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Call for Papers - Approaches for Prioritizing High-Quality Chemical Matter in Probe and Drug Discovery

Proposals accepted until July 1, 2020

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SLAS Discovery Guest Editor Jayme L. Dahlin, M.D., Ph.D., (Department of Pathology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School) invites the submission of manuscript proposals (abstracts) for publication in a 2021 special issue. Abstracts will be used to select and invite papers for review and publication consideration.

Dr. Dahlin seeks high-quality, short- or full-length research reports, reviews, case reports and perspectives related to approaches for prioritizing high-quality chemical matter in chemical probe and drug discovery. Abstracts are welcome from academia, industry and vendors. Areas of particular interest include but are not limited to:

  • Strategies in assay design for increasing hit quality in chemical probe and drug discovery:
    • Reagents and experimental design approaches for enhancing assay quality and reducing compound interferences
    • Ccreening library design and mechanism of action/informer sets
    • Experimental approaches for reducing frequent hitters/nuisance compounds
    • Compound management and automation practices for increasing assay robustness and hit quality
  • HTS triage and hit prioritization in chemical probe and drug discovery:
    • Novel metrics for quantifying compound “quality"
    • Statistical approaches for correcting random and systematic errors in HTS and HCS data
    • Cheminformatics approaches to flag undesirable chemical matter or compound prioritization
    • Screening tree/workflow design
    • Novel analyses of large-scale HTS datasets
    • Novel counter-screens for assay interferences
    • Tools and strategies to aid in targeted covalent inhibitor discovery
    • Experimental and computational approaches to assessing target selectivity of compounds
    • Analytical chemistry support in HTS follow-up
    • Biophysical approaches for characterizing target engagement
  • Case reports describing the triage of poorly tractable chemical matter or de-risking of “risky” or “imperfect” screening hits or
  • Perspectives describing personal or institutional approaches to compound prioritization. (e.g., “How I pick compounds after a high-throughput screen," or “How we follow-up on high-throughput screening hits")

Submit your manuscript proposal before July 1, 2020. Proposals should include your name, contact information, affiliation, a working title and abstract (250-500 words) as an MS Word document.

Invited manuscripts will need to be completed and submitted by December 1, 2020. All submitted papers will be subject to peer-review to ensure scientific rigor, clarity of expression and integration with other contributions in the SLAS Discovery Special Issue.

Publication note: After submissions are accepted, they typically publish online ahead-of-print within 30 days and become immediately searchable and citable with a DOI.

Manuscript type note: SLAS is adding case reports as a manuscript type for this special issue:

  • A case report is recommended for the brief description of significant technical challenges and their corresponding solutions in assay design and implementation. Example content can include but is not limited to:
    • descriptions of elusive mechanisms of a compound-, reagent- or consumable-mediated assay interference,
    • artifacts due to automation or instrumentation and
    • adjustments to assay design or data analyses that had significant impacts on assay performance.
  • Case reports should contain an abstract, a brief introduction, a methods section, combined results and discussion section, two figures/tables and up to 10 references. It should contain less than 2,500 words, however, authors may include supplementary materials including extended methods description, additional data, etc.

Questions? Please e-mail cdiedrich@slas.org or call +1.630.256.7527, ext. 106.