FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | February 23, 2016

American Chemical Society announces ACS Energy Letters to enable rapid publication of advances in energy research

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2016 — Researchers working on clean-energy technologies can now rapidly share their findings with the global scientific community in ACS Energy Letters, a new peer-reviewed journal from the Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Prashant Kamat, Ph.D., who is a Rev. John A. Zahm Professor of Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Radiation Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame, will serve as the inaugural editor-in-chief.

ACS Energy Letters will be the professional Society’s first journal to publish research letters focused on all aspects of energy, including capture, conversion and storage. Global solar and wind energy installations are growing by more than 10 percent per year, and renewable energy conversion systems need storage devices to support this growth. With atmospheric carbon dioxide levels continuing to rise, scientists working on these and other challenges now have an outlet to rapidly publish new advances in the field. ACS Energy Letters will begin accepting research submissions for consideration on March 1, 2016, and will publish its first issue this summer.

ACS Energy Letters Editor-in-Chief Kamat, a former deputy editor of the Society’s prestigious Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, is committed to rapid publication of quality research from across the energy field. In addition to original research letters, the journal will also include perspectives from prominent researchers, reviews on emerging areas of interest and viewpoints from the scientific community.

ACS Energy Letters will have interdisciplinary appeal to experimentalists, computational and theoretical chemists and energy device makers who seek to gain insights into new energy advances. It will include breakthrough research on a range of topics, including energy conversion processes, solar fuels, photosynthesis and biofuels, and plasmonics, OLEDs and light-display systems.

“This ACS journal fills a distinct void,” says Kamat. “ACS Energy Letters will become the go-to place for authors and readers from the global chemistry enterprise to get the latest developments in the energy field. By creating a trustworthy publishing forum for showcasing high-quality scientific research, we expect to raise the bar for high-impact publication in the rapidly growing energy research field.”

“Our decision to introduce a new journal devoted to new advances in energy research is timely,” says Penelope Lewis, Ph.D., director of Editorial Development, ACS Publications. “There is a clear need for innovators worldwide who are engaged in energy R&D to rapidly publish their novel research discoveries. As part of the American Chemical Society’s mission to address important global challenges, we hope this new journal energizes young researchers to direct their efforts toward bold experimentation in clean-energy research and development.”

About ACS Publications

ACS Publications, a division of the American Chemical Society, is a nonprofit scholarly publisher of nearly 50 peer-reviewed journals and a range of eBooks at the interface of chemistry and allied sciences, including physics and biology. ACS Publications journals are among the most cited, most trusted and most read within the scientific literature. Respected for their editorial rigor, ACS journals offer high-quality service to authors and readers, including rapid time to publication, a range of channels for researchers to access the Society’s cutting-edge Web and mobile delivery platforms and a comprehensive program of open access options for authors and their funders. ACS Publications also publishes Chemical & Engineering News — the Society’s newsmagazine covering science and technology, business and industry, government and policy, education and employment aspects of the chemistry field.

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 158,000 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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