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RSC Chemical Biology hosts new RSC Desktop Seminar Series

COVID-19 has rendered in-person events to be suspended or cancelled disrupting connections around the globe. The impact of these cancellations on the sharing of information and ideas, especially in the research landscape, has been dramatic.

In an effort to help researchers to stay connected to advances in chemical research and share support, RSC Chemical Biology is proud to announce the launch of the RSC’s first online-only seminar series.

Introducing RSC Desktop Seminars!

The RSC Desktop Seminar Series is an effort to not only replace in-person research seminars during the current pandemic situation but to also expand access for researchers around the world looking to connect to some of the leading minds in the chemical sciences.

Each seminar is 1 hour and 15 minutes long, and will feature two Small Group Informal Sessions, which will offer researchers in attendance a direct line to the speaker to ask questions and build a network with other like-minded individuals.

We’re very excited to announce that our first Desktop Seminar event will take place at 12:00 EST (17:00 BST) on 21 May 2020, and will feature RSC Chemical Biology Editorial Board Member Dr. Jennifer Heemstra!

 

Jen Heemstra is an associate professor of chemistry at Emory University, where her group utilizes the molecular recognition and assembly properties of biomolecules to address challenges in medicine and environmental science.

I’m thrilled to be able to share the research accomplishments of my group members as the inaugural Desktop Seminar speaker” says Jen. “While our current global crisis has taken away many of the scientific interactions that we prize, the Desktop Seminar format offers a creative platform for forging new relationships with scientists who we might not otherwise have had the opportunity to meet.”

 

Her talk “Interrogating Enzymatic Reactions using Nucleic Acid Molecular Recognition and Assembly” is sure to be incredibly popular, so we encourage anyone interested in attending to register today!

While these initial RSC Desktop Seminars are taking place in the Eastern US time zone working hours, we encourage any and all interested to register and attend!


Register here now

 

Other RSC Desktop Seminars in this Series include:

28 May 2020 12:00 PM EST / 17:00 BST
“Platforms for the generation and high-throughput screening of cyclic peptide libraries”
Dr. Ali Tavassoli – Professor of Chemical Biology, University of Southampton, Editorial Board member, RSC Chemical Biology

4 June 2020 12:00 EST / 17:00 BST
“Understanding and Re-engineering the Programming of Iterative Highly Reducing Polyketide Synthases”
Prof. Dr. Russell Cox – Leibniz Universität Hannover; Editor in Chief, RSC Advances; Advisory Board member, RSC Chemical Biology

11 June 2020 12:00 EST / 17:00 BST
“The power of chemoselectivity: Functional protein-conjugates for extra- and intracellular targeting”

Prof. Dr. Christian Hackenberger – Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie; Associate Editor, Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry; Advisory Board member, RSC Chemical Biology

 

 

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RSC Chemical Biology: first issue out now

Issue 1 is online and ready to read

We’re pleased to be able to share with you the first full issue of RSC Chemical Biology, our new, gold open access journal showcasing agenda-setting research of interest to the broad chemical biology community. Read issue 1 now

It includes:

Editorial
Introduction to RSC Chemical Biology
Hiroaki Suga, Kathryn L. Gempf and Anna Rulka
RSC Chem. Biol., 2020, 1, 6-7. DOI: 10.1039/D0CB90001J

Communication
Dynamic visualization of type II peptidyl carrier protein recognition in pyoluteorin biosynthesis
Joshua C. Corpuz, Larissa M. Podust, Tony D. Davis, Matt J. Jaremko and Michael D. Burkart
RSC Chem. Biol., 2020, 1, 8-12. DOI: 10.1039/C9CB00015A

Paper
A mechanism-inspired UDP-N-acetylglucosamine pyrophosphorylase inhibitor
Olawale G. Raimi, Ramon Hurtado-Guerrero, Vladimir Borodkin, Andrew Ferenbach, Michael D. Urbaniak, Michael A. J. Ferguson and Daan M. F. van Aalten
RSC Chem. Biol., 2020, 1, 13-25. DOI: 10.1039/C9CB00017H

Paper
Macrocyclic peptides that inhibit Wnt signalling via interaction with Wnt3a
Manuel E. Otero-Ramirez, Kyoko Matoba, Emiko Mihara, Toby Passioura, Junichi Takagi and Hiroaki Suga
RSC Chem. Biol., 2020, 1, 26-34. DOI: 10.1039/D0CB00016G

 

RSC Chemical Biology offers authors a trusted, reliable option for publishing their work open access.

