American Chemical Society's Biochemistry and Medicinal Chemistry win honors

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2009 — Two of the American Chemical Society's 34 peer-reviewed journals — Biochemistry and Journal of Medicinal Chemistry — have been voted among the 100 most influential journals in their fields over the last 100 years by the Special Libraries Association (SLA).

The journals were selected by members of the BioMedical & Life Sciences Division (DBIO) of the SLA, which is a professional organization of librarians, information managers, and publishing industry representatives. The list of 100 most influential journals was generated as part of the association’s Centennial Observance.

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Tony Stankus, director of SLA's BioMedical & Life Sciences Division and life sciences librarian and professor at the University of Arkansas, praised the two publications as "trailblazers in their fields.”

Biochemistry, edited by Richard N. Armstrong, Ph.D., of Vanderbilt University's School of Medicine, began publishing in 1962. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry is edited by Philip S. Portoghese, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota’s College of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry. The journal began publishing in 1958.

SLA will reveal its top ten journal picks as well as the "Journal of the Century" at a June awards event in Washington, DC.


— Charmayne Marsh