The Final Countdown: Top 10 most cited Dalton Transactions articles!

2011: Dalton Transactions 40th Anniversary year is finally here which means it’s now time to reveal the Top 10 most cited papers….

As you know, we are celebrating the journal’s 40th birthday by counting down the Top 40 most cited Dalton Transactions articles according to ISI*. Finally the moment to reveal the Top 10 is upon us! Drum roll please…..what is at number 1? Will it be Queen or The Beatles…. neither of course, but you can find out what exciting paper made it to this top spot below.

In addition all of these articles will be FREE for you to read until the end of January 2011.  Catch up on the rest of the Top 40 articles and find out more about our plans for Dalton Transactions 40th birthday celebrations here.

Polymerization of lactide and related cyclic esters by discrete metal complexes
Brendan J. O’Keefe, Marc A. Hillmyer and William B. Tolman
J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 2001, 2215-2224 DOI: 10.1039/B104197P, Perspective

9 The rational design of high symmetry coordination clusters
Dana L. Caulder and Kenneth N. Raymond
J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 1999, 1185-1200 DOI: 10.1039/A808370C, Paper

8 Highly active metallocene catalysts for olefin polymerization
Walter Kaminsky
J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 1998, 1413-1418 DOI: 10.1039/A800056E, Perspective

7 Getting excited about lanthanide complexation chemistry
David Parker and J. A. Gareth Williams
J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 1996, 3613-3628 DOI: 10.1039/DT9960003613, Paper

6 EQNMR: a computer program for the calculation of stability constants from nuclear magnetic resonance chemical shift data
Michael J. Hynes
J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 1993, 311-312 DOI: 10.1039/DT9930000311, Paper

5 A net-based approach to coordination polymers
Richard Robson
J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 2000, 3735-3744 DOI: 10.1039/B003591M, Perspective

4 The phase behaviour of 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborates; ionic liquids and ionic liquid crystals
John D. Holbrey and Kenneth R. Seddon
J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 1999, 2133-2140 DOI: 10.1039/A902818H, Paper

3 Cationic Group 4 metallocene complexes and their role in polymerisation catalysis: the chemistry of well defined Ziegler catalysts
Manfred Bochmann
J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 1996, 255-270 DOI: 10.1039/DT9960000255, Paper

2 Engineering coordination polymers towards applications
Christoph Janiak
Dalton Trans., 2003, 2781-2804 DOI: 10.1039/B305705B, Perspective

1 A critical account on π–π stacking in metal complexes with aromatic nitrogen-containing ligands
Christoph Janiak
J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 2000, 3885-3896 DOI: 10.1039/B003010O, Paper

*Top cited articles according to ISI on the 17th November 2010 – please note our ISI data includes articles published from 1993-2010 only.

Some of our Top 40 authors such as Xiao-Ming Chen, Christoph Janiak and Keith Murray have already posted stories about their Top 40 papers on the blog. Why not join them in the discussion by posting your thoughts on our Top 10! 

Why do you think these papers have been so highly cited? Do you remember when these articles were first published? Perhaps they had an impact on your own research? We’d love to find out more – tell us by posting a comment on the blog in the box below……

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5 Responses to “The Final Countdown: Top 10 most cited Dalton Transactions articles!”

  1. David Parker says:

    Back in 1995/6, this article summarised our excitement about the benefits of examining the coordination chemistry of Eu, Gd and Tb together. Gareth Williams (now a colleague at Durham)
    had just completed his pioneering PhD work, and his diligence and scholarship greatly facilitated the writing of this article. Emissive Eu and Tb complexes provide a wealth of optical spectral information that complements NMR data obtained on Gd complexes of a common ligand. This idea was not so generally appreciated at that time. In addition, I think we defined the key physicochemical issues to address in designing efficient complexes for use in bio-systems , either as optical or MR probes. These ideas were later expanded in a 2002 Chem Rev article (vol. 102, p1971), by which time we had progressed from ‘getting excited’ to “being excited about lanthanide coordination complexes”.
    We remain in an excited state over such work; the passage of time has neither relaxed our attitude nor quenched our desire to find out more.

  2. This 1999 paper coauthored by Dana Caulder, then a Ph.D. student, presented our approach to the synthesis of nanoscale flasks using coordination chemistry linkers. The approach is biomimetic, in the sense that nature similarly assembles clusters, such as ferritin or viral capsids, in order to isolate and protect molecular guest species. In the ’90’s the approach had larger been heuristic (i.e. try it and cross your fingers) and we wanted to be able to predict and design; this article described our recipe and early results on its success.

    The criticism of supramolecular chemistry has often been that is like some celebrities…it looks good but doesn’t do anything. We are now making this chemistry do things. In collaboration with my colleague Robert Bergman we have shown catalysis of guest molecule reactions in these clusters with enzyme-like rate enhancement.

  3. The 2003 review on “Engineering coordination polymers towards applications” focused on what is now called MOFs and their properties. It was not structures but the properties which are still interesting today in this exploding field which were summarized and critically assessed: sorption and catalytic behavior, magnetism, luminescence etc.
    Furthermore, to have seen this review highly cited in Dalton Transactions proved to me that this is a great journal for high level research where the work will be read.

  4. I have to admit that the perception of the 2000 paper on “pi-pi stacking in metal-complexes with aromatic nitrogen ligands” by the scientific community came as a surprise to me. I feel extremely honored by and greatly thank all my colleagues who made use of this critical account over the years.
    I should say here that I am extremely thankful to Dalton Transactions to have given me the opportunity to publish my work here over the years. I am highly satisfied with their handling of the manuscritps, including quite fair referee reports. I am always sure that the work which I publish in Dalton will be noticed by my peers. For me Dalton is one of my first choices where I publish my best research.

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