ChemRxiv (pronounced 'chem-archive') is a free submission, distribution and archive service for unpublished preprints in chemistry and related areas.

It gives researchers across a broad range of chemistry fields the opportunity to share early results with colleagues and respond to comments and recommendations for improvement, ahead of formal peer review and publication.

Use ChemRxiv to:

  • Gather feedback and context from fellow scientists
  • Rapidly disseminate work to a wide audience
  • Establish the priority and precedence of a discovery
  • Boost the visibility of research findings
  • Find potential collaborators and hold interdisciplinary discussions
  • Document research results for grant reviewers in advance of publication
  • Facilitate rapid evaluation of results
  • Spot trends and encourage a broad range of constructive feedback

All of this can improve the reliability of the final research.

Our preprints come from the author's original files, and are not prepared for publication. ChemRxiv conducts a basic screen for plagiarism, offensive language, and non-scientific content, and will exclude materials that may pose a health or security risk if identified. Beyond this, the files are unedited, and are not peer-reviewed.


If your article covers any aspect of the chemical sciences, it can be included in ChemRxiv. You will be asked to select from one of the following categories during submission:

  • Agriculture and food chemistry
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Biological and medicinal chemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Chemical education
  • Chemical engineering and industrial chemistry
  • Earth, space, and environmental chemistry
  • Energy
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Materials science
  • Nanoscience
  • Organic chemistry
  • Organometallic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Polymer science
  • Theoretical and computational chemistry

Complementary preprint services, such as arXiv and bioRxiv, are available for articles that do not cover a relevant area of the chemical sciences.

The ChemRxiv partnership

ChemRxiv is co-owned, and collaboratively managed by the American Chemical Society (ACS), Chinese Chemical Society, Chemical Society of Japan, German Chemical Society (GDCh) and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

With five of the world's largest chemical societies driving its development, ChemRxiv will enable efficient and timely dissemination of chemistry knowledge, help authors and researchers around the world communicate their work across disciplines, and provide a forum through which to share and discover the very latest findings.


Scientific Advisory Board

The ChemRxiv Scientific Advisory Board is a group of experts across diverse subject areas who advise the management of ChemRxiv on the types of content that fit as preprints and the standards that preprints should be held to. They act as liaisons for their peers in the scientific community and can bring new ideas, concerns and feedback to grow the service in accordance with the needs and desires of the chemical community. The current members of the Scientific Advisory Board are as follows:

Alán Aspuru-Guzik

University of Toronto

Computational Chemistry, quantum chemistry, AI, robotics

Andrea Ferrari

University of Cambridge

Nanotechnology, nanomaterials, spectroscopy

Cathleen Crudden

Queen's University

Organic Chemistry, organometallic reaction methodology, gold nanorod chemistry

Donna Blackmond


Physical Chemistry, kinetics, reaction mechanisms

Evamarie Hey-Hawkins

University of Leipzig

Inorganic Chemistry, homogenous catalysis; biological and medicinal chemistry with inorganic compounds; materials

Francesco De Angelis

University L'Acquila

Organic Chemistry, organic synthesis, natural organic compounds, mass spectrometry

FX Coudert

Chimie ParisTech

Computational chemistry, properties prediction and modeling, computational materials chemistry

Hye Ryung Byon


Analytical chemistry, electrochemistry

Isabel C.F.R. Ferreira

Polytechnic Institute of Bragança

Food chemistry, nutraceuticals and functional foods; natural matrices/products

Jan Jensen

University of Copenhagen

Computational chemistry, computational methods, modeling

Kounosuke Oisaki

University of Tokyo

Organic chemistry, molecular synthesis, catalysis

Laura Kiessling


Chemical biology, carbohydrates, biosynthesis

Najat Saliba

American University of Beirut

Atmospheric chemistry, analytical chemistry

Naresh Patwari

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)

Physical chemistry, intermolecular interactions

Nuno Maulide

University of Vienna

Organic chemistry, organic synthesis

Oliver Renn

ETH Zurich

Chemical education, chemical education, scientific information and writing

Penny Brothers

Australian National University

Inorganic, organometallic chemistry, organometallic complexes, materials science

Ulrich Pöschl

MPI for Chemistry; Johannes Gutenberg University

Physical chemistry, environmental chemistry, multiphase chemistry in Earth system, climate, public health