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Celebrating our Outstanding Reviewers in 2016

We want to make sure that our journals deliver rigorous and fair peer review and we wouldn’t be able to achieve that commitment without the amazing contribution of our reviewers.

In 2016, nearly 50,000 individual reviewers provided a review for one or more of our journals.  Every one of them is contributing to the efforts of our community to advance excellence in the chemical sciences. Our community is truly a global one, with reviewers coming from over 100 different countries.

We want to celebrate some of the individuals who’ve made significant contributions to our journals by reviewing for us over the last 12 months, by publishing a list of Outstanding Reviewers for each of our journals. The lists will be published on each journal blog on Friday 24 February 2017 and each journal will also publish a special Editorial in the coming weeks. Each Outstanding Reviewer will also receive a certificate to give recognition for their significant contribution.

While it’s not possible to list everyone, we would like to say a big thank you to all of the reviewers that have supported our journals. We would also like to thank all our journal Editorial and Advisory Boards and the chemical community for their continued support as authors, reviewers and readers.

Congratulations to all the Outstanding Reviewers in 2016!

If you would like to become a reviewer for any of our journals, just contact the journal by email with details of your research interests and an up-to-date CV or résumé.  You can find more details in our author and reviewer resource centre.

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RSC Twitter Poster Conference 2017

We are delighted to announce the RSC Twitter Poster Conference 2017 (#RSCPoster) will be happening on Monday March 20th (9am GMT) to Tuesday March 21st (9 am GMT).

The Royal Society of Chemistry Twitter Poster Conference is an online event held entirely over Twitter to bring members of the scientific research community together to share their research, network and engage in scientific debate.

Building upon the success of the previous two Analytical Science Twitter Poster Conferences, we have broadened the scope of the poster conference to include all areas of the chemical sciences.

How do I take part?
During the event simply tweet an image (e.g. JPEG) which will be a digital poster summarising your research along with #RSCPoster, the most appropriate subject area hashtag and the title of your work.

The hashtags required are:

Analytical – #RSCPoster #RSCAnal

Chemical Biology – #RSCPoster #RSCChemBio

Education – #RSCPoster #RSCEdu

Environmental – #RSCPoster #RSCEnv

Inorganic – #RSCPoster #RSCInorg

Materials – #RSCPoster #RSCMat

Nanoscience – #RSCPoster #RSCNano

Organic – #RSCPoster #RSCOrg

Physical – #RSCPoster #RSCPhys

For instance, if you are presenting an analytical poster you would tweet “Poster Title” #RSCPoster #RSCAnal. Throughout the day you can then answer any questions posed to you by other people on Twitter and ask questions about other posters. Make sure you follow #RSCPoster throughout the day as the conference progresses.

You also need to upload your poster and details to the conference Tumblr site, under the appropriate subject category, to ensure you are in contention for a prize. Access the Tumblr site here.

When is it?
Posters tweeted with #RSCPoster with the most relevant subject hashtag and also uploaded to Tumblr between 9am GMT March 20th and 9am GMT March 21st will be eligible to win prizes. Make sure you ask and answer lots of questions to ensure your work is well understood!

Is my research area suitable?
The conference is open to anyone working in any area of science whose research topic falls within one of the subject hashtag categories. If you’re unsure if your poster is suitable for the conference, just get in touch and we can advise.

What can I win?
The main aim of the event is to meet new scientists, share ideas and learn about the latest developments in different scientific areas. The scientific committee will select posters which stimulate wide interest and feature innovative, high quality, exciting research. Posters prizes will be awarded for content & accessibility, design and researcher interaction with the conference. There will also be an audience award for the most tweeted poster.

Who is organising the event and how do I find them?
At different points throughout the day members of each scientific committee for each subject area will be logging in to Twitter and searching #RSCPoster to ask questions about some of the posters. Make sure you check back in at different times to see if you have any new questions and also make sure you ask questions about other posters. Members of the organising and scientific committee and their Twitter names are listed below and make sure you follow the RSC journal twitter accounts relevant to your research for updates.

