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Update on ACS Publications’ Name Change Policy: Two Years Later

ACS Publications recognizes and respects that authors may change their names for many reasons during their academic careers including—but not limited to—gender identity, marriage, divorce, or religious conversion. As part of ACS Publications’ commitment to reducing barriers to inclusion, equity, and professional mobility, we implemented an inclusive name change policy in October 2020, offering a more inclusive and author-centric path to updating one’s name on prior publications. Over the last two years, we have updated approximately 400 published articles. In doing so, nearly 100 researchers have rightfully claimed ownership of their academic work under their lived names.

Though this policy benefits anyone who changes their name, we were originally motivated to update our policy in response to a call from the transgender scientific community. For many researchers, particularly those from the transgender community, name changes can be a sensitive issue. Submitting change requests can be taxing—emotionally and administratively—especially for researchers who have published in multiple journals or across publishers whose policies and procedures may vary.

To help address this burden, in 2021 ACS Publications announced a partnership with the U.S. National Laboratories as they implemented their name change policy. The partnership with all seventeen U.S. National Laboratories enables researchers to ask the National Laboratories to pursue name changes on their behalf directly with participating publishers. This streamlined process reduces the emotional toll often associated with name changes and the administrative burden involved in requesting name changes at multiple publishers or journals. Over the last year, we have been diligently working to honor this partnership. We have also been advancing other planned improvements to our policy and processes.

We’re pleased to share that we can now accept name change requests submitted by an approved institutional representative on behalf of an author. Through a revised request form, institutional representatives can submit all the necessary information for ACS to process the change. Authors must still update their ACS Paragon Plus profile and ORCiD, and they must be copied on the request and made available for questions if needed. More information for interested authors and institutional representatives can be found on our policy page and FAQs.

We continue to encourage authors to submit requests on their own behalf, if their institution does not have a name change policy or they do not want to involve an institutional representative. For authors, the revised form allows them to provide more relevant information from the start of the request and aims to minimize the burden on the author later in the process. ACS staff might still contact the author throughout the process as questions arise. 

Through efforts like ACS’ name change policy, ACS Publications is committed to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR), identifying and dismantling barriers to success, and creating a welcoming and supportive environment so that all ACS contributors, members, employees, and volunteers can thrive. We continue to actively listen to the community on these issues and welcome your feedback on how we are doing. Please complete our Diversity Feedback form to share your comments.

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The 2022 Open Call for ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Editorial Advisory Board and Early Career Board Members

ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering is pleased to announce the open call for membership applications to its 2023 Early Career and Editorial Advisory Boards.  Board members of ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering represent researchers at all stages of their careers and play a key role with input and advice to the Journal. Duties include guiding the Journal in the development of its diversity plan and expanding our editorial content.  The Early Career Board augments the Editorial Advisory Board and provides researchers a mechanism for Board membership that avoids competing with senior colleagues for membership opportunities. In addition to full participation in Board activities by Early Career Board members, the Journal’s editors and advisors actively mentor each Early Career Board member. The Journal continues to seek Editorial Advisory Board and Early Career Board members who will be actively involved in these activities.  The Editors invite all interested and eligible researchers to apply.

Two years ago, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering took the innovative step of announcing their first open call for membership; the response was very enthusiastic, and many more applicants were received than could be accepted.  We have created an open self-nominating process for Board membership.  Applications to be part of the Editorial Advisory Board and our Early Career Board are available below and are due by 27 November, 2022

Submit Your Application

Applicants should self-nominate and are encouraged, but are not required, to include up to two (2) letters of support.  The applicants’ responses to the open-ended questions (below) and their ability to represent the topical areas covered and geographic areas represented by the journal’s authors, reviewers, and readers will be assessed.  Board members should also drive the Journal into new areas of research and represent geographical regions that the journal aspires to publish more content from.  The application review committee will keep diversity and inclusiveness in mind as it seeks to fulfill these criteria.  The selected board members will be invited to join the Board immediately after selection in Fall 2022 and will serve terms ending in 2024.


Please submit your applications by 27 November, 2022. Additional details are provided below. If you have questions, please send them to We hope that many of you will choose to apply.

Early Career Board Eligibility: Faculty members within 10 years or less of their initial academic appointment and industrial and other non-academic scientists within 10 years or less from their last professional training (terminal degree or postdoc).  If you have taken career breaks to accommodate personal circumstances such as caring responsibilities or health-related needs that affects your eligibility under the 10-year timeline described above, please email to discuss extension of the eligibility period.

Editorial Advisory Board Eligibility: Researchers and those active in the development and delivery of Green Chemistry, Green Engineering and the sustainability of the chemical enterprise.

