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Chemical Society Reviews

Chemical Society Reviews
Abbreviated title Chem. Soc. Rev.
Discipline Chemistry
Language English
Publication details
Publisher Royal Society of Chemistry (United Kingdom)
Publication history 1972 to present. Predecessor journals: Royal Institute of Chemistry Reviews (1968-1971); Quarterly Review of the Chemical Society (1947-1971)
ISSN [1]
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Chemical Society Reviews is a peer-reviewed scientific journal publishing review articles on topics of current interest in the chemical sciences. Its predecessors were Quarterly Reviews, Chemical Society (1947-1971) and Royal Institute of Chemistry, Reviews (1968-1971).

Published monthly by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), Chemical Society Reviews has a 2006 impact factor of 13.69, ranking it as the journal with the second highest impact factor in the “General Chemistry” category.[1]

The RSC is a not-for-profit publisher: surplus made by its publishing business is invested to support its aim of advancing the chemical sciences.

The editor of Chemical Society Reviews is Dr Robert Eagling and the present chairman of the Editorial Board is Dr Wilhelm Huck of the University of Cambridge. The Editorial Board comprises leading international scientists who meet regularly to discuss all scientific matters concerned with the Journal; in particular the standards necessary for the acceptance of papers for publication, the standards of refereeing, and ways and means of acquiring suitable papers for publication.

Chemical Society Reviews publishes occasional special themed issues on new, important and emerging areas of research in the chemical sciences. These issues are edited by a guest editor who is a specialist in their field.

Since 2005, Chemical Society Reviews has published reviews on topics of broad appeal, termed “social interest” reviews, such as articles on art conservation, forensics and automotive fuels.

Chemical biology papers published in Chemical Society Reviews are highlighted in Chemical Biology, the RSC’s point of access to chemical biology news and research from across all RSC journals. Chemical Society Reviews is cited in relevant major databases including MEDLINE. Significant and newsworthy reviews appearing in Chemical Society Reviews are also featured in the RSC supplements Chemical Science, Chemical Technology and Chemical Biology.

Chemical Society Reviews hosts the RSC publication, Chemical Science.


Subject coverage

Chemical Society Reviews publishes articles on all areas of the chemical sciences.

Article types

Chemical Society Reviews publishes Tutorial reviews and Critical reviews.

Tutorial reviews are written to be of relevance both to the general research chemist who is new to the field, as well as the expert, and are accessible to advanced undergraduates and beyond. They provide an essential introduction to the field and serve as a springboard to further reading. Authors are required to keep length and references to a minimum in order to give an enticing flavour of the topic rather than a comprehensive treatise. The implications of recent developments for the wider scientific community are emphasised.

Critical reviews provide a deeper understanding of the topic in hand, but retain their accessibility through an introduction written for the general reader. They give a critical discussion of the existing state of knowledge of the subject matter, and while not exhaustive in coverage give a balanced assessment of the current primary literature, normally concentrating on the previous 5-10 years. As for tutorial reviews, the implications of recent developments for the wider scientific community are emphasised.


Chemists and educators working in all areas of the chemical sciences. The tutorial reviews are especially useful tools for teaching.


  1. ^ Journal Citation Reviews, 2007
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