The Journal of Organic Chemistry’s new Editor-in-Chief, Scott J. Miller, brings considerable experience to the role he assumed on January 1. He is the Irénée du Pont Professor of Chemistry at Yale University, where he served as chair of the Department of Chemistry from 2009 through 2016. Miller has published important papers, including his work on minimal peptidic catalysts for important enantioselective and site-selective reactions. Among other honors, Miller is the recipient of the 2011 National Institutes of Health MERIT Award and the 2003 Pfizer Award for Creativity in Organic Chemistry, and ACS honored him with both the 2004 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award and the 2016 Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry.
But Miller wasn’t only chosen to lead The Journal of Organic Chemistry because of his professional accolades and important research. He also brings a new focus and vision to the journal, as outlined in this January 6 editorial.
“My hope for J. Org. Chem. is to see it flourish as it has historically and in some new ways in the future. The beauty and mystery of organic chemistry is the basis for my optimism,” he writes. “The reach of organic chemistry is phenomenal. Yet, as I tell my students, to me it still feels like a field not so far from its origin. In ten years, today’s research will look quite primitive. In another ten years, yet again. J. Org. Chem. has a vital role to play in stimulating and chronicling the journey.”
Writing the Next Chapter in Organic Chemistry Research
At first, Miller wasn’t sure he wanted to take over as Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Organic Chemistry, as he explains in this video interview. Find out what changed his mind and how he plans to strike a balance between maintaining the journal’s traditional strengths and adapting along with the field:
Meet The Journal of Organic Chemistry’s New Associate Editors
To help him lead this new chapter in The Journal of Organic Chemistry’s history, Miller added four new Associate Editors to its editorial team:
- Donna Blackmond, The Scripps Research Institute
- Masayuki Inoue, The University of Tokyo
- Teck Peng Loh, Nanyang Technological University
- Debabrata Maiti, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Each of these new Associate Editors brings unique expertise and perspective and contributes to making the journal a truly global endeavor. In this video Miller describes each of them and explains why he invited him to join the journal’s editorial team:
These newest members of The Journal of Organic Chemistry’s editorial team join a talented and diverse group of continuing Associate Editors:
- Carsten Bolm, RWTH Aachen University
- Marisa Kozlowski, University of Pennsylvania
- Dawei Ma, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences
- Scott D. Rychnovsky, University of California, Irvine
- Wolfram Sander, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
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