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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 2020: 7.446 | Citations 2020: 85,946| CiteScore 2020: 10.6
If you have questions about this journal, please send them to

In publication since 1962.
Exceptional, rigorous, high-impact interdisciplinary research articles across all of biological chemistry.
Impact Factor 2020: 3.162 | Citations 2020: 76,745| CiteScore 2020: 5.5
If you have questions about this journal, please send them to

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 2020: 4.050 | Citations 2020: 32,074| CiteScore 2020: 6.5
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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 2020: 4.774 | Citations 2020: 18,580| CiteScore 2020: 8.1
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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 2020: 4.939 | Citations 2020: 22,570| CiteScore 2020: 8.1
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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 2020: 5.100 | Citations 2020: 16,023| CiteScore 2020: 7.6
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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 2020: 4.418 | Citations 2020: 10,120| CiteScore 2020: 6.5
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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 2020: 4.345 | Citations 2020: 8,201| CiteScore 2020: 5.8
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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 2020: 5.110 | Citations 2020: 7,500| CiteScore 2020: 7.9
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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 2020: 5.084 | Citations 2020: 3,865| CiteScore 2020: 6
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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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Open Access for everyone – no matter your institution

Recently published in ACS Omega, Organosolv Lignin Improved Thermoplastic Elastomeric Behavior of Polyethylene/Polyisoprene Blend (Ghosh, A: ACS Omega 2022, 7, 10, 8483–8492. DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.1c06062) marks the first publication from a primarily undergraduate institution under an ACS Read + Publish Agreement.

Primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs) are defined by the National Science Foundation as accredited colleges and universities that award 20 or fewer Ph.D / D.Sci. degrees in NSF-supported fields during two consecutive academic years. As of 2016, there were more than 1,200 PUIs in the United States, employing in excess of 1,000,000 research and teaching staff. While PUIs have a primary focus on instruction, the staff of US-based PUIs nevertheless publish thousands of articles per year.

Read + Publish Agreements offer institutions and consortia full access to ACS content, as well as covering much or all of the publication charges for their researchers in ACS journals. While thousands of researchers in over 400 institutions worldwide are covered by ACS Read + Publish Agreements, Troy University is the first PUI to benefit from this offer.

“Dr Ghosh’s article is just one example of the high-quality research that Troy University, and other PUIs like us, produce,” said Dr Christopher Shaffer, Dean of Library Services at Troy University. “The option of an ACS Read + Publish Agreement, which provided both full access to ACS journals as well as the ability to publish in immediate open access, represents tremendous value. We can ensure that our faculty and students have access to the literature while also reaching the widest possible audience with our research.”

“ACS is committed to open access, and part of that commitment is to provide every chemical researcher the opportunity to publish in ACS journals,” said Sybille Geisenheyner, Director of Open Access Licensing and Strategy for ACS Publications. “Read + Publish Agreements have traditionally been struck with institutions that publish many articles each year, or with consortium groups representing institutions with lower publishing output but who still require broad access to the most trusted chemical literature. However, ACS’ flexible approach allows institutions of all sizes to publish their work in open access with support from their institution. We hope that Troy University is the first of many non research-focused universities to explore the benefits of an ACS Read + Publish Agreement.”

More information on ACS Read + Publish Agreements is available on the ACS Open Science website.

ACS Transformative Journals: another way for Plan S funded authors to publish with ACS

Many researchers whose work is funded by a Plan S signatory now have greater choice in where to publish, as ACS’ subscription journals have recently been awarded Transformative Journal status by cOAlition S – reinforcing our commitment to widening availability of cutting-edge research articles in chemistry and related sciences.

Plan S is an initiative supported by many research funders worldwide, with the goal of accelerating the uptake of open access. Researchers whose work is funded by a Plan S signatory are required to make their research papers publicly available with a broad CC BY reuse license immediately upon publication.