For both Boards: A concise statement of no more than 1,000 words addressing these open-ended questions:

  1. What do you consider to be the Journal’s strengths? What are its challenges and opportunities?
  2. Based on your perception of the strengths and challenges, what is your sense of new directions and topical areas for the ACS SCE Journal, consistent with its mission and scope?
  3. What would you contribute to movement in such directions?
  4. Noting the Journal is asking members of the Journal Editorial Boards to contribute to the development of journal front matter material, in which of these areas might you contribute? What abilities and perspectives do you bring to this effort?
  5. Noting that the Journal is asking board members to assist in developing a diversity plan, what abilities and perspectives do you bring to this effort?
  6. Is there any other unique perspective you bring that we should be aware of?

Submit Your Application by 27 November 

The 2022 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Goes to Carolyn R. Bertozzi, Morten Meldal, and K. Barry Sharpless

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2022 was awarded to Carolyn R. Bertozzi, Morten Meldal, and K. Barry Sharpless “for the development of click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry,” which involve simple, quick chemical reactions that can occur within living organisms without disrupting normal biological functions.

“We are absolutely delighted with these awards, which recognize the enormous impact of click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry,” says ACS President Angela K. Wilson. “This type of chemistry links together chemical building blocks in a predictable way, almost like Lego®. Putting these building blocks together opens up a range of possibilities from drug development to materials to diagnostics.”

Bertozzi has a long-standing history with ACS. She has been a member for 32 years and is an ACS Fellow. She is also the founding and current Editor-in-Chief of ACS Central Science, the first fully open-access journal from ACS Publications. She has won numerous awards; notably, the Roger Adams Award in Organic Chemistry for 2023; the Arthur C. Cope Award in 2017; the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry in 2001; and an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award in 1999. She has published more than 150 articles ACS journals and provided thought-provoking commentary in many editorials, a collection of which we have shared below.

Meldal has been a member of ACS for 14 years. In 2009, he received the Ralph F. Hirschmann Award in Peptide Chemistry. Meldal has published over 40 articles in ACS journals.

Sharpless is no stranger to the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He received the award in 2001 for his work on chirally catalyzed oxidation reactions. An ACS Fellow, Sharpless has been a member of the Society for 59 years and has published almost 150 articles in ACS journals. He also coined the term “click chemistry” at the 217th ACS National Meeting in 1999 in his abstract, “Click Chemistry: A Concept for Merging Process and Discovery Chemistry.” He has received many awards, including the Priestley Medal (sponsored by ACS) in 2019; the Roger Adams Award in Organic Chemistry in 1997; the Arthur C. Cope Award in 1992; an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award in 1986; and the ACS Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, in 1983.

All three winners have each published extensively in ACS Publications journals throughout the years. The following articles from each of the laureates, as well as a collection of additional papers associated with the winning research, will be made free-to-read for the remainder of 2022 in honor of their win.

Carolyn R. Bertozzi

A Strain-Promoted [3 + 2] Azide−alkyne Cycloaddition for Covalent Modification of Biomolecules in Living Systems
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 126, 46, 15046–15047
DOI: 10.1021/ja044996f

Aminooxy-, Hydrazide-, and Thiosemicarbazide-Functionalized Saccharides: Versatile Reagents for Glycoconjugate Synthesis
J. Org. Chem. 1998, 63, 21, 7134–7135
DOI: 10.1021/jo981351n

A “Traceless” Staudinger Ligation for the Chemoselective Synthesis of Amide Bonds
Org. Lett. 2000, 2, 14, 2141–2143
DOI: 10.1021/ol006054v

A Fluorogenic Dye Activated by the Staudinger Ligation
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125, 16, 4708–4709
DOI: 10.1021/ja029013y

Chemoselective Approaches to Glycoprotein Assembly
Acc. Chem. Res. 2001, 34, 9, 727–736
DOI: 10.1021/ar9901570

Rapid Cu-Free Click Chemistry with Readily Synthesized Biarylazacyclooctynones
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 11, 3688–3690
DOI: 10.1021/ja100014q

Second-Generation Difluorinated Cyclooctynes for Copper-Free Click Chemistry
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 34, 11486–11493
DOI: 10.1021/ja803086r

A Comparative Study of Bioorthogonal Reactions with Azides
ACS Chem. Biol. 2006, 1, 10, 644–648
DOI: 10.1021/cb6003228

Morten Meldal

Peptidotriazoles on Solid Phase:  [1,2,3]-Triazoles by Regiospecific Copper(I)-Catalyzed 1,3-Dipolar Cycloadditions of Terminal Alkynes to Azides
J. Org. Chem. 2002, 67, 9, 3057–3064
DOI: 10.1021/jo011148j

K. Barry Sharpless

Copper(I)-Catalyzed Synthesis of Azoles. DFT Study Predicts Unprecedented Reactivity and Intermediates
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 1, 210–216
DOI: 10.1021/ja0471525 

Related ACS Publications Articles

Influence of strain on chemical reactivity. Relative reactivity of torsionally strained double bonds in 1,3-dipolar cycloadditions
Shea, K. J. and Kim, J. S. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1992, 114, 12, 4846–4855
DOI: 10.1021/ja00038a059

