Chemical Journals

Chemical Journals


Beginning in the second half of the 17th century, information on subjects pertaining to chemistry appeared in general scientific journals published by learned societies or by academies of sciences. Such journals have been issued by, for example, the Royal Society of London (since 1665), the Académie des Sciences in Paris (1666), the Prussian (since 1946, the German) Academy of Sciences in Berlin (1710), and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (1739). In Russia, the first general scientific journal to carry articles on chemistry was Commentarii Academiae scientiarum imperialis Petropolitanae (St. Petersburg, 1728–51). Articles on chemistry also appeared in Gornyi zhurnal (Mining Journal; founded 1825) and in Novyi magazin estestvennoi istorii, fiziki, khimii i svedenii ekonomicheskikh (New Journal of Natural History, Physics, Chemistry, and Economic Information; issued between 1820 and 1830).

General chemical journals, which contain articles on all aspects of chemistry, appeared in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The first Russian chemical journal of this type was Khimicheskii zhurnal (Chemical Journal), which was published by N. N. Sokolov and A. N. Engel’gardt in 24 issues between 1859 and 1860. In 1869, Zhurnal Russkogo fiziko-khimicheskogo obshchestva (Journal of the Russian Physical Chemistry Society) was first published; in 1931, it was succeeded by Zhurnal obshchei khimii (Journal of General Chemistry). Specialized chemical journals, which are devoted to individual fields of chemistry, first appeared in the second half of the 19th century.

As of 1975, approximately 700 chemical journals were published throughout the world, including more than 100 in the USSR. More than 30 of the most important Soviet journals are reissued in English translation outside the USSR. Journals of abstracts and bibliographic journals are also published.

A list, by subject area, of the leading chemical journals and of general scientific journals that carry articles on chemistry follows.

General science

Comptes rendus hebdomadaires des séances de l’Académie des Sciences (Paris, since 1835)

Doklady Akademii nauk SSSR (Reports of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR; since 1933)

Izvestiia Akademii nauk SSSR (Proceedings of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR; Seriia khimicheskaia [Chemical Series], since 1936)

Izvestiia Sibirskogo otdeleniia AN SSSR (Proceedings of the Siberian Division of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR; Novosibirsk, since 1957)

The Izvestiia (Proceedings) of the academies of sciences of the Union republics

The Izvestiia (Proceedings) and Trudy (Transactions) of higher educational institutions and scientific research institutes

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Washington, D.C., since 1915)

The vestniki (journals) of various Soviet universities

General chemistry

Acta Chimica (Budapest, since 1951)

Angewandte Chemie (Weinheim [FRG], since 1888)

Annales de chimie (Paris, since 1789)

Armianskii khimicheskii zhurnal (Armenian Chemical Journal; Yerevan, since 1957)

Azerbaidzhanskii khimicheskii zhurnal (Azerbaijan Chemical Journal; Baku, since 1959)

Canadian Journal of Chemistry/Journal Canadien de Chimie (Ottawa, since 1929)

Chemical Reviews (Washington, D.C., since 1924)

Chemical Society Reviews (London, since 1972; formed by the merger of The Chemical Society Quarterly Reviews and Royal Institute of Chemistry Reviews)

Chemica Scripta (Stockholm, since 1971)

Chemické listy (Prague, since 1906)

Chemische Berichte (Weinheim [FRG], since 1868)

Chemistry/Kagaku (Kyoto, since 1946)

Chemistry in Britain (London, since 1965)

Journal of the American Chemical Society (Washington, D.C., since 1879)

Journal of the Chemical Society (London, since 1848; since 1972, divided into six series: Chemical Communications, Dalton Transactions, Faraday Transactions 1, Faraday Transactions 2, Perkin Transactions 1, Perkin Transactions 2)

Teoreticheskaia i eksperimental’naia khimiia (Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry; Kiev, since 1965)

Ukrainskii khimicheskii zhurnal (Ukrainian Chemical Journal; Kiev, since 1948)

Uspekhi khimii (Advances in Chemistry; since 1932)

Uzbekskii khimicheskii zhurnal (Uzbek Chemical Journal; Tashkent, since 1958)

Zhurnal obshchei khimii (Journal of General Chemistry; Leningrad-Moscow, since 1931)

Zhurnal prikladnoi khimii (Journal of Applied Chemistry; Moscow-Leningrad, since 1928)

