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Thousands greet American Chemical Society journal editors in India

October 22, 2012

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2012 -- Editors of a dozen prestigious scientific journals have just completed a highly successful two-week visit to India, where they met with more than 3,000 scientists and students to discuss publication of research articles about new scientific discoveries and other topics. The journals are among the more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific publications from the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society.

"The international visit was spectacularly successful," said Anirban Mahapatra, Ph.D., of the ACS Journals Publishing Group, who was part of the ACS delegation. "Our editors were treated like rock stars by so many of the scientists and interested students in India. We were absolutely delighted to be able to share so much useful information with our colleagues and others in this great technological nation."

Susan King, Ph.D., senior vice president of the ACS Journals Publishing Group, noted that India is a powerhouse of science and technology, leading the way in fields such as renewable energy, nanotechnology, biotechnology and information technology. King, who also was part of the delegation of editors with other ACS Publications staff, commented that the size of India's technical workforce has doubled in recent years, with more than 160 universities awarding more than 4,000 doctoral degrees and 35,000 other postgraduate degrees annually.

"ACS Publications extends its appreciation to the Indian research community for their ongoing support of ACS journals," said King. "The ACS editors and I are delighted to have had the opportunity to visit leading institutions conducting groundbreaking research in chemistry and allied subjects across India. We thank our hosts for leading this initiative, for their hospitality and warm welcome, and for the opportunity to visit ACS associate editors, editorial advisory board members, authors and researchers in the laboratories, institutes and universities where this groundbreaking research is accomplished."

In 2011 alone, ACS journals published over 1,000 articles from laboratories in India, covering a wide range of research. Manuscript submissions from Indian institutions have grown faster than submissions from many other countries commensurate with the huge scale of India's investment in science and technology.

In recognition of India's leadership in scientific research, ACS editors visited academic and other research institutions spanning seven cities in India: Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Kanpur, Hyderabad, Pune and Kolkata.

The following is a list of institutions the editors visited:
  • Mumbai
    • Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
    • Institute of Chemical Technology
    • Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay
  • Bangalore
    • Indian Institute of Science
    • Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
    • National Centre for Biological Sciences
  • Delhi
    • Indian Institute of Technology - Delhi
  • Kanpur
    • Indian Institute of Technology - Kanpur
  • Hyderabad
    • Indian Institute of Chemical Technology
    • University of Hyderabad
  • Pune
    • National Chemical Laboratory
    • Indian Institute of Science Education and Research
  • Kolkata
    • Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science
The following is a list of ACS editors and staff who traveled:
  • Richard Armstrong, Ph.D., Biochemistry
  • M.G. Finn, Ph.D., ACS Combinatorial Science
  • Prashant Kamat, Ph.D., The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
  • Don Paul, Ph.D., Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
  • Norb Pienta, Ph.D., Journal of Chemical Education
  • Dale Poulter, Ph.D., The Journal of Organic Chemistry
  • Robin Rogers, Ph.D., Crystal Growth & Design
  • Kirk Schanze, Ph.D., ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
  • Amos Smith, Ph.D., Organic Letters
  • Peter Stang, Ph.D., Journal of the American Chemical Society
  • Jonathan Sweedler, Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry
  • Dave Whitten, Ph.D., Langmuir
  • Susan King, Ph.D., senior vice president, Journals Publishing Group
  • Susan Pastore, director, International Sales
  • Anirban Mahapatra, Ph.D., assistant director, Editorial Development, ACS liaison
The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 164,000 members, ACS is the world's largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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