European Journal of Organic Chemistry
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Unity is Strength!Dear Collegues, Readers and Contributors:
It is with great pleasure that we start the second year of the new European merger Journals. This process began some years ago from an initiative aiming at "fewer but better journals" in Europe dealing with Inorganic and Organic Chemistry.
It is beyond any doubt that this initiative of merging journals is a success, as is clearly illustrated below:
* There is a steadily increasing stream of good manuscripts being submitted (see opposite column for statistics)
* The standard of the papers is going up; papers formerly acceptable as "solid pieces" of chemistry are no longer necessarily accepted and selection is also based on the relative importance of the work.
* (As a consequence): there has been an increased rejection rate (now over 25%).
* The attraction of many new authors that previously did not publish in one of the national chemical society journals.
* The addition of three new member countries during 1998 (Greece, Portugal, Spain).
All editors-in-chief have committed themselves to go for the best papers, so that more top-scientists will publish in and read these journals that will receive wider dissemination through increased personal and library subscriptions. We try to give the example by also sending our most important and relevant papers to the European Journal of Organic Chemistry. It is our most dedicated goal to reach the level of the top-3 Organic Chemistry journals on a world wide scale within three to five years.
Having started with regional offices for the initial years and five editors-in-chief, based on history and regional arguments, we expect to gradually move to the system where a limited number of editors-in-chief each cover a certain sub-field within Organic (or Inorganic) chemistry.
To have optimal width in the spectrum of expertise, in addition to the editors-in-chief, we have a relatively rapidly rotating group of Advisory Editorial Board members.
We do realize that top papers will be read extensively and we expect an increasing readership. In addition it is our pleasure to announce that the member societies have all agreed to make a number of low-cost subscriptions available for young scientists in the respective countries, so that they can have a copy of the European Journal of Organic Chemistry on the shelf in the lab.
We started bilaterally in 1997, going to five countries in 1998, and to eight countries in 1999. Which ones will join in 2000?
Pierre De Clercq, Gent
Jan B. F. N. Engberts, Groningen
Henning Hopf, Braunschweig
Jean-Yves Lallemand, Palaiseau
Giorgio Modena, Padova
From the Editorial Office:
Once again the new cover design of the European Journal of Organic Chemistry and the European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry includes more national societies. The eight national journals that have amalgamated are depicted in black-and-white on the facing page and will remain a feature of that page in 1999 as a reminder of the illustrious tradition of these journals. An attractive poster incorporating pictures of the precursors has been included with this issue to thank you for your support. We hope it will brighten your lab ore library. To what extent have the two new publications fulfilled the hopes and promise expressed in the first issue of their lives (January last year)? Chemists, who are notorious for submitting their work to a new journal only when they are convinced of its quality, have decided! After due consideration, they have given their vote of confidence; the number of papers published in the last quarter of 1998 was more than double that published in the first quarter of the year. At the same time the rejection rate increased to about 25%, ensuring that high quality was the first criterion for acceptance. In addition the journals are increasingly drawing authors from not only partner countries but all over the world.
An innovation in 1998 was the availability on the World Wide Web. In the initial introductory period access to the full text (PDF files) was open to all. This preliminary stage is rapidly coming to an end and the full-text files will soon become available at a different URL (http://www.interscience.wiley.com) - you will be able to read the electronic version at your desk through your library subscription. Every full-price subscription includes the right to view, download and print the electronic files of every journal of Wiley your library holds. You will be able to create a personalized home page, which facilitates rapid selection of your essential journals, storage of your regular search strategies, and electronic collection of interesting papers with your personal annotations. However, it should be emphasized that, in addition, the usual features that you have come to value other than the full text, such as Table of Contents, Article Finder, Author Guidelines and Manuscript Template, will still be able to be read by all at the sites you already know (http://wiley-vch.de/home/eurjic/ or http:/wiley-vch.de/home/eurjoc/) and rapid links will connect you to Wiley Interscience, where the tables of contents and abstracts of many more journals also have open access.
The European Journal of Organic Chemistry and the European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry wish to show unity with our authors, too. Who would not agree that Instructions for Authors are a time-consuming source of essential information? Can the process be simplified? A template has been devised to help authours deliver formally correct manuscripts, which speeds up the publication process and enables your paper to be available to the community faster. We would like your comments on the use of this template, which can be found under Author Guidelines on the home pages of the journals, and suggestions for improvement. We aim to serve the scientific community by facilitating the process of publishing for the author as far as possible, while producing their high-quality work in an aesthetically pleasing form as quickly as possible.
Coordinating Managing Editor European Journals:
Karen J. Hindson