How to get published in the Chemical Sciences

About this video

As every researcher knows, the path to getting published isn’t always smooth. In fact, there can be plenty of bumps along the way!  In this webinar recording, we hear from Professor Carsten Sievers, who has published more than 40 peer-reviewed papers. He has also evaluated hundreds of submissions in his role as Editor of the journal Applied Catalysis A: General, so he has plenty of helpful tips for those starting out on a publishing career.

Professor Sievers looks at what makes a strong manuscript, and the importance of good storytelling. He then turns his attention to article structure and runs through each of the building blocks in turn. And, he advises on writing style before sharing a detailed guide to manuscript language. Publisher Dr. Lily Khidr then joins him for a lively Q&A. 

You’ll come away with an insight into what it takes to get your manuscript publication-ready and you will learn how to view it through the eyes of editors and reviewers. 

About the presenters

Carsten Sievers

Associate Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology – School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Carsten Sievers obtained his Diplom and Dr. rer. nat. degrees in Technical Chemistry at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Under the guidance of Prof. Johannes A. Lercher, he worked on heterogeneous catalysts for petroleum refining processes including hydrogenation of aromatics in Diesel fuel, alkylation, alkane activation, and catalytic cracking. Additional research projects included novel catalytic system, such as supported ionic liquids. In 2007, he moved to the Georgia Institute of Technology as a postdoctoral fellow to work with Profs. Christopher W. Jones and Pradeep K. Agrawal on catalytic processes for biomass depolymerization and synthesis of biofuels. He joined the faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2009 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2015. His research group focuses on developing catalytic processes for the sustainable production of fuels and chemicals. Specific topics of interest are the stability and reactivity of solid catalysts in aqueous phase, surface chemistry of oxygenates, applied spectroscopy, synthesis of well-defined catalysts, mechanocatalysis, methane conversion, design of catalysts and processes, pyrolysis, and gasification. His work was published in over 40 peer reviewed manuscripts, and he is Director and Past President of the Southeastern Catalysis Society, former Program Chair of the ACS Division of Catalysis Science & Technology, Director of the AIChE Division of Catalysis and Reaction Engineering, and Editor of Applied Catalysis A: General.

Lily Khidr

Senior Publisher, Chemical Engineering, Elsevier

Dr. Lily Khidr is an academic research scientist and a publisher for Elsevier in New York. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Biological Sciences at Columbia University. She received a BS in molecular and cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley; an MS in physiological sciences from University of California, Los Angeles, and a MS/PhD in biological chemistry from the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. She is a Fellow of United Nations Worldview Institute.

Her graduate training was spent focusing on uncovering the mechanisms by which mitochondrial genetics play a role in human cancer formation, with Professors Wen-Hwa Lee and Douglas C. Wallace, and she has been an instructor at undergraduate, graduate and medical school levels domestically and internationally. Alongside her academic work, she concomitantly upheld a position with the National Academy of Sciences-UIDP, managing projects that enable successful university and industry partnerships and is currently an active member of the UIDP Communications Committee.

After graduate school, Lily took on a corporate research opportunity with Nature Publishing Group and worked as an Editor for Nature Genetics. Her focus on personalized genomics led her to the American Association for the Advancement of Science with Science Magazine, where she was an Editor at the inception and launch of Science Translational Medicine. For the past 5 years, Lily oversees the editorial and financial health of a suite of journals covering Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Science and Medicine, manages global academic and industrial strategic alliances, actively drives projects to enhance university-owned research commercialization, and pursues ways to further develop the business of knowledge dissemination in emerging regions, like Africa.