About SciMeetings

SciMeetings is a virtual science-sharing platform developed by ACS Publications in collaboration with other ACS divisions.

Presenters whose abstracts were accepted for the terminated ACS Spring 2020 Meeting & Expo shared their posters and presentations through SciMeetings, while presenters whose abstracts were accepted for the ACS Fall 2020 Virtual Meeting were prompted to select one of three upload and publishing options.

Abstracts accepted for the ACS Spring 2021 will automatically be uploaded to SciMeetings as part of the permanent meeting record. Presenters who wish to upload their poster or presentation to receive a citable DOI, open-access license and visibility on the ACS Publications platform can pay a fee ($45 member; $90 non-member) to receive the full SciMeetings benefits.

What are the benefits to authors who upload their posters and presentations to SciMeetings?

Posters and presentations uploaded to SciMeetings will receive a DOI from ACS Publications, the publisher of record. DOIs ensure your work can be easily cited by others and establish a permanent record of your scientific record contribution. You can also track views and downloads in your registered SciMeetings account.

The standard license for work submitted to SciMeetings is CC-BY-NC-ND, an open-access license that meets Plan S funder requirements. This license allows others to download your work and share it as long as they credit you, but they can’t change your work in any way or use it commercially.

Posting on SciMeetings ensures a global community sees your work. Posters, presentations, abstracts, and author metadata will be fully indexed and searchable on both the SciMeetings platform and the ACS Publications platform, supporting over 150 million downloads to research articles per year discoverable through SciFinder™.

Presenters can interact with viewers through the new Presenter Q&A feature. Fellow presenters, attendees, or any viewers with a registered SciMeetings account may comment on a presentation. Comments and questions must be approved by the presenter first, and then they can directly reply. This will help bring the traditional networking reserved for in-person meetings to a virtual format.

Does posting on SciMeetings count as a prior publication when I publish my work later?

The Editors-in-Chief of ACS journals have agreed that the inclusion of posters and presentations in SciMeetings is comparable with posting on a preprint server and does not constitute prior publication. As with preprints, we recommend that you inform the Editors about conference materials posted on SciMeetings and their relationship to your submitted manuscript in the cover letter. If you plan to submit your work to a non-ACS journal at a later time, you should verify with the Publisher and/or Editor that inclusion of your conference material in SciMeetings is acceptable.

What does it mean for my conference materials to be marked “private”?

Posting your work privately means it cannot be seen by anyone and is therefore ineligible for a DOI or CC-BY-NC-ND license. Your work will be archived in the cloud. You can change to a public account at any time.

Does SciMeetings host virtual conferences?

Currently, SciMeetings is a platform to host conference materials as the permanent meeting record. The platform exists in the static form to increase discoverability and advance science. With the addition of the Presenter Q&A feature, we aim to expand the networking, similar to that of a virtual conference.. 

Why did ACS Publications select Morressier as the SciMeetings platform provider?

Morressier was selected as the platform for SciMeetings due to its commitment to developing tools that enable conference posters, presentations, abstracts, datasets, videos, and supporting files to be widely discoverable. Morressier actively pursues new functionality to ensure users have the best possible experience. The research you post on SciMeetings is searchable on both the SciMeetings and ACS Publications platforms.