Yale Professor Named Editor of Major Chemical Journal

Yale Chemistry Professor William Jorgensen is the new editor of the Journal of Chemical Information & Computer Science (JCIS), published by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society.

Jorgensen, a computer methods pioneer, succeeds George Milne, editor for 15 years and now retired from the National Institutes of Health. Jorgensen will begin his new position in early January.

“ACS is delighted that such a distinguished scientist as Professor Jorgensen has agreed to take on the editorship of this important journal,” said Robert Bovenschulte, director of the ACS Publications Division.

Jorgensen said he plans to divide the journal into two parts: one publication keeping its original focus on chemical informatics, and the other specializing in reports in computational chemistry. The new journals, tentatively titled, the Journal of Chemical Information & Modeling and the Journal of Chemical Theory & Computation, will begin publication in 2005.

He said the society has long needed a computational chemistry journal aligned with the society’s Division of Computers in Chemistry and the Theoretical Chemistry Subdivision of Physical Chemistry.

“Hardcore computational people spread their work over many places,” Jorgensen said. “I think there’s a need for a more focused ACS journal that appeals to them.”

JCICS began in 1960 as the journal of Chemical Documentation and changed to the current title in 1976. Through the years the journal broadened its focus to include some aspects of computational chemistry.

Jorgensen received his Ph.D. in chemical physics from Harvard in 1975. From 1975 to 1990 he was a chemistry professor at Purdue University. In 1990, he was appointed Conkey P. Whitehead Professor of Chemistry at Yale.

Jorgensen has been editor of the Encyclopedia of Computational Chemistry since 2001 and editor of the Journal of Computational Chemistry since 2002. He has authored or co-authored about 275 scientific papers.

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