and João Emanuel Granato – from The University of São Paulo, São Carlos Campus. As the founding members of their university’s ACS student chapter, they were selected to attend and help out at the conference. They served as translators between ACS staff and conference attendees when needed, encouraged students at the conference to join their chapter, and shared their positive experiences working with ACS.

The ACS Brazil International Chapter, together with the ACS Membership Division, held an ACS Members dinner at a local restaurant in Sao Paulo with nearly 60 ACS members in attendance, according to Francisco Gomez, Director of Global Strategy & Marketing Development in the Membership Division. During the dinner, they had a chance to meet and network with each other, and discuss future opportunities to engage with ACS.

More ACS Events Coming Up in Brazil

If you couldn’t make it to this conference, don’t panic! ACS has two more upcoming events in Brazil.

ACS will make an appearance at the 18th International Conference on Biological Inorganic Chemistry, in Florianopólis, Brazil, from July 31-Aug. 4. Inorganic Chemistry will be the conference’s bag sponsor, and Editor-in-Chief William B. Tolman will be in attendance.

ACS will be at Brazilian Materials Research Society (Brazil MRS) from Sept. 10-14. While there, ACS will promote the following journals: ACS Applied Materials & InterfacesACS Central Science, ACS Energy Letters, ACS Omega, ACS Nano, Chemistry of Materials, Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), Langmuir, and Nano Letters.

Be on the lookout for ACS’s Growing Globally Brazil page, as well as a portfolio-wide Virtual Issue, “Highlighting Outstanding Work from Authors in Brazil,” which features more than 100 articles from Brazilian researchers.

Medicinal Chemistry in India

Journal of Medicinal Chemistry and ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters were excited to join ACS Publications in supporting Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery India 2017 (MCADDI 2017), a residential course in medicinal chemistry and drug discovery that was held Feb. 14 to 18 at Biocon Academy in Bangalore, India. The course was co-sponsored by the ACS Division of Medicinal Chemistry and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.

Journal of Medicinal Chemistry Perspectives Editor William J. Greenlee joined Balu N. Balasubramanian and Syngene President and CFO M.B. Chinappa on the MCADDI 2017 Advisory Board and was present for the entire course. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry Editorial Advisory Board member Nicholas Meanwell also attended and spoke at the course.

The course had a strong turnout of 95 participants and went extremely well, Greenlee said. “The participation of the participants in the question and answer sessions after each lecture was outstanding – the best by far of the three courses we’ve done in India.”

One highlight of the course was when Mukul Jain, a Senior Vice President at Zydus Research Centre in Ahmedabad, presented a case history on the discovery and development of Saroglitazar, the first drug discovered and developed entirely in India, Greenlee said. Another was “the Friday evening banquet, where inspiring keynote lectures were presented by Bruce Carr from BMS and Kirin Mazumdar-Shah, founder and chairman of Biocon.”

MCADDI 2017 attendees were offered a complimentary 1-year ACS membership and ACS staff signed up 61 new members during the course, Greenlee said.

Medicinal Chemistry in India Virtual Issue

Earlier this month, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry and ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters published a joint Virtual Issue on Medicinal Chemistry in India under the leadership of Guest Editor Ram A. Vishwakarma, CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research).

“Over the past decade, medicinal chemistry research in India has made important contributions to further the knowledge of the field,” wrote Journal of Medicinal Chemistry Editors-in-Chief Gunda I. Georg and Shaomeng Wang in a March 9 Editorial. “The funding ecosystem has improved significantly with Indian Government agencies, pharmaceutical companies, and international charities investing resources for drug discovery and clinical research….we thank all our authors in India who contributed their work to our journal. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for drug discovery research in India.”

In a March 9 ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters editorial, Vishwakarma further explained the development of medicinal chemistry research in India and highlighted key advances and challenges. He also wrote that he is “grateful to the Editors and Associate Editors of Journal of Medicinal Chemistry and ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters for conceiving the idea to showcase medicinal chemistry research in India in this joint Virtual Issue, perhaps at the most suitable time when new drug discovery in India is trying to make its mark on the global scene. It is hoped that this special spotlight will encourage further work and support from funding agencies.”

