WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2013 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) announces that ACS Catalysis has been awarded the Association of American Publishers’ (AAP) prestigious PROSE Award for “Best New Journal in Science, Technology & Medicine.” Launched in January 2011, ACS Catalysis has already had a tremendous impact on both science and the world by fostering and publishing research that is helping to solve urgent global challenges such as the development of sustainable sources of energy and chemicals.
ACS Catalysis responds to the increasing importance of catalysis across all fields of chemistry and the need for stronger collaboration among chemists using different forms of catalysis. The journal has taken the lead in defining the scope of the entire field, enabling researchers to discover common ground and make new discoveries by drawing from the three traditionally distinct disciplines of heterogeneous, homogeneous and enzymatic catalysis.
Darla Henderson, Assistant Director of Editorial Development at ACS Publications, commented, “We are delighted that the achievements of ACS Catalysis have been recognized by the PROSE Award. The journal was quickly embraced by the global catalysis community, evidenced by manuscript submissions far outpacing expectations. The ACS Publications’ standard of excellence in peer review — under the watchful eye of leading practicing catalysis researchers — positions the journal as a groundbreaker in the field and continues to afford ACS Catalysis editors the ability to publish only the highest quality content.”
ACS Catalysis is led by Editor-in-Chief Christopher W. Jones, New-Vision Professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Adjunct Professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, both at Georgia Institute of Technology. Among his many accolades and honors, he has been awarded the 2010 Ipatieff Prize from the ACS, recognizing outstanding experimental work in the field of catalysis conducted by an individual under the age of 40.
Editor-in-Chief Christopher Jones is supported by Associate Editors T. Brent Gunnoe, Philippe Sautet, Huimin Zhao and Susannah Scott. The journal is also guided by a global Editorial Advisory Board consisting of 27 men and women. Collectively, the editorial team of ACS Catalysis boasts expertise that spans heterogeneous, homogeneous and enzymatic catalysis, as well as theoretical chemistry, organometallic chemistry and chemical engineering.
“ACS Catalysis has helped to raise the bar for all catalysis journals,” noted David J. Smith, Managing Editor of ACS Catalysis. “The journal received among the highest number of citations per article in its first year of publication, clear evidence of its profound effect on catalysis research.”
Apart from publishing highly important original research articles and reviews, another major achievement of the journal has been the inaugural ACS Catalysis Lectureship for the Advancement of Catalytic Science, created in collaboration with the ACS Division of Catalysis Science and Technology. The first Lectureship, presented at the 2012 ACS Fall National Meeting, was awarded to Professor Alan Goldman of Rutgers University.
Editor-in-Chief Christopher W. Jones noted, “Fostering a global catalysis community is a central objective of ACS Catalysis. The journal has established a strong presence at international conferences, with editors and key staff reaching out to engage prospective authors and readers. Those authors and readers who are already familiar with the journal are eager to offer compliments on the high quality of science contained in the journal, as well as the editorial and production service offered by our team. ACS Catalysis has also engaged the global community via @ACSCatalysis, its Twitter account. As a result of these and other global outreach initiatives, more than half of all manuscripts published in ACS Catalysis originate from outside the United States, including one-quarter from East Asia and about 30 percent from Europe.”
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