The #RSCPoster Twitter Conference is an online event held entirely over Twitter to bring members of the scientific research community together to share their research, network and engage in scientific debate.
The 2019 edition of #RSCPoster was the biggest and best yet, taking place for 24 hours starting at 09:00 AM GMT, 5 March 2019. In it’s fifth year, #RSCPoster boasted a full compliment of subject categories spanning the chemical sciences and related fields, supported by 33 passionate Subject Chairs and 20 dedicated General Committee members (find out who they were in this blog post).
Reaching throughout the twitter chemical sciences community and beyond, #RSCPoster 2019 involved:
Over 500 registered poster delegates
Audience of over 2 million
14 million total impressions
Find out more about the 2019 #RSCPoster event in the lead-up blog post: here, and see some highlights from the day: here.
2019 #RSCPoster Winners:
With thanks to our committee members, we are now delighted to announce the 2019 #RSCPoster winners as below. Please click on the posters to see the original tweet.
The #RSCPoster Twitter Conference is an online event held entirely over Twitter to bring members of the scientific research community together to share their research, network and engage in scientific debate.
We are excited to announce that the 2019 event will be held: Tuesday 5 March 2019, 09:00 GMT – Wednesday 6 March 2019, 09:00 GMT.
Read more about #RSCPoster 2019 and take a look at the winning posters:
Register to submit a poster in advance – click here and register via the RSC Events page now
Tweet your poster image with a title, #RSCPoster and relevant subject hashtag(s) – during the 24h conference beginning 5 March 2019, 09:00 GMT
Discuss and engage – throughout the 24h conference make sure to answer the questions from the community, committee and comment on other #RSCPosters
Check out this video tutorial from Edward Randviir (Manchester Metropolitan University, @EdwardRandviir) explaining how to search for hashtags in Twitter and how to take part!
and here: https://twitter.com/EdwardRandviir/status/1102956739887054850
Top tips for making a poster specifically for Twitter are available on the BetterPosters blog, written by Zen Faulkes (@DoctorZen).
Win a prize:
Win cash prizes if your #RSCPoster and presentation is deemed best by the 2019 subject chairs.
Audience participation prize will be awarded to the poster that receives the most retweets. The lucky winner will receive a chemistry-themed board game: Compounded. Compounded is a game where players take on the roles of lab managers, hastily competing to make compounds before they are completed by others or destroyed in an explosion… With thanks to Dr Sam Illingworth (Manchester Metrapolitan University) for supporting this prize.
Thanks to our wonderful sponsors this year who are supporting cash prizes:
Jason Hein, The University of British Columbia Tanja Junkers, Monash University Tim Noël, Eindhoven University of Technology
2019 #RSCPoster General Committee:
Damien Arrigan, Curtin University
Zoe Ayres, Hach
James Batteas, Texas A&M University
Gonçalo Bernardes, University of Cambridge
Holly Butler, University of Strathclyde
Malika Jeffries-El, Boston University
Neil Keddie, University of St Andrews
Simon Lancaster University of East Anglia
Simon Lewis, Curtin University
Jennifer Love, The University of British Columbia
Nicholas Marshall, USC Aiken
Jean-Francois Masson, University of Montreal
Claire Murray, Diamond Light Source
Warren Piers, University of Calgary
Dino Spagnoli, University of Western Australia
Fraser Stoddart, Northwestern University
Nick Stone, Univeristy of Exeter
M. Eugenio Vázquez, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
Renee Webster, Monash University
Jason Woolford, Royal Society of Chemistry
See information from previous events here or see the previous events on Twitter via the subject hashtag links above or here.
In the spirit of the recent partnership between the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute we are delighted to announce the RACI will be supporting #RSCPoster by awarding prizes to the best posters presented by Aussie chemists.
Just add the hashtag #ozchem to be in with a chance of winning a year’s free RACI membership and a copy of A Century of Bonds!
A local scientific committee will independently judge the best #ozchem poster and presentation
Associate Professor Jack Clegg, University of Queensland (@JackKClegg)
Professor Anthony O’Mullane, Queensland University of Technology (@AOMullane_EChem)
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to check the copyright and permissions needed for figures or any other parts of my poster which have already been published?
