- Manuscript Submission Requirements Checklist
- Scope of the Journal
- Manuscript Types
- ACS Publishing Center
- Manuscript Preparation
- Preparing for Submission
- Production And Publication
Manuscript Submission Requirements Checklist
- The names of all coauthors of a manuscript must be entered into Paragon Plus upon submission.
- If relevant, authors are required to (a) check the quality of their CIFs through the checkCIF website prior to submission of their manuscript, (b) submit CIFs and structure factor tables for inorganic or metal organics to the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) prior to submission and provide the CCDC access code(s) upon submission, (c) provide the checkCIF output file (as a PDF uploaded as Supporting Information for Review Only), and (d) address any A and/or B level alerts in the checkCIF PDF and consider inserting their comments directly into CIFs. Note that while checkCIFs are required, uploading CIF files into ACS Paragon Plus for compounds accommodated by CCDC is no longer required.
- Communications must not exceed 2200 words, including titles/footnotes/captions and approximately five graphics (each typically 5 cm/2 inches long in a single column); one of the graphics includes the TOC graphic. References and the TOC synopsis are not included in the word count. Authors no longer need to fit the manuscript to the strict pages by the template measure, but communications exceeding the word count limit must be shortened before acceptance (See Manuscript Types).
- The Table of Contents graphic AND the synopsis must be on a separate page at the end of the submitted manuscript file. The synopsis can contain up to 75 words.
- References must include titles along with the appropriate citation information.
- The Editors encourage authors to emphasize any unexpected, new, and/or significant hazards or risks associated with the reported work, and clearly describe how to mitigate them. Include comments on the use of toxic and/or environmentally persistent reagents and solvents, and provide a rationale on choice of these reagents and solvents. Inorganic Chemistry further encourages authors to consider the Principles of Green Chemistry in carrying out their research and consider reporting metrics such as atom economy, mass efficiency, E-factor, or others. For more information, please consult Research Tools provided by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute.
Scope of the Journal
Inorganic Chemistry publishes fundamental studies, both experimental and theoretical, on all topics of inorganic chemistry from across the periodic table, including but not limited to coordination chemistry, main-group chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, solid- state/materials/nanoscale chemistry, energy and photochemistry, catalysis, and theory/computation.
The journal places emphasis on scientifically rigorous studies of the synthesis and mechanisms, structure, thermodynamics, kinetics, reactivity, spectroscopy, bonding, and functional properties of new and significant known compounds. Only those manuscript submissions that sufficiently emphasize inorganic chemistry aspects will be considered. Illustrative examples of manuscripts that will not be considered include ones that describe poorly defined or characterized compounds or materials, or that are deemed to emphasize morphological, nanoscale, or larger scale attributes of materials, biological phenomena, analytical methods, speculative or predominantly technical aspects of theory, or technological applications. Reports of routine research describing incremental additions to the scientific literature are discouraged. More detailed discussion (organized by topic) of submissions that will be considered are presented below.
Coordination and Organometallic Chemistry: Fundamental studies of the design and synthesis of new coordination and organometallic complexes incorporating main group, transition metal, and/or lanthanide/actinide elements with tailored reactivity and/or functional electronic, optical, and magnetic properties are welcome. These studies should include details of coordination environment, electronic structure, bonding, magnetic properties, and/or reactivity probed through experimental and/or computational methods and involving spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and other characterization means. The added value to general knowledge in inorganic chemistry should be clearly visible, for example in the description of uncommon structures, bonding, reactivity, and/or proven potential for new molecular or materials applications (such as catalysis, sensing, and optics). Articles that focus solely on solid-state structures or synthetic organic applications are discouraged.
Bioinorganic Chemistry: Studies in the area of bioinorganic chemistry should emphasize new inorganic structures, solution chemistry, detailed mechanisms of biological efficacy or reactions, or spectroscopic properties. The inorganic chemistry must be central and contribute new perspectives to the field, for example in areas of biomimetic and bioinspired coordination chemistry, metalloproteins and metallodrugs, and metal-based probes. Manuscripts with a focus on biology that lack in-depth studies of inorganic chemistry aspects will not be considered.
