Join your fellow students once a month for informal discussions of a selected paper. ACS journal editors select a different article each month and lead the discussions. It’s a great way to meet the editors, get to know other students, and learn about new areas of chemistry!

Watch this page & social media for the next Journal Club meeting.


Join a Journal Club meeting

  1. Register for this month’s meeting. (Registration is free and month-by-month.)
  2. Read the provided paper, even if you find it challenging.
  3. Join the meeting!

Tips for reading journal articles

Whether it’s your first time reading a journal paper or you’re just struggling with the topic, don’t worry if you have a hard time with this month’s article. Here are some tips for reading papers:

  • Start with the abstract, introduction, and conclusions to get a broad idea of the work.
  • Take a deep dive into the article to understand the work.
  • Review the results and graphs; ask:
    • Are the results reasonable, given the procedure used?
    • Do the conclusions match the data?
    • What does this mean for the field? For my research?
    • What would be an intriguing follow-up study?
  • Take notes and highlight key passages.

How to Organize a Chemistry Journal Club

A journal club is a great way to build your chemistry literature skills in conversation with fellow students. Get together with new friends you met at a Social Distancing Social, or team up with your ACS Student Chapter to start a journal club.

  • Use your goals to identify your strategies. If you want to:
    • Keep up with the latest research... have participants find and present different papers in your common field.
    • Improve your journal reading skills... find a single paper to share and discuss.
    • Learn about different fields... have everyone present papers from journals in any field or focus at each meeting.
  • Build comaraderie. Include social time and snacks.
  • Meet at a regular time.
  • Choose a leader/facilitator for each meeting.
  • Try different formats, such as:
    • Presentation by facilitator or members
    • Team debates
    • Discussion questions from the group
    • Guest facilitators
  • Keep the atmosphere friendly and inviting.

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