Annual Review of Physical Chemistry Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Annual Reviews

Journal description

Current impact factor: 16.84

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 16.842
2013 Impact Factor 15.678
2012 Impact Factor 13.365
2011 Impact Factor 14.13
2010 Impact Factor 12.245
2009 Impact Factor 17.464
2008 Impact Factor 14.688
2007 Impact Factor 9.439
2006 Impact Factor 11.25
2005 Impact Factor 13.405
2004 Impact Factor 11.944
2003 Impact Factor 10.5
2002 Impact Factor 10.255
2001 Impact Factor 7.609
2000 Impact Factor 9.237
1999 Impact Factor 9.837
1998 Impact Factor 6.429
1997 Impact Factor 5.585
1996 Impact Factor 7.174
1995 Impact Factor 5.256
1994 Impact Factor 8.524
1993 Impact Factor 9.167
1992 Impact Factor 9.104

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 16.11
Cited half-life 9.50
Immediacy index 2.67
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 6.67
Website Annual Review of Physical Chemistry website
Other titles Annual review of physical chemistry
ISSN 0066-426X
OCLC 1373069
Material type Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

Publisher details

Annual Reviews

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  • Post-print
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  • Conditions
    • Must prominently state near the title of the preprint version that the article has been accepted for publication by Annual Reviews in a revised form
    • Authors may place their ePrint URL (free access to article) on one of author's personal website and one institutional repository only
    • Publisher copyright and source must be acknowledged
    • Must link to publisher version
    • Publisher last contacted on 03/09/2014
    • Publisher last reviewed on 10/08/2015
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: The field of cold molecules has become an important source of new insight in fundamental chemistry and molecular physics. High-resolution spectroscopy benefits from translationally and internally cold molecules by increased interaction times and reduced spectral congestion. Completely new effects in scattering dynamics become accessible with cold and controlled molecules. Many of these experiments use molecular beams as a starting point for the generation of molecular samples. This review gives an overview of methods to produce beams of cold molecules, starting from supersonic expansions or effusive sources, and provides examples of applications in spectroscopy and molecular dynamics studies. Expected final online publication date for the Annual Review of Physical Chemistry Volume 66 is March 31, 2015. Please see for revised estimates.
    Annual Review of Physical Chemistry 12/2014; 66(1). DOI:10.1146/annurev-physchem-040214-121307
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    ABSTRACT: The liquid interface is a narrow, highly anisotropic region, characterized by rapidly varying density, polarity, and molecular structure. I review several aspects of interfacial solvation and show how these affect reactivity at liquid/liquid interfaces. I specifically consider ion transfer, electron transfer, and SN2 reactions, showing that solvent effects on these reactions can be understood by examining the unique structure and dynamics of the liquid interface region. Expected final online publication date for the Annual Review of Physical Chemistry Volume 66 is March 31, 2015. Please see for revised estimates.
    Annual Review of Physical Chemistry 12/2014; 66(1). DOI:10.1146/annurev-physchem-040214-121428
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    ABSTRACT: Sum-frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy (SFG-VS) can provide detailed information and understanding of the molecular composition, interactions, and orientational and conformational structure of surfaces and interfaces through quantitative measurement and analysis. In this review, we present the current status of and discuss important recent developments in the measurement of intrinsic SFG spectral lineshapes and formulations for polarization measurements and orientational analysis of SFG-VS spectra. The focus of this review is to present a coherent description of SFG-VS and discuss the main concepts and issues that can help advance this technique as a quantitative analytical research tool for revealing the chemistry and physics of complex molecular surfaces and interfaces. Expected final online publication date for the Annual Review of Physical Chemistry Volume 66 is March 31, 2015. Please see for revised estimates.
    Annual Review of Physical Chemistry 12/2014; 66(1). DOI:10.1146/annurev-physchem-040214-121322
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    ABSTRACT: Solvated electrons were first discovered in solutions of metals in liquid ammonia. The physical and chemical properties of these species have been studied extensively for many decades using an arsenal of electrochemical, spectroscopic, and theoretical techniques. Yet, in contrast to their hydrated counterpart, the ultrafast dynamics of ammoniated electrons remained completely unexplored until quite recently. Femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy on metal-ammonia solutions and femtosecond multiphoton ionization spectroscopy on the neat ammonia solvent have provided new insights into the optical properties and the reactivities of this fascinating species. This article reviews the nature of the optical transition, which gives the metal-ammonia solutions their characteristic blue appearance, in terms of ultrafast relaxation processes involving bound and continuum excited states. The recombination processes following the injection of an electron via photoionization of the solvent are discussed in the context of the electronic structure of the liquid and the anionic defect associated with the solvated electron. Expected final online publication date for the Annual Review of Physical Chemistry Volume 66 is March 31, 2015. Please see for revised estimates.
