SYNOPEN Call for Papers

Upcoming SYNOPEN Special Topics open for submissions are listed below!

General Guidelines

  • If you intend to submit a manuscript, please inform the corresponding (guest) editor first, remembering to include the title of your manuscript and the article type (e.g. Review, Short Review, or Original Paper).
  • Upon approval by the (guest) editor, you may submit your manuscript according to the author instructions.
  • Please include the title of the Special Topic and the corresponding editor during the submission process.

Upcoming Topics

Click Chemistry and Drug Discovery
Monalisa Mukherjee/Vivek Mishra
Deadline: January 31, 2023

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This special issue highlights the recent innovation on click reactions in medicinal chemistry, material science and drug discovery. Contributions on the synthesis of privileged scaffolds, the design and optimization of small molecules for therapeutic applications and drug delivery are welcome. This issue also welcome contributions highlighting: AI and automations in drug discovery, virtual screening and docking, structure activity relationships, quantum chemistry, molecular dynamics simulations, generative molecular models, predicting reactivity and synthetic routes, pharmacokinetics, toxicology, pharmaceutical chemistry, theoretical chemistry, and software tools and web servers.


Natural Products for Pest Management
Upendra Sharma / Xing-Hai Liu
Deadline: March 15
, 2023

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Synthetic pesticides produced by chemical alterations are  used globally for combating invasive pests and diseases. However, their excessive use is associated with environmental contamination, health hazards, and resistance amongst pests. Therefore, there is an urgent need to look into environmentally friendly alternatives to control pests. In this regard plants based natural products have been used as eco-friendly insecticide sources for crop protection. This special issue is aiming to highlight recent advances in the field of pest management by plant derived natural products, plants-based extracts/fractions, natural product mimics, essential oils, natural product based synthetic equivalents, computer-aided modelling and design for bioactive natural product, natural compound mixtures, quantitative structure activity relationship (QSAR) for discovery of bioactive natural products, and total synthesis of natural products with pesticidal activities.


Green chemistry, Sustainability, and the Circular Economy
Wade Petersen
Deadline: February 28, 2023

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With the increasing calls for more sustainable technologies that enhance human life in an environmentally responsible manner, it has become increasingly important that the lines of communication between ‘utility’ and ‘discovery’ occur in one voice. Thus, this special issue aims to describe current efforts toward reducing the environmental impact of the chemical sciences as well as serve as a ‘Call to Chemists’ of real-world challenges faced in the context of green and sustainable chemistry. In this context, contributions across all fields of green and sustainable chemistry are welcomed. We are particularly interested in receiving Spotlights from industries and communities highlighting persistent ‘real-world’ challenges despite significant advances in the field. It is our hope that this special issue becomes a mediating voice between industry and academia in order to accelerate sustainable and circular chemistry.  

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