Springer is relaunching the book series Topics in Current Chemistry (TCC) as an online journal. The individual contributions will appear in six electronic issues per year with the first articles to be published in the fall of 2015. Topics in Current Chemistry is well known for presenting high-quality reviews of the present position and future trends in modern chemical research.
Nobel laureate and series editor Jean-Marie Lehn said: "The transformation of Topics in Current Chemistry into a journal of reviews is an exciting development. The scientific community values the book series greatly and, as a journal, authors will now have their contributions indexed, found, read and cited faster."
The journal will continue to cover all areas of chemical science, including the interfaces with related disciplines such as biology, medicine, physics and materials science. The new journal format will allow editors and authors to use tools facilitating the manuscript preparation, submission, review and tracking. Moreover, authors will have the opportunity to publish their articles using the open access publishing model under the Springer Open Choice program. The editorial board of world-leading chemists will transition from the book series to the journal. Wai-Yeung Wong of the Hong Kong Baptist University has been newly appointed as editor for the journal.
"At this time, we aim to further strengthen the reputation and impact of this successful book series by publishing it as a journal. Topical review articles covering present and future trends in modern chemical research will be featured. TCC will benefit from this endeavor in terms of academic impact, journal citations and visibility," said Wong. "I am also looking forward to working with thematic guest editors and editorial board members to develop TCC into a world-leading academic journal of chemical sciences."
Topical collections of in-depth reviews will provide comprehensive insights into areas where new research is emerging and will be viewable online as they develop. Articles belonging to a topical collection will be highlighted with a button "Topical Collection" directing the reader to a listing of all articles in the same collection. Once completed, topical collections will become available in hardcover print format.
Elizabeth Hawkins, Senior Editor at Springer, said, "The journal format of Topics in Current Chemistry allows us to better disseminate new material and meet the expectations and demands of 21st-century chemists. At the same time, we are able to build on the historical significance of the series, which dates back to 1949."
Topics in Current Chemistry
ISSN 2364-8961 (digital version)