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RSC Chemical Biology hosts new RSC Desktop Seminar Series

COVID-19 has rendered in-person events to be suspended or cancelled disrupting connections around the globe. The impact of these cancellations on the sharing of information and ideas, especially in the research landscape, has been dramatic.

In an effort to help researchers to stay connected to advances in chemical research and share support, RSC Chemical Biology is proud to announce the launch of the RSC’s first online-only seminar series.

Introducing RSC Desktop Seminars!

The RSC Desktop Seminar Series is an effort to not only replace in-person research seminars during the current pandemic situation but to also expand access for researchers around the world looking to connect to some of the leading minds in the chemical sciences.

Each seminar is 1 hour and 15 minutes long, and will feature two Small Group Informal Sessions, which will offer researchers in attendance a direct line to the speaker to ask questions and build a network with other like-minded individuals.

We’re very excited to announce that our first Desktop Seminar event will take place at 12:00 EST (17:00 BST) on 21 May 2020, and will feature RSC Chemical Biology Editorial Board Member Dr. Jennifer Heemstra!


Jen Heemstra is an associate professor of chemistry at Emory University, where her group utilizes the molecular recognition and assembly properties of biomolecules to address challenges in medicine and environmental science.

I’m thrilled to be able to share the research accomplishments of my group members as the inaugural Desktop Seminar speaker” says Jen. “While our current global crisis has taken away many of the scientific interactions that we prize, the Desktop Seminar format offers a creative platform for forging new relationships with scientists who we might not otherwise have had the opportunity to meet.”


Her talk “Interrogating Enzymatic Reactions using Nucleic Acid Molecular Recognition and Assembly” is sure to be incredibly popular, so we encourage anyone interested in attending to register today!

While these initial RSC Desktop Seminars are taking place in the Eastern US time zone working hours, we encourage any and all interested to register and attend!

Register here now


Other RSC Desktop Seminars in this Series include:

28 May 2020 12:00 PM EST / 17:00 BST
“Platforms for the generation and high-throughput screening of cyclic peptide libraries”
Dr. Ali Tavassoli – Professor of Chemical Biology, University of Southampton, Editorial Board member, RSC Chemical Biology

4 June 2020 12:00 EST / 17:00 BST
“Understanding and Re-engineering the Programming of Iterative Highly Reducing Polyketide Synthases”
Prof. Dr. Russell Cox – Leibniz Universität Hannover; Editor in Chief, RSC Advances; Advisory Board member, RSC Chemical Biology

11 June 2020 12:00 EST / 17:00 BST
“The power of chemoselectivity: Functional protein-conjugates for extra- and intracellular targeting”

Prof. Dr. Christian Hackenberger – Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie; Associate Editor, Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry; Advisory Board member, RSC Chemical Biology



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RSC Chemical Biology: first issue out now

Issue 1 is online and ready to read

We’re pleased to be able to share with you the first full issue of RSC Chemical Biology, our new, gold open access journal showcasing agenda-setting research of interest to the broad chemical biology community. Read issue 1 now

It includes:

Introduction to RSC Chemical Biology
Hiroaki Suga, Kathryn L. Gempf and Anna Rulka
RSC Chem. Biol., 2020, 1, 6-7. DOI: 10.1039/D0CB90001J

Dynamic visualization of type II peptidyl carrier protein recognition in pyoluteorin biosynthesis
Joshua C. Corpuz, Larissa M. Podust, Tony D. Davis, Matt J. Jaremko and Michael D. Burkart
RSC Chem. Biol., 2020, 1, 8-12. DOI: 10.1039/C9CB00015A

A mechanism-inspired UDP-N-acetylglucosamine pyrophosphorylase inhibitor
Olawale G. Raimi, Ramon Hurtado-Guerrero, Vladimir Borodkin, Andrew Ferenbach, Michael D. Urbaniak, Michael A. J. Ferguson and Daan M. F. van Aalten
RSC Chem. Biol., 2020, 1, 13-25. DOI: 10.1039/C9CB00017H

Macrocyclic peptides that inhibit Wnt signalling via interaction with Wnt3a
Manuel E. Otero-Ramirez, Kyoko Matoba, Emiko Mihara, Toby Passioura, Junichi Takagi and Hiroaki Suga
RSC Chem. Biol., 2020, 1, 26-34. DOI: 10.1039/D0CB00016G


RSC Chemical Biology offers authors a trusted, reliable option for publishing their work open access.

As the first Royal Society of Chemistry journal to offer transparent peer review, authors also have the option to publish reviewers’ comments, the editor’s decision letter, and authors’ response alongside the article. It’s part of our commitment to make research and decision-making more open, robust and accessible.


Supporting an open future for vital research

All papers published in the journal will always be free to access. We are waiving article processing charges for the first two years, so until mid-2022 the journal will be completely free to publish in for authors, as well as free to read.


We hope you enjoy reading the exciting research in our first issue!
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Contributors to the 2018 New Frontiers in Indian Research collection

This profile offers a short introduction to the researchers who have contributed to this themed collection on the talent emerging from India and the excellent work that is being done by them. We would like to congratulate them and their teams on their achievements to date and hope they have continued success in the future as they continue their careers.

