The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has named Professor Chris Jones inaugural editor-in-chief for the fully open access journal JACS Au.
“JACS Au will align with the prestige and standards of the Journal of the American Chemical Society and offer high visibility, fast processing, and comprehensive, constructive and fair peer review,” says Jones, who holds the William R. McLain Chair in Georgia Tech’s School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
“Submissions will be adjudicated by an editorial team that represents the global diversity of the chemical science and engineering community and focuses on the science being communicated, independent of where the research originates. In this way, we seek to make JACS Au the premier open access multidisciplinary chemistry journal for the community.”
Jones has served as editor-in-chief of ACS Catalysis since its founding in 2010, a journal that attracted 70,712 citations and received a Journal Impact Factor™ of 12.350 in 2019. As ACS Catalysis’ first editor-in-chief, Jones has experience leading a new journal to the top of its field. Jones received his PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 1999 and joined the Georgia Tech faculty in 2003. There, his research group focuses on catalysis and capture of carbon dioxide from the air.
“Professor Jones is an exceptional scientist and a highly experienced and successful editor-in-chief. I am delighted he will lead JACS Au as it develops into the world’s premier open access multidisciplinary chemistry journal,” says James Milne, president, ACS Publications Division. “The open access publishing environment is growing rapidly. JACS Au and our ACS Au family of journals will ensure ACS continues to lead the chemistry community through this fast-changing landscape with the highest-quality journals to publish in.”
ACS also announced the expansion of the ACS Au portfolio with nine new fully open access journals to be launched in 2021. This expansion is a further example of ACS Publication’s commitment to open science and to improving the world through the transformative power of chemistry.