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Green Chemistry Letters & Reviews

Editor-in-Chief Q&A

We caught up with Anja-Verena Mudring, new Editor-in-Chief of 'Green Chemistry Letters and Reviews', to discuss the development of the journal, current challenges within the research community, and what the journal has to offer to authors. 


What do you think are the current challenges facing the research community?

Research activities and recognition in the field of Green Chemistry is increasing steeply around the Globe. It is important to market the journal as an appropriate, high-quality dissemination platform. There is an increasing number of competing journals.

Which topics are you most interested to cover in the journal?

  • All areas related to Green Chemistry
  • Currently, organic chemistry is relatively well covered; the next step would be to reach out to inorganic and materials chemists
  • Education is an important aspect; GCRL is the only journal in the area that is a platform for this

As the new Editor for Green Chemistry, what are your plans for the next year?

  • Getting new Associate Editors on board that reflect thematic, geographic, and gender diversity and help to attract high-quality submission around the world
  • Restructuring the Editorial Advisory Board to also reflect thematic, geographic, and gender diversity and help to attract high-quality submission around the world
  • Develop initiatives to make the journal more known and visible in the community; Jamie Ferguson has been hired to promote the journal on social media
  • Special virtual issues – a thematic collection of old papers with a new editorial/perspective article
  • A young investigator issue
  • A "Women in Green Chemistry" special issue


A recent report by the Royal Society of Chemistry found evidence of gender bias by journal editors and reviewers has been putting women at a disadvantage. What are your thoughts on the current state of diversity in chemistry?

I am aware of the study. Being a female chemist myself, I am aware of the challenges. I am trying to increase the diversity by adding more women to the journal’s editorial board. I also would suggest running a “Women in Green Chemistry” special issue.

What would your advice be to women seeking an academic career in the field of chemistry?

Be self-confident and go your way!

How do you see open access publication shaping research?

Open access publications make it easier for researchers (and the public) across the world to get access to current research results which leads to a faster advancement of science and strengthening of science and research in economically poorer countries/institutions.

As a prospective author, what are the benefits of publishing in an open access journal like Green Chemistry?

I would see the benefits in a fast dissemination of my research results. A good way to draw attention to my research, which will help to get in touch with other researchers in the field, get cited and lay the foundation for further research funding.

What support can you give authors and researchers who are hoping to publish in your journal?

I would consider a well-structured and informative journal website important. I would also suggest listing the editors and editorial board with photos and short bios to give the journal a more approachable face. Click through to see our own editorial board listing and biographies.