Editorial: Onwards and Upwards—The Future Is Bright for Chemistry!


At the time of writing this editorial, the International Year of Chemistry (IYC) was just coming to an end, with the closing ceremony in Brussels on December 1, 2011. The choice of Brussels for this event is very apt, as it was the location of the First Solvay Conference at which Marie Curie participated. At the outset the four key aims of the IYC were: 1) to increase the public appreciation of chemistry in meeting world needs; 2) to encourage an interest in chemistry among young people; 3) to generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry; 4) to celebrate the contributions of women to chemistry.

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The year has seen many special events and has given chemistry the opportunity to showcase itself. The Global Experiment, which encompassed the topic “Water: A Chemical Solution”, was a major success. Hundreds of thousands of students from more than 70 countries performed experiments with water. Departments of Chemistry all over the world opened their doors to the Public and in doing so have helped inspire generations of new chemists. This period, however, should not be seen as the end but rather as the beginning of a new era in which chemistry will play a pivotal role in building a better world by 2050. Chemistry—A European Journal and Wiley and Wiley-VCH will continue not only to actively promote these four original goals, but also to promote chemistry in all its different guises.

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Monumental Success: Not only was 2011 the International Year of Chemistry, but it was the 50th Anniversary of the International Edition of Angewandte Chemie.

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The journal celebrated the event in style with two Symposia in Tokyo and Beijing at which Nobel Laureates, key members from the German chemistry community, and top scientists from Japan and China participated. I had the privilege to attend both events and had the opportunity to make many new contacts and forge new friendships. I would recommend that if you have not already done so, then you should take a look at these virtual events; they can be accessed from the ChemistryViews homepage (http://www.chemistryviews.org).

All Eyes on Prague in the Summer: The Czech Republic and more precisely Prague will this year be the center stage for the 4th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress. Following on from the highly successful events in Budapest, Turin, and Nürnberg, the Congress will take place on August 26–30, 2012 at the Prague Congress Centre. The organizers have put together a fascinating program covering many aspects of chemistry: Analytical Chemistry, Electrochemistry; Education and History; Food Chemistry; Environment and Green Chemistry; Inorganic Chemistry; Life Sciences; Nanochemistry, Nanotechnology; Organic Chemistry, Polymers; Physical, Theoretical and Computational Chemistry; and Solid State Chemistry. The program of Plenary Lectures is from the “top drawer” featuring no less than seven Nobel Laureates.

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  • Vlasta Bonačić-Koutecký: Metal-Cluster Enhanced Photochemistry and Photophysics
  • Aaron Ciechanover: Why our Proteins Have to Die so We Shall Live OR The Ubiquitin Proteolytic System - From Basic Mechanisms Thru Human Diseases and onto Drug Targeting
  • Gerhard Ertl: Catalysis at Surfaces: From Atoms to Complexity
  • Robert H. Grubbs: Design and Applications of Selective Reactions of Olefins
  • Jean-Marie Lehn: From Supramolecular Chemistry towards Adaptive Chemistry
  • Roger Y. Tsien: Breeding and Building Molecules to Image Cells, Electric Fields, and Disease Processes
  • Kurt Wüthrich: NMR—Where Physical Chemistry Meets Biology and Medicine
  • Ada Yonath: The Amazing Ribosome

The conveners of the featured symposia can be congratulated on the quality of the speakers who have agreed to speak at the congress. Chemistry—A European Journal will continue its established tradition of providing an ideal forum for promoting this important European showcase event. Wiley and Wiley-VCH, the publishers of the ChemPubSoc Europe family of journals, have also demonstrated their commitment to European Chemistry and the European Chemical Societies as well as to the continued success of this important event by investing as Gold Sponsors. A special Conference Issue will appear later in the year to coincide with the Congress and will feature articles from many of the invited speakers. Details of the Congress can be found on the EuCheMS website under http://www.euchems-prague2012.cz/.

Well-Informed Chemists: It is not only important to keep up to date with the newest developments in your own particular field, but it is becoming increasingly essential to look beyond these and develop a good understanding of a wide spectrum of the related subject areas. Chemistry—A European Journal will continue to provide top content from a diverse range of heterogeneous fields in chemistry. Readers can register to receive regular alerts of the newest articles available in EarlyView on Wiley Online Library from our family of journals. In addition to the most recent key research results, there are many issues that affect chemists and many others that go to make chemistry such a fascinating discipline. ChemistryViews (http://www.chemistryviews.org), and its magazine ChemViews, launched by ChemPubSoc Europe and Wiley-VCH in 2010, has established itself as a primary source of valuable information.

