International Year of Chemistry— A European Journal

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2011 has been designated by IUPAC and UNESCO as the International Year of Chemistry. In the accompanying Guest Editorial entitled “Significance of the International Year of Chemistry 2011”, by Professor Jung-II Jin, the immediate past President of IUPAC, he summed up the importance and the unique opportunity provided by the International Year of Chemistry as follows: “IYC 2011 provides a rare opportunity for chemists worldwide to present a unified voice to the general public concerning the importance of the healthy growth of chemical science and chemical technology for the secure future of humankind and our planet”. The key aims of IYC 2011 are:

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  • to increase the public appreciation of chemistry in meeting world needs
  • to encourage an interest in chemistry among young people
  • to generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry
  • to celebrate the contributions of women to chemistry

Chemistry—A European Journal and Wiley-VCH will play an active role in promoting this event. In addition to a series of activities in our journals, a range of books have been developed to promote the event.

Women in Chemistry: As outlined above, one of the goals of the International Year of Chemistry is to highlight the contributions made to the subject and its development by women. Like all the ChemPubSoc Europe journals, Chemistry—A European Journal has a number of pre-eminent women among its Editorial Board, namely, Irina Beletskaya, Susan Gibson, and Barbara Imperiali. Over the years, Chemistry—A European Journal has published numerous excellent papers in which at least one of the correspondence authors was female. This issue is no exception, and contains excellent papers by Annie Powell's group in Karlsruhe (p. 123), Vivian Yam's group in Hong Kong (p. 130), Svetlana Polyakova' ;s group in Prague (p. 96), and Christina Tejel's group in Zaragoza (p. 91).

European Women in Chemistry: To highlight the contributions of women to the development of chemistry, and to thus fulfill one of the goals of the International Year of Chemistry, EuCheMS, the umbrella organization to which all the ChemPubSoc Europe societies are members, has published the book European Women in Chemistry together with Wiley-VCH. This book, which has been edited by Jan Apotheker and Livia Simon Sarkadi, provides a collection of lively stories about remarkable European female chemists through the centuries.

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The Next Generation: Another of the goals of the International Year of Chemistry is to encourage an interest in chemistry by young people. Spurred on by this, the European Young Chemists Network (EYCN) ran a competition to send in photos illustrating how chemistry is a part of our everyday life. The best pictures were then selected to be used in the “Everything is Chemistry” Calendar to celebrate the event. This calendar, a copy of which incidentally hangs in my office, is available from the EYCN homepage http://www.eycn.eu.

The recent European Young Chemist Award at the 3rd European Chemistry Congress in Nürnberg, 2010 also featured a large number of women among the participants, and Clemence Corminboeuf, Claudia Höbartner, Sophie Carenco, and Laura Gómez were among the top prize winners at the event; for more details see the Guest Editorial by Bruno Pignataro (Chem. Eur. J.2010, 16, 13888).

Special highlights of 2010: Chemistry—A European Journal published a number of special issues in 2010. These included our issue to mark the 3rd European Chemistry Congress in Nürnberg (issue 31) and special issues containing contributions dedicated to Professor Josep M. Ribó (issue 18) and Professor José Barluenga (issue 32) on their 70th birthdays.

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The papers in these issues covered a wide range of topics and were all subject to the normal stringent peer review processes. Chemistry—An Asian Journal had issues dedicated to the 150th Anniversary of Japan–UK Diplomatic Relations and one Celebrating 100 Years of Chemistry and Chemical Education at Peking University. Several of the sister journals of Chemistry—A European Journal also presented special issues on a wide variety of topics. The European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry published three special issues on f-Element Chemistry, Targeted Fabrication of MOFs for Hybrid Functionality, and One- and Two-Dimensional Inorganic Materials; ChemCatChem had issues on Unifying Concepts in Catalysis (UniCat) and Biocatalysis; ChemMedChem published a special issue on HIV Research; ChemPhysChem published four special issues on Protein Cofactors, Interface Phenomena, Electrochemistry, and Atmospheric Chemistry; and ChemSusChem prepared an issue together with MPI EnerChem and one on Carbon Capture and Sequestration. Each of these journals will also be publishing a number of special issues throughout 2011. These will serve to highlight the breadth and diversity of chemistry in the International Year of Chemistry. Keep up to date with these developments on the journal homepages within Wiley Online Library and also on ChemistryViews.

