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Ready to become a better writer, reviewer, and communicator? ACS on Campus and the ACS Institute can help you master the skills you need at every stage of your career.

ACS on Campus is the American Chemical Society’s initiative dedicated to helping students advance their education and careers by providing resources for you to develop your skills. ACS on Campus partners with schools around the world to bring leaders in chemistry, publishing, career development, research, and science communication right to your doorstep. At these free events, you’ll network with top professionals, local experts, your peers, and more!

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Nothing beats attending a live ACS on Campus event, but you don’t have to be on campus to benefit from all ACS on Campus has to offer. Check out our favorite resources anytime, anywhere.

Tap into the ACS Editors’ collective wisdom with 10 Tips for Scholarly Publishing, learn to navigate peer review, and so much more.

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The ACS Institute is a central online catalog to learn new skills, develop competencies, or advance your career.

You can find the ACS Author Lab and ACS Reviewer Lab online learning modules through the ACS Institute in the ACS Center for Scientific Communication to support you at any point in your career or publishing journey.

ACS Author Lab is an online training course designed to give authors an in-depth look at everything they need to know to submit a manuscript for publication. Take this course to help prepare and submit strong manuscripts while speeding up the publication process.

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If you are looking for specific guidance during the publishing process, ACS Author University features on-demand videos and articles from our editor community with tips on scientific writing, securing funding, handling rejection, and much more.

The ACS Publishing Center contains everything you need to prepare and review manuscripts for ACS Publications journals, including where to start if you are new to publishing, ACS journal guidelines and templates, and the ability to view your articles and manuscripts.

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.

ACS on Campus Virtually Visits The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)

ACS on Campus, the American Chemical Society’s premier student outreach initiative, recently held its first-ever digital event at The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). The university has a design-centric, multidisciplinary curriculum designed to nurture technically grounded leaders and innovators. During the 2-hour event, SUTD students got to hear from engaging speakers, including an ACS Editor, and ask questions about their tips for writing and publishing.

ACS Materials Letters Associate Editor Prof. Xiaodong Chen of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, spoke first. He is also is a member of the editorial advisory boards of more than 10 international journals, including ACS Nano. Prof. Chen’s talk was on ‘Cultivating Your Scientific Presentation Skills.’ He discussed the professional benefits of being a skilled presented and shared his public speaking advice.

The next speaker was 2014 ACS Noteworthy Chemistry honoree Prof. Xiaogang Liu of SUTD, who discussed his advice on ‘Effective Scientific Writing Skills.’ As a non-native English speaker, he shared the benefits of keeping his writing style simple. He also shared how an attractive piece of writing can draw in more readers.

“ACS on Campus provides a fantastic platform for researchers to interact with each other, exchange views, share experiences. The impact of ACS on Campus goes beyond chemistry and benefit many people – not only chemists but also researchers from other fields. I enjoyed this event very much, especially the interactions with students. We welcome ACS on Campus to visit SUTD again in the near future,” said Prof. Liu.

The event concluded with a presentation from the SUTD library highlighting how the ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication can aid students on their academic journey. This digital publication provides students, researchers, educators, and librarians with the instruction and advice they need to master the art of scholarly communication. 

Students who attended the event also got to bring home prizes and a participation certificate.

ACS Publications looks forward to additional future collaborations with SUTD and with more universities to come! Check ACS on Campus to find an upcoming event near you.

Here’s what people are saying about this ACS on Campus event with SUTD.