Yes. Copyright owners have the exclusive right to copy their work and to issue copies of their work to the public, and it is an infringement for anyone else to do so without the copyright owner’s permission. If you are reproducing material contained in a Royal Society of Chemistry publication (journal articles, book or book chapters) you may do so providing that you fully acknowledge the original Royal Society of Chemistry publication and include a link back to it. If you wish to include material that has been published by another publisher, you will need to check how the publisher/copyright owner of the third party material wishes to receive permission requests. Information on this can be found on our Permission Requests page at http://www.rsc.org/Publishing/copyright/permission-requests.asp under “Use of third party material in our publications”.
If I include unpublished work in my poster, will I still be able to publish this in a peer-reviewed journal afterwards?
Subject to the usual conditions outlined in the License to Publish, being a part of the Twitter conference will not prevent you using some of the information included in your poster as part of an article in a Royal Society of Chemistry journal. Please note this policy varies by publisher and if you intend to submit your research for publication elsewhere after the event, you should check the individual policy for that journal and publisher.
What size/format should my poster be?
You can choose any dimensions for your poster, the important thing is that the text and figures are clear for people to read and understand. Using Microsoft PowerPoint, we found a text size of between 12-16 were clear to read when saving an A4 slide as a JPEG and uploading to Twitter. Using an A0 template, the text needed to be between 50 and 60 to be legible. You can use any software you like to create your poster, as long as the image you upload is clear for others to read. We recommend testing your poster on Twitter before the conference to make sure you are happy with your image. Check out this blog post by Zen Faulkes for some top tips for making posters with Twitter in mind: http://betterposters.blogspot.com/2019/02/top-tips-for-twitter-posters.html
Please don’t get carried away and use Twitter-bots. We want everyone to actively participate and engage in discussions to get the most out of the event.
Diverse teams produce better research. There are demonstrable benefits to having a wide range of viewpoints and experiences, whether in academia or industry, and there’s a moral responsibility for us to make our community a place where anyone can reach their full potential.
In our report, the Diversity landscape of the chemical sciences, published earlier this year, we compiled some of the available evidence for the current state of diversity in the Chemical Sciences. This data gathering has given us a picture that allows us to identify areas of the most need, set intelligent targets for our future activities, and benchmark our future progress from a defined starting point. The report touched on issues of inclusivity in terms of ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic background, and we are
However, retention of women emerged as the biggest single loss of talent from our community. At each stage of progression, women are leaving the sector, a massive loss of talent and economic potential. In academia, at undergraduate level, 44% of students are female. This drops to 39% of postgraduate students, and plummets to a mere 9% among chemistry professors.
This is a systemic failure – with a wide range of factors including conscious and unconscious bias in hiring and progression committees, and a working environment that is hostile to all but disproportionately affects women. There’s also a difference in remuneration. The difference in median pay between men and women is £13,000, an increase since 2015. The pay gap increases over the course of women’s careers, with older respondents reporting a greater gap than those at the beginning of their careers.
Scientific publishing, as an inherent part of academic life, also plays a huge role in this problem. As the publisher of a journals portfolio including 45 peer-reviewed journals the Royal Society of Chemistry is ideally situated not only to contribute data to the discussion but also to take action to tackle the issues that are identified. By harnessing the authorship and citation data associated with almost 70,000 published, peer-reviewed articles we showed that papers by female corresponding authors received significantly fewer citations than those authored by men. We also saw a negative correlation between the impact factor of a journal and the number of submissions by women, suggesting that female corresponding authors are discouraged from putting their work forward for consideration by top journals.
As part of our actions to address this imbalance we are carefully monitoring all new editorial board appointments as well as our ongoing commissioning efforts to identify and remove potential sources of bias. The goal of these efforts is not to employ positive discrimination, but instead to better enable ourselves and our community to recognise the many talented women already working in the Chemical Sciences and hence encourage further progress towards equity. It is with this in mind that we are proud to launch our new themed collection:
Celebrating Excellence in Research: 100 Women of Chemistry is a collection of high quality papers from across the RSC Publishing portfolio. As the name of the collection suggests, the excellence comes first – all papers included have previously been judged to be of outstanding quality by the reviewers, editors, or readers.
In light of the problems with women’s progression and retention, we decided to focus on female group leaders and corresponding authors – both to celebrate their own achievements in the field and to act as an inspiration for early career researchers and students within the community. An initial nomination stage by our journal editorial teams or editorial board members identified leaders in their respective fields. This resulted in a considerable number of excellent authors from whom 100 papers were then chosen as examples of exceptional research. We intend to represent the diversity of the publishing landscape, including researchers from 23 countries and at all stages of an independent career.
