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July 19, 2011

Wiley-VCH and ChemPubSoc Europe to Launch Open Access Chemistry Journal

Societies meet a growing need of members whose funding agencies require open access publishing

Weinheim, Germany, July 19th, 2011. Wiley-VCH, part of the scientific and technical publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JWa and JWb), and ChemPubSoc Europe, an association of 16 chemical societies, have announced the launch of ChemistryOpen, the first open access chemical society journal. The societies are joining a new open access publishing program announced by John Wiley & Sons in February.

ChemistryOpen will publish peer-reviewed primary research in all areas of chemistry, and will thus satisfy funding organisations and institutes which require that the research funded by them should be accessible to all. As an additional feature, the new journal will publish short summaries of PhD theses with a link to the full version. This Thesis Treasury will make PhD theses in Chemistry readily accessible while linking them through CrossRef to all cited journal articles in the program.

The editors Dr Karen Hindson and Dr Haymo Ross situated in Weinheim, Germany, say that ChemistryOpen will be published online only. The first open access articles will be posted online later this year, with the first full issue following in early 2012.

“With ChemistryOpen, ChemPubSoc Europe wishes to offer our 72,000 European chemical society members and the international chemistry community a high-quality, peer-reviewed journal that meets the needs of authors,” said Professor Wolfram Koch, Executive Director of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh; German Chemical Society) and co-President of ChemPubSoc Europe. “We are delighted to be working with Wiley-VCH to deliver this important new service.”

To guarantee the highest possible quality the journal will have an Editorial Advisory Board headed by Professors Ramón Martínez-Máñez and Thomas Wirth, whose expertise cover a broad range of disciplines. Professor Jean-Marie Lehn, Nobel Prize winner in chemistry in 1987, also supports this initiative as an Honorary Chairman of the Editorial Advisory Board.

“The step taken by the 16 European Chemical Societies is unique,” said Professor Martínez-Máñez from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. “To publish ChemistryOpen alongside Chemistry – A European Journal, the European Journals of Inorganic and Organic Chemistry and ChemBioChem, ChemCatChem, ChemMedChem, ChemPhysChem, and ChemSusChem will make it very attractive for society members who require an open access outlet for their results. The inclusion of The Thesis Treasury is a major benefit.”

“Publications in open access journals are increasingly encouraged for the dissemination of government-funded research results,” said Professor Wirth from Cardiff University. “ChemPubSoc Europe's insistence on high quality contributions, together with a high standard of refereeing, will make ChemistryOpen a success.”

About ChemPubSoc Europe:
ChemPubSoc Europe (www.chempubsoc.eu) is an organisation of 16 European chemical societies, founded in the late 1990s as a consequence of the amalgamation of more than a dozen chemical journals owned by national chemical societies into a number of high quality European journals. ChemPubSoc Europe’s journals, which are all published with Wiley-VCH, are: Chemistry—A European Journal, European Journal of Organic Chemistry, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, ChemBioChem, ChemPhysChem, ChemMedChem, ChemSusChem, ChemCatChem, and ChemViews – The ChemPubSoc Europe Magazine. All participating societies share a commitment to scientific excellence, to publishing ethics, and to the highest standards in publication, which are the basis for the success of the ChemPubSoc Europe journals. ChemPubSoc Europe has approximately 72,000 members.

About Wiley Open Access:
Wiley Open Access, announced in February 2011, provides authors wishing to publish their research outcomes in an open access journal with a range of new high quality publications which meet the requirements of funding organizations and institutions where these apply. Wiley Open Access journals are supported by a network of high-quality journals and societies as well as internationally-renowned editorial board members.

Contact for potential authors and general questions:
Karen Hindson or Haymo Ross at
chemistryopen@wiley-vch.de