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Advancing with Advances (series 2): Perfecting Peer Review (part 1)

Perfecting peer review – A blog series with RSC Advances

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Following our popular series of Advancing with AdvancesHow to publish and not perish’, we are back with a second series! For this series we are looking at ‘perfecting peer review’ and insights into what makes a valuable reviewer report.

Over the next few weeks we will be releasing a post on perfecting peer review every Wednesday in collaboration with Professor N. Mariano Correa Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto, Argentina, who is knowledgeable and experienced Associate Editor for RSC Advances. We will be turning the spotlight on why peer review is important, what you can do to improve your review writing skills. We will also be highlighting what our Associate Editors and Authors find extremely beneficial in your reviewer reports.

You can look forward to seeing the following blogs on:

  • Why should I write a report? Our in-house editors will provide guidance on the importance of peer review, why you may consider being a reviewer for a peer reviewed journal, and how to approach you reviewer report.
  • Expected reports from external reviewers: An introduction by Professor N. Mariano Correa, who will use his experiences to highlight what a reviewer report should cover.
  • Interviews with Associate Editors: Our experienced team of Associate Editors from a broad range of subject areas will provide insights into how they use your reviewer reports, and what aspects they find the most useful in making a decision on a manuscript.
    • Part 4 Featuring Dr Donna Arnold (University of Kent), Professor Brenno Neto (Universidade de Brasilia), Professor Beatriz Jurado Sánchez (University of Alcalá) and Professor Rodrigo Octavio de Souza (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)
    • Part 5 – Featuring Dr Giacomo Saielli (University of Padova), Professor Shivani Bhardwaj Mishra (University of South Africa) and Professor Leyong Wang (Nanjing University)
    • Part 6 – Featuring 10 Associate Editors

We hope you are as excited we are for a second series of Advancing with Advances. Tune in every Wednesday to catch the next instalment of perfecting peer review, and we hope it will be useful to anyone writing a reviewer report! Next week our in-house editors will provide guidance on the importance of peer review, why you may consider being a reviewer for a peer reviewed journal, and how to approach your reviewer report.

You are welcome to send in any questions you have about peer review or publishing with RSC Advances to advances-rsc@rsc.org or post them on X @RSCAdvances #AdvancingWithAdvances.

Check out more publishing tips and tricks from our Advancing with Advances: how to publish and not perish series!

RSC Advances looks forward to advancing the chemical sciences with you.

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Advancing with Advances (series 2): Perfecting Peer Review (part 2)

Why should I write a report?

Advice and guidance from in-house editors

 

Your role as a reviewer matters. Tune in on the 24th of April where our in-house editors will provide guidance on the importance of peer review, why you may consider being a reviewer for a peer reviewed journal, and how to approach you reviewer report.

You are welcome to send in any questions you have about peer review or publishing with RSC Advances to advances-rsc@rsc.org or post them on X @RSCAdvances #AdvancingWithAdvances.

Check out more publishing tips and tricks from our Advancing with Advances: how to publish and not perish series!

RSC Advances looks forward to advancing the chemical sciences with you.

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Advancing with Advances (series 2): Perfecting Peer Review (part 3)

Expected reports from external reviewers

Guest post by RSC Advances Associate Editor: Professor N. Mariano Correa Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto, Argentina

Tune in on the 1st of May for an introduction by Professor N. Mariano Correa, who uses his experiences to highlight what a reviewer report should cover.

 

You are welcome to send in any questions you have about peer review or publishing with RSC Advances to advances-rsc@rsc.org or post them on X @RSCAdvances #AdvancingWithAdvances.

Check out more publishing tips and tricks from our Advancing with Advances: how to publish and not perish series!

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Advancing with Advances (series 2): Perfecting Peer Review (part 4)

Interviews with Associate Editors

Our Associate Editors offer some Advice

At RSC Advances we have a team of around sixty-five hard working Associate Editors, who handle your manuscript, from initial assessment to their final decision. They are active researchers and experts in their respective fields, and therefore have an in-depth understanding of what it takes to get work published.

