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New ACS Transformative Agreement marks two important firsts

Academic and research institutions across the state of California are among the nation’s highest-publishing organizations, producing hundreds of world class research articles in chemistry every year – and under the newly-announced Read + Publish Agreement, many of these researchers are now able to publish in ACS’ full range of open access and hybrid journals with additional support for publishing costs.

This agreement marks two ‘firsts’: not only is it the first ever California-wide transformative agreement with any publisher, but also the first ACS Read + Publish Agreement which includes multiple consortia. In total, the new agreement covers almost 60 institutions and thousands of researchers, granting both full reading access and affordable open access publishing across the full portfolio of 75+ ACS journals.

The three consortia included in the agreement – California State University system, the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortia (SCELC), and the University of California system – collaborated with ACS to represent the interests of their diverse community of researchers, to make even more of their research and scholarship available to the world, and to find an approach that guarantees an affordable and sustainable route to open access.

This new type of Read + Publish Agreement is unique, in that it engages funder support for open access in alignment with the partnership between the institutes and publisher. As the scholarly publishing industry transitions toward an open access future, innovations like this partnership will be crucial to ensuring that all educational institutions and their researchers can participate in the full benefits of open access publication.

“ACS is very excited about this new agreement, as it takes the workflows behind read and publish deals to the next level,” says Sybille Geisenheyner, Director of Open Science Strategy and Licensing at ACS. “As we embark upon this partnership, we invite funders to engage in this collaboration to support this transformation.”

The agreement is rolling out in two phases. Until early July 2022, affiliated authors will benefit from discounted open access publishing charges, making publication in all ACS journals even more affordable. The second phase, running through the end of 2025, will introduce a new workflow which will help authors make better use of the opportunities provided by their research funder. Authors will also have the option of publishing under a Read + Publish Agreement with their institution if no other funds are available.

ACS is a firm supporter of open science and has invested in programs and technology to make open access as widely available as possible. This includes a wide range of Read + Publish Agreements, which now cover more than 540 institutions in over 25 countries, including institutions which produce the most highly cited chemical research. These are intended to be transformative agreements: a sustainable way for researchers to publish in journals that are the best fit for their research, while increasing the proportion of global research that is freely available to readers with no barriers to access. Institutions and consortia maintain reading access to key parts of the literature, while also providing their authors with full article publishing charge support. Additionally, ACS also publishes more than 60 Transformative Journals: titles which include both subscription access and open access articles, which have made a long-term commitment to becoming fully open access.

“At ACS, we are committed to expanding our partnerships and innovating new ways to advance open access publication in chemistry,” says James Milne, Ph.D., President, ACS Publications Division. “I am confident that institutions around the world will see this collaboration as a prime example of creative thinking supporting the advancement of open science, for the benefit of chemistry and the world.”

More information on this announcement is available in the ACS News Room, and further details about ACS Read + Publish Agreements are available on the ACS Open Science website.

Another Reason to Love Coffee

The Spring 2022 National American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting held in San Diego, California, was a hybrid meeting that featured a wide range of science topics. The offerings showcased the vast diversity of the chemical sciences and the increasingly integrated nature of the projects. This piece focusses on the potential of used coffee grounds to be used in sensitive electrodes capable, one day, of detecting brain waves. 

Coffee grounds are a major component of biowaste. Making porous carbon suitable for electrochemical sensing is a useful way to recycle these castoffs from our morning brews. Brain activity is fast and can be measured using fast-scan cyclic voltammetry, an electrochemical technique that can measure activity as fast as 100 milliseconds. The typical electrodes for neuroscience sensing are fine carbon rods that are hard to make and require harsh chemicals. Recent observations show that porous carbon—carbon that has unique geometric pores—could increase sensing speeds. The Ross Group at the University of Cincinnati turned to their love of coffee as a source of porous carbon. Coffee beans are a good carbon source. They are rich in cellulose and hemicellulose. After the members of the Ross Group enjoy their daily brew, they dry their coffee grounds, treat them with base (potassium hydroxide) to create porous carbon, and stabilize the porous carbon by drying it under nitrogen. The team then uses the porous carbon slurry to coat traditional electrodes. These coated electrodes trap analytes, such as dopamine, in holes in the surface coating. The trapped analytes interact longer with the electrode, which facilitates faster measurement of brain activity. Although principal investigator Ashley Ross admits that use of these electrodes in vivo is still a long way off, the work is promising, and her team has enjoyed the challenge of drinking enough coffee to keep them in starting materials.

