A Letter from the Editors
A Great Year behind Us, a Bright Future ahead
If the past has anything to say about the future, it is worth looking back at 2004, the first year of existence of Chemistry & Biodiversity, before contemplating the future of the journal.
The first and foremost observation to emphasize is the positive and strong response of the scientific community to the launch and growth of the journal. We had what we thought were wildly optimistic expectations for the first year of 200 manuscript submissions at best, while, in reality, the number of submissions is currently 287. This amazing performance is underlined by the many testimonies of support and encouragement we have received from researchers around the globe. With this healthy flow of manuscript submissions, many of which are of exceptional scientific quality, the journal has had from the start the flexibility needed to be critical and selective. We have published in Chemistry & Biodiversity during 2004 about 150 papers and over 2000 pages, which, in our view, is remarkable proof that Chemistry & Biodiversity indeed fills a broad and heretofore largely empty niche.
For our success during our inaugural year, we are also very much indebted to the many devoted members of the Editorial Advisory Board, whose Honorary Chairman is Prof. Albert Eschenmoser of The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla CA, USA, and the ETH-Zurich, Switzerland, for their support and dedication. These members have carefully reviewed submissions, contributed sound advice, and submitted first class papers and reviews. We as Editors feel privileged to collaborate with such distinguished scientists, and we look forward to their continued guidance and friendship. We are also pleased by our continued collaboration with the Center for the Study of Biological Complexity (CSBC), a vital research institution of the Virginia Commonwealth University. The CSBC, whose mission is to promote all aspects of research and scholarly activity in the investigation of complexity as applied to biological systems (for more information about the CSBC, please visit http://www.vcu.edu/csbc), serves as the North American branch of the editorial office of the journal. Papers contributed by members of the CSBC have been among the top papers we have published.
In qualitative terms, we have featured a well-balanced output of reviews and research papers, and we commit ourselves to continue doing so in the future. Whereas meaningful statistics will have to wait a couple of years, the reviews we have published have often been the first of their kind, whose success and impact will likely grow over the years. As examples, we wish to cite:
– ‘Vanishing Flora – Lost Chemistry: The Scents of Endangered Plants around the World’, by R. Kaiser
– ‘Non-Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors (NNRTIs): Past, Present and Future’, by E. De Clercq
– ‘Exploratory Studies to Investigate a Linked Prebiotic Origin of RNA and Coded Peptides’, by J. D. Sutherland et al.
– ‘The Chemodiversity of Purine as a Constituent of Natural Products’, by H. Rosemeyer
– ‘Chemistry and Biodiversity of the Biologically Active Natural Glycosides’, by V. M. Dembitsky
– ‘Progress towards Development of a Cholera Subunit Vaccine’, by W. F. Wade et al.
– ‘The World of β- and γ-Peptides Comprised of Homologated Proteinogenic Amino Acids and Other Components’, by D. Seebach et al.
– ‘Non-Xanthine Antagonists for the Adenosine A1 Receptor’, by A. P. IJzerman et al.
The diversity of themes and topics covered during the year 2004 is also a source of pride. The exploration of nature is and shall remain the predominant focus of the journal, and involves not only the discovery of new natural products and bioactivities, but also an approach to the study of life processes at the molecular level, most notably the fundamental mechanisms of specific recognition between biomacromolecules. The use of synthetic compounds (e.g., drug candidates) as probes of life’s processes represents a complementary dimension in this exploration. In short, the journal offers a unique medium for all (bio)chemical researchers, whose passion is to explore nature, as so meaningfully summarized by our motto:
Chemistry Probing Nature
The geographic distribution of our authors is also worth mentioning. Indeed, we note with pride the well-balanced representation of Asian, European, and American contributions. We particularly rejoice at some remarkable submissions from, e.g., Nigeria, Thailand, and India, and hope for a sustained influx from scientists in developing and emerging nations.
As we did last year, but now with greater confidence, we invite you to publish your best work in Chemistry & Biodiversity, a journal that will continue to serve as a venue for both field-specific and interdisciplinary contributions on all aspects of biologically relevant chemical research in the form of full-length original papers, short communications, reviews, and commentaries. We hope that you will accept our invitation, and we look forward to publishing with you in Chemistry & Biodiversity.
With kind regards,
M.Volkan Kisakürek Bernard Testa
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