Read the collection now!

Dr Masashi ArakawaDr Masashi Arakawa received Ph.D degree in chemistry from The University of Tokyo, Japan, in 2011 under supervision of Prof. H. Kagi and Dr. H. Fukazawa.  His Ph.D work was hydrogen ordering in ice under low temperature and high pressure observed from neutron diffraction, which was carried out under the support of JSPS research fellowship.  Subsequently, he moved to Kyushu University, Japan, to join Prof. A. Terasaki’s group as an Assistant Professor, working on reaction and spectroscopy of gas-phase free metal clusters.  One of the primary research interests is reaction of small mineral clusters related to chemistry in the universe, especially, molecular evolution.



Dr Anindya Datta

Anindya Datta was born obtained his  B. Sc. (Hons). and M. Sc.  from Calcutta University, studying in Presidency College and University College of Science and Technology, respectively. He was a CSIR research fellow with Prof. Kankan Bhattacharyya in Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science and obtained his Ph. D. from Jadavpur University  After his postdoctoral research with Prof. Jacob W. Petrich in Iowa State University and After a brief stint in Raja Ramanna Centre of Advanced Technology, Indore, he joined Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, where he is presently a Professor of Chemistry.  He is a recipient of Bronze Medal of Chemical Research Society of India and Fellow of National Academy of Science, India. His research interest is in ultrafast processes in Chemistry and Materials Science.


Dr Ankona DattaAnkona received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 2000. She did her graduate research work on chiral water soluble porphyrins for catalysis and recognition with Prof. John T. Groves at Princeton University (Ph.D., 2006). After graduating from Princeton she joined as a postdoctoral scholar in the laboratory of Prof. Ken Raymond at the University of California, Berkeley, where she worked on macromolecular MRI contrast agents. Since 2010 she is a faculty in the Department of Chemical Sciences at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India. Ankona and her team of vibrant students use molecular interaction insights from coordination chemistry and molecular recognition to develop chemical probes for tracking cell signal mediating molecules and metal ions in living systems.


Professor Chandan Jana

Chandan K. Jana completed his graduation in Chemistry from Calcutta University in 2002 and in 2005, he received his M.S. in Chemical Science (with Prof. N. Jayaraman) from the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore. In that year, he joined the group of Prof. A. Studer at the University of Muenster, Germany, as a member of the International Graduate School of Chemistry for his doctoral studies and he received his Ph.D. degree in 2008. He then moved to the group of Prof. K. Gademann, first at EPFL and then the University of Basel, Switzerland, for his postdoctoral research (2009–2011). In 2011, he returned to India and started his independent research career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, where he became an Associate Professor in 2015. His research and teaching interest center on organic chemistry.


Professor Sabuj Kundu

Sabuj Kundu obtained his PhD in 2009 from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA under the supervision of Professor Alan S. Goldman. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor William D. Jones at University of Rochester, NY (2009-11) and Professor Maurice Brookhart at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2011-13). Subsequently, in 2013 he returned to India to join as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, where he is presently an Associate Professor. He received the DST-INSPIRE Faculty fellowship, India. His group is focused on various aspects of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis for sustainable chemical transformations.



Professor Bani Kanta SarmaDr. Bani Kanta Sarma received his BSc and MSc in chemistry from Cotton College, Gauhati University and IIT Guwahati, respectively. Subsequently, he joined Prof. G. Mugesh’s research group at the Department of Inorganic & Physical Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore to carry out his doctoral studies. During his PhD, he worked on the antioxidant activity of organoselenium compounds, especially ebselen and its analogues. He was awarded “Prof. S. Soundararajan Medal” for the year 2008-2009 for the best PhD thesis of the year in the area of Inorganic Chemistry at Indian Institute of Science Bangalore. Upon finishing his PhD, he pursued his postdoctoral studies with Prof. Thomas Kodadek in the area of peptoid chemistry and chemical biology at the UT Southwestern Medical Centre and The Scripps Research Institute Florida. He joined the Department of Chemistry at Shiv Nadar University as Assistant Professor in 2014. His current research interest is to understand the various aspects of carbonyl-carbonyl noncovalent interactions and their role in the stabilization of small molecules and various protein secondary structures.


Professor Ravi Venkatramani Ravi Venkatramani is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Sciences, at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai. Ravi obtained his Ph.D. in Physics in 2005 from the University of Rochester, NY, USA. Subsequently, he was a post-doctoral fellow, first in the Department of Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA (2005-2007) and then in the Department of Chemistry at Duke University, Durham, NC, USA (2007-2012). At TIFR, Ravi`s research group extracts effective reaction coordinates and pathways governing biomolecular function and electronic charge flow through molecules using rigorous statistical and dynamical descriptions. Notable contributions of the group over the last few years include: 1) the concept of a molecular breadboard circuit, wherein single molecules with multiple lead contact points offer dozens of possible current flow channels and as many as four conductance states, and 2) the discovery of a new optical (UV-Visible) charge transfer spectral band to probe biomolecular dynamics. Ravi is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and serves as the secretary to the RSC-West India Section

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A first in its field

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.

To contribute to our next Impact Factor…

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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 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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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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