Chemistry - A European Journal

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

Impact Factor: 5.771

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 24/163 (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., 1996, January

The European Journal embarks on its second year

Over a year has passed since I officially launched Chemistry - A European Journal with an editorial in Angewandte Chemie. This was an exciting moment for me and many of my colleagues who had long been campaigning for a European-based forum for the publication of top-quality full papers. The European Journal rapidly took on a concrete form with the publication of the inaugural issue in April, 1995. As the journal embarks on its second year, it seems a good time to assess to what extent the expectations expressed in my first editorial have been fulfilled.

One of the main aims of Chemistry is to highlight and support the outstanding research produced by groups across Europe. The breakdown of manuscripts according to country of origin shows that Chemistry has indeed been enthusiastically received right across Europe. The percentage of contributions from the USA and Japan in the first year is not what it could be, and there is clearly room for improvement here. However, I feel confident that the outstanding quality and high circulation of Chemistry will attract a higher proportion of contributions from countries outside Europe in 1996.

Initially many readers felt that there were not enough contributions per issue, and it soon became clear that the journal would have to grow rapidly in response to the high submission rates. To this end, the Chemistry team was expanded in July, 1995, and the number of manuscripts per issue was gradually increased from about six to fourteen. The number of pages published in 1995 was 650; at least 1500 pages are planned for 1996. I am aware that the publication times have been rather long (currently an average of about eight months), but am confident that the expansion of Chemistry will result in a drastic reduction in this figure by the middle of the year. The journal will aim to publish excellent papers in less than six months.

The partnership between Angewandte Chemie and Chemistry has clearly been instrumental in helping to establish the new journal at the centre of European publishing. To reinforce this position, it will remain within Angewandte in 1996. Its launch as an independent journal in 1997 will naturally be the acid test of how widely it has been accepted within the community. So far Chemistry has been true to its name with the breadth and quality of coverage, and the balance achieved between the various fields of chemistry. If you have not yet been convinced, I hope that a second successful year of the European Journal will win you over to being a long-term contributor, reader and subscriber in 1997.

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