How do I register?
Pre-registration is not necessary; however we will need to verify who you are and where you do your research to be eligible for the prizes. We strongly recommend you do this before the event by emailing us and letting us know:
•    Your name, address and contact details
•    The title or topic of your poster
•    Your twitter ID

Conference Chairs
Matthew J Baker, University of Strathclyde, @ChemistryBaker
Craig Banks, Manchester Metropolitan University, @ACT_mmu

Organisers
Samuel Illingworth, Manchester Metropolitan University, @Samillingworth
Edward Randviir, Manchester Metropolitan University, @EdwardRandviir

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Subject Chairs

Roy Goodacre, University of Manchester, #RSCAnal, @RoyGoodacre

Martin Resano, University of Zarragoza, #RSCAnal, @MartinResano

Michael Johnson, University of Arizona, #RSCChemBio, @blacksciblog 

Marloes Peeters, Manchester Metropolitan University, #RSCChemBio, @Peeters_Marloes

Claire McDonnell, Dublin Institute of Technology, #RSCEdu

Kristy Turner, University of Manchester, #RSCEdu, @doc_kristy

Damien Arrigan, Curtin University, #RSCEnv, @arri_aus

Doug Macfarlane, Monash University, #RSCEnv, @DRMacFarlane

Polly Arnold, University of Edinburgh, #RSCInorg, @ProfArno

Rebecca Melen, Cardiff University, #RSCInorg, @rebecca_melen

Athina Anastasaki, University of California, Santa Barbara, #RSCMat, @AthinaAnastasa1

Fiona Hatton, University of Sheffield, #RSCMat, @fi_hat

Gemma-Louise Davies, University of Warwick, #RSCNano, @GemmaLouDavies

Karen Faulds, University of Strathclyde, #RSCNano, @FauldsKaren

Ryan Mewis, Manchester Metropolitan University, #RSCOrg

David Nelson, University of Strathclyde, #RSCOrg, @TheNelsonGroup

Committee Members

Zoe Ayres, University of Warwick, @zjayres

Perdita Barran, University of Manchester, @PerditaB

James Batteas, Texas A&M University, @jamesbatteas

Gonçalo Bernardes, University of Cambridge, @gbernardes_chem

Margaret Brimble, University of Auckland, @BrimbleM

Holly Butler, University of Strathclyde, @HollehButler

Richard Dluhy, UAB College of Arts and Sciences, @radluhy

Malika Jeffries-EL, Boston University, @Chem_Diva

Simon Lewis, Curtin University, @SimonWLewis

Jean-Francois Masson, University of Montreal, @Masson_chem

Warren Piers, University of Calgary, @Wpiers1

Michael Seery, University of Edinburgh, @seerymk

Nick Stone, Univeristy of Exeter, @profnickstone

Marcel Swart, University of Girona, @marcel_swart

Renee Webster, Monash University, @reneewebs

Register for #RSCPoster

We look forward to meeting you in March!

Frequently Asked Questions (will be regularly updated)

Do I need to check the copyright and permissions needed for figures or any other parts of my poster which have already been published?
Yes. Copyright owners have the exclusive right to copy their work and to issue copies of their work to the public, and it is an infringement for anyone else to do so without the copyright owner’s permission. If you are reproducing material contained in a Royal Society of Chemistry publication (journal articles, book or book chapters) you may do so providing that you fully acknowledge the original Royal Society of Chemistry publication and include a link back to it. If you wish to include material that has been published by another publisher, you will need to check how the publisher/copyright owner of the third party material wishes to receive permission requests. Information on this can be found on our Permission Requests page at http://www.rsc.org/Publishing/copyright/permission-requests.asp under “Use of third party material in our publications”.