Heats of hydrogenation. IX. Cyclic acetylenes and some miscellaneous olefins
Turner, R. B. et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1973, 95, 3, 790–792.
DOI: 10.1021/ja00784a025

Staudinger Ligation: A Peptide from a Thioester and Azide
Nilsson, B. L. et al. Org. Lett. 2000, 2, 13, 1939–1941
DOI: 10.1021/ol0060174

A new amino protecting group removable by reduction. Chemistry of the dithiasuccinoyl (Dts) function
Barany, G. and Merrifield, R. B. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1977, 99, 22, 7363–7365
DOI: 10.1021/ja00464a050

Tetrazine Ligation: Fast Bioconjugation Based on Inverse-Electron-Demand Diels−Alder Reactivity
Blackman, M. et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 41, 13518–13519
DOI: 10.1021/ja8053805

Tetrazine-Based Cycloadditions: Application to Pretargeted Live Cell Imaging
Devaraj, N. K. et al. Bioconjugate Chem. 2008, 19, 12, 2297–2299
DOI: 10.1021/bc8004446

Learn More About the 2022 Nobel Prize in Chemistry winners in C&EN.


Further Reading

Articles: Carolyn R. Bertozzi

From Mechanism to Mouse: A Tale of Two Bioorthogonal Reactions
Acc. Chem. Res. 2011, 44, 9, 666–676
DOI: 10.1021/ar200148z

Cell Surface Engineering by a Modified Staudinger Reaction

Copper-free click chemistry for dynamic in vivo imaging

Engineering Chemical Reactivity on Cell Surfaces Through Oligosaccharide Biosynthesis

Copper-Free Click Chemistry in Living Animals

In Vivo Imaging of Membrane-Associated Glycans in Developing Zebrafish

Articles: Morten Meldal

Peptidotriazoles: Copper(I)-Catalyzed 1,3-Dipolar Cycloadditions on Solid-Phase
Peptides: The Wave of the Future. American Peptide Symposia, vol 7. Springer, Dordrecht.
DOI: 10.1007/978-94-010-0464-0_119

Computational Evolution of Threonine-Rich β-Hairpin Peptides Mimicking Specificity and Affinity of Antibodies
ACS Cent. Sci. 2019, 5, 2, 259–269
DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.8b00614

Cu-Catalyzed Azide−Alkyne Cycloaddition
Chem. Rev. 2008, 108, 8, 2952–3015
DOI: 10.1021/cr0783479

Articles: K. Barry Sharpless

Sulfur [18F]Fluoride Exchange Click Chemistry Enabled Ultrafast LateStage Radiosynthesis
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 10, 3753–3763
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.0c09306

Sulfur(VI) Fluoride Exchange (SuFEx)-Enabled High-Throughput Medicinal Chemistry
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 25, 10899–10904
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.9b13652

SuFEx Click Chemistry Enabled Late-Stage Drug Functionalization
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 8, 2919–2925
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b12788

In Situ Click Chemistry:  Enzyme Inhibitors Made to Their Own Specifications
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 126, 40, 12809–12818
DOI: 10.1021/ja046382g

Editorials: Carolyn R. Bertozzi

The Centrality of Chemistry (Inaugural ACS Central Science editorial)
ACS Cent. Sci. 2015, 1, 1, 1–2
DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.5b00090

Achieving Gender Balance in the Chemistry Professoriate Is Not Rocket Science
ACS Cent. Sci. 2016, 2, 4, 181–182
DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.6b00102

Ingredients for a Positive Safety Culture
ACS Cent. Sci. 2016, 2, 11, 764–766
DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.6b00341

Postdoc Labor Love
ACS Cent. Sci. 2016, 2, 6, 359–360
DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.6b00167

A Decade of Bioorthogonal Chemistry
Acc. Chem. Res. 2011, 44, 9, 651–653
DOI: 10.1021/ar200193f

Related Special Issues

Bioorthogonal Chemistry in Biology Special Issue

Announcing the Launch of ACS Publications’ Data Availability Statement Pilot at The Journal of Organic Chemistry, Organic Letters, and ACS Organic & Inorganic Au

ACS Publications is excited to announce the launch of a Data Availability Statement pilot at The Journal of Organic Chemistry, Organic Letters, and ACS Organic & Inorganic Au effective September 15, 2022. These journals will now require each peer-reviewed article to feature a Data Availability Statement and will achieve Level 2 in the ACS Research Data Policy—which encourages authors to publicly share all the data underlying the results reported in the article, preferably via archiving in an appropriate publicly available repository.

As the value of data from scientific research increases, so does the need for higher levels of visibility into the data sources involved in concluding the scientific results. In addition to increasing trust in the research findings, having findable, readable, and reusable data boosts the impact of the research and the associated publications. In addition, data sharing and data citation align with growing funder mandates on reporting data.

