Chemistry professor Carolyn Bertozzi will take the helm as editor-in-chief of the American Chemical Society’s first fully open-access journal, ACS Central Science. The new journal is set to launch in early 2015.
“My goal is to make ACS Central Science a highly selective journal and the primary venue for reporting the most important advances in chemistry and in allied fields where chemical approaches play a major role,” says Bertozzi. “Now is the time for innovative publishing strategies that focus and elevate the visibility of chemistry as ‘the central science.’”
The term “central science” is used to describe the focal role of chemistry in bridging the gap between the physical and life sciences, as well as the gap between basic sciences and applied disciplines like medicine and engineering. The new journal will publish exceptional peer-reviewed research articles, reviews and commentary across the broad spectrum of chemistry and interdisciplinary sciences. There will be no restrictions on access to the full text of the articles.
Bertozzi is currently the co-director of the Berkeley Chemical Biology Graduate Program, co-director of the Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute, a professor at UC San Francisco and a senior faculty scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
In April 2015, she will move to Stanford University as professor of chemistry and a member of Stanford’s new ChEM-H (Chemistry, Engineering and Medicine for Human Health) institute.
Bertozzi earned her A.B. in chemistry at Harvard University and her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. She has received numerous prestigious fellowships and awards, including a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award and a Presidential Early Career Award in Science. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine and is a fellow of the ACS.