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Connect with Your Favorite Journals at ACS Spring 2022!

We are excited to see you (either in-person or virtually) at ACS Spring 2022, taking place March 20-24, in San Diego and online. Listed below is a small selection of the ways you can make the most of the meeting and learn more about your favorite ACS journals, new Editors, finding the right home for your next manuscript, and more.

Please note that all event times listed here are in Pacific Time, and you can refer to the full program for more information.

Sunday, March 20

Organometallics Distinguished Author Award Symposium

08:00 A.M. – 10:40 A.M.| Room 5A | In-person Event | Division of Organic Chemistry


Organometallics Distinguished Author Symposium in Honor of Robert Gilliard

2:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.| Room 7A | Hybrid Event | Division of Inorganic Chemistry

Over two half-day symposia, Professor Robert J. Gilliard, Jris recognized for his dynamic and ground-breaking research in main-group chemistry, in particular his group’s work on novel complexes and electronic structures of magnesium and beryllium.

Monday, March 21

2022 James J. Morgan Early Career Award for Great Achievements in Environmental Science & Technology

08:00 A.M. – 11:05 A.M.| Gallery 1 | Hybrid Event | Division of Environmental Chemistry

Join Environmental Science & Technology, Environmental Science & Technology Letters, ACS ES&T Engineering, and ACS ES&T Water and the Division of Environmental Chemistry to honor the winners of the 2022 James J. Morgan Environmental Science & Technology Early Career Award: ProfessorGang Liu (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark), ProfessorDenise M. Mitrano (ETH Zürich, Switzerland), Professor Peng Zhang (University of Birmingham, U.K.) and ProfessorMatthieu Riva (I’IRCELYON, France).


Hammes Symposium

08:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.| Room: Sapphire I/J (Hilton San Diego Bayfront) | Hybrid Event | Division of Biological Chemistry

Join Biochemistry and the Division of Biological Chemistry to honor the recipient of the 2021 Gordon Hammes Scholar Award, Yang (Vicky) Luo, Yale University and to remember the recipient of the 2021 Gordon Hammes Lectureship, the late Dan Tawfik.


Meet the ACS In Focus Authors

1:30 – 2:00 P.M. | ACS Theater, Exhibit Hall | In-Person Event | ACS Publications Division

ACS In Focus digital publications help readers of all levels accelerate their fundamental understanding of emerging topics and techniques from across the sciences. In an instructional setting, these works bridge the gap between textbooks and literature. For the seasoned scientist, they satisfy the hunger for continuous growth in knowledge and capability. Join Jane Findley, Acquisitions Editor, and authors Matthew Tarr, Mahamud Subir and Yi Rao. Matthew Tarr (University of New Orleans) will discuss Photochemistry of Nanomaterials, while Mahamud Subir (Ball State University) and Yi Rao (Utah State University) will discuss Environmental Interfacial Spectroscopy– two new ACS In Focus titles publishing in March 2022.

Tuesday, March 22

2022 Outstanding Achievements in Environmental Science & Technology Award

08:00 A.M. – 11:20 A.M.| Gallery 2 | Hybrid Event | Division of Environmental Chemistry

Join Environmental Science & Technology, Environmental Science & Technology LettersACS ES&T Engineering and ACS ES&T Water and the Division of Environmental Chemistry to honor the winners of the 2022 Outstanding Achievements in Environmental Science & Technology Award: Professor Jerald L. Schnoor, (Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering, University of Iowa) and Professor Menachem Elimelech (Sterling Professor Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University).


Demystifying Scientific Collaborations, presented by ACS on Campus

12:00 P.M. – 12:30 P.M.| ACS Theater | In-Person Event | ACS on Campus

Finding a great partner can supercharge your research, science outreach activity, or other initiative, but…how do you get started? And keep it going strong? Join Professor Hosea M. Nelson (Professor of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology) Senior Editor, ACS Central Science) and one of his favorite collaborators, Professor Yi Tang (Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles), as they take you inside their partnership and share their best advice for creating your own collaborations.

Join ACS Publications at the ACS Fall 2021 Meeting & Exposition

ACS Publications looks forward to seeing you at journal-hosted sessions and events during ACS Fall 2021.

Please note that all times listed are in EDT.

Please refer to the Meeting Agenda for an up-to-date list of all sessions and events, and remember to share your experience on Twitter using #ACSFall2021.

Sunday, August 22

ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials Symposium in Honor of Prof. Yury Gogotsi: Materials for High Rate Energy Storage

8:00 -10:00 A.M. | Room B203 | Hybrid Event

Professor Yury Gogotsi, Drexel University and Associate Editor of ACS Nano, was selected as the recipient of the 2021 ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials, sponsored by DuPont, for “groundbreaking research that includes the synthesis of novel classes of carbon-based nanomaterials and the elucidation of the mechanisms involved in capacitive energy storage”. This all day symposium honors Professor Gogotsi’s contributions to the field.

Chemical Research in Toxicology Young Investigator Award Symposium

8:00 – 9:30 A.M. | Room B313b – B314 | Hybrid Event

The Chemical Research in Toxicology Young Investigator Award Symposium session is organized by this year’s winner, Dr. Christie Sayes. It features invited talks from leading scientists Robert Strongin, Sherine Obare, April Gu, and the Award presentation and keynote delivery from Dr. Sayes. The talks will focus on a few key areas including vaping chemistry, drinking water contaminants and quality assessment, and the environmental impact on emerging contaminants.

The Journal of Medicinal Chemistry / Division of Medicinal Chemistry joint Portoghese Lectureship Award Symposium

4:30 – 5:00 P.M. | Thomas Murphy Ballroom Sections 3 & 4 | Hybrid Event

This lectureship award is named in honor of Philip S. Portoghese who was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry from 1972 to 2011. This year, the Portoghese lectureship award was modified to recognize two researchers, an established scientist and a young investigator. The Portoghese Lectureship Award Symposium will feature the 2021 recipients of the award, young investigator Daniel Palacios (Novartis), and senior investigator Margaret Chu-Moyer (Amgen).