“The amount of data in organic chemistry has grown exponentially over the past years. Therefore, access to these data is imperative to maintain high quality in offering increased validation of the research by organic chemists and other scientists”, says Géraldine Masson, Deputy Editor, ACS Organic & Inorganic Au. She also suggests when preparing a Data Availability Statement, it’s important that “the authors confirm that the data supporting the findings of this study are available within the article [and/or] its supplementary materials. Authors are also required to provide a Data Availability Statement describing the public availability of the data underlying the conclusions drawn in the research article and provide a means of access, where applicable, by linking to the data, preferably through the use of a persistent identifier such as a DOI or an Accession Number assigned by a data repository”.

Submitting Your Article to a Pilot Journal

Starting on September 15, 2022, authors of The Journal of Organic Chemistry, Organic Letters, and ACS Organic & Inorganic Au will now be required to include a Data Availability Statement for all peer-reviewed articles. As part of the pilot, authors will have a new custom question at submission asking when the Data Availability Statement will be provided (Figure 1).

Figure 1: New Custom Question in ACS Paragon Plus
Figure 1: New Custom Question in ACS Paragon Plus

This statement can be included during manuscript submission or during the revision process, but all articles must have a Data Availability Statement prior to acceptance. This statement should be selected from a prewritten set (Figure 2) or can be combined if multiple statements apply and customized as needed.

Figure 2: ACS Data Availability Statements
Figure 2: ACS Data Availability Statements

Data Availability Statements should include confirmation that the data underlying the publication exists and specify where the data can be found, all persistent identifiers (Accession Numbers, DOIs, or URLs), and any relevant information on licensing restrictions. As a result, “Data is available upon request” will no longer qualify as a Data Availability Statement. ACS also encourages the deposition of data in open repositories. Authors may refer to and for information on available repositories, their certification status, and services offered.

Within the published article, the Data Availability Statement will be a standalone piece of text presented in the Associated Content section (Figure 3).

Figure 3: Sample Data Availability Statement
Figure 3: Sample Data Availability Statement

Building and Supporting Trust in Research

These are the critical steps that The Journal of Organic Chemistry, Organic Letters, ACS Organic & Inorganic Au, and ACS Publications are taking to build on our commitment to embracing the future of open science and maintaining ACS Publications’ positioning as the “Most Trusted. Most Cited. Most Read.”

Read the full editorial on the ACS Data Availability Statement Pilot.

For more information, view the FAQ section on Data Availability Statements.

White Teeth Without the Toothbrush

This article is based on a recent paper published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, “Fast Cross-Linked Hydrogel as a Green Light-Activated Photocatalyst for Localized Biofilm Disruption and Brush-Free Tooth Whitening.”

Read the full paper here

It’s not just a cliché that the first thing people notice about you is your smile: a 2010 survey found nearly half of us choose a great smile as a person’s most attractive feature.1 Furthermore, aspects of oral hygiene such as bad breath (89%) and yellow teeth (79%) took the lead for major turn-offs.1 Is there a chemistry solution for this very human problem?  

Globally, around 3.5 billion people suffer from oral diseases such as tooth decay and gum disease,2 many of which can be prevented through good oral hygiene. But traditional toothpastes remove only surface stains, and bleaching treatments can harm enamel. New research published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces reports on a novel hydrogel treatment that can break apart cavity-forming biofilms and whiten teeth without damage.

Current whitening treatments combine hydrogen peroxide gels with blue light, producing a chemical reaction that removes stains but also generates reactive oxygen species that can break down enamel and potentially damage exposed skin and eyes. Researchers at Nanchang University in China wanted to find a material that could instead be activated by a safer green light to both whiten teeth and prevent cavities.

The research team designed an injectable sodium alginate hydrogel membrane doped with bismuth oxychloride and cubic cuprous oxide nanoparticles to simultaneously achieve local tooth whitening and biofilm removal through a photodynamic dental therapy process.3 This was tested ex vivo on teeth stained with coffee, tea, blueberry juice, and soy sauce. Following treatment with the hydrogel and green light, teeth got brighter over time with no damage to the enamel. Additionally, the treatment killed 94% of bacteria in biofilms.

To demonstrate efficacy in vivo, the team used the new method on mice whose mouths were inoculated with cavity-forming bacteria, and they found that the new method prevented both moderate and deep cavities forming on tooth surfaces. The researchers report that their safe, brush-free treatment both effectively prevents cavities and whitens teeth, demonstrating a promising strategy for oral health care in the future.3 

Watch the video around this research created by the ACS Science Communications team:

Read the full press release on

Read the original article from ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces


  1. Philips Sonicare Survey. Oral Care Love Affair: Americans Open up About Their Oral Health. 6 December 2010.
  2. World Health Organization. Oral Health Fact Sheet. 15 March 2022.
  3. Li Q, et al. Fast Cross-Linked Hydrogel as a Green Light-Activated Photocatalyst for Localized Biofilm Disruption and Brush-Free Tooth Whitening. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces 2022;14(25):28427–28438.