Read the Medicinal Chemistry in India Virtual Issue.

Journal of Medicinal Chemistry and ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters Want More Submissions from Scientists in India

In 2015 and 2016 Journal of Medicinal Chemistry published 35 articles from India, 18 of which have a corresponding author based in India, and ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters published 23 articles from India, 20 of which have a corresponding author based in India. Both journals’ editorial teams would like to receive even more manuscripts from authors in India this year, says Managing Editor Lorraine Clark. If you’re doing medicinal chemistry research in India, please read each journal’s scope and submit a manuscript.

Also check out these great resources for authors in India:

 

4 Keys to Increasing Submission Success for Japanese Researchers

Japan’s greatest scientific research strengths may be in physics, but the country also has influence in the disciplines of pharmacology and toxicology, biology, and biochemistry. Researchers in Japan are making great progress in the areas of development of synthetic methodology with catalysis, organic materials including supramolecular chemistry, photo- and electrofunctional materials, soft matter, nanoparticles, and formulations for pharmaceuticals. What’s more, over the past 5–8 years, there has been a surge in biotechnology research in Japan. With a rapid increase in publications across many emerging areas of chemistry, it’s more important than ever for researchers in Japan to produce high-quality, original work that sets them apart. Yet Japanese chemists also face particular challenges that they must overcome if they way to see their work appear in top-tier chemistry research journals.

To help chemists in Japan, we’ve identified 4 areas that can make or break a Japanese researchers’ submission to a high-quality, peer reviewed journal. In our special white paper, “Growing Globally: How Scientists in Japan Can Share Their Research with the World,” readers will learn about manuscript errors that can hold them back, as well as research considerations, approaches to partnership opportunities and other factors that can help Japanese researchers put their best foot forward when submitting their work. Included are special suggestions for publishing papers via open access channels, a move that can help promising new research find the wide audience it deserves. The paper also includes a section with tips for students and other young chemists from Japan, to help them get their careers off to a great start. Throughout, the white paper points readers to resources from across the ACS that Japanese Chemists can use to improve their work, present it in the best light, and find submission success in the world’s best chemistry journals.

Download Your Copy of “Growing Globally: How Scientists in Japan Can Share Their Research with the World” Today!

Inorganic Chemistry in India

ACS Publications supports and enhances communication of the very best chemistry research. A key example is Inorganic Chemistry, the leading journal in the field. More than 75% of the articles published in Inorganic Chemistry are written by authors from outside the U.S. As science in India continues to progress, Inorganic Chemistry’s editorial team is excited to have Indian scientists get involved as readers, authors, and reviewers.

Inorganic Chemistry Welcomes its First Associate Editor from India

Partha Sarathi Mukherjee

Earlier this year, Inorganic Chemistry welcomed Professor Partha Sarathi Mukherjee of the Inorganic and Physical Chemistry Department, Indian Institute of Science, to its Editorial Board. Partha is the journal’s first Associate Editor from India.

In September, Partha was selected to receive the 2016 Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize For Science and Technology in Chemical Sciences. The award is named for Dr. Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar, the founding

Director of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) India, and is presented by the CSIR each year “for outstanding contributions to science and technology.”

“Partha has extensive expertise in synthetic inorganic chemistry aimed at developing and understanding molecular cages, organometallic materials, and catalysis,” says Inorganic Chemistry Editor-in-Chief William “Bill” Tolman. “As a highly productive and successful researcher, he is well poised to play a key role as a member of the outstanding team of editors of Inorganic Chemistry. We are excited to have him join us!”

Partha’s latest Inorganic Chemistry article is “Covalent Postassembly Modification and Water Adsorption of Pd3 Self-Assembled Trinuclear Barrels.” Read all of his Inorganic Chemistry articles here.

