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2011 Impact Factors

Quality remains at the heart of RSC Publishing, and the fact that we published 4 times as many articles in 2011 as we did in 2006 hasn’t changed that.

Our exceptional standards are reinforced by the recently published 2011 Journal Citation Reports ®.

Individual journal highlights include ChemComm (6.17), Green Chemistry (6.32), Energy & Environmental Science (9.61), Natural Product Reports (9.79) and ChemSocRev (28.76).

And impressive first (partial) Impact Factors were recorded for Chemical Science (7.525) and Polymer Chemistry (5.321).

But how do we measure up when compared with other publishers?

  • The average impact factor (IF) for a chemistry journal* stands at 2.67: our average IF is 5.46 
  • Of the top 20 journals in the multidisciplinary chemistry category, six are from RSC Publishing. This is more than any other Society publisher
  • 11 of our 27 journals have an IF of 5 and above
  • Looking at 5-year IFs, we have more titles in the top 20 than any other publisher

So the figures speak for themselves: for guaranteed impact, choose RSC Publishing.

* The 7 Chemistry journal subject-categories as listed in Journal Citation Reports ®: Chemistry, Analytical; Chemistry; Applied; Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear; Chemistry, Medicinal; Chemistry, Multidisciplinary; Chemistry, Organic; Chemistry, Physical.

Full journal listing:

Journal 2011 Impact Factor 5-Year Impact Factor
Analyst  4.23  4.119
Analytical Methods  1.547  1.547
Chemical Communications (ChemComm)  6.169  6.082
Chemical Science  7.525  7.545
Chemical Society Reviews  28.76  28.098
CrystEngComm  3.842  4.023
Dalton Transactions  3.838  3.887
Energy & Environmental Science  9.61  10.813
Faraday Discussions  5.00  4.687
Food & Function ǂ  1.179  1.179
Green Chemistry  6.32  6.761
Integrative Biology  4.509  4.509
JAAS (Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry)  3.22  2.966
Journal of Environmental Monitoring  1.991  2.245
Journal of Materials Chemistry  5.968  5.992
Lab on a Chip  5.67  6.497
MedChemComm ǂ  2.80  2.80
Metallomics  3.902  3.902
Molecular BioSystems  3.534  3.705
Nanoscale  5.914  5.914
Natural Product Reports  9.790  9.671
New Journal of Chemistry  2.605  2.775
Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry  3.696  3.652
Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences  2.584  2.688
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP)  3.573  3.931
Polymer Chemistry 5.321  5.326
Soft Matter  4.39  4.998

ǂ Partial IF only, based on five issues or less

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.

The 5-Year Impact Factor is the average number of times articles from a journal published in the past five years have been cited in the JCR year. For journals in subjects where citation activity continues to rise through several years, this metric allows more of their total citation activity to be included in a critical performance metric.

Data based on 2011 Journal Citation Reports ®, (Thomson Reuters, 2012).

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Crystal data: important announcement for authors

Do you submit crystallographic data with your articles? If you submit to several different publishers, are you confused by which procedure you should follow?

Then you’ll be glad to hear that at RSC Publishing we are making it easier for you.

From September 1st, all small molecule single crystal data files (CIFs) must be accompanied by the CCDC reference number(s)* when you submit your article. So, you will need to deposit your crystal data files with, and obtain the relevant reference number from, CCDC before you begin the submission process. Many of you will recognise this as the process used by the majority of publishers.

Your crystal data files will be published alongside your article, as normal. The CCDC reference numbers will still be quoted in the online and print versions of the article.

As this change also aligns us with approved CCDC practices, it means a much more streamlined process for everyone involved.

Full details are available in the Instructions for authors, but if you have any questions, please contact us.  

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*The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) is dedicated to the advancement of chemistry and crystallography for the public benefit through providing high-quality information services and software. It is the internationally recognised repository for crystal structures, providing a reference number for each structure deposited.

