New Editors-in-Chief for Journal of Cheminformatics

Rajarshi Guha and Egon Willighagen take the helm as new Editors-in-Chief of the Journal of Cheminformatics.

We are delighted to welcome two new Editors-in-Chief for Journal of Cheminformatics, the open access journal for all aspects of cheminformatics and molecular modeling: Editorial Board Members Rajashi Guha and Egon Willighagen will be taking the helm from Christoph Steinbeck and David Wild.

Rajarshi Guha: new EiC of Journal of Cheminformatics
Rajarshi Guha

Rajarshi Guha is an informatics research scientist in the Division of Pre-Clinical Innovation at NCATS and is involved in small-molecule development projects in a variety of therapeutic areas, including rare cancers and infectious diseases. He is also involved in software and algorithm development in the areas of cheminformatics methods and large scale infrastructure projects including PharosBARD and the Trans-NIH RNAi Screening Initiative.

“I look forward to working with Egon to make Journal of Cheminformatics the first place to look for robust or novel, but reproducible and open, scientific results in cheminformatics and allied fields.”


Rajarshi Guha
Editor-in-Chief

His research interests focus on methodology development to analyze and visualize chemical biology datasets, with specific focus on techniques to link chemical structure information to molecular, bibliographic, genomic and clinical covariates to explain the effects of small molecules in the context of larger biological systems.

On his appointment, Rajarshi told us that “As one of the primary publication venues for research in cheminformatics and related topics, it is an honor to take over the reins of leadership from Chris and David. Together with Egon, we plan to describe our vision and goals in a forthcoming editorial. But broadly I look forward to working with Egon to make Journal of Cheminformatics the first place to look for robust or novel, but reproducible and open, scientific results in cheminformatics and allied fields.”

Egon Willighagen: new EiC for Journal of Cheminformatics
Egon Willighagen

Egon Willighagen is researcher in the BiGCaT Department for Bioinformatics and teacher at Maastricht University in The Netherlands. His research projects focus on using and developing new cheminformatics and chemometrics approaches to explain biological phenomena in metabolic diseases, drug discovery, and toxicology.

“Together with Rajarshi I am very much looking forward to growing a scientific field open to change, one that is ready to adopt innovative approaches in knowledge dissemination, and eager to solving research questions in novel ways, and beyond the more traditional domains where cheminformatics is applied.”


Egon Willighagen
Editor-in-Chief

The research develops and contributes to open source and open data projects including BridgeDb, eNanoMapper, the Chemistry Development Kit (CDK), Bioclipse, and linked open data projects such as WikiPathways, the CHEMINF ontology, and Open PHACTS.

“Chris and David have done an amazing job in positioning a new journal in a time when Open Access was far from established. Together with Rajarshi I am very much looking forward to growing a scientific field open to change, one that is ready to adopt innovative approaches in knowledge dissemination, and eager to solving research questions in novel ways, and beyond the more traditional domains where cheminformatics is applied.”

In other journal news, Journal of Cheminformatics launched a dedicated Twitter channel,  last week, so if you are interested in the latest open-access content in cheminformatics, molecular modelling and chemical information, please do follow and retweet.

Journal of CheminformaticsJournal of Cheminformatics presents original peer-reviewed research in all aspects of cheminformatics and molecular modeling, including chemical information systems, software and databases, chemical structure representations, computer and molecular graphics, computer-aided molecular design, and data mining techniques.

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