As a year comes to a close and a new one starts, people often take time to reflect on the old year and to contemplate the new one, considering upcoming changes or making resolutions for the future. And so it is perhaps fitting that I have the opportunity to use this first issue of 2012 to introduce myself as the new Editor-in-Chief of Chemistry—An Asian Journal. I would first like to thank my predecessor, Dr. Brian Johnson, for his hard work on the journal, which in just six years has established itself as a top address for high-quality chemistry, and to thank founding editor Dr. Peter Gölitz for his continued support. I am pleased and honored to have been entrusted with leading the journal. As to my person, I was born and raised in the United States and received my B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota. I moved to Germany for graduate work in molecular inorganic chemistry and was awarded my doctoral degree from the University of Frankfurt. I started with Wiley-VCH following my graduate studies, working as an Associate Editor for Angewandte Chemie.
Of course, it takes teamwork to run a journal successfully, and I am pleased that I can count on the small but dedicated Chemistry—An Asian Journal team. Associate Editor Dr. Aileen Mitchell is an organic chemist from Scotland and brings several years’ editorial experience to the job. Assistant Editor Dr. Heiko Kuhn, originally from Germany, has extensive research experience in bioorganic chemistry and has lived and worked internationally, including in the USA and Taiwan. We depend on the administrative expertise of Editorial Assistant Kirsten Hartmann to keep the journal running and on Production Manager Silke Lautenschläger to communicate with the typesetters and to ensure a smooth production process.
Taking a moment to reflect back on 2011, there have been a number of high points. As many of you know, Chemistry—An Asian Journal is co-owned by the Asian Chemical Editorial Society (ACES), an association of major chemical societies across Asia and the Pacific. In 2011, we published Society Spotlights that introduced each of the ACES member societies, and at the most recent ACES meeting in September, 2011, we welcomed the Indonesian Chemical Society (Himpunan Kimia Indonesia, or HKI) as the 13th ACES partner (Figure 1). There were also a number of Special Issues in 2011, including most recently a stellar Issue 10 dedicated to the 10th anniversary of click chemistry.
A message from ACES President Youngkyu Do
As President of the Asian Chemical Editorial Society (ACES), I am especially proud of the standing that Chemistry—An Asian Journal has achieved in the international community within such a short time. The vision of Chemistry—An Asian Journal from its inception was that of a high-quality international journal that is rooted in Asia but has a readership and authorship from throughout the world.
Under the leadership of former Editors-in-Chief, Dr. Peter Goelitz and Dr. Brian Johnson, Chemistry—An Asian Journal not only got off to a great start, but it is also evident that its importance has grown tremendously within the international community over the first six years of publication.
It is my pleasure to welcome Dr. Theresa Kueckmann on board as the new Editor-in-Chief of Chemistry—An Asian Journal. My best wishes and support go to Theresa and the entire Chemistry—An Asian Journal team, and I am confident that she will lead the journal to new heights.
Yongkyu Do, ACES President
We received over 1000 submissions for the first time in 2011, and this growth in submitted manuscripts also translates into growth of published papers (Figure 2). The geographic origin of these papers (Figure 3) reflects the Asian roots of the journal while attesting to its strong standing in the rest of the world.
And what are our plans for 2012? First and foremost, we maintain our commitment to the timely publication of high-quality chemical research, as reflected by our efforts to reduce publication times and to provide a fair and reliable peer-review process that identifies the best contributions among the submissions that we receive. This current Issue 1 reflects the fruits of this process, with top contributions from Junbai Li on heparin nanotubes (page 127), Matthias Beller on carbonylative Negishi-type coupling (page 40), and In Su Lee on nanospheres for sensing peroxide and glucose concentration (page 36). Look for upcoming Focus Reviews on inorganic water-splitting catalysts by Hua Gui Yang, the enantioselective halogenation of alkenes by Ulrich Hennecke, and the electrochemical investigation of microbial bioelectrochemical systems by Falk Harnisch. For next summer, we’re planning a Special Issue celebrating 150 years of relations between Germany and Japan. We’ll also continue to connect with readers and authors in person at conferences and online using Twitter (@ChemAsianJ) and Facebook.
Of course, the journal would not be what it is without the hard work of our referees and authors, the loyal support of our readers, and the many valuable contributions of the Editorial Board and the International Advisory Board. And so I thank you all for your invaluable role in making Chemistry—An Asian Journal the top journal that it is. I look forward to working with you to make 2012 (and the years to follow) even more successful than the year we have just rung out.