Tune in on the 8th of May where our Associate Editors Dr Donna Arnold (University of Kent), Professor Brenno Neto (Universidade de Brasilia), Professor Beatriz Jurado Sánchez (University of Alcalá) and Professor Rodrigo Octavio de Souza (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), provide insights into how they use your reviewer reports, and what aspects they find the most useful in making a decision on a manuscript.

You are welcome to send in any questions you have about peer review or publishing with RSC Advances to advances-rsc@rsc.org or post them on X @RSCAdvances #AdvancingWithAdvances.

Check out more publishing tips and tricks from our Advancing with Advances: how to publish and not perish series!

RSC Advances looks forward to advancing the chemical sciences with you.

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Advancing with Advances (series 2): Perfecting Peer Review (part 5)

Interviews with Associate Editors

Our Associate Editors offer some Advice

At RSC Advances we have a team of around sixty-five hard working Associate Editors, who handle your manuscript, from initial assessment to their final decision. They are active researchers and experts in their respective fields, and therefore have an in-depth understanding of what it takes to get work published.

Tune in on the 15th of May where our Associate Editors Dr Giacomo Saielli (University of Padova), Professor Shivani Bhardwaj Mishra (University of South Africa) and Professor Leyong Wang (Nanjing University), provide insights into how they use your reviewer reports, and what aspects they find the most useful in making a decision on a manuscript.

You are welcome to send in any questions you have about peer review or publishing with RSC Advances to advances-rsc@rsc.org or post them on X @RSCAdvances #AdvancingWithAdvances.

Check out more publishing tips and tricks from our Advancing with Advances: how to publish and not perish series!

RSC Advances looks forward to advancing the chemical sciences with you.

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Advancing with Advances (series 2): Perfecting Peer Review (part 6)

Interviews with Associate Editors

Our Associate Editors offer some Advice

At RSC Advances we have a team of around sixty-five hard working Associate Editors, who handle your manuscript, from initial assessment to their final decision. They are active researchers and experts in their respective fields, and therefore have an in-depth understanding of what it takes to get work published.

Tune in on the 22nd of May where 10 of our Associate Editors provide insights into how they use your reviewer reports, and what aspects they find the most useful in making a decision on a manuscript.

You are welcome to send in any questions you have about peer review or publishing with RSC Advances to advances-rsc@rsc.org or post them on X @RSCAdvances #AdvancingWithAdvances.

Check out more publishing tips and tricks from our Advancing with Advances: how to publish and not perish series!

RSC Advances looks forward to advancing the chemical sciences with you.

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Open Call for Papers: Advanced materials for thermoelectric systems

RSC Advances (Royal Society of Chemistry) is delighted to announce a new themed collection on Advanced materials for thermoelectric systems.

This collection is Guest Edited by Dr. Maiyong Zhu (Jiangsu University, China), Prof. JungHo Kim (University of Wollongong, Australia) & Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Ali (King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia)

This special collection aims to showcase the latest advancements in the field of thermoelectric systems and their diverse applications in various domains.

Besides developing more green energy technologies, improving the current energy efficiency is also urgent for realizing double carbon goals (carbon peaking and carbon neutrality goals). Thermoelectric materials have gathered huge interest for their ability to harvest and convert the waste heat into useful electrical energy. They are expected to play a significant role in self-power wearable electronics depending on the temperature gradient between human body and the environment. Furthermore, thanks to their high cooling power density and the potential to be miniaturized and incorporated into chips, thermoelectric systems provide a compact all-solid-state solution for thermal management of advanced microelectronic/optoelectronic devices. In addition, thermoelectric systems may offer more opportunities to utilize renewable clean energies since there are abundant heat source around us, such as solar, geothermal, microwave irradiation, and so on. The past decades gave witness to the substantial achievement of thermoelectric research in view of innovative concepts, strategies to improve thermoelectric performance of conventional thermoelectric materials, and advanced materials systems.