As the first Royal Society of Chemistry journal to offer transparent peer review, authors also have the option to publish reviewers’ comments, the editor’s decision letter, and authors’ response alongside the article. It’s part of our commitment to make research and decision-making more open, robust and accessible.

 

Supporting an open future for vital research

All papers published in the journal will always be free to access. We are waiving article processing charges for the first two years, so until mid-2022 the journal will be completely free to publish in for authors, as well as free to read.

 

We hope you enjoy reading the exciting research in our first issue!
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2020 #RSCPoster Twitter Conference Wrap-up and Winners

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.

Taking place for 24 hours starting at 12:00 UTC, 3 March, the 2020 edition of #RSCPoster was incredible.

In it’s sixth year, #RSCPoster showcased fantastic posters from all corners of the globe, stimulating thousands of tweets of discussion across our chemical community. The event boasted a full compliment of subject categories spanning the chemical sciences and related fields, supported by 38 passionate Subject Chairs and 24 dedicated General Committee members based across the globe (find out who they were in this blog post).

 

Reaching throughout the twitter chemical sciences community and beyond, #RSCPoster 2020 involved:

  • 24 hours and 12 subject categories
  • 795 registered poster presenters from 59 countries
  • over 4700 conference attendees 
  • over 9900 tweets 
  • over 32.1 million potential impressions 

 

Highlights from #RSCPoster 2020:

4 March 2020

The 2020 edition of #RSCPoster, the virtual chemistry poster competition, came to an end today at midday UK time, after 24 straight hours of tweeting. If you missed it don’t worry, as we’ve pulled out some of the best bits for you.

Click here to see more!

 

2020 #RSCPoster Winners:

Find out who they are: CLICK HERE

Congratulations to the prize winners, thank you to our subject chairs for selecting this year’s winners from an incredible number of fantastic posters, thank you to our sponsors for supporting the prizes and finally congratulations and thank you to everyone who contributed, tweeted and participated in 2020 #RSCPoster.

  • 1st Place prize = £120
  • 2nd Place prize = £60
  • #RSCEdu prizes = £120
  • Audience participation prize = personalised #RSCPoster cartoon mug
Audience participation prize (#RSCPoster that receives the most retweets)

 

Announcing the 2021 #RSCPoster Twitter Conference:

Coming soon…

 

Links, News, Media and Previous #RSCPoster Events:

2020 #RSCPoster:
RSC News winners announcement: here
RSC News Event highlights: here
2020 Registration Event page: here
RSC News Article – one month to go: here
2020 Blog homepage: here

2019 #RSCPoster:
Winners and summary announcement: here
2019 homepage: here
RSC News Event highlights: here
RSC News winners announcement: here
Chemistry World Story: here

2018 #RSCPoster: 
Winners and summary announcement: here
2018 homepage: here

2017 #RSCPoster:
Winners and summary announcement: here
2017 homepage: here

Or search Twitter via the #RSCPoster here 

 

With thanks to our 2020 Sponsors:

Lead Sponsor:

 

Royal Society of Chemistry Sponsors:

 

 

Organisers:

Kathryn Gempf Catherine Hodges Ed Randviir Tim Noël Athina Anastasaki
 @KGempf______  @HodgesCat____  @EdwardRandviir  @NoelGroupTUE  @AthinaAnastasa1

Email us: RSCPoster@rsc.org

 

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2020 #RSCPoster Twitter Conference

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.

Join the 2020 #RSCPoster event:

  • Register to submit a poster  – 2020 registration now closed, find the wrap-up post here
  • Tweet your poster with a title, #RSCPoster and relevant subject hashtag(s)  – during the 24h conference beginning 12:00 UTC 3 March 2020
  • Discuss and engage – throughout the 24h conference; make sure to answer the questions from the community, committee and comment on other #RSCPosters
  • Win prizes* if your #RSCPoster is deemed best by Subject Chairs – find the 2020 winners here

*Only non-commercial posters will be eligible to win prizes.

