Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Thank you 2018 AOCS journal reviewers

AOCS thanks our volunteer editors and reviewers who provide expert peer review for our journals: Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society (JAOCS), Journal of Surfactants and Detergents (JSD) and Lipids. There are nearly 1,200 of you!

Visit to find your name or the names of colleagues, former students, or mentors on the 2018 reviewer lists.

These volunteers' contributions make it possible for AOCS journals to fulfill our mission of providing high-quality key research to scientific communities worldwide. 

If you are interested in serving as a reviewer for an AOCS journal, contact the Editor-in-Chief:

    JAOCS: James A. Kenar, 
    Lipids: Eric J. Murphy,
    JSD: George A. Smith,

Thank you, reviewers!

Journal of Surfactants and Detergents seeks Editor-in-Chief

The American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS) seeks candidates for Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Surfactants and Detergents ( and, a peer-reviewed, bimonthly (six issues per year) journal publishing research papers and reviews in the area of surfactants and detergents.

Content includes the basic and applied science of petrochemical and oleochemical-based surfactants, the development and performance of surfactants in all applications, as well as the development and manufacturing of detergent ingredients and their formulation into finished products.

In the past decade, JSD has grown considerably. It has gone from publishing four times to six times a year and has increased the number of published articles and performance indices such as the impact factor (1.454) and download number. 

Responsibilities and duties
The Editor-in-Chief sets direction for the publication while overseeing the paper solicitation process and making final selections for publication. Duties include leading a team of Associate Editors; working closely and cooperatively with AOCS and Wiley to define editorial policies, formulate special issues, and develop ideas for guest editorials; communicating with peer reviewers, prominent international authors, and the AOCS leadership team; attending AOCS and industry events; attending the annual strategy day with our publisher; and chairing a journal meeting at the AOCS’s Annual Meeting & Expo.

What we’re looking for in a candidate   
The Editor-in-Chief will be a motivated individual with experience in the field of surfactants and detergents who is interested in making a significant contribution to a global society that provides essential research. Strong leadership qualities are a must.

The term for this appointment is five years, with an option for one additional term. We are seeking someone to begin this position in November 2019. This is a volunteer position with travel reimbursement(s) to assist in attending a limited number of conferences each year.

How to apply   
For consideration, please submit the following documents by July 15, 2019: letter of intent (please include your interest in and vision for the position), curriculum vitae, and any other material that supports your candidacy. Send the documents to Janet Brown at

For further information, please contact Janet Brown, Director, AOCS Membership and Publications (phone: +1 217-693-4897; Fax: +1 217-693-4898; e-mail:

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Collaborative Trial on Determination of Phthalates in Vegetable Oil - Call for Participants

ISO TC 34/SC 11-"Animal and Vegetable fats and oils" is organizing a collaborative trial for the determination of phthalates in vegetable oils and they are looking for more participants. This could be you!

Interested parties should contact Committee Secretary, Gretel Bescoby ( and copy Denise Williams (

Monday, May 20, 2019

ISO Analytical Collaborative Trial for the Analysis of Chloropropanols and Glycidol Esters

As part of their ongoing standard development, ISO is planning a collaborative trial for the analysis of chloropropanols and glycidol esters within the course of this year. Laboratories are welcome to indicate their interest to participate in the validation study via AOCS/ISO/NEN by notifying

After the collaborative data is collected and analyzed, drafting the new standard will take place according to ISO Directives part 1 (clause 1.12) concerning the participation in the group charged with the actual standard writing (link):
"A working group comprises a restricted number of experts individually appointed by the P-members, A-liaisons of the parent committee and C-liaison organizations, brought together to deal with the specific task allocated to the working group. The experts act in a personal capacity and not as the official representative of the P-member or A-liaison organization (see 1.17) by which they have been appointed with the exception of those appointed by C-liaison organizations (see 1.17). However, it is recommended that they keep close contact with that P-member or organization in order to inform them about the progress of the work and of the various opinions in the working group at the earliest possible stage.
It is recommended that working groups be reasonably limited in size. The technical committee or subcommittee may therefore decide upon the maximum number of experts appointed by each P-member and liaison organizations."

Scott Bloomer, Ph.D.
Director, Technical Services
American Oil Chemists' Society
2710 Boulder Drive, Urbana, IL 61802
Phone: +1-217-693-4830

2019 AOCS Annual Meeting presentations, abstracts and pictures

We hope you enjoyed #AOCS2019. Many great science stories and conversations emerged at this year's meeting. Here are some final notes on resources and pictures from the meeting.

When will presentations be available on inform|connect?
Presentations will be available to AOCS members in the AOCS Premium Content Library on inform|connect starting June 14, subject to author/presenter permission.

How can I see final abstracts and the registration list?
Final abstracts and the registration list are now available on the Annual Meeting website to registered attendees.

Where can I see pictures from the meeting?
Pictures from the meeting are available on the AOCS Facebook page.

How can I get involved in planning next year's meeting?
You can learn how to get involved on this page. We're already looking forward to what the 2020 Annual Meeting in Montréal, Canada, will bring.

Thank you for attending the 2019 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo!

We'll see you all in Montréal!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

See you at #AOCS2020!

Thank you for joining us at the 2019 AOCS Annual meeting in St. Louis Missouri!

We hope you walk away from #AOCS2019 feeling energized, inspired, and connected to your fellow AOCS members.

Join us next year in Montreal, Canada for the 2020 AOCS Annual Meeting.

2019 AOCS Annual Meeting Photos

You can find photos taken at #AOCS2019 on the AOCS Facebook page. (

Enjoy and tag us in yours!