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Last modified: Monday, May 4, 2009

IU Informatics professor named editor-in-chief of new cheminformatics journal

May 4, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University School of Informatics professor David Wild has been named editor-in-chief of the recently launched Journal of Cheminformatics ( The publication is a peer-reviewed journal launched by Chemistry Central and BioMed Central, leading publishers of open access journals in biology, chemistry and medicine. The journal premiered its first edition in mid-March with several articles including an introductory editorial by Wild (

Wild will lead the journal jointly with Christoph Steinbeck, director of cheminformatics at the European Bioinformatics Institute. The journal accepts high quality articles in all aspects of the emerging field of cheminformatics, with a particular emphasis on the application of modern informatics techniques on the boundaries of chemistry, biology and drug discovery. It will publish monthly and will consider articles that relate to research, databases, methodology, software and commentary. Every article will undergo an extensive peer-review process to be conducted by an international editorial board.

"With the vast expansion of publicly available chemical and biological information, cheminformatics is becoming an increasingly important area of research that will play an important role in 21st century biomedical science and drug discovery," Wild said. "The Journal of Cheminformatics is an important part of the growth of this area, and being open access will foster strong interaction with our sister fields of bioinformatics and genomics."

"David Wild, who has been instrumental in the development of the cheminformatics program within the School of Informatics, is an excellent choice to serve as editor-in-chief of this new publication," said Geoffrey Fox, chair of informatics at IU. "He has vast knowledge in the field, extending over research, education and industry issues."

Wild has been on faculty at IU since 2004. He leads the cheminformatics graduate program and is currently working on research into aggregative data mining of publicly available chemical and biological data, funded in part by a grant from Eli Lilly that began last fall and recently was extended for an additional year. He has a bachelor's degree in computing science from Aston University, U.K., and a doctorate in cheminformatics from Sheffield University, U.K.

About the IU School of Informatics

Founded in 2000 as the first school of its kind in the United States, the IU School of Informatics is dedicated to research and teaching across a broad range of computing and information technology, with emphases on science, applications and societal implications. The school includes Computer Science and Informatics on the Bloomington campus and Informatics on the IUPUI campus. The school administers a variety of bachelor and master's degree programs in computer science and informatics, as well as doctorate degree programs in computer science and the first-ever Ph.D. in informatics. The School of Informatics is dedicated to excellence in education and research, to partnerships that bolster economic development and entrepreneurship, and to increasing opportunities for women and underrepresented minorities in computing and technology. For more information, visit

To speak with Wild, please contact Lisa Herrmann, School of Informatics communications manager, at 812-855-4125 or