"As new researchers generate their first results, they face the challenge of mastering the art of scientific publication in order to present their results and to draw attention to their new scientific findings. Whether or not we want to describe science in such terms, scientific publishing is competitive in nature, and thus younger scientists must vie with their more experienced peers for recognition. While the electronic age has made the publication process easier and quicker, optimizing the structure of a scientific paper requires a certain degree of skill and proficiency.(1) ACS Publications has been actively engaged in disseminating the basics of publication through Publication 101 videos and editorials and, in continuation of this spirit, we have assembled this virtual issue (http://pubs.acs.org/page/vi/art_of_scientific_publication.html). This issue draws together, in one place, these editorials that summarize the key steps involved in writing an effective paper, journal submission, review processes, and postpublication efforts. The twenty editorials assembled for this virtual issue provide further details on each of these topics. These topics may also be useful as part of the curriculum for the training of students and young researchers in any academic department."
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Kamat Lab News
Editorial: Mastering the Art of Scientific Publication
Sachi to Los Alamos
Join us in congratulating Dr. Sachidananda Krishnamurthy on a great postdoc position at both UT Dallas and Los Alamos National Laboratory! Sachi will be working under the mentorship of Dr. Jennifer Hollingsworth at Los Alamos and Dr. Anton Malko and UT Dallas. He will be working on hybrid near IR QDSCs. Congratulations Sachi!
Editorials: What's in a Name?
"What is the first thing that draws the attention of any reader to look into a scientific paper? Naturally, it is the title. The title is something that stays around for the life of a paper, similar to an inherited name. Given the volume of papers being published in any given discipline in recent years, one can easily miss reading a paper if the article title listed in a journal's table of contents or in database search results fails to draw the attention of a potential reader. Is it not worth an author's time to come up with an effective and attractive title?"
Editorials: Reporting on Heterogeneous Photocatalysis
This editorial written for ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces looks into the best practices for reporting on hetergeneous photocatalysis. It includes tips for making measurements as well as proper reporting of values and things to watch out for in the literature.
Best Practices for Reporting on Heterogeneous Photocatalysis
Heterogeneous photocatalysis is of broad interest in materials chemistry and materials science, particularly with the rapid growth of research attention being directed toward energy-related applications, pollution mitigation, and other related areas of environmental impact.(1) A literature survey reveals more than 9000 papers with the word photocatalyst or photocatalysis in the title published during the last ten years (Source: Web of Science, July 3, 2014), with the number of papers published each year increasing significantly since 2005. The materials and physical chemistry journals of the American Chemical Society receive a significant number of papers in the area of photocatalysis.