Most Plan S funders have agreed to support costs for their researchers who publish in open access journals, providing these are ‘gold’ OA journals which immediately make research papers freely available to readers, ‘hybrid’ subscription and open access journals that are included in transformational agreements such as ACS Read + Publish Agreements, or Transformative Journals – publications that have committed to becoming fully open access in the future, with clear annual targets for growing the proportion of open articles they publish. Any researcher whose funder’s open access policy is fully aligned with Plan S including the Transformative Journal component can now choose to publish in their preferred ACS journal, and receive funder support until 31 December 2024.

“ACS is committed to furthering sustainable open access in the chemical sciences while also giving authors the greatest amount of choice possible,” said Sybille Geisenheyner, Director of Open Access Strategy and Licensing for ACS Publications. “Transformative Journals put open access within reach for thousands more authors, ensuring a greater proportion of the literature is free for everyone to read and reuse.”

More information is available on the ACS Open Science website.

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Communicate Your Science Confidently, with ACS on Campus and the ACS Institute

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!

Find an event near you or online and save your spot today.

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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Enroll in the ACS Institute to sharpen your authorship skills with ACS Author Lab and ACS Reviewer lab.

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.

Watch below for a detailed course description and more information on ACS Author Lab:

ACS Reviewer Lab is a free, on-demand peer-review training course designed by ACS Editors, leading scientific researchers, and ACS Publications staff. Take this course and achieve the ACS Reviewer badge to place on your ACS Paragon Plus account, where it will be visible to ACS Editors.

Watch below for more information on the ACS Reviewer Lab and the peer-review process:

Get More Resources at the ACS Publishing Center

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.

ACS Publications and ChronosHub Launch ACS Journal Finder

ACS Publications has a long history of supporting the open science movement. As part of that commitment, we’ve ensured that every one of ACS Publications’ peer-reviewed journals includes open access publishing options. As more funders and research institutions encourage researchers to publish their work via an open access license, authors must be able to meet funder or institutional requirements. That’s why ACS Publications has partnered with ChronosHub to launch the new ACS Journal Finder website.

As the open access space evolves, different authors may have different publication needs. This site is one of the ways ACS Publications supports our authors and customers in making an easy transition to open access publishing. The ACS Journal Finder offers a simplified user experience that will help authors check all ACS Publications journals for compliance with a wide variety of institutional and funder open access mandates.

The site also makes it easy to see if an institution has a transformative agreement in place with ACS Publications. These agreements allow affiliated researchers to publish their work in an ACS Publications journal at no additional cost to themselves. To date, ACS has partnered with hundreds of institutions in more than 22 countries around the world, with new agreements added regularly.

ACS Journal Finder also allows authors to filter journals by a variety of criteria, including:

  • 15 different scientific subject areas, including chemistry, chemicals engineering, materials science, and more
  • Citations databases where a journal is indexed, such as SCOPUS, Web of Science, and DOAJ
  • Open access license type offered
  • Journal open access type
  • Article processing charge
  • Manuscript embargo length

The new site is free to use and will be updated regularly with the latest information on journal licenses, funder requirements, and transformative agreements.

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ACS Publications Updates Ethical Guidelines to Publication of Chemical Research

Integrity is essential to the advancement of science and trust in the published record. To achieve high-quality, reliable, and reproducible science, ACS Publications relies on a code of conduct related to ethical research and publication. The Ethical Guidelines to Publication of Chemical Research sets forth expectations and obligations for the editors, authors, and reviewers engaged with the publication process at ACS journals. The policy covers common topics such as editor responsibility, confidentiality requirements, conflict of interest disclosure, plagiarism, data manipulation, and author contribution. The guidelines were developed by the Editors of ACS Publications journals and are regularly reviewed by the ACS Publications Ethics Committee to ensure they are clear and reflect the current best practices.

The guidelines were recently updated to include new language for authors regarding conflicts of interest when suggesting preferred reviewers. This update supports the author’s ability to suggest experts in their field, while promoting a fair and objective peer review process.

The policy now states:

Authors are encouraged to recommend appropriate reviewers during submission of a manuscript. However, they should not suggest reviewers with whom they have an actual, perceived, or potential conflict of interest. Moreover, authors should not suggest reviewers with whom they share a personal or professional connection if there is potential for that relationship to introduce bias into the evaluation of the manuscript.

