Angewandte Chemie International Edition
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Editors of Angewandte Chemie have frequently addressed their readers directly. Therefore, editorials give you an idea of historical developments and current trends as far as the journal, but also chemistry in general is concerned. Browse through them to obtain an impression of how Angewandte Chemie has become the high-profile international journal that it is today.
Starting in 2011, contributions also come from internationally renowned chemists or other scientists, for example, members of the Editorial Board and the International Advisory Board of Angewandte Chemie, who discuss topics such as research politics, the relationship of chemistry and society, and chemical education. The authors present their own personal views, which do not necessarily represent the opinions of the editorial office, the publisher Wiley-VCH, or the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh, German Chemical Society).
Christof M. Niemeyer
Engineering for Life Sciences: A Fruitful Collaboration Enabled by Chemistry
“… The interaction of engineering and life sciences has a long history that is characterized by a mutual dependency. The role of chemistry in these developments is to connect the engineers’ instrumentation with the life scientists’ specimens. This very successful partnership will further continue to produce essential and innovative solutions for future challenges …” Read more in the Guest Editorial by Christof M. Niemeyer.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, No. 8, 1934–1935.
Richard A. Lerner, Sydney Brenner
DNA-Encoded Compound Libraries as Open Source: A Powerful Pathway to New Drugs
“… We envisioned an iterative system where a unique DNA tag identifier that encoded the event was appended to each newly formed molecule. These vast collections of molecules are known today as DNA- encoded chemical libraries (DECLs), and allow scientists to do selections on the benchtop that previously required access to large and complex high-throughput screening centers …” Read more in the Guest Editorial by Richard A. Lerner and Sydney Brenner.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, No. 5, 1164–1165.
Should manuscripts by young authors with low H indices be directly rejected? Such crazy ideas can be extrapolated from the notion that lots of citations are a guarantee for high quality. Such flawed developments in scientific publishing are one theme of the Editorial by the Editor in Chief of Angewandte Chemie, as are far more positive aspects, such as the activities of the German Chemical Society (GDCh; Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker) in it anniversary year, 2017.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, No. 1, 4–7.
A Vibrant Science Lives from Within
“… For a discipline to remain lively and also attractive to young scientists, it needs to have its intrinsic key questions, grand intellectual challenges with the potential of stimulating the minds of generations of scientists, and of triggering discoveries in often unrelated fields. The origin of life is such a question for the field of chemistry. We should use this problem to illustrate the fascination of our science …” Read more in the Editorial by Ferdi Schüth.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, No. 48, 14878–14879.
Preprints as well? There is already the Accepted Article (published directly after refereeing and author revision), the Early-View/ASAP-Version (after refereeing, editing and proofing), and the final Version of Record. The problems with preprints are discussed in this Editorial along with the undeclared resubmission of previously rejected manuscripts: publication times, color costs, and Angewandte Symposia are further topics.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, No. 44, 13621–13623.
Robert G. Bergman, Rick L. Danheiser
Reproducibility in Chemical Research
“… To what extent is reproducibility a significant issue in chemical research? How can problems involving irreproducibility be minimized? … Researchers should be aware of the dangers of unconscious investigator bias, all papers should provide adequate experimental detail, and Reviewers have a responsibility to carefully examine papers for adequacy of experimental detail and support for the conclusions …” Read more in the Editorial by Robert G. Bergman and Rick L. Danheiser.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, No. 41, 12548–12549.
“ … The 6th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress will take place in Seville in September 2016. EuCheMS represents more than 160 000 chemists from more than 40 member societies. ChemPubSoc Europe is an organization of 16 European chemical societies from 15 countries. These initiatives have contributed significantly to the creation of a European identity for chemistry …” Read more in the Editorial by Luis A. Oro.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, No. 37, 10924–10925.
“ … The number of universities teaching nuclear and radiochemistry has decreased, not least as radiochemistry is erroneously linked to the use of nuclear power … Radiochemistry is essential for a variety of fields, including radiopharmaceuticals, as well as the management of radioactive waste … we are facing a lack of specialists in the area of radiation protection …” Read more in the Editorial by Clemens Walther.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, No. 32, 9102–9103.
Thisbe K. Lindhorst
Chemistry is a Key Science for the Future of India and the World
The next Angewandte Symposium, which is dedicated to chemical biology and bioorganic chemistry, will take place on July 13, 2016 during the CRSI National Symposium in Chemistry. This is an occasion to reflect on the international nature and societal responsibility of science, and to place the focus on chemical research in India. The number of Communications from India submitted to Angewandte Chemie has increased by 140 % from 2010 to 2015, and the number published by as much as 325 % … Read more in the Editorial by Thisbe Lindhorst.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, No. 27, 7554–7555.
