Competition is a wonderful thing. 18 months ago who ever would have thought that there was room for a general chemical journal? Then back in April along came Nature Chemistry and won some applause (sometimes mainly for its colour ). It was noteworthy since chemical journal publishing is dominated by two large society publishers (the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Chemical Society), and it was also a new direction for Nature Publishing Group.
Now I receive news from the Royal Society of Chemistry of another new journal: Chemical Science will apparently be dynamic, unique, and a leader. It will provide
A dedicated home for findings of exceptional significance from across ALL the chemical sciences. In a break with tradition, the journal will give authors the freedom and flexibility to publish more extensive accounts of their novel research without page restrictions
It is due to launch in 2010, with free access for existing RSC customers for the first one or two years.
Am I too cynical in seeing this as a response from the old guard (RSC) to the new chemical kids on the block (NPG)?