RSC’s new flagship journal wins ALPSP Award

The Royal Society of Chemistry’s new flagship journal Chemical Science last night won ‘Best New Journal’ at a prestigious publishing awards ceremony.

The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) praised Chemical Science for its relevance and quality.

“Launched to present high quality cutting edge research across the chemical sciences, it has achieved swift success. There are very close links with the community and the journal is clearly defined by the science and the user,” said ALPSP in the award citation on their website.

Dr Robert Eagling, Managing Editor of Chemical Science, said: “We are thrilled to receive this prestigious award against such tough competition. This is the culmination of over three years’ hard work by the team, and I thank them all for their efforts.

“I would also like to extend a special thanks to the Associate Editors and, in particular, the Editor-in-Chief, Professor David MacMillan, who have been instrumental in getting Chemical Science where it is today.”

Chemical Science publishes original research articles of exceptional significance from across the chemical sciences. The journal helps to define the important areas by publishing the most significant cutting-edge research. Submissions must appeal to the general chemical science community, or be of exceptional interest to specialist researchers.

Launched last year with a groundbreaking series of three conferences held in three continents over three sequential weeks – the ‘International Symposia on Advancing the Chemical Sciences’ (ISACS) – Chemical Science has already established itself as the home of truly excellent chemical science research. A further three international conferences were held earlier this year, in Boston, Manchester and Beijing, with planning for the 2012 events well underway.

Dr James Milne, RSC’s Acting Managing Director of publishing, said: “This award is worthy recognition of the incredible efforts of everyone involved in making Chemical Science the success it has so quickly become – our authors, reviewers and the journal’s dynamic editorial board.

“It is also great recognition for the exceptional service provided by the RSC’s dedicated editorial, production and marketing staff; providing authors and customers with the best experience possible whenever they interact with this new leading journal for the chemical sciences.”

The ALPSP Award for Best New Journal is open to any peer-reviewed journal launched in the last 1-3 years. The judges consider the main aspects of the journal including its launch: market research, editorial strategy, marketing and commercial success.