Editorial: High Five!



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The fifth element: At the start of the fifth volume, ChemSusChem is in good shape and ready to grow further as a leading publication in the fields of sustainable chemistry and energy materials. This Editorial looks at recent developments surrounding ChemSusChem and other journals from the ChemPubSoc Europe portfolio.

Welcome to the fifth volume of ChemSusChem! Since the start of the first volume in 2008, awareness that achieving a sustainable society is vital for current and future generations has increased. Science has followed suit, and through chemistry and materials science there have been very exciting developments towards sustainability.

We are happy that the same can be said for ChemSusChem: the journal has developed by going from strength to strength and is now considered a leading publication by many scientists. A significant but little-known fact is that ChemSusChem was born out of an earlier journal: Annali di Chimica, published by the Italian Chemical Society (SCI). The SCI and Wiley-VCH, together with the German Chemical Society (GDCh) and other members of ChemPubSoc Europe, recognized the importance of sustainability when publication of Annali di Chimica was stopped at the end of 2007 to make room for ChemSusChem. Since then scientists from many different disciplines have embraced the journal, as is evidenced by browsing the most-accessed articles of 2011 (Table 1) and the journal′s current ISI Impact Factor of 6.325. There are many ways of interpreting the ISI Impact Factor, but we see it as a statement of the importance of sustainable chemistry and energy materials as well as the quality that the ChemPubSoc Europe/Wiley-VCH journals stand for.

Table 1. The 10 most-downloaded papers published in ChemSusChem in 2010 and 2011.
  1. [a] R: Review, M: Minireview, C: Communication, H: Highlight.

S. Miertus et al.Next-Generation Biofuels: Survey of Emerging Technologies and Sustainability IssuesR2010, 3, 1106
K. Sivula et al.Solar Water Splitting: Progress Using Hematite (α-Fe2O3) PhotoelectrodesR2011, 4, 432
Y. Fu et al.Hydrolysis of Cellulose into Glucose by Magnetic Solid AcidC2011, 4, 55
Y. H. Hu et al.Thinnest Two-Dimensional Nanomaterial—Graphene for Solar EnergyR2010, 3, 782
N. Armaroli, V. BalzaniThe Hydrogen IssueR2011, 4, 21
M. Grätzel et al.Cyclopentadithiophene Bridged Donor–Acceptor Dyes Achieve High Power Conversion Efficiencies in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Based on the tris-Cobalt Bipyridine Redox CoupleC2011, 4, 591
T. B. Gunnoe et al.Catalytic Oxy-Functionalization of Methane and Other Hydrocarbons: Fundamental Advancements and New StrategiesM2011, 4, 37
X. L. Feng, K. Müllen et al.Fabrication of Cobalt and Cobalt Oxide/Graphene Composites: Towards High-Performance Anode Materials for Lithium Ion BatteriesC2010, 3, 236
R. D. Rogers et al.Use of Polyoxometalate Catalysts in Ionic Liquids to Enhance the Dissolution and Delignification of Woody BiomassC2011, 4, 65
Y. Pang et al.Efficient Aerobic Oxidation of 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural to 2,5-Diformylfuran, and Synthesis of a Fluorescent MaterialC2011, 4, 51

Our mission for the future remains to provide you with the best possible research. In 2012, ChemPubSoc Europe and Wiley-VCH will further strengthen their partnership by adding two journals to the publishing programme: ChemistryOpen and ChemPlusChem. ChemistryOpen

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is a fully open-access journal. An experienced editorial staff ensures the excellence you are accustomed to from other ChemPubSoc Europe publications through rigorous peer-review of submitted manuscripts and fast online publication. A unique feature of the journal is the Thesis Treasury, giving you the possibility to make Ph.D. work visible to the widest possible audience. ChemPlusChem

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is ChemPubSoc Europe′s other addition for 2012, in close collaboration with the Czech Chemical Society. In the spirit of the collaborative enterprise that science is, ChemPlusChem brings you the best multidisciplinary research. Whether it is computational chemistry mixed with biocatalysis, nanotechnology with chemical engineering, or any other exciting combination of disciplines: ChemPlusChem is home to it all. Here too, experienced editors will ensure that manuscripts are handled fast and fair, safeguarding quality so that you can easily find the best papers.

The start of the fifth volume of the journal brings with it some changes to the constellation of the International Advisory Board. We thank those members of the Board who are leaving for their involvement and engagement with the journal during the past four years: Mufit Bahadir, Catia Bastioli, Erick Beckman, Joseph DeSimone, Stephen Forrest, James Frederick, Wolfgang Herrmann, Tyler McQuade, Bettina Rosche, Rudolf Staudigl, and Robert Tooze. The advice received from these and other Board members has been critical to the success of ChemSusChem.

We are grateful that scientists from many different disciplines have accepted our invitation to join the International Advisory Board, and look forward to working closely with them to further improve ChemSusChem. We welcome several new members from North America: Philip G. Jessop (Queen′s University, and Green Centre Canada), Christopher W. Jones and Arthur Ragauskas (both from Georgia Tech, Atlanta), Brent Shanks (University of Iowa), Mark Mascal (University of California, Davis), Raul F. Lobo (University of Delaware), and Etsuko Fujita (Brookhaven National Laboratory).

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New members joining from Europe are Vincenzo Barone (Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa), Maria-Magdalena Titirici (Max-Planck-Institut for Kolloidforschung), Licheng Sun (Karolinska Institute), and Regina Palkovits (RWTH Aachen). Finally, we welcome Dang Sheng Su (Shenyang Institute of Metal Research) and Aiwen Lei (Wuhan University) from Asia. Together with the existing members of the International Advisory Board, their participation ensures that many disciplines are represented at ChemSusChem. Together with our bonds to ChemPubSoc Europe, we can really provide a service for scientists, with scientists.

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Volume four saw no less than four special issues of ChemSusChem, on photocatalysis (issue 2), carbon nanotubes (issue 7), carbon dioxide recycling (issue 9), and energy materials (issue 10). We will continue our habit of bringing you insightful special issues, put together with some of the finest experts in the respective field. For example, this issue features special content on Green Chemistry by Nanocatalysis, featuring excellent research work in collaboration with guest editors Vivek Polshettiwar, Jean-Marie Bassett, and Didier Astruc. You can read more in their Editorial on page 6.

We can conclude that ChemSusChem is in a fine state, and through your support and enthusiasm will continue to be at the forefront of sustainability research. More importantly, this is a sign of the awareness of the importance of sustainability, and the research published in this and other journals can contribute to a prosperous future for all of us while respecting the planet and the limits on its resources. We look forward to receiving your insightful findings!

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Guido Kemeling