If I include unpublished work in my poster, will I still be able to publish this in a peer-reviewed journal afterwards?
Subject to the usual conditions outlined in the License to Publish, being a part of the Twitter conference will not prevent you using some of the information included in your poster as part of an article in a Royal Society of Chemistry journal. Please note this policy varies by publisher and if you intend to submit your research for publication elsewhere after the event, you should check the individual policy for that journal and publisher.

What size should my poster be?
You can choose any dimensions for your poster, the important thing is that the text and figures are clear for people to read and understand. Using Microsoft PowerPoint, we found a text size of between 12-16 were clear to read when saving an A4 slide as a JPEG and uploading to Twitter. Using an A0 template, the text needed to be between 50 and 60 to be legible. You can use any software you like to create your poster, as long as the image you upload is clear for others to read. We recommend testing your poster on Twitter before the conference to make sure you are happy with your image.

My image is too big for Twitter – what can I do?
We strongly recommend uploading the highest resolution image possible, but it won’t always be so simple. If your image is too high resolution, simply upload a lesser quality image of your poster to Twitter, then upload the high resolution image to the Tumblr page. You might also like to redirect any interest shown in your work towards Tumblr.

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And the winners are…

As part of our participation in Peer Review Week, we ran a prize draw for our reviewers. Anyone who provided a review for one of our journals between 19 September 2016 and 16 October 2016 was automatically entered for a chance to win a fantastic prize!

The winners have now been selected at random, with the first three winning an Apple iPad and then next ten winning a six-month subscription to Chemistry World.

The lucky reviewers that will receive an iPad are….

Name Institution Country
Le Yu Nanyang Technological University Singapore
Bin Hu Wuhan University China
Claudia Kummerloewe Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences Germany

The reviewers that have won a six-month subscription to Chemistry World are….

Name Institution Country
Kaushik Chatterjee Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore India
A. Stephen K. Hashmi Heidelberg University Germany
Xiaolin Wang City University of Hong Kong China
W. Henderson The University of Waikato New Zealand
Julia Laskin Pacific Northwest National Laboratory United States
Robert Phipps University of Cambridge United Kingdom
Feng Guo Pennsylvania State University United States
Shengfang Li Hubei Polytechnic University China
William Wuest Temple University United States
E. Ruijter VU University Amsterdam Netherlands

Please join us in congratulating all of the winners!

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Review and win!

When you give your time as a reviewer for a Royal Society of Chemistry journal, you are part of the world’s leading chemistry community, supporting us in advancing excellence in the chemical sciences.  As a little added bonus to celebrate Peer Review Week, for the next four weeks you will also be in with a chance of winning a fantastic prize!

The first three lucky winners will receive an Apple iPad and 10 runners-up will collect a free 6 month digital subscription to Chemistry World the Royal Society of Chemistry’s flagship magazine featuring the latest chemistry news, research updates, features, opinions, podcasts and more. This offer also includes a 25% discount on a 12 month digital subscription after the end of the free access period.

Entry couldn’t be simpler – a reviewer who submits a review for any of our journals between 19 September 2016 and 16 October 2016 will be automatically eligible for a chance to win.  Winners will be selected at random and announced in the first week of November 2016.*

If you would like to become a reviewer for any of our journals, just contact the journal by email with details of your research interests and an up-to-date CV or résumé.  You can find more details in our author and reviewer resource centre.

P.S. Did you know that all reviewers for our journals are entitled to a 25% discount on books published by the Royal Society of Chemistry?  Contact booksales@rsc.org for more information.

*Reasonable efforts will be made to contact the winner(s). If the winner(s) cannot be contacted, we reserve the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant drawn at random. We reserve the right to reject entries from entrants not entering into the spirit of the competition.

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Celebrating our reviewers

This week, we are excited to be joining in the celebrations for Peer Review Week – a global event recognising the essential role that peer review plays in maintaining scientific quality.