The speakers and modules presented during ACS on Campus SUTD were really engaging and insightful for our students. Being our first collaboration with ACS Publications, the turnout was better than expected. Looking forward to more of such events from ACS Publications and the team.” – Ridzwan Hussain, SUTD Library Senior Associate for User Engagement and Outreach

The ACS on Campus SUTD was highly engaging and the knowledgeable speakers gave amazing presentations and answered our burning questions with good advice. Overall, the session is thought-provoking and one that I would definitely encourage others who have an interest in research to attend.” – Kelly Lim, SUTD Alumni

The session was informative and engaging! I learned from the sharing by different presenters and benefitted from the thought-provoking questions asked by fellow students.” – Lin Huiqing, SUTD student

I am glad to have the opportunity to participate in this event. Although my major is computer science and not chemistry, I learned a lot about academic presentation and academic writing from the presentation, which will help me a lot in my future research. Thank you to all the organizers for their hard work! I hope I can attend again next time! Thank you so much!” Rui Liu, SUTD student

The sharing on Scientific Presentation and Writing by Prof Chen and Prof Liu, respectively, are extremely insightful for researchers. The sharing was delivered in a very systematic approach to engender confidence for novice and intermediate researchers to partake in our future scientific writing and presentations.” – Lim Sze Li Harry, SUTD student

ACS on Campus Goes Virtual for ASEAN Event

For the first time, ACS on Campus is accessible to audiences from all across ASEAN (Southeast Asia) and beyond, virtually! In the age of disconnection, ACS Publications staff were able to connect and share our knowledge for the advancement of science during this global pandemic in the comfort of our homes.

More than 450 students, early-career researchers, and faculty members from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore, and all over the world logged on live for the 2-hours webinar on the morning of September 30 to learn from two ACS editors on the tips for publishing and preparing abstracts.

The webinar started with an overview of ACS Resources and its value to researchers on their academic and career journey.

The first guest speaker was Professor Habibah A Wahab, Associate Editor of the Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling, and Dean of the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Science, Malaysia. She shared her insights on the topic, “10 Tips for Scholarly Publishing.” Her presentation gave our audiences a few great takeaways on preparing a manuscript for publications and choosing the most appropriate journal.

“I am so honored to be given the opportunity to share the publication tips with ASEAN researchers. I am very impressed with the excellent organization of the webinar – that was my first ever! I could see how eager and enthusiastic the participants with all the excellent questions. I have high hopes that ACS will continue reaching us here and more and more ASEAN researchers will publish with ACS in the near future”- Professor Habibah A Wahab

The next speaker was Professor Tao Deng, Associate Editor for Chemical Reviews, and the “Zhi Yuan” Chair Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His enthusiasm for sharing his views on The Art of Graphical Abstracts and Why They Matter, inspired our audiences to develop a knockout graphical abstract to stand out from the sea of research papers.

“It is truly great to participate in this on-line ACS on Campus ASEAN event. I enjoyed the experience and Q-and-A with the students – it will be even better if we can have face-to-face interaction directly with students during the presentation. The support from ACS on Campus staff members is super – thanks!” – Professor Tao Deng

We also invited CAS Specialist Pamela Oon to share the presentation, “How SciFinder Can Contribute to the Research & Publishing Process.” The event ended off with the Chairperson of the ACS Malaysia Chapter, Dr. Mohd Firdaus Abdul Wahab, giving an overview of ACS communities in the region. He also gave a few specific highlights from the ACS Malaysia Chapter & the International Student Chapters in Malaysia.

“I am glad to be able to represent the ACS Malaysia Chapter for the virtual ACS-on-Campus this year. The virtual mode allowed us to engage with more audiences from much wider geographical locations. The Chapter has always been on the lookout for opportunities to reach out to our colleagues in Malaysia, the South East Asian region, and beyond. This virtual event was the perfect platform to share with the audience about the exciting activities organized by our members, and hopefully, inspire them to support the Chapter. I also had the opportunity to highlight our amazing student chapters and the synergy that the Chapter has with the student chapters for our mutual benefit. I look forward to our next ACS-on-Campus event!” – Dr. Mohd Firdaus Abdul Wahab

This event’s success showed us how ACS Publications can still connect with people from the region and around the globe, even while we are physically apart. We hope to see you at the next global ACS on Campus event!

What Can ACS Do for Your Chemistry Career?

What can the American Chemical Society do for your chemistry career? Whether you’re looking for your first chemistry job, or looking to publish the research that will one day win you the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, ACS has programs and services that can help you reach the next stage of your career in chemistry.