Notably, although substantial progress has been made in the area of thermoelectric systems, there are still numerous challenges. For example, the low efficiency and high cost of current thermoelectric materials restricted the wide and practical application of thermoelectric. Interdisciplinary efforts are required for solving these issues and exploring high performance thermoelectric. Both engineering the existing thermoelectric materials need knowledge and techniques from different fields such as heat transfer, microelectronics, solid state physics, synthetic chemistry and nano science. In addition, it is also necessary to further develop the surrounding technologies, and there are practical requirements which need to be taken into account in depth. Specially, some in-situ techniques are need to reveal the beyond scientific principles.

Considering above context, it is meaningful for this themed collection of advance materials for thermoelectric systems to highlight recent key progress in studies related to thermoelectric systems, covering design, enhancement, and application of all thermoelectric systems. Both original research and review articles are welcome in this themed collection.

Areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Synthesis and characterization of novel thermoelectric materials
  • Strategies to improve performance of traditional thermoelectric materials
  • Thermoelectric systems for recovery industry waste heat
  • Thermoelectric generators
  • Thermoelectric cooling devices
  • Electrolytes for thermoelectrical cells
  • Thermal charging cells
  • Thermal self-power devices

 

We welcome your submission to the collection! Both papers and review articles will be considered for this themed collection. To be suitable for consideration, RSC Advances submissions should provide insight that advances the chemistry field.

The deadline for manuscript submission is 31st October 2024. 

All manuscripts will be subject to the journal’s usual peer review process. Accepted manuscripts will be published in a regular issue of the journal as soon as possible and then added to the themed collection on the journal webpage.

RSC Advances’ article processing charge (APC) is among the lowest in chemistry and waivers are also available for authors who meet the eligibility criteria outlined here. We have a number of Read & Publish deals in place with institutions, please see Chronoshub for more information on specific institutions and funders.

If you would like to submit to this themed collection the manuscript should be prepared according to our article guidelines and submitted via our online system any time before the submission deadline. During submission, authors will be asked if they are submitting for a themed collection and should include the name of the themed collection. If you would like to submit but require additional time to prepare your article, please do let us know by contacting the journal.

Submit to RSC Advances today! Check out our author guidelines for information on our article types or find out more about the advantages of publishing in a Royal Society of Chemistry journal.

Keep up to date with our latest Popular Advances, Reviews, Collections & more by following us on X. You can also keep informed by signing up to our E-Alerts.

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Research Technology Platforms – Global Access

RSC Advances is excited to spread awareness for a research technology platform that is freely available for researchers from less well-resourced geographical regions, subject to application.

The University of Warwick recognise that excellent science is carried out in areas of the world that might not have access to the type of analytical facilities that are often required by many international journals, referees and editors. This can sometimes obstruct publication and dissemination.

To support this, the University of Warwick is offering up their analytical facilities for free short-term projects globally, subject to application. This opportunity is open to everyone from a less well-resourced geographical region at all stages of their career.

The Research Technology Platform at University of Warwick is a cross university facility providing an integrated network of world-class technologies needed to carry out outstanding research. This platform provides wide ranging polymer characterisation technology including GPC, TGA, DSC, etc. It is part of a suite of analytical facilities supported by the University of Warwick, which also includes a suite of X-Ray diffractometers from single crystal and powder to SAXS, microscopy high resolution TEM, SEM and spectroscopy. The equipment is managed by highly trained technical staff.

Follow the links below to find out more information on the Research Technology Platform, how to apply for Global RTP Access, and important things to consider before the application:

Research Technology Platform

Global RTP Access

For successful applicants, there will be no cost for use of the facility if the application is approved. However, this does not include travel or shipping costs. All they ask is that where technical staff have contributed to the research, they are acknowledged in the most appropriate way to recognise their contribution.