We have selected 100 papers but could have selected many more. The number 100 also has special significance here in the UK, where we are currently celebrating Vote 100 – the centenary of the first women in the UK to obtain the vote. The number proved restrictive, and as part of our ongoing commitment to equality and diversity, we will be following this up with subjects-specific collections in the months to come, but for now, we invite you to read this collection and Celebrate Excellence in Research with us.
The new place to publish your energy and fuels research
Here at the Royal Society of Chemistry, we are justifiably proud of our reputation for high quality publications in energy science. So we are delighted to announce the expansion of our energy portfolio with the launch of new journal Sustainable Energy & Fuels.
Complementing our leading titles Energy & Environmental Science and Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Sustainable Energy & Fuels will publish interdisciplinary research that contributes to the development of sustainable energy technologies, with a particular emphasis on new and next-generation technologies.
An essential resource for energy researchers, Sustainable Energy & Fuels cuts across major disciplines – materials science, physics, chemistry, engineering and biology – covering evolving and emerging areas such as:
• bioenergy including biofuels, biomass conversion and fuels from living organisms
• carbon capture, storage and utilisation
• energy conversion including fuel cells, piezoelectrics and thermoelectrics
• energy storage including batteries and supercapacitors
• hydrogen production, storage and distribution
• new technologies for energy efficiency including magnetocalorics, lighting and heating
• nuclear power
• solar energy including solar photovoltaics and solar fuels
• sustainable fossil and alternative fuels
Guided by Editor-in-Chief Professor James Durrant (Imperial College London and Swansea University, UK), Sustainable Energy & Fuels will publish monthly issues containing a mix of Communications, Full papers and Reviews. Look out for the first issue online in spring 2017, with advance articles published from December 2016.
We’ll be sharing more news soon – including when Sustainable Energy & Fuels opens for submissions. With all content published in 2017 and 2018 free to access upon registration, publishing your research in these high profile first issues offers you maximum exposure for your work.
As ever, we’ve been listening to what you need and have made changes to reflect this, as well as some other exciting developments.
What we haven’t changed is our approach. Every product has been carefully designed to provide easily accessible, high quality information at prices that will work with the tightest of budgets. And because all of our profits are re-invested, anything purchased from us will help to support the talent, information and ideas that lead to great advances in science.
Here’s what you need to know this year:
We’re doing everything we can to help researchers fulfil their Open Access requirements. Chemical Science is now a Gold Open Access journal, with no Open Access Author publishing fees for two years. This means it’s free to read, and free to publish in.
We’ve developed our eBook Pick & Choose model to improve the flexibility of our books offering. For a minimum spend of £1,000 ($1,500), libraries can take their pick of key chemical science titles from our entire eBook portfolio.
There is a lot to look forward to in 2016, including the launch of new journals. Nanoscale Horizons and Reaction Chemistry & Engineeringare the latest additions to the collection, both available free to subscribers until the end of 2017.
We’re also expanding our eBook collection, with over 70 new titles on the way this year.
In 2014, we published over 36,200 articles. That’s a 398% increase compared with 2008’s figure. 87 countries contribute to our content ensuring a truly global perspective.
And in the recently published 2014 Journal Citation Reports®, 70% of our journals had an increase in Impact Factor*.
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Introducing new journal Reaction Chemistry & Engineering
Launching in 2016, the latest title in our journal portfolio will publish high-impact research at the interface of chemical engineering and chemistry.
Reaction Chemistry & Engineering
Reaction Chemistry & Engineering will report cutting-edge research into all aspects of making molecules for the benefit of fundamental research, applied processes and wider society.
From fundamental, molecular level chemistry to large scale chemical production, Reaction Chemistry & Engineering brings together communities of chemists and chemical engineers working to ensure the crucial role of reaction chemistry in today’s world.
The journal’s focused mission encompasses a broad range of topic areas, including experimental, theoretical and modelling aspects in:
new reactions and reaction optimisation;
reaction pathways and design;
reaction mechanism and kinetics;
reaction analysis and monitoring;
catalysis and catalytic reaction engineering;
multiphase and reacting flows;
emerging reactor technologies;
sustainable reaction engineering.
Papers that consider multiple scales are particularly encouraged.
Klavs Jensen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) will take the role of Editorial Board Chair for Reaction Chemistry & Engineering, assisted by Scientific Editor Saif Khan (National University of Singapore); so you can be sure your work is in safe hands.
