Journal of Separation Science Celebrates 40th Volume

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Journal of Separation Science, Volume 40, Issue 1, Editorial

Frantisek Svec

Frantisek Svec

Each year at this time, I start writing Editorial for the first issue of the next volume of our journal. I always think what should be included in this Editorial to make it worth reading. It is slightly easier this time. But first, a short trip in history. Our journal was born in 1978 under the title Journal of High Resolution Chromatography. The first volume had modest 6 issues printed on 334 pages. The title was then changed in 2001 to enter in the new millennium as the Journal of Separation Science. The first volume under the new title was published in 12 issues on less than 1000 pages. A simple mathematics reveals that our journal approached its 40th volume in 2017. Just for the record: In 2016, JSS was published in 24 issues on about 4,500 pages. It’s quite a growth, isn’t it? The success of JSS is also demonstrated with the continuous growth of its impact factor. While impact factor of many of our competitor journals declined last year, IF of our journal grew.

Of course, this success did not come by itself. It is result of the exceptional work of our authors who submit their excellent manuscripts, editors and reviewers who evaluate them, and the publisher who brings the papers to the world. Without all these parties, the journal could not exist and strive. All of them therefore deserve a big round of applause for their never ending efforts.

Last year, we renewed the tradition of the special issue “Reviews” opening the volume. This year is not any different. The issue, which you have just opened, includes more than 20 review articles covering a broad range of areas related to the hot topics of separation science. Our statistics show that review articles are very popular among readers. Most likely because they make their life much easier. The reviews present an introduction for those who are entering a new field and need a quick orientation but also helps the well-established scientists to update their knowledge in areas that are not their top favorites. Reviews also avoid tedious search through numerous resources to get a broader picture of a research area they can be interested in.

As many of our contributors appreciated, we started in 2016 publishing papers with references including the full titles of the papers. This was a very valuable addition to the previously presented short references including only authors and source. Seeing the complete title certainly facilitates orientation in references. This and some other changes were included in the updated Instruction for Authors. Although the new rules are in effect for one year now, there are still many authors who submit references without paper titles. I believe that the problem is in omission of reading the Instruction for Authors. Spending a few minutes on reading the Instruction may save the author’s hours they have to spend on revising the blatant format errors of the manuscript. Also, quite often even repeated calls for revision of these errors delay the publication. I recommend the author to read the Instruction and then use the Checklist for Authors that is available both in English and Chinese to make sure that all parts of the submission comply with the Instruction.

Soon, our readers will see that the layout of published papers will be upgraded. At least to me, the new layout looks more attractive and makes orientation in the text easier. I am sure that all those people who open JSS regularly will share this sentiment with me. However, as always feel free to let us know what you like or dislike in the journal. This feedback can help us to make JSS even more appealing for the entire family of separation scientists.

Frantisek Svec

Read: Top 40 Cited Articles in 40 Years of JSS

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