Meet the 2020 #RSCPoster Committee:

2020 Subject Chairs:

Analytical
#RSCAnalytical
@DrRubidium Raychelle Burks (St Edward’s University)
@RoyGoodacre Roy Goodacre (University of Liverpool)
@MartinResano Martín Resano (University of Zarragoza)
Chemical and Biology Interface
#RSCChemBio
@GTsodikova Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova (University of Kentucky)
@Peeters_Marloes Marloes Peeters (Manchester Metropolitan University)
@SRouhanifard Sara Rouhanifard (NorthEastern University)
Catalysis 
#RSCCat
@armando_carlone Armando Carlone (Università degli Studi dell’Aquila)
@pauldauenhauer Paul J. Dauenhauer (University of Minnesota) 
@garden_jenni Jennifer Garden (University of Edinburgh)
@RSC_ACG Applied Catalysis Group (RSC Interest Group)
Education
#RSCEdu
@clairemcd_chem Claire McDonnell (Technological University Dublin)
@emily_seeber Emily Seeber (Bedales School and University of Oxford)
@petertabichi Peter Tabichi (Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School)
@doc_kristy Kristy Turner (University of Manchester)
Energy & Sustainability
#RSCEnergy
@DRMacFarlane Doug Macfarlane (Monash University)
@Robert_palgrave Robert Palgrave (University College London)
@KWilson1971 Karen Wilson (RMIT University Melbourne)
Environmental
#RSCEnv
@nadineborduas Nadine Borduas (ETH Zurich)
@ChalkerChem Justin Chalker (Flinders University)
@petervikesland Peter Vikesland (Virginia Tech)
Inorganic
#RSCInorg
@cathleencrudden Cathleen Crudden (Queen’s University)
@marcel_swart Marcel Swart (University of Girona)
@makoto_B Makoto Yamashita, (Nagoya University)
Materials
#RSCMat
@EmilyPentzer Emily Pentzer (Texas A&M University)
@MARK_A_OLSON Mark Olson (Tianjin University)
@jelfschem Kim Jelfs (Imperial College London)
Nanoscience
#RSCNano
@jamesbatteas James Batteas (Texas A&M University)
@FauldsKaren Karen Faulds (University of Strathclyde)
@SaraSkrabalak Sara Skrabalak (Indiana University)
Organic
#RSCOrg
@Vy_Dong_Group Vy Dong (University of California Irvine)
@TheNelsonGroup David Nelson (University of Strathclyde)
@RamacharyDB D B Ramachary (University of Hyderabad)
Physical
#RSCPhys
@laura_mckemmish Laura McKemmish (University of New South Wales)
@jesswade Jess Wade (Imperial College London)
@DrummerBoy2112 Brian Wagner (University of Prince Edward Island)
Engineering
#RSCEng
@polymerreaction Tanja Junkers (Monash University)
@reid_indeed Marc Reid (University of Strathclyde)
@Jin_Xuan_  Jin Xuan (University of Loughborough) 

2020 General Committee:

@zjayres Zoe Ayres (Hach UK) @Chem_Diva Malika Jeffries-El (Boston University)
@banerjee_r Rahul Banerjee (IISER Kolkata) @ChemMouse Francesca Kerton (Memorial University)
@BrimbleM Margaret Brimble (University of Auckland) @BertKlumperman Bert Klumperman (Stellenbosch)
@HollehButler Holly Butler (University of Strathclyde) @S_J_Lancaster Simon Lancaster (University of East Anglia)
@stuartcantrill Stuart Cantrill (Nature Chemistry) @MooresResearch Audrey Moores (McGill University)
@SuperScienceGrl Nessa Carson (Pfizer) @drclairemurray Claire Murray (Diamond Light Source)
@helen_casey Helen Casey (University of Huddersfield) @oharalab Charlie O’Hara (University of Strathclyde)
@FurukawaG_Kyoto Shuhei Furukawa (Kyoto University) @Wpiers1 Warren Piers (University of Calgary)
@fi_hat Fiona Hatton (University of Loughborough) @vss31 Victor Sans (Universitat Jaume I)
@jenheemstra Jen Heemstra (Emory University) @dino_spagnoli Dino Spagnoli (University of Western Australia)
@AskwarHilonga Askwar Hilonga (AIST) @reneewebs Renee Webster (Monash University)
@haj19932469 Hajime Ito (Hokkaido University) @RealTimeChem Jason Woolford (Royal Society of Chemistry)

