On August 14, 2017, ChemRxiv was first introduced as the open preprint server for the global chemistry community. Authors were able to submit their research findings and have those quickly posted on the web for sharing with scientists and colleagues, prior to formal peer review. The first preprint was submitted and posted on August 15, 2017: Excitonics: A universal set of binary gates for molecular exciton processing and signaling. This preprint went on to be peer-reviewed and published in ACS Nano.

In March 2018, the American Chemical Society, the German Chemical Society, and the Royal Society of Chemistry announced a partnership to collaboratively manage ChemRxiv and made it into a thriving global preprint server driven by the chemistry research community.

ChemRxiv Two Year Highlights
ChemRxiv Two Year Highlights

Today, ChemRxiv features over 2,200 preprints from authors in 70 countries that have been viewed and downloaded more than 2.5 million times. Additionally, more than half of these preprints have gone on to be peer-reviewed and published in top journals such as the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie, Chemical Science, Nature, Science, and more!

Read a selection of this research:

Computationally Augmented Retrosynthesis: Total Synthesis of Paspaline A and Emindole PB
Timothy Newhouse, Daria E. Kim, and Joshua E. Zweig
Published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society

General Cyclopropane Assembly via Enantioselective Redox-Active Carbene Transfer to Aliphatic Olefin
Marc Montesinos-Magraner, Matteo Costantini, Rodrigo Ramirez-Contreras, Michael E. Muratore, Magnus J. Johansson, and Abraham Mendoza
Published in Angewandte Chemie

An Evolutionary Algorithm for the Discovery of Porous Organic Cages
Enrico Berardo, Lukas Turcani, Marcin Miklitz, and Kim Jelfs
Published in Chemical Science

N-Heterocyclic carbene-functionalized magic number gold nanoclusters
Mina R. Narouz, Kimberly M. Osten, Phillip J. Unsworth, Renee W. Y. Man, Kirsi Salorinne, Shinjiro Takano, Ryohei Tomihara, Sami Kaappa, Sami Malola, Cao Thang Dinh, J. Daniel Padmos, Kennedy Ayoo, Garrett J. Patrick, Masakazu Nambo, J. Hugh Horton, Edward H. Sargent, Hannu Häkkinen, Tatsuya Tsukuda, and Cathleen Crudden
Published in Nature Chemistry

Tilting a Ground State Reactivity Landscape by Vibrational Strong Coupling
Anoop Thomas, Lucas Lethuillier-Karl, Kalaivanan Nagarajan, Robrecht M. A. Vergauwe, Jino George, Thibault Chervy, Atef Shalabney, Eloïse Devaux, Cyriaque Genet, Joseph Moran, and Thomas W. Ebbesen
Published in Science

Discover ChemRxiv features:

  • Indexed in Chemical Abstracts and Google Scholar, enhancing discovery of your research.
  • ChemRxiv articles are assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) upon posting, which means your preprint article is fully citable.
  • You can easily submit preprints to ChemRxiv via a drag/drop web upload.
  • A link between the preprint and the final published article will direct interested users to the most recent version.
  • Multiple file formats are available, including downloadable and shareable PDFs.
  • Directly submit your ChemRxiv preprint for publication into journals with Direct Journal Transfer!

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