ChemistryViews: In 2010 ChemPubSoc Europe and Wiley-VCH launched a new online service for readers—ChemistryViews.org". ChemistryViews is a comprehensive free-to-view news and information site with an associated magazine, ChemViews.

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The new site provides news, commentary, opinion, and additional feature material from leading authors. ChemistryViews, which was launched in Paris in May 2010, is going from strength to strength and is continually adding new content and features. The ChemistryViews site allows chemists to systematically drill-down to focused content in their field, and to readily access both free-to-view and peer-reviewed related material.

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Platform change: Last year marked the transition of the journal content in Chemistry—A European Journal from Wiley InterScience to the new platform Wiley Online Library. This has been a massive undertaking by the publisher and the changes that are in progress will allow many additional features to be added to the platform over the coming years. For example, in the newest update it is now possible to decide on how one wants to receive EarlyView alerts, with the options being daily, weekly, monthly or only as part of the table of contents alert that is sent when an issue is published.

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Virtual issues on a variety of hot topics are available on the journal homepage on Wiley Online Library. The topics currently covered are: 1) organocatalysis; 2) click chemistry; 3) gold; 4) RNA; 5) sustainable chemistry; 6) C–H activation; 7) carbon, graphite and graphene; 8) solar cells; 9) liquid crystals; 10) mesoporous materials; 11) surfaces and interfaces; 12) magnetic materials; 13) organic electronics. These issues extract content from all the ChemPubSoc Europe journals, as well as from a variety of journals in our program including Angewandte Chemie, Chemistry—An Asian Journal, Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, and Small.

A proven track record: During the course of 2010, Chemistry—A European Journal reached a number of notable milestones. The journal published its 10 000th article, its 500th Concept or Review, and has now provided readers with over 100 000 pages packed with top-quality chemistry. Over the course of 2010, we published 14588 pages, 1126 Full Papers, 436 Communications, and 49 Concepts, Reviews, and Minireviews. This represents 176 more articles than in 2009, which equates to a rise of about 12 %. The number of submissions from several countries again rose significantly, for example, submissions from the UK were up by 27 %, those from South Korea up by 19 %, those from China up by 18 %, and those from Germany up by 16 %. To provide our authors with even more top quality chemistry in 2011, we will be increasing the publication frequency to 52 issues.

Family ties: Chemistry—A European Journal is just one of the family of highly successful journals from ChemPubSoc Europe and its associated partners. In terms of general chemistry, Chemistry—A European Journal forms part of an impressive trio together with its mother journal, Angewandte Chemie, and its sister journal Chemistry—An Asian Journal.

Thereafter the more specialized journals in the ChemPubSoc Europe family cover a wide range of the most important areas of chemistry, namely organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, chemical biology, medicinal chemistry, catalysis, and sustainability. The European Journal of Organic Chemistry, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, ChemBioChem, ChemPhysChem, ChemMedChem, ChemSusChem, and ChemCatChem, which make up this family of more specialized journals, have all established themselves as leading places to publish work in their respective fields.

Among this family, there have recently been a number of changes in terms of those responsible for these products. Notably, with the full backing of the Society partners, Dr. Brian Johnson became Editor of Chemistry—An Asian Journal in January 2010 and Dr. Natalia Ortùzar has taken over the reigns as Editor of ChemMedChem from January 2011.

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The close relationships between the various editorial offices of these journals allows a smooth transfer of material; notably, when the referees suggest that the content may be more suitable for one of the other members of the family, the in-house editors have cross-journal access to aid in the decision-making process. Regular meetings within the group help to address publishing issues and ensure uniformity in the decision-making and handling of cases, for example, pertaining to ethical issues. The Editors and Deputy Editors of this group of journals are listed in Table 1.

