European Journal of Organic Chemistry
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A Word From Your Senior Editor
Two years ago the European Journal of Organic Chemistry was founded from the merger of the national journals of six European Chemical Societies. In 1999 three more Societies joined us and we hope to be able to announce a further expansion soon. The 24 issues published so far reflect the increasing growth and change of the journal which, as an internationally recognized journal, is now attracting a growing number of authors from outside of Europe.
The Editors, together with the members of the recently extended Advisory Board, and myself, are determined to increase the quality of the journal year after year. Our efforts are supported by the European Chemical Societies who are the owners of the journal. Furthermore we rely on the highly dedicated staff at the Central Editorial Office of Wiley-VCH in Weinheim, Germany. The following message from the Coordinating Managing Editor will bring you up to date on the latest news and developments. It is the aim of all of us to raise the scientific and technical level of the journal continually and to present timely and important contributions from the frontiers of science related to Organic Chemistry. Besides the traditional topics of the former national journals such as organic synthesis, physical-organic chemistry and natural-product chemistry, original and innovative contributions from supramolecular chemistry and organic material science, as well as from biological chemistry and chemical biology, are also particularly appreciated.
Together with all who are involved in the development of the journal, I confidently hope that all of you, and especially our younger colleagues, will contribute to the increasing success of this joint venture by publishing your most qualified papers in the coming issues of the European Journal of Organic Chemistry. The future of the journal depends substantially on its authors and readers, their cooperation and their help. All of them are encouraged to contact the Editors or the Editorial Office with their suggestions and criticisms.
On behalf of the Editors, the members of the Advisory Board and the Editorial Office I wish you all a happy and most successful year 2000.
READY FOR THE YEAR 2000From the Editorial Office:
Three years of cooperation between European Chemical Societies and two years of the European Journal of Organic Chemistry and the European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry have provided a strong platform for the dissemination of top European and International research. An often used, although disputed, parameter to measure the impact of a journal is the two-year impact factor published by the ISI. This parameter can be determined only after three full years of the existence of a new journal as it gives the average number of times that articles from a two-year period are cited in the next year. The journals expect an initial impact factor, based on published articles of the first year only, in the middle of 2000, but the changes that ring in the third year of their existence are evidence of the journals' success.
The number of submissions to the European Journal of Organic Chemistry has grown by 73% in its two-year lifetime. Despite an increasing rejection rate (26%), the journal published so many pages in 1999 that the issues at the end of the year became inconveniently thick for a quick browse in an odd moment or as reading matter for a business trip. The frequency will be doubled in 2000 to restore the optimum size per issue. This development has an advantageous effect on publication times, too, which is especially important for Short Communications. Already, this category of papers requiring urgent publication is handled on a fast-track, which results in a saving of two months over the publication time for Full Papers. Since an issue will appear every two weeks, the half-time for the publication of Short Communications in the European Journal of Organic Chemistry can be even shorter than the present 3.6 months after submission. The possibility also exists that high-quality manuscripts of papers not accepted by Angew. Chem. or Chem. Eur. J., due to lack of general interest, are forwarded with the referee reports to EurJOC (or EurJIC), thus avoiding unnecessary delays and work-load of referees.
The international attention in the journal is reflected in the international authorship: ALREADY as many as 27% of submitted papers come from authors beyond the borders of the countries that own the journal. Geographic distance is no longer a disadvantage, because electronic mail ensures that the earliest possible submission date or the next attainable issue is the same for all. The time for the mail to arrive in the editorial office is irrelevant: the received date is that of the e-mail submission, and every author has the option of receiving their galley proofs in Portable Document Format (PDF) by e-mail. In addition, to serve the interests of our international authors better, the Owner Societies have decided to expand the Advisory Board to include eminent scientists from all over the world.
Another feature of particular advantage to distant subscribers is the accelerated online access to the next issues. In 1999 the articles were available online up to three weeks in advance of the distribution date. We hope to improve this by a further two weeks in 2000. Another electronic enhancement planned for the year is the ability to deposit data in a spectral database. These data will then be accessible via hyperlinks from the electronic version of the paper. The concept is familiar for crystal structure data, but has not yet been available for spectral data.
One of Europe's fascinating peculiarities is its many languages. Not one of our owner societies communicates with its members in the language of its journal! Many Europeans are fine linguists, but it is time-consuming, and, particularly for young scientists, laborious to write in a foreign tongue, and doubly difficult to formulate complex concepts concisely within a strict page limit. We offer advantages for these chemists, too. No English-speaking post-doc around to correct the English of the revised version? No problem! Language polishing is a free service for our authors. In one aspect our commitment to the language aspect moulds the policy of the European Journals: Short Communications may be longer than two printed pages. We believe the clarity gained in the text brings a time benefit not only for the author - the reader can understand the message of the communication faster, too.
Last year many of our authors tested our manuscript template. Were you one of those enthusiasts? If yes, take the time to download the updated template - it is even more convenient and fun to use. If not, aren't you curious why these authors choose the template each time they write a paper for the European Journal of Organic Chemistry? Why not look at the Author Guidelines on our home page (http://www.wiley-vch.de/home/eurjoc) and test it yourself? We look forward to your next paper! Qualitywise we aim to become one of the top journals in Organic and Bioorganic chemistry on a worldwide scale - top quality not only scientifically but also in the handling of your manuscripts from receipt to appearance on paper and electronically.
Coordinating Managing Editor European Journals:
and your Editorial Team:
Udo Eberhardt, Andrew Frankland, and Robert Temme