Organisers:

Kathryn Gempf Catherine Hodges Ed Randviir Tim Noël Athina Anastasaki
 @KGempf______  @HodgesCat____  @EdwardRandviir  @NoelGroupTUE  @AthinaAnastasa1

Email us: RSCPoster@rsc.org

 

 Tips and Tricks for #RSCPoster:

 

#RSCPoster a conference with clear advantages…

  

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need to check the copyright and permissions needed for figures or any other parts of my #RSCPoster 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 #RSCPoster, 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 #RSCPoster be?
You can choose any dimensions for your #RSCPoster, 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

How can I maximise the accessibility of my #RSCPoster?
There are a number of resources available to increase the accessibility of your #RSCPoster to different user groups! Below are some suggestions and links to resources:

  • When you Tweet images you have the option to compose a description of the images so the content is accessible to people who are visually impaired. Please see https://help.twitter.com/en/using-twitter/picture-descriptions for more information on how to do this. The image descriptions have a character limit so we suggest including the title in this image description, and put further details or explanation about the poster content as a thread in the comments.
  • The Royal Society of Chemistry has guidelines for inclusive communications which may be useful to keep in mind when designing your poster. The UK Home Office have also produced useful posters on how best to design accessible posters for different user groups.
  • If you want to test how accessible your #RSCPoster is to people with different types of colour blindness, this website provides a colour blindness simulator.
  • Uploading a link to a PDF of your poster, alongside your image, may enable the use of screen readers for the visually impaired
  • We encourage you to capitalise words in hashtags, use simple language and explain any acronyms, to help increase accessibility to non-native English speakers and those from a different or non-scientific background

With thanks to our 2020 Sponsors:

Lead Sponsor:

 

Royal Society of Chemistry Sponsors:

 

 

News, Media and Previous #RSCPoster Events:

2020 #RSCPoster:
Wrap-up and Winners: here
2020 Registration Event page: here
RSC News Article – one month to go: here
2020 Blog homepage: here

2019 #RSCPoster:
Winners and summary announcement: here
2019 homepage: here
RSC News Event highlights: here
RSC News winners announcement: here
Chemistry World Story: here

2018 #RSCPoster: 
Winners and summary announcement: here
2018 homepage: here

2017 #RSCPoster:
Winners and summary announcement: here
2017 homepage: here

Or search Twitter via the #RSCPoster here.

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Celebrating our Outstanding Reviewers in 2017

We want to make sure that our journals deliver rigorous and fair peer review and we wouldn’t be able to achieve that commitment without the amazing contribution of our reviewers.

In 2017, nearly 50,000 individual reviewers provided a review for one or more of our journals.  Every one of them is contributing to the efforts of our community to advance excellence in the chemical sciences. Our community is truly a global one, with reviewers coming from over 100 different countries.

We want to celebrate some of the individuals who’ve made significant contributions to our journals by reviewing for us over the last 12 months, by publishing a list of Outstanding Reviewers for each of our journals. The lists will be published on each journal blog in March 2018 and each journal will also publish a special Editorial in the coming weeks. Each Outstanding Reviewer will also receive a certificate to give recognition for their significant contribution.

While it’s not possible to list everyone, we would like to say a big thank you to all of the reviewers that have supported our journals. We would also like to thank all our journal Editorial and Advisory Boards and the chemical community for their continued support as authors, reviewers and readers.

Congratulations to all the Outstanding Reviewers in 2017!

If you would like to become a reviewer for any of our journals, just contact the journal by email with details of your research interests and an up-to-date CV or résumé.  You can find more details in our author and reviewer resource centre.

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RSC Twitter Poster Conference 2018

The RSC Twitter Poster Conference is back #RSCPoster! Click here for the 2019 edition

9:00 (GMT) Tuesday March 6th to 9:00 (GMT) Wednesday March 7th


The Royal Society of Chemistry Twitter Poster 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.