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Read on to learn more about about what ACS is and how it can help you advance your chemistry career.

What is the ACS?

ACS is one of the world’s largest member-based scientific organizations, with more than 150,000 members in 140 countries. We are dedicated to advancing the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people, and we do this in several ways.

We publish chemistry’s most trusted, most cited, and most read peer-reviewed journals.

We help our members advance their careers through education, career services, community development, and engaging events so that chemists can thrive.

We advocate for the chemistry community, focusing on four key areas: innovation through research & technology, science education and the workforce, sustainability and the environment, and science in public policy.

What is ACS Axial?

ACS Axial is a resource for learning about what is happening with the American Chemical Society and for finding resources to advance your career. Sign up for the newsletter to stay connected to all the latest developments.

How Can Learn About ACS Publications Lectureships?

ACS Publications journals honor chemists with various lectureships each year, with awards available in every major discipline of chemistry.

How Do I Find Other ACS Grants, Scholarships, and Awards?

The ACS Scholars program awards more than $1,000,000 in scholarships each year, in addition to many other grants and awards for every level of the chemistry community.

What if I Need Help Writing a Paper?

Consult the ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication for up-to-date guidance on writing, formatting, and promoting scientific articles. If you need additional help, consult with ACS Authoring Services.

How Do I Learn More About Submitting to ASC Publications Journals?

The ACS Publishing Center has information on author guidelines, data and figure requirements, and other policies for every ACS Publications journal. You can also learn about various author resources to help you write the best possible paper.

What Continuing Education Resources Does ACS Have?

The ACS Institute is a robust online platform for learning about new areas of chemistry, lab safety, leadership, professional development, scientific communication, technical skills, and volunteer development, as well as the ACS Reviewer Lab.

ACS on Campus Goes Off-Campus for the Indian Research Community

At ACS Publications, we believe that our ‘New Normal’ can enable ‘New Possibilities.’ That is why ACS on Campus, our flagship outreach program, returned to India with a virtual event for the Indian research community on August 10, 2020.

ACS Publications was overwhelmed by the Indian community response, with 3900+ registrations for the webinar and 1700+ researchers participating in the live event. Attendees even made the event trend on social media with the hashtag #AttendingACSOffCampus. The ACS Publications team is grateful for such a positive response from the Indian research community and is committed to continuing to deliver useful researcher engagement programs. 

The scholarly publishing environment is changing rapidly, and ACS Publications understands that conventional in-person customer engagement can jeopardize researchers’ safety. That is why we transformed ACS on Campus into a virtual event for an Indian audience. We did not restrict the opportunity to the researchers of a particular institution but instead made the event open to India’s entire research community.

The digital event’s topic was “Peer Review & Publishing Ethics.” This subject aligns well with the needs of Indian researchers during these tough times. The research process can be complicated, especially for an early career researcher. Young researchers need expert advice and access to the right tools to conduct research, collaborate with others, present their work impeccably, and see it published in a well-respected journal.

During this 2-hour virtual event, our experts helped the Indian research community understand the peer-review process’s nuances. 

The event covered the following topics:

  • “Publishing Ethics,” Led by Langmuir Editor-in-Chief, Professor Gilbert Walker. Professor Walker is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry of the University of Toronto. He is the Associate Scientific Director of Nanomedicine Innovation Network and the Chief Technical Officer of Sylleta Inc.
  • “Peer Review Processes: Why, How To & What Not to Do,” led by The Journal of Physical Chemistry Editor-in-Chief, Professor Joan Emma Shea. Professor Shea is a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
  • “Essential Skills for a Successful Career,” led by Chemical & Engineering News Editorial Advisory Board Member Dr. Anubhav Saxena.Dr. Saxena is the R&D President at Pidilite Industries. He is also on the Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Omega.

The speakers enjoyed answering the questions from the excited and curious young members of the Indian research community. These young researchers engaged in discussions on the latest technology, publishing advice, career insights, and current challenges in science with the speakers.