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Notably, in 2011 it served not only to highlight and promote many of the events of the International Year of Chemistry but also continued to provide daily news items, interviews with leading figures in chemistry, key research highlights, general interest articles, and information about upcoming events and conferences. As mentioned above, the ChemistryViews site also provides an access point to view various virtual events. Among the most widely read general interest articles that have appeared on the site are an interview with Peter Gölitz, the Editor of Angewandte Chemie, and the Founding Editor of Chemistry—A European Journal on “What Makes a Great Chemistry Journal?”; an article by David Bradley entitled “Periodic Debate” about the different representations of Periodic Table; a piece by Klaus Roth on the “Chemistry of a Hangover—Alcohol and Its Consequences”; and an interview with Yamuna Krishnan as part of the Women in Chemistry initiative for the IYC.

Continued Period of Growth and Success: Despite an increasing number of competitors in the market place, Chemistry—A European Journal continued its growth in 2011 as a place to publish top quality research. The Impact Factor of the journal rose to its highest ever level of 5.476. The 52 weekly issues contained approximately 15050 pages, 1187 Full Papers, 482 Communications, and 45 Concepts, Reviews, and Minireviews. Submissions were received from 59 countries—a testament to the worldwide appeal of Chemistry—A European Journal. The number of submissions from several countries again rose significantly, for example, submissions from Taiwan rose by 58 %, those from Singapore by 39 %, those from India were up by 35 %, those from Canada up by 29 %, those from China up by 20 %, and those from France up by 16 %.

Most Accessed Articles in 2011: Table 1 provides a list of the top 10 downloaded articles that were published in Chemistry—A European Journal in 2011. Pleasingly, the list contains Reviews, Concepts, Full Papers, and Communications, illustrating that the full range of article types available are all widely accessed by our readers. Table 2 provides a list of the top 5 articles that were accessed in 2011 but were published in the preceding years. This gives an indication of the longevity of some of the papers and topics that are published in the journal. Regular updates of the most accessed articles in Chemistry—A European Journal can be found on the journal homepage (http://www.chempluschem.org).

Table 1. Top 10 downloaded articles published in 2011 in Chemistry—A European Journal.
Recent Progress in Coupling of Two HeteroarenesD. Zhao, J. You, C. HuChem. Eur. J.2011, 17, 5466
Copper-Catalyzed Trifluoromethylation of Aryl Iodides with Potassium (Trifluoromethyl)trimethoxyborateL. J. Gooßen et al.Chem. Eur. J.2011, 17, 2689
Activation of “Inert” Alkenyl/Aryl C[BOND]O Bond and Its Application in Cross-Coupling ReactionsZ.-J. Shi et al.Chem. Eur. J.2011, 17, 1728
The Catalytic Ability of Various Transition Metals in the Direct Functionalization of Aromatic C[BOND]H BondsZ.-J. Shi et al.Chem. Eur. J.2011, 17, 3593
Enantioselective Organocatalytic Synthesis of Fluorinated MoleculesR. Rios et al.Chem. Eur. J.2011, 17, 2018
Bioinspired Catalyst Design and Artificial MetalloenzymesW. Laan, P. C. J. Kamer et al.Chem. Eur. J.2011, 17, 4680
AuI/AuIII Catalysis: An Alternative Approach for C[BOND]C Oxidative CouplingM. N. Hopkinson, A. D. Gee, V. GouverneurChem. Eur. J.2011, 17, 8248
Graphene-Encapsulated Fe3O4 Nanoparticles with 3D Laminated Structure as Superior Anode in Lithium Ion BatteriesJ.-Z. Wang et al.Chem. Eur. J.2011, 17, 661
Squaramides: Bridging from Molecular Recognition to Bifunctional OrganocatalysisJ. Alemán et al.Chem. Eur. J.2011, 17, 6890
Recent Developments in Methodology for the Direct Oxyamination of OlefinsT. J. Donohoe et al.Chem. Eur. J.2011, 17, 58
Table 2. Top 5 downloaded articles in 2011 for papers published in the preceding years.
(NHC)Copper(I)-Catalyzed [3+2] Cycloaddition of Azides and Mono- or Disubstituted AlkynesS. P. Nolan et al.Chem. Eur. J.2006, 12, 7558
Hollow Silica Spheres with an Ordered Pore Structure and Their Application in Controlled Release StudiesN. A. J. M. Sommerdijk et al.Chem. Eur. J.2006, 12, 1448
Nanoparticles as Semi-Heterogeneous Catalyst SupportsW. J. Stark et al.Chem. Eur. J.2010, 16, 8950
Shape-Controlled Synthesis of Metal Nanostructures: The Case of SilverY. Xia et al.Chem. Eur. J.2005, 11, 454
Unifying Metal and Brønsted Acid Catalysis—Concepts, Mechanisms, and ClassificationsM. Rueping et al.Chem. Eur. J.2010, 16, 9350

