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Editor-in-Chief: Natalia Ortúzar

Impact Factor: 2.968

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 19/59 (Chemistry Medicinal); 83/255 (Pharmacology & Pharmacy)

Online ISSN: 1860-7187

Associated Title(s): Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Chemistry - A European Journal, Chemistry – An Asian Journal, ChemBioChem, Medicinal Research Reviews, Molecular Informatics

November 10, 2011

Philip S. Portoghese, Editor-in-Chief of J. Med. Chem., Steps Down at the End of 2011

Philip S. Portoghese, Editor-in-Chief of J. Med. Chem., Steps Down at the End of 2011With the end of the year comes the end of an era: Prof. Philip S. Portoghese will retire as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (JMC), handing over the role he's held since 1972 to Professors Gunda Georg at the University of Minnesota and Shaomeng Wang at the University of Michigan.

The ChemMedChem Editorial Team had the pleasure of meeting Prof. Portoghese some years ago at a conference in Vienna, and to young researchers freshly minted as Editors, it felt like meeting a celebrity. Portoghese is a household name for medicinal chemists, and his role in shaping medicinal chemistry as a discipline cannot be overstated.

In his farewell Editorial, he speaks of JMC's beginnings and the various transitions the journal has undergone over the years. Under his Editorship, JMC has become a powerhouse journal at the top of the field. Prof. Portoghese's vision molded JMC into what it is today: a measure of excellence, a journal that sets the standards for publishing quality research in medicinal chemistry.

ChemMedChem is still a young journal, and of course we are aiming high, looking to rival JMC as the heavyweight in medicinal chemistry publishing. Prof. Portoghese's career as Editor of JMC has been long and distinguished, and his expertise will surely be missed. Fortunately, he won't be going far, and we wish him all the best in his return to full-time research, which will no doubt greet him like an old friend. And who knows, maybe one day ChemMedChem will have the honor of counting him among its authors!

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