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  • [September 25, 2017]

    The Nature of Chemistry Publishing

  • Speaker:
    Su Xin
    Monday, September 25, 2017
    Room 210, COE Building No.1
    Huai Yang
  • Abstract
  • Academic publishing is often perceived as a daunting area, filled with potential pitfalls and adversaries to be overcome. With the goings-on of editors being largely unknown to potential authors, it's no surprise that such a perception exists. The presentation discusses and demystifies the publishing process at Nature Publishing Group. From describing the mechanics of submission and review to a discussion of what the editors at Nature Chemistry are looking for in articles pursued for publication, the presentation seeks to clarify how and why a paper goes from new submission to accepted article. In addition, other opportunities to contribute to the journal will be discussed in context of the role "front half content" has in furthering scientific discourse. It also provides an overview of some chemistry that has recently appeared in the journal and a discussion of where we hope the insights from these manuscripts might open doors in the future.
  • Biography
  • Xin received his BSc in chemistry from Nankai University in 2009. He then moved to the USA and conducted graduate research on hydrazone-based molecular switches and functional materials at Dartmouth College where he received his PhD in organic chemistry in 2013. Following postdoctoral training at the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh he joined Wiley's Hoboken office in 2015, first as an associate editor and then deputy editor, working on a range of titles in materials science, including Advanced Materials and Small. Xin started at Nature Chemistry in April 2017 and is based in the Shanghai office.
    Dr Daping Zhang received his BSc in 1987 from Peking University and MSc in 1990 from Beijing University of Technology, China. After that, he worked as research assistant, lecturer and team leader in Beijing University of Technology for seven years and then received his PhD degree in 2000 from University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. After three years Postdoc in University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Dr Zhang had been working in Tripos Discovery Research Center, UK and Resolution Chemicals Limited, UK for several years, focusing on R&D of new medicine and manufacturing of patent medicine.  Afterwards, he joined The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) as a publisher to lead RSC publishing in Greater China. Currently, he is the Executive Editor of the Frontiers series journals of joint venture between CCS and RSC.