Zhurnal Vsesoiuznogo khimicheskogo obshchestva im. D. I. Mendeleeva (Journal of the D. I. Mendeleev All-Union Chemistry Society; since 1956)

Inorganic chemistry

Inorganica chimica acta (Padua, since 1961)

Inorganic and Nuclear Chemistry Letters (Oxford, since 1965)

Inorganic Chemistry (Washington, D.C., since 1962)

Journal of Inorganic and Nuclear Chemistry (London–New York–Oxford, since 1955)

Koordinatsionnaia khimiia (Coordination Chemistry; since 1975)

Zeitschrift für anorganische und allgemeine Chemie (Leipzig, since 1892)

Zhurnal neorganicheskoi khimii (since 1956)

Organic chemistry

Bioorganicheskaia khimiia (Bio-organic Chemistry; since 1975)

Carbohydrate Research (Amsterdam, since 1965)

Journal of Ecological and Life Chemistry (London, since 1967; incorporates Intra-Science Chemistry Reports)

Journal of Heterocyclic Chemistry (Provo, Utah, since 1964)

The Journal of Organic Chemistry (Washington, D.C., since 1936)

Journal of Organometallic Chemistry (Lausanne, since 1964; incorporates Organometallic Chemistry Reviews)

Journal of Synthetic Organic Chemistry (Tokyo, since 1943)

Khimiia geterotsiklicheskikh soedinenii (Chemistry of Heterocyclic Compounds; Riga, since 1965)

Khimiia prirodnykh soedinenii (Chemistry of Natural Compounds; Tashkent, since 1965)

Khimiko-farmatsevticheskii zhurnal (Chemical and Pharmaceutical Journal; since 1967)

Liebigs Annalen der Chemie (Leipzig–Weinheim [FRG]–Berlin, since 1832)

Tetrahedron (London–Oxford–New York, since 1957)

Zhurnal organicheskoi khimii (Journal of Organic Chemistry; since 1965)

Physical chemistry

Electrochimica Acta (Oxford, since 1959)

Elektrokhimiia (Electrochemistry; since 1965)

International Journal of Chemical Kinetics (New York, since 1968)

Journal de chimie physique et de physico-chimie biologique (Paris, since 1903)

Journal of Catalysis (New York–London, since 1962)

Journal of Chemical Physics (New York, since 1931)

Journal of Physical Chemistry (Washington, D.C., since 1896)

Khimiia vysokikh energii (High-energy Chemistry; since 1967) Kinetika i kataliz (Kinetics and Catalysis; since 1960)

Kolloidnyi zhurnal (Colloidal Chemistry; since 1935)

Physics and Chemistry of Liquids (London, since 1968)

Radiokhimiia (Radiochemistry; since 1959)

Zeitschrift für Elektrochemie und angewandte physikalische Chemie (Weinheim [FRG], since 1894)

Zeitschrift für physikalische Chemie (Leipzig, since 1887)

Zeitschrift für physikalische Chemie (Frankfurt am Main, since 1887)

Zhurnal fizicheskoi khimii (Journal of Physical Chemistry; since 1930)

Zhurnal strukturnoi khimii (Journal of Structural Chemistry; since 1960)

Analytical chemistry

Analusis (Paris, since 1896)

The Analyst (Cambridge-London, since 1876)

Analytica Chimica Acta (Amsterdam–New York, since 1947)

Analytical Chemistry (Washington, D.C., since 1929)

Chromatographia (Oxford, since 1968)

Mikrochimica Acta (Vienna, since 1937)

Zavodskaia laboratoriia (Industrial Laboratory; since 1932)

Zeitschrift für analytische Chemie (Berlin, 1862–1944; since 1947, published under the title Fresenius’ Zeitschrift für analytische Chemie)

Zhurnal analiticheskoi khimii (Journal of Analytical Chemistry; since 1946)

The chemistry of macromolecular compounds

Chemistry of High Polymers (Tokyo, since 1944)

Journal of Polymer Science (New York, since 1946)

Kauchuk i rezina (Raw and Cured Rubber; since 1927)

Khimicheskie volokna (Chemical Fibers; since 1959)

Kolloid-Zeitschrift und Zeitschrift für Polymere (Darmstadt, since 1906)

Macromolecules (Washington, D.C., since 1968)

Makromolekulare Chemie (Basel, since 1947)

