Hindawi are delighted to announce the acceptance of International Journal of Chemical Engineering into the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE), an index of more than 8,500 notable and significant journals from Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science. The addition of the journal to SCIE means that published work will now be more discoverable to a wider audience as well as providing extra recognition for our authors, editors, and reviewers. It also means that the journal will receive its first Impact Factor when Clarivate Analytics release their 2019 Journal Citation Report.
As a signatory of DORA, we agree that the Impact Factor should not be used as a surrogate measure of the quality of individual research articles, to assess an individual scientist’s contributions, or in hiring, promotion, or funding decisions. We also believe that journals shouldn't be judged by any single metric but by thorough assessment of scope, content and a journal's editorial processes, alongside other journal- and article-level metrics (such as usage and citations). Readership is also an important indicator of impact and so all of our journals publish article-level metrics to help you better understand the impact articles have had. All journal-level metrics for International Journal of Chemical Engineering are clearly displayed on its homepage – its current accept rate is 18%, the time from submission to final decision is 81 days and it has a CiteScore of 1.070. Last year International Journal of Chemical Engineering was accessed by more than 142,000 readers from 91 countries around the world, producing more than 235,000 article views.
The acceptance of this journal could not have happened without the great effort and support of our 29 Editorial Board Members and a wonderful letter of recommendation from our new Chief Editor, Evangelos Tsotsas. Our Editorial Board Members are a global group of chemical engineers, and of special mention are Jose C. Merchuk from Ben-Gurion University of the Negrev, Donald L. Feke from Case Western Reserve University and Iftekhar A. Karimi from the National University of Singapore, who have each handled over 50 manuscripts for the journal. Of our Editorial Board, 20 have served for at least three years – and their continued support of International Journal of Chemical Engineering has helped it to pass the rigorous standards required to be indexed in SCIE.
Of course, the journal also owes a lot to the academic community who have written and reviewed many incredible articles for the journal since its first article in 2008. This includes Novel Production Method for Plant Polyphenol from Livestock Excrement Using Subcritical Water Reaction by Mayu Yamamoto et al featuring a simple and efficient method to produce products such as vanillin, protocatechuic acid, vanillic acid and syringic acid; as well as the review article Chemical Pretreatment Methods for the Production of Cellulosic Ethanol: Technologies and Innovations, by Edem Cudjoe Bensah and Moses Mensah, which evaluates the current state-of-the-art in efficient and simple methods of pretreatment for the production of cellulosic ethanol.
We plan to continue building on this success in the coming year through a range of new projects and initiatives; by continuing to collaborate with our valued editors, authors, reviewers, and readers; by improving the all-round journal experience from submission, through review, up to publication and reading; and by striving for even greater openness and excellence in everything we do.
One of these exciting developments is that we will be running more Special Issues in International Journal of Chemical Engineering to highlight emerging areas of research or provide a venue for deeper investigations into existing research topics. If you are interested in leading a Special Issue in International Journal of Chemical Engineering you can find information on this on our Special Issue FAQs page or by contacting our Special Issue team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once again, thank you to all journal contributors and especially to our new Chief Editor for making International Journal of Chemical Engineering such an exciting place to publish.
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