At the Royal Society of Chemistry, we are passionate about ensuring that our journals deliver rigorous and fair peer review.  We wouldn’t be able to achieve that commitment without the amazing contribution of our reviewers.

So far this year, nearly 40,000 individual reviewers have provided a review for one or more of our journals.  Between them they have submitted over 120,000 reviews!  Every one of them is contributing to the efforts of our community to advance excellence in the chemical sciences.

Our community is truly a global one, with reviewers coming from over 100 different countries.

This Peer Review Week, we want to celebrate just some of the individuals who’ve made significant contributions to our journals by reviewing for us this year.  We’ll be publishing a list of the top 10 reviewers for each of our journals throughout this week, starting today with our materials and nanoscience journals.

While it’s not possible to list all of them here, we would like to thank each and every reviewer for their support.  We’d also like to say an extra-special thank you to the members of our journals’ editorial and advisory boards who often serve as senior reviewers and adjudicators.

Each day, a different set of journals will publish their Top 10 reviewers for 2016, as selected by the editor for their significant contribution to the journal

Monday

19th September

Tuesday

20th September

Wednesday

21st September

Thursday

22nd September

Friday

23rd September

Materials and Nanoscience Energy, Environmental and Catalysis Organic, Biological and Medicinal Inorganic, Physical and Analytical General chemistry and Applied chemistry
Biomaterials Science Energy & Environmental Science Integrative Biology Dalton Transactions Chemical Communications
Journal of Materials Chemistry A Environmental Science: Nano Metallomics Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers Chemical Science
Journal of Materials Chemistry B Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts Molecular BioSystems CrystEngComm Chemical Society Reviews
Journal of Materials Chemistry C Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology MedChemComm Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics New Journal of Chemistry
Materials Chemistry Frontiers Green Chemistry Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry Analyst Molecular Systems Design & Engineering
Materials Horizons Catalysis Science & Technology Toxicology Research Analytical Methods Reaction Chemistry & Engineering
Polymer Chemistry Food & Function Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry
Soft Matter Organic Chemistry Frontiers Lab on a Chip
Nanoscale Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences

Make sure you come back everyday this week to see the top reviewers for our journals.

If you would like to become a reviewer for any of our journals, just contact the journal by email with details of your research interests and an up-to-date CV or résumé.  You can find more details in our author and reviewer resource centre.


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Introducing Materials Chemistry Frontiers

Journal cover for Materials Chemistry Frontiers

The international, high-quality journal for topical and multi-disciplinary research on all aspects of materials chemistry.

We are delighted to announce Materials Chemistry Frontiers, the third title in the enterprising Frontiers family – a truly international, world-class journal series directed by leading Chinese academic institutions and published in partnership with the Royal Society of Chemistry.

High-impact science
Materials Chemistry Frontiers is the ideal home for studies of a significant nature which further the development of organic, inorganic, composite and nano-materials.

This online-only, highly interdisciplinary journal will focus on the synthesis and chemistry of exciting new materials, and the development of improved fabrication techniques. Characterisation and fundamental studies that are of broad appeal are also welcomed.

In a simple and straightforward publishing format, Materials Chemistry Frontiers will publish only three article types:

• Research Articles
• Critical Reviews
• Chemistry Frontiers


Find out more.

Led by experts
Materials Chemistry Frontiers is jointly owned by the Chinese Chemical Society and Royal Society of Chemistry, supported by the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The journal will be led by Editor in Chief Benzhong Tang (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology).

This winning collaboration of China-led research expertise and innovative publishing by a world-leading not-for-profit publisher guarantees a journal that will uphold the highest ethical standards and showcase only the very best research from China, Asia and the rest of the world to an international audience.


Maximum visibility

High-impact research needs high visibility. All content published in the first two volumes will be free to access upon registration – offering authors maximum exposure for their work.