Further reading on this topic

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A safe and effective way to whiten teeth
American Chemical Society. Press Release. 18 July 2018

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Photothermal-Enhanced Fenton-like Catalytic Activity of Oxygen-Deficient Nanotitania for Efficient and Safe Tooth Whitening
Xingyu Hu, Li Xie, Zhaoyu Xu, Suru Liu, Xinzhi Tan, Ruojing Qian, Ruitao Zhang, Mingyan Jiang, Wenjia Xie, and Weidong Tian
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.1c06774

Vicki Wysocki Named the New Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry

Dr. Vicki Wysocki

ACS Publications is pleased to introduce Dr. Vicki H. Wysocki as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (JASMS). Dr. Wysocki is the Ohio Eminent Scholar of Protein Engineering, Director of the Campus Chemical Instrument Center, and Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Ohio State University.

Dr. Wysocki received her B.S. in Chemistry at Western Kentucky University in 1982 and her Ph.D. in Chemistry at Purdue University in 1987. After doing postdoctoral work at Purdue and at the Naval Research Laboratory, she joined Virginia Commonwealth University as an Assistant Professor in 1990. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1994. Dr. Wysocki joined the University of Arizona in 1996 and was promoted to Professor in 2000. She also served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Arizona. Vicki joined OSU in August 2012 as an Ohio Eminent Scholar.

She is the author of over 250 publications. She served as Vice President of Programs, President, and Past President of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2014-2020) and as an Associate Editor for Analytical Chemistry (2015-2022).

I had the pleasure of connecting with Dr. Wysocki in this recent interview. Learn more about her background in mass spectrometry, proteomics and metabolomics, her vision for the journal, and more below.

What initially attracted you to your field?

I had a great undergraduate organic chemistry instructor, Dr. Norman Holy, who held some special evening sessions on mass spectrometry for those in the class who wanted to learn this optional, supplemental information. That sparked my interest in mass spectrometry and when I moved to Purdue for graduate studies, I was able to join the group of R. Graham Cooks, who was (and continues to be) a wonderful creative champion for mass spectrometry. Graham was also a great mentor. He presented new ideas to the group regularly and if we thought a few of them were a little “off the wall” he told us that if he had 100 ideas a day and a few of them stuck, he would be ahead of those who had no or few new ideas. Mass spectrometry has continued to morph and grow throughout the years and continues to be a major area of innovative research.

Why did you want to be Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry?

JASMS is the society journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, an amazing scientific society. Members are committed to the society and the society runs through the efforts of incredible volunteers, supported by an exceptional scientific association management team. Members of our society “line up“ to volunteer to help make this an extraordinarily strong society. The percentage of members attending the annual conference is very high and many people can’t imagine missing a single year. It is an honor to help continue moving the society journal forward. I am also a huge supporter of our publishing partnership with ACS Publications. This arrangement is providing a level of publishing support that the journal has not had previously.

What are you most excited about as you begin work with the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry?

I believe that JASMS is the pre-eminent journal of mass spectrometry. I hope we can increase the number of submissions to the journal, partially by breaking down some submission barriers that may exist. There are some outdated opinions that JASMS doesn’t publish certain types of manuscripts, so we are revising our scope statement to make the scope clearer. I’d also like to ensure that different subtopics/sub-communities of the society feel welcome to publish in what is their society journal. I also want to encourage authors to submit to an archive service such as ChemRxiv prior to submitting to the journal – ACS is looking into ways to make this easier. The journal has always had a goal of making mass spectrometry research broadly accessible and submitting manuscripts through ChemRxiv is one way to achieve that goal.

What advice would you give people who want to pursue a career in science? If you had to start over again, what advice would you give yourself?

A career in science can be very rewarding. If you love discovery and you love working collaboratively with others, scientific research is a way to contribute to the world while also keeping yourself engaged in stimulating mental activity. Not every minute is fun, but the rewards far outweigh the chores. Each person has to choose those aspects of the scientific process that meet their individual needs and goals. I absolutely could not do the research and teaching that I do without exceptionally strong staff members who help with everything from ordering supplies to arranging travel to preparing reports, etc. Those committed staff are contributing to scientific progress with their outstanding administrative skills. Working with students, postdocs, staff scientists, and collaborators allows many different types of expertise/ideas/viewpoints/technologies to be incorporated into a scientific investigation. Bringing all of that together into a completed manuscript is a joy.

If I were starting over, I would tell myself to trust my strengths. I spent too much time when I was younger with some “imposter syndrome” issues, wondering if people would figure out that maybe I really didn’t know as much as my peers. Over time, I learned that I might not know as much about some topic X as another person, but they probably didn’t know as much as I knew about topic Y. It took me longer than it should have to understand that my contributions were valuable and that I did not have to be an expert in all the components of collaborative effort.

