March 2023  
SAS Spectrum

Applied Spectroscopy Practica Call for Papers

The Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS), in association with SAGE Publications, has launched a new peer-reviewed, Open Access (OA) journal, Applied Spectroscopy Practica. A description of the journal, its Aims and Scope, and submission guidelines, can be found on the SAGE website:​practica/journal203780

Applied Spectroscopy Practica is now requesting manuscript submissions, and topics include modifications and improvement of spectroscopic instrumentation and methodologies, refinements in data processing, automation and process measurements, applications of existing methodologies to novel systems, and reviews related to applications of existing and new analytical spectroscopic approaches.

As an OA journal, Applied Spectroscopy Practica's readership is potentially around 100,000, and Open Access papers tend to be highly cited.

For 2023, we are waiving the customary article processing charge for papers in an OA journal.

Applied Spectroscopy remains SAS's flagship Journal, with a current impact factor of 3.588. See:

Note that Applied Spectroscopy's Focal Point Reviews remain are free-to-view and are curated into a single collection that can be found at

Richard Crocombe,
Applied Spectroscopy Practica, Editor-in-Chief

Call for Papers: Applied Spectroscopy

Applied Spectroscopy needs your papers. Beyond supporting your Society, why should you publish with SAS? SAS journals reach a wide audience, have a high-impact-factor, and showcase both cutting edge and practical research that gets translated into innovations in our daily lives.

To submit to Applied Spectroscopy, visit for guidelines.

Practica Coblentz–SAS Three-Minute Thesis Talks

Graduate Student Slam Presentations Spectroscopy Elevator Talks 2023

Dear Fellow Spectroscopists,

We are pleased to announce, based on last year's two very successful Graduate Student Slam Presentations (a.k.a., Elevator Talks or Three-Minute Thesis Presentation), we are doing a repeat performance for 2023! Last year this culminated in a sponsored session at SciX 2022 for the winning presentations and it is our intention that this will be repeated in 2023. This is not only to encourage Graduate Students to participate but also to showcase talent in spectroscopy to potential future post-doctoral advisors and future employers who will be attending this exciting event.

This opportunity was initiated by the New England and New York Sections of SAS and the Coblentz Society and is supported by other Societies. The 2023 event is virtual, and open to all to attend.

The format will encompass 20 selected presentations designed to be "elevator talks", which will last only three (3) minutes each. Yes, that is correct, three minutes! The goal is to engage up to 20 graduate students in a one-hour time slot in order to cover a high-level-summary of their research. This is a great opportunity for graduate students to network and get their research out into the open, be comfortable giving an overview of their work (especially for beginning graduate students) and is useful if preparing for a poster or oral presentation at any upcoming conference they plan to attend in 2023. The selection committee will select up to 20 presentations and provide to all who dial-in to the virtual session on the Thursday, 16 March 2023 at 12:00 P.M. EDT (9:00 A.M. PDT) a list of the speaker's name, title of their presentation, academic affiliation, advisor, and their anticipated graduation timeframe. Once the speaker is introduced, they will have three minutes to summarize their work. A 30-minute open question session will follow after the completion of all presentations. You may watch the event at

A committee will select the speakers and will work to ensure that as many universities as possible will be represented. Depending on turnout and success of this event, we may offer it again in the next few months to accommodate more presenters. In addition, an award will be given to the best overall presentation.


Pittsburgh Section SAS Student Award

The Pittsburgh Section of SAS (SSP) has a call for nominations for the S-A-S Student Award. The nomination deadline is Wednesday, 1 April 2023. Please visit for additional details.

SAS Early Career Interest Group (ECIG) News

Early Career Happenings at Pittcon 2023

We are pleased to announce that we will be running a workshop at Pittcon titled "Leveraging your online presence to foster a successful career in spectroscopy". Many great scientists struggle with promoting the contributions they make to their field through social media. This workshop will foster discussions of social media "dos and don'ts" using personal experience and anecdotes. We encourage people of all ages to attend and to share their own stories with the shared goal of career advancement. This workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, 21 March 2023 at 2:00 P.M. (EDT) in room 202B PC-1973 in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Informal, No-Host Coblentz Members Networking Event

Monday, 20 March 2023, Co-Sponsored by the SAS Student and ECIG Sections!

There will be an informal, no-host members networking event at the Iron Hill Brewery, Monday, 20 March 2023 at 7:00 P.M. (EDT). Iron Hill Brewery is about a five-minute walk from the Philadelphia Convention Center. We look forward to everyone stopping by to meet up with old friends and make new ones.

Society for Applied Spectroscopy Member Presentations at Pittcon 2023

Some of our SAS members will be presenting their work at Pittcon 2023. Please support them by following the links below in event date and time order to listen to the amazing work they are doing.

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