All in the Family


Families surround us and connect us. They can provide a sense of heritage and belonging. Their members can share experiences and support each other. Chemistry - An Asian Journal is part of a family of journals. Within this family, cooperation and mutual support are important pillars, and the editorial teams work together closely to produce high-quality publications for all of our readers and authors.

The newest member of the family, and that with the closest direct relationship to Chemistry - An Asian Journal, is the Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry.

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Both journals are co-owned by the Asian Chemical Editorial Society (ACES), which is formed by thirteen chemical societies from Asia and the Pacific for their combined publishing activities. Their logos are shown across the top of the page. The Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry was launched in August 2012, and it is off to a great start. Four issues were published in 2012 comprising nearly 50 Full Papers, Communications, and Focus Reviews by authors such as Pauline Chiu, Eiichi Nakamura, Martin Banwell, and Rui Wang. This year, 2013, will mark the first full year of monthly publication. Look for upcoming Focus Review articles on palladium-catalyzed cascade reactions by Horaki Ohno and preactivation in oligosaccharide synthesis by Xin-Shan Ye, and stay up-to-date with the journal on Facebook ( and Twitter (@AsianJOrgChem). Access to content through the journal website will continue to be free until the end of the year, but only for institutions that register. So tell your librarian if you haven’t yet!

The next family member, Chemistry - A European Journal, is a bit like an older sibling. It is owned by ChemPubSoc Europe, the ACES counterpart in Europe, and is now entering its 19th volume, compared to Chemistry - An Asian Journal’s eighth.

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It is the third year of weekly publication for the journal, and the 500th issue was published in 2012 (issue 43). Similarly, the 500th Concept article was published in 2012 (issue 39, pp. 12178–12190), “From Containers to Catalysts: Supramolecular Catalysis within Cucurbiturils“ by Jayaraman Sivaguru et al., as well as the 100th Review article (issue 37, pp. 11498–11523), ”Palladium-Catalyzed Oxidative Carbocyclizations“ by Editorial Board Chairman Jan-E. Bäckvall et al. Chemistry - A European Journal continues to feel the pulse of the community,

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as attested to by the Communication published by 2012 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Brian K. Kobilka and featured on the inside cover just months before the Nobel Prize announcement was made (issue 31, pp. 9485–9490).

The matriarch of the family is Angewandte Chemie, a journal of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh, German Chemical Society).

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This Grand Dame of chemistry journals celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, and even the international, all-English Angewandte Chemie International Edition is already over 50! There are plenty of celebrations planned for the anniversary year, starting with a very special issue 1, which features contributions from 16 Nobel Laureates as well as many other luminaries,

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including members of the Editorial and International Advisory Boards of the journal. An anniversary symposium will be held in March in Berlin, with internationally renowned chemists such as Roald Hoffmann, François Diederich, and Susumu Kitagawa. Issue 10 will be dedicated to the symposium and include contributions from the speakers, among others. There’s more in store for the rest of the year, too, so stay in touch at

Just because Angewandte Chemie has reached a certain age doesn’t mean that it’s out of sync with the present. It continues to publish some of the most current, up-to-date chemistry there is, and the technology that supports it is keeping pace. This summer, the Angewandte App was launched, allowing readers to access journal content on their mobile devices. The improved online reading experience that is behind the app, with inline figures and schemes and improved navigation within articles, is also scheduled to be rolled out to the Wiley Online Library internet platform, so that readers can benefit from the flexibility of the electronic version of the journal from their computer as well.

Angewandte Chemie has started a series of international symposia, the most recent of which was held at the meeting of the Korean Chemical Society (KCS) in October, 2012. The program included many high-profile speakers, including several from Germany and Korea. On this occasion, the 2012 KCS–Wiley Young Chemist Award was presented to In Su Lee, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), and Dal-Hee Min, Seoul National University.

With all this support from the family, it is no wonder that Chemistry - An Asian Journal is also thriving. We’ve continued to focus on quality and published nearly as many papers in 2012 as we did in 2011, while submissions grew by some 15%. At the same time, we have been able to reduce our publication times to an average of just 70 days between submission of a Communication or Full Paper and online publication.

