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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.
If you have questions about this journal, please send them to

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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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.

Visit ACS Journal Finder.

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.

Indian Authors Attract Global Readership

The latest journal metrics show that authors from Indian research institutions are contributing widely read and highly cited articles to ACS Publications journals in chemistry and interfacing areas of science. Many of these articles are published under open access licenses that allow them to attract a global audience and influence scientific discourse around the world.

To acknowledge these contributions, check out notable articles from Indian authors in the following ACS Publications journals.

ACS Central Science

A fully open access multidisciplinary journal highlighting the seminal role of chemistry in a wide range of other scientific disciplines.

Editor-in-Chief: Carolyn R. Bertozzi
2020 Impact Factor: 14.553
2020 Citations: 11097
2020 CiteScore: 17.6

Insights Into the Origin of Life: Did It Begin from HCN and H2O?
ACS Cent. Sci. 2019, 5, 9, 1532–1540
DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.9b00520

A Localized Chimeric Hydrogel Therapy Combats Tumor Progression through Alteration of Sphingolipid Metabolism
ACS Cent. Sci. 2019, 5, 10, 1648–1662
DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.9b00551
Electron Transfer Control of Reductase versus Monooxygenase: Catalytic C–H Bond Hydroxylation and Alkene Epoxidation by Molecular Oxygen
ACS Cent. Sci. 2019, 5, 4, 671–682
DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.9b00046

ACS Omega

An open access multidisciplinary journal focused on new findings in chemistry and interfacing areas of science, without any perceived evaluation of immediate impact.

Editors-in-Chief: Krishna Ganesh, Deqing Zhang
2020 Impact Factor: 3.512
2020 Citations: 23,258
2020 CiteScore: 3.9
Dynamics of Charge-Transfer Behavior in a Plasmon-Induced Quasi-Type-II p–n/n–n Dual Heterojunction in Ag@Ag3PO4/g-C3N4/NiFe LDH Nanocomposites for Photocatalytic Cr(VI) Reduction and Phenol Oxidation
ACS Omega 2018, 3, 7, 7324–7343
DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.8b00847
Hydroxychloroquine Inhibits Zika Virus NS2B-NS3 Protease
ACS Omega 2018, 3, 12, 18132–18141
DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.8b01002
Microwave-Induced Synthesis of Chitosan Schiff Bases and Their Application as Novel and Green Corrosion Inhibitors: Experimental and Theoretical Approach
ACS Omega 2018, 3, 5, 5654–5668
DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.8b00455


A journal for publishing exceptional, rigorous, high-impact research across all of biological chemistry.

Editor-in-Chief: Alanna Schepartz
2020 Impact Factor: 3.162
2020 Citations: 76,745
2020 CiteScore: 5.5
Thermally versus Chemically Denatured Protein States
Biochemistry 2019, 58, 21, 2519–2523
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.9b00089
Disordered Nanostructure in Huntingtin Interacting Protein K Acts as a Stabilizing Switch To Prevent Protein Aggregation
Biochemistry 2018, 57, 13, 2009–2023
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.7b00776
Structural, Functional, and Dynamical Responses of a Protein in a Restricted Environment Imposed by Macromolecular Crowding
Biochemistry 2018, 57, 42, 6078–6089
DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.8b00599

ACS Chemical Biology

A suitable platform for the rapid communication of research that broadly embraces the interface between chemistry and biology.

Editor-in-Chief: Laura L. Kiessling
2020 Impact Factor: 5.100
2020 Citations: 16,023
2020 CiteScore: 7.6
The Role of Reactive Oxygen Species and Ferroptosis in Heme-Mediated Activation of Human Platelets
ACS Chem. Biol. 2018, 13, 8, 1996–2002
DOI: 10.1021/acschembio.8b00458
Specific Recognition of Promoter G-Quadruplex DNAs by Small Molecule Ligands and Light-up Probes
ACS Chem. Biol. 2019, 14, 10, 2102–2114
DOI: 10.1021/acschembio.9b00475
Myricetin Reduces Toxic Level of CAG Repeats RNA in Huntington’s Disease (HD) and Spino Cerebellar Ataxia (SCAs)
ACS Chem. Biol. 2018, 13, 1, 180–188
DOI: 10.1021/acschembio.7b00699

The Journal of Physical Chemistry A

Publishes research on physical chemistry of molecules, clusters and aerosols.