Monday, August 23

The 2021 Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship Award

10:30 A.M. -12:30 P.M., 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. | Zoom Room 13 | Virtual Only

During each of these symposia, Professor Jenny Yang (University of California, Irvine) will be recognized for her advances in inorganic synthetic, mechanistic, kinetic, and thermodynamic studies of biomimetic catalysts for carbon-neutral fuel production and utilization.

Organometallics 2020 Distinguished Author Award (Organic Division Session)

2:00 – 4:00 P.M. | Zoom Room 17 | Virtual Only

Over two half-day symposia, Professor Viktoria H. Gessner of Ruhr (University Bochum in Germany) will be recognized for her research on carbanionic species as ligands in main-group and transition-metal chemistry.

ACS Catalysis Lectureship for the Advancement of Catalytic Science Award Lecture

2:00- 6:30 P.M. | Zoom Room 28 | Virtual Only

Join ACS Catalysis and the CATL Division for two half-day symposia to celebrate the 2020 and 2021 recipients of the ACS Catalysis Lectureship for the Advancement of Catalytic Science awards. The awards recognize significant contributions within the last seven years by an individual or a team of researchers to the understanding and/or practice of catalysis. This session will recognize Thomas R. Ward in biocatalysis, and Shannon S. Stahl in homogeneous molecular catalysis.

2021 ACS Infectious Diseases Award Lecture

2:00 – 3:45 P.M., 4:30 – 6:15 P.M. | Room: B313b – B314 | Hybrid Event

The ACS Infectious Diseases Award Symposium will feature award recipients Eszter Boros (Stony Brook University), David Olagnier (Aarhus University), and Sloan Siegrist (University of Massachusetts) as speakers. The award is jointly bestowed with the ACS Division of Biological Chemistry and recognizes outstanding young investigators in the infectious disease field who are within ten years of their last training experience or at the Assistant Professor level. Craig E. Cameron, Jeffrey Houpt Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, will join the session as the keynote speaker.

Bioconjugate Chemistry Lectureship in honor of Chunying Chen

4:30 – 6:00 P.M. | Zoom Room 21 | Virtual Only

Join Bioconjugate Chemistry and the ACS Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE) to celebrate the winner of the 2021 Bioconjugate Chemistry Lectureship Award, Dr. Chunying Chen. The award recognizes important recent advances in interfacing synthetic and biological systems.

Tuesday, August 24

Langmuir and ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces Award Lecture

8:00 – 9:55 A.M. | Room: B206 | Hybrid Event

This symposium will honor the winners of the 2021 Langmuir Lectureships and the 2020 ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces Young Investigator Award.

ACS Catalysis Lectureship for the Advancement of Catalytic Science Award Lecture

2:00 – 6:30 P.M. | Room: B216 – B217 | Hybrid Event

This is the second day of two half-day symposia. Please see Monday’s listing for more details.

Organometallics 2020 Distinguished Author Award Lecture (Inorganic Division Session)

10:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. | Zoom Room 12 | Virtual Only

This is the second day of two half-day symposia. Please see Monday’s listing for more details.

The Journal of Organic Chemistry (JOC) and Organic Letters 2020 and 2021 Outstanding Article of the Year Award Lectures

10:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. | Zoom Room 18 | Virtual Only

2:00 P.M.- 4:00 P.M. | Zoom Room 19 | Virtual Only

Professor David Nagib (The Ohio State University) and Professor Ruben Martin (Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ)) will be recognized respectively for the 2020 JOC and Organic Letters recipients from 10:30 AM -12:30 PM. The 2021 award recipients, Xin Hong (Zhejiang University) and Dr. Sidney M. Wilkerson-Hill (University of North Carolina), will be recognized from 2:00-4:00 PM.

ACS journal Associate Editors will be Honored During the ACS Fellows Ceremony

3:30 – 5:00 P.M.

The 2021 ACS Fellows will be honored at a special hybrid ceremony. If you are attending the Meeting in person, this event is taking place at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel. Virtual Meeting attendees may watch online. We hope you will join us as we honor the ACS Fellows, including ACS Publications journal Editors: Maria-Jesus Blanco, Sage Therapeutics (ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters); Mark Hersham, Northwestern University (ACS Nano); Heather Maynard, University of California, Los Angeles (JACS); Stanislaus S. Wong, Stony Brook University (ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces); Liangli (Lucy) Yu, University of Maryland, College Park (Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry).

Wednesday, August 25

ACS Macro Letters / Biomacromolecules / Macromolecules Young Investigator Award

10:30 AM -12:30 P.M. | Zoom Room 27 | Virtual Only

2:00-4:00 P.M. | Zoom Room 38 | Virtual Only

During this award symposium, Professors Bradley D. Olsen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Haritz Sardon (POLYMAT/University of the Basque Country, Spain) will be recognized as the recipients of the ACS Macro Letters / Biomacromolecules / Macromolecules Young Investigator Award. This annual award is sponsored by ACS Macro Letters, Biomacromolecules, and Macromolecules and the Division of Polymer Chemistry.


Collected Resources for Chemists on the COVID-19 Coronavirus from ACS Publications

The global crisis surrounding the novel coronavirus 2019–nCoV, commonly known as the COVID-19 coronavirus, is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. It has affected the lives and the work of people around the world, including chemists. Yet chemists are also at the forefront of the fight to understand, contain, treat, and eventually defeat the disease. The American Chemical Society takes this threat seriously and remains committed to supporting chemists during this difficult time as part of its mission to advance the broader chemistry enterprise around the world. Below is a collection of news, research, and resources for chemists related to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, courtesy of ACS Publications.

Please bookmark this page and share it with your professional network, as it will be updated with new information and chemistry resources related to the pandemic as they become available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click below to read answers to common questions about ACS Publications’ operations during the COVID-19 crisis.

ACS Publications Response to the Pandemic

What is ACS doing to ensure that coronavirus related research is available?