A Growing Family: The family of highly successful journals from ChemPubSoc Europe and its associated partners is expanding further in 2012, with the launch of two new exciting projects, ChemPlusChem and ChemistryOpen. These journals represent the first online-only products from ChemPubSoc Europe.

ChemPlusChem: The Czech connection features prominently in this latest addition to the ChemPubSoc Europe family of journals. Following negotiations the Collection of Czechoslovak Chemical Communications has been transformed into ChemPlusChem, the first genuinely multidisciplinary journal that publishes scientific research centering on chemistry. This is another example of how ChemPubSoc Europe and Wiley-VCH are altering the landscape of Chemistry Publishing in Europe to serve the changing needs of chemists without always having to start new journals.

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The European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry and the European Journal of Organic Chemistry serve as the two most prominent examples of how this approach has been successfully applied. ChemPlusChem will publish Communications, Full Papers, and Reviews that are truly multidisciplinary in nature. The papers must cover at least two different aspects (subfields) of chemistry or one of chemistry and one of another scientific discipline (hence the title ChemPlusChem) to fulfill the criteria for publication. The three co-chairmen of the new journal are Professor Michal Hocek from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry in Prague, Professor Matthias Driess from the Technische Universität Berlin, and Professor Nico Sommerdijk from the Eindhoven University of Technology. All three are highly respected in their fields and they will be ably supported by an Editorial Board and an International Advisory Board, both of which contain prominent chemists from all fields and geographical locations. More details about the new journal, its board members, and the first accepted articles can be found on the journal homepage under http://www.chempluschem.org. ChemPlusChem will have close ties to Chemistry—A European Journal (see the link on the journal homepage) and the other members of the ChemPubSoc Europe family of journals.

ChemistryOpen: Much has been being written about Open Access, and its impact on research and the publication of the results therefrom.

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A number of government funding agencies now require open-access publications of research that they have sponsored, and in this regard, Wiley–Blackwell recently announced open-access agreements with the Max Planck Society in Germany, the FWF Austrian Science Fund, and Telethon, a large biomedical non-profit organization in Italy. In a groundbreaking step, ChemPubSoc Europe and Wiley-VCH have launched ChemistryOpen, the first Open Access Chemical Society journal to publish peer-reviewed primary research in all areas of chemistry. As a gold-road, open-access journal, ChemistryOpen hopes to lead the way in offering a high-quality platform for authors who want or are obliged to publish their primary research results in an open forum. As an additional feature, ChemistryOpen will publish short summaries of PhD theses in the Thesis Treasury with a link to the full version. The new journal is co-chaired by Professor Ramón Martínez-Máñez from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and Professor Thomas Wirth from Cardiff University. ChemistryOpen complements the existing “Online Open” options available for authors to make their primary research articles available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. Details of the options and requirements can be found on the journal homepage under Online Open. This issue features one such contribution from Karl Anker Jørgensen and co-workers on Enantioselective One-Pot Synthesis of α-Amino Esters (see p. 76).

Family Announcements: Among the family of ChemPubSoc Europe journals there have been a number of changes with respect to those responsible for the products. Notably, with the full backing of the Society partners, in July 2011 Dr. Greta Heydenrych took over the role of Editor of ChemPhysChem and Guido Kemeling took charge as Editor of ChemSusChem. At our sister journal Chemistry—An Asian Journal, Dr. Theresa Kückmann will take over the reigns as Editor in January 2012. As mentioned previously, the ChemPubSoc Europe family of journals work closely together. If during the peer review process, referees suggest that the content is more suitable for one of the other members of the family of ChemPubSoc Europe journals, a transfer can often be offered following discussions between the Editors of the respective journals. The Editors and Deputy Editors of this group of journals are listed in Table 3.

