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Updated Impact Factors in 2021

Each year, Clarivate releases the Journal Citation Report (JCR), containing updated impact factors for peer-reviewed journals. In 2021, RSC showed great increases in impact factor across much of the portfolio, with some of the largest growth and highest impact journals shown in the graphic above. Furthermore, many of our journals now stand at their 5-year (and all-time) high!

In addition to this advance, we are also excited to announce that our new journal, RSC Medicinal Chemistry, has received its first impact factor (3.47) – a milestone that requires a certain number of articles and citations gathered over the first two or four years of its publication. You can learn more about how impact factors are calculated and the variables that determine its first issuance on the Clarivate webpage. Another of our new journals, Nanoscale Advances, showed a >20% increase over its first impact factor that was released in 2020! A full report of RSC journals’ impact is available here (Clarivate subscription required).

We are happy to share our performance in this year’s JCR, and we look forward to carrying this growth into the future.

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Introducing Our New Board Members

At the Royal Society of Chemistry, our board members play indispensable roles in maintaining the quality and relevance of our journals. As some members’ terms come to an end, we welcome a new set of editorial and advisory board members to guide us into the future. We would like to offer a warm welcome to these researchers and to thank them graciously for their work at RSC.

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2021 Highly Cited Authors in the Americas

Every year, we compile a list of the most successful manuscripts – judged by number of citations – published in RSC journals. Recently, we presented our Highly Cited Author certificates to those researchers whose work published in 2020 was within the top 3% of all cited articles in 2021. We take pride in the work published in our journals and are grateful to authors for continuing to choose us as the host for their most exceptional findings. This year, we have more than 150 researchers from North and South America who made the list, which you will find below.

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Updates from the Brazil Office for RSC Americas

Written by Elizabeth Magalhaes

A satellite office of RSC Americas, the Brazilian office in São Paulo, has been operating since 2012 and represents the whole portfolio in the region including all of South America. Now, after the worst (we hope) of the pandemic, we are re-assessing our approach in the region. The main partner in the community is the Brazilian Chemical Society, SBQ. At the beginning of 2022, RSC president Tom Welton gave a webinar to SBQ to reflect on Sustainability, which has become a prominent subject from 2022 onwards in the Brazilian Community.

Most of our publications in Brazil come from the local chemistry community, totalling nearly 500 at RSC. More and more, research in this area has become multidisciplinary, so following Biochemistry, Materials, Food Engineering, and Energy topics has played an important role in pursuing submission leading to publications locally. This movement has been essential in times where national funding has become an issue in Brazil and other Latin American countries. Other sources of funding, such as applications through innovation, are paving initial steps to enable research despite major cuts in governments’ science budgets.

Our goal in the region is to keep RSC relevant and to continue to be a trustworthy source for quality publications. To perform best in our aims, we support the most important local meetings in our communities, general or specific, to better understand the local environment. We look for opportunities to find engaged authors and editors, as well as to enlighten the future generation. We recently came back from one of the largest events in the area, the 45th Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Chemical Society. This conference was an opportunity to showcase our portfolio in full, including journals, books, databases, and other campaigns on Diversity and Inclusion. Our marketing stand attracted attention and was an effective point of contact for researchers.

 

At the conference, we presented a How-to-Publish talk with 3 of our local editorial board members in an interactive section. A highlight of the trip was the second annual awarding of the so-called JP RSC RASBQ prize, organized in partnership with SBQ. This award recognizes two young researchers for their scientific competence and quality of work, providing them with funding to attend international conferences and to boost their initial careers as professionals by covering research costs. More about the award and this year’s recipients can be found here (in Portuguese).

 

Yet there is still more to come, and this year we will sponsor and/or attend focus events and meetings in Materials, Analytical, Inorganic, Medicinal, and Organic Chemistry, including ICCST 15 – the International Conference on the Chemistry of Selenium and Tellurium. Watch this space!

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