FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | February 20, 2014

American Chemical Society Receives Top Honors from Association of American Publishers

WASHINGTON, DC, February 12, 2014 –– ACS Publications, a leading scientific journal publisher and an information services division of the American Chemical Society (ACS), has been recognized with two prestigious PROSE awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence from the American Association of Publishers (AAP). During the AAP’s Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division’s 2014 Annual Conference held in Washington, DC February 5-7, ACS Synthetic Biology was honored with the PROSE Award for Best New Journal in Science, Technology & Medicine, and ACS ChemWorx received similar honors, as recipient of the PROSE Award for Best App/e-Product.

The annual PROSE awards celebrate the best in professional and scholarly publishing, including books, journals and electronic content across more than 40 categories. Submissions from across major publishers are judged by expert panels of peer publishers, librarians and science, technology, and medical professionals. This year’s PROSE awards to ACS follow on similar plaudits earned by the Society for its innovations in scientific publishing in recent years, including peer reviewed journals ACS Catalysis (2012), ACS Nano (2008), ACS Chemical Biology (2006) and Crystal Growth & Design (2001). ACS Publications also has been the recipient of PROSE awards for its technology innovations with C&EN Mobile (2011), ACS Mobile (2010), and the ACS Web Editions Platform (2008).

ACS Synthetic Biology serves as a peer-reviewed journal for the growing international and interdisciplinary scientific community of synthetic biologists interested in the chemistry of biological systems, including artificial life. Research findings published in ACS Synthetic Biology have also been featured in the popular media, including The Economist and Scientific American. ACS Synthetic Biology is led by Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Christopher A. Voigt of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a team of four Associate Editors and an international 60-member Editorial Advisory Board.

“The associate editors and I have witnessed the excitement generated by the journal within the synthetic biology community and are confident of its continued success,“ said Editor-in-Chief Christopher A. Voigt. “In the short time since its launch, ACS Synthetic Biology has established itself as the premier resource for the highest-quality research in the field of synthetic biology.”

Introduced by the Society in early 2013, ACS ChemWorx is the first secure, integrated research management and collaboration environment serving scientists worldwide. ACS ChemWorx is designed to integrate tasks associated with every aspect of researcher workflows and processes—from forming an initial concept, to planning experiments and sharing data, laboratory documents, scientific publications, and literature citations with a network of global collaborators--to assembling the resulting research findings with a team of coauthors. The collaborative environment enables researchers to quickly create online profiles with comprehensive messaging and social communication features, and to organize secure workgroups and projects, share document libraries, manage calendars and group task lists, and maintain private online discussions. ACS ChemWorx is a free service available to all researchers—i.e. not limited to ACS members.

“The robust tools offered in ACS ChemWorx are designed to make the collaborative process of undertaking and publishing science more effective and efficient,” said Dr. Sarah Tegen, Vice President, Global Editorial and Author Services. “ACS is delighted that our innovations demonstrated with this electronic product have been recognized with this year’s PROSE award. This early recognition of our efforts is very much appreciated, particularly as we strive to enhance the features and functionality of this product offering in response to feedback from our growing global user community.”

About ACS Publications: ACS Publications manages the scholarly publishing program of the world’s largest scientific society. Every year approximately 40,000 articles authored by research teams from the community of scientists are selected for publication within the 44 peer-reviewed journals from ACS Publications. Noted for their high quality, rapid time to publication, high immediacy and impact, as well as prevalent citation in future research,  ACS journals are available in print, online and mobile formats at more than 5,000 academic, business and corporate institutions worldwide. In addition, ACS members have flexible options for access to the research published in ACS journals as a benefit of membership. ACS editors are all independent active scientific researchers, highly published in their respective fields of inquiry. ACS Publications supports more than 400 editorial offices at leading research universities and government-funded laboratories throughout the world to ensure the integrity, global reach and expertise of its peer-review process. ACS Publications also publishes Chemical & Engineering News—the Society’s flagship news periodical covering the global chemical enterprise and related sciences.

About ACS: The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 161,000 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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