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Analyst Impact Factor announced: 3.906!

Analyst, 2014, Issue 1We are delighted to announce that our latest Impact Factor* is 3.906!

Analyst remains the home of premier fundamental discoveries, inventions and applications in the analytical and bioanalytical sciences. It publishes leading edge interdisciplinary research that presents a significant advance in fundamental theory or practice of the chemical, physical and biological sciences from an analytical perspective and remains in the top 3 general analytical journals publishing primary research.

The Editorial office thanks all of our Board members, authors, readers and reviewers for their continued support.

We invite you to submit your latest piece of high impact work with us here.

Click through to see how the other Royal Society of Chemistry journals did.

*The Impact Factor provides an indication of the average number of citations per paper. Produced annually, Impact Factors are calculated by dividing the number of citations in a year by the number of citeable articles published in the preceding two years. Data based on 2013 Journal Citation Reports®, (Thomson Reuters, 2014).

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Analytical Sciences in Brazil – web themed issue

Analyst and Analytical Methods recently joined forces to produce a web themed issue on Analytical Sciences in Brazil, highlighting the growth of the field of analytical science in Brazil with the aim to provide a showcase for some of the best researchers in this area.

As an extra special feature of this issue, please read below the introductory Editorial from Guest Editors, Professor Ivo M. Raimundo Jr and Professor Boris Mizaikoff, translated into Portuguese.

Analytical Sciences in Brazil – Editorial

 The use of EEM fluorescence data and OPLS/UPLS-DA algorithm to discriminate between normal and cancer cell lines: a feasibility studyÉ uma honra apresentar este número temático virtual dos periódicos Analyst e Analytical Methods dedicado à Ciências Analíticas no Brasil. Esta iniciativa oportuna da Royal Society of Chemistry acontece em um período particularmente especial e importante para os pesquisadores brasileiros, visto que recentemente as agências de financiamento nacionais e estaduais têm feito esforços excepcionais objetivando uma melhora consistente na qualidade das pesquisas, desenvolvimentos e inovações desenvolvidas no Brasil, que são expressos de forma significativa nos programas “Institutos Nacionais de Ciência e Tecnologia” e “Ciência sem Fronteiras”. O programa “Institutos Nacionais de Ciência e Tecnologia” tem a finalidade de agregar grupos de pesquisa de todo o Brasil em Centros Virtuais para realizar pesquisas colaborativas nas fronteiras da ciência em áreas estratégicas nacionais, para dar suporte ao desenvolvimento sustentável do país e estimular a inovação em ciência. “Ciência sem Fronteiras” é um programa de mobilidade e intercâmbio internacional com o objetivo de expandir e consolidar ainda mais a ciência, tecnologia e inovação, encorajando e apoiando os processos de internacionalização das universidades e centros de pesquisa. Além disso, são criadas oportunidades para a implementação de projetos de colaboração de longa duração entre pesquisadores brasileiros e pesquisadores internacionais com elevada experiência, promovendo também o intercâmbio de estudantes de graduação e pós-graduação, além de pós-doutorandos, com instituições internacionais de alto nível. Enquanto estes programas certamente melhorarão a competitividade da pesquisa brasileira, é a ciência conduzida pelos pesquisadores envolvidos que darão vida a estes programas.
Trace analysis of pesticides and an assessment of their occurrence in surface and drinking waters from the State of São Paulo (Brazil)

O tópico deste número temático é extremamente significativo, uma vez que enfatiza a importância da química analítica em um cenário científico global. Por um bom período, a química analítica foi considerada uma área periférica da química e os químicos analíticos eram vistos apenas como provedores de dispositivos e métodos para análises qualitativas e quantitativas demandadas, por exemplo, pelas indústrias (controle de qualidade e de processos), laboratórios clínicos e monitoramento ambiental. Entretanto, durante as últimas décadas a “química analítica convencional” sofreu uma notável evolução, transformando-se em “ciências analíticas modernas”, que pode ser, não totalmente, mas em parte certamente atribuída aos avanços da microeletrônica, microfabricação, nanomateriais/nanotecnologia e quimiometria. Atualmente, as ciências analíticas modernas amadureceram, tornando-se uma disciplina de pesquisa altamente interdisciplinar, ágil e transformadora, abordando, por exemplo, de tecnologia analítica de processos à análise de uma única célula, de monitoramento ambiental à química verde, de diagnósticos clínicos/médicos ao sensoriamento (bio)químico e de análise de composição de materiais à quantificação de contaminantes em alimentos. Adicionalmente, além de determinar “o que” e “quanto” existe de um constituinte-alvo, a química analítica contemporânea adicionou os domínios espaciais, temporais e de especiação à estes parâmetros, isto é, “onde”, “quando” e “como” um analito está presente dentro de uma determinada matriz. Em outras palavras, a Química Analítica evoluiu para uma disciplina chave da química moderna, movendo-se de sua periferia para o seu núcleo central.

