ACS in Focus - short ebooks to help you ramp up quickly in new areas

June 7, 2021
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ACS in Focus ebooks are: 

  • Four to eight hour primers for beginning and seasoned scientists that need a quick start to a topic outside of their expertise.
  • Topics include emerging and cross-disciplinary subjects not traditionally taught in an undergraduate chemistry curriculum.
  • In an instructional setting, these works bridge the gap between textbooks and literature.
  • Digital-only to take advantage of hyperlinks, pop-up glossary, videos, and animations.
  • eReader is part of ACS Publications content suite and enables the reader to learn when it suits them, on or offline.

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Please note that content for this blog article was provided by ACS Publications to make sharing information with you faster and easier and as a way to help librarians learn more about this series.     

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ACS In Focus Origins Story

Why create another eBook series? Good question! In 2019 and 2020, ACS Publications asked chemists when they turn to non-journal content. Over one-third of the chemists told us they turn to non-journal content to learn fundamentals. And when we dug into this a bit, in particular, learning fundamentals was an acute need for new graduate students. Undergraduate curriculums focus on fundamentals but rarely have time to delve into emerging topics such as machine learning. Review articles are useful, but they are typically peer-to-peer and presume the reader has an understanding of the foundations behind the review article. In Focus titles are intended to get a reader – whether it’s a graduate student or a researcher interested in a new field – up to speed on a topic so they can then consume the literature. A fast track to understanding, these brief eBooks will bring users up to speed on important and relevant research.

When do users read non-journal content

How are topics picked?

ACS Publications started with an editorial advisory board that included leading researchers and educators representing the wide range of chemical interests and ACS Journal managing editors for JACS & Chemical Reviews, who defined 125 topics they believed the readership would benefit from. From there, ACS Publications began reaching out to researchers around the world who have been eager to contribute.

How do ACS Publications ensures the content reaches the intended target?

The most important component of this are authors who understand how to teach principles rather than only communicate research to peers. In addition, ACS Publications does two type of manuscript reviews to guide the authors in finalizing their manuscript for publication. The first is the traditional peer review. The second are targeted audience reviews, most often graduate students who have done a terrific job providing feedback to the authors to ensure they reach the intended audience, a scientist being introduced to the topic for the first time. In terms of the figure program, ACS Publications take at least 50% of these and render them in a consistent style which is another useful aid for a reader taking in the content for the first time. The other 50% tends to remain as research article figures and photos.

Why HTML rather than PDF?

Videos, videos, videos is what ACS Publications consistently heard from graduate students. With that in mind, they include a consistent feature, Insider Q&A…In addition, when a topic heavily leans on video instruction, such as learning methods or math, the authors are including an extensive amount of video. HTML also allows us to animate where this benefits the reader, such as in their Metal-Organic Frameworks title, which has 16 animated models. Terminology can also be a challenge when consuming new materials, and an HTML environment allows ACS Publications to include pop-up glossary terms and acronyms to aid the reader.

eBook Features

Given these works are instructional in nature, ACS in Focus authors have developed a suite of helpful learning devices for the reader.  This list will continue to grow as new authors introduce other helpful ways to learn technical content.  Currently, they include:

  • Read these next - an extensive bibliography is included at the end of the book
  • Insider Q & A - field “insiders” answer relevant questions through video; three to five experts chosen by the author/s
  • That's a wrap - chapters end with a bulleted summary for the reader
  • Hyperlinks
  • Pop-up acronyms, glossary, & references
  • Case studies
  • Content-related video and animations where relevant

Inaugural Collection (10 titles, all published as of 3/31/2021)

TITLE

AUTHORS

SUBJECT AREA

PUBLICATION DATE

MACHINE LEARNING IN CHEMISTRY

Jon Paul Janet (Astra Zeneca)

Heather J. Kulik (Massachusetts Institute of Tech)

Theoretical & Computational Chemistry

5/29/2020 – published

ALTERNATIVE CAREERS IN SCIENCE

Christopher Avery (U.S. Glob Res Change Project)

Brian Walker (US Department of Energy)

 

Careers

6/30/2020 – published

METAL NANOCRYSTALS

Kallum M. Kozckur (Louisiana Tech Univ.)

Sara E. Skrabalak (Indiana Univ.)

 

Material Science

7/31/2020 – published

SCIENCE & PUBLIC POLICY

Sara Vorpahl (Washington State Dept. of Commerce)

Nicholas Montoni (Third Way)

 

Careers

12/7/2020 –published

ANTIBACTERIALS

Ana Victoria Cheng Jaramillo (Emory Univ.)

William M. Wuest (Emory Univ.)

 

Medicinal Chemistry

1/20/2021 – published

CHEMICAL WARFARE AGENTS & TREATMENTS

Nosseir (Ohio State Univ.)

Haddad (Ohio State Univ.)