ACS has made all coronavirus-related research published in our 60+ portfolio of journals open access and free-to-read since learning of the novel coronavirus outbreak. The most effective way to access this research is through this virtual issue, which is being updated regularly as new articles are published. Additionally, ACS has made all COVID-19 related research published in ACS journals freely and immediately available in the National Institutes of Health PubMed and World Health Organization (WHO) databases.

How is ACS supporting the federal and global COVID-19 response?

As the world’s largest scientific society, ACS is doing everything possible to aid in the global and federal response to the pandemic. Information about ACS efforts in this area is available on the ACS resources webpage. In addition to enabling free access to all coronavirus-related research, CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, is reaching out to offer its considerable expertise to organizations investing their efforts toward vaccine and therapeutic research as they evaluate the means to combat COVID-19. This assistance, offered at no charge, might involve helping researchers get needed answers or analyses quickly, providing access to CAS solutions, satisfying requests for custom-curated data sets relevant to a target of interest or collaborating with our CAS scientists on a challenging formulations problem, among others. You can contact CAS at the CAS Customer Center.

Does ACS have any resources for families teaching children or young adults about science and chemistry at home?

ACS has made resources available to help in teaching high school, middle school, and elementary school students. The American Association of Chemistry Teachers has also unlocked resources for families learning from home. Additional educational resources can be found on ACS’ Educate resource page.

I’m a professor teaching remotely. Are there any resources I can review?

ACS’s member magazine, Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) has compiled useful tips for teaching online. The Journal of Chemical Education has also created an open-access, free-to-read collection of articles on this topic. Additional resources can be found on the ACS Educate resource page.

Does ACS have any materials for non-chemists who would like to learn more about the pandemic and how it affects our lives?

C&EN has made all of its coverage of the coronavirus pandemic open access and free-to-read for all. C&EN’s reporting includes coverage of the scientific advances in fighting the virus and news about the impact of the pandemic on universities, labs, and industry.

To learn more about the chemistry behind coronavirus, how vaccines are made, and how materials like soap and hand sanitizer work to fight the virus, visit, and subscribe to ACS’s Reactions YouTube channel.  Additional materials can be found on ACS’ Communicate resource page.

Publishing and Journal Activity

Will there be delays in the publication of my article during the pandemic?

At the moment, we are not experiencing any delays in the publication process, but individual circumstances may lead to delays in peer review. If you have questions about the timeline for publication of an article, contact your journal’s editorial office.

What should I do if I need additional time to submit revisions to an article?

If you need more time, contact your journal’s editorial office and explain your request. We’ve communicated the need to be flexible during this unprecedented time to all ACS editors, who understand that authors may be under challenging circumstances.

Will the release of any ACS journals be delayed?

We are doing everything we can to minimize any journal disruptions, and at this time, we expect no delay in the release of any ACS journal articles or issues. If this should change, we will communicate updates to our subscribers and authors.

How can I submit my research quickly?

Uploading your research to ChemRxiv is the fastest way to make your work public. ChemRxiv is a free-to-use service for disseminating unpublished preprints in chemistry and related areas. Preprints are easily searchable and free to read, many with licenses that permit reuse. Uploading your manuscript to ChemRxiv prior to submitting it to a journal for peer review is the quickest way to document your research and make it available to the chemistry community. Please note that while ChemRxiv carries out checks for problematic content, the curators there do not carry out peer review.

As many universities and labs have closed, what considerations should I make when performing a peer review?

We’ve asked our peer reviewers and editors to refrain from requesting additional experiments except when absolutely necessary, as doing so during this time may delay publication. Our journal editorial offices are aware of the difficulties that researchers face when additional lab work is requested; they are carefully evaluating all requests for any additional experimentation from peer reviewers at this time.

I am able to peer review. How can I let editors know of my availability?

We encourage you to accept invitations to peer review, and/or contact journal editorial offices in your field and let them know of your availability. Our peer reviewers are vital to the publication process, so if you find yourself with time, ACS journal editors will no doubt appreciate your expertise.

I thought I had time to review an article, but my circumstances have changed. What should I do?

We understand that individual circumstances are changing on a daily basis. We appreciate your commitment to peer review, but if you are unable to complete a review, please contact the journal editorial office and explain that you are no longer available. You will still be contacted for peer review requests in the future unless you wish otherwise.

Remote Access to ACS Publications

My university is closed. How can I access ACS Publications without using my university’s VPN?

ACS Publications has a variety of options for how you can access articles remotely. Visit our remote access resource page to learn about options for you and for your institution.

I still have access to my university network but plan to begin working and/or studying remotely soon. How can I maintain access to ACS Publications when not on their network?

You can pair a device while on your university network and maintain access to ACS Publications while working remotely. To pair your device, follow the instructions here.

ACS has enabled “federated authentication” for my university. What is federated authentication?

Federated authentication is a method for allowing members of one organization to use their authentication credentials to access a web application of another organization.  This means that students or researchers working off-campus can use their campus credentials to access ACS Publications content without the need for a VPN.

Is Patrons’ privacy protected when logging in with federated authentication?

Institutions are in control over the information that is released about their users. ACS Publications does not require any personally identifiable information (e.g. name or email address). In addition, as a division of the American Chemical Society, we are governed by the Society’s overarching privacy policy, available here.

Will IP authentication and COUNTER reports be affected?

No, enabling remote access via federated authentication does not impact the use of IP address authentication for any users directly connected to the campus network or remotely connected via a VPN/proxy server. In addition, enabling remote access via federated authentication will have no impact on COUNTER reports. COUNTER reports will include usage while on-campus, off-campus, and connected via a VPN/proxy server, or off-campus using federated authentication.

Federated authentication is not yet available through my university. Can my school be added?

The list of institutions that have had federated authentication enabled is growing rapidly. See a full list and search for your school. We are continuing to add new universities every day, so please check back regularly if you don’t see your institution yet.