Read what some of the participants had to say:

“It was an extremely well-organized event. Distinguished speakers like Professor Joan-Emma Shea and Professor Gilbert Walker talked about publishing protocols and ethics. Dr. Anubhav Saxena explained the value of skill assessment and discussed the early career opportunities that are very relevant, considering the present global situation. The session topics were carefully crafted, diverse, and self-explanatory. The webinar hosted by Mr. Manish Uniyal and Mr. Piyush Kumar Gupta deserves a big thumbs up. Thank you, #ACSOffcampus for enlightening us with your resources in this current pandemic scenario.”

Pritam Roy, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Nanotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati

“I found this webinar very useful to get myself updated with present peer review processes and publication ethics. All the speakers presented their talk very effectively. I will send my next research article to ACS journals for publication. Thanks to organizers for this very informative and useful webinar.

Dr. Dheeraj Mandloi, Assistant Professor in Chemistry, Institute of Engineering and Technology Devi Ahilya University

Email Manish Uniyal For more information about ACS on Campus events in India.

ACS Holds Publishing Workshops Across India

The DST-ACS Publishing Workshops are 18 events organized by ACS in partnership with the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, in association with Vigyan Prasar (an autonomous organization under DST) across India through March of 2022. These free events aim to train early career researchers on scholarly publishing, peer review, ethics and plagiarism, science communication, and other essential skills needed to advance in their respective careers.

During the one-day publishing workshop, attendees learn about effective manuscript writing, as well as nuances of the peer review process, and common issues in ethics and plagiarism. A highlight from these events was a title and abstract writing exercise where about 10% of entries at each workshop were awarded. The participants also received further insights about ACS resources, such as ACS Style Guide to Scholarly Communication (a new online resource for improving scientific writing) and ACS Reviewer Lab (a free online certificate course on peer review). The workshop also highlights the ACS magazine Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) for its coverage of the latest and authentic information from the chemical enterprise. ChemIDP, a career planning tool for chemical scientists, as well as key benefits for ACS members, were also discussed.

This workshop series premiered in November 2019 at Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSIR-CSMCRI) in Bhavnagar, followed quickly by events at the Institute of Nano Science and Technology in Mohali, Uttarakhand State Council for Science & Technology (UCOST) in Dehradun and Bharathidasan University in Trichy. These workshops had about 2000 participants from about 100 institutes/universities.

ACS Editors and Advisory Board members shared their experience and delivered sessions in these workshops. Those in attendance included Professor Ashok Ganguli, member of ACS Materials Letters’ Editorial Advisory Board, Professor Abhishek Dey, Associate Editor of ACS Catalysis, Professor Nikhil R. Jana, Associate Editor of ACS Applied Nano Materials, Professor Jitendra K. Bera member of Organometallics Editorial Advisory Board, Professor Anindya Dutta and Professor Ayan Datta member of The Journal of Physical Chemistry Editorial Advisory Board, and Dr. Narayan Pradhan, member of ACS Energy Letters and Chemistry of Materials’ Editorial Advisory Board.

The Honorable Governor of Uttarakhand, Smt. Baby Rani Maurya attended the DST-ACS Workshop UCOST – Dehradun. She appreciated the joint efforts and initiative taken by ACS and DST, to run the nationwide campaign to educate and empower early career researchers. She also appealed to all the participants to take advantage of the benefits of ACS Membership for one’s career advancement.

Five such workshops are planned in 2020, and the first was organized at the Aligarh Muslim University on February 14. The upcoming workshops are planned to be held at the Indian Institute of Technology Indore on April 17 and Indian Institute of Technology Ropar on April 30.

ACS on Campus Visits Chulalongkorn University

ACS on Campus came to Chulalongkorn University for the first time on October 10, 2019. With 102 years of history, Chulalongkorn University is the oldest higher education institute in Thailand. It is also ranked 1st in Thailand for the 7th consecutive year by the QS World University Rankings 2020.

