Angewandte Chemie


Angewandte Chemie (German pronunciation: [ˈaŋɡəˌvantə çeˈmiː], meaning "Applied Chemistry") is a weekly peer-reviewed scientific journal that is published by Wiley-VCH on behalf of the German Chemical Society (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker). Publishing formats include feature-length reviews, short highlights, research communications, minireviews, essays, book reviews, meeting reviews, correspondences, corrections, and obituaries. This journal contains review articles covering all aspects of chemistry. According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal had a 2020 impact factor of 15.336.[1]

Angewandte Chemie
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LanguageEnglish, German
Edited byNeville Compton
Publication details
History1887–present (in German), 1962–present (in English)
15.336 (2020)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Angew. Chem.
CODEN(International), ANCEAD (German) ACIEF5 (International), ANCEAD (German)
ISSN1433-7851 (print)
1521-3773 (web)
  • German edition
  • English edition


The journal appears in two editions with separate volume and page numbering: a German edition, Angewandte Chemie (ISSN 0044-8249 (print), ISSN 1521-3757 (online)), and a fully English-language edition, Angewandte Chemie International Edition (ISSN 1433-7851 (print), ISSN 1521-3773 (online)). The editions are identical in content with the exception of occasional reviews of German-language books or German translations of IUPAC recommendations.

Business modelEdit

Angewandte Chemie is available online and in print. It is a hybrid open access journal and authors may choose to pay a fee to make articles available free of charge. Angewandte Chemie provides free access to supporting information.

Publication historyEdit

In 1887, Ferdinand Fischer founded the Zeitschrift für die Chemische Industrie (Journal for the Chemical Industry). In 1888, the title was changed to Zeitschrift für Angewandte Chemie (Journal of Applied Chemistry), and volume numbering started over. This title was kept until the end of 1941 when it was changed to Die Chemie. Until 1920, the journal was published by Springer Verlag and by Verlag Chemie starting in 1921. Due to World War II, the journal did not publish from April 1945 to December 1946. In 1947, publication was resumed under the current title, Angewandte Chemie.[2]

In 1962, the English-language edition was launched as Angewandte Chemie International Edition in English (ISSN 0570-0833, CODEN ACIEAY, abbreviated as Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl.), which has a separate volume counting. With the beginning of Vol. 37 (1998) "in English" was dropped from the journal name.

Several journals have merged into Angewandte, including Chemische Technik/Chemische Apparatur in 1947 and Zeitschrift für Chemie in 1990.

2020 controversyEdit

In June 2020, the journal withdrew a paper by Tomas Hudlicky from Brock University, "Organic synthesis—Where now?" is thirty years old. A reflection on the current state of affairs, stating that it was "accepted after peer review and appears as an Accepted Article online prior to editing, proofing, and formal publication of the final Version of Record". The paper drew opprobrium[3] for criticizing the alleged "preferential status" of women and minorities in chemistry.

The journal withdrew the paper within hours,[3] stating "[the ] paper contains opinions that don't reflect our values and has been removed. [...] Something went very wrong here and we're committed to do better."[4] Additionally, 16 members of the journal's advisory board resigned on 8 June.[5] On the same day it was reported that two editors had been suspended for passing the article.[3][6] As a consequence a shaping a new version of the journal begun, with diversity, equity, and inclusion, transparency, and a continued commitment to scientific excellence as the guiding principles. A new editorial team was formed additionally.[7]

Hudlicky responded to the backlash and retraction stating "I stand by the views I wished to express in the essay, some of which are common knowledge, while others were duly cited from primary and secondary sources".[8] Following a condemnation by Brock University's former vice-President, he was defended by the Canadian Association of University Teachers and Brock University Faculty Association. Subsequently, he edited and republished the article on his own website.

Impact factorEdit

While it has been suggested that Angewandte's impact factor is as high as it is in comparison to other chemistry journals because the journal contains reviews, the editors claim this effect is too small to explain the difference or affect the ranking of the journal in its subject group.[9]


  1. ^ "Angewandte Chemie". 2020 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Clarivate. 2021.
  2. ^ P. Gölitz (1988). "Editorial". Angewandte Chemie. 100 (1): 3–4. Bibcode:1988AngCh.100....3G. doi:10.1002/ange.19881000105. ; P. Gölitz (1988). "Editorial". Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 27: 3–4. doi:10.1002/anie.198800031.
  3. ^ a b c Lowe, Derek (8 June 2020). "Not Winning Friends, Not Influencing People". In the Pipeline.
  4. ^ "Withdrawal: T. Hudlicky, " 'Organic synthesis—Where now?' is thirty years old. A reflection on the current state of affair"". Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 59 (31): 12576. 2020. doi:10.1002/anie.202006717. PMID 32497328.
  5. ^ @JacobsenLab (8 June 2020). "Eric and other members of the @angew_chem International Advisory Board have resigned their positions on the Board" (Tweet) – via Twitter. [details in attached image]
  6. ^ "Stellungnahme zum Beitrag von Tomas Hudlicky in der Angewandten Chemie" (in German). Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  7. ^ Kueckmann, Theresa; Compton, Neville; Maaß, Frank; Su, Xin; Weickgenannt, Nathalie (2020). "Redefining Angewandte Chemie as an Inclusive Home for Excellent Science". Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 59 (52): 23348–23349. doi:10.1002/anie.202014434. PMID 33200861.
  8. ^ Perkel, Colin (3 August 2020). "Canadian professor hits back at critics of 'diversity' essay in top science journal". The Canadian Press.
  9. ^ P. Gölitz (2006). "Der Druck steigt". Angewandte Chemie. 118: 5152–5154. doi:10.1002/ange.200602672. ; P. Gölitz (2006). "The Heat Is On". Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 45 (31): 5030–5032. doi:10.1002/anie.200602672. PMID 16881034.