Dalton Transactions is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published weekly by the Royal Society of Chemistry. The journal takes its name from English Chemist, John Dalton, who is best known for work in the development of modern atomic theory. The journal publishes original research and review articles on all aspects of the chemistry of inorganic, bioinorganic, and organometallic compounds. The editor-in-chief is Jamie Humphrey. Authors can elect to have their accepted articles published as open-access.
The journal was originally published under the name Journal of the Chemical Society A: Inorganic, Physical, Theoretical in 1966. But in 1972, the journal was split into three separate journals, with Journal of the Chemical Society: Dalton Transactions covering inorganic and organometallic chemistry. The journal was renamed to just Dalton Transactions in 2003. In January 2000, Dalton Transactions incorporated Acta Chemica Scandinavica.
The Dalton Transactions were published monthly from 1972. As submissions increased, the journal switched to biweekly issues in 1992. In 2006, it switched again to 48 issues per year.
Dalton Transactions introduced a sequential volume numbering scheme in 2010, with one volume per year. Years prior to 2010 were not included in the volume numbering. However, the first issue in 2010 was assigned volume 39 (2010 being the 39th year since the journal was first published).
The journal features articles on all aspects of the chemistry of inorganic and organometallic compounds, including bioinorganic, biological inorganic, and solid-state inorganic chemistry; the application of physicochemical techniques to the study of their structures, properties, and reactions, including kinetics and mechanisms; synthesis and characterization of new inorganic materials; homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis; new or improved experimental techniques and syntheses.
The following types of articles are published in Dalton Transactions: Research Papers, Communications, Perspectives, Frontiers, and Letters.
In 2009, Dalton Transactions was cited 33,871 times, ranking it 3rd out of 44 listed journals in the Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear category.
According to Web of Science, the three articles that have been cited most often (between 1993 and 2010) in order are: “A critical account on π-π stacking in metal complexes with aromatic nitrogen-containing ligands” C Janiak (2000); “Engineering coordination polymers towards applications” C Janiak (2003); “Cationic Group 4 metallocene complexes and their role in polymerization catalysis: the chemistry of well defined Ziegler catalysts” M Bochmann (1996).
Dalton Transactions was named a Rising Star in 2006 by In-cites from Thomson Scientific.
Dalton Discussions are a scientific meetings that provide a forum for exchange of views and results in focused areas of inorganic chemistry. The papers are published in a special issue of Dalton Transactions. The Dalton Discussions are usually held annually.
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