This is the last issue of Angewandte Chemie that will include the special section Advanced Materials. From the very beginning, this section attracted a great deal of attention from both readers and authors. Indeed, we soon found it necessary to move from a bimonthly to a monthly format, and during the current year the amount of space devoted to Advanced Materials has steadily increased. Since June, the scope of the section has been expanded as well, so that it now includes not only Editorial Essays, Reviews, Research News, and Conference Reports, but also Short Communications. The rapidly growing significance of interdisciplinary materials research means that the time has now come to take the next step : starting with the new year, Advanced Materials will become an independent publication, better equipped to serve in integrating the subdisciplines of chemistry, physics, ceramics, and metallurgy which make up today's materials science. This change will permit us to do a more effective job of reporting the latest developments in areas such as polymer and ceramics research, thin films and liquid crystals, sensors and catalysts, superalloys, and superconductors.
At the same time, Angewandte Chemie will continue to concentrate on its traditional role of transmitting important information derived from all branches of chemistry. In 1989 we received ca. 600 short communications, 356 of which were published; the corresponding numbers only five years ago were 449 and 309. Over the same period, the so-called “Impact Factor” of the journal, a measure of the frequency with which published articles are cited, increased from 4.0 to 5.1, giving Angewandte Chemie a leading position amongst, chemistry journals publishing reports of novel research. The high degree of respect on the part of readers and authors that these numbers reflect is a powerful incentive for us to strive to make the “Angewandte” even more attractive for 1990.