Since January 1, 2020, a major development has taken place for all the publications of the Académie des sciences, including Comptes Rendus Chimie, since they are now fully Open Access worldwide online, with no fee for authors nor readers (“diamond model”). This has been achieved through an innovative collaboration with the Mersenne Centre for open scientific publishing, supported by the CNRS and the University of Grenoble-Alps.
Comptes Rendus Chimie publishes original research and accounts (short reviews and historic chronicles) in all areas of chemistry, including at the frontiers of chemistry with other disciplines. Notes (preliminary communications) should describe novel and important results, while full papers should provide a detailed account of new results. In all cases, the work should be of high general interest or outstanding specialized interest. Short reviews focusing on the author(s) research but placed in the context of the most recent advances in the field are also welcome. Furthermore, thematic issues, coordinated by one or many guest editor(s) provide an opportunity to take stock of an emerging and/or rapidly growing scientific area and their content always attracts much attention.
Four such thematic issues covering very diversified fields, have been published in 2020–2021. These were, in chronological order:
- Variations around the Periodic Table (P. Braunstein, R. Guillaumont)
- Sustainable Biomass Resources for Environmental, Agronomic, Biomaterials and Energy Applications. 1 (Guest editors: M. Jeguirim, S. Jellali; B. Khiari)
- Sustainable Biomass Resources for Environmental, Agronomic, Biomaterials and Energy Applications. 2 (Guest editors: M. Jeguirim, S. Jellali; B. Khiari)
- MAPYRO: the French Fellowship of the Pyrrolic Macrocyclic Ring (Guest editors: B. Boitrel, J. Weiss)
Only submissions considered by the Editorial office to potentially meet the criteria given above are sent out to referees. Of course, we understand the frustrations generated by a rejection not accompanied by detailed comments from the referees, but this is the only way to proceed given the number of submissions received by the Editorial Office. We all know how essential it is for a journal to be able to rely on high-level scientific referees with an ethic that lives up to their task and we also know that these colleagues are being increasingly solicited. We sincerely thank them for their contribution to the success of Comptes Rendus Chimie and we are particularly grateful to our 20 most active referees listed in Table 1.
Our 20 most active referees in 2020
|Pierre Grandclaudon (ENSC Lille, France)|
|Monika Jain (Banda University of Agriculture & Technology, Banda, India)|
|Salah Jellali (Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman)|
|James C. Williams (Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, USA)|
|Meriem Belhachemi (University of Bechar, Algeria)|
|Adil Aboulkas (University of Beni-Mellal, Morocco)|
|Michel Daudon (Sorbonne Université & Hôpital Tenon, Paris, France)|
|Mejdi Jeguirim (Université de Haute-Alsace, Mulhouse, France)|
|Paul Méria (Hôpital Saint-Louis, Paris, France)|
|Emmanuel Letavernier (Sorbonne Université & Hôpital Tenon, Paris, France)|
|Edward John Anthony (University of Ottawa, Canada)|
|Jean-Phillippe Haymann (Sorbonne Université & Hôpital Tenon, Paris, France)|
|Besma Khiari (National School of Engineers of Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia)|
|Abdeslam-Hassen Meniai (University of Constantine, Algeria)|
|Dominique Bazin (Université Paris-Saclay, France)|
|Bernard Meunier (Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination, CNRS, Toulouse, France)|
|Michal Slany (Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia)|
|Elise Bouderlique (Sorbonne Université & Hôpital Tenon, Paris, France)|
|Madona Labaki (Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon)|
|Pierre Sinaÿ (Sorbonne Université, Paris, France)|
We are very pleased that the Académie des sciences has recently signed “The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)” which recognizes the need to improve the ways in which researchers and the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated. Although the Journal Impact Factor was originally created as a tool to help librarians identify journals to purchase and not as a measure of the scientific quality of research in an article, we know that authors remain interested in its evolution, either for a given journal or within a given field of research. The 2-year impact factor of Comptes Rendus Chimie rose from 2.223 in 2019 to 3.117 in 2020.
We are also pleased to share with you that the quality and diversity of the contributions published in Comptes Rendus Chimie have attracted much international awareness, with most views originating from the USA, France, India and China. The 20 most viewed and downloaded articles in 2021 are listed in Tables 2 and 3, respectively.
