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Announcing Molecular Systems Design & Engineering

It’s not often that a new journal can claim to be unique in its field. So we are delighted to announce Molecular Systems Design & Engineering – a truly interdisciplinary, international and high-impact journal bringing together biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, computational and materials science.

The journal will look at how understanding molecular properties, behaviour and interactions can be used to design better systems and processes for a desired effect or specific application to solve technological problems of global significance. Launched jointly by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), it combines the expertise and commitment of two influential organisations.

The journal will cover both experimental and theoretical research in:

  • the design and characterisation of molecules and systems of molecules;
  • modelling molecular system behaviours that inspire new molecular designs for engineering applications; and
  • constraints that impact systems’ functionality.

Molecular Systems Design & Engineering will be led by our innovative Editorial Board Chair, Juan de Pablo (The Institute for Molecular Engineering, the University of Chicago), assisted by an expert team of active researchers in the field.

Why publish your research with us?

At the Royal Society of Chemistry, our proven record in launching new and ground-breaking titles speaks for itself. We aim high, and our impressive, high-impact journal portfolio is testament to our success.

And high-impact research demands high visibility. So all content published in Molecular Systems Design & Engineering in 2016 and 2017 will be free to access upon registration – offering you maximum exposure for your work.

Be first in the first

Molecular Systems Design & Engineering is now accepting submissions for its first issues in 2016. Submit your work now for your chance to be included.

We’ll be sharing more news soon – so make sure you stay up to date with our Email Alerts Service.

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Impact Factors 2014

Royal Society of Chemistry journals are widely cited, globally respected, and always high quality.

We, alongside every one of our authors, have exacting standards, because we know that publishing the best research secures the brightest future for the chemical sciences.

Once again, these exceptional standards are reinforced by the recently published 2014 Journal Citation Reports ®, with 70% of our journals seeing an increase in Impact Factor (IF).

Individual journal Impact Factor highlights include:

•    Energy & Environmental Science’s Impact Factor has increased 32.5% to 20.523, and is in the top 5% of journals in all four of its listed ISI categories.
•    Chemical Society Reviews (33.383), Catalysis Science & Technology (5.426) and Green Chemistry (8.020) all increased 9-17% in 2014.
•    In the first IF ranking since their launch as three separate journals, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B and C all have an Impact Factor greater than 4, with Journal of Materials Chemistry A above 7.
•    Chemical Science, the world’s first high impact, high quality Open Access chemistry journal has increased by 7.1% since 2013 to 9.211. It’s also ranked 14 out of 157 in the ‘Chemistry, Multidisciplinary’ category (top 10%).

And looking at our achievements overall:

•    Of the top 20 journals in the multidisciplinary chemistry category, six are from the Royal Society of Chemistry, two of which are top 10. No other publisher has more.
•    85% of our journals now have an IF above 3.
•    Almost three-quarters (73%) of our journals are in the top 25% of their ISI categories.

More authors are choosing to publish their best work with us. The number of published articles in Royal Society of Chemistry journals increased by 32% 2013-14, a much larger rise than other publishers.

So the figures speak for themselves. Whether it’s to publish your research, or read cutting-edge work of the highest quality, our journals portfolio should be at the top of your list.

Thank you to everyone who has helped us set such high benchmarks for chemical science research. Let’s keep up the good work.

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2014 Journal Citation Reports ® in full:

Journal 2014 Impact Factor Five-year Impact Factor
Analyst 4.107 4.140
Analytical Methods 1.821 1.840
Biomaterials Science ǂ 3.831 3.831
Catalysis Science & Technology 5.426 5.525
Chemical Communications (ChemComm) 6.834 6.779
Chemical Science 9.211 9.203
Chemical Society Reviews 33.383 36.001
Chemistry Education Research and Practice* 2.091 1.832
CrystEngComm 4.034 4.022
Dalton Transactions 4.197 3.982
Energy & Environmental Science 20.523 19.198
Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts ǂ 2.171 2.171
Faraday Discussions 4.606 4.390
Food & Function 2.791 3.046
Green Chemistry 8.020 8.294
Integrative Biology 3.756 4.309
JAAS (Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry) 3.466 3.020
Journal of Materials Chemistry A ǂ 7.443 7.449
Journal of Materials Chemistry B ǂ 4.726 4.729
Journal of Materials Chemistry C ǂ 4.696 4.701
Lab on a Chip 6.115 5.775
MedChemComm 2.495 2.612
Metallomics 3.585 3.980
Molecular BioSystems 3.210 3.191
Nanoscale 7.394 7.762
Natural Product Reports (NPR) 10.107 10.545
New Journal of Chemistry (NJC) 3.086 2.986
Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry (OBC) 3.562 3.382
Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences 2.267 2.618
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) 4.493 4.219
Polymer Chemistry 5.520 5.723
RSC Advances 3.840 3.907
Soft Matter 4.029 4.289
Toxicology Research 3.983 3.983

ǂ Partial IF only

*Chemistry Education Research and Practice is listed in the Education, Scientific Disciplines category. It is the highest ranked journal devoted solely to chemistry education.

