What Are Some Good Chemistry Journals


The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) lists 423 entries under the keyword “Chemistry” (indexed journals, as of December 2020). If the search is changed to indexed articles, the keyword “Chemistry” will result in 5463 entries (Indexed Articles, as of December 2020).

Important open access journals are:

This list is only a small selection of chemistry journals with Open Access models, but includes journals from relevant publishers or with a long Open Access tradition. Some large and quite relevant and well-known publishers, such as the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) or Nature Publishing, offer open access journals for chemistry.

Even if the impact factor is very controversial as a quality criterion (see Declaration on Research Assessment, DORA), it can be stated that it is considerable for many of the aforementioned open access journals. For example, the Impact Factor is that published by the Royal Society of Chemistry Chemical Science at 9,346 (JCR as of 2019) and the Impact Factor of that published by the American Chemical Society ACS Central Science at 12,685 (JCR as of 2019). The citation rate for the latter tripled from 2017 to 6667 citations in 2019. Also Communications Chemistry, which has only been published by the Nature Publishing Group since 2018, already has a Journal Impact Factor of 4,353 (JCR as of 2019).

A journal that has been freely accessible since the beginning of the Open Access movement ARKIVOC (founded in 2000). It covers the area of ​​organic chemistry, including areas from bio-organic and metal-organic chemistry. The journal is published by ARKAT USA, Inc., a charitable organization founded in 2000 through donations, the aim of which is the worldwide dissemination of research in organic chemistry, thereby supporting students, scientists, commercial and non-commercial companies. Thus, neither is the submission of an article at ARKIVOC the publication is still associated with additional costs for the authors. This also applies to that Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry (BJOC), which has been published in Open Access since 2005 and is completely financed by the Beilstein Institute. The Journal of Cheminformatics was founded in 2009 as an open access journal by BioMed Central (BMC), which is now part of Springer Nature. It covers all areas of cheminformatics and molecular modeling. The citation rate has more than doubled in the last 5 years to 3490 citations in 2019. The magazine published by Wiley since 2012 ChemistryOpen is published by the European Association of Chemical Societies (ChemPubSoc Europe).