Take a Two-Hour On-Demand Course from ACS Publications:

Chemistry in Practice: Reduce the Spread of Viruses aims to connect chemical principles of infectious disease to personal actions to help control the spread. This on-demand educational course is intended for all professionals, academics or students returning to work settings who wish to evaluate their risk. Developed and reviewed by leading experts such as Dr. Poonum Korpe, M.D. of Johns Hopkins University, this course consists of lessons on how a virus spreads, mask use, effective hand hygiene, recommendations on gloves and face shields, navigating group situations complete with a risk-assessment calculator, cleaning and disinfecting, vaccines and antivirals, and a self-assessment module. Register for access to two freely available modules or purchase the course using your ACS ID for $20 USD.

Get Access to COVID-19 Coronavirus Research from ACS Publications

Remote Access for Researchers

While you are working and studying remotely, ACS has made it easier for you to access our content. Student and faculty researchers around the world can now sign in without a VPN for a secure connection to ACS Publications content through our partnership with SeamlessAccess, a federated authentication system. For those who still have access to their university networks, you can pair your laptop, tablet, and smartphone to maintain access to ACS research from home. We are adding new remote access options regularly and will continue to ensure that you can access the research you need.

Visit our remote access resource page to learn more and to get instructions on SeamlessAccess and device pairing. If you need additional help or guidance, please email us at

ACS Publications Call for Papers for COVID-19 & Related Research Topics

ACS Publications is committed to rapidly communicating urgent developments in characterizing, preventing, and treating the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) or the disease it causes, COVID-19. As part of that commitment, we’re working to assist anyone whose research relates to COVID-19 to publish and share their results as quickly as possible.

We invite you to submit your COVID-19 or coronavirus-related manuscript to one of our journals.

Consideration for COVID-19 Manuscripts & Published Articles

Due to the unique nature of the current situation, ACS Publications has some special measures in place for handling manuscripts and published articles related to COVID-19/coronavirus:

  • For a limited time, free editing services are available for all manuscripts related to COVID-19/coronavirus. Visit ACS Authoring Services to learn more.
  • COVID-19/coronavirus-related articles included in the Chemistry in Coronavirus Research Virtual Issue are free to read through the end of 2020.
  • ACS Publications is sharing all articles related to COVID-19/coronavirus with the World Health Organization (WHO) immediately upon publication, for inclusion in the WHO COVID-19 research database.

Use a Preprint to Share Your Results Even Faster

ACS also welcomes submissions to the preprint server ChemRxiv

When you post a draft of your manuscript on ChemRxiv, you can share your results with the community and get feedback ahead of formal peer review and publication. You can also use ChemRxiv’s Direct Journal Transfer feature to submit a posted preprint to an established journal for editorial consideration and peer review.

All ACS journals accept manuscripts that have been previously published on ChemRxiv.

Special Issue Calls for Papers

Specific ACS Publications journals are inviting manuscript submissions for Special Issues:

Environmental Science & Technology

ES&T Special Issue Call for Papers: Environmental Transmission and Control of COVID-19

Journal of Chemical Education

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Insights Gained While Teaching Chemistry in the Time of COVID-19

Journal of Proteome Research

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Proteomics and its Application in Pandemic Diseases

A Message for Authors and Reviewers

For Authors

During these unprecedented times, ACS remains fully committed to supporting our authors. In particular, we want to remain flexible with deadlines for revisions and other requests. Please let your journal’s editorial office know if you need additional time to work on a manuscript revision or run into any other challenges with preparing your manuscript. We are happy to work with you!

To support the publication of your research, ACS staff and Editors are working carefully to ensure that journal operations continue with as little disruption as possible. However, given the challenges presented by the COVID-19 outbreak, you may experience delays in the event that reviewers or editors need more time to complete evaluations of your manuscript. We appreciate your understanding that others involved in the publishing process are experiencing many of the same challenges. Posting a preprint of your research on ChemRxiv is one way to help your work reach its audience as rapidly as possible.

For Reviewers

The current global crisis proves that now more than ever, the contributions of scientists are vital. We appreciate the efforts of our reviewers, as their work allows critical research to continue to be published. However, we completely understand that taking the time to review a manuscript is not always possible, especially at this time. If you receive a review invitation, consider the timeline requested and feel free to decline if it isn’t feasible for you. If you’ve accepted an invitation to review and your situation no longer allows you the time necessary to do so, please contact the journal office as soon as possible and explain that you are no longer able to review. We would encourage you to help the editor by recommending an alternate reviewer whenever possible.

If you decline an invitation to review, our editors will contact you again for future review opportunities unless you indicate that you are not interested. Declining a review during this time does not mean that you will be excluded from future review opportunities.

For others, you may find that you have some additional time available at the moment. In these cases, please accept invitations to review, and let journal offices in your area of expertise know if you are available for more review assignments. Hard-working editors will appreciate knowing you are willing and able to provide your expert feedback!

Finally, given that many researchers are not able to visit their labs during this time, please carefully consider any request for additional experimentation as doing so can further delay publications. We ask that you only recommend experiments if they are essential for publication, and clearly differentiate for the editor between required additions (e.g., critical controls) and suggestions that would strengthen the work but should not stand in the way of publication.

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Read Ongoing Coverage of the COVID-19 Coronavirus

News and Updates about the COVID-19 Coronavirus from ACS

Congratulations to the Recipients of the Spring 2020 ACS Publications Librarian Travel Grant

ACS Publications and the Award Committee are excited to announce the recipients of the ACS Publications Travel Grant for Librarians and Library School Students to attend the Spring 2020 ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Philadelphia:

Joshua Borycz, Librarian for Stem Research, Vanderbilt University

Twitter: @JoshuaBorycz

Joshua Borycz began his scientific career studying chemistry and mathematics at Hope College in Holland, MI. He performed geochemical research with Professor Graham Peaslee for two years and, in his last year of coursework, developed an interest in computational chemistry. He decided to apply for a Ph.D. program at the University of Minnesota to work with Laura Gagliardi using quantum mechanical methods on materials for carbon capture and catalysis. During his time at Minnesota, he became interested in the scientific process itself and why publishing novel articles often took precedence over publishing and organizing quality research data. To learn more, he decided to pursue another degree in Information Science and learn more about how data organization within the sciences could be improved. He worked with Carol Tenopir and Suzie Allard at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, for two years on research related to the practices and attitudes of scientists toward data sharing. This research opportunity helped him to attain a job at Vanderbilt University as a Librarian for STEM Research in 2019. At Vanderbilt, he is teaching a Chemical Literature course, acting as a data consultant for research groups, and spreading the word about the many tools and resources provided through the library.