A journal’s Impact Factor is an indication of the average number of citations received per individual paper in the preceding two years. The annual figure is calculated by dividing the number of citations to relevant articles in a year by the number of citeable articles published in the preceding two years.

The Five-year Impact Factor is an indication of the average number of times articles from a journal published in the past five years have been cited in the Journal Citation Reports 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 2014 Journal Citation Reports ®, (Thomson Reuters, June 2015).

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Help is at hand

We know that journal articles can sometimes seem overly complicated and overwhelming for students who are new to the world of academic publishing.

Our guide to reading journal articles addresses this confusion. With simple explanations of:

•    how articles are structured;
•    where to find specific information;
•    what peer review is; and
•    how to critically assess content

…students don’t need to feel daunted any longer.


Read our latest annotated articles for free

We have selected articles that we think will be of particular interest to students and linked them to Chemistry World articles, ChemSpider entries, related journal articles, books and relevant Learn Chemistry resources.

Our most recent annotated articles include:

Detecting Strep throat, which was originally published in Analyst and looks at detecting strep throat bacterium using touch spray mass spectrometry.

A natural herbicide, which was picked from Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry and investigates the development of thaxtomin A.

We need you… to give our annotated article series a new name!

Our free annotated articles need a new name. We’d like your help to choose a new one. So, if you think you know what they should be called, send us your ideas – we want to hear from you!

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Prizes and Awards nominations now open

Achievements by individuals and teams in advancing the chemical sciences should be celebrated. That’s why at the Royal Society of Chemistry we have over 80 Prizes and Awards covering all areas of the chemical sciences.

Plus, for 2015, our eight refocused Industry & Technology Awards recognise outstanding innovation, community engagement, industry–academia collaborations, entrepreneurship and science by individuals and teams in the chemical sciences industry:

•    Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year Award
•    Creativity in Industry Prize
•    Industrial Analytical Science Award
•    Inspiration and Industry Award
•    Materials for Industry – Derek Birchall Award
•    Organic Industrial Chemistry Award
•    Teamwork in Innovation Award
•    Young Industrialist of the Year Award

Rewarding Excellence, Gaining Recognition

Winning is good for your reputation and good for your business.

Any individual or team can be nominated for an award. But nominations are down to you, our Royal Society of Chemistry members. Do you want to:

…raise the profile of your organisation?
…reward your colleague or employee for their achievements?
…win up to £5000 and the opportunity to raise awareness of your work?

If you know someone that deserves recognition, nominate them today.

Or, if you have made a significant contribution to advancing the chemical sciences or chemical sciences industry, ask a Royal Society of Chemistry member to nominate you.

Nominations close on 15 January 2015.

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Publishing Catalogue 2015 – ready for download

The best content for researchers, readers and scientists in academia, industry and beyond.

That’s what to expect from our ever-expanding publishing programme, and there’s even more on offer in the new 2015 Publishing Catalogue.

Built from expert research, and spanning a comprehensive range of science subjects, there are new products available, as well as some exciting changes to the current portfolio.

Download your copy of the Publishing Catalogue 2015 and look out for:

Page 7 – Read more about Chemical Science’s move to Gold Open Access

Page 11Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology joins our Environmental Science journal collection

Page 31 – Find out about MarinLit, the latest addition to our growing database collection

Page 41 – Don’t miss the RSC Historical Collection, our new digital archive featuring thousands of scientific and society publications, dating back to 1505

Don’t forget, because all of our profits are re-invested, anything purchased from the Royal Society of Chemistry will help to support the talent, information and ideas that lead to great advances in science.

We hope you enjoy looking through the Catalogue. For more information about any of the products inside, just email sales@rsc.org and someone will be in touch.

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Can annotated articles help you?

As a new student, encountering the world of academic journals for the first time can be a little daunting. But help is at hand.

The Royal Society of Chemistry has introduced free annotated articles: a student-friendly way of reading our journals, designed to teach you how to understand, interpret and extract the most from an article.

Clearly defined, bite-sized chunks – rewritten by the authors – allow you to quickly grasp the key concepts of an article:

•    Why is this study important?
•    What is the objective?
•    What was their overall plan?
•    What was their procedure?
•    What are the conclusions?
•    What are the next steps?

With links to the associated Chemistry World article, ChemSpider entries, related journal articles, books and relevant Learn Chemistry resources, annotated articles are also a great practical tool for those teaching students how to read and understand journal articles.

Read the first two examples: Detecting iron the smart way, originally published in Journal of Materials Chemistry A, and Photocatalytic water oxidation at soft interfaces from Chemical Science.

Annotated articles are just one of the many free resources for students and educators on the Learn Chemistry Higher Education website. Check out further practical tools such as:

•    case studies to help with independent study;
•    problem-based laboratory projects which develop teamwork and investigation skills; and
•    How to… guides explaining vital skills such as referencing and citation.

So, whether you are a student yourself, or someone teaching new students how to use resources independently, bookmark Learn Chemistry today.