Solid State, Materials, and Nanoscale Chemistry: Inorganic Chemistry encourages submissions that contribute significant new synthetic, mechanistic, or structural insight on well-characterized molecular, nanostructured, or extended inorganic compounds (clusters and supramolecular compounds) and push the frontiers of functional inorganic chemistry-dependent materials properties, characterization techniques, or theoretical description. Manuscripts that emphasize technological applications or that describe routine syntheses and characterization, incremental advances for well-known families of compounds, routine formulations of known components, or phenomenological work that does not provide new inorganic chemistry insight will not be considered.
Energy and Photochemistry: Studies in the area of energy and photochemistry should emphasize new inorganic structures or coordination compounds with properties and functions related but not limited to electrical, redox, luminescence, excited states, photoredox sensitization, and energy-transfer chemistry or to applications in solar-energy conversion and storage. Contributions that focus on applications, including analytical techniques and photophysics, or on speculative theoretical aspects, will not be considered.
Catalysis: Studies on heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis using inorganic or organometallic compounds and/or inorganic-organic hybrid compounds and materials as well as metallosupramolecules are welcome. The focus should be on inorganic chemistry aspects, in particular new complexes with interesting structures, bonding, coordination numbers, or electron configurations, rather than applications to organic synthesis or industrial process development with well-known compounds, for example.
Theory and Computation: Inorganic Chemistry welcomes studies that use state-of-the art theoretical/computational methods to contribute to conceptual advances in all areas of inorganic chemistry, especially those that combine experiment and theory. Studies that focus on technical aspects, for example the choice of density functionals and/or basis sets, or are largely speculative, that is, make predictions that cannot reasonably be subjected to experimental testing, will not be considered.
If you are a new Inorganic Chemistry author, or if you have not submitted a manuscript during the past year, please read and familiarize yourself with these complete Author Guidelines to ensure you are up to date with all of the journal’s manuscript preparation and submission requirements.
Editors, Authors, and Reviewers should read the ACS Ethical Guidelines.
Inorganic Chemistry publishes Articles, Communications, invited Viewpoint Articles, and invited Forum Articles.
Articles represent complete studies and are not restricted in length. However, authors are urged to be as concise as possible, presenting experimental results clearly and carefully in a separate section and placing material in the Supporting Information file that, while of importance for practitioners on the topic, is of significantly less interest to the general reader.
Featured Articles are submitted Articles selected by the editors for their quality, interest, and importance, and have also received especially strong positive comments from reviewers. These articles are expedited during journal production and appear at the beginning of the Articles section in the Table of Contents of each issue. They are also highlighted in a special section on the Journal’s website.
Communications are reports of unusual urgency, significance, and interest originating in all areas of inorganic chemistry. A statement from the authors describing why their manuscript meets these criteria is required in the cover letter. Communications must convey the scientific findings concisely in 2,200 words or less, which includes the abstract, main text, and figure captions, plus approximately four graphics (each typically 5 cm/2 inches long in a single column) and the TOC graphic. References and the TOC synopsis are not included in the word count. Authors no longer need to fit their manuscript into the three-page template, but communications will have to be under the word count limit before acceptance. Complete experimental work should appear in the Supporting Information; additional documentation in the Supporting Information is encouraged. Communications that contain X-ray crystallographic information must be accompanied by full documentation to be used as Supporting Information in the editorial and review process.
Viewpoints are personalized discussions of a developing subject or field, firmly based in science, with the intent of inspiring future research efforts. In each Viewpoint, authors introduce the topic, provide insight and critical assessment of recent advances, and discuss new directions and future outlook for the field. The manuscript length should fit within 5–10 final published journal pages. While Viewpoints are typically invited by the Editor-in-Chief, proposals for Viewpoint submissions are welcome.
