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A bright future not only aptly describes ChemPlusChem, which continues to highlight truly multidisciplinary science from top groups worldwide in where the articles published contain new results derived from at least two subfields of chemistry (or one of chemistry and another scientific discipline such as biology, medicine, or physics), but also describes a number of early career scientists that will be featured prominently in the journal during the coming year. ChemPlusChem has filled a niche for papers that were otherwise considered “too specialized” by some general chemistry journals. This issue is no exception and is packed with great reading; board members Eiji Yashima and Luisa De Cola describe supramolecular organogels (page 35) and energy transfer at zeolite L boundaries (page 45), respectively. Meanwhile, hot papers from the groups of José M. López-de-Luzuriaga on AuI–SnII complexes (page 67), Claudia Tomasini on hybrid foldamers (page 114), Claire Carmalt on spinel oxide films (page 122), and Silvia Cavalli on conjugates for photodynamic therapy (page 90) make this a must-read issue.

In the last year ChemPlusChem received articles from 42 nations with the top ten submitting countries (significant increases are given) being China (+19%), France (+27%), Germany, India (+17%), Italy (+13%), Japan, Portugal, Singapore (+33%), USA, and UK (submissions doubled). Overall there has been 33% growth in published papers.

The quality of service offered through professional peer review and speedy processing of manuscripts is reflected in the increasing number of authors coming back time-and-again to publish top quality papers. Likewise, authors have embraced the journal′s fully electronic platform and taken advantage of the free color to enhance the presentation of their results.

The broad spectrum of topics covered by the journal is illustrated in the newly generated “Tag Cloud”, which incorporates the top 50 most frequent keywords used within the journal.

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An interactive version of the Tag Cloud is available on our homepage, just click on any keyword and go directly to the articles. It will be exciting to see how the Tag Cloud evolves and changes over the coming years according to hot research trends.

To enhance visibility for our cover authors, Cover Profiles were introduced last year. This feature gives groups and collaborators a chance to showcase their research and upcoming developments. It has been well received and is something authors and readers of ChemPlusChem look forward to reading. In this issue the profile showcases collaborators from Spain and New Zealand. The groups of Carlos González and Vyacheslav V. Filichev share with us their “plan to elucidate the structural basis of the interaction of these fluorescent compounds with different nucleic acids motifs”.

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All our Cover Profiles are free to view so please feel free to browse them on the homepage (http://www.chempluschem.org).

ChemElectroChem, the newest member of the ChemPubSoc Europe family of journals, has its inaugural issue in January 2014. This journal covers the entire scope of pure and applied electrochemistry and it becomes the 11th journal in the ChemPubSoc family.

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The co-chairs are Bing-Wei Mao (Xiamen University), Jean-Marie Tarascon (Université de Picardie), and Wolfgang Schuhmann (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) who is also a valued member of the ChemPlusChem board. Among the other members of the family, ChemCatChem is moving to fully digital and will also have Cover Profiles, joining ChemSusChem.

A Fitting Tribute

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ChemPlusChem published a special issue in 2013 dedicated to the memory of Detlef Schröder, and it was guest-edited by Zdenĕk Havlas (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic). Detlef was a founding member of the Editorial Board and an avid supporter of the journal. The size of the issue is a testament to how many co-workers and colleagues wanted to honor him. Along with overwhelming feedback from the authors, the issue was free to view for several weeks to coincide with the 14th European Symposium on Organic Reactivity (ESOR 2013), and at which a special half-day memorial session was organized to remember Detlef.

ChemPlusChem­ on the Road

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Throughout last year I visited academic institutions and attended several conferences and spoke to many enthusiastic supporters of the journal. In Münster (Germany) the local organizers of the 2nd German Symposium on Supramolecular Chemistry, Pol Besenius and Bart Jan Ravoo, hosted a marvelous two-day symposium. ChemPlusChem was pleased to collaborate in producing the book of abstracts and awarding a prize for the best poster; congratulations to Malte Hansen (Universität Regensberg, Germany) for his well-deserved win. In April I attended the Spring ACS meeting in New Orleans, which provided an excellent opportunity to meet several board members and forge new relationships with many attendees.

Later in the year I was invited to the Biennial Meeting of the Royal Spanish Chemical Society (RSEQ) in Santander (Spain), where it was a great pleasure to cooperate closely with the president of RSEQ and board member, Jesús Jiménez-Barbero (Centro de Investigaciones Biologicas) and local organizer Angel Irabien (Universidad de Cantabria) and his team. I congratulate N. Padial (Universidad de Granada) who won the best poster prize sponsored by ChemPlusChem.

Increasing the Discoverability of Content

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  2. A Fitting Tribute
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  4. Increasing the Discoverability of Content
  5. Early Career Series
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  7. Biographical Information
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From 2014 all Communications, like the Full Papers, will contain an abstract in which the motivation for the work, the methods applied, the results, and the conclusions drawn are presented. The abstract should contain several keywords or key phrases to aid the discoverability of the paper online.

