As ChemCatChem races through 2013, some major changes have taken place. This year began with the renewal of the Editorial Board and International Advisory Board and we welcomed nearly thirty new members. I believe that our board members are fundamental to the success of ChemCatChem and their daily input and referee reports are highly valued and crucial to the health of the journal.
As the Founding Editor of ChemCatChem, Dr. Peter Gölitz, has steered the journal into excellent position to reflect the needs of the catalysis community. Sensing that there was a demand for a journal that could build a knowledge network between the catalysis communities of homogeneous, heterogeneous, and biocatalysis it was his vision that ChemCatChem be that forum. Since its founding in 2009, ChemCatChem has received over 2700 manuscripts and published 48 issues, 10 of which were special issues. Now, after nearly 5 years, I would like to say many thanks to Peter for his hard work and dedication as he moves on to focus on Angewandte Chemie and the many other projects with which he is involved.
At the recent meeting of ChemPubSoc Europe1 and Wiley-VCH, the stakeholders of ChemCatChem unanimously agreed to promote Dr. Michael Rowan to the position of Editor-in-Chief of ChemCatChem. Michael has been Deputy Editor of ChemCatChem since 2011, an Associate Editor for Chemistry-A European Journal (2006–2010), and has a background in homogeneous transition-metal catalysis. Michael has demonstrated to be outstanding member of the ChemCatChem editorial team and is very well placed to continue the excellent progress that this young journal has made.
The number of submissions and published manuscripts has increased over the last year, and, to reflect the increased demand, Dr. Kevin Jones has been hired as the new Assistant Editor. With his help, and some optimization of procedures, over the last 6 months our publication times have dropped to an average of 68 days for Communications and Highlights, and 100 days for Full Papers, which, even now is decreasing.
I would like to say thank you to my Co-chairmen of the Editorial Board, Prof. Bert Weckhuysen and Prof. Uwe Bornscheuer, for their wise input to span all types and stages of catalysis research at the highest scientific level.
Finally, I would like to make a quick comment on the impact factor, which remains as one of the most notable metrics for this generation of scientists, although there is an ongoing debate over how useful the metric is.2 ChemCatChem has maintained its excellent Impact Factor of 5.2. I am very pleased to say that some truly excellent papers have been published and I would encourage you all to continue submitting only your very best to ChemCatChem.
Prof. Luis A. Oro Co-chairman of ChemCatChem Representative of Spain and ChemCatChem for ChemPubSoc Europe