Innovation is based on creativity and research. The technologies used in information storage, analytics, communication and networks offer ever growing opportunities for the exchange of ideas and knowledge. Communication and dissemination of information in the area of chemistry and related disciplines are at the centre of the Beilstein-Institut’s activities.

Editing Science

The Beilstein-Institut was founded in 1951 as “Beilstein-Institut für Literatur der organischen Chemie” (Beilstein- Institut for literature of organic chemistry) as a nonprofit foundation. “The purpose of the foundation is exclusively and directly the promotion of the chemical sciences, in particular by continuing the publication of the Handbook of Organic Chemistry and related scientific articles.” (Excerpt from the original constitution of 1951).

The foundation continues to follow this purpose with the publication of the scientific articles in its journals. Technical advances, such as the internet, provide a publishing and distribution infrastructure, allowing us to operate independently of a publishing house. Today the staff of the Beilstein Editorial Office are embedded in a global scientific network of experts.

Together, they examine and review, in the tradition of the quality standards of Beilstein, the knowledge created by authors from around the world. The resulting manuscript texts are processed and published online for free in the Open Access journals “Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry”, since 2005 and “Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology”, since 2010. The Beilstein Journals give the scientific community worldwide unrestricted access to the latest research results.

The foundation finances all its activities itself – it receives no income from the state or third parties. Funds which are generated by our asset management support our publishing activities, and if there is a surplus, are used to support further projects.