Trailblazing New Research Paths

The Chemical Enterprise in 2015 report recommended that ACS strengthen its position as the place to find and publish groundbreaking research. And over the past five years, that is exactly what we have done. But by almost any measure, 2010 stands out.

ACS Publications was particularly active this year, launching several new journals — including Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, ACS Chemical Neuroscience and ACS Catalysis  ― as well as ACS Mobile, a mobile software application for users of Apple’s iPhone®, iPod Touch® and iPad® devices. This new information delivery service provides readers with an up-to-the-minute live stream of peer-reviewed research content published across the Society’s preeminent portfolio of scholarly research journals and is augmented by “Latest News” from Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN).

C&EN Archives, a digital (PDF) collection of every page of every C&EN issue from 1923 to the present debuted in November. This new resource gives students, journalists, scientists, libraries and others instant access to more than eight decades of content from this popular ACS weekly newsmagazine. It includes more than 500,000 pages of content. C&EN Archives is fully searchable and accessible via the same user-friendly platform that enables readers to peruse their current electronic editions of ACS’ suite of 39 peer-reviewed scientific journals.

By year end, more than 71 million articles were requested from the ACS Web Editions platform. In addition, ACS Journals ranked first in ISI Impact Factor and/or total citations in 13 unique subject categories in the 2009 Journal Citation Reports from Thomson Reuters. ACS journals collectively garnered more than 1.68 million citations in the past year.

And in yet another important advance, ACS Publications teamed up with Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) to link ACS journal articles to SciFinder® so our readers can easily access patent-related information. By year end, the CAS Registry exceeded more than 56 million records for organic and inorganic substances. In addition, enhancements to the Web version of SciFinder are helping scientists and other researchers speed up the inquiries, lab preparations and synthesis planning processes.

More than 32,000 people participated in ACS National Meetings in San Francisco and Boston in 2010. Participants presented more than 20,000 papers at these two meetings. For those unable to attend or who missed a presentation, ACS posted nearly 750 presentations online after these meetings concluded. In all, more than 21,500 unique visitors viewed these online presentations by year end.

The ACS Petroleum Research Fund 54th Annual Report is yet another source of important scientific information available online. In 2010, the ACS PRF funded 131 grants, totaling more than $11 million. It also continued its track record of helping to jump-start careers of Nobel Laureates. Two of the three 2010 chemistry Laureates ― Richard F. Heck and Ei-ichi Negishi ― were supported by ACS PRF funding. In all, the ACS PRF has now supported 26 Nobel laureates over the years.

Together, these advances ensure that our members can always connect to ACS resources and readily tap into the latest and most reliable scientific information in the world.