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Were you a winner at the SOT meeting?

boothThanks to everyone who visited our booth last week at the Society of Toxicology Meeting in Phoenix – it was great to meet you! 

We had a range of toxicology resources on display, including Toxicology Research and our Issues in Toxicology book series.

Congratulations to Lawrence Kennedy (United States Naval Academy), the lucky winner of our prize draw.

Please stay in touch

All competition entrants are now signed up to the Toxicology Research table of contents e-alert.

Sign up to stay in touch with other books and journals relevant to your field.

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Also of interest

Subscribe to Toxicology Research for just £50

£50* – that’s all it costs Royal Society of Chemistry members to subscribe to Toxicology Research online in 2014.

join nowIf you want to stay up-to-date with all the latest research in the toxicology field, don’t miss out on what Toxicology Research has to offer – join the world’s leading chemical science community and make the most of this special members’ rate.

* VAT at 20% will be added to subscriptions from EU members, making the total price £60.

Forthcoming new books in the Issues in Toxicology series

Heavy Metals in Water Histological Techniques
Heavy Metals In Water: Presence, Removal and Safety
Edited by Sanjay Sharma
Histological Techniques: An Introduction for Beginners in Toxicology
Robert Maynard, Noel Downes and Brenda Finney
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Environmental Science: Nano: issue 1 now online!

Graphical abstract: Front coverThe very first issue of Environmental Science: Nano has just been published online.

The issue features cutting-edge reports on nanomaterial interactions with biological and environmental systems as well as the sustainable design and use of engineered nanomaterials. And the great news is that all the articles are FREE to access.

Read the issue now and sign up for the e-alert to get details of subsequent issues delivered to your inbox.

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Environmental Science: Nano: Advance articles now online

The first articles for new journal Environmental Science: Nano are now available online.

Environmental Science: Nano

Cutting-edge research on the effects of nanotechnologies on environmental and human health

Environmental Science: Nano publishes the latest work on nanomaterial interactions with biological and environmental systems, and the design and use of engineered nanomaterials for sustainability. It’s the only high impact journal dedicated to publishing environmental nanoscience papers and, as these first articles show, it is already attracting strong support and attention from the community. 

A chemical free, nanotechnology-based method for airborne bacterial inactivation using engineered water nanostructures
Georgios Pyrgiotakis, James McDevitt, Andre Bordini, Edgar Diaz, Ramon Molina, Christa Watson, Glen Deloid, Steve Lenard, Natalie Fix, Yosuke Mizuyama, Yamauchi Toshiyuki, Joseph Brain and Philip Demokritou

Alterations of intestinal serotonin following nanoparticle exposure in embryonic zebrafish
Rıfat Emrah Özel, Kenneth N. Wallace and Silvana Andreescu

A minor lipid component of soy lecithin causes growth of triangular prismatic gold nanoparticles
Benjamin R. Ayres and Scott M. Reed

Natural water chemistry (dissolved organic carbon, pH, and hardness) modulates colloidal stability, dissolution, and antimicrobial activity of citrate functionalized silver nanoparticles
Lok R. Pokhrel, Brajesh Dubey and Phillip R. Scheuerman

Discover, read, share

All Environmental Science: Nano articles will be free to access online until the end of 2015*, so researchers worldwide can benefit from the latest research.

Join these leading authors: submit your work to Environmental Science: Nano.

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And ensure you don’t miss an article: sign up for the Environmental Science: Nano e-alert.

*All articles published in 2014 and 2015 issues are free to access online to all individuals who have signed up for an RSC Publishing Personal Account, and to all existing Royal Society of Chemistry customers with an IP address registered.

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Join us at the 2013 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston

We’ll be attending the 2013 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit in Boston at the start of next month. If you’ll be there too, please drop by our booth (#1300) and discover more about the Royal Society of Chemistry.

More about….

…our high impact publications

 We’ll have our high quality journals on show, including the very first issue of our new journal Materials Horizons. Sign up for the Materials Horizons e-alert at the booth to enter our prize draw to win a Kindle Fire.

Plus, you can browse our books and enjoy a 30% conference discount (or 35% if you are a Royal Society of Chemistry member) on all titles on display.

…becoming a Royal Society of Chemistry member

Connect with our vibrant worldwide network to develop and share new ideas and advance your career.

Ask us about our special 20% discount for MRS delegates and find out why we are the world’s leading chemistry community.

…the people that work for us – and the work that they do

Liz Dunn, Philip Earis, Leanne Marle and Joanne Thomson will all be in Boston and would be delighted to tell you more about how the Royal Society of Chemistry is advancing excellence in the chemical sciences.

 
Liz Dunn
Editor, Soft Matter and Materials Horizons
Managing Editor, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B & C, Polymer Chemistry and Biomaterials Science
Philip Earis
Managing Editor, Energy & Environmental Science, Nanoscale, Faraday Discussions and PCCP
Leanne Marle
Commissioning Editor, Books
Joanne Thomson Campaigns Manager

We look forward to meeting you!

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