The attendance for the event was overwhelming with participants from Chulalongkorn University and other schools across Bangkok. As the ACS Publications Market and Business Development Manager for ASEAN & Oceania, I was present at the event as a moderator.

The event started with a warm opening by the Director of Office of Academic Resources, Associate Professor Amorn Petsom. He also expressed his excitement at having Shanghai Jiao Tong University Professor Tao Deng, Associate Editor of Chemical Reviews, speak at the university.

“ACS on Campus is truly a great venue to make the connection between editors, senior members, and the young generation of chemists. Through this event, I also learned a lot related to the unique needs of the specific groups and also appreciated the enjoyable interaction with the young students and colleagues in Thailand. I hope we can do more of this event to bring the message and impact of ACS to every young chemist possible!” — Professor Tao Deng, Associate Editor, Chemical Reviews.

Professor Tirayut Vilaivan shared his career journey and highlighted the importance of networking through ACS memberships and location association for research collaborations. He also talked about “Advancing Your Career” and shared tips on how to keep yourself up to date on the job market, prepare for a job hunt, and make yourself marketable.

“Thank you for letting me have the opportunity to be part of ACSoC and the great networking opportunities for scientists in Bangkok.” — Professor Tirayut Vilaivan, Department of Chemistry, Chulalongkorn University.

It was an honor to have Professor Makoto Ogawa from Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science & Technology (VISTEC) presented the topic of effective communication. He was academia from Japan, previously working on inorganic materials chemistry at Waseda University.

“I enjoyed the event and fulfilled the objective of reaching out the young scientists through ACS on Campus Chulalongkorn University… I will be happy to join the next ones!” — Professor Makoto Ogawa, School of Energy Science & Engineering, VISTEC.

Overall, the event was a great success. The focus of the program was on how ACS could support the scientific community through ACS content and resources. It also provided opportunities for future research collaborations and networking in Thailand.

It was a fruitful event as participants were able to bring home knowledge on how to succeed at every stage of their professional life through ACS resources aimed at helping attendees “discover, advance, connect and share.” We hope to return next year for another round of ACS on Campus at Chulalongkorn University.

Check Out Photos From the Event:

  • Professor Amorn Petsom welcoming all participants to ACSoC Chula
  • ACS Publications General Manager of Book Promotion, Kittipong Supkongdee presents a token appreciation to Professor Amorn.
  • Professor Tao Deng shares his Top 10 Tips for Scholarly Publishing to the audiences.
  • Professor Tirayut presented a tall on the topic of “Advancing Your Career”
  • Professor Makoto Ogawa presented his topic on effective communication.
  • The audience at the event was eager to participate.
  • Group Photo with all speakers and participants.

ACS on Campus Visits the University of Malaya and Petronas Scientific Lectures

The American Chemical Society’s premier outreach program, ACS on Campus, headed to the University of Malaya on October 3, 2019, for the launch of ACS University of Malaya’s International Student Chapter. ACS on Campus also paid a visit to the scientific lectures at Petronas Research on October 4, 2019.

It was an honor to have Professor Noorsaadah Abd Rahman, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation at the University of Malaya, officially open the event with her welcome speech. Also in attendance was Professor Sharifuddin Md Zain, Head of the Department Chemistry, who hosted and brought the program to the University of Malaya.

A group of students assembled at University of Malaya.

Dr. Zakaria presented a token of appreciation to Professor Noorsaadah, witnessed by Professor Sharifuddin.

“It was awesome to be a group of eager students wanting to be in the chemistry-related fields. The chemistry between various groups, such as librarians, researchers, top management of UM, young researchers, and students, was incredible. I found it interesting and I was amazed by the many kinds of ideas and contributions from Petronas and other researchers. The method of sharing new research findings via open lecture and poster sessions is worth emulating in many other meetings or programs. Keep up the good work! I hope to see ACS more often at the University of Malaya’s campus.” Dr. Khasiah Zakaria, Chief Librarian, Central Library, University of Malaya.

