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From reading the current scientific literature and listening to talks and presentations on conferences one might get the impression that researchers still struggle with solving the “same old problems” in the field covered by Molecular Informatics. Taking a closer look, however, reveals that some things have changed. In particular, the integration and amalgamation of different concepts is making steady progress, and methods originating from different scientific disciplines with such inter-disciplinary approaches have become outstandingly successful. Consequently, theoretical method development is increasingly accompanied by practical application. It is no longer sufficient to apply a new algorithm or software tool to some more or less arbitrary data set in a retrospective manner but “prospective” applications have come into focus, specifically in the area of computational medicinal chemistry. This development reflects that the scientific field covered by the journal has matured. Despite this most welcome progress one should not neglect in-depth basic research. Accordingly, Molecular Informatics provides the appropriate forum for publication of articles from both basic and applied research.

In 2012, Molecular Informatics published 72 critically pre-screened and peer-reviewed articles – eight Methods Corner articles, three Reviews, twelve Communications and 49 Full Papers – contributed by authors from across the globe. The journal also featured a Special Issue on Open Innovation in Drug Discovery (issue 8/2012, edited by Gerhard F. Ecker and Bryn Williams-Jones), which received broad recognition and very positive reverberation. A major event in 2012 was the biannual 19th EuroQSAR conference, which took place in beautiful Vienna, August 26-29. With more than 350 participants, distinguished speakers presented advances in fields covered by Molecular Informatics, and we will feature highlights of the conference’s contributions in a Special Issue in 2013.

We would like to express our great gratitude to all authors, Editorial Advisory Board members, and peer reviewers who helped us in building a strong foundation for sustained future success. The persistent high quality of the contributions published in Molecular Informatics is reflected by its first remarkable impact factor of 2.39. The editors will continue to consequently strengthen the journal’s position as a premier publication forum at the forefront of bio/cheminformatics and computational medicinal chemistry.

As a further step in this direction and as of now, the journal accepts Application Notes as part of its very successful Methods Corner section. The new article format aims at concise presentations of software tools and applications that lie within the journal’s scope. The presented software should be freely accessible to the interested readers. As a benefit from this new activity we expect a broader dissemination of useful tools and increased awareness for available solutions in the scientific community. This call for papers is open now.

For the first time ever, Molecular Informatics proudly presents the Editors’ Choice “Best Paper Award”. The recipients of the 2012 award are Xiangyun Wang and Nigel Greene for their original contribution entitled Comparing Measures of Promiscuity and Exploring Their Relationship to Toxicity.1 The whole editorial team congratulates the authors! At the same time, we look forward to receiving numerous high-quality manuscripts to compete for the “Best Paper Award” in 2013. Our congratulations also go to the winner of the 2012 Hansch Award, Professor Renxiao Wang, (State Key Lab of Bioorganic Chemistry, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences), who is a member of our esteemed Editorial Advisory Board.

We look forward to the continuous submission of your best papers for publication in Molecular Informatics.

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