News briefing from the meeting:

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Recent American Chemical Society publications on this topic:

Hierarchically Porous Carbon Nanosheets from Waste Coffee Grounds for Supercapacitors
Young Soo Yun, Min Hong Park, Sung Ju Hong, Min Eui Lee, Yung Woo Park, and Hyoung-Joon Jin
DOI: 10.1021/am5081919

Coffee Waste-Derived Hierarchical Porous Carbon as a Highly Active and Durable Electrocatalyst for Electrochemical Energy Applications
Dong Young Chung, Yoon Jun Son, Ji Mun Yoo, Jin Soo Kang, Chi-Yeong Ahn, Subin Park, and Yung-Eun Sung
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b13799

Renewable Coffee Waste-Derived Porous Carbons as Anode Materials for High-Performance Sustainable Microbial Fuel Cells
Yu-Hsuan Hung, Tzu-Yin Liu, and Han-Yi Chen
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b02405

Biomass-Derived Carbon for Electrode Fabrication in Microbial Fuel Cells: A Review
Wei Yang and Shaowei Chen
DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.0c00041

Coffee-Ground-Derived Nanoporous Carbon Anodes for Sodium-Ion Batteries with High Rate Performance and Cyclic Stability
Peng-Hsuan Chiang, Shih-Fu Liu, Yu-Hsuan Hung, Hsin Tseng, Chun-Han Guo, and Han-Yi Chen
DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.0c01105


Recent publications by this group:

Metal Nanoparticle Modified Carbon-Fiber Microelectrodes Enhance Adenosine Triphosphate Surface Interactions with Fast-Scan Cyclic Voltammetry
Yuxin Li, Alexandra L. Keller, Michael T. Cryan, and Ashley E. Ross
DOI: 10.1021/acsmeasuresciau.1c00026

Real-Time Detection of Melatonin Using Fast-Scan Cyclic Voltammetry
Austin L. Hensley, Adam R. Colley, and Ashley E. Ross
DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.8b01976

Porous Carbon Nanofiber-Modified Carbon Fiber Microelectrodes for Dopamine Detection
Blaise J. Ostertag, Michael T. Cryan, Joel M. Serrano, Guoliang Liu, and Ashley E. Ross
DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.1c03933

An easier way to submit ChemRxiv research to peer-reviewed journals

Direct Journal Transfer is a free feature of ChemRxiv that helps authors submit their posted preprints from ChemRxiv to established journals for editorial consideration and peer review. This feature, available through the ChemRxiv author dashboard, enables easy direct submission to journals published by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Chinese Chemical Society (CCS), the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the German Chemical Society (GDCh), and the Beilstein-Institut. 

We are working to expand this program further, with journals published by Frontiers soon to be added. You can now stay up to date on all the available destination journals on our Direct Journal Transfer webpage.

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Recent preprints that went on to be published 

Here are some recent preprints that went on to be published in top peer-reviewed journals such as Angewandte Chemie, JACS, and PNAS. Thank you to all the authors and readers who make ChemRxiv the premier preprint server for the global chemistry community!

Chiral Arene Ligand as Stereocontroller for Asymmetric C-H Activation
By Hao Liang, Weicong Guo, Junxuan Li, Jijun Jiang, Jun Wang
Now published in Angewandte Chemie 

Blatter Radicals as Bipolar Materials for Symmetric Redox-Flow Batteries
By Jelte Steen, Jules Nuismer, Vytautas Eiva, Albert Wiglema, Nicolas Daub, Johan Hjelm, Edwin Otten
Now published in Journal of the American Chemical Society 

Predicting the future of excitation energy transfer in light-harvesting complex with artificial intelligence-based quantum dynamics
By Arif Ullah, Pavlo O. Dral
Now published in Nature Communications 

Surface NMR Using Quantum Sensors in Diamond
By Kristina Liu, Alex Henning, Markus W. Heindl, Robin Allert, Johannes D. Bartl, Ian D. Sharp, Roberto Rizzato, Dominik Benjamin Bucher
Now published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Bread-Eating Fungi Exploited to Make Sustainable Textiles

The Spring 2022 National American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting held in San Diego, California, was a hybrid meeting that featured a wide range of science topics. The offerings showcased the vast diversity of the chemical sciences and the increasingly integrated nature of the projects. This post explores the potential for mushrooms to become a source of sustainable material. 