Clair Castle, Librarian, University of Cambridge

Twitter: @chemlibcam

Clair Castle is the Librarian at the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge. She graduated from Loughborough University with a Joint Honours degree in Information & Library Studies and German. Castle is also a chartered member of CILIP, the UK’s library, and information association. She has worked for the University of Cambridge for over 20 years in various libraries and has been managing the Department of Chemistry Library service since 2013. She supports all research and teaching activities that take place in the Department. She has developed a particular interest in research data management – which she teaches to all-new Chemistry graduate students – and in scholarly communication and open research. She is also a Data Champion at the University: these are local experts on research data management and sharing who can provide advice and training within their departments.

Sharon Maria S. Esposo-Betan, Head Librarian, University of the Philippines College of Engineering Libraries

Twitter: @awong

Sharon Ma. S. Esposo-Betan is the Head Librarian of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Engineering Libraries. She is responsible for all aspects of resources management, collection development, and overall planning and development. Her involvement in various organizations in the field of librarianship ushered her to teaching in the UP School of Library and Information Studies as Senior Lecturer. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work and Master of  Library and Information Science degrees from the University of the Philippines Diliman. She served as President of the Consortium of Engineering Library-Philippines (CELPh) in 2017-2018 and President of the Philippine Association of Academic and Research Librarians (PAARL) in 2014. For her exemplary and worthy contribution to the development of academic librarianship in the country, she held various awards such as the 2018 Outstanding Academic/Research Librarian Award, 2016 Professional Service Award, and honorary membership to the International Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Esposo-Betan is a 2-time awardee of the UP Gawad Tsanselor Award (2009 and 2015), the highest and the most prestigious university award given to a professional who has attained a high level of performance, demonstrated good leadership and exemplified honor and excellence within the service of the people.

Amanda McCormick, Chemistry & Physics Librarian, University at Buffalo

Twitter: @mccormick_afm

Amanda McCormick is a librarian with the Sciences and Engineering Library at the University at Buffalo. She serves as liaison to the departments of Chemistry and Physics, where she focuses on providing research support and instruction to students and faculty members.  She holds a B.S. in Biology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, a J.D. from the University at Buffalo School of Law, and an M.L.S. from the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education. Her research interests focus on the communication of scientific information and the intersection of law, science, and information. Before entering science librarianship, McCormick worked as a public librarian and an attorney. Among other activities, she volunteers with the UB Women in STEM Cooperative and has assisted in the planning of an upcoming UB Libraries’ sponsored conference focusing on the use of emerging technologies in teaching.


All four winners will be sharing their experiences from the National Meeting in future ACS Axial articles.

ACS Publications would like to thank the members of the Award Committee and everyone who applied for the travel grant. Librarians and students should keep their eyes open for a call for applications for the Fall 2020 ACS National Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco.

Come and See ACS Publications in Philadelphia

Each ACS National Meeting & Exposition brings with it a wealth of fun activities and events from all corners of ACS Publications. The upcoming ACS Spring 2020 National Meeting & Exposition in Philadelphia will be no exception. Visit ACS Publications in the Expo Hall at booth #707, to meet new Editors,  learn more about our open access initiatives, and explore the all-new ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication. Check out the Expo Hall here.

Schedule of Events

Sunday, March 22

LGBTQ+ Graduate Student & Postdoctoral Scholar Research Symposium

8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., Room 103 A, Pennsylvania Convention Center

Sponsored by ACS Publications


ACS Award in Organometallic Chemistry & F. Albert Cotton Award in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry: Joint Symposium in Honor of Milton R. Smith, III & Daniel J. Mindiola

8:30 A.M. – 12:05 P.M., Room 113C, Pennsylvania Convention Center


Women in Bioconjugate Chemistry

Sponsored by Bioconjugate Chemistry

8:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M., Franklin/Jefferson, Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District


Monday, March 23

ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry

8:30 A.M. – 12:15 P.M., Michael A Nutter Theatre, Pennsylvania Convention Center

Join the Division of Inorganic Chemistry as they present awards across the division.


ACS on Campus

10:00-10:30 A.M., ACS Booth Theater


ACS Chemical Health & Safety Q&A 

2:00-2:30 P.M., ACS Booth Theater

Join Editor-in-Chief, Mary Beth Mulcahy, Assistant Managing Editor, Kali Miller, and  Associate Editors for a short Q&A on the new journal’s scope, the editor’s vision and how the culture of safety is changing. DCHAS members are encouraged to attend!


Tuesday, March 24

Great Achievements in ES&T: James J. Morgan Environmental Science & Technology Early Career Award Symposium

8:20 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., Marseilles, Hotel Sofitel Philadelphia


Improving the activity and selectivity of catalytic CO2 and O2 reduction by inorganic complexes using media

10:55 – 11:20 A.M., Room 107B, Pennsylvania Convention Center

This symposium, organized by Charlie W. Machan & Kate Waldie and sponsored by Inorganic Chemistry, features 16 junior researchers from multiple areas of Inorganic Chemistry


ACS Chemical Biology Lectureship Award Symposium, to be presented to David R. Liu

1:00 – 5:00 P.M., Franklin/Jefferson, Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District


Joint ACS Polymer Journal Q&A

2:00 – 2:30 P.M., ACS Booth Theater

Join Editors-in-Chiefs of ACS Macro Letters, Biomacromolecules and Macromolecules as they embrace and celebrate the theme of #ACSPhilly and the second century of macromolecular science. They will discuss what the journals are doing to celebrate this anniversary year, in addition to what they look for in terms of scope. Refreshments will be served!