Explore Dr. Wysocki’s recent work in the journal today.

Learn more about the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry.

Huimin Zhao Named the New Editor-in-Chief of ACS Synthetic Biology

Huimin Zhao, professor of chemical & biomolecular engineering

ACS Publications is pleased to introduce Dr. Huimin Zhao as the new Editor-in-Chief of ACS Synthetic Biology. Dr. Zhao is the Steven L. Miller Chair of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and director of NSF AI Research Institute for Molecule Synthesis.

Dr. Zhao received his B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1992 and his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1998 under the guidance of Nobel Laureate Dr. Frances Arnold. Prior to joining UIUC in 2000, he was a project leader at the Industrial Biotechnology Laboratory of the Dow Chemical Company.

Dr. Zhao has authored and co-authored over 380 research articles and over 30 issued and pending patent applications with several being licensed by industry. Dr. Zhao received numerous research and teaching awards and honors such as the ECI Enzyme Engineering Award (2019), the Marvin Johnson Award (2018), and the Charles Thom Award (2016). His primary research interests are in the development and applications of synthetic biology, machine learning, and laboratory automation tools to address society’s most daunting challenges in health, energy, and sustainability.

“Advances in synthetic biology are needed more than ever, as the world seeks solutions to improve human health, mitigate climate change and reduce environmental waste,” says Dr. Zhao. “I am excited to lead the world-renowned journal ACS Synthetic Biology, particularly as the field enters an exponential growth phase that has attracted numerous researchers, government funding and private sector interest.”

I had the pleasure of connecting with Dr. Zhao in this recent interview. Learn more about his background in synthetic biology, machine learning, his vision for the journal, and more below.

What are you currently working on?

My group is currently developing new tools of synthetic biology, artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML), and laboratory automation for biosystems design with a goal of making biology easier to engineer and understand. Particularly, my group is interested in developing AI/ML-enabled closed design-build-test-learn loops for protein engineering and metabolic engineering. In addition, my group is interested in engineering microbial cell factories for the production of chemicals and materials, activating silent natural product biosynthetic gene clusters for the discovery of novel bioactive compounds, and developing new synthetic biology tools for health care.

What element has been most central to your scientific career, and why?

A passion for science. Research is a long and arduous process that is full of uncertainty and failure. Many young people who are initially enthusiastic about science decide to quit their scientific careers mainly because of this lengthy process of doing research. However, I love the thrill of discovery and don’t mind lengthy or even repetitive processes. Like most scientists, I also had many ups and downs in my scientific career, but what kept me motivated in this long and sometimes lonely journey is my passion for science. There are simply so many interesting scientific problems awaiting to be solved.

What opportunities in your field excite you the most?

Synthetic biology is entering an exponential growth phase. With the rapid advances of DNA/RNA technologies (reading, writing, and editing), AI/ML, and automation, biology is indeed becoming easier to engineer and understand than ever, which has created numerous new opportunities in basic and applied biological research and medicine. Synthetic biology has been regarded as one of the most important enabling technologies in the rapidly growing bioeconomy. I expect there will be more integration of synthetic biology, AI/ML, and automation in the future, which will also lead to a new data-driven research paradigm.

What do you hope to bring to the journal as Editor-in-Chief?

My own scientific career parallels the growth of the synthetic biology field and I see many more growth opportunities in the synthetic biology field in the coming years. What I hope to bring to the journal as Editor-in-Chief is to make ACS Synthetic Biology the go-to publication venue for all fields of synthetic biology and biological systems and use ACS Synthetic Biology as a vehicle to lead the growth of the synthetic biology field. I believe that to a large extent, a journal’s strength depends on the strength of the research field/discipline it covers. Fortunately, synthetic biology is a rapidly growing field that has attracted numerous researchers, government funding agencies, and private sectors. So, I think ACS Synthetic Biology is well-positioned to move up to the next level.

Explore Dr. Zhao’s recent work in the journal today.

Learn More About ACS Synthetic Biology.

3 Reasons to Direct Transfer Your Manuscript from bioRxiv to an ACS Journal

The Editors and staff at ACS Publications, a nonprofit publisher and division of the American Chemical Society, are proud to announce that 12 of the peer-reviewed journals in our biological portfolio are accepting direct transfers of manuscripts and metadata from bioRxiv as of Monday, June 6, 2022.

If you already publish your findings in our journals, we hope this will make that process even easier for you! If you haven’t published in an ACS biological journal recently—or ever—we bet you’ve read one of our articles on PubMed Central or Google Scholar, and hope you’ll read on to learn more.


3 Reasons to Publish Your Biological Paper in an ACS Publications Journal

1. ACS Publications is a nonprofit society publisher and a division of the American Chemical Society.

ACS Publications is an experienced publisher with a focus on serving researchers and the scientific community. We do this by:

  • Enlisting practicing researchers from prominent institutions around the world to serve as Editors-in-Chief and other members of our journals’ editorial teams.
  • Employing a high-quality peer-review process developed over more than 140 years of publishing respected scholarly journals.
  • Expediting manuscript processing to deliver decisions and get papers published as quickly as possible.