For further information on Research Technology Platforms email: rtp@warwick.ac.uk, or follow them on X: @RTP_Warwick

 

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FORCE-IICS Conference 2023

On September 28 – October 1, 2023, Hyatt Regency in Nepal organised the FORCE-IICS conference bringing together scientists and facilitating the exchange of ideas on a platform entitled FORCE themed: Interdisciplinary Initiative in Chemical Sciences (IICS)

RSC Advances provided some general sponsorship money for the event, and proudly sponsored members of Tribhuvan University, Nepal, to attend the event; Prof. Dr. A. P. Yadav, and PhD students Ms. Asmita Shrestha, Ms. Maya Das,  and Ms. Anju Das.

We are delighted that RSC Advances Associate Editor Prof. Vandana Bhalla also attended and presented at the event, sharing her support for the journal.

From left to right: Prof. Sandeep Verma, IIT Kanpur (Assoc. Editor, Chem. Commun.); Prof. Dr. A. P. Yadav, Tribhuvan University, Nepal; Prof. Vandana Bhalla (Assoc. Editor RSC Advances); Ms. Asmita Shrestha, Ph.D. Student, Tribhuvan University, Nepal; Ms. Maya Das, Ph.D. Student, Tribhuvan University, Nepal; Ms. Anju Das, Ph.D. Student, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Event organiser Professor Vishal Rai, from IISER Bhopal, India, commented “FORCE-IICS-2023 was empowered by 106 participants from eight countries. The multidisciplinary scientific brainstorming over three days included 45 lectures and 50 poster presentations. It also enabled the engagement with the Chemical Science community from Nepal.

You can find more about the conference on their website.

 

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RSC Advances 2022 Outstanding Student Paper Award webinars

We are delighted to announce the winners of our 2022 Outstanding Student Paper Awards. We are celebrating this year’s winners with a series of webinars and encouraging submissions for 2023 and onwards!

The RSC Advances Outstanding Student Paper Awards recognise outstanding work published in the journal, for which a substantial component of the research was conducted by a student. For 2022 we received over 550 nominations, which were shortlisted, and the winning papers were then selected by our Editorial Board and Associate Editors.

 

You can view the winning contributions and hear more about the winners here:

Editorial        Full Collection

In the series of webinars, award winners will present their research and there will be an opportunity to ask the winners questions about their work.

Registration is free, so sign up now by clicking the your chosen session below, to support our winners and hear about the exciting research that helped them to win the award!

 

Outstanding Student Paper Award Webinars

Session 1: 11th October, 2023
9:00 BST | 10:00 CEST | 16:00 CST
Session 2: 18th October, 2023
8:00 PDT | 11:00 EDT | 16:00 BST
Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Toni Pringle, Newcastle University, UK Analytical Chemistry Margaret MacConnachie, Queen’s University, Canada
Energy Chemistry Karina Asheim, NTNU, Norway Computational & Theoretical Chemistry Stephanie Linker & Christian Schellhaas, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Nanoscience Rabia Tahir, NUST, Pakistan Inorganic Chemistry Nicole DiBlasi, University of Notre Dame, USA
Physical Chemistry Rawia Msalmi, Sfax University, Tunisia Materials Chemistry Despoina Eleftheriadou, UCL, UK
  Organic Chemistry Alejandro O. Viviano-Posadas, NAUM, Mexico
[Registration link] [Registration link]

Apologies from a few of our winners who are unable to attend: Catalysis Gen Li, Dalian University of Technology, China; Environmental Chemistry Cui Li, China University of Geosciences, China; Food Chemistry Xingyu Ding, Nanjing Tech University, China

Looking forward: RSC Advances Outstanding Student Paper Awards 2023 and onwards

We will continue to recognise outstanding student contributions and give out these awards each year. If you published a research article in 2023 or go on to publish with the journal in the future, and the first author or co-first author must have been a student at the time of carrying out the research, we invite them to join us in future editions of this series. Please look at our webpage for more information or submit now!

 

Submit to RSC Advances today! Check out our author guidelines for information on our article types or find out more about the advantages of publishing in a Royal Society of Chemistry journal.

Keep up to date with our latest Popular Advances, Reviews, Collections & more by following us on Twitter. You can also keep informed by signing up to our E-Alerts.

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