A look back at 2012

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As 2012 draws to a close it’s a good time to take a look back at some of our highlights over the past year.

Submissions to Chemistry Central rose by 64% in 2012, with a 45% increase in manuscript publications. We also had great Impact Factor results, with Chemistry Central Journal’s Impact Factor almost doubling to 3.28, and Journal of Cheminformatics achieving a notable first Impact Factor of 3.42. These values place the two journals as the top open access journals in the field of chemistry.

Other highlights include:

Publishing

A Perspective published in Journal of Systems Chemistry by Addy Pross, was our most widely read article in 2012, with almost 50,000 accesses. The paper aims to explain the emergence of life by extending Darwinian theory to inanimate matter, and was covered by the popular science magazine, Discover, earlier this year.

Our most cited paper in 2012 was a description of the Open Babel software by Geoffrey Hutchison and colleagues. Open Babel allows users to convert between different chemical structure formats, and has proved to be a valuable tool for cheminformaticians.

We were also pleased to welcome Dr Davide Mattia to the Editorial Board of Chemistry Central Journal. Davide is part of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath, and he joined as a Section Editor for the Materials & Polymers section.

Technology

In 2012 we introduced a number of improvements to our publishing technology:

• Equation display was improved by incorporating MathJax
Altmetrics was introduced to provide a measure of impact at the article, rather than the journal, level
• Chemistry Central search was expanded to include results from relevant BioMed Central journals
• Our journal websites were updated to give improved experience for users of mobile devices

Open Access

This year marked the tenth anniversary of the Budapest Open Access Initiative and support has continued to grow in favour of open access publishing. One of the most notable developments in 2012 was a commitment from the UK government to ensure that all results from publically funded research are made openly available. The move followed the publication of the Finch Report on ‘Expanding Access to Published Research Findings’, which strongly supported a move towards open access publishing. The growth of open access can be easily seen in the number of journals indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals, which currently lists almost 8500 titles and is growing at a rate of around 3 journals per day.

We regularly post information about the most interesting open access developments on this blog, and you can also follow us on Twitter for updates.