The 20 most viewed articles in 2021
Mathieu Lazerges; Sylvain Marque
Eline Laurent; Jean-Arthur Amalian; Thibault Schutz; Kevin Launay; Jean-Louis Clément; Didier Gigmes; Alexandre Burel; Christine Carapito; Laurence Charles; Marc-André Delsuc; Jean-François Lutz
Dominique Bazin; Robert J. Papoular; Erik Elkaim; Raphael Weil; Dominique Thiaudière; Céline Pisapia; Benedicte Ménez; Nathaniel S. Hwang; Frederik Tielens; Marine Livrozet; Elise Bouderlique; Jean-Philippe Haymann; Emmanuel Letavernier; Louis Hennet; Vincent Frochot; Michel Daudon
Khairul Basyar Baharudin; Nurulhuda Abdullah; Darfizzi Derawi
Morgane Bas; Felipe Hernández; J. Pablo Huidobro-Toro
Chingis Daulbayev; Fail Sultanov; Maiya Aldasheva; Aliya Abdybekova; Baglan Bakbolat; Mohammad Shams; Aruzhan Chekiyeva; Zulkhair Mansurov
Frederik Tielens; Jelle Vekeman; Dominique Bazin; Michel Daudon
Ivana Šagud; Debora Zanolla; Guglielmo Zingone; Beatrice Perissutti; Irena Škorić
Žiko B. Milanović; Zoran S. Marković; Dušan S. Dimić; Olivera R. Klisurić; Ivana D. Radojević; Dragana S. Šeklić; Marko N. Živanović; Jasmina Dimitrić Marković; Milanka Radulović; Edina H. Avdović
Seitkhan Azat; Elizabeth Arkhangelsky; Thanasis Papathanasiou; Antonis A. Zorpas; Askar Abirov; Vassilis J. Inglezakis
James C. Williams; James E. Lingeman; Michel Daudon; Dominique Bazin
Özlen Altun; Melike Özge Koçer
Olga Ishchenko; Vincent Rogé; Guillaume Lamblin; Damien Lenoble; Ioana Fechete
Hanen Guedidi; Laurence Reinert; Jean-Marc Lévêque; Sandrine Delpeux; Yasushi Soneda; Nizar Bellakhal; Laurent Duclaux
Shilpa S. Haramkar; Govind N. Thombre; Sachin V. Jadhav; Bhaskar N. Thorat
Akram Ashouri; Saadi Samadi; Behzad Nasiri; Hossein Zamani; Somayeh Pourian
The 20 most downloaded articles in 2021
The most cited articles in 2020–2021 are listed in Table 4.
The most cited articles in 2020–2021
We wish to congratulate our authors for their achievements and we are proud to increase the visibility of their work thanks to a fully Open Access worldwide journal!
We are most grateful to our authors, guest editors and referees because they are responsible for the success of this journal and its increasing visibility.
We would also like to welcome the new foreign members of the Advisory Board who have joined us in 2021: R. D. Adams (University of South Carolina, USA), A. Corma (Valencia, Spain), S. Dehnen (Marburg, Germany), P. J. Dyson (EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland), A. J. L. Pombeiro (Lisbon, Portugal) and J. Rocha (Aveiro, Portugal) and look forward to a fruitful collaboration. At the same time, we warmly thank those who have left the Advisory Board after supporting our journal for many years: M. Driess (Berlin, Germany), K. Dunbar (Texas, USA), T. F. Fässler (Munich, Germany), A. Fürstner (Mülheim, Germany), F. Gabbai (Texas, USA), M. Grätzel (EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland), L. A. Oro (Saragossa, Spain), H. W. Roesky (Göttingen, Germany), and H. Schwarz (Berlin, Germany).
Finally, I am most grateful to the editorial and production staff of Comptes Rendus Chimie, in particular to Julien Desmarets (scientific secretary), for their cooperation and commitment.
The continuing success of Comptes Rendus Chimie depends on you! We welcome all suggestions you may have to help us meet your expectations!
Looking forward to receiving outstanding contributions from you, I wish you all a happy and most successful year 2022 with exciting science!