More scientists, more publications, more competition. As in the past, growth continued unabated worldwide in 2018 and is also reflected in the performance metrics of the ChemPubSoc Europe / Wiley-VCH publishing program, which now consists of 16 titles. The most recent product, ChemSystemsChem, was announced in Fall 2018. In 2018, the journals that are co-owned by ChemPubSoc Europe societies published nearly 9,000 articles (excluding contributions to the online publication ChemViews Magazine).
Compared to the previous year, manuscript submissions grew by 12%, and the number of published articles rose by approximately 5%. A record number of full-text downloads, >8.9 million, was witnessed for the ChemPubSoc Europe journals, with increases in usage compared to the same time last year; notable among them ca. +20–30% for ChemCatChem, ChemElectroChem, ChemMedChem, and ChemPlusChem; and ca. +70% for ChemistrySelect and ChemPhotoChem.
Approximately 3% of articles published in ChemPubSoc Europe's hybrid journals in 2018 were open access: ca. 10% at ChemBioChem and ca. 5% at ChemCatChem, Chemistry—A European Journal, ChemMedChem, and ChemPhysChem, respectively. ChemPubSoc Europe's gold open access journal, ChemistryOpen, experienced a ca. 47% growth in submissions compared to 2017.
David Spichiger, SCS