FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | February 02, 2007


ACS Chemical Biology, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Chemical Society, has won the 2006 Award for Innovation in Journal Publishing from the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division (PSP) of the Association of American Publishers (AAP).

The award was conferred on Feb. 6 at the annual AAP/PSP conference in Washington, D.C. It was accepted by the Society on behalf of the Editor-in-Chief Laura L. Kiessling. Each year the AAP, the national trade organization of the U.S. publishing industry, recognizes books, journals and electronic products that best exemplify a sound contribution to professional and scholarly publishing by maintaining both the highest editorial standards and the highest standards of design and production.

At the award ceremony PSP Executive Council member James Jordan announced that ACS Chemical Biology was also judged to be the runner-up for the R.R. Hawkins Award for the Outstanding Professional, Reference or Scholarly Work of 2006, the Division’s highest and most prestigious honor. “Our 12-member panel of judges felt it was important to recognize this new scholarly, community-focused journal as being one of this year’s most exciting and innovative entries,” Jordan explained. This year’s panel of expert judges was made up of librarians, academics and working publishers.

ACS Chemical Biology serves the diverse needs of a growing, international, interdisciplinary field. The publication marks a new model for ACS Publications by reaching out across traditional disciplinary borders to foster communication and collaboration between chemists and biologists at all career stages. In addition to publishing traditional research articles, letters and reviews, ACS Chemical Biology publishes Points of View, Profiles and Spotlights on exciting developments in the field. Another innovative addition to ACS Chemical Biology is the extensive online-only community section aimed at educating younger scientists through features such as Ask the Expert, WIKI discussions and regular podcasts.