Following on from the success of the previous events, we are excited to announce that the 4th RSC Twitter Poster Conference will be held from Tuesday March 6th (9am GMT) to Wednesday March 7th (9 am GMT).

How do I take part?
During the event simply tweet an image (e.g. JPEG) which will be a digital poster summarising your research along with #RSCPoster, the most appropriate subject area hashtag and the title of your work.

The hashtags required are:

Analytical – #RSCPoster #RSCAnalytical

Chemical Biology – #RSCPoster #RSCChemBio

Chemistry Education – #RSCPoster #RSCEdu

Engineering – #RSCPoster #RSCEng

Environmental – #RSCPoster #RSCEnv

Inorganic – #RSCPoster #RSCInorg

Materials – #RSCPoster #RSCMat

Nanoscience – #RSCPoster #RSCNano

Organic – #RSCPoster #RSCOrg

Physical – #RSCPoster #RSCPhys

Image courtesy of Matthew Partridge

For instance, if you are presenting an analytical poster, Tweet “Poster Title” #RSCPoster #RSCAnalytical. Throughout the day you can then answer any questions posed to you by other people on Twitter and ask questions about other posters. Make sure you follow #RSCPoster as the conference progresses.

When is it?
Tweet your posters with #RSCPoster and the most relevant subject hashtag between 9am GMT March 6th and 9am GMT March 7th. To be considered for a prize, make sure you register at any time before the beginning of the event. Be sure to ask and answer lots of questions to ensure your work is well understood!

How do I register?
Pre-registration is not necessary unless you would like to be eligible for a prize. To be considered for one of the poster prizes you will need to verify who you are and where you do your research. We strongly recommend you do this before the event by emailing us and letting us know:
•    Your name, address and contact details
•    The title or topic of your poster
•    Your twitter handle

Is my research area suitable?
The conference is open to anyone working in any area of science whose research topic falls within one of the subject hashtag categories. If you’re unsure if your poster is suitable for the conference, just get in touch and we can advise.

How are the winners selected?
The main aim of the event is to meet new scientists, share ideas and learn about the latest developments in different scientific areas. The scientific committee will select posters which stimulate wide interest and feature innovative, high quality, exciting research. Posters prizes will be awarded for content & accessibility, design and researcher interaction with the conference. There will also be an audience award for the most tweeted poster. For the #RSCEdu Chemistry Education category, two prizes will be awarded: one for the best submission in the area of primary/secondary/further education and one for the best submission in the area of higher education. For all other categories, a first prize and a runner up prize will be up for grabs!

What can I win?
In the Chemistry Education category, there will be a £100 prize available for the best submission in the area of primary/secondary/further education and a £100 prize for the best submission in the area of higher education. In each of the other 9 categories, we will be awarding a first prize of £100 and the second prize will be an RSC book voucher worth £50. We will also have a special prize for the poster that receives the most retweets. Make sure you register before the event to be in with the chance of winning!

Who is organising the event and how do I find them?
At different points throughout the day members of each scientific committee for each subject area will be logging in to Twitter and searching #RSCPoster to ask questions about some of the posters. Make sure you check back in at different times to see if you have any new questions and also make sure you ask questions about other posters. You can also follow the RSC journal twitter accounts relevant to your research category for updates.

Conference Organisers and Committee

Conference Organisers
Royal Society of Chemistry
Matt Baker, University of Strathclyde, UK @ChemistryBaker
Edward Randviir, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK @EdwardRandviir


