Editorial: Interdisciplinary, International, Inspiring!


  • Guido Kemeling,

  • Peter Gölitz

2011 promises to be another exciting year for ChemSusChem. First and foremost, it is the International Year of Chemistry! The theme for this event is “Chemistry—our life, our future,” and it will be “a worldwide celebration of the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind.” From the perspective of sustainable chemistry (and materials science) we absolutely agree with this acknowledgement of chemistry′s past, present, and future value. Wiley–VCH and ChemPubSoc Europe have planned several activities to tie in with the International Year of Chemistry, for example, a special theme for January is “Women in Chemistry.”

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By the way, you can stay up-to-date about these and other events through our recently launched website ChemistryViews http://www.chemistryviews.org, and the associated magazine ChemViews.

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Through these new initiatives, you can keep yourself informed of the most recent developments in chemistry, learn what drives top scientists through interviews, news from national chemical societies, and much more!

This issue is the first of the fourth volume of the journal, and we strive to make this one as good as, if not better than, previous volumes. Looking back, 2010 brought us several highlights. For example, the journal published two stimulating special issues, featuring top-quality content with highly topical subjects. In February guest editors Dang Sheng Su and Arne Thomas presented top research on “Nanochemical Concepts for a Sustainable Energy Supply” (issue 2/2010). Christopher W. Jones and Edward J. Maginn served as guest editors for a high-quality special issue on carbon capture and sequestration in August (issue 8/2010). In 2011, more special issues are planned, and you can be sure that they will also be of top quality.

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These special issues, as well as the papers in our regular issues, show two important aspects of sustainability research: it is international and interdisciplinary. International, because the trend towards globalization of the past decade means that resources are equally scarce or abundant everywhere; and interdisciplinary, because researchers realize that every aspect of a proposed technology must be taken into account when assessing whether or not it truly results in a more sustainable workflow, product, or process.

Figures 1 and 2 serve as examples of this international and interdisciplinary nature of ChemSusChem. Figure 1 shows the top 5 countries in terms of submitted manuscripts. PR China and the USA are the leading contributors, followed by Japan, Germany, and Italy. The “other” category not only comprises more than 30 countries, but is also still responsible for almost 40 % of the submitted papers! Figure 2 is a “word cloud” of the most often used keywords. A bigger font means that the keyword was used more often. As you can see, ChemSusChem covers a wide range of topics. Table 1 shows the most-downloaded manuscripts, measured from the start of the journal until now. You may already be familiar with some of them, but in case you overlooked one that is of interest to you, just go to our website http://www.chemsuschem.org and catch up on your reading!1, 21

Figure 1.

Top 5 countries, in terms of submitted papers in 2010.

Figure 2.

Word cloud of the most-often used keywords in ChemSusChem. A bigger font size means more frequent usage.

Table 1. The 10 most-downloaded manuscripts of ChemSusChem since the start of the journal.
  1. [a] R: Review, M: Minireview, C: Communication, H: Highlight.

C. W. Jones et al.Adsorbent Materials for Carbon Dioxide Capture from Large Anthropogenic Point SourcesR2009, 2, 796–854
A. Jacobi von Wangelin et al.Coming of Age: Sustainable Iron-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling ReactionsR2009, 2, 396–417
M. K. Nazeeruddin et al.Recent Developments in Solid-State Dye-Sensitized Solar CellsM2008, 1, 699–707
F. Cavani, J. H. TelesSustainability in Catalytic Oxidation: An Alternative Approach or a Structural Evolution?R2009, 2, 508–534
K. L. Hohn, Y.-C. LinCatalytic Partial Oxidation of Methanol and Ethanol for Hydrogen GenerationM2009, 2, 927–940
M. Mascal, E. B. NikitinTowards the Efficient, Total Glycan Utilization of BiomassC2009, 2, 423–426
C. N. R. Rao et al.Investigations of the Conversion of Inorganic Carbonates to MethaneF2009, 2, 878–882
R. Rinaldi, F. SchüthAcid Hydrolysis of Cellulose as the Entry Point into Biorefinery SchemesR2009, 2, 1096–1107
D. Yu. Murzin et al.Transforming Triglycerides and Fatty Acids into BiofuelsM2009, 2, 1109–1119
J. L. G. Fierro et al.Water Splitting on Semiconductor Catalysts under Visible-Light IrradiationM2009, 2, 471–485
I. J. S. FairlambThe Phosphine-Catalyzed Wittig Reaction: A New Vista for Olefin SynthesisH2009, 2, 1021–1024

Another highlight of 2010 has been the announcement of our first ISI Impact Factor: 4.767. This is an excellent result, and we are delighted to be able to provide you, the scientific community, being the authors, reviewers, and readers of the papers, with a high-quality venue for your research, be it chemistry or materials, energy or sustainability. We would also like to take this opportunity to point out that, in our opinion, there is more to a good journal than only a good impact factor. In fact, taking a close look at exactly how the impact factor is calculated, and how this leads to different figures for different journals, can give very valuable insight into the different goals and strategies of different publishers. Roughly 80 % of our content is original research (in the form of Communications and Full Papers), whereas the other 20 % consists of background articles such as Highlights, Minireviews, Reviews, and others. Some of our competitors have a much higher quota of Reviews and other background articles. As a result, their ISI Impact Factor may be higher, but our philosophy is that a good journal provides a mix of high-quality research articles combined with informative, in-depth background articles. The feedback we get from you, and other metrics we use to determine the success of the journal, indicate that we are on a path to further success.

Of course, the interdisciplinary nature we referred to earlier applies not only to the content of the journal, but also to the people who make it! We are grateful to our colleagues from, amongst others, the marketing, production, and exhibition departments, who work hard to promote the journal and make sure that you can access ChemSusChem where and when you want. And international? ChemSusChem is a journal from the ChemPubSoc Europe family, and we acknowledge the good collaboration with the 14 national chemical societies from all over Europe that support the journal. In addition, we acknowledge support from the Asian Chemical Editorial Society (ACES). Finally, we appreciate the time and effort made by our Members of the Editorial Board and particulary the Chairmen: Matthias Beller, Gabriele Centi, and Daniel G. Nocera.

We trust that you will continue to support the journal, and look forward to publishing more great research in 2011!

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