A Fast-Growing Child …


It still feels like we started this new adventure only a short time ago. However, the number of issue copies (make that “production deadlines met” in editorial terms …) neatly aligned on the shelf behind my desk indeed proves that we are already completing the fifth year in the history of Macromolecular Reaction Engineering.

What started in 2007 as a newly launched title to fill the need of the polymer reaction engineering (PRE) community for a dedicated, high-quality journal has now become an established and integral platform for publication and dissemination of newest research results as well as critical reviews of recent trends in the field.

The sound growth and fast adolescence of the youngest child of the Macromolecular journals family is also documented by two key indicators: the ISI Impact Factor and the total number of citations (cf. Figure 1), which both show a significant and ongoing increase. The recent 2010 Impact Factor, with a value of 1.7, already puts the journal among the top titles in chemical engineering, and also is competitive with less specialized journals and those that have existed longer in the category of Polymer Science.

Figure 1.

MRE Impact Factor and Citations.

The positive development of Macromolecular Reaction Engineering obviously would not be possible without offering the readership results of highest interest to the PRE community. As shown in Table 1, the contributions that have been most accessed by our readers (measured by full text downloads of articles published 2010–2011) cover industrial research and industry-relevant aspects, as well as more academic research approaches and results. A typical example of bringing together these fields is overcoming the challenges of realizing controlled/living radical polymerization in industrial practice, while also benefiting from the newest insights into the underlying processes, which emerge from experimental and theoretical work.

Table 1. Most Accessed Articles (published in Macromol. React. Eng. 2010–2011).
Controlled Radical Polymerization: Industrial Stakes, Obstacles and AchievementsMathias Destarac1
Polyamides - Still Strong After Seventy YearsKeith Marchildon2
Feasibility of Tubular Microreactors for Emulsion PolymerizationMaría Jesús Barandiaran et al.3
Reducing ATRP Catalyst Concentration in Batch, Semibatch and Continuous ReactorsRobin A. Hutchinson et al.4
Modeling the Effects of Reactor Backmixing on RAFT PolymerizationShiping Zhu et al.5
Mathematical Modeling of the Microstructure of Poly(propylene) Made with Ziegler-Natta Catalysts in the Presence of Electron DonorsJoão B. P. Soares et al.6
Modeling Controlled/Living Radical Polymerization Kinetics: Bulk and MiniemulsionHidetaka Tobita7
Homogeneous Phase Copolymerizations of Vinylidene Fluoride and Hexafluoropropene in Supercritical Carbon DioxideSabine Beuermann et al.8
RAFT Inverse Miniemulsion Polymerization of Acrylic Acid and Sodium AcrylateF. Joseph Schork et al.9
Reducing Copper Concentration in Polymers Prepared via Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization.Krzysztof Matyjaszewski et al.10

A strict quality control and careful selection of articles chosen for publication is guaranteed by the dedicated work of our in-house editors and the unbiased and professional handling of all contributions. These procedures of course rely on the additional expertise of external referees, and we also appreciate the additional support and recommendations of our advisory board members.

Quite recently we have completed a significant renewal of the Executive Advisory Board of the Macromolecular journals. All six new members of this board are well-respected polymer scientists with outstanding experience in their field of research, and they all have been on the board of one or more of the individual titles of the Macromolecular journals family for several years. With their promotion to the Executive Advisory Board, the following researchers have accepted the responsibility of supervising the entire Macromolecular journals family:

Christopher Barner-Kowollik (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany), Kristi Kiick (University of Delaware, Newark, USA), Jean-Francois Lutz (Institut Charles Sadron, Strasbourg, France), Brent Sumerlin (Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA), Ben Zhong Tang (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China), and Brigitte Voit (Institute of Polymer Research Dresden, Germany).

We look forward to the continued cooperation with all our board members, but of course I cannot close this Editorial without extending our thank-you also to the authors for sending their exciting results for publication, to the referees for helping us in identifying the best contributions, and last, but certainly not least, to the readers of the journal for their ongoing interest in Macromolecular Reaction Engineering!

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Stefan Spiegel