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Crystal data: important announcement for authors

Do you submit crystallographic data with your articles? If you submit to several different publishers, are you confused by which procedure you should follow?

Then you’ll be glad to hear that at RSC Publishing we are making it easier for you.

From September 1st, all small molecule single crystal data files (CIFs) must be accompanied by the CCDC reference number(s)* when you submit your article. So, you will need to deposit your crystal data files with, and obtain the relevant reference number from, CCDC before you begin the submission process. Many of you will recognise this as the process used by the majority of publishers.

Your crystal data files will be published alongside your article, as normal. The CCDC reference numbers will still be quoted in the online and print versions of the article.

As this change also aligns us with approved CCDC practices, it means a much more streamlined process for everyone involved.

Full details are available in the Instructions for authors, but if you have any questions, please contact us.  

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*The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) is dedicated to the advancement of chemistry and crystallography for the public benefit through providing high-quality information services and software. It is the internationally recognised repository for crystal structures, providing a reference number for each structure deposited.

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Going for Gold with the Royal Society of Chemistry

Our new premium collection of international journals, databases and magazines offering access to all published material is proving to be very popular within the academic community in the UK. Currently 21 universities, including the Universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, York, Leeds, Warwick and Imperial College London, subscribe to RSC Gold, with several more interested in this comprehensive package.

In an era of carefully balanced budgets, the success of RSC Gold highlights the value placed by institutions on our content.

If a university has an RSC Gold subscription, staff are entitled to receive a 15% discount on the relevant RSC Open Science fee. Authors are offered the option of paying a fee in exchange for making their accepted communication, research paper or review article openly available to all via the web. Of course, RSC Open Science will only be available to authors once their papers have been accepted for publication, following the normal rigorous peer-review procedures.

For more information, read our Press Release.

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RSC Roadshow heads to Pennsylvania and New York for final stages of the US tour.

Using RSC apps to access content

Using RSC apps to access content

Following another fantastic week in Georgia and North Carolina, the RSC Roadshow travels north east for the last stages of the trip to Pennsylvania and New York where we will be visiting:

  • May 7th – University of Pittsburgh
  • May 8th – Pennsylvania State University
  • May 10th – University of Pennsylvania
  • May 11th – Columbia University

At each University, Books Commissioning Editor Merlin Fox will be on hand to show you RSC’s apps on mobile devices and talk about our newest books. Join him for lunch and debate the reading habits in the 21st Century. And find out more from Managing Editor Richard Kelly about the world of scholarly publishing, with tips on how to get published in high impact journals.

Photos of the tour so far are on our Facebook Page and you can follow us on our journey on Twitter #RSC2012.

Read more about where we’ve been this year – US Roadshow 2012.

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Next stop Georgia and North Carolina for RSC Roadshow

RSC University Roadshow imageAfter another great week in Illinois and Wisconsin, the RSC Roadshow heads south to Georgia and North Carolina where we will be visiting:

April 30th – The Georgia Institute of Technology
May 1st – Emory University
May 3rd – University of North Carolina

At each University, Books Commissioning Editor Merlin Fox will be on hand to show you RSC’s apps on mobile devices and talk about our newest books. Join him for lunch and debate the reading habits in the 21st Century. And find out more from Managing Editor Jamie Humphrey about the world of scholarly publishing, with tips on how to get published in high impact journals.

See photos from the tour so far on our Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter #RSC2012.

The last part of the tour will continue onto Pennsylvania and New York – read more about our US Roadshows 2012.

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Free registration for ChemCareers 2012

Looking for a career in chemistry? Explore what options are available by taking part in this year’s RSC careers fair, ChemCareers 2012, which takes place from 29 – 30 May.

ChemCareers gives you an opportunity to discover the huge range of career options available, learn how to market yourself to employers, seek expert advice on career planning and investigate further study options.

Best of all, registration is free.

And as an online event, ChemCareers makes use of a wide range of multimedia tools to provide delegates with a dynamic and interactive experience. These include:

  • videos
  • online presentations and webinars
  • a wealth of downloadable information
  • live chat sessions

Register for ChemCareers 2012 today,  it is free and you can also sign up to the ChemCareers MyRSC group, to keep up to date with the programme of careers events planned for 2012.

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RSC Publishing and Open Access

Open access, deposition of articles and copyright issues can be a confusing and emotive issue for authors, publishers and funding agencies alike.

This can be partially explained by the sheer complexity of the subject, the legal phrasing of the various licenses and supporting documents, and the fact that many publishers have slightly different policies.

At RSC Publishing, we like to make it easy for authors to find the information they need.

Firstly, we give journal authors the choice of making their article Open Access through RSC Open Science. If you choose this publication route, you will pay an ‘article processing fee’ after peer-review and acceptance. The final ‘article of record’ is made available to all, immediately, via our website without any barriers to access.

Secondly, when it comes to access and deposition, we comply with the requirements of most of the major funding agencies, such as NIH and EPSRC. If we have published your article, you can deposit the accepted author form of it in a non-commercial repository. This includes pre-submission (eg ArXiV) and post-acceptance repositories, such as that of your institution or your funding body, plus your organisation’s intranet. You can also use your article in your thesis, both in print and online.