Plasticheskie massy (Plastics; since 1931)

Polymer (London, since 1960)

Vysokomolekuliarnye soedineniia (Macromolecular Compounds; since 1959)

Chemical engineering

Chemical and Engineering News (Washington, D.C., since 1923)

Chemical Engineering (New York, since 1902)

Chemical Processing (Chicago, since 1938)

Chemiker-Zeitung (Heidelberg, since 1876)

Chemtech (Washington, D.C., since 1970; formerly Chemical Technology)

Chimica e l’industria (Milan, since 1919)

Chimie et industrie (Paris, 1918–63; since 1963, incorporated in Informations-Chimie)

Fizika i khimiia stekla (Glass Physics and Chemistry; since 1975)

Gidroliznaia i lesokhimicheskaia promyshlennost’ (Hydrolytic and Wood Chemical Industry; since 1948)

Industrial and Engineering Chemistry (Washington, D.C., since 1962)

Journal of Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology (Oxford, since 1951)

Journal of Chemical Engineering of Japan (Tokyo, since 1968)

Khimicheskaia promyshlennost’ (Chemical Industry; since 1944)

Khimiia drevesiny (Wood Chemistry; Riga, since 1974)

Khimiia i tekhnologiia topliv i masel (Chemistry and Technology of Fuels and Oils; since 1956)

Khimiia tverdogo topliva (Solid-propellant Chemistry; since 1967)

Koks i khimiia (Coke and Chemistry; Kharkov-Moscow, since 1931)

Neftekhimiia (Petrochemistry; since 1961)

Steklo i keramika (Glass and Ceramics; since 1925)

Teoreticheskie osnovy khimicheskoi tekhnologii (Theoretical Principles of Chemical Engineering; since 1967)


Analytical Biochemistry (New York, since 1960)

The Biochemical Journal (Colchester, Great Britain, since 1911)

Biochemical Medicine (New York–London, since 1967)

Biochemistry (Washington, D.C., since 1964)

Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (Amsterdam, since 1947)

Biochimie (Paris, since 1914)

Biokhimiia (Biochemistry; since 1936)

Enzymologia (The Hague, 1936–73; superseded in 1973 by Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry)

FEBS Letters (Amsterdam, since 1968)

Fermentnaia i spirtovaia promyshlennost’ (Fermentation and Alcohol Industry; since 1924)

Hoppe-Seyler’s Zeitschrift für physiologische Chemie (Berlin-New York, since 1877)

International Journal of Biochemistry (Oxford, since 1970)

The Journal of Biochemistry (Tokyo, since 1922)

The Journal of Biological Chemistry (Bethesda, Md., since 1905)

Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (Washington, D.C., since 1958)

Prikladnaia biokhimiia i mikrobiologiia (Applied Biochemistry and Microbiology; since 1965)

Ukrains’kyi biokhimichnyi zhurnal (Ukrainian Biochemical Journal; since 1926)

Voprosy meditsinskoi khimii (Problems of Medicinal Chemistry; since 1955)

Zhurnal evoliutsionnoi biokhimii i fiziologii (Journal of Evolutionary Biochemistry and Physiology; since 1965)

Abstracts (general)

Chemical Abstracts (Columbus, Ohio, since 1907)

Chemisches Zentralblatt (Berlin, 1830–1970; the oldest journal of abstracts, this was superseded in 1970 by Chemischer Informationsdienst [Weinheim, FRG])

Khimiia (Chemistry; since 1953)

Abstracts (specialized)

Analytical Abstracts (London, 1954)

Atomic Absorption and Emission Spectrometry Abstracts (London, since 1969; formerly Atomic Absorption and Flame Emission Spectroscopy Abstracts)

Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry Abstracts (London, since 1970)


Chemical Titles (Columbus, Ohio, since 1961)

Current Contents (Philadelphia, since 1961)


Terent’ev, A. P., and L. A. Ianovskaia. Khimicheskaia literatura i pol’zovanie eiu, 2nd ed. Moscow, 1967.
Letopis’ periodicheskikh izdanii SSSR, 1966–1970, part 1. Moscow, 1972.
Annotirovannyi spravochnik mirovoi nauchnoi i tekhnicheskoi literatury (periodicheskikh iprodolzhaiushchikhsia izdanii), vol. 5. Moscow, 1974.
Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory, 16th ed. New York, 1975–76.


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