Editor-in-Chief: Joan-Emma Shea
Deputy Editor: T. Daniel Crawford
2020 Impact Factor: 2.781
2020 Citations: 63,916
2020 CiteScore: 4.5
Effect of Ammonia and Formic Acid on the OH• + HCl Reaction in the Troposphere: Competition between Single and Double Hydrogen Atom Transfer Pathways
J. Phys. Chem. A 2018, 122, 1, 350–363
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.7b09889
Bonding, Reactivity, and Dynamics in Confined Systems
J. Phys. Chem. A 2019, 123, 21, 4513–4531
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.9b00830
Improving the Performance of Tao–Mo Non-empirical Density Functional with Broader Applicability in Quantum Chemistry and Materials Science
J. Phys. Chem. A 2019, 123, 29, 6356–6369
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.9b02921

The Journal of Physical Chemistry B

A suitable destination for studies on biophysics, liquids and soft matter.

Editor-in-Chief: Joan-Emma Shea
Deputy Editor: Martin Zanni
2020 Impact Factor: 2.991
2020 Citations: 111,523
2020 CiteScore: 5.1
Green Reduced Graphene Oxide Toughened Semi-IPN Monolith Hydrogel as Dual Responsive Drug Release System: Rheological, Physicomechanical, and Electrical Evaluations
J. Phys. Chem. B 2018, 122, 29, 7201–7218
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.8b02919
Membrane Cholesterol Modulates Oligomeric Status and Peptide-Membrane Interaction of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Fusion Peptide
J. Phys. Chem. B 2019, 123, 50, 10654–10662
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.9b08455
Exploring GPCR–Lipid Interactions by Molecular Dynamics Simulations: Excitements, Challenges, and the Way Forward
J. Phys. Chem. B 2018, 122, 22, 5727–5737
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.8b01657

The Journal of Physical Chemistry C

A journal specializing on the broad discipline of energy, materials and catalysis.

Editor-in-Chief: Joan-Emma Shea
Deputy Editor: Gregory Hartland
2020 Impact Factor: 4.126
2020 Citations: 167,398
2020 CiteScore: 7.1
Graphene-like Carbon–Nitride Monolayer: A Potential Anode Material for Na- and K-Ion Batteries
J. Phys. Chem. C 2018, 122, 5, 2481–2489
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b09433
Synthesis and Optical Properties of Colloidal M3Bi2I9 (M = Cs, Rb) Perovskite Nanocrystals
J. Phys. Chem. C 2018, 122, 19, 10643–10649
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b03542
SnP3: A Previously Unexplored Two-Dimensional Material
J. Phys. Chem. C 2018, 122, 31, 18185–18191
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b06668

5 Reasons to Publish Open Access with ACS Omega

ACS Omega is a fully open access journal with a broad, multidisciplinary scope. It includes the scope of the more than 70 ACS Publications journals and some topics and types of results other ACS journals don’t publish. The journal welcomes both pure and applied sciences, as well as the interfacing areas of science, including biochemistry, chemical biology, materials science, nanoscience, pharmacology, geochemistry, industrial chemistry, environmental chemistry, chemical engineering— and more.

The journal focuses its editorial decisions on the research itself, not on the perceived evaluation of immediate impact.

ACS Omega publishes high-quality new findings, studies that demonstrate the reproducibility of existing research, large datasets, and noteworthy negative results. If you have questions about whether your work is a good fit for ACS Omega, you can email with a pre-publication inquiry.

The ACS Omega Co-Editors and the journal’s entire Editorial Board encourage you to submit your manuscript to ACS Omega.

Find out why you should publish open access with ACS Omega.

#1: ACS Omega provides high-quality editing and peer review led by a team of active researchers

Editorial decision-making at ACS Omega comes from a team of respected, active researchers whose scientific expertise represents the broad range of chemistry and related fields. At the head of this team are two Co-Editors-in-Chief:

  • Professor Deqing Zhang, Ph.D., Director of the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
  • Professor Krishna Ganesh, Ph.D., Director of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Tirupati, India

Thirteen eminent associate and senior editors who lead research groups in ten countries across four continents make up the rest of the ACS Omega editorial team.

This diverse editorial team follows the same thorough peer-review process as all ACS Publications journals— a process honed over the more than 140 years of scientific publishing since the launch of the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) in 1879.