Dr. Khasiah Zakaria discusses library services

“ACS on Campus University of Malaya achieved more than its collective objectives. The event succeeded in closing the gap between the industry and academia by promoting a better understanding of the industry’s needs and aspirations. Petronas Research was grateful to be given a chance to listen and respond to the queries made on how we manage innovation and opportunities that arise from our activities in the realm of technology.” Dr. Azlan Shah Hussain, Principal Scientist (Process Technology), Petronas Research.

Dr. Azlan delivers a scientific lecture.

“It is really my great pleasure to share some of my experiences in academic research and paper publishing with the next generation of scientists. Students from University of Malaya, University of Science Malaysia, and others enjoyed and learned a lot about scholarly publishing from the event. What impresses me is that the students are full of enthusiasm and desire to learn. I believe that some of them will become active authors and reviewers of ACS in the near future.”Professor Xu Minghou, Associate Editor of the ACS Publications journal Energy & Fuels.

Professor Xu Minghou
Dr. Xu Minghou receives a-token of appreciation from Dr. Vannajan.

Professor Habibah Wahab, the first Malaysian ACS Associate Editor for the Journal of Chemical Information & Modeling, shared her experiences in a session called “Peer Review: Why, How to, and What Not to Do.” She also shared her academic journey during the career panel talk and served as one of the student poster judges too.

Professor Habibah.
Professor Habibah and Dr. Rozie

“This is the first time the ACS on Campus was jointly organized by the ACS Publications and ACS UM International Student Chapter in Malaysia. It was indeed a well-planned ACS on Campus event, which was held at University of Malaya. The invited speakers from both academia and industry have made the sharing light, interesting, and enjoyable. Thanks to Professor Minghou Xu and Professor Habibah Wahab for their guidance and advice on ACS journals publication. I hope there will be more ACS on Campus events in other regions of Malaysia in the future!” Dr. Hooi-Ling Lee, Chair of ACS Malaysia Chapter.

Dr. Lee Hooi Ling and Dr. Azlan.

Dr. Azlan.

“A great event at the doorstep of the University of Malaya, packed with so much knowledge and great speakers, offering a unique balance of academic research, career development, publishing, science communication, networking, and industrial application. We have received an overwhelming response from various participants locally.  In short, ACS on Campus offers a compact source of inspiration and motivation.”Associate Professor Dr. Vannajan Lee, Department of Chemistry, University of Malaya.

Dr. Vannajan Lee & Dr. Rozie officially launch the UM International Student Chapter.

 “The poster presentation was the highlight of the event. It facilitated communication of research findings between students and event attendees. Students were able to receive constructive feedback from other researchers. It provided an opportunity for them to adopt a different perspective on the analysis of their research data. Everything turned perfectly on the day of the event. People from different research backgrounds gathered under one roof to connect with others and initiate collaboration.  ACS on Campus University of Malaya was one of the best-attended events for many!” Piravin Raj Barthasarathy, Best Poster Award Winner.

Best Poster Award Winners.

The sessions were interactive as the speakers had many questions from the students. Overall, the organizing committee was very enthusiastic about the event. A lot of promotion within the campus, outside the campus, social media was done by the ACS Malaysia Chapter and UM International Student Chapter. We looped the involvement of CAS to recruit Young Scientist in UM. This was definitely made possible with the involvement of a huge committee. A big thanks for everyone who supported and participated in ACS on Campus University of Malaya!

Pamela Oon highlights CAS Young Scientist.
Speakers and working committee members.
Supporters from UM Central Library.
Access Dunia team & UM International Student Chapter

The next day we continued the Petronas scientific lectures, hosted by the Petronas Resource Centre. Both Professor Xu Minghou and Dr. Vannajan Lee delivered their lectures to an audience of specialized researchers from Petronas Research.

Petronas Scientific Lectures on Oct. 4, 2019
Petronas Scientific Lectures on Oct. 4, 2019

How to Become a Reviewer for ACS Journals

Peer reviewers are the heart of modern scientific publishing. They help journal editors evaluate the quality and technical validity of a paper, as well as assessing how novel the work is and whether it falls within a journal’s scope. Authors are often also reviewers. Editors may expect that chemists submitting to a journal will also be willing to review for it. But how do you become a peer reviewer?

