New Book: Science and Art

Chemistry and Art is the theme of 2014 at the Royal Society of Chemistry, and there are plenty of publications to help provide insight into the relationship between the two disciplines.

The Royal Society of Chemistry has recently published Science and Art: The Painted Surface. The book covers Renaissance, modern, and contemporary art, as well as findings from archaeological sites. Case studies investigate everything fromScience and Art: The Painted Surface, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry hidden images below the surface of Van Gogh paintings to the use of colour in medieval manuscripts, and there is also a chapter on the study of Tibetan thangka paintings written by the Nobel Prize winner Richard Ernst.

Science and Art: The Painted Surface features contributions from researchers in leading galleries and institutions across the globe including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles; the British Museum, London; the National Gallery, London; and the Warsaw Academy of Fine Art.

You can browse our range of art and conservation titles, exploring the relationship between chemistry and art, by visiting the Online Bookshop.

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About RSC Books – the journey of a book

This is part of a series of blogs explaining more about book publishing at the Royal Society of Chemistry.

From conception to print

We are all familiar with the sight of a book on the shelf, but how does it get there?

Submission of a Book Proposal Form is the initial part of the editorial development process. To ensure the Royal Society of Chemistry continues to publish high-quality content, the proposal is peer reviewed by other experts in the field and the reviewers’ comments discussed with the Editor.

Following acceptance of the proposal there is a period of around 12 months in which to contact potential authors, write the chapters and ensure their smooth delivery, finalise a cover image, and review and edit the content before handing the manuscript over to the production team.

Once the book is in-house we take care of the copyediting, typesetting and indexing, sending proofs through for your approval. After five months of work in production the book is ready to head to the printers, making its way onto a bookshelf near you shortly afterwards.

The stages of publishing a book with the Royal Society of Chemistry

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New Energy and Environmental Science Books

Just published in the RSC Energy & Environment Series:

Advanced Concepts in Photovoltaics edited by Arthur J. Nozik, Gavin Conibeer and Matthew C Beard

Discusses the diverse range of materials and fabrication methods now available to take photovoltaic systems into the third generation.

 Coming soon in the Series:

 Materials Challenges: Inorganic Photovoltaic Solar Energy: edited by Stuart J C Irvine

 Other titles in the Series:

 Biological Conversion of Biomass for Fuels and Chemicals edited by Jianzhong Sun, Shi-You Ding and Joy D Peterson

Solar Energy Conversion edited by Piotr Piotrowiak

Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting edited by Hans-Joachim Lewerenz and Laurie Peter

Solid Oxide Fuel Cells edited by Tim S. Zhao and Meng Ni

 New titles in Issues in Environmental Science & Technology edited by Roy Harrison and Ron Hester.

Just published – Geoengineering of the Climate System

 Coming soon – Fracking

Related titles in the RSC Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Series:

 Nanofabrication and its Application in Renewable Energy edited by Gang Zhang and Navin Manjooran

 Coming soon: Hierarchical Nanostructures for Energy Devices edited by Seung H Ko and Costas P Grigoropoulos

Don’t forget all these books are also included within the RSC eBook collection, which is accessible and fully searchable via the RSC Publishing Platform.

All visitors have free full access to the table of contents, preface, front matter and first chapter of every eBook with their personal RSC Publishing Account.

If you have an idea for a book or would like more information about our energy and environment titles please contact Commissioning Editor, Leanne Marle

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About RSC Books – what books do we publish?

This is the first in a series of blogs explaining more about book publishing at the Royal Society of Chemistry.

1. What books do we publish?

The Royal Society of Chemistry publishes a range of book formats that can be pitched to the appropriate target audience, including:

  • academic level books;
  • Specialist Periodical Reports;
  • textbooks;
  • conference proceedings (camera-ready proceedings); and
  • popular science books.

Academic level books provide an in-depth treatment of a very specific subject and serve as a thorough, informative and accessible reference for postgraduates, academics and industrialists. Our academic books can be published as part of a Around the World in 18 Elements, published by the Royal Society of ChemistrySeries or as a standalone title.

