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Scientific posters and presentations to gain visibility and impact through SciMeetings, a publications service from the American Chemical Society

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2020 — Every year, hundreds of thousands of researchers share their research findings at in-person conferences. Scientific content created for these conferences has traditionally been limited to the audience at that event, with no wider distribution or long-term preservation. SciMeetings, a service developed by the American Chemical Society (ACS) through its Publications Division, will expand the reach and impact of early-stage research and globalize professional networking via its online poster and presentation publication service.

SciMeetings, powered by Morressier, is a fully open access product that is freely searchable, citable and shareable. Posters and presentations receive a DOI number and creative commons license upon upload, and video or audio can be embedded to enhance the submission. Content is fully indexed and will be searchable on the ACS Publications and Morressier platforms. With SciMeetings, innovations presented at conferences can now be widely shared, advancing the pace of science and maximizing professional exposure. SciMeetings is one of many products that fulfill the ACS strategic goal of delivering essential chemistry-related information solutions to address global challenges.

“Sharing research at conferences is an essential part of the scientific process. ACS Publications, as one of the most-recognized and authoritative STM publishers, is ideally positioned to assist researchers and event organizers in disseminating conference material for global impact,” says James Milne, Ph.D., president, ACS Publications Division. “ACS has demonstrated leadership in scientific collaboration before, most notably as a founder of ChemRxiv, the preprint server for chemistry.”

“Now, more than ever, it is tremendously important for scholarly posters and presentations to be widely accessible,” says Sami Benchekroun, Morressier co-founder and managing director. “ACS is acting as a trailblazer in digitizing early-stage research and has the potential to set a new standard for the entire industry. We are very excited to support them with this endeavor.”

This service is intended to provide a timely option for presenters and conference organizers of meetings that are postponed, delayed or cancelled, such as the ACS Spring 2020 National Meeting & Expo, which was to be held in Philadelphia in March. ACS is adopting SciMeetings for the more than 14,000 posters or talks that were scheduled for this event, many of which will now be held in a virtual environment. SciMeetings will be available to enhance future events among the global scientific community as well, supporting the communication of high-quality research. Interested parties are invited to contact Tammy Hanna, director of new product innovation (t_hanna@acs.org) to learn more.

Morressier is the home for early-stage research. Morressier’s workflow tools uncover and disseminate traditionally hidden research, including conference posters and presentations, to help scientists boost their recognition and accelerate their breakthroughs. Over 200 societies, institutions, conferences and companies work with Morressier to structure their early-stage research and facilitate new revenue streams, publishing opportunities and research partnerships.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. ACS’ mission is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people. The Society is a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related information and research through its multiple research solutions, peer-reviewed journals, scientific conferences, eBooks and weekly news periodical Chemical & Engineering News. ACS journals are among the most cited, most trusted and most read within the scientific literature; however, ACS itself does not conduct chemical research. As a specialist in scientific information solutions (including SciFinder® and STN®), its CAS division powers global research, discovery and innovation. ACS’ main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.
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