FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | January 25, 2021

Marisa C. Kozlowski appointed as editor-in-chief of Organic Letters

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2021 — The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) announces Marisa C. Kozlowski, Ph.D., of the University of Pennsylvania as the new editor-in-chief of the journal Organic Letters.

“Organic chemistry has never been so thrilling, with continual new discoveries in reactivity and structure that have impacts on so many fields of science that are important to our society,” Kozlowski says. “I am excited to be part of the process that shepherds the disclosure of these new discoveries and to follow in the footsteps of my colleague Amos Smith, Ph.D., the founding editor-in-chief of Organic Letters, and of Erick Carreira, Ph.D., who further elevated the profile of the journal. With the world-class editorial team, I am committed to ensuring that the latest findings in the field are published rapidly and that every author has their science evaluated in a fair and objective manner.”

Kozlowski is known for her groundbreaking research in the design of asymmetric catalysts and the development of new methods for oxidative carbon-carbon, carbon-oxygen and carbon-nitrogen bond-forming reactions in asymmetric synthesis. At the University of Pennsylvania, she is a professor of chemistry and leads a research group that has received major funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Kozlowski is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including her election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012 and as an American Chemical Society Fellow in 2013. She received a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and has served since 2013 as an associate editor of The Journal of Organic Chemistry.

“I’m looking forward to working with Professor Kozlowski and watching how her vision shapes Organic Letters,” says James Milne, Ph.D., president, ACS Publications Division. “I am confident that she will lead the journal to even greater heights in the coming years.”

Organic Letters, launched in 1999, serves as an international forum for the rapid publication of brief reports of cutting-edge research, creative approaches and innovative ideas in all branches of the theory and practice of organic chemistry. In the 2020 Web of Science Journal Citation Reports from Clarivate, the journal was named as the most highly cited in the category of “chemistry, organic.” With an Impact Factor of 6.091, over 2,000 articles published in the past year and a submission-to-online publication time of just four weeks, it is the highest rated organic chemistry journal and one of the fastest-publishing peer-reviewed scientific journals.

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