Early Career Series

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As part of an initiative to feature up and coming researchers whose focus is on multidisciplinary research centering on chemistry we have started the Early Career Series. The corresponding authors of the papers featured have been nominated by ChemPlusChem board members and are considered to be highly talented researchers who are in the early stages of their careers and will shape the future of interdisciplinary research in chemistry and its related disciplines. Invitees whose papers are judged by referees to be highly important or very important will be selected to give an interview intended to highlight their research career. Contributions and interviews will appear throughout issues of ChemPlusChem, and papers will be denoted with a special icon.

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To launch the Early Career Series, this issue includes three articles and one interview. In the Communications section, Petr Cigler (nominated by Michal Hocek) outlines an approach for the surface modification of nanodiamonds with a layer of methacrylate copolymer to enable attachment of molecules by click chemistry. This work is featured on the back cover and in the accompanying interview discusses his inspirations as a young scientist and his multidisciplinary approach to research.

Meanwhile, in another Communication T. Govindaraju (nominated by Govindasamy Mugesh) describes the synthesis and structural evaluation of novel cyclic peptidomimetic scaffolds as well as testing of these molecules as autophagy modulators. Among the Full Papers, Radim Beranek (nominated by Wolfgang Schuhmann) reports a simple way to prepare surface-modified TiO2 compounds and their photocatalytic activity and discusses the formation/reaction mechanism of these compounds.

To view these and forthcoming articles in the complete Early Career Series, visit: http://chempluschem.org/earlycareer.

Exciting New Developments

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And soon you will be able to download the ChemPlusChem iPad App, on Wiley Online Library enhance your reading experience through the new online Anywhere Article format, find us on Facebook, and sign up for Twitter feeds. Stay tuned to our homepage where these forthcoming developments will be announced. Also in the pipeline is the launch of our new manuscript submission system, Editorial Manager, which will help speed up the decision-making process and facilitate transfers between journals. This system has already been successfully implemented by the materials journals in our group, and a similar smooth transition is anticipated for us in February.

I sign off for the moment by sincerely thanking our authors, tireless referees, and enthusiastic board members for supporting ChemPlusChem. I look forward to meeting more of you in the coming months and receiving your top multidisciplinary submissions in our inbox!

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Dr. Marisa Spiniello Deputy Editor

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Biographical Information

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Nico Sommerdijk (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven): Two years ago ChemPlusChem set out to become Europe’s journal for genuine multidisciplinary research centering on chemistry. I am very happy to see that under the inspired guidance of Neville Compton and Marisa Spiniello, the journal has indeed established itself as a home for truly cross-disciplinary research with already more than 300 papers published. Credit for this success also goes the great scientists serving both on the Editorial and the International Advisory Boards. Their enthusiasm for the journal has led to an inspiring Board Members Special Issue that highlighted the quality of research ChemPlusChem is aiming to publish. Looking forward to 2014, I am particularly enthusiastic about the upcoming Early Career Series: a series of papers by young multidisciplinary scientists that have been nominated by the board for their excellent work and well on their way to becoming highly reputed scientists as their career develops. Selected papers will be accompanied by interviews in which these up and coming authors will share with us their views on the future of multidisciplinary research. I would like to congratulate Neville and Marisa on the success of this flourishing undertaking, thank all members of the Editorial and International Advisory Boards, but above all I thank the referees who give generously of their time and the authors for their multidisciplinary contributions. With great confidence I look to the future of this young journal and would like to wish all those who contributed to its success—and all who will do so in the future—a great and prosperous 2014!

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Biographical Information

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  2. A Fitting Tribute
  3. ChemPlusChem­ on the Road
  4. Increasing the Discoverability of Content
  5. Early Career Series
  6. Exciting New Developments
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Michal Hocek (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic): I am very happy to witness great success for ChemPlusChem after only the second year since its reincarnation from predecessor Collection of Czechoslovak Chemical Communications. The journal continues to publish excellent inter- and multidisciplinary papers from diverse areas of chemical and molecular sciences. The citation analysis of 127 papers and 5 reviews published in 2012 reveals that the first official Impact Factor of ChemPlusChem published in June 2014 will be very respectable and will place this journal among quality general chemistry journals. This success is due to the excellent and hard work of Editors Neville Compton and Marisa Spiniello, and due to the input of all the members of Editorial and International Advisory Boards. Most importantly, success is due to the outstanding contributions of our authors and fair and rigorous evaluations by the referees. They are all sincerely thanked for their contribution. I am looking forward to the future development of ChemPlusChem.

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Biographical Information

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  2. A Fitting Tribute
  3. ChemPlusChem­ on the Road
  4. Increasing the Discoverability of Content
  5. Early Career Series
  6. Exciting New Developments
  7. Biographical Information
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Matthias Driess (Technische Universität Berlin): The boost of ChemPlusChem in the world of the best interdisciplinary research journals in the chemical sciences is evident by its impressive acceptance from the broad scientific community. I am convinced that the remarkably high quality of the papers published since the journal was launched in 2012 will attract and encourage even more colleagues to submit their best research papers to the new home of Europe′s genuine multidisciplinary chemistry journal. I am also really excited about the upcoming new platform for young scientists in 2014 provided by the journal to promote highly talented young researchers through selected papers and interviews. Thanks to the authors and referees, the journal has already reached a central and visible position within the large family of European chemistry journals. I dare to predict that 2014 will be the third year of a rising star journal guided by Neville Compton and Marisa Spiniello.

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