ChemPubSoc Europe in the International Year of the Periodic Table

Highlights from 2018

Calendar year 2018 was a productive one for ChemPubSoc Europe’s 15 journals. Manuscript submissions grew by 12 % compared to the previous year, and the number of published articles rose by approximately 5 %, to roughly 9,000 articles. More than 8.9 million full-text downloads signal increased usage and dissemination of ChemPubSoc Europe’s scholarly articles on a global scale. A remarkable 20–30 % growth in usage was seen for ChemCatChem, ChemElectroChem, ChemMedChem, and ChemPlusChem, and roughly 70 % growth for ChemistrySelect and ChemPhotoChem.

Throughout 2018, the publishing group was an enthusiastic sponsor of meetings, symposia, conferences, workshops, and lectures held globally. For further information about ChemPubSoc Europe’s activities in 2018, read the annual report.

In 2019: Author guidelines and preprints

ChemPubSoc Europe journals have updated and harmonized their Notice to Authors to simplify the author experience. Among other noticeable changes to the Author guidelines is a revised policy on preprints. A reminder that ChemPubSoc Europe journals are now considering submissions that have previously been posted to a not-for-profit, subject-based preprint server. Conditions do apply: preprint posting should occur before (or at latest, simultaneously with) submission, authors must declare the prior preprint during submission, and preprints should not be revised on the basis of referee reports obtained by the journal.

Personnel news

Ruben Ragg has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of ChemBioChem and will continue to work in close collaboration with the journal’s Editorial Board and Chairpersons. ChemPlusChem bids farewell to one of its founding editors Marisa Spiniello, who leaves the journal in the capable hands of Jonathan Faiz (Deputy Editor) and Anne Deveson (Acting Editor).

Several of ChemPubSoc Europe’s journals welcomed new Chairpersons in 2019. At Chemistry—A European Journal, Jan-Erling Bäckvall has retired as Chairperson after 15 years of service and passes stewardship to three new Chairs: Kuiling Ding, Kendall N. Houk, and Jean-François Nierengarten. At ChemMedChem, one of the founding Chairpersons, Rainer Metternich, has joined the International Advisory Board and Sangyong Jon has joined the established Chairpersons. ChemPhysChem farewells Christian Amatore, Michel Orrit, and Michael Grätzel who have been invaluable to the journal since they took up their positions in 2011; new Chairpersons Alexander Kuhn, Bert Weckhuysen, and Vivian Wing-Wah Yam are welcomed. Meet the Editors and Chairpersons responsible for the ChemPubSoc Europe journals.

ChemPubSoc Europe’s editorial offices in China continue to strengthen ties with the research community in Asia, and in 2019, the ChemistrySelect team is joined by its first colleague based in India.

ChemPubSoc Europe in its element

Throughout 2019 ChemPubSoc Europe titles are promoting the IYPT. Visit the ChemistryViews summary page for a synopsis of activities, and @ChemPubSoc_Euro on Twitter for regular updates.

Chemistry—A European Journal is leading the way with the festivities. To mark the occasion, the editorial team have outfitted the first issue of Chemistry—A European Journal with an image designed in-house. The “Chemistree” conveys the journal’s global reach, and the size of its leaves reflect the frequency with which elements are mentioned in manuscript titles or author-related keywords.

For many, chemistry is a lifelong love affair ignited by a particular element. In a series titled “In My Element“, Chemistry—A European Journal explores the personal relationship of its Editorial Board members with the chemical elements.

Authors, readers, and researchers of all ages are invited to enter the Chemistry—A European Journal IYPT2019-themed artwork competition. Email your submission (as a JPEG, TIFF, PDF, or PPT file) to [email protected], with the subject “Artwork competition”. Enter by June 1st, 2019, for a chance to win one of three iPads. For full terms and conditions visit

ChemViews Magazine is running an element video competition for budding videographers. Submit your 3 minute video by October 1st, 2019, and you may be the lucky winner of an iPad, book vouchers, or other special prizes (terms and conditions apply).

Other promotions include ChemViews Magazine‘s quiz on the chemical elements, a series of element-themed poems composed by Prof. Mario Markus, and a Spotify songlist featuring the chemical elements as selected by the editors of Chemistry–A European Journal. An “element of the day” is highlighted on Twitter with the hashtag #IYPT_WileyChem for Wiley-VCH publications, including journal articles published by ChemPubSoc Europe.

Society magazines highlight the IYPT

Explore the society wheel on ChemPubSoc Europe’s landing page to discover what’s on at your European chemical society.

The magazines owned by the ChemPubSoc Europe societies are your point of call for easy to share chemical news and insights specific to your country, and in your native tongue. The IYPT 2019 will be covered by many of them, including…

l’actualite chimique
, the magazine of the French Chemical Society (SCF), published an account on the emergence of the periodic table in its January issue, which was written by scientific historian Danielle Fauque. Follow the magazine on Twitter.

Anales de Química
, the magazine of the Royal Spanish Society of Chemistry (RSEQ), is publishing a complete series of informative chemical element profiles. Visit the magazine’s Twitter and Facebook profiles for daily updates.

Chemie in Unserer Zeit
(ChiuZ), a magazine owned by the German Chemical Society (GDCh), introduces readers to the periodic table with “Videotipps“—a selection of fun and instructive audiovisual resources from the worldwide web. Enter the ChiuzChemViews Magazine video competition by October 1st, 2019 for a chance to win an iPad and other attractive prizes.

, the magazine of the Swiss Chemical Society (SCS), devotes its March issue (vol. 73) to the IYPT. Guest-edited by Alan F. Williams, it contains fascinating articles about the periodic table and covers topics such as history and the development of bonding models. Visit CHIMIA’s Twitter page.

Nachrichten aus der Chemie
, the magazine of the GDCh, highlights milestones in chemistry in issue 1/2019 and publishes challenging element puzzles (Elementerätsel) throughout the year.