Chemistry - A European Journal

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Editor: Neville Compton, Deputy Editors: Anne Deveson, Elisabeth Roedern

Impact Factor: 5.317

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 29/166 (Chemistry Multidisciplinary)

Online ISSN: 1521-3765

Associated Title(s): Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Chemistry – An Asian Journal, ChemistryOpen, ChemistrySelect, ChemBioChem, ChemCatChem, ChemElectroChem, ChemMedChem, ChemPhotoChem, ChemPhysChem, ChemPlusChem, ChemSusChem, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, European Journal of Organic Chemistry

Inaugural Editorial

1997, 3, No. 10

The approach of the new millennium promises far-reaching moves towards European unity. It may be no coincidence that these developments have been accompanied by a groundswell of support within the chemical community for the creation of a new structure in European chemical publishing aimed at increasing the profile of European publications throughout the world.

This European programme was initiated over three years ago with the launch of Chemistry - A European Journal. The intention of the founders was to create a European forum for the publication of top-quality papers from all fields of chemistry. The German Chemical Society (GDCh) and the publishers VCH (now WILEY-VCH) were persuaded to put forward the initial funding, but it was explicitly stated from the first issue in 1995 that an offer of joint ownership would be made to further European chemical societies (see Chem. Eur. J. 1996, 2, 1188). This was for me THE essential precondition for Chemistry to develop into a truly European journal.

It soon became clear that Chemistry constituted a nucleus around which a whole new structure could crystallize. Indeed, the development of the new publication structure was given further momentum when the GDCh, the Dutch Chemical Society (KNCV) and VCH agreed that the GDCh journals Chemische Berichte and Liebigs Annalen merge with the KNCV journal Recueil des Travaux Chimiques des Pays-Bas to create a second tier of two European journals specialising in inorganic/organometallic and organic/bioorganic chemistry, respectively. At the same time other European societies were invited to participate in the creation of this unified publication structure.

The first issues of Liebigs Annalen/Recueil and Chemische Berichte/Recueil appeared in January 1997, and the two journals can already be seen to be flourishing as a result of the merger. Further growth is planned for 1998: the Belgian (SRC and KVCV), French (SFC) and Italian (SCI) Chemical Societies have now agreed to integrate their national journals into this visionary project. To reflect the European nature of the journals, the titles will be changed to European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry and European Journal of Organic Chemistry. In addition, contracts are currently being drawn up to allow the above-mentioned societies to become joint owners of Chemistry - A European Journal. Further societies have also expressed interest in the project.

Authors, readers and librarians can only stand to gain from these historical developments. Authors will benefit because the unified European family of journals will be able to reach a considerably larger audience than was previously the case and will thus guarantee the high visibility of the research published. Readers will benefit from the concentration of high-quality information in fewer journals. This will also allow librarians to optimise their use of scarce resources. It is worth stressing that here is finally an initiative that reduces the number of journals - and on a grand scale - from six (at present) journals to just two!

Chemistry - A European Journal has already established itself as one of the premier journals in chemical publishing. The European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry and the European Journal of Organic Chemistry will be two outstanding journals created through the merger of national journals of long tradition. Together with the excellent publication system of the British Royal Society of Chemistry, these three journals offer an unbeatable European package, which will serve the international community of chemists well into the next millennium. These journals are indeed European in origin but international in intent, offering a forum of highest quality and broadest distribution to all chemists around the world. We must be deeply grateful to the national chemical societies who have participated in this project for their courageous, selfless and visionary move as well as for their dedication to the European approach, in the interest of chemistry.

Jean-Marie Lehn