ACS Publications Travel Grant for Librarians – Applications due January 31, 2020

Looking to advance your career and grow your professional network? ACS Publications is excited to announce that applications are open for our Travel Grant for Librarians and Library School Students to attend the Spring 2020 ACS Meeting and Exposition, to be held in Philadelphia, March 22–26, 2020.

We encourage all librarians who have never attended an ACS National Meeting, or have not attended in the last five years, to apply for this grant. This is an opportunity to connect with the global community of librarians, researchers, exhibitors, and ACS staff who attend this conference. Full-time library school students are also encouraged to apply to gain valuable experience and learn more about the field of science librarianship. Recipients will also receive one year of ACS membership compliments of ACS Publications.

Learn more about the librarian experience at ACS National Meetings from our Fall 2019 Travel Grant recipients:

Grant Details

  • The Americas: Recipients will receive up to $2,500 USD for travel expenses, full registration to the conference, and one year ACS membership
  • EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa): Recipients will receive up to $5,000 USD for travel expenses, full registration to the conference, and one year ACS membership
  • Asia-Pacific: Recipients will receive up to $7,000 USD for travel expenses, full registration to the conference, and one year ACS membership
  • Four travel grants are available: two grants for the Americas, one grant for EMEA, and one grant for Asia-Pacific

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be a full-time librarian, or full-time library school student at an accredited, or country-equivalent institution
  • Applicants must have never attended an ACS National Meeting, or have not attended in the last five years, and must be available to attend the entire conference
  • Awardees are responsible for obtaining the proper US Visa, or authorization to attend the ACS National Meeting, if required. Travel grant funds may be used to cover any Visa fees. ACS provides information on obtaining on U.S. Visa. ACS provides no guarantee that a Visa will be issued. For international attendees, you may also need to obtain an ESTA before traveling to the United States. Please consult U.S. Customs and Border Protection for more information. If an awardee is unable to obtain a Visa or authorization to travel, the travel grant may be awarded to another recipient.

Awardee Requirements

  • Attend the ACS Division of Chemical Information (CINF) Welcoming Reception.
  • Meet with ACS Publications staff during the conference at various sessions, presentations, receptions, and other engagements.
  • Serve on the Award Committee for the next travel grant selection process.
  • Write an article for ACS Axial after the meeting on their first time experience, advice, and takeaways from the meeting.

An institutional subscription to ACS Publications is not required

Award Committee

  • Previous Travel Grant Recipients, CINF Executive Committee members, and ACS Publications staff

To apply for the travel grant, please submit the following in a single PDF:

  • CV or Resume
  • Short essay (750 words maximum) on how attending the ACS National Meeting will benefit your education/career and what you hope to get out of attending the conference

Applications should be sent to Andrew Clinton,, by Friday, January 31, 2020, at 5 P.M. Eastern Time. Applicants will receive a confirmation email within 72 hours. Award recipients will be contacted no later than Friday, February 14, 2020. The full terms and conditions are available here.

Making the Most of the ACS National Meeting

Stephen B. Alayon is the Head of the Library and Data Banking Services Section, Aquaculture Department, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC), as well as the President-Elect (2019-2020), of the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC). He received a travel grant from ACS Publications to attend the Fall 2019 ACS Meeting and Exposition in San Diego.

As they say, “If water is life, then so is Chemistry.” The theme “Chemistry & Water”  for the Fall 2019 ACS National Meeting & Exposition is very timely. Currently, I am working as the Head of the Library and Data Banking Services Section of the Aquaculture Department, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC/AQD), located in Iloilo, Philippines. SEAFDEC/AQD is committed to sustainable development and the responsible stewardship of aquaculture resources through science-based research and the promotion of appropriate technologies and information relevant to the Southeast Asian region. Currently, our Laboratory Facilities for Advanced Aquaculture Technologies (LFAAT), with its analytical services, feed technology, and diagnostic services laboratories, is applying for ISO certification.

The Library aims to provide information services needed by our scientists, chemists, microbiologists, engineers and other laboratory staff. In addition, SEAFDEC/AQD has conducted studies on the use of chemicals in aquaculture, chemotherapeutants, probiotics, antimicrobials, trace-chemical analysis, pesticide, and antibiotic residue, nutrition studies, amino acids, proteins, off-flavors, seafood toxins, chromatography, and chemical methods of fish disease prevention and control. Walk-in students and researchers from nearby universities often look for reference materials on topics such as drugs from marine sources, and pharmacology here at SEAFDEC/AQD. We aim to strengthen our library collections for our researchers and scientists, and hopefully include ACS Publications, which have a reputation as the most trusted, most cited, and most read.

Being selected as the recipient of the ACS Travel Grant for Librarians and Library School Students to attend the Fall 2019 ACS National Meeting & Exposition in San Diego is a great honor and privilege. I learned that this is the first time it was offered for the Asia-Pacific region. Meeting the team of editors, contributors, exhibitors, and scientists is a great learning opportunity for me to interact and network with them and to understand their work and research. The ACS National Meeting was the largest conference I have attended after IFLA. It is a huge gathering of chemists, engineers, scientists, vendors, employers, teachers, and students. Numerous session topics and workshops with various themes and topics were organized. The conference was also very welcoming to potential members and newcomers, even to undergraduate students. I especially liked the idea of encouraging the attendance of undergraduate students. Early exposure to these types of conferences about chemistry and research is beneficial to young scientists.

It is interesting to note that scientists and students are conducting research on drinking water contamination, chemical spills, plastic in aquatic environments, wastewater-based contamination, harmful algal blooms, and aerosols, among others. Some are also interested in very important or mainstream topics such as plastic pollution, schistosomiasis, candidiasis, anthrax, ebola, HIV, etc. The researchers presented topics that could be of interest to our scientists at SEAFDEC. Examples are the 1) Rapid paper tests for detection of pathogenic Vibriosis in aquaculture; 2) Determination of drugs and pesticides in catfish feed for contaminant traceback; 3) protein extraction from catfish by-products; 4) innate immunity of fish, among others. It is interesting to note that intellectual property and copyright are strictly observed and respected at the conference. To remember all these, one had to scribble notes the traditional way, have a conversation with the presenter, or wait for the papers to get published.

