Cell Press’s new chemistry journal addresses global challenges

Chem – the first physical sciences journal published by Cell Press – aims to give chemistry “the recognition it deserves”


Chem — The first physical sciences journal published by Elsevier's Cell Press – showcases pioneering chemistry research, including studies that addresses global challenges as well as more fundamental research. The first issue was published today.

Editor-in-Chief Robert Eagling, PhD, will work with Scientific Editors Ilaria Cianchetta, PhD, with expertise in physical chemistry and materials science, and Vjekoslav Dekaris, PhD, an organic synthetic chemist by training.Led by Editor-in-Chief Dr. Robert Eagling, Chem is a sister journal to Cell Press’s flagship journal, Cell. Positioning itself as the "journal for exciting chemistry," it aims to be the preeminent journal in the field. Guided by an Advisory Board of nearly 100 preeminent thought leaders, the journal will also feature topical reviews and commentaries that focus on relevant matters affecting chemists.

"One thing that's always struck me is that chemistry doesn't get the recognition it deserves and is key, in my view, to solving a number of global challenges," says Dr. Eagling, who came to Cell Press after more than a decade at the Royal Society of Chemistry. "Chem will first and foremost be about the conceptually new idea or innovation, but we're also trying to build on that and get authors to think about the potential impact of their research."

A few years in the making, Chem’s inaugural issue features seven research articles, two reviews, seven previews, and three commentaries. The entire issue can be read free of charge on the Chem website for the first six months.

Emilie Marcus, PhD"This is an exciting time for Cell Press as we transition from being a recognized leader in publishing in biomedicine to a recognized leader in publishing across all scientific disciplines," said Cell Press CEO Dr. Emilie Marcus. "With its first issue 40 years ago, Cell had the ambitious goal of transforming the discipline of biology for both scientists and society. We have high expectations for Chem to do the same for chemistry."

Chem, a sister journal to Cell, will provide a home for seminal and insightful research and showcase how fundamental studies in chemistry and its sub-disciplines may help in finding potential solutions to the global challenges of tomorrow.

Chem Journal CoverChem will publish work from across the chemical sciences and at the interfaces between chemistry and other disciplines. On submission, authors will be asked to categorize their article into at least one of the following ten Sustainable Development Goals identified by the United Nations:

  • Good health and well-being
  • Affordable and clean energy
  • Clean water and sanitation
  • Climate action
  • Zero hunger
  • Sustainable cities and communities
  • Responsible consumption and production
  • Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
  • Life on land
  • Life below water

Learn more on Chem FAQs.

Read the first issue free of charge.



Written by

Joseph Walsh

Written by

Joseph Walsh

Joe Walsh is the Marketing Manager of Cell Press. He has previously worked for both the Elsevier and LexisNexis divisions of Reed Elsevier, now RELX Group, overseeing various social media marketing programs. He has an MA in Corporate and Public Communication from Monmouth University in and a BA in Communications from Rowan University.


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