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Keywords:

  • 2013;
  • biocatalysis;
  • electrocatalysis;
  • heterogeneous catalysis;
  • homogeneous catalysis;
  • nanocatalysis;
  • photocatalysis

As we enter our fifth year with this bumper issue, we anticipate more growth, quality and variety, with contributions from heterogeneous, homogeneous, bio/enzymatic and nanocatalysis supporting their respective fields and nurturing links between them. If last year was anything to go by, this year will be an exciting one for ChemCatChem!

The decision to include nanocatalysis as a new term for the ChemCatChem family of topics was brought by the large amount of submissions described as nanocatalysis and was crystallised when we published our Special Issue on said topic in October. Indeed, we look forward to receiving more and more papers on this topic in the coming years.

We had two highly successful Special Issues in 2012, one on Organocatalysis (Issue 7, Figure 1), which was guest edited by Pier Cozzi and Yujiro Hayashi, and one on the Synthesis of Nanocatalysts, guest edited by Shu-Hong Yu, Franklin Tao and Jimmy Liu (Issue 10, Figure 1). This year will bring several more Special Issues covering all aspects of catalysis. The tag cloud below shows the most popular keywords of 2012; the hyperlinked version at ChemCatChem.org will take you to the papers on these topics.

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Figure 1. The front covers of the 2012 Special Issues on Organocatalysis (Issue 7) and Synthesis of Nanocatalysts (Issue 10).

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The number of submissions to ChemCatChem has continued to increase year-on-year; in fact, the amount in 2012 has doubled that of 2011 (Figure 2). The number of full-text downloads is also continuing at a similar pace, as it has done since the journal’s launch in 2009. We strive constantly to publish the best in catalysis, which is evidenced by our ratio of accepted to rejected articles (Figure 3). Many of our authors benefit from the dialogue that the peer-review process provides and a good number of our manuscripts undergo revisions before they are accepted. Peer review is an essential part of maintaining the quality of manuscripts accepted for ChemCatChem and the guidance provided by many of our reviewers have made many solid manuscripts excellent. It is important to us that the feedback from our peer review be more than a decision of whether to publish or not. We seek to be a forum for all types and stages of catalysis research and the balance of Communications and Full Papers is about 1/3 to 2/3, respectively. The national flag-tagged molecule in Figure 4 represents the relative numbers of manuscripts accepted in 2012 by country. Let’s see how the sterics of this molecule develop this year! In addition, the developments of ChemCatChem and its service to the catalytic community are happily reflected by our latest Impact Factor (2011) of 5.2.

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Figure 2. The number of manuscripts submitted to ChemCatChem between the journal′s launch in 2009 and 2012.

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Figure 3. The ratio of the manuscripts accepted for publication in 2012 in ChemCatChem. The blue sections represent the relative numbers of Full Papers and Communications published in 2012.

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Figure 4. The national flag-tagged molecule shows the number of accepted manuscripts in 2012 by country; the top 9 countries are shown.

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The Hall of Fame 2012: The most accessed articles were

Review M. Peixoto de Almeida and S. A. C. Carabineiro on making homogeneous gold catalysis heterogeneous (2012, 4, 18–29)

Communication C. Zhao and J. A. Lercher on selective hydrodeoxygenation of lignin-derived phenolic monomers and dimers (2012, 4, 64–68)

Full Paper P. Yang et al. on H2 evolution by acid-functionalized platinum nanocomposites (2012, 4, 112–117)

China was the country to submit the most manuscripts.

France and the USA were the most successful at converting submissions into publications.

Fun fact! The manuscript with the most authors was the Minireview by M. Behrens and 24 co-workers on selective palladium catalysts in hydrogenation reactions (2012, 4, 1048–1063).

Tens of thousands of you have visited ChemCatChem’s news page on Chemistry Views, chemistryviews.org/chemcatchem.

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The reports cover a cross-section of ChemCatChem’s published articles and, like this issue, are free to view. If your institution does not yet have access to ChemCatChem, please do recommend us to your librarian by using the link on our homepage.

Over the past year, we attended many excellent conferences including the Netherlands’ Catalysis and Chemistry Conference, the yearly meeting of the German Catalysis Society, the International Congress on Catalysis, the International Symposium on Homogeneous Catalysis and the International Congress on Biocatalysis (Biocat2012). A big thank you goes to the organisers of these conferences, we found each one to be an excellent opportunity to meet and engage with our readership. This year, we will again be attending a range of conferences: Netherlands’ Catalysis and Chemistry Conference, the yearly meeting of the German Catalysis Society, the North American Catalysis Society Meeting, Biotrans and Europacat. We hope to see many of you, our readers and authors, there!

Many conferences are lead, sponsored and organised by chemical or catalysis societies. ChemCatChem is co-owned by 16 European chemical societies that form the group known as ChemPubSoc Europe and is supported by the German Catalysis Society (GeCats). The bond between ChemCatChem and societies has never been stronger and, in 2013, we hope to forge new ties and new relationships.

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Now that our first four years have passed it is time to renew our Editorial and International Advisory Board, according to the requirements of ChemPubSoc Europe. A changing of the guard, as we might call it. Since the inception of ChemCatChem we have been supported greatly by the catalysis community and by no means least our Editorial Board; only with their help could ChemCatChem have achieved so much in such a short amount of time. We sincerely thank those who are leaving and warmly welcome our new Editorial and International Advisory Board members; we look forward to working with you! Check out the next few pages for a detailed look at our new board members.

This editorial is dedicated to the memory of D. Wayne Goodman, whose venerable commitment to science, for example, in surface chemistry and heterogeneous catalysis, was recognised widely by the catalytic community and who served as a member of the ChemCatChem International Advisory Board.

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P. S. Open access, the term that is on many scientists lips: While, at the moment, open access does not seem to be such a high priority to those that publish at ChemCatChem, there are a number of funding agencies that are starting to insist on open access publication. We do offer an open access option and if you are interested more details can be found on our home page.