    Annual Review of Physical Chemistry 12/2014; 66(1). DOI:10.1146/annurev-physchem-040214-121228
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    ABSTRACT: Bimolecular reactions of phenyl-type radicals with the C4 and C5 hydrocarbons vinylacetylene and (methyl-substituted) 1,3-butadiene have been found to synthesize polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) with naphthalene and 1,4-dihydronaphthalene cores in exoergic and entrance barrierless reactions under single-collision conditions. The reaction mechanism involves the initial formation of a van der Waals complex and addition of a phenyl-type radical to the C1 position of a vinyl-type group through a submerged barrier. Investigations suggest that in the hydrocarbon reactant, the vinyl-type group must be in conjugation with a -C≡CH or -HC=CH2 group to form a resonantly stabilized free radical intermediate, which eventually isomerizes to a cyclic intermediate followed by hydrogen loss and aromatization (PAH formation). The vinylacetylene-mediated formation of PAHs might be expanded to more complex PAHs, such as anthracene and phenanthrene, in cold molecular clouds via barrierless reactions involving phenyl-type radicals, such as naphthyl, which cannot be accounted for by the classical hydrogen abstraction-acetylene addition mechanism. Expected final online publication date for the Annual Review of Physical Chemistry Volume 66 is March 31, 2015. Please see for revised estimates.
    Annual Review of Physical Chemistry 11/2014; 66(1). DOI:10.1146/annurev-physchem-040214-121502
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    ABSTRACT: After my acceptance of the kind invitation from Todd Martínez and Mark Johnson, Co-Editors of this journal, to write this article, I had to decide just how to actually do this, given the existence of a fairly personal and extended autobiographical account of recent vintage detailing my youth, education, and assorted experiences and activities at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and later also at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris (1). In the end, I settled on a differently styled recounting of the adventures with my students, postdocs, collaborators, and colleagues in trying to unravel, comprehend, describe, and occasionally even predict the manifestations and consequences of the myriad assortment of molecular dances that contribute to and govern the rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions in solution (and elsewhere). The result follows. Expected final online publication date for the Annual Review of Physical Chemistry Volume 66 is March 31, 2015. Please see for revised estimates.
    Annual Review of Physical Chemistry 09/2014; 66(1). DOI:10.1146/annurev-physchem-040214-121833
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    ABSTRACT: The past 20 years have witnessed a quiet revolution in the manner in which the typical organic chemist views his field. Organic chemistry in the 1930's was taught largely in terms of functional groups, with chapters of typical texts bearing such titles as Alcohols, Alkyl Halides, Carboxylic Acids. Today the trend is toward classification based on types of reaction mechanisms, with many newer texts, even at the elementary level, having such chapter titles as Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution, and Free Radical Reactions. Studies of organic reaction mechanisms by industrial organic chemists, almost unheard of a generation ago, are becoming common. Among academic investigators, the handful of pioneers in physical organic chemistry has been joined by as many new workers as in any other area of organic chemistry. The growing interest in the field has been reflected in the Journal of the Chemical Society's establishment of a separate section for physical organic ...
    Annual Review of Physical Chemistry 11/2010; 11(1). DOI:10.1021/cen-v038n019.p101
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    ABSTRACT: The relative simplicity of viruses makes it possible to apply generic physical approaches to the understanding of their structure and function. We focus here on viruses that have double-stranded (ds)DNA genomes that are enclosed in a protein container called the capsid. Their structures are now known in precise detail from cryo-electron microscopy. dsDNA is a stiff, highly charged polymer, and typical viral DNAs have contour lengths 1000 times longer than the radius of the capsid into which they are introduced in the assembly process, which is driven by a biological motor. As a result, the confined DNA is highly stressed. The energy stored in the dsDNA, which is compressed to crystalline densities, drives the ejection of the genome into the host at the start of an infection. Experiments have examined the packaging and ejection of the genomes, which have also been the subject of analytic theories and simulations.
    Annual Review of Physical Chemistry 05/2009; 60(1):367-83. DOI:10.1146/annurev.physchem.59.032607.093728