World-class publishing

At the Royal Society of Chemistry, we’ve successfully launched journals across the breadth of the chemical sciences, including an ALPSP Best New Journal winner and a host of high impact titles leading the way in their field. So you can be sure Materials Chemistry Frontiers is in safe hands.

Benefits of being a Materials Chemistry Frontiers author include:

• Rapid publication and first-class author service
• A simple and user-friendly online submission process
• No submission charges or page limits, and free colour
• Open access publishing options
• Free electronic reprints of your own paper

Keep in touch
Be the first to hear the latest news about Materials Chemistry Frontiers – including when the journal is open for submissions – sign up to e-alerts today.

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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.

To contribute to our next Impact Factor…

Register to receive email updates about our journals, including calls for papers, most accessed articles, themed issues and breaking news.

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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Publishing Price List 2015

We all want value for money.

Here at the Royal Society of Chemistry we’re proud to be a not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. So we invest any surplus back into the community.Price List 2015

And as the world’s leading chemistry community, we want to make sure your researchers can access the very best content.

Our plans and pricing for 2015 show our commitment to this aim.

Key highlights and changes for 2015 include:

  • Chemical Science will become a Gold Open Access journal, with no article processing fees for at least two years
  • A new journal: Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, available free online to all existing customers (and registered individuals) until the end of 2016
  • Our collections continue to represent excellent discounts when compared with individual journal prices:
    • RSC Gold, our most comprehensive package, has expanded to include Biomaterials Science
    • We’ve increased the discount on the Core Chemistry Collection to 35%
  • More content: Nanoscale and Polymer Chemistry are doubling in frequency to 48 issues per year
  • To help smaller institutions, the flexibility of our eBook Pick and Choose model lets you choose only the books you and your researchers really need
  • Our annual eBook Collections are now available for all years from 2008 to 2015. We will publish a minimum of 65 eBooks in 2015

And in response to customer feedback, Methods in Organic Synthesis and Catalysts & Catalysed Reactions will merge to form Synthetic Reaction Updates – a new easily digestible, quality database with no content overlap.

If you would like to discuss your current subscriptions, or you have any questions, please contact us.

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Chemical Science moves to Gold Open Access

Gold Open AccessChemical Science, launched in 2010, is set to become the world’s first high-quality Open Access chemistry journal.

From the first issue in January 2015, our flagship journal will move to Gold Open Access. All content published from that date will be free to every reader.

Plus, unlike other Gold Open Access journals, we will waive all Article Processing Charges (APCs) for at least two years. So it will be free for authors too.

Why are we doing this?

First, we strongly believe that Gold Open Access is a sustainable model for the future of publishing. Chemical Science will become part of our wider Open Access offering, which also includes Gold for Gold vouchers.

Second, we’re a not-for-profit organisation and we’re passionate about promoting, supporting and celebrating chemistry. So we invest in advancing the chemical sciences, and we spread knowledge to the international community. It’s what we’ve been doing for 170 years.

By moving Chemical Science to Gold Open Access, we are giving the global community access to some of the very best research.

Read our Press Release to find out more.

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The RSC joins CrossMark

CrossMark Web Banner
Those who publish with us and read our journals will know that we take our responsibility as a publisher very seriously.

Now, we’re taking that responsibility one step further by improving our ability to maintain the content we publish.

CrossMark is a system provided by CrossRef, which monitors published articles bearing the CrossMark logo. If you’re connected to the internet, clicking the logo will tell you whether or not the article version you have is current, providing a CrossRef DOI link to any updates.

You will also be able to see key record information such as funding sources, researcher identifiers, related data, copyright & licensing data and publication history.

Being a member of CrossMark gives our authors extra assurance that their work’s integrity is being protected. It’s also helped to simplify the research process. If a paper bearing the CrossMark logo is downloaded or saved, the system will make sure that you’ll always have the right version, so no need for repeat searches.

The CrossMark logo will be added to all articles published in our journals from 14 July 2014. Find out more on our CrossMark Policy page.

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