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An International Journal for Rapid Communication in Chromatography, Electrophoresis and Associated Techniques

Scientific Editor: T.A. Berger; H. Lingeman; G. Massolini; G.K.E. Scriba; R.M. Smith

ISSN: 0009-5893 (print version)
ISSN: 1612-1112 (electronic version)

Journal no. 10337


by Henk Lingemann 

Following the changes to CHROMATOGRAPHIA with respect to the journal’s ‘‘look and feel’’, which were introduced in the January issue, the editors and editorial staff recently came together in Heidelberg to agree on further steps to improve the success and reputation of CHROMATOGRAPHIA. This resulted in important changes of editorial policy, which I will summarize in this editorial on behalf of the Scientific Editors. This is one piece of information intended to keep our editorial board members, reviewers, authors and readers well informed about important developments of CHROMATOGRAPHIA. Further information is available on the journal’s homepage at www.chromatographia.com, including the revised Aims and Scope.
From now on, only one type of Short Communication will be published. Acceptable paper types therefore will be Original Articles, Short Communications, Reviews and Letters to the Editor. The formal specifications of each paper type are to be found in the ‘‘Instructions for Authors’’ available on the journal homepage. Both Original Articles and Short Communications should report on truly novel findings with respect to the (chromatographic/electrophoretic) separation involved [1]. Therefore, the same scientific criteria apply for peer review and acceptance of both paper types. This means that submissions dealing with rather straightforward applications of, e.g., TLC, LC–UV, LC–MS, as well as simple stability-indicating, environmental screening, therapeutic-drug monitoring or Traditional-Chinese Medicine assays, in most cases will not be accepted for publication. To repeat a phrase of Roger Smith [2]: ‘‘The application of a new separation method is an important part of demonstrating its value as a technique. However, a paper whose emphasis is on the results of the assay, such as comparison of essential oils from different plant parts or of herbal medicines from different regions, or the study of a metabolism to known metabolites, are also often not chromatographically novel and should probably be published in an alternative and more appropriate phytochemical or biomedical journal’’.
In order to offer our audience a more comprehensive view of developments in separation science, the editors will endeavor to include more Reviews as well as topical collections of 3–7 Original Articles and/or Reviews. Such topical collections will be published in a separate section of the journal with an introductory editorial of the guest editor of this special section. Guest editors will invite distinguished authors to compose an interesting collection of articles. The same can be done with respect to scientificmeeting oriented papers.
As a result, we are cordially inviting all of our contributing authors to submit proposals for such topical collections or for reviews to the editorial office. The proposals will be considered by the editors and proponents will be informed as soon as possible about the suitability of their suggestions.
To keep publication times short, we will urge our reviewers to perform a thorough but fast review of the submitted manuscripts. To speed this procedure, authors are more than welcome to propose one or two reviewers for their manuscript. Our goal is that in about six weeks after submission of a manuscript, a decision will have been taken by one of the editors. However, in case either the editor or the senior author of a manuscript are of the opinion that accelerated publication should be considered, the time between submission and the decision for such a manuscript might be reduced to about one week. Please contact the editorial office in case you would like to know more about the possibilities for accelerated publication of your manuscript.
By incorporation of these changes we are convinced that, in cooperation with the editorial board, reviewers and authors, we will be able to strengthen the scientific value and reputation as well as greatly improve the quality of our journal. We would like to express our gratitude for the energy, our board members and reviewers continue to put into the journal to raise the quality of CHROMATOGRAPHIA. We highly appreciate the trust that authors put into the journal by submitting so many manuscripts.
Henk Lingeman
1. Lingeman H (2008) Chromatographia 67:671–672
2. Smith RM (2009) Chromatographia 69:1147–1148



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    Separation sciences, in all their various forms such as chromatography and electrophoresis, now provide some of the most powerful techniques in analytical chemistry and are used in application areas, including archaeology, biotechnology, clinical, environmental, food, medical, petroleum, pharmaceutical, polymer and biopolymer research. Beyond serving analytical purposes, separation techniques are also used for preparative and process-scale applications. The scope and power of separation sciences are significantly extended by their combination with spectroscopic methods (e.g., laser-based approaches, nuclear-magnetic resonance, Raman, chemiluminescence) and in particular, mass spectrometry, to provide the so-called hyphenated techniques. In addition to new exciting areas in chromatography like ultra high-pressure and high-temperature approaches there have been great advances in hybrid methods combining chromatography and electro-based separations, especially on the micro- and nanoscale. The recent developments in separation-related sampling and sampling-preparation approaches, and in particular the combination of these techniques with the above-mentioned methodologies, are opening a wide variety of new possibilities in separation sciences.

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