“… Just over 50 years ago, Robert S. Cahn, Sir Christopher Ingold, and Vladimir Prelog published the Review ‘Specification of Molecular Chirality’ in Angewandte Chemie. The article would change the everyday language of the chemist by bringing the term chirality to their attention. Today, the CIP system is the specification tool in organic chemistry …” Read more in the Editorial by Günter Helmchen.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, No. 24, 6798–6799.
“… Despite the introduction of high-throughput and combinatorial methods that certainly can be useful in the process of catalysts optimization, it is recognized that the generation of fundamental knowledge at the molecular level is key for the development of new concepts and for reaching the final objective of solid catalysts by design …” Read more in the Editorial by Avelino Corma.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, No. 21, 6112–6113.
“… Most transition-metal catalysts and organocatalysts do not meet the requirements for modern industrial manufacturing processes. Their main limitation is low efficiency. The need to develop highly efficient catalysts and related catalytic reactions is a never-ending challenge in synthetic chemistry …” Read more in the Editorial by Qi-Lin Zhou.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, No. 18, 5352–5353.
Uwe T. Bornscheuer
Biocatalysis: Successfully Crossing Boundaries
“ … The creation of robust biocatalysts with desired properties was previously challenging. Nowadays, knowledge of bioinformatics, protein engineering, molecular biology, high-throughput screening, as well as experience in biocatalysis and organic synthesis, are key skills to identify, develop, and implement novel synthetic routes …” Read more in the Editorial by Uwe T. Bornscheuer.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, No. 14, 4372–4373.
“… The key discoveries on which many commercial products are ultimately based are often the result of fundamental research performed with no (commercial) end-use even contemplated. It is remarkable that the idea of supporting truly fundamental research is under assault to varying degrees worldwide. Humankind will benefit from an environment where the emergence of completely new ideas is encouraged …” Read more in the Editorial by Ian Manners
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, No. 12, 3834–3835.
Richard N. Zare
Better Practices in Scientific Publishing
“… I suggest two possible changes that might make better practices in scientific publishing. A mechanism is needed to recognize the valuable task that reviewers perform and I would also like to have a brief explanation of the individual author contributions to each manuscript …” Read more in the Editorial by Richard N. Zare.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, No. 8, 2606–2607.
Solvation Science: A New Interdisciplinary Field
“… Solvents are often considered to be an inert media, in which reactions occur. A molecular-level, bottom-up description of solvation that is able to predict the properties of new solvent systems, also for industrial applications has come within reach. Solvents are now increasingly recognized as playing an active role in their own right in various processes … Read more in the Editorial by Martina Havenith.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, No. 4, 1218–1219.
Black Sheep, Points of Light, and Angewandte Chemie
From deception to plagiarism, the range of unethical behavior in the publishing practices of scientists is broad. However, scientists should not all be tarred with the same brush. This theme is at the heart of the Editorial that also illuminates some happier events, such as the nomination of new members of the Editorial and International Advisory Boards.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, No. 1, 4–5.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, No. 52, 15613–15615.
Joseph S. Francisco
International Scientific Collaborations: A Key to Scientific Success
“ … Cross-cultural collaboration, when it works, is synergistic, and brings understanding between partners that neither is likely to be able to develop alone. There are people in the world that know something, but nobody knows everything. International collaborations in science bring together and capitalize on the dispersal of knowledge and resources across the globe, and the human desire to advance knowledge …” Read more in the Editorial by Joseph S. Francisco.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, No. 50, 14984–14985.
Chemistry in Taiwan and Academia Sinica
“… Taiwan has successfully developed semiconductor, and information and communication technology industries that earned Taiwan a good reputation and brought prosperity to the country. Now Taiwan has recognized the need for a disruptive change that will require the establishment of new industries. Basic research remains the major focus of the chemistry community …” Read more in the Editorial by Chi-Huey Wong.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, No. 46, 13472–13473.
Helmut Schwarz, Itamar Willner, Ilan Marek
The Scientific Bridge: Fifty Years of Germany–Israel Diplomatic Relations
“… Fifty years ago, out of the ashes of the Second World War, the German Chancellor, Konrad Adenauer, and the Israeli Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, initiated the establishment of diplomatic relations between Germany and Israel. This special issue commemorates the fruitful and mutually enriching long-term collaborations between Israeli and German scientists … Read more in the Editorial by Helmut Schwarz, Itamar Willner, and Ilan Marek.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, No. 42, 12182–12183.