Table 1. 
JournalEditorDeputy Editors
Angewandte ChemiePeter GölitzNeville ComptonHaymo Ross
Chemistry—A European JournalNeville ComptonAnne DevesonElizabeth Roedern
Chemistry—An Asian JournalBrian Johnson  
European Journal of Organic ChemistryHaymo RossRobert TemmeJennifer O'Donnell
European Journal of Inorganic ChemistryKaren HindsonPreeti Vashi 
ChemPhysChemPeter GölitzGreta Heydenrych 
ChemBioChemPeter Gölitz  
ChemMedChemNatalia Ortúzar  
ChemSusChemPeter GölitzGuido Kemeling 
ChemCatChemPeter GölitzMichael RowanDavid Smith

International coverage: The cover of this special issue to celebrate the launch of the International Year of Chemistry features a collage of chemistry from around the world.

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Going clockwise from the top left-hand corner, the work featured is on amphiphilic lanthanide helicates by Claude Piguet, Emmanuel Terazzi, and Jiri Mareda and co-workers (p. 184); on a multistate switchable [3]rotacatenane by J. Fraser Stoddart and colleagues (p. 213); on heuristic chemistry—addition reactions by Peter Schreiner and co-workers (p. 30); on steric, electronic, and secondary effects on the coordination chemistry of ionic phosphine ligands and the catalytic behavior of their metal complexes by Robertus J. M. Klein Gebbink and colleagues (p. 42); on the synthesis and structural features of 4,5-disubstituted N,N′-di-tert-alkyl imidazolium by Svetlana Polyakova, Ilya M. Lyapkalo and their co-workers (p. 96); on luminescent cyclometalated dialkynylgold(III) complexes of 2-phenylpyridine-type derivatives with readily tunable emission properties by Vivian Wing-Wah Yam and her group (p. 130); on recent developments in methodology for the direct oxyamination of olefins by Timothy J. Donohoe and his group (p. 58); and on configurational and constitutional information storage by Nobel Prize winner, and co-founder of the journal, Jean-Marie Lehn and his group (p. 248).

The first Inside Cover of 2011 features work by Seung Bum Park on the development of fluorescent glucose bioprobes and their use in monitoring glucose uptake in living cells (p. 143). This feature, which was launched last year has proved very popular with our authors and readers and has served as an additional magnet to attract interest to top-quality papers. A selection of the papers that have featured on this position can be seen in the cover gallery on the journal homepage on Wiley Online Library.

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In addition to several very important papers that are featured on the collage for the cover, this issue also features Full Papers on the total synthesis of iso- and bongkrekic acids by Steven Ley and Antoine Français and their co-workers (p. 329) on aurophilicity in [{ClAuL}2] systems by Pekka Pyykkö's group (p. 368); on reaction site diversity in the reactions of titanium hydrazides by Eric Clot, Philip Mountford and their colleagues (p. 265); and on amyloid formation from an α-helix peptide bundle by David P. Fairlie's group (p. 151).

A proud parent: 2011 also marks the 50th anniversary of the International Edition of our mother journal Angewandte Chemie.

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How fitting it is that this anniversary falls in the same year as the International Year of Chemistry. The courageous step taken by German Chemical Society (GDCh) and the then Editor of the journal, Wilhem Foerst, has been fully vindicated. Angewandte Chemie has been developed by Helmut Grünewald and most notably by Peter Gölitz and their respective editorial teams into a world renowned chemistry journal, which provides an international year of chemistry, year-in year-out.

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Several events are scheduled to mark the 50th anniversary, the most notable of which are two, one-day symposia in Beijing and Tokyo in June 2011 at which three Nobel Laureates, namely Hartmut Michel, Ryoji Noyori, and Barry Sharpless, will be among the speakers. Further details of the event and the special anniversary issue are provided in the editorials from both the Editor Peter Gölitz and the Chairman of the Editorial Board of Angewandte Chemie, François Diederich, which are available on the Journal Homepage in Wiley Online Library and on ChemViews the online magazine of ChemPubSoc Europe on ChemistryViews.

Thanks: Finally I would like to take this opportunity to thank our dedicated referees and Editorial Board members for all their hard work and support over the years. Their help and advice has been invaluable in making Chemistry—A European Journal so successful. Together we look forward to providing our readers with a weekly dose of top-quality research from the world of chemistry and its related disciplines over the coming International Year of Chemistry.

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Neville Compton

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