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

Chem. Eur. J., 1995, April

The inaugural issue

of Chemistry - A European Journal is finally here. The idea is not a new one. A number of European chemists have been broaching the subject on numerous occasions over the last couple of decades. We are delighted that one of these tenacious individuals, J. F. Stoddart, is represented in this first issue; in 1991 he wrote to one of us: "You know I feel very strongly that European chemists should be addressing the issue of a medium in which to publish full papers... I keep dreaming about the European Journal of Chemistry..."

Early last year the dreaming stopped and the decision was made within the German Chemical Society and VCH, the publishers of Angewandte Chemie, to go ahead with this project. Since then, things have been moving at a startling pace. In September 1994 we started soliciting manuscripts, and by the end of February over a hundred had landed in the editorial office. The quality has been gratifyingly high and the diversity of subject matter covered impressive. About 70% of the manuscripts have been of European origin, but papers have also been coming in from the US, Japan, and other corners of the world. The first step has thus been made towards our stated aim of creating a journal that is "European in spirit and international in appeal."

In the inaugural issue, we have tried to reflect the diversity of subjects and nationalities of incoming papers. It seems particularly fitting that the opening article by H. Schwarz et al. is littered with molecules with an "international" feel such as UN and UNO (German abbreviation for UN). It is rather a pity that we could not present any Europium chemistry!

Finally, our thanks go to those who have actively supported Chemistry by sending in manuscripts. We hope that this issue will entice others to follow suit.

Jean-Marie Lehn
Peter Gölitz