Innovation and Communication Drives Catalysis Research!



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Catalysis, anywhere, anytime: A new year always brings fresh catalysis and 2014 promises to be the best year yet for ChemCatChem with new features and faster publication times.

Welcome to a new year of catalysis research. One of the interesting points that came up over the last year was that it is not widely known that ChemCatChem is a society journal.

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Even though managed and published by Wiley-VCH, ChemCatChem is a ChemPubSoc Europe journal. For a bit of background, ChemPubSoc Europe is a cooperative of 16 European chemical societies,1 founded in the late 1990s as a consequence of the amalgamation of many chemical journals owned by national chemical societies. Born of 16 traditional national chemistry journals Wiley-VCH now publishes 11 high-quality European journals, Chemistry—A European Journal, European Journal of Organic Chemistry, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, ChemBioChem, ChemPhysChem, ChemMedChem, ChemSusChem, ChemCatChem, ChemPlusChem, ChemElectroChem, and ChemistryOpen. The journals of ChemPubSoc Europe thrive on some of the best chemistry research from around the world from both industry and academia.

Excellent growth! Thank you to all those researchers that submitted manuscripts last year—as expected we exceeded 1000 submissions. Not only have we actively managed an increase in submissions, but we have also reduced our average publication times by about 40 %, from 100 and 160 days, for Communications and Full Papers respectively, to 62 and 90 days. These data are taken from the day of submission to publication online on Early View and include any revisions at the refereeing and proof stages. Some of our recent non-special issues have been significantly larger than those of last year, for example, issue 12 had 63 articles. The purpose of these large issues was to clear the number of manuscripts that had started to build up on Early View over the previous months. We are now in a position where we can rapidly assign published manuscripts to an issue. This is particularly important to our authors that require page numbers for their publication to be recognized by their funding agency.

This year saw a bounty of special issues covering all aspects of catalysis and for which a special thanks should go to our guest editors:

  • Barbara Mojet and Harry Bitter, The World of Catalysis - A Perspective from the Netherlands2
  • Rafael Luque and Javier Garcia-Martinez, Functional Porous Materials3
  • Philippe Kalck and Rinaldo Poli, Homogeneous Catalysis4
  • Dang Sheng Su, Advanced Microscopy for Catalysis5
  • Richard Fischer and Notker Rösch, Frontiers in Catalysis Research6

Free color! Starting in 2014, ChemCatChem will deliver all articles in color at no charge. Color charges have been dropped as ChemCatChem becomes Fully Electronic in the continuing move to bring all ChemPubSoc Europe journals fully online, as the demand for printed issues wanes. Authors are now encouraged to use as much color as they wish to clarify and enhance their research.

Cover profiles! This year we introduce Cover Profiles to match those provided over the last year by our sister journals the European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, ChemistryOpen, ChemSusChem, and ChemPlusChem.

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The Cover Profiles are an exciting new feature, exclusive to the manuscript highlighted by the front cover picture, to give an opportunity to showcase the group, as well as the research. Check out our very first Cover Profile by L. Q. Hoa, E. Tamiya, and co-workers that accompanies the front cover of this issue.7

Greater reach and better opportunities!

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As the drive to go digital continues, ChemCatChem now has an app for the iPad, to aid you when you wish to research and read on the move.8 The app is free to download from the App Store and the articles can be accessed with your personal or institutional subscription. With this app you can keep up to date with the most important developments in chemical research even faster. Further apps for other platforms, such as Android, are currently in development, but have no set due date.

Innovate to motivate: Wiley is almost ready to release the Anywhere Article, an initiative to produce an HTML article design that is as easy to read, attractive, and uncluttered as a PDF, but also enhances the reading experience to add functionality for researchers. The concept and design of the Anywhere Article has been driven by the demand for a better reading experience on screen, especially for mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. The benefits of the Anywhere Article include:

  • A great reading experience such that the HTML version is as pleasant as that of PDF, while preserving all the enhanced functionality that HTML allows;
  • Easier analysis of papers by integrating the figures, data, and supporting information into the article and as part of the natural reading process;
  • Making the content more portable by allowing it to flow intelligently into tablets and mobile devices.

From early 2014, the Anywhere Article will be available for all ChemPubSoc Europe publications, and will eventually replace the current standard HTML formatting of papers. The Anywhere Article will render optimized enhanced content for whatever device you wish to read on, be it a mobile phone or a desktop computer.

Keep talking!­ ChemCatChem is taking part in an expanded pilot scheme to feature your articles on the social network Twitter.

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The scheme was first piloted by our sister journals ChemistryOpen and ChemMedChem and now ChemCatChem is joining them. The online microblogging service enables its users to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters, known as tweets. Through social media it is our plan to gain greater visibility for your articles and a new way for you to share your work with your colleagues, especially those of the younger generation. Be sure to follow us @ChemCatChem.

Finally, I would like to thank our authors and readers for supporting ChemCatChem, also on behalf of ChemPubSoc Europe and Wiley-VCH. I wish you every success, and look forward to receiving your best manuscripts over the next year.

Michael A. Rowan  Editor-in-Chief

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