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Going for Gold with the Royal Society of Chemistry

Our new premium collection of international journals, databases and magazines offering access to all published material is proving to be very popular within the academic community in the UK. Currently 21 universities, including the Universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, York, Leeds, Warwick and Imperial College London, subscribe to RSC Gold, with several more interested in this comprehensive package.

In an era of carefully balanced budgets, the success of RSC Gold highlights the value placed by institutions on our content.

If a university has an RSC Gold subscription, staff are entitled to receive a 15% discount on the relevant RSC Open Science fee. Authors are offered the option of paying a fee in exchange for making their accepted communication, research paper or review article openly available to all via the web. Of course, RSC Open Science will only be available to authors once their papers have been accepted for publication, following the normal rigorous peer-review procedures.

For more information, read our Press Release.

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RSC Roadshow heads to Pennsylvania and New York for final stages of the US tour.

Using RSC apps to access content

Using RSC apps to access content

Following another fantastic week in Georgia and North Carolina, the RSC Roadshow travels north east for the last stages of the trip to Pennsylvania and New York where we will be visiting:

  • May 7th – University of Pittsburgh
  • May 8th – Pennsylvania State University
  • May 10th – University of Pennsylvania
  • May 11th – Columbia University

At each University, Books Commissioning Editor Merlin Fox will be on hand to show you RSC’s apps on mobile devices and talk about our newest books. Join him for lunch and debate the reading habits in the 21st Century. And find out more from Managing Editor Richard Kelly about the world of scholarly publishing, with tips on how to get published in high impact journals.

Photos of the tour so far are on our Facebook Page and you can follow us on our journey on Twitter #RSC2012.

Read more about where we’ve been this year – US Roadshow 2012.

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Next stop Georgia and North Carolina for RSC Roadshow

RSC University Roadshow imageAfter another great week in Illinois and Wisconsin, the RSC Roadshow heads south to Georgia and North Carolina where we will be visiting:

April 30th – The Georgia Institute of Technology
May 1st – Emory University
May 3rd – University of North Carolina

At each University, Books Commissioning Editor Merlin Fox will be on hand to show you RSC’s apps on mobile devices and talk about our newest books. Join him for lunch and debate the reading habits in the 21st Century. And find out more from Managing Editor Jamie Humphrey about the world of scholarly publishing, with tips on how to get published in high impact journals.

See photos from the tour so far on our Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter #RSC2012.

The last part of the tour will continue onto Pennsylvania and New York – read more about our US Roadshows 2012.

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Free registration for ChemCareers 2012

Looking for a career in chemistry? Explore what options are available by taking part in this year’s RSC careers fair, ChemCareers 2012, which takes place from 29 – 30 May.

ChemCareers gives you an opportunity to discover the huge range of career options available, learn how to market yourself to employers, seek expert advice on career planning and investigate further study options.

Best of all, registration is free.

And as an online event, ChemCareers makes use of a wide range of multimedia tools to provide delegates with a dynamic and interactive experience. These include:

  • videos
  • online presentations and webinars
  • a wealth of downloadable information
  • live chat sessions

Register for ChemCareers 2012 today,  it is free and you can also sign up to the ChemCareers MyRSC group, to keep up to date with the programme of careers events planned for 2012.

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RSC Publishing and Open Access

Open access, deposition of articles and copyright issues can be a confusing and emotive issue for authors, publishers and funding agencies alike.

This can be partially explained by the sheer complexity of the subject, the legal phrasing of the various licenses and supporting documents, and the fact that many publishers have slightly different policies.

At RSC Publishing, we like to make it easy for authors to find the information they need.

Firstly, we give journal authors the choice of making their article Open Access through RSC Open Science. If you choose this publication route, you will pay an ‘article processing fee’ after peer-review and acceptance. The final ‘article of record’ is made available to all, immediately, via our website without any barriers to access.