Why publish with us?
At the Royal Society of Chemistry, we aim high. And our impressive journal portfolio and well-deserved reputation for innovative publishing of exceptional quality are testament to the fact that we succeed.
We’ve launched journals across the breadth of the chemical sciences, and we know that high-impact research needs high visibility. That’s why all content published in Reaction Chemistry & Engineering in 2016 and 2017 will be free to access upon registration – offering authors maximum exposure for their work.
Submit your work now
Reaction Chemistry & Engineering is now accepting submissions for its first issue in 2016. Submit your work now for your chance to be included.
Our Education team are always looking for new ways to make that first encounter with scientific journals less overwhelming for students.
We’ve created the journal of the month seriesto help make the scientific topics a particular journal covers, and unfamiliar terms it might use, easier to digest. Designed to be student-friendly, the series showcases the high impact and globally renowned publishing work we do. All giving students an insight into our journals and the content they cover.
Each month a different journal is highlighted, with an editor from that journal writing an introductory piece and handpicking several articles that will be freely available for that month. Previous journals of the month remain online for reference, and many people will find they can access the selected articles through their institution after the open access has expired.
The journals we’ve featured so far are:
• Chemical Society Reviews
• Energy & Environmental Science
• Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
• Chemical Science
• Food & Function
• Lab on a Chip
• Green Chemistry
• Soft Matter
Introducing Nanoscale Horizons – launching next year
The home for rapid reports of exceptional significance in nanoscience and nanotechnology is on its way.
Our newest journal will work alongside Nanoscale to provide a rounded view of innovation in nano research, and bridge the various disciplines involved with nanoscience and nanotechnology. We’ll be looking for high impact work in fields ranging from physics and chemistry to IT, healthcare and detection science.
A pioneering Editorial Board Chair
Our Editorial Board Chair is Professor Harold Craighead, Professor of Engineering at Cornell University, USA and a pioneer in nanofabrication methods. He will head up an expert editorial board, led by Executive Editor Dr Fiona McKenzie.
Rapid reports, cutting-edge research
The first issue in 2016 will lay the groundwork for what aims to be the journal of choice for outstanding research across a broad spectrum.
Articles published will benefit from wide exposure, and content published during 2016 and 2017 is free upon registration – giving maximum visibility to your research.
Come and meet us – people from across the organisation, including representatives from the publishing, journal, magazine and ChemSpider teams will be at the event to answer your questions, hear your views and share our plans for the year.
Celebrate the launch of our newest journal – join us at the stand on Tuesday when we’ll be celebrating the launch of Nanoscale Horizons, the home for rapid reports of exceptional significance in nanoscience and nanotechnology.
Meet the Chemical Science editorial team – visit on Monday between 12.00 and 13.00 to meet Editor-in-Chief Dan Nocera of Harvard University and the team. Find out more about our flagship journal’s recent move to Gold Open Access and its status as a dedicated home for cutting-edge research from across the chemical sciences.
Get 40% off our books – there will be 30% off our books throughout the meeting, but keep an eye out for happy hours, when you’ll be able to get 40% off top titles. They will be running from 15.00-16.00, Monday and Tuesday.
Win an iPad mini – sign up at the stand to get a free wristband and enter the prize draw.
And that’s not all…
On Monday 23 March, have your copy of New Trends in Cross-Coupling: Theory and Applications signed by Thomas Colacot, recipient of the 2015 ACS Award in Industrial Chemistry, and special guest, Ei-ichi Negishi. This is taking place during the ‘New Trends in Cross-Coupling Catalysis in Industry and Academia’ symposium.
This invite-only evening event will be a chance for our members to network, meet the team and hear from Deputy Chief Executive Stephen Hawthorne.
• how articles are structured;
• where to find specific information;
• what peer review is; and
• how to critically assess content
…students don’t need to feel daunted any longer.
Read our latest annotated articles for free
We have selected articles that we think will be of particular interest to students and linked them to Chemistry World articles, ChemSpider entries, related journal articles, books and relevant Learn Chemistry resources.
Our most recent annotated articles include:
Detecting Strep throat, which was originally published in Analyst and looks at detecting strep throat bacterium using touch spray mass spectrometry.
A natural herbicide, which was picked from Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry and investigates the development of thaxtomin A.
We need you… to give our annotated article series a new name!