Special Feature Sections in 2014: Call for Papers
Safety continues to be in the news (unfortunately, for all the wrong reasons), and thus, it is important that we continue with our annual special feature on Safety of Chemical Processes. The deadline for the December 2013 feature has already just passed, although we could accept urgent communications if they were received soon. The December 2014 feature section has a deadline of July 1, 2014, for receipt of manuscripts. Please use this opportunity to alert the readers about any incidents that have taken place in your departmentsa short note is all that is requiredand help keep accidents from being repeated in the future. Nevertheless, a full paper is always preferred, since full details give the scientist or engineer information that may prevent similar incidents. Forewarned is forearmed! Case studies on the safe use of potentially hazardous materials also make interesting papers for this special feature section. We are always grateful for suggestions for new topics for these special features, particularly if you are prepared to assist in their coordination and to use your unique contacts to ﬁnd new authors for OPRD papers. You do not have to be on the Editorial Advisory Board to assist with new ideas for future directions for the journal, and I welcome all correspondence. Articles in our special feature sections are amongst the most highly referenced and have helped push the OPRD impact factor up to a respectable 2.739. To increase that number we need more high-quality papers in all subjects related to process R&D. So NOW is the time to start planning and writing your papers. I look forward to reading them.
or over a decade Organic Process Research and Development (OPRD) has been featuring special sections to gather together papers (particularly review articles) on topics of current interest to scientists and engineers working in the ﬁeld of process chemistry. We like to start oﬀ each section with one or two review articles and then follow these with full papers and shorter articles. In 2014, we are planning an ambitious 6 special feature sections, and this editorial is highlighting them in advance, so that you can begin to prepare your manuscripts. In the past, we have had some very successful sections on Biocatalysis, a topic we are repeating for the special section in the April 2014 issue. The deadline for receipt of papers is November 1, 2013. This special feature section is being coordinated, as in the past, by Mahmoud Mahmoudian, and we look forward to repeating the successes of previous Biocatalysis features where 30 or more papers have been received. In June 2014, we plan to focus on Process Analytical Technologies (PAT), and the deadline for papers to be received for this special feature section is December 31, 2013. This special feature is being coordinated by Levente Simon of BASF, who has plans for a multiauthor review that covers the state of the art in all aspects of PAT. We welcome other review articles and case studies regarding the use of PAT in the development, scale up, and manufacture of organic molecules. It has been over 8 years since we covered this important subject, and we anticipate a comprehensive coverage of this hot topic. Fluorine chemistry is very important in ﬁne chemicals, and ﬂuorine-containing building blocks are widely used in agrochemicals and pharmaceuticals, as well as in speciality chemicals applications such as liquid crystals and organics for electronics (e.g., light-emitting diodes, OLEDs). This is another topic we have not covered for a long time, and we particularly welcome review articles on synthesis and manufacture of building blocks or on the use of special ﬂuorinating methods/reagents. This special feature, being coordinated by Mark Ford of Bayer Agrochemicals, Germany, is plannned for August 2014 with a deadline for manuscript receipt on March 1, 2014. Then, in September of 2014 we plan a special section that concerns a new topic on Organometallic Carbanions in Practical Organic Synthesis: Grignards, Organolithiums, and More, which is being coordinated by Aman Desai of Aether Industries (India) and Victor Snieckus of Queen’s University, Ontario. Full details of the scope of this and all our special feature sections is on the OPRD web site (www.pubs.acs.org/ journal/oprdfk). The deadline for receipt of papers for this new feature is April 1, 2014. Continuous Processes and Flow Chemistry is a hot topic at the moment, and we published a highly regarded section on this subject in 2012. However, it is such an important subject that we feel the need to “go with the ﬂow” and repeat the topic in 2014. Jaan Pesti did a great job coordinating the last special feature section on Continuous Processes, and he will again take on the responsibility for the one to be published in November of 2014. Deadline for receipt of manuscripts is June 1, 2014. © 2013 American Chemical Society
Trevor Laird, Editor AUTHOR INFORMATION
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Published: August 8, 2013 993
dx.doi.org/10.1021/op400194d | Org. Process Res. Dev. 2013, 17, 993−993