FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | October 25, 2011

American Chemical Society names new editor for Analytical Chemistry the most cited journal in its field

WASHINGTON, October 25, 2011 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) announces that Jonathan Sweedler, Ph.D., is the next editor-in-chief of Analytical Chemistry, beginning January 1, 2012. Sweedler is currently associate editor for the journal.

Sweedler, James R. Eisner Professor of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and director of the Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center, will succeed Royce W. Murray, Ph.D., who will retire from the journal at the end of this year. Murray, Kenan Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has served as editor-in-chief of Analytical Chemistry since 1991. He will assist with the transition and remain with the journal in his current role through the end of 2011.

Analytical Chemistry, the leading journal in the field of analytical chemistry, serves as one of the key focal points that defines our field, Sweedler says. “Over the past 20 years under editor Royce Murray’s leadership, the journal has increased in quality, size, reputation, and impact; he leaves Analytical Chemistry in excellent shape. At the same time, the changing publishing landscape, increasing competition from specialty journals and expanding reach of the discipline of analytical chemistry create opportunities.”

A recent 2011 ACS Fellow, Sweedler received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of California at Davis in 1983 and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Arizona in 1989. He joined the faculty at UIUC in 1991, where his research has focused on bioanalytical chemistry. Sweedler joined Analytical Chemistry as an associate editor in 2007. He has received numerous awards, including the Ralph N. Adams Award in Bioanalytical Chemistry (2012), Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award (2007), and Instrumentation Award from the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry (2002).

Analytical Chemistry publishes new and original research in all branches of analytical chemistry. In addition, the journal publishes features about major advances, trends, and challenges in analytical chemistry. Analytical Chemistry received 88,324 total citations, ranking it No. 1 out of 71 journals in the analytical chemistry category. The journal also has a high Impact Factor of 5.874, as reported by the 2010 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters, 2011).

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