Secondly, when it comes to access and deposition, we comply with the requirements of most of the major funding agencies, such as NIH and EPSRC. If we have published your article, you can deposit the accepted author form of it in a non-commercial repository. This includes pre-submission (eg ArXiV) and post-acceptance repositories, such as that of your institution or your funding body, plus your organisation’s intranet. You can also use your article in your thesis, both in print and online.

An embargo period of 12 months from acceptance applies to the deposition of non-Open Access articles in repositories that are available to the public.

Full details on all options for deposition, with associated Licence to Publish forms, can be found on our website.  

Thirdly, as a journal author with RSC Publishing, you retain the copyright on your published work. We do not ask you to transfer the copyright to us, the publisher. All we ask is that you sign an exclusive Licence to Publish. You can find out more here.  

Finally, all these policies are occasionally subject to changes and amendments. If you need any clarification, or have any questions, please contact us  – we’re always happy to help.

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Accepted manuscript service extended again

Our Accepted Manuscript* service means your research is available, in citable form, even more rapidly. And now five more titles are joining the growing number of RSC journals** to offer them.

From January 9th 2012, any authors submitting to Food & Function, Green Chemistry, Journal of Materials Chemistry, NJC or Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences will be given the option of publishing their research as an Accepted Manuscript.

Our dedicated webpage has answers to all the most frequently asked questions – and you can bookmark the RSC Publishing blog to keep up-to-date with the latest news on Accepted Manuscripts and more.

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*An Accepted Manuscript is an unedited and unformatted version of an article that is published shortly after acceptance. It is available as a downloadable pdf file. It is then replaced by the fully edited and formatted Advance Article.

**Accepted Manuscripts are already published by Analyst, Analytical Methods, Catalysis Science & Technology, ChemComm, Chemical Science, CrystEngComm, Dalton, Energy & Environmental Science, Integrative Biology, JAAS, Journal of Environmental Monitoring, Lab on a Chip, MedChemComm, Metallomics, Molecular BioSystems, Nanoscale, Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, PCCP and RSC Advances.

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RightsLink and permission requests

Are you an author? Do you need permission to use material from an RSC journal article? If so, you’ll be delighted to hear that the permission request process is now much quicker and easier, and available 24/7.

That’s because we have just introduced the RightsLink system for processing requests to use material from RSC journals. Go to the Instructions for using RightsLink to find out what to do.

If you are an RSC author, and would like to reproduce your own figures, etc in another publication, you do not have to request permission.

Also, if you are submitting an article or chapter to an RSC publication and you wish to reproduce figures from another RSC publication, you do not have to request permission. 

All details can be found on our Permission Request pages.

To reproduce material from other RSC publications, such as Chemistry World, Education in Chemistry or RSC books, you will still need to use the Permission Request Form.

If you have any questions, please contact the Contracts & Copyright department.

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More Accepted Manuscripts for RSC journals

Our Accepted Manuscript* service means your research is available, in citable form, even more rapidly. And now eight more titles are joining the growing number of RSC journals** to offer them.

From today, December 8th, any authors submitting to Analyst, Analytical Methods, CrystEngComm, Dalton, JAAS, Metallomics, Molecular BioSystems or RSC Advances will be given the option of publishing their research as an Accepted Manuscript.

Plus, the recently announced Toxicology Research opens for submissions today with this service.

Our dedicated webpage has answers to all the most frequently asked questions – and you can bookmark the RSC Publishing blog to keep up-to-date with the latest news on Accepted Manuscripts and more.

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*An Accepted Manuscript is an unedited and unformatted version of an article that is published shortly after acceptance. It is available as a downloadable pdf file. It is then replaced by the fully edited and formatted Advance Article.

**Accepted Manuscripts are already published by Catalysis Science & Technology, ChemComm, Chemical Science, Energy & Environmental Science, Integrative Biology, Journal of Environmental Monitoring, Lab on a Chip, MedChemComm, Nanoscale, Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry and PCCP.

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