How Do Editors Select Reviewers?

Quality peer reviewers are always in demand in the chemistry community. The review process is more arduous if journals must tap the same small pool of peer reviewers again and again.

Editors choose chemists to review from a pool of experts to independently assess a submission. You need broad knowledge and understanding of your field. Having the technical expertise to evaluate experiments, data, and interpretation is also essential to reviewing. You must also be able to offer constructive, fair, and unbiased opinions in your reviews.

Often an author will suggest specific chemists to evaluate their work. They should void suggesting friends, collaborators, and others with potential conflicts of interest. Editors will also invite chemists from an independent pool to ensure a fair review process.

How Do You Become a Reviewer?

Reviewers typically hold independent research positions, as it takes time to establish a reputation as an expert. If you publish high-quality work in reputable journals, this will improve your chances of being selected. It can also be useful to network at conferences to enhance your standing within the scientific community. Tell colleagues and advisors about your interest so that they can recommend you as a reviewer.

You could also go the direct route and express your interest in reviewing to your chosen journal, along with your CV and publication record. Once you’re given the chance to review, be sure to provide timely, thoughtful, and thorough responses, so the journal’s editorial team will be more likely to want you reviewing again.

Get Reviewer Training 

One way to show you’re serious about becoming a reviewer is to get some training. Getting the right training can also demonstrate that you’d do a good job as reviewer. The free course ACS Reviewer Lab will teach you the finer points of reviewing, including ethical dilemmas, evaluating manuscripts, writing reviews, and more. ACS Publications developed this online course with help from ACS Editors. The course features six interactive modules you can complete on your schedule. It will help you learn the ropes of reviewing, and you will receive a certificate upon completion of the course. At the end of the course, you can select your areas of expertise as well as the journals you want to review for. This allows journals to track and enlist you for the appropriate manuscripts to review instead of shuffling through a pile of CVs.

Network at Professional Conferences and Events

Networking is as important as the sessions you attend at conferences. This is a great time to meet researchers in your field. It’s a chance to identify your interests, and express your desire to review for relevant journals. Even if you don’t run into an editor at the conference, building your network at these events can increase the likelihood of someone writing you down as a recommended reviewer for their manuscript. Have lots of business cards handy and make sure to include your personal website and up-to-date contact details.

Ask a Colleague Who Already Reviews to Recommend You

Do you know a prolific reviewer who works in your lab? Or maybe a colleague from a past job? Don’t be afraid to reach out to them and ask if they could recommend you as a reviewer. A trusted recommendation is always better than one coming from out of the blue.

Become an ACS Member and Network with Your Local Chapter

It’s not always about “what you know.” Sometimes, “who you know” matters more. Another easy way to build your network is to become an ACS member. Membership affords you many networking opportunities as well as discounts on ACS National Meeting registration and open access publishing fees.  Local Sections help chemists stay active and involved in their communities by providing a forum for networking and collaboration and by supporting chemists’ efforts to involve their communities with science.

Seek Mentorship from More Senior Colleagues Who Review

Reviewing a manuscript can be an educational opportunity for a mentor and their mentees. This is an acceptable practice when reviewing as long as reviewers notify editors of all people who will be consulted during the review. The editors must approve this action before the manuscript is shared with those being mentored. So go ahead and ask your principal investigator; chances are they’ll appreciate you stepping up to take some reviews off their plate.

There are many benefits to becoming a reviewer. While reviewing you can further establish your expertise in your field. You will also get an early look at the potentially groundbreaking research, develop critical thinking skills, and gain experience writing and respond to constructive criticism. Even better, you will learn what mistakes to avoid as an author, and gain insight into what kinds of research the journal publishes. Serving as a peer reviewer is a considerable responsibility, but makes a lasting contribution to the publication process and science as a whole.

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