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Vol. 35 No. 1
January-February 2013

10 Years and Counting . . .

With this issue, we celebrate 10 years of CI in color! Having produced 60 issues of this modern version of the magazine with production editor Chris Brouwer, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on what CI stands for and consider what else it could be.
The first "color" CI, published in January 2003, featured a red (Pantone 180 to be exact) frame, header, and highlights throughout. Each successive issue has featured one of six colors that we rotate through each year.

image of Fabienne Meyers

Chris and I had teamed-up in 2002, having "inherited" a magazine somewhat lost in transition and crying out for a face lift. You might remember the old magazine's design, a simple black and white interior and "striking" green cover reminiscent of the 1970s. Quickly, we shifted gears and adopted a more contemporary design, which is still in use today. In the late 1990s, like many organizations at the time, there was a strong focus at IUPAC on web development. But rather than abandon print all together, our focus has been to publish a steady stream of content of interest to the IUPAC community, providing details on new activities and updates on projects, with abundant references to more information online.

Over the past decade, with an issue every two months containing three to four feature articles and numerous sections, we have published 2300 pages. Chris and I will be delighted to get some feedback and hints about what you liked most and what you wish you could have found in those pages. CI is bound to keep evolving and your input and ideas will be greatly appreciated. Working on the magazine is very rewarding; the connections that it sparks hopefully contribute to greater awareness of what it means to be associated with IUPAC and deeper understanding of international or global issues related to chemistry.

While contemplating the current internationalization of science,* I can't help thinking how "clairvoyant" were the former IUPAC members who in 1979 adopted a moniker for this newsmagazine that is as fitting now as it was 35 years ago. Sure, "International" echoes the "I" in IUPAC, but today it is even more broadly associated with how to build science capacity or to establish research networks, or even how to envision better science funding. With science becoming ever-more international, becoming an Affiliate of IUPAC is more fitting than ever. You can help support CI by inviting your colleagues to join a thoroughly international organization.

Wishing you all the international best for 2013.

Fabienne Meyers
fabienne@iupac.org
www.iupac.org/publications/ci

*See for example "The New Map of Science," a recent special issue of Nature, 18 October 2012 <www.nature.com/news/specials/global>.


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