Subject Chairs

#RSC Analytical Roy Goodacre, University of Manchester
Martín Resano, University of Zaragoza
@RoyGoodacre
@MartinResano
#RSCChemBio Michael Johnson, University of Arizona
Marloes Peeters, Manchester Metropolitan University
@blacksciblog
@peeters_marloes
#RSCEdu Claire McDonnell, Dublin Institute of Technology
Kristy Turner, University of Manchester
@clairemcdonndit
@doc_kristy
#RSCEnv Peter Vikesland, Virginia Tech
Nadine Borduas, ETH Zürich
David Megson, Manchester Metropolitan University
@petervikesland
@nadineborduas
#RSCInorg Rebecca Melen, Cardiff University
Charlie O’Hara, University of Strathclyde
@rebecca_melen
@oharalab
#RSCMat Athina Anastasaki, UC Santa Barbara
Chris Foster, Manchester Metropolitan University
@AthinaAnastasa1
@cwfoster90
#RSCNano Gemma-Louise Davies, University College London
Karen Faulds, University of Strathclyde
@GemmaLouDavies
@FauldsKaren
#RSCOrg Ryan Mewis, Manchester Metropolitan University
David Nelson, University of Strathclyde
@RyanMewis
@TheNelsonGroup
#RSCPhys Brian Wagner, University of Prince Edward Island
Lars Goerigk, University of Melbourne
@DrummerBoy2112
@lgoer_compchem
#RSCEng Mark Olson, Tianjin University
Tim Noël, Eindhoven University of Technology
@MARK_A_OLSON
@NoelGroupTUE

 

Scientific Committee

Fraser Stoddart, Northwestern University
Zoë Ayres, University of Warwick
Perdita Barran, University of Manchester
James Batteas, Texas A&M University
Gonçalo Bernardes, University of Cambridge
Margaret Brimble, University of Auckland
Holly Butler, University of Strathclyde
Simon Lewis, Curtin University
Jean-François Masson, University of Montreal
Warren Piers, University of Calgary
Michael Seery, University of Edinburgh
Nick Stone, University of Exeter
Marcel Swart, University of Girona
Renée Webster, Monash University
Doug MacFarlane, Monash University
Damien Arrigan, Curtin University
Neil Keddie, University of St Andrews
Yonatan Calahorra, University of Cambridge
Malika Jeffries-El, Boston University
@sirfrasersays
@ZJAyres
@PerditaB
@jamesbatteas
@gbernardes_chem
@BrimbleM
@HollehButler
@SimonWLewis
@Masson_chem
@wpiers1
@seerymk
@profnickstone
@Marcel_Swart
@reneewebs
@DRMacFarlane
@arri_aus
@theyakman
@YonCalahorra
@Chem_Diva

 

Register for #RSCPoster

We look forward to seeing your research in March!



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 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.

 

For 2019 #RSCPoster Twitter Conference click here: rsc.li/rsc-poster-2019

 

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Win an APC voucher for RSC Advances in our Open Access Week competition

To celebrate Open Access Week (23-27 October), we want to know why you think open access publishing is important to chemistry. To enter upload your thoughts to Twitter before 12 noon (UK time) on Friday 27 October for the chance to win an article processing charge (APC) voucher for RSC Advances.

How to enter

Simply tweet why you think that open access is important to chemistry and include the #RSCcomp hashtag.

You can tell us why in any way you choose, you could record a short video, draw or paint, write a song or poem or just write a short paragraph.

To be in with the chance of winning please upload your entry between Monday 23 October 2017 and 12 noon (UK time) on Friday 27 October 2017.

If you’re submitting a written entry, please write it on a PowerPoint slide or similar and then convert it to a JPEG before uploading it to Twitter. Please make sure the writing is legible in the image.

Selecting a winner

We’ll randomly select one winner, from all the entrants, on Friday 27 October 2017. We will contact them directly before announcing the result on our Twitter feed.

Getting you started

You can find out more about open access publishing on our website.

Here’s some questions to get you thinking about how open access is helping to advance the chemical sciences.

  1. How do you benefit from having free and permanent unrestricted access to scholarly research?
  2. If the licence allows users to download, copy, reuse, and distribute data provided in the original article what does this mean for future research?
  3. Open access articles are made free to access online immediately and permanently in their final published form; what benefits does this offer?

If you have any questions about the competition please email publishing@rsc.org

Follow the competition

During Open Access Week you can follow the competition using the hashtag #RSCcomp.

More about RSC Advances

We deliberately push the boundaries with RSC Advances, always looking for new and unique ways to make the scientific developments we publish accessible to the widest possible audience.

Community-led, with an international team of associate editors, a dedicated reviewer panel and features such as article-based publishing, RSC Advances has been gold open access since 2017. This move has given researchers free access to a broader scope of high quality work and offered new, affordable open access publishing options to authors around the world.