At the Student Poster Competition and SciMix, the librarian in me browsed the poster boards and imagined how to organize the posters topics based on a library classification system. I observed that chemistry people best present their ideas and discourse at night. It was my first experience to attend a night session. I didn’t know that one could be productive at conferences even at night. Posters, ideas, insights, and discussions were mixed with beer. Chemistry indeed!

I also took the time to roam around the EXPO. I went to the ACS store and bought some souvenir shirts for my chemist friends. There I realized that I could spell out my name using the elements sulfur, tellurium, phosphorus, helium, and nitrogen. I also tried spelling it out using the elements in large cubes by the Royal Society of Chemistry. As a librarian, I wandered around the exhibit and searched for books and journals. I got as much as a 50% discount on books, which I brought home to the Philippines. Most of these print books are not readily available in local vendors or too expensive when it reaches the country. I also met Filipino Chemists who were doing their masters and Ph.D.s in South Korea and the U.S., who gave oral and poster presentations. I also passed by the Career Navigator Live. I found it useful for those looking for prospective employers. Amazingly, scheduled interviews happened right at the venue.

The National Meeting offered not only oral and poster presentations but also included workshops. I attended the Pre-ACS Workshop hosted by ACS CINF and sponsored by ACS Publications, which was called “Reproducible Data Analysis and Publishing in Chemistry with ‘R.'” The librarian’s role in scholarly communication has included data management and research reproducibility services. Some universities and research institutions now have items such as data librarians and reproducibility librarians. The workshop is timely for us librarians, who aim to work hand-in-hand with researchers. The goal is to increase our knowledge and equip ourselves with the necessary skills in assisting our researchers and in making research reproducible. Thanks to Ye Li, Steve Wathen, and Donna Wrublewski, who were excellent mentors and facilitators, especially to those with no previous knowledge of ‘R.’

I experienced the unique “organizational culture” of ACS. I observed that ACS Chemical Information (CINF) Division is comprised of committed and dedicated members and was happy to note that they recognized the significant roles of Librarians and Information Specialists in the fields of research and Chemistry. There were interesting topics under the CINF- data visualization, big data, information databases, application of extended reality (XR), informatics, text-mining, among others. I met some of the members of the Executive Committee of CINF, who were all very welcoming. I felt at ease, knowing there were many librarians around. Michael and Andrew, of ACS publications, guided and helped us, especially our travel arrangements. Experiences and challenges of our libraries were exchanged with fellow recipients Nevena, Jessica, and Alexa. It was in ACS that I felt prouder to be a librarian. The association value librarians and information professionals. The CINF also is composed of diverse members. I can see the dynamic interaction between data science, informatics, library and information science, and chemistry. I am hoping in the future that ACS brings chemistry and science librarianship, publishing, and ACS closer to the Filipino and Southeast Asian librarians.

Exploring a Community of Practice at the ACS Fall 2019 National Meeting

Alexa Carter is a Research Librarian for the Physical Science and Graduate Services at North Carolina State University Libraries in Raleigh, NC. She received a travel grant from ACS Publications to attend the Fall 2019 ACS Meeting and Exposition in San Diego.

As a first-time attendee to an ACS National Meeting event, I was completely astounded by the diversity of chemical professionals in attendance. From upcoming chemical researchers and students to tenured professors and field chemists, I found myself interfacing and learning from researchers on a variety of topics. I am very appreciative of ACS Publications for awarding me one of this year’s Librarian Travel Grants to attend the ACS Fall 2019 National Meeting & Exposition in San Diego. The event was very informative and stimulating, with sessions and presentations focused on science communication, mentorship of chemical researchers, data visualization, and more.

The ACS Fall 2019 National Meeting featured a multitude of opportunities to hear from chemists about their research or other chemistry-related topics, including workshops, training sessions, and over 12,000 oral and poster presentations. I found the ACS mobile app especially helpful for navigating all of the sessions and events that were sponsored by a variety of divisions within ACS. Many of the sessions were sorted into divisional tracks, making it easier for the 15,000+ attendees from around the world to select sessions based on their divisional focus and interface with researchers with similar interests. While I mainly attended the sessions hosted by the Division of Chemical Information (CINF) and Division of Chemical Education (CHED), dabbling in the content presented by other divisions was highly encouraged.

One of my favorite sessions from the meeting was hosted by CINF and focused on the importance of mentoring and student success within chemistry. As a science librarian passionate about STEM education and assessment, I was delighted to gain a better understanding of how professors and institutions are coordinating and assessing their student success initiatives. While there can often be a disconnect between the essential skills that chemistry students develop and those that they are expected to develop for future careers, it was encouraging to hear about how practitioners and educators are empowering students to fill this skills gap. Many of the conversations around this theme continued into other sessions and keynote presentations, as well. I also attended sessions exploring the creation of digital learning objects and open source tools for chemical researchers that were quite thought-provoking.

As an early-career librarian, I found the ACS Fall 2019 National Meeting to be the ideal place for me to learn more about supporting researchers through science librarianship and would recommend other librarians supporting chemists to consider attending a future meeting. It provided the perfect opportunity to converse with other chemistry professionals about building resources and programming in libraries that effectively support researchers’ needs. I enjoyed networking with other science librarians and information professionals at many of the events hosted by the CINF division, including the Skolnik Award Reception, and felt welcomed by many of the CINF representatives throughout the meeting. One of the largest events at the meeting, the Sci-Mix Interdivisional Poster Session, was especially enjoyable to explore as it featured researchers from all of the ACS divisions. This event also included the bi-annual 10-pound chocolate bar raffle from the Chemistry and the Law Division as well as other opportunities to get involved with the ACS divisions.

Overall, attending the ACS Fall 2019 National Meeting & Exposition proved to be an exceptional experience. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the oral and poster presentations with my fellow grant recipients, starting new conversations about supporting chemical researchers, and learning from the general ACS researcher community. I am eager to share and apply my new knowledge from this meeting in my role as a librarian and look forward to contributing to this scientific community of practice in the future.