Table 3. 
JournalEditor-in-ChiefDeputy Editors
Angewandte ChemiePeter GölitzNeville ComptonHaymo Ross
Chemistry—A European JournalNeville ComptonAnne DevesonElizabeth Roedern
Chemistry—An Asian JournalTheresa Kückmann  
European Journal of Organic ChemistryHaymo RossRobert TemmeJennifer O′Donnell
European Journal of Inorganic ChemistryKaren HindsonPreeti Vaschi 
ChemPhysChemGreta Heydenrych  
ChemBioChemPeter Gölitz  
ChemMedChemNatalia Ortúzar  
ChemSusChemGuido Kemeling  
ChemCatChemPeter GölitzMichael Rowan 
ChemPlusChemNeville ComptonMarisa Spiniello 
ChemistryOpenKaren Hindson Haymo RossNatalia Ortúzar 
ChemViewsVera Köster  

Family Specials: Several of the ChemPubSoc Europe journals ran special issues dedicated to Women in Chemistry as part of the IYC (Chemistry—A European Journal, issue 16, The European Journal of Organic Chemistry, issue 20/21, and ChemMedChem, issue 4).

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In addition, other members of the family also published a number of issues dedicated to specific topics: ChemBioChem: Epigenetics (issue 2); ChemCatChem: Chemoenzymatic Synthesis (issue 2), Catalysis for New Energy Technologies (issue 3), and Advanced Microscopy (issue 6); ChemMedChem: Rare and Neglected Diseases (issue 2), ChemPhysChem: Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (issue 3), Jacobus Van′t Hoff (issue 8), and Laser Chemistry and Spectroscopy (issue 10); ChemSusChem: Photocatalysis (issue 2), Carbon Nanotubes (issue 7), Carbon Dioxide Recycling (issue 9), and Energy Materials (issue 10); European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry: Hydrogenases (issue 7), and Polar Intermetallics, Clusters and Cluster Complexes (issue 26)

As a First Course for 2012, this issue features a Minireview by Helmut Schwarz and co-workers on “Mechanistic Aspects and Elementary Steps of N–H Bond Activation of Ammonia and C–N Coupling Induced by Gas-Phase Ions” (p. 40) and a Concept Article by Shao Q. Yao and co-workers on “Current Chemical Biology Tools for Studying Protein Phosphorylation and Dephosphorylation” (p. 28). The cover features work by Hiroaki Imai and co-workers on the “One-Pot Aqueous Solution Syntheses of Iron Oxide Nanostructures with Controlled Crystal Phases through a Microbial-Mineralization-Inspired Approach” (p. 110) and the inside cover highlights work by Philippe Lesot and co-workers on the “Analysis of 2D NMR Spectra of Saturated Fatty Acids in Polypeptide-Aligning Media” (p. 117). The frontispiece at the beginning of the Full Paper section features work by Editorial Board Member, Chi-Ming Che and co-workers on “Luminescent Orgaonopalladium(II) Complexes with Functionalized Cyclometalated C^N^C Ligands” (p. 95).

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In addition to the above-mentioned Concept by Shao Q. Yao and the Full Paper by Philippe Lesot and co-workers, this issue also contains a third paper that has been classified by at least two referees as very important and therefore has earned the designation as a VIP paper, namely the paper on “Nucleophilic Reactivities of the Anions of Nucleobases and Their Subunits” by Herbert Mayr and co-workers (p. 127). There are also a number of excellent papers from members of our Editorial Board to start the year. François Diederich and co-workers report on “Molecular Recognition at the Active Site of Factor Xa” (see p. 213), Tien-Yau Luh and co-workers have two back-to-back papers on “Controlling Conformations and Folding in Alternating Dialkylsilylene-Spaced Donor—Acceptor Copolymers” (see p. 334 and 347), Michael Paddon-Row and co-workers present work on “Electroactive Self-Assembled Monolayers with Rigid Norbornylogous Bridges” (see p. 283), J. Fraser Stoddart and co-workers describe “Donor–Acceptor Ring-in-Ring Complexes” (see p. 202), and Karl Anker Jørgensen and co-workers discuss the “Enantioselective One-Pot Synthesis of α-Amino Esters” in their Communication (see p. 76). The excellent chemistry mentioned here provides a taste for the breadth and quality of chemistry that we shall publish in the coming year.

Sterling Service: Finally, we thank our dedicated referees and Editorial Board members for their continued help and advice and we wish them and all our authors and readers every success in 2012. Together, we look forward to bringing you more inspirational chemistry in the course of the year to make this another International Year of Chemistry!

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Neville Compton