Mushrooms do have a leathery feel, but Akram Zamani took this to the extreme. Using Rhizopus delemar, a fungus usually found on decaying food, Zamani’s group fed it bread and harvested chitin and chitosan fibers from its cells. These fibers were then spun into strings for use as sutures or wound healing mats. Additionally, the jelly-like residue harvested from the cell walls of the fungi could be spread out and dried into sheets that feel and perform like paper and leather. While biobased replacement textiles are growing in popularity, most of the technology for producing them still relies on petroleum-based feedstocks. The major advantage of the fungal-based textile is the feedstock: food waste. Additionally, what often takes several days in a fermenter or by other fungi only requires about two days of fungal growth because the R. delemar is water based and grows much faster. This type of submerged cultivation is fast and environmentally friendly, turning food waste into value-added textiles.

News briefing from the meeting:

Video media briefing:


Recent ACS Publications articles on this topic:

Uncovering the Mechanical, Thermal, and Chemical Characteristics of Biodegradable Mushroom Leather with Intrinsic Antifungal and Antibacterial Properties
Jenniffer Bustillos, Archana Loganathan, Richa Agrawal, Brittany A. Gonzalez, Marcos Gonzalez Perez, Sharan Ramaswamy, Benjamin Boesl, and Arvind Agarwal

DOI: 10.1021/acsabm.0c00164

Sustainable materials make a play for the leather market
A new crop of biobased-material makers aims to displace chrome-tanned cowhide
Craig Bettenhausen

DOI: 10.1021/cen-09908-feature3

Fungi, enzymes, and closed-loop catalysis offer environmental, economic gains in manufacturing and recycling
Mairin B. Brennan

DOI: 10.1021/cen-v076n012.p039

Chitosan Natural Polymer Material for Improving Antibacterial Properties of Textiles
Jianhui Li, Xiao Tian, Tao Hua, Jimin Fu, Mingkin Koo, Wingming Chan, and Tszyin Poon

DOI: 10.1021/acsabm.1c00078

Physicochemical Properties and Bioactivity of Fungal Chitin and Chitosan
Tao Wu, Svetlana Zivanovic, F. Ann Draughon, William S. Conway, and Carl E. Sams

DOI: 10.1021/jf048202s

Recent publications by this group:

Extraction and Precipitation of Chitosan from Cell Wall of Zygomycetes Fungi by Dilute Sulfuric Acid
Akram Zamani, Lars Edebo, Björn Sjöström∥, and Mohammad J. Taherzadeh

DOI: 10.1021/bm700701w

Determination of Glucosamine in Fungal Cell Walls by High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
Marzieh Mohammadi, Akram Zamani, and Keikhosro Karimi

DOI: 10.1021/jf303488w

Effects of Partial Dehydration and Freezing Temperature on the Morphology and Water Binding Capacity of Carboxymethyl Chitosan-Based Superabsorbents
Akram Zamani and Mohammad J. Taherzadeh

DOI: 10.1021/ie100257s

Feed a Planet by Monitoring Plant Health

We need to increase agricultural crop yields because of the combination of a growing human population and climate-change-induced realities such as plant disease, warmer temperatures, and drought. This has led to a burgeoning demand for precision agricultural technologies that monitor soil, water, pathogens, and plant health—and provide actionable data in real or near-real time. Techniques that can be used in the field and provide timely feedback are highly sought after.

Wearable electrode sensors

One solution involves the use of “wearable” health sensors that adhere to a plant’s leaf. They monitor leaf health and microenvironmental factors such as temperature, humidity, and water content loss. Materials such as stacked ZnIn2S4 nanosheets have been explored, along with a stretchable metal, carbon nanotube matrix, and silicon.1,2

But getting devices to stick well to leaves is difficult—and designing a functional wearable device that can also be commercially scaled and reproduced is a tall order.

New research published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces shows that the right materials and technologies may help lower these barriers. Work by Barbosa et al.3 shows that nickel-based films can be used in combination with well-known microfabrication processes to make wearable electrode sensors that monitor water content loss of leaves. Water content is a key indicator of plant health and provides information about how stressed or healthy a plant is. The researchers also show that an alternative material, pyrolyzed paper, can be used to reliably measure lost water content.