An embargo period of 12 months from acceptance applies to the deposition of non-Open Access articles in repositories that are available to the public.

Full details on all options for deposition, with associated Licence to Publish forms, can be found on our website.  

Thirdly, as a journal author with RSC Publishing, you retain the copyright on your published work. We do not ask you to transfer the copyright to us, the publisher. All we ask is that you sign an exclusive Licence to Publish. You can find out more here.  

Finally, all these policies are occasionally subject to changes and amendments. If you need any clarification, or have any questions, please contact us  – we’re always happy to help.

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Accepted manuscript service extended again

Our Accepted Manuscript* service means your research is available, in citable form, even more rapidly. And now five more titles are joining the growing number of RSC journals** to offer them.

From January 9th 2012, any authors submitting to Food & Function, Green Chemistry, Journal of Materials Chemistry, NJC or Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences will be given the option of publishing their research as an Accepted Manuscript.

Our dedicated webpage has answers to all the most frequently asked questions – and you can bookmark the RSC Publishing blog to keep up-to-date with the latest news on Accepted Manuscripts and more.

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*An Accepted Manuscript is an unedited and unformatted version of an article that is published shortly after acceptance. It is available as a downloadable pdf file. It is then replaced by the fully edited and formatted Advance Article.

**Accepted Manuscripts are already published by Analyst, Analytical Methods, Catalysis Science & Technology, ChemComm, Chemical Science, CrystEngComm, Dalton, Energy & Environmental Science, Integrative Biology, JAAS, Journal of Environmental Monitoring, Lab on a Chip, MedChemComm, Metallomics, Molecular BioSystems, Nanoscale, Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, PCCP and RSC Advances.

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RightsLink and permission requests

Are you an author? Do you need permission to use material from an RSC journal article? If so, you’ll be delighted to hear that the permission request process is now much quicker and easier, and available 24/7.

That’s because we have just introduced the RightsLink system for processing requests to use material from RSC journals. Go to the Instructions for using RightsLink to find out what to do.

If you are an RSC author, and would like to reproduce your own figures, etc in another publication, you do not have to request permission.

Also, if you are submitting an article or chapter to an RSC publication and you wish to reproduce figures from another RSC publication, you do not have to request permission. 

All details can be found on our Permission Request pages.

To reproduce material from other RSC publications, such as Chemistry World, Education in Chemistry or RSC books, you will still need to use the Permission Request Form.

If you have any questions, please contact the Contracts & Copyright department.

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More Accepted Manuscripts for RSC journals

Our Accepted Manuscript* service means your research is available, in citable form, even more rapidly. And now eight more titles are joining the growing number of RSC journals** to offer them.

From today, December 8th, any authors submitting to Analyst, Analytical Methods, CrystEngComm, Dalton, JAAS, Metallomics, Molecular BioSystems or RSC Advances will be given the option of publishing their research as an Accepted Manuscript.

Plus, the recently announced Toxicology Research opens for submissions today with this service.

Our dedicated webpage has answers to all the most frequently asked questions – and you can bookmark the RSC Publishing blog to keep up-to-date with the latest news on Accepted Manuscripts and more.

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*An Accepted Manuscript is an unedited and unformatted version of an article that is published shortly after acceptance. It is available as a downloadable pdf file. It is then replaced by the fully edited and formatted Advance Article.

**Accepted Manuscripts are already published by Catalysis Science & Technology, ChemComm, Chemical Science, Energy & Environmental Science, Integrative Biology, Journal of Environmental Monitoring, Lab on a Chip, MedChemComm, Nanoscale, Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry and PCCP.

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New friends, recycling and poisonous socks: Fall MRS in Boston

Old and new in BostonMassachusetts State House, BostonA unusually warm and sunny Boston welcomed delegates to the 2011 MRS Fall Meeting last week.

And just like the city, where the old blends with the new and exciting, old friends and new were among the 5,000+ delegates.

Of those who visited the Exhibition Hall, few could have failed to notice the RSC Publishing booth (we did warn you about the bright pink). But many visitors were surprised to find out that the booth was made from recycled, and recyclable, cardboard – the first time we had tried this option for an exhibition. Did it work? Well, we believe it did, but here are some photos:

Something for everyoneVisitors browsed the journals on display, with Journal of Materials Chemistry, Energy & Environmental Science and Nanoscale attracting the most attention. The RSC Nanoscience & Nanotechnology book series was also a big hit, along with the  Case of the Poisonous Socks .

Our ‘everyone’s a winner’ feature proved very popular, particularly the T-shirts and the ‘staplers’ that don’t use staples. The winner of the top prize, selected at random from all scanned delegates, was Kyeong-ju Moon from Yonsei University in Korea.

We’ve put some more of our photos from Boston on the RSC facebook page – take a look to see if you spot anything (or anyone) familiar. And if you can share your MRS photos with us on the same page.

RSC Publishing Booth

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