Specialist Periodical Reports, published annually or biennially, provide systematic and detailed review coverage of recent developments in major areas of chemical research.

Undergraduate and Postgraduate textbooks are designed to meet the needs of a course at the appropriate level, and include case studies and Q&A sections.

If you are organising a Conference or Symposium, the proceedings can be published as an accompanying volume.

Popular science books appeal to a wide audience and can cover a range of topics. Previous titles include Molecules of Murder and Around the World in 18 Elements.

Subject areas we cover

Commissioning Editors at the Royal Society of Chemistry have a portfolio of Series and subject areas they look after, including:

  • Food
  • Analytical
  • Materials
  • Nano
  • Energy and Environment
  • Chemical Biology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Toxicology
  • Green Chemistry
  • Theoretical
  • Catalysis

If you would like to submit an idea for a book, please fill in a Book Proposal Form and email it to the Books Editorial Department.

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Interested in writing a book?

What to do if you have an idea

The first step to publishing a book with the Royal Society of Chemistry is to submit a Book Proposal Form to the relevant Commissioning Editor within Books Editorial.

The Book Proposal Form helps to frame your idea and provides us with the level of information required to assess and review the content. The proposal covers everything from the book title, to the table of contents, to the proposed chapter contributors.

When you have completed the Book Proposal Form, please email it to the Books Editorial Department. The proposal can then start the review process and the journey to becoming a reality.

What are we looking for?

When evaluating a book proposal there are several pieces of information the Royal Society of Chemistry requires.

These include:

  • Book title.
  • A paragraph providing an overview of the coverage of the book.
  • Table of contents, detailing proposed chapter titles and authors.
  • The anticipated readership, eg academic or industrialist.
  • An estimation of the length of the book (allowing 500 words per page).
  • A guide as to the number of figures, graphs, schemes etc.
  • The intended timescale for delivery of the manuscript.
  • A brief description of the Editors’ research interests and affiliations.

Upon receipt of the Book Proposal Form we send it for external peer review. We will discuss the feedback with you and, if the proposal is accepted, prepare the proposal for internal approval.

For more information on the Series and topics we have published to date, please see our website.

This is part of a series of blogs about book publishing at the Royal Society of Chemistry – read more on the RSC Books Blog.

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New book published in the RSC Drug Discovery Series

Orphan Drugs and Rare Diseases is now published

Orphan Drugs and Rare Diseases

Orphan Drugs and Rare Diseases

David C Pryde (Editor), Michael Palmer (Editor)
ISBN (print): 978-1-84973-806-4
Copyright: 2014
Price: £175.00

This text brings together expert authors in the regulatory, drug development and biochemistry domains to create a unique and timely reference for all researchers interested in finding out more about orphan drugs, their discovery and development, and the rare diseases they treat.

The Front Matter, Preface, Contents and First Chapter of this book are free to access with a free personal RSC Publishing Account.

Other books coming soon in the RSC Drug Discovery Series…

Human-based Systems for Translational Research

Robert Coleman (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-84973-825-5

Dot Line

Macrocycles in Drug Discovery

Jeremy Levin (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-84973-701-2

Dot Line

Ion Channel Drug Discovery

Brian Cox (Editor), Martin Gosling (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-84973-186-7

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Binding, Transport and Storage of Metal Ions in Biological Cells Now Published

Binding, Transport and Storage of Metal Ions in Biological Cells

Binding, Transport and Storage of Metal Ions in Biological Cells

Wolfgang Maret (Editor), Anthony Wedd (Editor)
ISBN (print): 978-1-84973-599-5, Copyright: 2014

This book is the first to comprehensively survey the molecular nature of the overall natural balance of metal ions in nutrition, toxicology and pharmacology. It is written as an introduction to research for students and researchers in academia and industry and begins with a chapter by Professor R J P Williams FRS. Find out more here.

The Front Matter, Preface, Contents and First Chapter of this book are free to access with a free personal RSC Publishing Account.

