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American Chemical Society AMA: I’m Jonathan Sweedler, Professor of Chemistry at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Editor of Analytical Chemistry, here to discuss the peer review process.
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Hi Reddit – I am a professor of Chemistry and also a professor in several other departments/programs including Neuroscience and Physiology, all at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My research has two major themes: one is developing new analytical tools to characterize the chemistry occurring in small volume samples, and the second uses these tools to understand the chemistry occurring in the brain. More specifically, I study novel neurochemical pathways in a range of animal models. Perhaps more important to the suggested topic of the AMA, I am the Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Analytical Chemistry, published by the American Chemical Society. This journal receives thousands of submissions each year. With the help of a talented team of seventeen active researchers (our expert associate editors), and the thousands of peer reviewers who donate their time and expertise, we publish about one third of the submitted manuscripts. Last week was Peer Review Week and I thought it would be fun to discuss how manuscripts are selected to be published. Thus, I am here to answer your questions and have discussions on the peer review process, or on anything else you have in mind. I’ll be back at 1 pm ET (10 am PT, 5 pm UTC), so AMA and I look forward to hearing your thoughts! I am online and ready to answer your questions. Thanks all for your participation. Thank you again for participating in this AMA. I hope it was a positive experience for you! Please let me know if you need anything else.