ChemPubSoc Europe Fellows

This year, in 2014, Chemistry – A European Journal is publishing its 20th volume, the first issue was published in August 1995. The major driving force behind the project was Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn, the recipient of the 1987 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The journal was co-founded by the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh) and published through Wiley-VCH, it was an immediate success and triggered a change of the chemistry journal landscape in continental Europe: of the many national journals – 14 in all – published by individual societies were merged into the European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry and the European Journal of Organic Chemistry, and later a suite of ChemXChem journals followed – it’s almost all history if there were not the occasional new journal being founded to cover new hot topics of chemical research like ChemElectroChem, the first issue of which was published this January.

The 16 chemical societies behind these journals – European-based but international in character – banded together first as the Editorial Union of Chemical Societies (EuChemSoc), and from 2007 onwards as ChemPubSoc Europe. Aside from Prof. Lehn there were quite a number of individuals who were instrumental in bringing their society journals “to the table” and to make the new ones successful. Were those “hidden heroes” ever recognized? Who are they? Who are the most active current supporters of our journals?

Here comes the Fellows program! At the 2013 ChemPubSoc Europe (CPSE) meeting in Gothenburg it was decided to establish this fellowship. From this year onwards, every year a number of most active supporters of the journals – as authors, as referees, or through some other form of service, e.g., as national representative in CPSE – will be made “ChemPubSoc Europe Fellows”. The names of the Fellows will be announced through a press release, in the ChemPubSoc Europe journals, and on, the portal of CPSE and Wiley-VCH; the certificate will be presented to the Fellows at a major European chemistry conference, e.g., at the biannual EuCheMS Congress, or at major national conferences.

You might now have a couple of questions like the following:

  • What does it mean to be a Fellow? Fellows are recognized by his/her peers and their national societies as a pioneer for and strong supporter of CPSE journals.
  • Why start this program? CPSE representatives want to honor those chemists who contributed enormously to the success of this European journals program, to give those scientists more visibility, and to promote at the same time the European chemistry journals philosophy.
  • What are the benefits to the community? The community benefits from better interactions and continuing relationships with “their journals” through their Fellows. The Fellows are among the most influential for the direction our CPSE journals take.
  • What is the reward for being a fellow? The immediate rewards are a certificate, an invitation to the award ceremony and an associated lunch or dinner, and most importantly recognition from our community.
  • What are the recipient Fellows expected to do? Fellows are expected to continue as strong supporters, influencers, and ambassadors of their own societies, CPSE, and its journals.
  • Who was involved in selecting this year’s nomination? All representatives of the 16 member societies of CPSE, and they were asked to involve their society. Furthermore, the advice of the editors of the CPSE journals was sought.
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