Professor Schreiner describes this himself in the Editorial Commentary of Issue 1 (2011):
The maturing of the ﬁeld of computational chemistry, in a broader context, perhaps better referred to as computational molecular sciences, required the development of an appropriate publication platform that takes into account the large variety of research approaches as well as style of presentation, and the many visual as well as dynamic aspects that a print-only review journal simply cannot offer.
Furthermore, with respect to the scientific context in which it has emerged as well as to the accessibility of the content , Professor Schreiner explains:
WIREs—CMS will provide a platform for highquality review-type information that is broadly accessible to a diverse audience of scientists and engineers. It will capture the crucial interdisciplinary ﬂavor of this ﬁeld by requiring authors to address the key topics from the differing perspectives of chemistry, biology, materials science, and computational modeling.
Publications in the journal are divided into different categories; Overviews, Advanced Reviews, Focus Articles, and finally Software Articles. This is a journal partitioning which I personally find uttermost attractive as it is a somewhat natural publication scheme for a review journal.
I end by recommending a few, selected articles, but leave it to the reader of the present post to explore WIREs Comput Mol Sci in further detail. Due to the journal still being in its infant phase, there is a free access to the library content for the rest of the year 2011.
- Excited state coupled cluster methods by Sneskov, K. and Christiansen, O. (DOI: 10.1002/wcms.99)
- Coupled-cluster theory and its equations-of-motion extensions by Bartlett, R. (DOI: 10.1002/wcms.76)
- Møller-Plesset perturbation theory: from small molecule methods to methods for thousands of atoms by Cremer, D. (DOI: 10.1002/wcms.58)
- Psi4: an open-source ab-inito electronic structure program (Software Focus) by numerous authors (DOI: 10.1002/wcms.93)