PUBLISHING YOUR RESEARCH 101
Episode 2 – Writing Your Cover Letter
About the Episode
In the second episode in our publishing series we take a look at the topic of the cover letter. Many researchers spend a great deal of time and effort to craft their article, create the best graphics, go through seemingly endless drafts, all of which were discussed in episode 1. Finally, the article is ready for submission. Now you need to write a cover letter. Is it that important? Do you really need to spend another few hours writing the cover letter, and then perhaps a couple days to allow your co-authors time to review, comment, and agree? Four of our journal editors share their views on the cover letter and how it can help them understand the significance of your work for their journal, and in the discipline. Executive Summary: the cover letter is important, so give it the attention it deserves.
Since the cover letter should include a statement on why you chose to submit the manuscript to the journal, the editors also provide some guidance on how to go about selecting a journal.
The cover letter should also include guidelines on suggesting potential reviewers for your work. That topic, however, will be covered in the next episode.
- ACS Author and Reviewer Resource Center – a collection of resources for submitting manuscripts to ACS Publications.
- The Art of the Cover Letter, by Jason H. Hafner, ACS Nano, 2010, 4 (5) p.2487
About The Author
Paula T. Hammond
Bayer Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT
Paula T. Hammond is an Associate Editor for ACS Nano. She is the Bayer Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT, where her research interests include macromolecular design and synthesis, directed assembly using surface templates, nanoscale design of biomaterials, block copolymers, asymmetric morphologies, and liquid crystalline polymeric materials. Learn more
Professor of Chemistry at the University of Rochester
Richard Eisenberg has been the Editor-in-Chief of Inorganic Chemistry since 2001. He is the Tracy H. Harris Professor of Chemistry at the University of Rochester. His research interests include catalysis and solar energy conversion, hydrogen addition reactions, and luminescence behavior of metal complexes. Learn more
Timothy P. Lodge
Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota
Timothy P. Lodge is the Editor-in-Chief of Macromolecules. He is Distinguished McKnight Professor, IT Distinguished Professor, Lloyd H. Reyerson Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota. Research interests include multicomponent polymer systems, such as block copolymers, which can undergo self-assembly to form interesting nanostructures in both solution and bulk. Learn more
Jason H. Hafner
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Chemistry at Rice University
Jason H. Hafner is also an Associate Editor for ACS Nano. He is Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Chemistry at Rice University. His research interests are at the intersection of the physical and biological sciences, in the development of new tools to explore nanometer-scale systems, in the novel physical properties that emerge at that scale, and in studies of complex molecular constituents of life as interacting systems rather than in isolation. Learn more
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Heather L. Tierney, Ph.D.
After completing her Ph.D.in Chemistry at Tufts University, Heather L. Tierney joined the Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in 2010 as the Managing Editor for ACS Nano and Nano Letters. In 2016, Heather began a a new role at ACS, as Managing Editor, Journals and Ethics Policy. In addition to managing the ACS’s two flagship Reviews journals, Accounts of Chemical Research and Chemical Reviews, Heather helps to provide guidance on best practice in publication ethics and policy in accordance with industry standards as set by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and other external agencies.