 

Chemical Engineering & Industrial Chemistry

2/24/2021 – published

METAL-ORGANIC FRAMEWORKS

Lars Öhrström (Chalmers Univ. of Tech)

Francoise M. Amomba Noa (Chalmers Univ. of Tech)

 

Organometallic Chemistry

3/25/2021 - published

CELLULAR AGRICULTURE: LAB GROWN FOODS

Dilek Ercili-Cura (Solar Foods)

Dorothee Barth (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd)

 

Agriculture & Food Chemistry

3/16/2021 - published

PROTOTYPE TO PROFIT

Jason Lye (Slingshot Prod Dev Group)

 

Careers

3/29/2021 – published

PHOTOCHEMISTRY

Oliver Schalk (Labino AB)

Enrico Tapavicza (Cal State Univ. Long Beach)

Physical Chemistry

3/30/2021 - published

Collection One (20 titles, publishing through 3/31/2022)

TITLE

AUTHORS

SUBJECT AREA

PUBLICATION DATE

Virtual Screening for Chemists

Ishika Saha (UCLA)

Patrick G. Harran (UCLA)

 

Medicinal Chemistry

July 2021

Astrochemistry

Olivia Harper Wilkins (Cal Tech)

Geoffrey A. Blake (Cal Tech)

 

Earth, Space, & Environmental Chemistry

July 2021

Crystal engineering

Dario Braga (Univ. of Bologna)

Fabrizia Grepioni (Univ. of Bologna)

 

Chemical Engineering

November 2021

BIOSPHERE-ATMOSPHERE INTERACTIONS

Joshua Shutter (Harvard Univ.)

Frank Keutsch (Harvard Univ.)

 

Earth, Space, & Environmental Chemistry

December 2021

Prions

Patrick A. Lewis (The Royal Veterinary College)

Biology & Biological Chemistry

December 2021

Microbiome & Metabolomics

Yinglin Xia (Univ. of Illinois, Chicago)

Jun Sun (Univ. of Illinois, Chicago/ Jesse Brown VA Medical Center Chicago (537))

 

Chemical Biology

January 2022

Contaminants in Water

Diana Aga (Univ. of Buffalo)

Randolph Singh (French Research Inst. for Exploitation of the Sea)

 

Earth, Space, & Environmental Chemistry

January 2022

Forensic Chemistry

Kenyon Evans-Nguyen (Univ. of Tampa)

 

Analytical Chemistry

January 2022

Molecular Force Sensors

Rachel Bender (Emory Univ.)

Khalid Salaita (Emory Univ.)

 

Analytical Chemistry

January 2022

FUNCTIONAL PROTEOMICS

Yue Chen (Univ. of Minnesota)

Luke Erber (Univ. of Minnesota)

 

Biology & Biological Chemistry

February 2022

COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY

Kendall N. Houk (UCLA)

Fang Liu (Nanjing Agricultural University)

 

Theoretical & Computational Chemistry

February 2022

Machine Learning for Drug Development

Marcelo C.R. Melo (Univ. of Pennsylvania)

Jacqueline Maasch (Univ. of Pennsylvania)

Cesar de la Fuente Nunez (Univ. of Pennsylvania)

 

Theoretical & Computational Chemistry

February 2022

Free Radicals for Water Remediation

John L. Ferry (Univ. of South Carolina)

Earth, Space, & Environmental Chemistry

 

March 2022

Photochemistry of Nanomaterials

Matthew Tarr (Univ. of New Orleans)

Phoebe Zito (Univ. of New Orleans)

 

Nanomaterials

March 2022

Excited States in Quantum Dots

Arindam Chakraborty (Syracuse Univ.)

 

Material Science

March 2022

Photoluminescence

Thomas S. Teets (Univ. of Houston)

 

Physical Science

March 2022

Kinetics of Enzyme Catalysis

Bruce Han Palfey (Univ. of Michigan)

Rebecca Switzer (Bucknell Univ.)

 

Physical Science

March 2022

Environmental Interfacial Spectroscopy

Mahamud Subir (Ball State Univ.)

Yi Rao (Utah State Univ.)

 

Earth, Space, & Environmental Chemistry

March 2022

Aerosols in Atmospheric Chemistry

Scot T. Martin (Harvard Univ.)

Yue Zhang (Texas A&M Univ.)

Pengfei Liu (Georgia Institute of Tech.)

 

Earth, Space, & Environmental Chemistry

March 2022

Chemiluminescence

Mary Lynn Grayeski (Marywood Univ.)

Physical Science

March 2022

 

Collection Two (20 titles, publishing 4/1/2022 through 3/31/2023, titles still being signed. 

TITLE

AUTHORS

SUBJECT AREA

PUBLICATION DATE

Opto-Electronic Molecular Aggregates

Justin Caram (UCLA)

 

Material Science

April 2022

DNA Replication & DNA Replication Stress

Thanos D. Halazonetis (Univ. of Geneva)

 

Biology & Biological Chemistry

 

April 2022

Cosmetic Chemistry

Robert Lochhead (Univ. of Southern Mississippi)

 

Polymer Science

June 2022

Molecular Electrocatalysis

Jillian Dempsey (Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

 

Catalysis

June 2022

Chemistry of Opioid Addiction

Indrajeet Sharma (Univ. of Oklahoma)

 

Biology & Biological Chemistry

 

July 2022

Techniques in Electroanalytical Chemistry

Shelley D. Minteer (Univ. of Utah)

Olja Simoska (Univ. of Utah)

 

Techniques

September 2022

The Versatile Organic Chemistry of Sulfur

Nuno Maulide (Univ. of Vienna)

 

Inorganic Chemistry

September 2022

CRYO-EM

Zuben P. Brown (Columbia U)

Joachim Frank (Columbia U)

 

Techniques

October 2022

Mechanochemistry

Felipe Garcia (Nanyang Tech. Univ.)

Evelina Colacino (Univ. de Montpellier)

 

Physical Chemistry

December 2022

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