#2: ACS Omega serves a diverse, global community of researchers and readers

Like ACS Omega’s editors, its authors, reviewers, and readers span the globe creating a diverse international community of scientists sharing and discussing the newest research findings. It includes student researchers and Nobel Laureates, and investigators at universities and in industry.

When you publish a paper in ACS Omega, you contribute to this community, and its members see your research.

#3: ACS Omega provides rapid manuscript processing

ACS Omega’s editorial team has processes in place to expedite articles through the peer-review process so they can publish your article quickly. They are continually looking for ways to improve these processes, so authors’ work can publish as rapidly as possible.

If you accept a transfer to ACS Omega from another ACS Publications journal, you save the time it would take to rework your manuscript and submit it to another journal for consideration. This means you can share your results with the community as quickly as possible.

#4: ACS Omega is a fully open access journal and is indexed in all major databases

ACS Omega is a fully open access journal, which means every published article is accessible—in full text, complete with all figures in full color—to anyone with an internet connection. This makes it easier for anyone to read your results and cite them in their own work.

If your funder or institution requires you to publish your results in a fully open access journal, ACS Omega offers a CC-BY license option—which meets the most stringent funder requirements. The APC covers your choice of open-access Creative Commons license (CC-BY or CC-BY-NC-ND).

ACS Omega is listed and indexed in all major databases, including:

These listings represent the most trusted databases in scholarly publishing and allow researchers to search and easily find relevant content using their favorite databases. In fact, on behalf of its’ authors, ACS deposits all in-issue published articles from ACS Omega automatically into PubMed Central, also searchable at PubMed.

#5: ACS Omega comes from a nonprofit society publisher

As a division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and a nonprofit society publisher, ACS Publications shares and contributes to the Society’s overall mission of advancing the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people.

Article Publishing Charge (APC)

ACS Publications is committed to sustainable publishing— ensuring it has the resources to provide high-quality editing, organize a rigorous peer-review system, and keep pace with the latest technology for sharing research across the globe, while also ensuring researchers have the resources to share their results with the global scientific community.

ACS Publications sets the APC for open access articles according to this principle. For ACS Omega, the APC is $1,685, which includes every aspect of publishing an article as well as your choice of open access license. There are no separate submission charges, additional page charges, color charges, or other fees.

See if your country is eligible for an ACS Omega country discount.

ACS Omega Authors Get a 1-Year ACS Membership

Corresponding authors who publish open access with ACS Omega and aren’t current members also receive a one-year membership to the American Chemical Society, joining the world’s largest society of chemistry professionals.

ACS members receive a long list of benefits, including:

  • Meeting registration discounts. ACS members receive significant discounts on the registration fees for ACS’s Spring and Fall National Meetings and dozens of ACS Regional Meetings held across the U.S. each year.
  • A C&EN subscription. ACS Members get a free subscription to Chemical & Engineering News and the C&EN Archives. C&EN has editors and reporters around the world covering news related to science and technology, business and industry, government and policy, education, and employment aspects of the chemistry field.
  • Complimentary SciFinder® use. ACS Members get 25 complimentary SciFinder® activities for personal use per membership term. SciFinder® is a research-discovery solution that brings together the world’s largest, most reliable chemistry and science-related databases under a single interface. You can use it to search for chemical information on substances, reactions, and references from patents, journals, chemical suppliers, web sources, books, conferences, and more.

Read the latest issue and learn how to how to submit your manuscript to ACS Omega.


Open Science Now: A Follow-Up Interview with ACS Publications President Dr. James Milne

In February 2020, Dr. James Milne became the President of ACS Publications. He marked that occasion with a discussion about open science, a subject that is both personally important to him, and essential to the future of chemistry. Eighteen months later, a great deal has changed, both in the world at large, and in the world of open access publishing. In this interview, he continues that conversation around the future of open science.

What are some of the most significant developments in open science this past year and a half?

The last 18 months have been challenging not just for the chemistry community, but that hasn’t held back the steady adoption of open science principles. We’ve seen a marked increase in publishing output worldwide, which led to ACS Publications publishing more open access papers than ever before. From 2018 to 2020, we recorded a 63% increase in open access papers published by ACS.

At the same time, the popularity of preprints continues to soar. We’ve seen article posts to ChemRxiv, the preprint server we co-manage with four international chemical societies, more than triple over the last two years, while downloads during the same time period have increased by over fifteen-fold!

