It is hard to believe but I happen to be the Editor-in-Chief for ten years this year. It appears to me like yesterday when I was asked to co-run the just born Journal of Separation Science. During my first year, I shared this honor with Hartmut Frank and Salvatore Fanali, then Hartmut stepped down, and we were only two for some time until Salvatore quit as well becoming an editor in another journal. Thus, I remained alone ever since. We started ten years ago with six editors who easily handled the small number of submitted manuscripts published on less than 1400 pages in 12 issues. The number of issues increased to 18 when the journal was five years old and to 24 in 2008. This is where we are right now.
The number of editors will soon increase to 12 to handle the ever growing number of submissions. Speaking about submissions: The Figures show the trends. The yearly increase is remarkable. For example, we received about 1300 manuscripts in 2013 alone, i.e. 200 more than the year before. In contrast to the ever growing number of submissions, both number of published papers and pages in the volume did not change too much during the last years as demonstrated in the Figures as well. This development leads to a clear conclusion: Based on reviews, we are publishing only the best works selected from the numerous submissions. Obviously, the increase in submissions also leads to larger request for help from the reviewers.
However, let’s talk about the last year. You may remember that we published the last printed special issue in January 2013 that was devoted to the papers submitted by members of the International Editorial Board. All the following special issues including Monoliths, Trends, HILIC, and Separation Science in Biomedicine were only virtual. They include monothematic papers accepted during a specific period of time and collected on a journal’s site accessible through the internet. This approach will again continue in 2014 with several new virtual special issues. Finally, I would like to thank all authors who submitted their manuscripts to our journal, to the very large group of reviewers who read and evaluated them, as well as to the editors who handled them. This team work enabled the Journal of Separation Science to achieve another year of success.
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In 2013, one of our editors, Hanfa Zou, has left the team of editors. After a thorough search and numerous discussions we found an excellent replacement for him. Professor Gongke Li from University of Guangzhou in China who started as editor in January. We are still searching for one more editor who will bring the total to the desired number of 12.