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Emerging tech for plant health monitoring
Other emerging technologies to monitor plant health include point-of-use techniques such as synthetic biology phytosensors that provide data on plant pathogens, toxins, and nutrients. Fluorescence and hyperspectral imaging techniques can also monitor chlorophyll, photosynthetic activity, leaf stress, pollution, and pathogens. And researchers are exploring devices that can be integrated into plants, such as microneedle electrodes and organic electrochemical transistor-based sensors, for the continual monitoring of plant health.4,5

Nanosensors based on near-infrared fluorescent single-walled carbon nanotubes have also been designed to interface with plant leaves and report on hydrogen peroxide, another key indicator of plant stress.6 Multispectral sensors are also being used on unmanned aerial vehicles to remotely detect leaf stress based on the idea that when leaves are not water stressed, they scatter comparatively more light than dehydrated leaves, based on how light moves from hydrated cell walls into external air space.7,8


  1. Lu, Y.; Xu, K.; Zhang, L.; Deguichi, M.; Shishido, H.; Arie, T.; Pan, R.; Hayashi, A.; Shen, L.; Akita, S.; Takei, K. Multimodal Plant Healthcare Flexible Sensor System. ACS Nano. 2020, 14, 10966–10975. 
  2. Zhao, Y; Gao, S.; Zhu, J; Li, J.; Xu, K.; Cheng, H; Huang, X. Multifunctional Stretchable Sensors for Continuous Monitoring of Long-Term Leaf Physiology and Microclimate. ACS Omega. 2019, 4, 9522–9530.
  3. Barbosa, J. A.; Freitas, V. M. S.; Vidotta, L. H. B.; Schleder, G. R.; de Oliveira, R. A. G.; da Rocha, J. F.; Kubota, L. T.; Vieira, L. C. S.; Tolentino, H. C. N.; Neckel, I. T.; Gobbi, A. L; Santhiago, M.; Lima, R. S. Biocompatible Wearable Electrodes on Leaves toward the On-Site Monitoring of Water Loss from Plants. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces. 2022.
  4. Roper, J. M.; Garcia J. F.; Tsutsui, H. Emerging Technologies for Monitoring Plant Health in Vivo. ACS Omega. 2021, 6, 5101–5107.
  5. Feng, Y-X.; Chen, X.; Li, Y-W.; Zhao, H-M.; Xiang, L.; Li, H.; Cai, Q-Y.; Feng, N-X.; Mo, C-H.; Wong, M-H.
    A Visual Leaf Zymography Technique for the In Situ Examination of Plant Enzyme Activity under the Stress of Environmental Pollution
    J. Agric. Food Chem. 2020, 68, 14015–14024.
  6. Wu, H.; Nißler, R.; Morris, V.; Herrmann, N.; Hu, P; Jeon, S-J.; Kruss, S.; Giraldo. J. P. Monitoring Plant Health with Near-Infrared Fluorescent H2O2 Nanosensors. Nano Lett. 2020, 20, 2432–2442.
  7. Stiteler, W.; Newcombe, A. Use of multispectral sensors and unmanned aerial vehicles for agricultural applications. In SciMeetings, Proceedings of the ACS Fall 2020 Virtual Meeting, Aug 17, 2020.
  8. Gausman, H. W.; Burke, J. J.; Quisenberry, J. E. Use of Leaf Optical Properties in Plant Stress Research. In Bioregulators: Chemistry and Uses; Ory, R. L.; Rittig, F. R., Eds.; ACS Symposium Series 257; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 1984, pp 215–233.

ACS Macro Letters is now indexed in PubMed

The American Chemical Society is proud to announce that ACS Macro Letters is now indexed by Medline in PubMed, and all corresponding PubMed Central deposited material will be linked to the individual PubMed citation! Moving forward, all articles will be indexed and receive a PMID number, and historical articles are currently in the process of being archived as well.

This milestone confirms the role of ACS Macro Letters as an important part of the polymer science community and increases the outreach of the journal to the allied biological communities of research. It should also represent a validation of the high-quality work coming from our authors, reviewers, and editorial team.

Stuart Rowan

“This is a great milestone for ACS Macro Letters to now be indexed in PubMed Central! We hope this achievement will help us to better serve our biopolymer community and provide greater visibility to our content and authors in the biological research areas related to polymer science. In addition, with the appointment of our new Associate Editor, Prof. Melissa Grunlan of Texas A&M University, in the biomaterials area, ACS Macro Letters continues to support our readers, authors, and reviewers by providing them the premier platform for publishing urgent communications in biomacromolecular and all areas of macromolecular research.” said Editor-In-Chief, Stuart Rowan.

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Call for Papers: 10th HUPO Human Proteome Project (HPP) Special Issue

The Journal of Proteome Research is preparing to publish its 10th annual special issue dedicated to highlighting the progress made on the HUPO Human Proteome Project (HPP). Since 2013, this series of special issues has documented incredibly important discoveries in the field through more than 250 articles that have collectively received more than 5,000 citations.

