Chemical Society Reviews (CHEM SOC REV)

Publisher: Chemical Society (Great Britain), Royal Society of Chemistry

Journal description

Chemical Society Reviews publishes short introductory overviews of topics of current interest across the chemical sciences. The philosophy of the journal is to introduce chemists not familiar with the field under discussion to the most recent thinking and developments. The reviews are not aimed at the expert and as such are written in a friendly, informative style. Authors, who are renowned workers in the field, are asked to define necessary technical terms but to avoid jargon. A background and historical context to the review are given as well as a clear but concise guide to current thought. Interdisciplinary and innovative ideas are positively encouraged by the Editorial Board; this makes the reviews accessible to the non-expert. A comprehensive account is not provided, rather, the review should act as a springboard for interested readers to begin further reading. The expert may also gain new insights into the field because of the interdisciplinary approach. As a result, Chemical Society Reviews has a wide appeal. Students about to embark on a career in research will find valuable background information to a wide variety of topics. Experienced researchers looking for a new direction will be inspired by the interdisciplinary nature of the reviews. Chemists wanting to keep up with advances outside their own immediate interests will be fascinated by the research explained in the journal. Chemical Society Reviews keeps you at the frontiers of chemical science.

Current impact factor: 30.43

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 30.425
2012 Impact Factor 24.892
2011 Impact Factor 28.76
2010 Impact Factor 26.583
2009 Impact Factor 20.086
2008 Impact Factor 17.419
2007 Impact Factor 13.082
2006 Impact Factor 13.69
2005 Impact Factor 13.747
2004 Impact Factor 10.836
2003 Impact Factor 9.569
2002 Impact Factor 8.718
2001 Impact Factor 9.137
2000 Impact Factor 10.747
1999 Impact Factor 8.798
1998 Impact Factor 5.936
1997 Impact Factor 6.67
1996 Impact Factor 6.223
1995 Impact Factor 5.604
1994 Impact Factor 4.913
1993 Impact Factor 6.152
1992 Impact Factor 5.563

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 30.18
Cited half-life 3.50
Immediacy index 8.00
Eigenfactor 0.18
Article influence 8.85
Website Chemical Society Reviews website
Other titles Chemical Society reviews, CSR
ISSN 0306-0012
OCLC 1784930
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