This book is the second volume in the RSC Metallobiology Series following:

Mechanisms and Metal Involvement in Neurodegenerative Diseases
Roberta Ward (Editor), Robert Crichton (Editor), David Dexter (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-84973-588-9
Copyright: 2013

If you would like more information about the RSC Metallobiology Series or are interested in publishing a book in this series, please contact Rowan Frame at framer@rsc.org.

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Introducing the new RSC Chemical Biology Book Series Editorial Board

The RSC has launched a new Book Series that will provide a suite of reference books on cutting-edge research at the interface of chemistry and biology. The first books in the series will be published in 2016. Find out more here.

Do you have an idea for a book topic for the series? Would you like to edit a book in the series? We would love to hear from you. Email Rowan Frame, Books Commissioning Editor.

Meet the new Editorial Board:

Professor Tom Brown, Editor-in-Chief
University of Oxford, UK
Tom’s research interests centre on Nucleic acids chemistry, in particular the relationship between structure and function, DNA sequence recognition and the application of oligonucleotide chemistry to genetic analysis, diagnostics and therapeutics. He is co-founder of three biotech companies: Oswel, ATDBio and PrimerDesign. He was recently awarded Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year 2014.

Tom received his first degree in Chemistry at Bradford University, where he was awarded the Griffin and George Prize as most outstanding graduate. After a PhD at Bradford with Gordon Shaw he moved to Nottingham University, then to Oxford and Cambridge Universities to carry out postdoctoral research with Leslie Crombie and Gerry Pattenden FRS, John Jones and Olga Kennard OBE FRSrespectively. In 1985 he was appointed to a lectureship in Biological Chemistry at Edinburgh University where he was promoted to Reader and then Professor of Nucleic Acids Chemistry, and in 1995 he moved to a Chair in Chemical Biology at the University of Southampton. Tom was appointed Professor of Nucleic Acid Chemistry at the University of Oxford in 2013.

Professor Kira J. Weissman, Series Editor
Lorraine University, France
Kira has been in her present position, Professor of Enzymology at Lorraine University since 2010. Her current research interests include the mechanistic enzymology and structural biology of modular polyketide synthase and nonribosomal peptide synthetase systems.

Kira obtained her BS in Chemistry from Stanford University, California in 1995. Receipt of a Churchill Fellowship allowed her to relocate to the United Kingdom, where she carried out MPhil (1996), PhD (2000) and post-doctoral research at the University of Cambridge with Professors Jim Staunton and Peter Leadlay. Her work at Cambridge was supported by several competitive fellowships, including a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship. Following nomination to a lectureship in the Department of Biochemistry, she moved in 2007 to the University of Saarland, Saarbrücken, Germany, to work in the group of Prof. Rolf Müller as an Alexander Humboldt Research Fellow. Dr. Weissman has been in her present position, Professor of Enzymology at Lorraine University, Nancy, France, since 2010.

Professor Chris L. Dupont, Series Editor
J. Craig Venter Institute, USA
Chris is an Assistant Professor in the Microbial and Environmental Genomics department at JCVI. His primary research focus is microbial physiology and the environmental and evolutionary influence on physiological variation. Since sequencing the first free-living bacterium, Haemophilus influenza, Chris’ department have been leading the field of microbial genomics.

Prior to joining JCVI, Chris received his Ph.D. in Oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography where he studied a variety of subjects including oceanic nickel biogeochemistry and the evolution of Ni-superoxide dismutase.  Chris received a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources and a Master’s Degree in Biological and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University.

Professor Sabine Flitsch, Series Editor
University of Manchester, UK
The Flitsch group at the University of Manchester is very interdisciplinary, consisting of synthetic chemists, enzymologists and molecular biologists and is involved in several topics that fall within the broad area of Chemical Biology, including glycosciences, biocatalysis and protein-ligand interactions. Sabine was recently awarded an RSC Interdisciplinary Prize.

