No doubt the year 2020 qualifies for being classified as memorable, with COVID-19 standing out as one of the main reasons. Chemical research has contributed to addressing and overcoming the challenges posed by the pandemic. The development of therapeutics, vaccines, disinfectants, protective clothing and devices strongly relies on the findings of chemical sciences. Likewise, chemical research is required to progress on the agenda of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the number of journal articles related to the chemical sciences and published by Springer Nature continues to grow and exceeded 30,000 in 2020. We are grateful for all the editors and reviewers who – despite all the difficulties they were facing last year – made sure our publications are robust and stand up to scrutiny. A big thank you as well to all authors who entrusted us with publishing their research findings. Now we would like to invite the chemistry community to engage with our publications. While we have selected just very few articles as appetizers, please do browse our web pages to discover the breadth and depth of our chemistry journals, and all of the outstanding articles published under the Springer, Nature, and BMC imprints.