2. ACS has more than 60 years of experience publishing high-quality biological journals.

ACS expanded our engagement with the global community of scientific researchers more than a half century ago. Now we have more than a dozen core biological journals as well as more than 20 multidisciplinary journals and those focused on branches of chemistry that also publish articles about biological research.


3. ACS offers authors a variety of publishing options.

Authors who publish with ACS can choose to publish in a hybrid, Plan S-compliant Transformative Journal or in a fully open access journal.

  • Most ACS journals are Transformative Journals, which offer a choice of publishing under the traditional subscription model or under the newer open access model:
    • It’s free to submit and free to publish in an ACS Transformative Journal under the traditional subscription model. That means no author charges, page charges, processing charges or color charges.
    • Once an article is accepted for publication in an ACS Transformative Journal, authors who want to make their article open access—or are required to by their funders—can do so by paying an article publishing charge (APC).
  • ACS also has 12 fully open access journals, including ACS Bio & Med Chem Au, which serves the biological research community. Publishing in these journals also requires paying an APC after article acceptance.


Get to Know ACS Publications’ Biological Journals

The 12 journals listed below began accepting direct transfers of manuscripts and metadata from bioRxiv on Monday, June 6, 2022. Read on to learn more about these journals or visit to learn about all the full portfolio of ACS journals.

Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
In publication since 1959
Findings on the relationship between molecular structure and biological activity or mode of action in drug discovery and development.
Impact Factor 2021: 8.039 | Citations 2021: 92,468| CiteScore 2021: 11.5
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In publication since 1962.
Exceptional, rigorous, high-impact interdisciplinary research articles across all of biological chemistry.
Impact Factor 2021: 3.321 | Citations 2021: 76,644| CiteScore 2021: 6.2
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Journal of Natural Products
In publication since 1979
Reports on natural products related to the chemistry or biochemistry of naturally occurring compounds or the biology of their living systems and environments.
Impact Factor 2021: 4.803 | Citations 2021: 34,341| CiteScore 2021: 7.1
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Bioconjugate Chemistry
In publication since 1990
Research articles on all aspects of bioconjugates, including the preparation, properties and applications of biomolecular conjugates.
Impact Factor 2021: 6.069 | Citations 2021: 19,624| CiteScore 2021: 9.4
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Molecular Pharmaceutics
In publication since 2004
Findings that contribute to the molecular mechanistic understanding of drug delivery and drug delivery systems.
Impact Factor 2021: 5.364 | Citations 2021: 24,761| CiteScore 2021: 9.2
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ACS Chemical Biology
In publication since 2006
Reports of research on cellular processes using in vitro, cellular or whole organism studies at the chemical and biological interface.
Impact Factor 2021: 4.634 | Citations 2021: 17,285| CiteScore 2021: 8.6
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ACS Chemical Neuroscience
In publication since 2010
Chemical, quantitative biological, biophysical, and bioengineering research reports on the nervous system and neurological disorders.
Impact Factor 2021: 5.780 | Citations 2021: 12,168| CiteScore 2021: 7.7
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ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
In publication since 2010
New findings in drug discovery, compound design and optimization, biological evaluation, drug delivery, imaging agents, and pharmacology.
Impact Factor 2021: 4.632 | Citations 2021: 9,499| CiteScore 2021: 6.6
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ACS Synthetic Biology
In publication since 2012
Reports on integrative, molecular approaches to the understanding of the organization and function of cells, tissues, and organisms in systems.
Impact Factor 2021: 5.249 | Citations 2021: 9,413| CiteScore 2021: 8.3
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ACS Infectious Diseases
In publication since 2015
Highlights the role of chemistry in the multidisciplinary and collaborative field of infectious diseases.
Impact Factor 2021: 5.578 | Citations 2021: 5,660| CiteScore 2021: 7.7
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ACS Pharmacology & Translational Science
In publication since 2018
A biomedical journal reporting advances across the molecular and biological sciences—from basic and preclinical studies to clinical trials.
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ACS Bio & Med Chem Au
In publication since 2021
Biological and medicinal chemistry covering the chemical, physical, biological, mechanistic, and structural basis of biological function.
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Call for Papers: Data Science for Advancing Environmental Science, Engineering, and Technology

There are many environmentally relevant research areas where advances in data science including machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) have been applied to large datasets to better decipher the complex relationships between system variables and system behaviors, leading to new insights on solution development. 

This joint call for papers by Environmental Science & Technology and Environmental Science & Technology Letters seeks contributions on ML and AI research studies in environmental areas that demonstrate the great potential of these approaches to improve, for example, our understanding of natural and engineered environmental systems, towards maintaining a healthy ecosystem, and/or building a circular economy.