Sabine graduated from University of Münster in Germany in 1982 with a first class Diploma in Chemistry. She received a Michael Wills scholarship to study for a D.Phil at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Sir Jack E. Baldwin. She then took up a DAAD Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to work with Professor H. Gobind Khorana until 1988 before returning to Oxford to take up a lectureship in Organic Chemistry for 6 years. After joining the University of Edinburgh in 1995, Sabine was awarded the Zeneca Research Award in 1996 and the Glaxo Wellcome Award for Innovative Chemistry in 1997. She was also a BBSRC Research Development Fellow from 2001-4 and was recently awarded the Wolfson Merit Award by the Royal Society (2007-2012). In October 2004 Sabine moved to a Chair in Chemical Biology at the University of Manchester in the Department of Chemistry.

Professor Nick J. Westwood, Series Editor
University of St Andrews, UK
Nick’s research focusses on Chemical Biology and Natural Product Synthesis. The Westwood group works collaboratively with a number of other researchers in both these areas on various projects, such as developing sirtuin inhibitors and studying protein-protein interactions.

Nick Graduated with a first class honours degree in chemistry from the University of Oxford. He stayed at Oxford until 1995 to complete a DPhil in Chemistry with Prof. Christopher Schofield FRS. He then spent four years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Texas at Austin before moving to Harvard University. In 2001, he left Harvard University to become a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Lecturer at the University of St Andrews. Since 2013, he has been Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at the School of Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences Research Complex at the University of St Andrews and EaStCHEM.


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You may also be interested in the Directing Biosynthesis IV Conference. Find out more at http://rsc.li/dbiv

Details: 25-27 March 2014 at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK

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Materials Science Engineering (MSE 2014)

The biennial international conference “Materials Science Engineering (MSE 2014)” organised by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde will take place in Darmstadt from 23 – 25 September 2014.

Symposium topics include Functional Materials and Devices, Structural Materials, Synthesis and Processing, Characterisation, Modelling and Simulation, and Biomaterials.

The programme includes talks from Prof. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Volkswagen AG, the MRS President Oliver Kraft, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Prof. Dr. Peter J. Uggowitzer (ETH Zurich) and M.A. Meyers of the University of California, San Diego (USA). One of the highlights will be the Colloquium in Honour of Prof. Ludwig Schultz.

For further details and to register please visit the conference website.

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RSC books to support your antimicrobial research

On average antibiotics add 20 years to each person’s life, yet the rise of antimicrobial resistance is threatening to make them ineffective in the future.

Last month, the public voted for antibiotic resistance to be the challenge of the 2014 Longitude Prize. This month, David Cameron announced a review into why so few anti-microbial drugs have been introduced in recent years.

Are you are a researcher working in the antimicrobial area?  Do you want to learn more about the important challenge of antimicrobial resistance? Are you planning to submit an entry to the Longitude Prize? We have a range of books of interest to you. Click on the titles below to find out more about these books:

Successful Strategies for the Discovery of Antiviral Drugs
Manoj C. Desai (Editor), Nicholas A. Meanwell (Editor)
ISBN (print): 978-1-84973-657-2, Copyright: 2013

Polymeric Materials with Antimicrobial Activity: From Synthesis to Applications
Alexandra Muñoz-Bonilla (Editor), María Cerrada (Editor), Marta Fernández-García (Editor)
ISBN (print): 978-1-84973-807-1, Copyright: 2013

Biointerfaces: Where Material Meets Biology
Dietmar Hutmacher (Editor), Wojciech Chrzanowski (Editor)
ISBN (print): 978-1-84973-876-7, Copyright: 2014

Silver in Healthcare: Its Antimicrobial Efficacy and Safety in Use
Alan B. G. Lansdown (Author)
ISBN (print): 978-1-84973-006-8, Copyright: 2010

Photodynamic Inactivation of Microbial Pathogens: Medical and Environmental Applications
Michael R Hamblin (Editor), Giulio Jori (Editor)
ISBN (print): 978-1-84973-144-7, Copyright: 2011

Life Saving Drugs: The Elusive Magic Bullet
John Mann (Author)
ISBN (print): 978-0-85404-634-8, Copyright: 2004

Life Saving Drugs

BiointerfacesPolymeric Materials with Antimicrobial Activity

Silver in HealthcareSuccessful Strategies for the Discovery of Antiviral Drugs

Photodynamic Inactivation of Microbial Pathogens

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