Meeting of Editors of European Society Magazines

Meeting of Editors of European Society Magazines

Author: Vera Koester

ChemPubSoc Europe is an organization of 16 continental European chemical societies, founded in the late 1990s. Since then, ChemPubSoc Europe has published extremely successful peer-reviewed scientific journals, such as Chemistry – A European Journal and the science news magazine ChemistryViews.

Publishing in ChemPubSoc Europe journals provides societies with royalty payments based on article numbers and the countries of the submitting authors. ChemPubSoc Europe allows its member societies to work together to support and advance the chemical sciences. This experience can also support the membership magazines of each national society.


Membership Magazines and Collaboration

To strenghten collaboration, at the invitation of ChemPubSoc Europe, a meeting of the Editors-in-Chief of the national membership magazines was held in Weinheim, Germany, from March 28 to March 29, 2019. This was the second meeting of this kind. The meeting was attended by editors representing national membership magazines, Catharina Goedecke and Vera Koester from ChemViews Magazine, as well as various colleagues from Wiley-VCH responsible for editorial and marketing of society journals. After welcome remarks, participants were given the opportunity to introduce themselves and their membership journal in a short presentation (see Fig. 1). Special emphasis was laid on recent changes and activities of interest to the whole group.


 European Society Magazines and their Editors in Chief
Figure 1. Talking about their magazines (from top left to bottom right):
Dr. Gillian Harvey, Chimia, Switzerland, Professor Miltiades I. Karayannis, Χημικά Χρονικά, Greece, Professor Eric Schouteden, Mens & Molecules, Belgium, Professor Miguel A. Sierra, Anales de Química, Spain, Professor Tamás Kiss, Magyar Kémikusok Lapja, Hungary, Dr. Christian Remenyi, Nachrichten aus der Chemie, Germany, Professor Vlastimil Vyskocil, Chemické Listy, Czech Republic, Patricia Pineau, L’Actualité Chimique, France. (photo Wiley-VCH)


Publishing Trends and Cooperation with Societies

The colleagues from the publishing house discussed publishing trends and best practices in society cooperation.


European Society Magazines, Wiley-VCH colleagues

Figure 2. During their presentations (from top left to bottom right): Karina Partisch, Haymo Ross, Lucy White, Charlotte Gers-Panther, Kim Meyer, Catharina Goedecke, Nathalie Weickgenannt, Guido F. Herrmann. (photos Wiley-VCH)


Dr. Guido F. Herrmann, VP & Managing Director, Wiley-VCH, Germany, talked about the enormous growth in China, open access, the importance of funders and authors, and how, in his opinion, to best adapt to changes. He continued with Project DEAL. In January 2018, Wiley concluded negotiations with DEAL, a consortium of German libraries and research institutions that was commissioned by the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany, represented by the German Rectors’ Conference, the HRK. He emphasizes that this is a landmark arrangement and an entirely new construct—so-called Publish and Read (PAR) agreement—for Wiley and for DEAL.

Wiley has agreed to this new license that, for one annual fee, allows access to their full journals database for all German institutions, and grants researchers at the participating institutions the right to publish uncapped numbers of accepted Online Open articles in Wiley’s hybrid journals (i.e., journals publishing both subscription and Open Access articles). Additionally, DEAL will cover the cost of German researchers publishing in Wiley Open Access full gold journals.

Dr. Haymo Ross, Publisher, Wiley-VCH, Germany, is responsible for the ChemPubSoc Europe journals and Editor-in-Chief of Chemistry – A European Journal. He gave a short introduction of the idea, history, and organization of ChemPubSoc Europe and continued with recent ChemPubSoc Europe publishing highlights and special activities.

Dr. Kim Meyer, Associate Editor Angewandte Chemie, Wiley-VCH, Germany, gave a presentation on the ChemPubSoc Europe newsletter. It is published three times a year and covers important developments at ChemPubSoc Europe’s 15 journals and ChemViews Magazine.

In very short talks, recent examples of collaborations with societies were presented for further inspiration. Dr. Deanne Nolan, Deputy Editor ChemPhotoChem and ChemSystemsChem, Wiley-VCH, Germany, for example, presented some of the IYPT2019 activities of the ChemPubSoc Europe journals. An overview can be found at She also introduced the ChemPubSoc Europe twitter account, which highlights since 2016 special activities related to the journals, ChemistryViews, and the national societies.

Dr. Nathalie Weickgenannt, Deputy Editor Angewandte Chemie, Wiley-VCH, Germany, spoke about the GDCh Campus Events. These are half-day events at selected German universities aimed at everyone on campus. The events offer a unique opportunity to get to know the GDCh and the editors of GDCh/Wiley-VCH journals in an informal setting, especially for younger chemists. The events are organized by the GDCh (Maximilian Bräutigam) with support from Wiley-VCH (Nathalie Weickgenannt) together with the local Ortsverband and JungChemikerForum (Young Chemists Group). The program consists of two scientific talks with unusual perspectives by distinguished speakers and a workshop with Editors from journals (co)-owned by the GDCh.


Discussions and Workshops

A major part of the meeting included workshops and discussions in small groups and amongst all participants.


During the discussions

Figure 3. During the discussions. (photo Wiley-VCH)


Overall, the participants were very happy with the meeting. They found it very interesting and useful. The event provided a great opportunity to exchange with the other editors, learn about the other magazines and journals. It provided the editors with contacts and helped to create a network to exchange ideas and discuss common issues. “We work in isolation. The meeting allows us to pick up a lot of information. This is very useful.”, one of the participants concluded. The open atmosphere where criticism was possible was also appreciated very much.

Communication will be maintained on a regular basis and this kind of meeting will be repeated regularly.


European Society Magazines group photos

Figure 4. Group photo (from left to right; front to back):

Dr. Vera Koester, ChemViews Magazine/, Professor Eric Schouteden, Mens & Molecules, Belgium, Professor Miltiades I. Karayannis, Χημικά Χρονικά, Greece, Patricia Pineau, L’Actualité Chimique, France, Professor Miguel A. Sierra Rodriguez, Anales de Química, Spain, Dr. Gillian Harvey, Chimia, Switzerland, Dr. Christian Remenyi, Nachrichten aus der Chemie, Germany, Professor Vlastimil Vyskocil, Chemické Listy, Czech Republic, Dr. Kim Meyer, Angewandte Chemie, Germany.

(back row; left to right) Monika Silz, Marketing, Wiley-VCH, Dr. Guido F. Herrmann, VP & Managing Director Wiley-VCH, Lucy White, Research Marketing, Wiley, UK, Professor Tamás Kiss, Magyar Kémikusok Lapja, Hungary, Catharina Goedecke, ChemViews Magazine/, Karina Partisch, Marketing, Wiley-VCH, Josefa Loro Fernandez, Head of Executive Office ChemPubSoc Europe, Wiley-VCH. (photo Wiley-VCH)


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