Qual a situação das Ciências Analíticas no Brasil? Esta foi a questão que fizemos quando foi lançada a ideia de um número especial neste tema. O Brasil está ainda focando em “química analítica” ou está contribuindo ativamente com desenvolvimentos inovadores em “ciências analíticas”? Enquanto esta questão pode ser certamente respondida sob diferentes aspectos e considerações, a resposta da comunidade de química analítica brasileira fala por si mesma: dois meses após a data limite para submissão de artigos para este número especial, 38 manuscritos haviam sido aceitos para publicação, os quais documentam de forma notável a relevância, a vitalidade e a inovação das ciências analíticas no Brasil. Mais importante e para particular satisfação dos Editores, em vez de regiões específicas – e provavelmente favorecidas financeiramente – dentro do Brasil, as contribuições têm sido submetidas de norte a sul e de leste a oeste do país. Por exemplo, enquanto as regiões ao norte e à oeste eram certamente consideradas “distantes” dos epicentros da ciência, isto mudou dramaticamente durante os últimos trinta anos, assim como a química analítica. De uns poucos Programas de Pós-Graduação em universidades no sul e sudeste, o cenário científico expandiu-se para proporcionar uma ampla multiplicidade, espalhada por todo o país. Este imenso esforço de pesquisadores de diferentes estados, que foram as sementes destes novos programas, hoje reflete na diversidade e força do ensino de química por todo o Brasil. Portanto, a resposta é claramente “sim”. O Brasil dedica-se e contribui para as ciências analíticas modernas, acima e além das contribuições publicadas neste número especial!
A novel architecture based upon multi-walled carbon nanotubes and ionic liquid to improve the electroanalytical detection of ciprofibrate

Finalmente, os Editores deste número temático – Prof. Ivo M. Raimundo Jr. (Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brasil) e Prof. Boris Mizaikoff (Universidade de Ulm, Alemanha) – gostariam de agradecer profundamente May Copsey (Editora) e Rebecca Brodie (vice-editora) por tratar de todos os detalhes referentes à esta edição, a qual não seria possível sem suas generosas assistências. Além disso, gostariam também de agradecer o Instituto Nacional de Ciências e Tecnologias Analíticas Avançadas, que forneceu as bases para esta iniciativa. Por fim, mas não menos importante, gostariam de agradecer todos os pesquisadores brasileiros que contribuíram para este número, possibilitando que o Analyst e o Analytical Methods proporcionem aos seus leitores um sabor especial das Ciências Analíticas atualmente produzidas no Brasil!

To read some of the exciting research being performed in Brazil, please click through and check out the web themed issue.

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International Mass Spectrometry Conference 2014

International Mass Spectrometry Conference 2014The 20th International Mass Spectrometry Conference (IMSC) 2014 is fast approaching and this year will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, Aug 24-29, 2014.

Run jointly by the Swiss Group for Mass Spectrometry (SGMS), the French Mass Spectrometry Society (SFSM), the Division of Mass Spectrometry of the Italian Chemical Society (DSM), and under the auspices of the International Mass Spectrometry Foundation (IMSF), the meeting returns to Europe in 2014, after Kyoto (2012) and before it goes overseas again, to Toronto (2016).

Travel grant deadline is soon!  30 July 2014 – so get your applications in

For more information see the website: http://www.imsc2014.ch/

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Chemistry and Art

Will there be blood? - by Caroline Grainger

2014 is the Royal Society of Chemistry year of Chemistry and Art! There have been a number of initiatives around this, and we are pleased to promote some recent work the Analyst and Analytical Methods has been involved in.

50 Shades of Green - by Paul Jackson

Founded by Yalda Javadi, Ionic Magazine aims to bridge the gap between science and art and is published as an online magazine four times a year. Javadi says ‘The two subject matters are often considered to be poles apart and from two very different worlds. Science is about truth, about following rules and laws that help answer fundamental rational questions, whereas art invokes emotional connections through expression, impressions, concepts and creations. Yet both create a sense of mystery, both are matched when it comes to skill, creativity, imagination and impact.’

She created Ionic Magazine as a way to visually express modern day scientific breakthroughs. The ultimate goal: a stunning and stimulating collaboration of two traditionally contrasting worlds.

Fishing for isinglass - by Angie Brown

In collaboration with the Royal Society of Chemistry, Issue 6 of Ionic Magazine has a selection of papers from the Molecular Analysis for Art, Archaeometry and Conservation themed collection. This collection of papers across Analyst and Analytical Methods highlighted cutting edge analytical research from academia, national laboratories and museums showing the most recent analytical breakthroughs in the field of cultural heritage. The articles described those techniques recently employed to study art and cultural objects at the molecular level, characterising their structure, properties and chemistry.

Why not take a look at the beautifual and fascinating collection of artwork inspired by this selection of research papers?

As Javadi asks -Right side or left side brain, which way do you swing?

A selection of these papers will be free to read until Aug 3rd.

You may also be interested to read the lates issue of Chemistry World, a special issue of Chemistry and Art.

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175 Faces of Chemistry – Martha Whiteley

Martha Whiteley

Martha Whiteley

“There is a long-established and inveterate prejudice… that girls are less capable of mental cultivation, and less in need of it, than boys” reported the 1868 Schools Inquiry Commission.