Papers are desired that include either novel applications of data science/ML methodologies and approaches adapted for use in environmental datasets, or address knowledge gaps in an important environmental science and technology that were not approachable using standard analysis tools.

Submissions to the Special Issue should demonstrate the “value added” of taking a ML or AI approach over existing approaches.  Submissions should also ensure that the datasets are large and complex enough that ML approaches are necessary and robust, and researchers must go beyond the “black box” of simple agnostic applications of existing algorithms to determine the “best one”. Papers should ideally also allow insights into mechanistic underpinnings of the system being investigated.

To serve as model examples of ML and AI analyses on complex environmental datasets, papers must facilitate reproducibility by adhering to FAIR data principles and demonstrate computational rigor (e.g., discuss model assumptions/limitations, data considerations, cross validation, model performance), and provide ML and AI models and datasets to readers through publicly available data repositories.

Submit your manuscript


Greg Lowry, Executive Editor, Environmental Science & Technology

Alexandria Boehm, Associate Editor, Environmental Science & Technology and Environmental Science & Technology Letters

Bryan W. Brooks, Editor-in-Chief, Environmental Science & Technology Letters

Pablo Gago-Ferrero, Topic Editor, Environmental Science & Technology

Guibin Jiang, Associate Editor, Environmental Science & Technology

Gerrad Jones, Topic Editor, Environmental Science & Technology

Qian Liu, Guest Editor

Z. Jason Ren, Topic Editor, Environmental Science & Technology and Environmental Science & Technology Letters

Shuxiao Wang, Associate Editor, Environmental Science & Technology  and Environmental Science & Technology Letters

Julie Zimmerman, Editor-in-Chief, Environmental Science & Technology


Author Instructions:

To submit your manuscript, please visit the Environmental Science & Technology or Environmental Science & Technology Letters website. Please follow the normal procedures for manuscript submission and when in the ACS Paragon Plus submission site, select the special issue of Data Science for Advancing Environmental Science, Engineering, and Technology.” All manuscripts will undergo rigorous peer review. For additional submission instructions, please see the Environmental Science & Technology Author Guidelines or the Environmental Science & Technology Letters Author Guidelines.

The deadline for submissions is January 12, 2023.

Expanding ACS’ Diversity & Inclusion Cover Art Series in 2022

In February 2021, Analytical Chemistry published the first edition of its Diversity & Inclusion Cover Art Series. The cover featured Dr. Jeanita Pritchett’s original painting of a young girl standing in front of a mirror, seeing herself as a “grown up” chemist; she penned an accompanying Editorial that featured the details of her story. Since this initial publication, ACS Publications continues to be amazed by the wonderful contributions to this series and the positive reactions that have resonated from the community. Analytical Chemistry published 9 more covers in 2021, and the journal is excited to continue this monthly series in 2022.

This Analytical Chemistry Editorial from last year highlighted the importance ACS Publications places on using our publishing platform to amplify marginalized voices and recognize historically excluded or under-recognized populations of chemists. ACS Publications is pleased to announce that our other journal Editors share this sentiment and will expand the series to each of their journals for one issue in 2022. You are invited and encouraged to submit your own cover to the ACS journal of your choosing, helping to amplify the visibility of underrepresented chemists in our communities.

Submission Details:

ACS journals are soliciting authors who are underrepresented in the chemistry community (most notably those who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ, first generation, and those with disabilities) to submit their cover art. Each participating journal issue front cover will feature the artist’s artwork, as well as an editorial written by the artist describing their artwork and story. Artists need not be chemists, but the work and editorial should have a connection to the field of chemistry. ACS hopes this initiative serves as another one way to foster an inclusive environment in which underrepresented cohorts in the chemistry community can strengthen their voice through their artwork and written word.

If selected, artists will be compensated $1000 USD.* ACS Publications may select some cover art be featured on ACS store products; in this case, additional compensation will be provided.

If you are interested in contributing to this initiative, please submit the following:

  • An initial sketch of your artwork; the sketch should clearly communicate the diversity and inclusion theme.
  • A paragraph describing the cover art idea and its meaning to you.
  • Top 3-5 preferred journal(s) in which you would like your artwork and editorial to appear. We will do our best to accommodate your preferences.

If your initial sketch is selected for this program, you will be asked to provide:

  • Completed artwork that can be digitized to 8.19 x 10.0 inches with a resolution of 300 dpi or higher, preferably in the .jpg or .tif format. The cover art must include 2 inches of space to accommodate the journal logo.
  • A short editorial describing your story and your artwork (roughly 400­-800 words).

ACS Publications will consider artwork submissions on a rolling basis until Sept 30, 2022. Please note that ACS Publications will compile and promote all published covers in an end-of-year collection.

Submit your artwork now!

See previous covers and editorials from this program.

*Please note cover art under this program will not be tied to a research article. It is the responsibility of the individual to ensure they can accept outside forms of payment from ACS.

If you have any questions, please email: