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ChemPubSoc Europe journals are publishing a record number of articles, which are being cited and shared more than ever before. As your trusted partner in scholarly publishing, the journal family and its editors strive to give your research the attention it deserves.

And it’s evident that this partnership with the global chemical community is thriving. Clarivate’s 2019 journal citation reports reveal a 20–50 % rise in citations for ChemCatChem, ChemSusChem, ChemistryOpen, and ChemElectroChem in 2018, with increases for all others. See the impact factors in parallel. Altmetrics give a qualitative view of how widely shared and mentioned an article is across digital media, and there too, ChemPubSoc Europe journals are performing well. Of the 100 most widely shared ChemPubSoc Europe articles, more than half were published in Chemistry–A European Journal.

Honoring your research means honoring you: your society, your challenges, and your successes. As such, ChemPubSoc Europe is proud to share a selection of recent publishing-related highlights with you.

Honorable mentions

The Polish Chemical Society celebrated its 100th Anniversary (September 2019, Warsaw). More than 800 participants attended this extraordinary celebration of Poland’s chemical legacy, including representatives of ChemPubSoc Europe and the Nobel Laureates Ben Feringa (University of Groningen, the Netherlands) and Roald Hoffmann (Emeritus at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA). During the event, the prestigious Maria Skłodowska-Curie Medal was awarded to Polish-born Hoffmann in recognition of his outstanding achievements in chemistry of worldwide significance and for his contributions to Polish chemists. To commemorate the anniversary of the Polish Chemical Society, ChemPubSoc Europe have created and gifted a compendium of articles published in its journals by Polish chemists (approximately 1500 authors since 2000).

Caption: Top, the 62nd Scientific Meeting and 100th Anniversary celebration of the Polish Chemical Society (2–6 September, Warsaw). Middle left, E. Peter Kündig presents a bound volume of ChemPubSoc Europe articles published by Polish chemists. Middle right, Izabela Nowak (President of the Polish Chemical Society) awards Roald Hoffmann the Maria Skłodowska-Curie Medal. Bottom, representatives of the ChemPubSoc Europe owners gather in Warsaw for their annual meeting.

Women of Catalysis, ChemCatChem’s Special Issue 16/2019
, celebrates the breadth and depth of cutting-edge chemical research by leading female investigators. This issue was shaped by a fruitful exchange of ideas with ChemCatChem’s authors and valuable input was provided by guest editors Deryn E. Fogg, Petra de Jongh, and Li-Zhu Wu.

Three female group leaders who are the 2019 recipients of four awards in the field of catalysis were interviewed by ChemCatChem for the Women of Catalysis Special Issue: Sandra Luber (GeCatS Jochen-Block Prize and the GDCh Carl Duisberg Memorial Prize), Dörte Rother (DECHEMA Prize), and Katalin Barta (Netherlands’ Catalysis and Chemistry Conference Award).

The catalysis community responded enthusiastically to this initiative, with more than one hundred submissions received from all over the world. Furthermore, half of the articles in Women of Catalysis were selected by reviewers as highly important or very important papers, which is a testament to the quality of the articles that comprise this Special Issue. Read the Editorial by Deryn E. Fogg, Petra de Jongh, Li-Zhu Wu, and ChemCatChem’s Associate Editor Sandra González-Gallardo.

Caption: Women of Catalysis Special Issue guest editors (top row) Deryn E. Fogg (University of Ottawa, Canada), Petra de Jongh (Utrecht University, Netherlands), and Li-Zhu Wu (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China), and interviewees (bottom row) Sandra Luber (University of Zürich, Switzerland), Dörte Rother (RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany), and Katalin Barta (University of Groningen, Netherlands).

Institute Feature: ZIOC Moscow.
The European Journal of Organic Chemistry (EurJOC) has published an Institute Feature (26/2019) with the N.D. Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ZIOC, Moscow, Russia). For more on this Special Issue and other Institute Features published by EurJOC and the European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry (EurJIC), read more about it in this newsletter.

A ChemPlusChem Special Issue: π-Conjugated (Macro)molecules and their Applications.
This Special Issue covers a range of topics on the theme of π-conjugated (macro)molecules; including, synthesis and self-assembly of new (macro)molecules, polymers and materials with special properties arising from pi conjugation, to their applications in optoelectronics, photovoltaics and sensing, among others. The issue is guest-edited by Davide Bonifazi (Cardiff University, Wales, UK), Xinliang Feng (Technische Universität Dresden, Germany), and Paolo Samori (Université de Strasbourg, France).

A ChemSusChem Virtual Collection: 4th EuChemS Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry. This collection of papers published in ChemSusChem showcases the latest advances in areas such as sustainable (bio)catalysis, CO2 valorization, biomass conversion, polymer chemistry, and electrochemistry. Contributors to the collection include plenary and keynote speakers, as well as organizing board and international advisory board members who are attending the EuCheMS Conference on Green & Sustainable Chemistry (EUGSC-4; Tarragona, Spain, September 2019). The articles are currently free to read. 

And the award goes to…

EurJIC and the Wöhler Vereinigung für Anorganische Chemie (the GDCh’s inorganic chemistry division) are delighted to announce the winner of the 2019 EurJIC–Wöhler Young Investigator Prize, which is awarded on a biennial basis to an early career researcher who has published an excellent scientific publication in a field within inorganic chemistry. Awardees of this prize are selected by representatives of universities and industry appointed by the Board of the Wöhler-Vereinigung and by the Editorial Board of EurJIC (led by Chairman Lutz Gade). The 2019 recipient is Crispin Lichtenberg (University of Würzburg, Germany), for his prize-winning publication “Double CH Activation of a Masked Cationic Bismuth Amide” (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 3825–3829; Angew. Chem. 2018, 130, 3887–3891). Lichtenberg presented his award lecture at the GDCh-Wissenschaftsforum Chemie 2019 in Aachen, Germany (16–19 September, 2019).

Caption: From left, Preeti Vashi (Editor-in-Chief of EurJIC), Stefanie Dehnen (Chair of the Wöhler Verinigung, Philipps Universität Marburg), Crispin Lichtenberg (winner of the 2019 EurJIC-Wöhler Young Investigator Prize, Junior Research Group Leader at the Institute for Inorganic Chemistry, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg), Lichtenberg’s PhD supervisor and laudator Jun Okuda (RWTH Aachen).

New initiatives in Open Access

The “Allianz der Wissenschaftsorganisationen”, a consortium of German libraries and research institutions representing more than 700 mainly publicly funded academic institutions in Germany, are in partnership with Wiley for a Germany-wide “Publish & Read“ agreement. What does this mean for participating institutions? Permanent open access to Wiley’s entire E-journal portfolio as far back as 1997, and corresponding authors affiliated with a participating institution can publish their original research or review articles with open access in Wiley journals (in original Gold Open Access journals and in subscription journals, including ChemPubSoc Europe journals). This transformative publishing agreement is considered Plan-S compliant. For more information visit

Remember: if you are an author working at a German research institute or university, your publication counts toward the ChemPubSoc Europe Publikationswettbewerb—a national publication competition between regional divisions of the German Chemical Society (GDCh). The competition was developed by the GDCh and EurJOC. Moreover, corresponding submitting authors at participating Projekt DEAL institutes are eligible for open access publication of their article at no cost to the author. Discover your eligibility.