The editorial team organizing this year’s addition to the series invites you to submit a manuscript for consideration by July 1, 2022.

HPP Special Issue Editorial Team

Journal of Proteome Research Associate Editor Christopher M. Overall of The University of British Columbia will work on this year’s special issue with a team of guest editors:

  • Gilbert S. Omenn, University of Michigan
  • Robert Moritz, Institute for Systems Biology
  • Eric Deutsch, Institute for Systems Biology
  • Lydie Lane, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics
  • Fernando Corrales, CSIC, Madrid
  • Haojie Lou, Fudan University

Thematic Priorities

For this special issue, the editorial team will consider research papers encompassing both the Chromosome-Centric Human Proteome Project (C-HPP) and the Biology and Disease Human Proteome Project (B/D-HPP), as well from the HPP Resource Pillars (Antibody, MS, Pathology, and Knowledgebase), and short definitive reports, submitted in the Letters format, on the discovery of a missing protein(s).

To be considered, the missing protein(s) must meet the HPP Data Interpretation Guidelines Version 3.0 and be cast in the context of the HPP and biological setting in which they were discovered.

The editorial team is particularly interested in receiving manuscripts that relate to one of these themes:

  • Completing the high-resolution draft of the human proteome with new strategies and results leading to confident identifications of neXtProt missing proteins (PE2 – 4) according to the C-HPP Guidelines v 3.0 or recent updates
  • Progress on the protein list of individual chromosomes and groups of chromosomes, annotating known proteins and their isoforms/proteoforms and/or credibly identifying missing proteins (PE2 – 4)
  • Annotating proteins and their isoforms/proteoforms and/or identifying missing proteins found in rare or under explored cells and tissues, and protein lists of human cell types as a step in creating a human cell proteome atlas
  • Produce and use “popular proteins” lists in B/D-HPP and contribute to the identification of missing proteins
  • Proteomic studies of proteoforms produced by proteolytic processing, PTMs, alternative splicing (ASV),
    coding non‐synonymous single nucleotide polymorphisms (cSNPs), or chromosome abnormalities
  • Use of targeted proteomics, especially SRM and MS‐SWATH, to extend chromosome‐based protein findings
  • New bioinformatic tools and approaches for annotating the human proteome
  • Biological mechanistic analyses inspired from proteomics data in diseases or biological processes
  • Biomarker discoveries based on the identification of novel ASVs, PTMs or cSNPs in proteomic studies
  • Studies using the Human Protein Atlas to identify missing proteins

Manuscript Requirements & Submission Deadline
Manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the ACS Paragon Plus Environment online submission system by July 1, 2022, to be considered for inclusion in this 10th special issue on the HUPO HPP.

Manuscripts that don’t meet these requirements will be returned without review:

HPP Special Issue Review and Publication Process

Editorial triage will determine whether manuscripts are appropriate for the HPP Special Issue and meet all of the above requirements. Nonconforming papers will be returned unreviewed. All relevant papers will go through full peer review.

As papers are accepted, they will be published online and available in time for HUPO 2022. Due to the publication schedule, only papers accepted by September 31, 2022, will be published in the December 2022 HPP Special Issue. Papers requiring more time for revision or falling outside of the scope of the special issue will be published in regular issues of the journal.

Call for Papers: Special Focus Issue on Neurodegenerative Disease Research

Mass spectrometry has been a leading contributing technology applied to address biomedical research questions in neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. This was highlighted by the recent ASMS/Asilomar Conference on Mass Spectrometry on “The Role of MS in Neurodegenerative Disease Research” (December 2021).

This Special Focus Issue from the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry will highlight mass spectrometry applications and novel methods for neurodegenerative disease research.

For readers, this Special Focus Issue will be an easily identifiable source of high-quality papers. For authors, it provides increased visibility for the latest mass spectrometry work in neurodegenerative disease research.

If you are doing work in this field, the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry editorial team invites you to submit a manuscript by September 30, 2022.

The Neurodegenerative Disease Research Special Focus Issue will be managed by Associate Editor Lingjun Li (University of Wisconsin-Madison).

Submit your manuscript for inclusion now

Author Instructions:

To submit your manuscript, please visit the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry website. Please follow the normal procedures for manuscript submission and when in the ACS Paragon Plus submission site, select the Special Focus Issue of “Neurodegenerative Disease Research.” All manuscripts will undergo rigorous peer review. For additional submission instructions, please see the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry Author Guidelines.