Inorganic Chemistry to Welcome another Editorial Board Member from India in 2017

In 2017, Inorganic Chemistry will welcome Rabindranath “Rabi” Mukherjee, Professor at the Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, to its Editorial Advisory Board.

“Rabi is a highly esteemed chemist with an extensive record of accomplishment in research, involvement in publishing and reviewing for Inorganic Chemistry, and mentoring students,” says Bill. “We are excited to have him join the Editorial Advisory Board in 2017!”

Rabi’s latest Inorganic Chemistry article is “Nickel(II) Complex of a Hexadentate Ligand with Two o-Iminosemiquinonato(1−) π-Radical Units and Its Monocation and Dication.” Read all of his Inorganic Chemistry articles here.

William “Bill” Tolman and Partha Mukherjee to Co-Chair IC YOU Symposium

William “Bill” TolmanInorganic Chemistry is sponsoring the Inorganic Chemistry: Young, Outstanding, and Upcoming (IC YOU) symposium at the 5th Symposium on Advanced Biological Inorganic Chemistry (SABIC-2017) in Kolkata, India. The event is being organized by Inorganic Chemistry Editorial Advisory Board member Abhishek Dey, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, and will be Co-Chaired by Bill and Partha.

This symposium will highlight research contributions from young, outstanding, and upcoming scientists from around the globe who are working at the forefront of research in the field of biological inorganic chemistry. These investigators’ lectures on their research will encompass a wide variety of topics and highlight the most exciting advances.
“Abhishek has provided key advice and insights as a member of the Inorganic Chemistry Editorial Advisory Board, and in particular as Guest Editor of a recent ACS Select Issue on electrocatalysis,” says Bill. “His leadership of the SABIC conference is yet another reflection of his proactive efforts to support excellent science in India and beyond, for which we are thankful.”

Register now to attend SABIC-2017 and the IC YOU symposium.

William “Bill” Tolman at ACS on Campus Events in India

ACS on Campus, the premier outreach initiative of the American Chemical Society, brings the world’s leaders in chemistry, publishing, research, science communication and career development to university campuses around the world by harnessing the power of ACS’s three divisions: ACS Membership, ACS Publications, and Chemical Abstract Services.

At ACS on Campus events, you’ll attend lectures on the latest innovations in science and learn how to publish in top journals, maximize your research, build your career, network with the ACS editors, communicate your research effectively, and much more.

This year Bill participated in

During his January 2017 trip to India, Bill will be a featured speaker at three ACS on Campus events:

To attend one of these events, register on the ACS on Campus website.

Inorganic Chemistry Wants More Submissions from Scientists in India

So far this year, Inorganic Chemistry has published dozens of excellent articles by researchers in India, including:

In 2017, the editorial team would like to receive even more manuscripts from authors in India, says Bill. If you’re doing inorganic chemistry research in India, please read the Journal Scope and submit a manuscript.

Also check out these great resources for Indian authors:

4 Steps to Improving Submission Success for Indian Scientists

In recent years, India has seen substantial growth in its annual output of scientific publications. It quadrupled its research output between 2001 and 2013. The country’s greatest research strengths are in chemistry and materials science. While India has a low density of researchers relative to the size of its population, the number of women entering the research workforce is growing at an unprecedented rate.

Over the last five years, ACS Publications has published more than 48,000 articles from China, India, Korea, and Brazil. More than 7,000— 15% —of those articles were published by authors in India.

India’s scientific output will likely continue to increase. The government announced its annual budget in early 2016, allocating 44.7 billion rupees to the Department of Science and Technology and 18.2 billion rupees to the Department of Biotechnology. These figures represent increases of 17% and 12%, respectively, over the 2015 budget.

More funding leads to more publications. With this surge ahead, it’s more important than ever for researchers in India to produce high-quality, original work that sets them apart. There are four critical steps scientists can take to improve the chances of a peer-reviewed journal accepting their work. Discover these four steps and get critical tips for presenting your research in the best light with the new ACS Publications white paper, “Growing Globally: How Scientists in India Can Share Their Research with the World.”