Publishing Your Research 101
Episode 10 – My Manuscript Has Been Accepted! Now What?
About the Episode
Congratulations! You have just completed the most difficult part of publishing an article. You wrote the draft of your manuscript, worked and reworked that draft, submitted the manuscript for review, waited anxiously for the peer review results, revised the manuscript, and ultimately the manuscript was accepted for publication. That’s great! Enjoy the feeling of accomplishment.
However, you are not quite done yet. Your manuscript will now be converted into the format for publication, the graphics processors will prepare your graphics for publication, the technical editors will suggest changes to improve the readability of your paper, and lastly, you will be asked to review those changes in the galley proof. At ACS, this work is done by Journal Production & Manufacturing Operations, a chemistry-savvy and tech-savvy group of individuals who give individual attention to each manuscript.
This episode is broken into three parts. In each segment there will be tips to help you speed your article to publication. Processing your manuscript will be most efficient if you consider some of these suggestions at the very beginning of your first draft; however, it’s not too late even now to get your manuscript published quickly and with the highest quality.
Now that you’ve listened to the segments, it should be clear that ACS is one of the most rapid publishers in getting your manuscript from acceptance to final publication. With the Just Accepted Manuscript option, your final accepted manuscript is published on the Web almost immediately. The fully composed article is published usually within 14 days; this time depends to some extent on how fast you review the galley proof.
One interesting question: Is it really true that some authors submit multiple sets of revisions, or multiple authors submit different, sometimes conflicting, sets of revisions to the same manuscript? It’s hard to believe, but it happens, and that causes major problems and publication delays. Don’t let that happen to your article.
From ACS Publications
- The ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information, 3rd ed.
- The ACS Style Guide (via ACS ChemWorx)
- The Author & Reviewer Resource Center
- Working with Graphics in Document Templates
- Guidelines for Table of Contents/Abstract Graphics
- Specifications for Multimedia Files (WEOs)
- Cover Art Guidelines
About The Author
Director Journal Production and Manufacturing Services
Terri Lewandowski, Director Journal Production and Manufacturing Services, BS in Mathematics from John Carroll University, MS in Computer and Information Science – Biomedical Computing from The Ohio State University
Journals Editing Manager
BA in Chemistry from Denison University
Senior Graphics Associate
BS in Visual Communications from Ohio University
Ronald Kay, PhD
BA in Chemistry from Gordon College, PhD in Physical Chemistry from The Ohio State University
Senior Associate Editor
BS in Molecular Genetics from The Ohio State University
Journal Production Manager
BS in Zoology from Ohio University
Senior Graphics Associate
BA in Design from University of Notre Dame
Sarah Caccamise, PhD
B.S. Chemistry from Canisius College, Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, State University of New York at Buffalo
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Heather received her Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Assumption College in Worcester, MA. She then proceeded to complete a Ph. D. in Chemistry at Tufts University, where she used a combination of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and density functional theory (DFT) to study the surface chemistry of a variety of systems including bimetallic alloys, molecular self-assembly, and single-molecule rotors. Heather joined the Publications Division of the American Chemical Society in 2010 as the Managing Editor for ACS Nano and Nano Letters.