The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2022. Submit your manuscript now.

Call for Papers: Water Challenges and Solution Opportunities in South Asia, a Rapidly Developing Region of the World

South Asia is one of the most populated regions of the world with a population of nearly two billion people (nearly a quarter of the world’s population) located within 5.1 million square kilometers of land. This creates challenging circumstances for freshwater management and supply for the region.

South Asia experiences a wide diversity of urban and natural water stressors.  There are a diversity of climates across South Asia, though much of the region is heavily dependent on monsoon rainfall, which may be dramatically impacted by climate change.  Despite rapid economic growth in South Asia, relatively sparse information is available on the water situation and technology/policy solutions.

This Special Issue from ACS ES&T Water will provide a high-level overview of the water issues facing South Asia, as well as technological and policy examples of efforts to overcome the regional challenges. Moreover, the Special Issue will set the groundwork for future advancements to maintain water sustainability in this rapidly developing region.

Submit your manuscript for inclusion now.

Editor-in-Chief: Professor Shane Snyder, Nanyang Technological University

Guest Editors:

  • Associate Professor Raj Kumar Gupta, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India
  • Fazlullah Akhtar, Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Germany
  • Professor Shameen Jinadasa, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Associate Professor Shukra Raj Paudel, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
  • M. Feisal Rahman, Northumbria University, United Kingdom

Author Instructions:

To submit your manuscript, please visit the ACS ES&T Water website. Please follow the normal procedures for manuscript submission and when in the ACS Paragon Plus submission site, select the special issue of “Water Challenges and Solution Opportunities in South Asia, a Rapidly Developing Region of the World.” All manuscripts will undergo rigorous peer review. For additional submission instructions, please see the ACS ES&T Water Author Guidelines.

South Asia is generally defined as the following countries (in order of population size):  India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and Maldives.

The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2022. Submit your manuscript now.

Call for Papers: Second Special Issue on Methods for Omics Research

The Journal of Proteome Research is planning to publish its second Special Issue on Methods for Omics Research, which will highlight novel and/or significantly updated methods for proteomics, metabolomics and omics studies in general. For readers, this Methods Special Issue will be an easily identifiable source of methods that have been specifically reviewed for their applicability and ease of adoption. For authors, the Special Issue provides visibility and wider adoption of methods in the proteomics community through dissemination and documentation. In addition, the Special Issue will become a convenient platform to publish significantly updated and improved methods that may have been already published.

The Methods Special Issue will be managed by Journal of Proteome Research Associate Editors Josh LaBaer and Meng-Qiu Dong and Guest Editor Laurence Florens and will cover all subdisciplines within the scope of Journal of Proteome Research.

We invite you to submit a manuscript by Dec 1, 2022 for inclusion in the 2023 Special Issue on Methods for Omics Research.


Authors must present either a complete description of a relevant novel method (“Research Article” submission) or a substantial and meaningful update of a previously published method (“Technical Note” submission). The focus of the paper should be on the unique functionality of the method. It should be clear to any reader what questions the method addresses and how it is used.

Demonstration of at least one example of an important application of the method should be included in the paper. Data generated to illustrate a method should be supported by an appropriate number of replicates and statistical analyses. In addition, there should be sufficient detail about the method to allow easy replication.

Data associated with demonstrating the method must be submitted to an appropriate repository at the time of submission, along with full access information to the data provided in the manuscript (dataset identifier(s), username, and password). For novel computational methods, software should be made executable, at a minimum, and preferably have source codes made available.

Instructions for Submission

Manuscripts must adhere to the guidelines available on the Information for Authors page for Journal of Proteome Research and the further details laid out in “Managing Expectations When Publishing Tools and Methods for Computational Proteomics” by Martens et al., and be submitted electronically through the ACS Paragon Plus portal. In ACS Paragon Plus, specify a manuscript type, and activate the special issue feature to designate the paper for Methods for Omics Research. In addition, include a statement in your cover letter that the paper is being submitted for the special issue. Provide names and contact information for at least four suggested reviewers who can meaningfully comment on the described method.

The deadline for submission of manuscripts for the 2023 Special Issue on Methods is Dec 1, 2022. Manuscripts will be screened for suitability for the Special Issue.

Learn More: Read the 2020 Special Issue on Methods for Omics Research, including the Editorial by Laurence Florens, Meng-Qui Dong, and Joshua LaBaer.