The update also revises the section on the Ethical Obligations of Scientists Publishing Outside the Scientific Literature, which provides guidance about authors communicating their work in the press or outside of literature sources. The section now reads:

Scientists communicating outside the peer-reviewed, scientific literature (e.g., in preprints, magazines, trade communications, or the popular press) should be accurate, clear, objective and unbiased in discussing, reporting on or commenting about scientific results and their implications. Scientists should strive to do this while also recognizing the need to use commonly accessible language to support public comprehension. Unsubstantiated claims and use of language that conveys undue novelty, overly broad implications and hype should be avoided.

View the full ACS Ethical Guidelines to Publication of Chemical Research and get a copy of our Top 10 Tips for Ethical Authorship


ACS Reviewer Lab is Now Part of the ACS Institute

ACS Reviewer Lab, a flagship learning course from ACS Publications, is now available on the ACS Institute. The ACS Institute is a comprehensive learning platform providing educational opportunities spanning topics such as scientific communication, lab safety, and professional development. ACS Reviewer Lab will remain free to all learners.

With this transition, ACS Reviewer Lab features an all-new experience with narration and interactive elements to guide you through the key concepts of peer review. The course was also designed with accessibility in mind, and we have updated and expanded the downloadable resources that summarize each module. You will find the same six modules and rigorous final assessment, which unlocks when the content in all other modules has been viewed.

Whether you are new to peer review, looking to sharpen your skills, or actively mentoring the next generation of reviewers, ACS Reviewer Lab is a great resource!

For more information about ACS Reviewer Lab and everything the ACS Institute has to offer, please visitinstitute.acs.orgtoday!

Celebrate National Chemistry Week 2021 with “Fast or Slow…Chemistry Makes It Go!” Resources from JACS Au

National Chemistry Week (NCW) is an annual community-based event which unites ACS local sections, business, schools, and individuals by communicating and promoting the value of chemistry in everyday life.

This year, National Chemistry Week is being celebrate October 17-23 2021, with the theme, “Fast or Slow…Chemistry Makes It Go!”, which focuses on exploring reaction rates. ACS members and chemistry enthusiasts celebrate NCW by coordinating events and communicating the importance of chemistry. Read more about NCW.

Explore a collection of articles from JACS Au below, which we hope will help to not only illustrate key chemical concepts and the importance of chemistry, but also motivate students and researchers to connect chemistry to our everyday lives, through topics such as enzymes, plant conversion to fuels, plastics upcycling, and more.


Role of Fe Species of Ni-Based Catalysts for Efficient Low-Temperature Ethanol Steam Reforming
JACS Au 2021, 1, 9, 1459–1470
DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.1c00217
Electroassisted Propane Dehydrogenation at Low Temperatures: Far beyond the Equilibrium Limitation
DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.1c00287


Single Residue on the WPD-Loop Affects the pH Dependency of Catalysis in Protein Tyrosine Phosphatases
JACS Au 2021, 1, 5, 646–659
A Noncanonical Tryptophan Analogue Reveals an Active Site Hydrogen Bond Controlling Ferryl Reactivity in a Heme Peroxidase
JACS Au 2021, 1, 7, 913–918
DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.1c00145
Hemoprotein Catalyzed Oxygenations: P450s, UPOs, and Progress toward Scalable Reactions
JACS Au, 2021 1, 9, 1312–1329
DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.1c00251
Hemoprotein Catalyzed Oxygenations: P450s, UPOs, and Progress toward Scalable Reactions
JACS Au 2021, 1, 9, 1312–1329

Carbon dioxide conversion

Design of Crystalline Reduction–Oxidation Cluster-Based Catalysts for Artificial Photosynthesis
JACS Au 2021, 1, 8, 1288–1295
DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.1c00186
Design of Crystalline Reduction–Oxidation Cluster-Based Catalysts for Artificial Photosynthesis
JACS Au 2021, 1, 8, 1288–1295
DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.1c00186
Multifunctional Catalyst Combination for the Direct Conversion of CO2 to Propane
DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.1c00302
Unlocking the Catalytic Potential of TiO2-Supported Pt Single Atoms for the Reverse Water–Gas Shift Reaction by Altering Their Chemical Environment
JACS Au 2021, 1, 7, 977–986
DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.1c00111

