What you need to know about publishing with Chemistry Central

Editorial control

By choosing to publish a journal with Chemistry Central, editorial control, including decisions on individual articles as well as on editorial policies regarding journal scope, peer review, and quality thresholds, lies entirely in the hands of the Editors. Chemistry Central's role is as a service provider, making available the underlying technology and tools (an end-to-end system from submission to Editors’ decisions on acceptance/rejection); article production and deposition in repositories such as PubMed Central; collaboration with web-based services such as CrossRef and with aggregators; through to journal development, marketing, customer services, and in-house support for Editors, reviewers, and authors.

Open access

Chemistry Central's commitment to open access is based on the view that unhindered access to research is essential to the rapid and efficient communication of science. Chemistry Central's open access policy means that all research articles are freely and universally accessible online, authors retain copyright to their work, and all articles are archived in various open access and institutional repositories including PubMed Central. Articles published in Chemistry Central’s journals are also included in/covered by PubMed and a range of other services.

Journal websites

Chemistry Central's journals are online publications, although some print materials are produced for promotional purposes. In cases where print is desired, for example where scientific societies wish to provide print editions for their members, solutions can be discussed. For instance, it may be suitable to produce an annual print edition made available for purchase on demand.

To provide consistency for users and to ensure maximum efficiency, our journal web sites are based on a template which offers various customization options. For examples of journal homepages, see:

Journal of Cheminformatics

Geochemical Transactions

Journal of Systems Chemistry

Standardized instructions for authors makes life simpler for authors, for instance, by allowing hassle-free transfer of manuscripts between journals (e.g. in cases where submissions are better accommodated within the scope of another journal).

License agreement

Authors who publish in any of Chemistry Central's journals retain copyright and allow for their article to be distributed under Chemistry Central's license agreement which is identical to the Creative Commons Attribution License. This enables anyone to disseminate and reproduce the article, as long as proper attribution of authorship is given and citation details are provided.

Funding open access – article-processing charges

Starting a new journal with or transferring an existing journal to Chemistry Central is entirely free of charge.

Under the open access publishing model, there are no access barriers such as subscription charges for users. Instead, there is an article-processing charge for each accepted article, typically paid by authors using funds from their institution or funding body. Please see our FAQ page for more details.

A range of financial models are available to suit the needs of individual journals, their communities, Editors, and affiliated societies.

Publishing services

Chemistry Central continues to adapt to author and Editor needs with the increase in article submissions has also been coupled with excellent author satisfaction and feedback.

"Thank you for a very easy and efficient manuscript submission process. This was the easiest and fastest submission ever. Great job."

"The submission system is impressively fast and easy to use. The selection button under Q4 should be changed from "very good" to "excellent"! The best submission system I ever used"

Editorial support

To ensure that our authors receive first-class services, Chemistry Central provides the Editors of journals with fast, reliable, and customized online tools for all stages from submission to publication. Chemistry Central has developed an end-to-end, fully integrated platform designed specifically for the purpose of online open access publishing. This offers an excellent submission system, often described by authors as the easiest to use and most intuitive of any major publisher, coupled with online peer review, tracking and decision-making tools for Editors. New articles are immediately deposited in PubMed Central and indexed in PubMed within 48 hours of publication.

Chemistry Central provides Editors-in-Chief with efficient administrative and technical support. Each journal has a dedicated in-house Journal Development Editor to help Editors-in-Chief maximize the journal’s potential and to provide a central point of contact. To help external Editors monitor their journal’s performance and develop it further Chemistry Central provides a variety of reports, including:

  • Submission and publication numbers
  • Peer review statistics (for example: time to first decision, and acceptance/rejection rate information)
  • Submissions breakdown by country
  • Editorial Board reviews, submissions, and publications
  • Author survey report statistics (for example: reasons to submit, author satisfaction)
  • Total article access numbers
  • Website access info (using Google analytics reports)
  • Scopus report on article citations

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Most viewed articles

  • See the 100 most accessed articles of the last 30 days
  • Note that these figures reflect access statistics for Chemistry Central's own server only and that therefore overall access figures are far higher as Chemistry Central articles are available from PubMed Central and other freely accessible repositories as well.


Chemistry Central's dedicated Marketing team offers comprehensive support to all Chemistry Central journals including; targeted direct email campaigns, conference attendance/sponsorship and extensive advocacy marketing. Additionally Chemistry Central has an active Public Relations team geared to sell-in newsworthy articles to the local, national and international scientific press in print or online.

Customer services

Chemistry Central customer services offer front-line support to the entire network of website users. With an average 24-hour response, customer services provide guidance to all users whether publishing or searching our open access content.

For any enquiries regarding a new open access journal or transferring a journal to Chemistry Central, please contact:

Jan Kuras

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