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Analytical Communications
Anal Comm

Published/Hosted by Royal Society of Chemistry. ISSN (printed): 1359-7337. ISSN (electronic): 1364-5536.

Analytical Communications has grown in popularity since its relaunch in 1996 as a communications-only journal. Over the past couple of years Analytical Communications has established a strong reputation for publishing preliminary research results on many aspects of cutting edge analytical science. For instance, advances in molecular imprinting (see papers by Mosbach and co-workers1ñ5), biomedical applications of NMR (see papers by Nicholson and co-workers6ñ8) and novel microscale technologies (see papers by Manz and co-workers9 and Lunte and co-workers10) have been reported recently in its pages. It was felt, however, that this type of innovative research would gain even wider exposure if it appeared in The Analyst, and would strengthen The Analyst's position as a leading general analytical science journal. Therefore, it has been decided to close Analytical Communications and launch a high-profile communications section in The Analyst in its place. At a time when library budgets continue to be squeezed, resulting in even core journals being cut, it seems more appropriate than ever for the Royal Society of Chemistry to offer subscribers the benefit of what amounts to two journals for the price of one. This new section will have the same rapid publication time as Analytical Communications (i.e., receipt-to-publication in less than 70 days) and authors will benefit from the established reputation, strong impact factor and wide, international readership of The Analyst. Although Analytical Communications will cease publication at the end of 1999, volumes 34ñ36 of the on-line journal will be freely available on the Royal Society of Chemistry's web site after the journal's closure.

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