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Royal Society of Chemistry partners with Publons to give peer reviewers more recognition

We have partnered with Publons – a third-party reviewer recognition service – for a twelve-month trial on ten of our journals, so you can effortlessly keep a verified record of every review you complete. We really value your reviewing and editorial contributions and want to ensure you get more recognition for them.

How it works
When you submit a review to a participating journal you will be asked if you want to opt in to Publons, you can then instantly start building your verified peer review and editorial record to showcase the full extent of your contributions and influence in your field. Publons tracks your reviews without compromising reviewer anonymity, by default, only the year of the review and the journal title will be shown on reviewer profiles for our journals.

Benefits
Publons gives you access to a range of tools and data to benchmark your reviewing and editorial activity, and provides you with up-to-date verified evidence of your peer review contributions, which you can include on your CV and in funding applications. You also have the option to link your Publons record to your ORCID account to show your publication and peer review activity together. Publons is free for researchers.

Participating journals

  • Analyst
  • Chemical Communications
  • Chemical Science
  • Dalton Transactions
  • Journal of Materials Chemistry A
  • Journal of Materials Chemistry B
  • Journal of Materials Chemistry C
  • Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
  • PCCP
  • RSC Advances

Read more about the partnership on our news pages

For more information about Publons, visit publons.com/benefits/researchers

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Publishing in parallel: when two societies work together

Publishing in parallel. What does it mean and how is it relevant to the theme of  Peer Review Week 2017? Well, the Royal Society (RS) journal Royal Society Open Science has been collaborating with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) to jointly peer review and publish chemistry content since 2015. This ‘publishing in parallel’ model, with two societies working to publish one journal, is unique in scientific publishing.

Here, we collaborate again, to explain how the arrangement came about, how it works, and why we think it contributes to the transparency of science.

How does the collaboration work?

In short, the peer review and final editorial decisions of all chemistry papers submitted to Royal Society Open Science are managed by a team of chemistry editors and in-house staff at the Royal Society of Chemistry. Published papers appear with both journal and Royal Society of Chemistry branding in our collection of chemistry papers.

How is the collaboration unique?

This is the first collaboration between two societies publishing in one journal. Royal Society Open Science receives direct submissions, as well as transferred manuscripts from several Royal Society of Chemistry journals (RSC Advances, Chemical Science, Chemical Communications). It’s an exciting venture helping both societies build strategic links, while ensuring they retain a larger fraction of the high-quality content submitted to their journals. Royal Society Open Science gains from the expertise and insight of the editors, while the Royal Society of Chemistry is able to raise its already considerable profile in more multidisciplinary fields of research.

How did the collaboration come about?

One of the goals of the Royal Society of Chemistry was to facilitate networks to support community needs. In discussion with the Royal Society, both parties agreed collaboration would be a great way to achieve these aims. By handling the chemistry section, the Royal Society of Chemistry was able to offer its authors the option to publish open access in compliance with their funding requirements; the option of objective peer review with no restrictions on scope, article length or impact; the possibility of open peer review and open data publication, as well as more widespread visibility in an interdisciplinary scientific journal – all  unique features the Royal Society of Chemistry was unable to offer its authors at the time.

How does the collaboration contribute to transparency in peer review?

Uniquely, the collaboration provides both societies an opportunity to see how another publisher works, and to openly discuss respective experiences regarding peer review and journals, which is not a given in the publishing landscape. This is of great benefit to both societies and can only improve services for authors and readers.

In particular, the collaboration provides authors with the chance to observe and compare the benefits (and challenges) of closed versus open peer review. While it is not mandated, Royal Society Open Science encourages open peer review for all authors and referees, including those submitting chemistry papers. Over the last year, almost three quarter of authors and well over half of reviewers have taken advantage of this option.

When both parties agree to open peer review, we publish the decision letters and reviewer correspondence alongside the final article. We hope eventually to be able to assign reports a DOI to allow them to be effectively cited, and to help researchers build their portfolio of outputs. The advantages of open peer review include improving the transparency of the published paper’s journey from submission to acceptance; it provides a mechanism for referees to self-identify and to gain recognition for their hard work (as does the journal’s integration with Publons); and helps
reviewers to compare and write better reports.