This trend is driven by changing funder mandates and the proactive and positive conversations we’re having as a community around open science principles. There’s broad agreement that open science is good for chemistry. Now we need to make sure we’re creating a sustainable system that supports the broader chemistry enterprise.

What has ACS Publications done to advance open access publishing since our last interview with you in February 2020?

The landscape has changed dramatically and at lightning speed over the last year. At the end of 2020, we were publishing three open access journals: ACS Central ScienceACS Omega, and JACS Au. With the launch of our ACS Au portfolio of nine new discipline-specific journals in early 2021, we now offer twelve fully open access journals. This clearly demonstrates our dedication to advancing open science and open access publishing. We’ve also changed our copyright policy to enable our authors to retain copyright, and we introduced a new journal publishing agreement workflow that effectively integrates several of our publishing platforms. All of this makes publishing open access with ACS Publications easier for authors and institutions than ever before.

We’ve also seen tremendous growth in global ACS Read + Publish agreements. More institutions worldwide are meeting their open access publishing goals by entering into transformative agreements with us because these agreements are easy to administer and easy for authors to understand. As a result, we saw 90% more articles published under ACS Read + Publish agreements in the first quarter of 2021, compared with the same time period in 2020.

What effect have these efforts had on the publishing behavior of ACS authors?

We know that publishing open access is important to our author community, with 66% of ACS authors recently saying they expect to publish an article open access in the next five years. The introduction of our new, streamlined open access publishing workflow has contributed significantly to this activity. Now, authors with accepted manuscripts at institutions with ACS Read + Publish agreements are automatically identified and prompted to publish their work open access. This technology has driven a 50% increase in authors choosing to publish open access.

What about open data? What new activities has ACS Publications undertaken in this area?

We continue to support Figshare and SciMeetings, two innovative open science platforms that provide a home for research data and non-traditional research outputs such as conference poster presentations. And more recently, we have been advancing research data curation and preservation across our publishing activities. This supports reproducibility, reinforces discipline-specific data standards, and aids discoverability by introducing innovative metadata tagging to enhance data mining opportunities.

How are significant changes in funder mandates, such as the Coalition S Rights Retention Strategy, affecting the publishing business?

It’s important to remember that Coalition S and ACS Publications share a common goal: We want to create a publishing ecosystem in which scientific knowledge and advancements are widely available, enhancing collaboration and innovation across disciplines to benefit the Earth and everyone on it. Where we don’t agree is on how best to structure that system. At ACS we’ve long said that the publishing framework needs to be sustainable and needs to preserve the highest quality standards both in service to researchers and for the quality of research published. That means the framework must respect the integrity of authors’ work, and it must ensure that publishing organizations are incentivized to support the effective editorial and peer review activities to sustain quality.

While we can support the primary ‘gold open access’ publishing option of Coalition S, ACS Publications shares serious concerns about the predictable consequences of their so-called ‘Rights Retention Strategy’ (RRS). Without supporting the peer review process and economic models, the RRS approach makes it harder for publishers to continue to invest in the high-quality open access journals and publishing options the community needs. Additionally, authors rely on being able to maintain the integrity of their work and to take credit for it. By removing almost all rights relating to their article, as the RRS requires, authors invite others to “remix and transform” their scholarly manuscripts however they choose.  We remain optimistic that a way forward can be found to enhance access to science without undermining the systems that support it.

Any predictions for 2022?

That’s a great question, and a tough one to answer with any surety. However, I will predict the raw number of papers we publish open access will continue to climb. And what’s more, the overall percentage of our total output that we publish open access will increase. Over the last two years, downloads of ACS open access articles have doubled, and we expect that upward trend to continue. As a result, you’re going to see the citation totals for open access journals continue to rise, as more and more authors recognize the value of that broader reach to a larger audience.

I think also we’re going to see a shift in the discussion around open science in two significant ways. First, we’re finally going to move beyond the questions of whether and how to implement open access publishing as we focus increasingly on making the experience utterly seamless for everyone involved. The question won’t be ‘Who supports open access?’ It’ll be, ‘Who implements it best?’ At ACS, we’re already making smart investments in the technology to design and create the best open access publishing experience for our authors and institutions, and our efforts in this area will continue. And finally, we’re going to see people’s attention increasingly turn toward other components of open science, such as open data and open methods. That’s where the real innovation is still waiting to happen.