Plant Conversion to Fuels

Lignin First: Confirming the Role of the Metal Catalyst in Reductive Fractionation
JACS Au 2021, 1, 6, 729–733
DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.1c00018
Uranyl-Photocatalyzed Hydrolysis of Diaryl Ethers at Ambient Environment for the Directional Degradation of 4-O-5 Lignin
JACS Au 2021, 1, 8, 1141–1146
DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.1c00168

Plastics Upcycling

Conversion of Polyolefin Waste to Liquid Alkanes with Ru-Based Catalysts under Mild Conditions
JACS Au 2021, 1, 1, 8–12
DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.0c00041
Catalytic Hydrogenation of Polyurethanes to Base Chemicals: From Model Systems to Commercial and End-of-Life Polyurethane Materials
JACS Au 2021, 1, 4, 517–524
Polyethylene Hydrogenolysis at Mild Conditions over Ruthenium on Tungstated Zirconia
JACS Au 2021, 1, 9, 1422–1434
DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.1c00200
Cation- and pH-Dependent Hydrogen Evolution and Oxidation Reaction Kinetics
DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.1c00281

Hydrogen and oxygen evolution reactions
Cation- and pH-Dependent Hydrogen Evolution and Oxidation Reaction Kinetics
JACS Au 2021, ASAP

Cation Overcrowding Effect on the Oxygen Evolution Reaction
JACS Au 2021, ASAP

Announcing the Launch of ACS Publications’ Research Data Policy

ACS Publications is excited to announce a portfolio-wide Research Data Policy, effective September 30th, 2021. The policy, which was developed in partnership with ACS editors and outside experts, provides best practice recommendations for data citation, data availability statements, and the use of appropriate data repositories.

The launch of this policy represents a critical step toward ensuring that the results reported in our journals are verifiable, reproducible, and easily accessible to researchers. For authors publishing in ACS journals, making their data available and citable offers a greater opportunity for the research to be recognized and assists in meeting various funders’ requirements. For readers and the research community, having data available for review allows researchers to reproduce and compare reported results. It can also create efficiencies in the research process, providing greater potential for scientific and economic development.

The Research Data Policy will be shared on the ACS Publishing Center on September 30, 2021. Though the policy outlines four possible levels of compliance (see figure below), all ACS journals will start at level one, in which authors are encouraged – but not required – to share their data.

“I’m thrilled to promote open science through the broad adoption of the ACS Research Data Policy. This critical activity plays an important role in maintaining ACS Publications’ reputation as the most read, most cited, and most trusted publisher in science”, says Dr. Sarah Tegen, Senior Vice President, Journals Publishing Group. As data trends evolve, ACS plans to update this policy based on feedback from the scholarly publishing community.

To learn more about our new Research Data Policy, please visit the ACS Publishing Center.

JACS Au Meet the Editors: Christopher Jones and Wasiu Lawal

JACS Au is a global, open access, multidisciplinary journal and its diverse editorial team is an essential element of its strength. Editor-in-Chief Christopher W. Jones is supported by a team of six Associate Editors from around the world, each bringing a different research focus and skill set to the journal. But who are these editors? In this video series, JACS Au Associate Editors introduce themselves through candid conversation, speaking with their fellow editors as peers in a series of illuminating discussions.

In the final interview of the series, it is the turn of Editor-in-Chief Christopher Jones and JACS Au‘s Associate Managing Editor, Wasiu Lawal, to sit down and discuss their lives and work in chemistry, including:

  • The books that have had the biggest impact on their lives and careers
  • The advice they would give to young scientists
  • The unanticipated benefits of choosing the career of a chemist
  • What makes a compelling scientific paper, and more

Learn More About JACS Au.

Why Not Join Us at JACS Au?

At JACS Au, we welcome manuscripts reporting significant research discoveries in all fields of chemistry and related sciences.

Find out more and submit your research to JACS Au.