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In Silico Structure Generation: Recent Developments, Applications, and Challenges

Chemical structures are at the core of the research in chemistry. In several applications, the chemical structures available in the physically exemplified chemical space are used. This includes virtual and “on-demand” libraries populated by chemical structures already constructed but not synthesized yet. However, it is well-known that the chemical space is huge and there is an increasing need to automatically generate novel chemical structures. Such need is evident in areas such as drug discovery, metabolomics, and planned organic synthesis.

The main objective of this special collection in the Journal of Cheminformatics is to show recent advances, applications, challenges in the enumeration of chemical structures: from the design to the analysis and use of either small, focused data sets, to large compound libraries. Analysis and handling of the newly constructed chemical structures include the storage, mining, integration of the constructed structures with other existing data sets, and curation.

The collection welcomes original papers and encourages the submission of tutorials (outlined in the recent Editorial "Learning cheminformatics") to foster the interest of the journal to contribute to the education of cheminformatics.

As any research article, Journal of Cheminformatics will only publish research or software that is entirely reproducible by third parties. See full and detail submission guidelines here.


Structure enumeration, drug discovery, metabolomics, data mining, chemical space, synthesis design, high-throughput screening, virtual and on-demand libraries

Submission deadline

31 December 2020

Guest Editors

José L. Medina-Franco

School of Chemistry
National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

Emma Schymanski

Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB)
University of Luxembourg

Christoph Steinbeck

Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena

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