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August 15, 2013 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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The American Chemical Society Debuts New Journal

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is launching ACS Photonics, a new online-only journal. This monthly, interdisciplinary publication focuses on high-impact research in photonics, which the ACS defines as the study of the interactions of light with matter. The first issue will roll off the digital presses in January 2014.

Harry A. Atwater, who is director of the Resnick Sustainability Institute for Science, Energy and Sustainability at the California Institute of Technology and director of the Energy Frontier Research Centers on Light-Material Interactions in Energy Conversion, is the editor-in-chief. Atwater, who is also the author/co-author of more than 400 publications, specializes in nano-photonics and plasmonics (the study of the interaction between electromagnetic fields and electrons in metals).

“Many of the most important challenges facing science and technology are fundamentally optical in nature, spanning primary scientific disciplines such as physics, chemistry and engineering. ACS Photonics aims to promote cross-fertilization between these fields and bridge the gaps between different approaches to photonics,” according to Atwater. He plans to get articles published quickly and give authors timely peer review on journal submissions, which he hopes will arrive from all corners of the globe: “Sourcing and publishing papers from all over the world best serves researchers, giving a comprehensive picture of photonic science and technology advances everywhere.”

Authors can discuss topics ranging from molecular and nano-photonic processes to biophotonics (the study of the interaction of light with biological materials). The journal will be distributed to more than 5,000 global institutions and include open access (OA) options.

Source: The American Chemical Society



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