Chemistry Lessons for Librarians from the Fall 2019 ACS National Meeting in San Diego

Nevena Tomic is a Subject Specialist at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. She received a travel grant from ACS Publications to attend the Fall 2019 ACS Meeting and Exposition in San Diego.

Some of my friends and colleagues have asked me, “What were the highlights of your ACS San Diego experience?” There is no simple answer. Some highlights included meeting people, falling in love (again) with chemistry (at this age?), and enjoying San Diego — if I try to classify my impressions as a passionate librarian.

So, let’s start with people. The other three grant winners (Alexa from the United States, Jessica from Canada, and Stephen from the Philippines) proved to be great company. We shared our experiences, coming from different countries, universities, with different backgrounds and challenges in our libraries. People from ACS (Andrew) and CINF technical division (Donna, Jeremy, Susan) were friendly, helpful, interesting and helped me to better understand their work and to start thinking how I can join to learn and to help. I met people from my university’s Core Labs department who were there to recruit students and faculty to come to the Middle East and join our young (10-year-old) university. They were very surprised to see me there and asked if I am there to recruit people for the library. I explained I came to learn and that I won a generous grant from ACS. I hope this meeting far from Saudi Arabia, in different circumstances, will be fruitful for better cooperation between our Library and Core Labs Department.

I loved chemistry in high school, but then I went to university and got a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and a Ph.D. in library and information science. I became an academic librarian and for many years my link to chemistry faded, until 6 months ago when I became Subject Specialist for Physical Sciences and Engineering at KAUST in Saudi Arabia and realized I need to learn more about chemical information resources to be able to help our researchers. So, I joined the CINF mailing list, and there I came across the call for the ACS Library Grant. I was lucky to get the grant which opened this whole new world to me.

I was surprised how big the ACS National Meeting is (the biggest conference I attended before was the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), but I think the ACS meeting is bigger). It was not easy to select sessions to attend. Before going to San Diego, I was invited to give a lecture on searching scientific information to master’s students of Crystallography and Diffraction course, so I decided to learn more about crystallography resources at the conference and to go to listen to these topics. Attending CINF sessions was a logical choice. I learned a lot. Two highlights (from my experience) at CINF sessions were XR in libraries and Safety Information Literacy. When it comes to crystallography, I was not able to fully understand the high-level sessions I attended, but now I know the basics about crystallography resources, and I am proud of this.

San Diego is one of the most beautiful cities I visited, with a perfect climate and vibrant atmosphere. I liked the Gaslamp Quarter, the historic area where my hotel was located, as well as Seaport Village at the Bay, Balboa Park, with its art galleries, museums, and charming gardens. My favorite place there is the Air & Space Museum.

My San Diego experience was a perfect opportunity and a nice start for the freshman in the chemical information world. I see a lot of possibilities for me to better serve our community and for our Library to more significantly support the researchers in fields related to chemistry.

Wading Through Information at the Fall 2019 ACS Annual Meeting 

Jessica E. Hanley is a Science Liaison Librarian at a University of Toronto. She received a travel grant from ACS Publications to attend the Fall 2019 ACS Meeting and Exposition in San Diego.

I started my career as a Science Librarian in the spring of 2017.  I had been looking to attend conferences outside of the field of librarianship for some time, and the ACS Annual Meeting had been on my wish list for some time. I felt very honored when I received the news I had been selected as a grant recipient for this year’s meeting in San Diego.

This was going to be by far the largest conference I have ever attended, and my first conference not focused on librarianship. I was very excited to pick sessions to attend. The theme for this year’s annual meeting was “Chemistry and Water,” but there were sessions geared towards all fields of chemistry, and I was pleasantly surprised to see there were a few that fit my areas perfectly!

Looking at the schedule online, I must admit it was a bit intimidating at first. With so many different divisions, some sessions would appeal to all different types of education and employment backgrounds.  While I do have some chemistry in my education and employment background, it has been several years since I have immersed myself in the discipline, so I was eager to choose sessions that would help me to refresh my memory but also improve my professional practice. Jeremy Garritano, incoming chair of CINF, provided me and fellow grant recipients several useful tips, suggestions, and recommendations for deciding what events and sessions to attend. This (along with the ACS mobile app) helped in planning what sessions I wanted to attend and how to get to them.

I won’t list all the sessions I attended, as there were so many.  Some of the highlights, though included a session on the Google Patents search engine.  I found these sessions extremely useful. I also spent a day entirely focused on web-based chemistry databases.  As a Science Librarian, I am also looking for opportunities to learn about new resources that I can share with my faculty and students.  I liked that the day was structured so that each presentation was a reasonable length of time.  It kept the presentations to the point and the audience engaged. It felt like the day flew by.  These sessions were a highlight of the conference. I could see how I could apply that knowledge to my day-to-day work.  I was not anticipating there would be such a large number of sessions geared towards librarians, but ACS did an excellent job of making sure all areas of chemistry were covered.

The conference was not all work and no play, however.  Each evening there was a variety of different opportunities to engage with other attendees each day.  One event was the poster session which featured student research from around the globe.  I had the opportunity to speak to a few students about their research and was blown away about how enthusiastic and eager they were to share it.   There was also a few mixers where I was able to spend time getting to know fellow Librarians, chemists, and vendors. Everyhad been on my wish list for some time. I felt very honored when I received the news I had been selected as a grant recipient for this year’s meeting in San Diego.

During the event I learned I could become actively involved in ACS and the Chemical Information (CINF) division in ways I didn’t know about before. After discussing this with a few board members, I was excited at the possibility of being more involved. Librarians continue to move toward filling non-traditional roles.  Attending an ACS meeting and getting engaged in the CINF division is something I would recommend all Librarians involved in chemistry consider.  I am ecstatic that I was able to have this experience and learn so much throughout the conference. I want to thank ACS for this opportunity of a lifetime, and for having such a large number of resources available to information professionals.