ACS Combinatorial Science journal to close in 2020

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2020 — The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced the closing of the journal ACS Combinatorial Science at the end of 2020.

Founded in 1999 as the Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry, ACS Combinatorial Science is the only journal in the ACS portfolio focused on a way of doing research, which applies in various forms to an ever-growing range of fields. Because it weaves into the fabric of modern molecular, biological and materials science, the development of combinatorial methods has become less prominent as a stand-alone endeavor. ACS, therefore, encourages authors to submit future applications-focused research to discipline-specific journals in the ACS Publications portfolio.

“We are extremely grateful to our editor-in-chief, M.G. Finn, Ph.D., for the incredible work that he has done for this journal and this discipline,” says James Milne, Ph.D., president, ACS Publications Division. “Combinatorial chemistry has become such an integral part of so many fields of chemistry that its research can now be found in a range of journals across the ACS Publications portfolio. We’ve built a strong community of researchers and peer reviewers, and we’re looking forward to continuing to work with them through our other titles in the years to come.”

Research from ACS Combinatorial Science will remain in ACS’ archives and will continue to be fully searchable and available through institutional subscriptions.

“It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with the editorial team and advisory board of ACS Combinatorial Science,” says Finn, editor-in-chief of the journal. “The research featured in the journal over the past 10 years was expansive in scope and gave many an appreciation of the power of combinatorial techniques and ways of thinking. I am confident that our author community will continue to impact the many fields of molecular research through other journals in the ACS portfolio.”

ACS Combinatorial Science will stop accepting submissions on Aug. 13, and its last issue will be published in December. For more information, please see the FAQs on the ACS Combinatorial Science website.

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