More Chemistry with Light! More Light in Chemistry!
“… Why is chemistry overlooked when talking about light? Is the photon a physical particle per se? Are all important light-induced processes biological? Maybe the role of light for chemistry and the role of chemistry for light may be far less important than a few eccentric scientists would like to believe. From the perspective of a synthetically oriented photochemist, however, the facts are different …” Read more in the Editorial by Thorsten Bach.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, No. 39, 11294–11295.
Porous Materials and the Age of Gas
“… Materials that achieve mass storage and highly efficient separation of gases cannot be realized by simply improving conventional technology. The achievements in the field of metal–organic frameworks have rapidly and significantly advanced materials research that is vital to addressing energy and environmental issues…” Read more in the Editorial by Susumu Kitagawa.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, No. 37, 10686–10687.
Chemistry in a Materials World
“… Chemists are expected more and more to explain their contributions to the public. This could be straightforward since there is no new technology without improved materials, especially in fields of immense societal importance such as energy, health, water, or sustainability. Can’t these unsolved scientific and technical challenges motivate chemists to offer their superior abilities in synthesis and join the field of materials? …” Read more in the Editorial by Klaus Müllen.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, No. 35, 10040–10042.
The Graphene Flagship—A Giant European Research Project
“…The European Commission decided to launch the Graphene Flagship Project in 2013. The project brings together leading research laboratories from all over Europe with a wide span of different expertise. The Graphene Flagship (together with the Human Brain Project) is the largest collaborative research project that has ever been set up in Europe …” Read more in the Editorial by Andreas Hirsch.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, No. 32, 9132–9133.
Vivian Wing-Wah Yam
Inorganic Chemistry: A Prestigious History and a Bright Future
“…Inorganic chemistry has evolved from fundamental studies to the forefronts of interdisciplinary research. What was considered to be impossible or elusive has now become feasible. While we still keep our identity as inorganic chemists, the sharp demarcation between the divisions of different subject disciplines or subdisciplines is no longer relevant …” Read more in the Editorial by Vivian W.-W. Yam.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, No. 29, 8304–8305.
„There is more than what meets the eye. After 25 years of optical experiments on single molecules, it is time to reflect on the insights and the present or potential applications that single-molecule optics, and more generally single-molecule chemistry, have brought to us. Subtle and detailed information can be gleaned from the wealth of signals single molecules relay to us from their nanometer-scale environment …“ Read more in the Editorial by Michel Orrit.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, No. 28, 8004–8005.
Sustainable Chemistry for Energizing the Planet
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, No. 24, 6946–6947.
Christoph Ettl, Martin Stratmann
Chemistry and the Max Planck Society: A Stable Bond Resonating into the Future
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, No. 20, 5798–5799.
“… The Bürgenstock program always allows for important scientific discussion. It is clear that this meeting is valuable for the scientific community as it is on one hand important for its deep historical significance, and on the other hand crucial for what it preserves of great scientific tradition for future generations. Every meeting contained a lesson learned and further brought together the family of stereochemists …” Read more in the Editorial by Jay S. Siegel.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, No. 17, 4974–4975.
150 Years of BASF
“I cordially invite you to bring in your creativity on our interactive anniversary platform”, Andreas Kreimeyer, Research Executive Director of BASF, challenges all readers in the Editorial of this issue of Angewandte Chemie. This edition commemorates the 150th anniversary of BASF with a collection of Reviews and Essays that address the contributions of chemistry to the fields of energy, nutrition, and urban living.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, No. 11, 3156–3158.
The German Chemical Society (GDCh) and Nazi Germany
“National Socialists were enthusiastic about technology and the natural sciences. Chemistry was of the highest importance in helping the Third Reich to become independent of imports from foreign countries and was crucial for the preparation of the war. The German chemical societies were of major importance in coordinating the contribution of their members to the war …” Read more in the Editorial by Henning Hopf.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, No. 9, 2566–2567.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, No. 5, 1374–1375.
The Impact Factor of Angewandte Chemie …
What does the Impact Factor tell us? This question is addressed by Peter Gölitz in his Editorial, particularly in light of the surprising drop in the 2013 Impact Factor of Angewandte Chemie. An explanation is sought and found. Most importantly the influence of the individual variables that determine the Impact Factor needs to be understood.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, No. 1, 4–6.