Scrolling through the Table of Contents of any issue of a journal these days and taking a look at the list of authors in the various articles makes you realize that chemistry is truly a global enterprise. The masthead of the journal tells a similar story—the Editorial team handling the papers is typically located throughout the world, as are members of the journal’s Editorial Advisory board.
The same is true for reviewers, the unsung heroes of journal publishing who work behind the scenes. To recognize and celebrate this geographic diversity, ACS’s core Inorganic/Organic journals—Inorganic Chemistry, The Journal of Organic Chemistry, Organic Letters, and Organometallics—have put together a set of Virtual Issues featuring the 25 most-read articles (most downloaded) published in each journal in 2018 from different countries, based on the location of the corresponding author(s).
For Organic Letters Editor-in-Chief Erick M. Carreira, he says the growing geographic diversity of chemistry journals is one of the most dramatic changes that has taken place in scientific publishing over the past 20 years. “It is a testimony to the vibrancy of the discipline that continues to grow and evolve in exciting new directions.”
“The chemistry of the metal-carbon bond is by no means confined to one country, continent, or region of the globe,” adds Organometallics Editor-in-Chief Paul J. Chirik. There is no question that graduate student and postdoctoral coworkers migrate globally, he says, but it is also important to attract journal content from a spectrum of institutions globally, as various cultures add their own distinct flavor to research. “It is evident that organometallic chemistry will continue to connect us as a community to solve 21st-century global challenges.”
One theme running through the Virtual Issue collections is the exceptional breadth in terms of research goals, types of chemical compounds reported, techniques used, and applications envisioned, points out Inorganic Chemistry Editor-in-Chief William B. Tolman. “Another is the attention paid to addressing the most significant environmental, health, and energy challenges facing humanity,” Tolman continues. “These are our challenges that require collaboration and cooperation of scientists irrespective of their location.”
“Intellectual curiosity knows no borders, and as a result, science has always been a global enterprise,” observes JOC Editor-in-Chief Scott J. Miller. “The broad reach is one way we are currently striving to ensure that the journal represents the best of the field, with ideas and advances emerging from all over the globe.”
Please Visit These “Global” Virtual Issues:
- Inorganic Chemistry Global Enterprise featuring 25 of 57 countries that published in the journal in 2018
- The Journal of Organic Chemistry Global Enterprise featuring 25 of 51 countries that published in the journal in 2018
- Organic Letters Global Enterprise featuring 25 of 41 countries that published in the journal in 2018
- Organometallics Global Enterprise featuring 25 of 33 countries that published in the journal in 2018