Foundations of Chemistry is an international journal is an interdisciplinary forum in which chemists, biochemists, philosophers, historians, educators and sociologists discuss conceptual and fundamental issues which relate to the `central science' of chemistry. Coverage includes the autonomous role of chemistry between physics and biology and the question of the reduction of chemistry to quantum mechanics.
The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles on a wide range of topics, including chemical models, language, metaphors, and theoretical terms; chemical evolution and artificial self-replication; the social and ethical aspects of chemistry's professionalism; modeling and instrumentation in chemistry; the nature of explanation in the chemical sciences; theoretical chemistry, molecular structure and chaos; ancient chemistry, medieval chemistry and alchemy; philosophical and historical articles; and more.
Foundations of Chemistry offers themed issues, and includes book reviews and discussion notes.

  • An interdisciplinary forum for fundamental issues related to the `central science' of chemistry
  • Contributors include chemists, biochemists, philosophers, historians, educators and sociologists
  • Presents peer-reviewed articles on a wide range of topics
  • Offers themed issues, and includes book reviews and discussion notes
  • 100% of authors who answered a survey reported that they would definitely publish or probably publish in the journal again

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Editor-in-Chief
  • Eric E. R. Scerri
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Hybrid. Open Access options available

Journal metrics

0.828 (2018)
Impact factor
0.776 (2018)
Five year impact factor
128 days
Submission to first decision
187 days
Submission to acceptance
42,984 (2018)
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Volume 22

Issue 1, April 2020, Pages 1 - 133

Special Issue for Bristol meeting of ISPC, dedicated to the memory of Geoffrey Blumenthal and Rom Harré

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    • Eric Scerri
    Content type: Editorial
This journal has 26 open access articles

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1572-8463
Print ISSN
1386-4238
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