ACS Publications - Journals

Creative innovation and collaboration made the International Year of Chemistry a banner year for the Most-Trusted, Most-Cited, and Most-Read Journals in Chemistry and the Related Sciences.

ACS Publications expanded their outreach and continued to introduce innovations to the delivery of ACS content in 2011.  By providing more than 36,000 original research articles faster than ever before, they enabled researchers around the globe to stay informed, advance their research efforts, and improve society with new discoveries and developments. With more than 78 million article accesses in 2011 and #1 rankings in 14 subject categories by ISI Impact Factor or total citations, ACS journals are affirmed by the global chemistry community as the most trusted, most cited, and most read publications.

Introduction of ACS Mobile continued. Winner of the 2010 PROSE Award from the Association of American Publishers for Best eProduct or Innovation in ePublishing and Best eProduct in the Physical Sciences & Mathematics, the app provides both Mac and Android users with an up-to-the-minute live stream of peer-reviewed research content published across the Society’s portfolio of scholarly research journals, supplemented by “Latest News” from C&EN.

In addition to leading the way in digital publishing on the mobile frontier, ACS Publications continues to enhance delivery of content online via enhancements to the ACS Web Editions Platform, including robust SciFinder linking with the journals and peer reviewed eBooks content.

In partnership with CAS, the Division announced the integration of CA Section subject index topics to tag nearly 500,000 articles across all ACS web journals from 1996-2011 with CA Section subject assignments. Highlights of the effort included the addition of a “subject search” tab to the Quick Search menu on all web pages; the creation of 80 “subject landing pages” that showcase the ACS articles published within a given CA subject and provide functionality to allow users to follow articles under a CA subject via RSS; CA Section subject specific labeling of articles within search results, on articles, tables-of-contents pages and the journal homepage article display; and the ability to use CA subjects as a filter within our advanced search feature. The 80 CA Sections are grouped within five broad scientific categories: Applied; Biochemistry; Macromolecular; Organic; and Physical, Inorganic, and Analytical.

ACS Publications also expanded its portfolio of high quality, high impact journals in 2011.  The first volume of ACS Catalysis was published with over 200 research articles and reviews in all the major fields of catalysis, led by Editor-in-chief Christopher W. Jones from the Georgia Institute of Technology. ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters, introduced online in 2010, completed its first year of subscription access with more than 170 communications published in 2011.

To celebrate 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry, the Publications Division collaborated with ACS’ Education Division and the Office of Public Affairs to develop a virtual journal entitled ACS International Year of Chemistry. The virtual journal published 12 issues in 2011 on the ACS’ IYC 365 site and highlighted health, environment, energy, and materials research from a number of ACS publications.

Four ACS Publications Division special programs for members were approved in late 2011 as part of the portfolio of ACS Member Benefits for 2012. The programs, ACS Member Universal Access, ACS Member Articles on Command, ACS Member E-Passport, and ACS Member E-Subscriptions, provide members with new options to access the contents of ACS Web Editions, ACS Symposium Series e-books, and the C&EN Archives.

ACS on Campus,the Publications Division’s popular outreach program that brings resources from ACS Publications, Chemical Abstracts Service, Membership & Scientific Advancement, Education, and ACS Careers to top universities in the U.S. and abroad, continued its expansion in 2011. Faculty, students, and librarians at selected institutions like Harvard and the Chinese Academy of Sciences participated in seminars on high-interest topics and the effective use of ACS web tools like SciFinder®, the ACS Network, and the Web Editions Platform.

In 2011, the Publications Division introduced Publishing Your Research 101, a new educational, web-based video series designed to support authors and reviewers in writing, submitting, reviewing, and editing reports of original scientific research intended for publication in peer-reviewed journals. The first video of the series, “How to Write a Paper to Communicate Your Research,” featured an interview with Dr. George M. Whitesides of Harvard.