Analyst, and the historic J. Chem. Soc., Trans. contributor Martha Whiteley did much to reverse this prejudice, for which she has been nominated as an “175 Face of Chemistry”.

This Friday, why not take some time out to explore our journal archives, discover her research, and read about her campaigning for women fellows’ admission to the Royal Society – and the problems along the way (why should men be preferred simply because ‘they wear a distinctive dress and are privileged to grow a moustache?’ – Nature editor, 1909).

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Gordon F. Kirkbright Bursary Award, 2015, OPEN!

Gordon F. Kirkbright Bursary Award, 2015, now open for nominations

The Gordon F. Kirkbright bursary award is a prestigious annual award that enables a promising student/non-tenured young scientist of any nation to attend a recognised scientific meeting or visit a place of learning.

The fund for this bursary was established in 1985 as a memorial to Professor Gordon Kirkbright in recognition of his contributions to analytical spectroscopy and to science in general. Although the fund is administered by the Association of British Spectroscopists (ABS) Trust, the award is not restricted to spectroscopists.

Applications are invited for the 2015 Gordon Kirkbright Bursary.

For further information contact John Chalmers at, email: vibspecconsult@aol.com

The closing date for entries is 31 December 2014.

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Analytical Tools for Cutting-edge Metabolomics – April 30th

Analytical Tools for Cutting-edge Metabolomics – a joint meeting of the Analytical Division of the RSC and the International Metabolomics Society

Analytical chemistry has been one of the driving forces behind the development of metabolomics research over the past decade. The conference will bring together exceptional scientists for a program consisting of plenary and invited talks, posters, as well as an oral session devoted to early career researchers. It will be an excellent opportunity for analytical chemists to learn more about metabolomics and its application, and for metabolomics scientists to improve their knowledge of cutting-edge bioanalytical tools.

More information can be found here.

Representatives of the Royal Society of Chemistry will be in attendance to answer your questions about the Analytical Division, and the Analytical Journals Portfiolio in Publishing. We hope we see you there.

Date: 30 April 2014, 09:30 – 16:45
Location: Burlington House, London
Contact: Mr Brian Woodget
Email: bwoodget1@sky.com
Tel: 01438 880286


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SPEC 2014 -Shedding New Light on Disease- submissions open!

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Submissions now open! Abstracts must be submitted online via the abstract registration form.

Deadline for submission is 15th May 2014.

The aim of this international conference series is to bring together clinicians and scientists who have joined forces in the quest for novel biomedical applications of Infrared and Raman spectroscopy to improve patient care. Recent advances in the biological sciences and medicine have led to an increasing demand for real time and minimally invasive chemical and structural information on biological materials. Due to its unique fingerprinting capability, vibrational spectroscopy plays a significant role in histopathology, cytology, biopsy targeting, surgical targets, treatment monitoring and drug studies. This, the 8th in the series, aims to highlight further advances in state of the art and emerging biomedical applications of Vibrational Spectroscopy, while critically reviewing the challenges in the context of other emerging technologies.

Date: 17-22 August 2014
Location: Krakow, Poland
Contact: Katarzyna Marzec
Email: marzec@chemia.uj.edu.pl
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Analytical Sciences in Brazil themed issue – extended deadline

Analyst and Analytical Methods invite you to submit your next article to a web-themed issue on

Analytical Sciences in Brazil

Interdisciplinary analytical science is particularly welcome

Extended Submission deadline: 31st March 2014
Articles published online in a web collection

Guest Editors: Boris Mizaikoff, University of Ulm
Ivo M. Raimundo Jr., UNICAMP

Analyst: The home of premier fundamental discoveries, inventions and applications in the analytical and bioanalytical sciences with an Impact Factor of 4.0

Analytical Methods: Publishing early applied demonstrations of new analytical methods with clear societal impact and one of the fastest growing general analytical journals.

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ARF 2013 Poster Prizes

Helen Robinson, Deputy Editor Rebecca Brodie, and Arrandeep Basra at the Analytical Research Forum

At the Analytical Research Forum last month, held at GlaxoSmithKline and the University of Hertfordshire, UK, there were two poster prizes awarded by Analyst and Analytical Methods. We are pleased to announce that the winners were Helen Robinson, from the University of York, and Arrandeep Basra, from the University of Nottingham.

In Helen’s poster entitled “Capturing peptides on gold using self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) for MALDI-MS analysis“, she describes a developed technique to capture and label protein digests directly on a gold-coated MALDI chip, followed by direct analysis from the chip.

Arrandeep’s poster was entitled “Size-tunable biodegradable polymeric nanoparticles for controlled drug delivery“. In his poster he describes a study on the formation of nanoparticles and the results from adjusting the formulation parameters to get a range of different sizes and drug loading capabilities.

The winners were selected by a panel of judges and the prizes were awarded by Analyst and Analytical Methods Deputy Editor Rebecca Brodie. The prizes included a certificate, free electronic journal subscription, and a book from the RSC catalogue. Congratulations to Helen and Arrandeep!

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