Publisher details

Royal Society of Chemistry

  • Pre-print
    • Author can archive a pre-print version
  • Post-print
    • Author can archive a post-print version
  • Conditions
    • Pre-prints on non-commercial repositories and arXiv
    • Post-print on author's personal website
    • Author's post-print on institutional repository after 12 months from acceptance
    • Publisher's version/PDF may be used on author's personal website only
    • Publisher PDF will be supplied and may be used on author's personal website only
    • RSC will deposit the authors post-print, if appropriate in non-commercial repositories, not limited to funder's repositories after 12 months
    • Restrictions on further re-use and further distribution to be noted
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Transition metal-catalyzed substitution of alcohols by N-nucleophiles (or N-alkylation of amines and related compounds with alcohols) avoids the use of alkylating agents by means of borrowing hydrogen (BH) activation of the alcohol substrates. Water is produced as the only by-product, which makes the "BH" processes atom-economic and environmentally benign. Diverse types of homogeneous organometallic and heterogeneous transition metal catalysts, and substrates such as N-nucleophiles including amines, amides, sulfonamides and ammonia, and various alcohols, can be used for this purpose, demonstrating the promising potential of "BH" processes to replace the procedures using traditional alkylating agents in pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Borrowing hydrogen activation of alcohols for C-N bond formation has recently been paid more and more attention, and a lot of new and novel procedures and examples have been documented. This critical review summarizes the recent advances in "BH" substitution of alcohols by N-nucleophiles since 2009. "Semi-BH" N-alkylation processes with or without an external hydrogen acceptor are also briefly presented. Suitable discussion of the "BH" strategy provides new principles for establishing green processes to replace the relevant traditional synthetic methods for C-N bond formation.
    Chemical Society Reviews 02/2015; DOI:10.1039/c4cs00496e
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    ABSTRACT: Developing highly efficient catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is key to the fabrication of commercially viable fuel cell devices and metal-air batteries for future energy applications. Herein, we review the most recent advances in the development of Pt-based and Pt-free materials in the field of fuel cell ORR catalysis. This review covers catalyst material selection, design, synthesis, and characterization, as well as the theoretical understanding of the catalysis process and mechanisms. The integration of these catalysts into fuel cell operations and the resulting performance/durability are also discussed. Finally, we provide insights into the remaining challenges and directions for future perspectives and research.
    Chemical Society Reviews 02/2015; DOI:10.1039/c4cs00484a
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    ABSTRACT: The Ugi-4CR is by far one of the most successful multicomponent reactions leading to high structural diversity and molecular complexity. However, the reaction mostly affords a linear peptide backbone, enabling post-Ugi transformations as the only solution to rigidify the Ugi-adduct into more drug like species. Not surprisingly, the development of these transformations, leading to new structural frameworks, has expanded rapidly over the last few years. As expected, palladium-catalyzed reactions have received the foremost attention, yet other metals, particularly gold complexes, are fast catching up. This tutorial review outlines the developments achieved in the past decade, highlighting the modifications that are performed in a sequential or domino fashion with emphasis on major concepts, synthetic applications of the derived products as well as mechanistic aspects.
    Chemical Society Reviews 02/2015; DOI:10.1039/c4cs00253a
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    ABSTRACT: Transamination of α-keto acids with transaminases and pyridoxamine phosphate is an important process to form optically active α-amino acids in biological systems. Various biomimetic transamination systems have been developed for carbonyl compounds including α-keto acid derivatives, fluoroalkyl ketones, and unactivated ketones with chiral vitamin B6 analogues, artificial transaminase mimics, chiral nitrogen sources, and chiral catalysts. This review provides a brief summary of this area.
    Chemical Society Reviews 02/2015; DOI:10.1039/c4cs00507d
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    ABSTRACT: Other than traditional cation detection strategies, which are solely based on the ion-receptor complementarity, the extension of the concept of supramolecular chemistry and the mechanisms of irreversible analyte-specific reactions have also been integrated into the design of luminescent probes for the detection of cation in view of the exploration of highly sensitive and selective sensors. In this highlight, a versatile range of organic and organometallic architectures with cation-sensing capabilities based on the above mechanisms will be discussed.
    Chemical Society Reviews 01/2015; DOI:10.1039/c4cs00391h
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    ABSTRACT: Pyrophosphate anions play key roles in various biological and chemical processes. During the last few years, many exciting results have emerged regarding the development of fluorescent and colorimetric sensors for this biologically important species. In this review, we will cover the fluorescent and colorimetric chemosensors developed for the detection of pyrophosphate (PPi) since 2010.
    Chemical Society Reviews 01/2015; DOI:10.1039/c4cs00353e
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    ABSTRACT: While the significance of the redox metal oxo moieties has been fully acknowledged in versatile oxidation processes, active metal hydroxo moieties are gradually realized to play the key roles in certain biological oxidation events, and their reactivity has also been evidenced by related biomimic models. However, compared with the metal oxo moieties, the significance of the metal hydroxo moieties has not been fully recognized, and their relationships in oxidations remain elusive until recently. This review summarizes the reactivity of the metal oxo and hydroxo moieties in different oxidation processes including hydrogen atom transfer, oxygen atom transfer and electron transfer, and their reactivity similarities and differences have been discussed as well. Particularly, how the physicochemical properties like metal-oxygen bond order, net charge and potential of a redox metal ion affect its reactivity has also been presented based on available data. We hope that this review may provide new clues to understand the origins of the enzyme's choice on them in a specific event, to explain the elusive phenomena occurring in those enzymatic, homogeneous and heterogeneous oxidations, to design selective redox catalysts and control their reactivity.
    Chemical Society Reviews 01/2015; 44(5). DOI:10.1039/c4cs00244j
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    ABSTRACT: Direct olefinic C-H functionalization represents the ideal way of introducing an alkenyl group into organic molecules. A well-known process is the Heck reaction, which involves alkene insertion and β-hydride elimination in the presence of a transition metal. However, the traditional Heck reaction mainly deals with the alkenylation of aryl or vinyl electrophiles. Recent developments have revealed that alkenylation can also be achieved through radical addition to alkenes and following single-electron-transfer (SET) oxidation/elimination. The radical alkenylation pathway allows alkenylation with a variety of carbon-centered radicals and even heteroatom-centered radicals. This tutorial review gives an overview of recent advances in this emerging field.
    Chemical Society Reviews 01/2015; 44(5). DOI:10.1039/c4cs00347k
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    ABSTRACT: Constructing electronic circuits containing singly wired molecules is at the frontier of electrical device miniaturisation. When a molecule is wired between a pair of electrodes, the two points of contact are determined by the chemical anchoring groups, located at the ends of the molecule. At this point, when a bias is applied, electrons are channelled from a metallic environment through an extremely narrow constriction, essentially a single atom, into the molecule. The fact that this is such an abrupt change in the electron pathway makes the nature of the chemical anchoring groups critically important regarding the propagation of electrons from the electrode across the molecule. A delicate interplay of phenomena can occur when a molecule binds to the electrodes, which can produce profound differences in conductance properties depending on the anchoring group. This makes answering the question "what is the best anchoring group for single molecule studies" far from straight forward. In this review, we firstly take a look at techniques developed to 'wire-up' single molecules, as understanding their limitations is key when assessing a molecular wire's performance. We then analyse the various chemical anchoring groups, and discuss their merits and disadvantages. Finally we discuss some theoretical concepts of molecular junctions to understand how transport is affected by the nature of the chemical anchor group.
    Chemical Society Reviews 12/2014; 44(4). DOI:10.1039/c4cs00264d
  • Chemical Society Reviews 12/2014; 44(2). DOI:10.1039/c4cs90101k
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    ABSTRACT: The development of two-dimensional (2D) materials has been experiencing a renaissance since the adventure of graphene. Layered transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) are now playing increasingly important roles in both fundamental studies and technological applications due to their wide range of material properties from semiconductors, metals to superconductors. However, a material with fixed properties may not exhibit versatile applications. Due to the unique crystal structures, the physical and chemical properties of 2D TMDs can be effectively tuned through different strategies such as reducing dimensions, intercalation, heterostructure, alloying, and gating. With the flexible tuning of properties 2D TMDs become attractive candidates for a variety of applications including electronics, optoelectronics, catalysis, and energy.
    Chemical Society Reviews 12/2014; DOI:10.1039/c4cs00287c