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    ABSTRACT: The past decade has witnessed the emergence of new measurement approaches and applications for chiral thin films and materials enabled by the observations of the high sensitivity of second-order nonlinear optical measurements to chirality. In thin films, the chiral response to second harmonic generation and sum frequency generation (SFG) from a single molecular monolayer is often comparable with the achiral response. The chiral specificity also allows for symmetry-allowed SFG in isotropic chiral media, confirming predictions made approximately 50 years ago. With these experimental demonstrations in hand, an important challenge is the construction of intuitive predictive models that allow the measured chiral response to be meaningfully related back to molecular and macromolecular structure. This review defines and considers three distinct mechanisms for chiral effects in uniaxially oriented assemblies: orientational chirality, intrinsic chirality, and isotropic chirality. The role of each is discussed in experimental and computational studies of bacteriorhodopsin films, binaphthol, and collagen. Collectively, these three model systems support a remarkably simple framework for quantitatively recovering the measured chiral-specific activity.
    Annual Review of Physical Chemistry 05/2009; 60(1):345-65. DOI:10.1146/annurev.physchem.59.032607.093712
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    ABSTRACT: This review summarizes progress in coherent control as well as relevant recent achievements, highlighting, among several different schemes of coherent control, wave-packet interferometry (WPI). WPI is a fundamental and versatile scenario used to control a variety of quantum systems with a sequence of short laser pulses whose relative phase is finely adjusted to control the interference of electronic or nuclear wave packets (WPs). It is also useful in retrieving quantum information such as the amplitudes and phases of eigenfunctions superposed to generate a WP. Experimental and theoretical efforts to retrieve both the amplitude and phase information are recounted. This review also discusses information processing based on the eigenfunctions of atoms and molecules as one of the modern and future applications of coherent control. The ultrafast coherent control of ultracold atoms and molecules and the coherent control of complex systems are briefly discussed as future perspectives.
    Annual Review of Physical Chemistry 02/2009; 60(1):487-511. DOI:10.1146/annurev.physchem.59.032607.093818
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    ABSTRACT: In traditional physicochemical modeling, one derives evolution equations at the (macroscopic, coarse) scale of interest; these are used to perform a variety of tasks (simulation, bifurcation analysis, optimization) using an arsenal of analytical and numerical techniques. For many complex systems, however, although one observes evolution at a macroscopic scale of interest, accurate models are only given at a more detailed (fine-scale, microscopic) level of description (e.g., lattice Boltzmann, kinetic Monte Carlo, molecular dynamics). Here, we review a framework for computer-aided multiscale analysis, which enables macroscopic computational tasks (over extended spatiotemporal scales) using only appropriately initialized microscopic simulation on short time and length scales. The methodology bypasses the derivation of macroscopic evolution equations when these equations conceptually exist but are not available in closed form-hence the term equation-free. We selectively discuss basic algorithms and underlying principles and illustrate the approach through representative applications. We also discuss potential difficulties and outline areas for future research.
    Annual Review of Physical Chemistry 02/2009; 60(1):321-44. DOI:10.1146/annurev.physchem.59.032607.093610
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    ABSTRACT: We review recent theoretical and experimental advances in the elucidation of the dynamics of light harvesting in photosynthesis, focusing on recent theoretical developments in structure-based modeling of electronic excitations in photosynthetic complexes and critically examining theoretical models for excitation energy transfer. We then briefly describe two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy and its application to the study of photosynthetic complexes, in particular the Fenna-Matthews-Olson complex from green sulfur bacteria. This review emphasizes recent experimental observations of long-lasting quantum coherence in photosynthetic systems and the implications of quantum coherence in natural photosynthesis.
    Annual Review of Physical Chemistry 12/2008; 60(1):241-62. DOI:10.1146/annurev.physchem.040808.090259
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    ABSTRACT: The field of quantum coherent control, initially formulated with the goal of modifying and manipulating molecular systems, has had a number of applications in atomic and molecular spectroscopy in recent years. This review demonstrates how carefully designed femtosecond pulses could be used to enhance resolution and improve detection in several areas of nonlinear spectroscopy. The two effects that are most intensively studied in this context are two-photon absorption and coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering. This article discusses the principles of the control of such processes and several possible applications in microscopy and remote sensing.
    Annual Review of Physical Chemistry 12/2008; 60(1):277-92. DOI:10.1146/annurev.physchem.040808.090427