FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | November 05, 2013

Cynthia J. Burrows, Ph.D., named new Editor-in-Chief of Accounts of Chemical Research

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2013 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) announces that Cynthia J. Burrows, Ph.D., will assume the role of Editor-in-Chief of Accounts of Chemical Research effective January 2014. Burrows, who currently serves as an Editorial Advisory Board member for the journal, is a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Department Chair at the University of Utah.  

Burrows will succeed Joan S. Valentine, Ph.D., who will retire from the journal at the end of this year. Valentine, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles, has served as Editor-in-Chief of Accounts of Chemical Research for 19 years. Valentine will assist with the transition and remain with the journal in her current role through the end of 2013.

Appointed in 2013 as the inaugural Thatcher Presidential Endowed Chair of Biological Chemistry, Burrows is a Fellow of the ACS, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has received numerous awards and honors for her research and teaching, including a University Distinguished Teaching Award and the ACS Cope Scholar Award. She has been a member of numerous editorial boards including from 2001 to 2013 as Senior Editor for The Journal of Organic Chemistry, and prior to that, Associate Editor for Organic Letters. Burrows also currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Organic Letters.

“I am thrilled to join the Accounts of Chemical Research team,” says Burrows. “Going forward, I expect Accounts of Chemical Research to maintain its global leadership as a unique venue for communicating the excitement of the chemical sciences, both in core areas of chemistry and at the interfaces with biology, medicine, materials and energy research.”

“We are delighted that Cynthia Burrows has been selected by the community as the next Editor-in-Chief of Accounts of Chemical Research,” says Susan King, Senior Vice President of the ACS Journals Publishing Group. “Dr. Burrows brings keen insight across the broad disciplines related to chemistry and an enthusiasm for leading the journal that will serve her well in her new role. Her impressive vision for Accounts of Chemical Research makes her an excellent choice to succeed Joan Valentine.”

King also offers thanks to Valentine “for 19 years dedicated to serving as Editor-in-Chief, and for positioning the journal as a unique and leading resource for the global multidisciplinary chemistry community.”

Accounts of Chemical Research presents short, concise and critical articles offering easy-to-read overviews of basic research and applications in all areas of chemistry and biochemistry. Accounts of Chemical Research is highly ranked in impact in Multidisciplinary Chemistry with a 20.833 Impact Factor in 2012. The journal also achieved 42,112 total citations as reported in the 2012 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters, 2013).

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 163,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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