Finally, Royal Society Open Science has introduced Registered Reports, which will make research more transparent and help to fine-tune study design, as well as minimising some forms of publication bias. The Royal Society of Chemistry has been instrumental in raising awareness of these article types more widely among the chemistry community.

How has the collaboration been received by the chemistry community?

Both societies have been pleasantly surprised by the support and feedback the collaboration has received. Authors involved have been almost universally positive. The societies have benefited in a number of ways. Royal Society Open Science struggled to attract high-quality and diverse chemistry submissions before the collaboration. Now, a fifth of all manuscripts are submitted to the chemistry section. The transfer of scientifically sound research papers from the Royal Society of Chemistry to Royal Society Open Science is important in in giving all authors a platform to publish their work, especially if it helps people avoid repeating negative results, which previously have mostly ended up hidden away in lab books.

Our Chemistry Subject Editor, Professor Anthony Stace FRS, has also echoed the successes of the collaboration:

“As the subject editor with responsibility for chemistry submissions to Royal Society Open Science, I have found the experience of working with both the RS and the RSC to be very rewarding. As already noted, some Royal Society journals have in the past found it difficult to attract high-quality chemistry papers, but through this collaboration and the ability of the RSC to attract work of the highest standard, we have seen a significant reversal of that situation. Hopefully, some of this success will spill over into other Royal Society journals.”

What challenges does the collaboration face and how have you overcome them?

The chemistry community’s initial lack of familiarity with Royal Society Open Science was a challenge. However this has been addressed by ramping up joint marketing efforts; with the Royal Society of Chemistry providing details about the collaboration to chemistry researchers, and expanding the number of journals offering transfers, ensuring much greater visibility for Royal Society Open Science. As can be seen in the corresponding graph, a quarter of submissions received by the journal are now from the chemical sciences.

A future challenge will be the introduction of article processing charges by the journal. Authors will be supported during the transition to charging and APC by discounts and waivers for resource-limited authors, ad hoc waivers for invited pieces and the Royal Society of Chemistry’s own experience of the transition of RSC Advances; they will be helpful in supporting the process and ensuring it runs as smoothly as possible.

What’s next for the collaboration?

More of the same! As well as increasing the number of published papers, the editors are exploring opportunities to commission high-quality reviews and special collections, to raise the profile of researchers in emerging fields. We will also be launching an Advisory Board comprising internationally renowned experts, who will assist the editors in providing ad hoc advice. The first 18 months of the collaboration have laid great foundations for further success – watch this space!

View our collection of Chemistry articles or contact us for questions regarding Royal Society Open Science.


Andrew Dunn – Senior Publishing Editor, Royal Society

Alice Power – Editorial Coordinator, Royal Society

Michaela Muehlberg – Deputy Editor, Royal Society of Chemistry

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Celebrating our Outstanding Reviewers in 2016

We want to make sure that our journals deliver rigorous and fair peer review and we wouldn’t be able to achieve that commitment without the amazing contribution of our reviewers.

In 2016, nearly 50,000 individual reviewers provided a review for one or more of our journals.  Every one of them is contributing to the efforts of our community to advance excellence in the chemical sciences. Our community is truly a global one, with reviewers coming from over 100 different countries.

We want to celebrate some of the individuals who’ve made significant contributions to our journals by reviewing for us over the last 12 months, by publishing a list of Outstanding Reviewers for each of our journals. The lists will be published on each journal blog on Friday 24 February 2017 and each journal will also publish a special Editorial in the coming weeks. Each Outstanding Reviewer will also receive a certificate to give recognition for their significant contribution.

While it’s not possible to list everyone, we would like to say a big thank you to all of the reviewers that have supported our journals. We would also like to thank all our journal Editorial and Advisory Boards and the chemical community for their continued support as authors, reviewers and readers.

Congratulations to all the Outstanding Reviewers in 2016!

If you would like to become a reviewer for any of our journals, just contact the journal by email with details of your research interests and an up-to-date CV or résumé.  You can find more details in our author and reviewer resource centre.

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