The articles published in 2011 and 2012 that were accessed most often over the past year are shown in Table 1. The list includes contributions from Europe, the USA, and Asia and fittingly attests to the international reach of the journal. This international flavor is also seen in the origin of papers published in 2012 in Chemistry - An Asian Journal. Over 50% came from China and Japan, with the remainder broadly distributed across Europe, North America, and the rest of Asia (Figure 1). The journal’s family connections also contribute to its international success through support by the GDCh and ChemPubSoc Europe, which extend the reach of the journal far beyond its roots in Asia. Those roots, in turn, are nurtured by the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (FACS),

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which is also a supporting organization of the journal.

Table 1. Top ten most accessed articles published in Chemistry - An Asian Journal in 2011 and 2012.



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Vandana S. Pore et al.

Click Chemistry: 1,2,3-Triazoles as Pharmacophores

Focus Review

2011, 6, 2696


Eiichi Nakamura et al.

Iron-Catalyzed C-H Bond Activation for the ortho-Arylation of Aryl Pyridines and Imines with Grignard Reagents

Full Paper

2011, 6, 3059


Stephan Enthaler, Shigeyoshi Inoue

An Efficient Zinc-Catalyzed Dehydration of Primary Amides to Nitriles

Full Paper

2012, 7, 169


Susumu Saito et al.

One-Pot Nitrile Aldolization/Hydration Operation Giving β-Hydroxy Carboxamides


2011, 6, 1740


David Y.-K. Chen et al.

Chemical Synthesis of the Englerins

Focus Review

2012, 7, 22


Ryosuke Matsubara, Timothy F. Jamison

Nickel-Catalyzed Allylic Substitution of Simple Alkenes

Full Paper

2011, 6, 1740


Nicola Armaroli, Vincenzo Balzani

The Legacy of Fossil Fuels


2011, 6, 768


Jian Zhou et al.

A Highly Efficient Friedel–Crafts Reaction of 3-Hydroxyoxindoles and Aromatic Compounds to 3,3-Diaryl and 3-Alkyl-3-aryloxindoles Catalyzed by Hg(ClO4)2⋅3 H2O

Full Paper

2012, 7, 233


Kuo-Wei Huang, Choon-Hong Tan, Zhiyong Jiang et al.

Catalytic Diastereoselective Tandem Conjugate Addition–Elimination Reaction of Morita–Baylis–Hillman C Adducts by C–C Bond Cleavage

Full Paper

2012, 7, 771

China, Saudia Arabia, Singapore

Srinivasan Chandrasekaran et al.

10 Years of Click Chemistry: Synthesis and Applications of Ferrocene-Derived Triazoles

Focus Review

2011, 6, 2670


Figure 1.

Geographic origin of papers published in Chemistry - An Asian Journal in 2012.

Technology advance is a boon to readers everywhere, and content of Chemistry - An Asian Journal has gotten easier to use. The new Smart Article ( displays the featured compounds of a paper in a compound browser along the lower edge of the screen. Clicking on one the compound images highlights all instances of it in the article, both in the text and in the inline schemes and figures. It also gives readers the opportunity to get more information about the molecule, such as molecular weight or digital identifiers, or to export the structure to their own structural drawing program. There is also a new structure-based search function to look for exact structural matches, similar structures, or compounds with the same substructure in Chemistry - An Asian Journal and other enriched Wiley content. The term highlighter color-codes reagents, reaction names, and other categories, making it easier to find information within an article.

The team at Chemistry -- An Asian Journal2 thanks all of you who have contributed to the success of the journal over the past year: our readers, our authors, and especially our referees and board members. With our family support to help us stay strong, we’re on track for continued success in the future!

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Dr. Theresa Kueckmann Editor

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The ACES journals team. Left to right: Production Manager Silke Lautenschläger, Chem. Asian J. Editor Theresa Kueckmann, AsianJOC Managing Editor Richard Threlfall, Chem. Asian J. Associate Editors Aileen Mitchell and Heiko Kuhn.