Chemistry World
EditorPhilip Robinson
Former editorsBibiana Campos-Seijo
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
First issue2004 (2004)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Based inLondon

Chemistry World is a monthly chemistry news magazine published by the Royal Society of Chemistry. The magazine addresses current events in the world of chemistry including research, international business news and government policy as it affects the chemical science community, plus the best product applications. It features regular columns by Philip Ball, Derek Lowe, Andrea Sella, Raychelle Burks, Alice Motion and Vanessa Seifert. The magazine is sent to all members of the Royal Society of Chemistry and is included in the cost of membership. In August 2016, the magazine began offering a "soft" paywall option, where a limited amount of content is made available free to all unregistered readers.


In 1965 two British chemistry institutions, the Chemical Society and the Royal Institute of Chemistry agreed to merge their primary publications Proceedings of the Chemical Society and the Journal of the Royal Institute of Chemistry. This was a first step to merger of the institutions. The new journal was entitled Chemistry in Britain.[1]

In January 2004 it was given its current title. The publication's stated reason for the change was "to acknowledge the international nature of the subject".[2]

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2011 impact factor of 0.159, ranking it 146th out of 154 journals in the category "Chemistry, Multidisciplinary".[3]


  1. ^ Chemistry in Britain, vol 1, no 1 (January 1965) p 2. "Message from the Presidents".
  2. ^ Phil Abrahams, Chemistry World vol 1 no 1 (January 2004) "Comment: Magazine for a new world order"
  3. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Chemistry, Multidisciplinary". 2011 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Sciences ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2012.