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American Chemical Society expands reach to include rapidly emerging area of sensor science

American Chemical Society

The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) today announced the forthcoming 2016 publication of ACS Sensors, a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary research journal to be devoted to the dissemination of original research findings from across all areas of modern sensor science. J. Justin Gooding, Ph.D., Scientia professor and founding co-director of the Australian Centre for NanoMedicine at The University of New South Wales, will serve as the journal's inaugural editor-in-chief.

Sensors research encompasses the study of miniaturized devices that can detect specific biological, chemical, or physical processes; compounds; or ions in complex samples and that transmit real-time information. With the global sensors market estimated to reach over $110 billion by 2019, the foreseen impact of various sensors is significant. As sensors continue to shrink in size, decrease in cost and require less power, the need for sustained innovation is paramount, and fundamental chemistry research forms the basis for diverse applications.

ACS Sensors will provide a needed forum for scientific interchange among members of this globally dispersed and scientifically diverse community of researchers. The journal will publish seminal advances related to all aspects of sensor research, including but not limited to: biosensors, chemical sensors, gas sensors, intracellular sensors, single molecule sensors, cell chips, arrays and microfluidic devices.

"This is an exciting time for studies on sensors, with progress being propelled by incredible fundamental, as well as technological, advances," says Editor-in-Chief Gooding. "Sensors are important to many aspects of our daily lives, from assessing whether our water is safe to drink to probing and understanding the inner workings of the cells of our bodies -- and yet there are many scientific innovations still to come as researchers craft new sensors tailored to a wide range of analytical and other transformative applications. My goal is to establish ACS Sensors as the foremost interdisciplinary journal in the field, by featuring novel discoveries drawn from both basic academic and commercial research sectors, as well as ground-breaking engineering applications."

Gooding is internationally recognized for his work in surface modification, biosensors, functional nanomaterials, cell-based diagnostic devices and electroanalysis, and he is the first ACS Publications editor-in-chief based in Australasia. In addition to his roles as deputy head of the School of Chemistry at The University of New South Wales and founding co-director of the Australian Centre for NanoMedicine, Gooding is the node leader for the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology. The recent recipient of the prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowship, Gooding has authored or co-authored nearly 300 publications and holds 11 patents.

"ACS Sensors will unite the multidisciplinary sensors community by providing a chemistry-focused publishing venue for impactful research," says Penelope Lewis, Ph.D., director for editorial and new product development for ACS Publications. "Professor Gooding's editorial vision, broad scientific expertise and network of professional collaborations within the global sensors research community will rapidly establish ACS Sensors as the premier publication in the field. ACS Publications is honored to partner with him on this exciting venture."

ACS Sensors will begin accepting research submissions for consideration in early August 2015 and will publish its first issue online in January 2016. Authors whose work is selected for publication in ACS Sensors will benefit from rigorous and rapid editorial peer review overseen by research-active scientists and timely publication using the Society's award-winning Web and mobile publishing technologies, which enable the broad dissemination of ACS Web Editions journals to more than 5,000 subscribing institutions worldwide. ACS Sensors will include flexible open-access publishing options for authors, but otherwise will be free from any required author publishing charges.


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