Forums are published several times annually and consist of a set of thematically linked invited research Articles and Communications from leading scientists on a multidisciplinary topic of growing interest. The article format is neither a review nor a typical research publication. As such, more leeway is available in the article introduction to frame the importance of the work within the field and in the discussion section to integrate how the research results are broadly impactful in the topic area. Thus, the research account should identify the important questions on the subject and the authors’ contribution to addressing its key challenges, with additional attention given to providing educational value for undergraduate and graduate students.
Inorganic Chemistry does not publish comprehensive reviews or book reviews. Commentaries on prior work published in the journal or elsewhere will be considered if significant new results or insights are presented.
In all types of submissions, authors should present their material as clearly and concisely as possible. Introductions should contain sufficient background material to show why the work was done and how it relates to the subject. However, extensive reviews of the literature and/or numerous general references are inappropriate. The description of experimental work must be presented accurately and in sufficient detail to allow the work to be duplicated in other laboratories.
ACS Publishing Center
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All ACS journals and partner journals have simplified their formatting requirements in favor of a streamlined and standardized format for an initial manuscript submission. Read more about the requirements and the benefits these serves authors and reviewers here.
Manuscripts submitted for initial consideration must adhere to these standards:
- Submissions must be complete with clearly identified standard sections used to report original research, free of annotations or highlights, and include all numbered and labeled components.
- Figures, charts, tables, schemes, and equations should be embedded in the text at the point of relevance. Separate graphics can be supplied later at revision, if necessary.
- When required by a journal's structure or length limitations, manuscript templates should be used.
- References can be provided in any style, but they must be complete, including titles. For information about the required components of different reference types, please refer to the ACS Style Quick Guide.
- Supporting Information must be submitted as a separate file(s).
Document Templates and Format
The templates facilitate the peer review process by allowing authors to place artwork and tables close to the point where they are discussed within the text. Learn more about document templates here.
General information on the preparation of manuscripts may also be found in the ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication.
Acceptable Software, File Designations, and TeX/LaTeX
See the list of Acceptable Software and appropriate File Designations to be sure your file types are compatible with ACS Paragon Plus. Information for manuscripts generated from TeX/LaTeX is also available.
A cover letter must accompany every manuscript submission. During the submission process, you may type it or paste it into the submission system, or you may attach it as a file.
Authors must explain clearly and convincingly in their cover letter how their manuscript is original, significant, and novel and why it will be of interest to the readers of Inorganic Chemistry.
Manuscript Text Components
Manuscripts of full Articles should include:
- Title page
- Experimental Section
- Footnotes (including explanatory notes and literature references)
- Captions for Figures
- Table of Contents Synopsis
- Table of Contents Graphic
The use of manuscript titles or descriptions in the abstract or text to make claims of priority, originality, convenience, effectiveness, or value should be avoided or used with great restraint. For example, the words “concise,” “convenient,” “efficient,” “elegant,” “expedient,” “facile,” “first,” “new,” “novel,” “practical,” “simple,” “unique,” “unprecedented,” and “versatile” should not be used. In addition, editors may ask authors to moderate or remove what they judge to be excessive use of subjective evaluative language elsewhere in the manuscript.
Title. The title should be descriptive of the topic of the article and as short as possible, using easily searchable keywords and minimizing hyphenation. Avoid using abbreviations and acronyms unless they are more commonly used than spelled out words. Also avoid complex compound names as much as possible in the title by using generic names, and spell out elements rather than using symbols unless part of a compound name. Neither the title nor any other text should indicate that the paper is part of a numbered series on a broader research topic, or a numbered contribution from a particular institution or research group.
Abstract and Abstract/Table of Contents Graphic. The abstract should briefly state the purpose of the research, principal results, and major conclusions and not exceed 200 words. Undefined nonstandard abbreviations and reference citation numbers should be avoided. A graphic must be included with each manuscript for display in the Abstract and Table of Contents (TOC), fitting in an area no larger than 8.25 cm by 4.45 cm (3.25 inches by 1.75 inches).
A well-written abstract together with the graphic and article Title and can attract the attention of potential readers and increase the likelihood that the published article will be cited by other researchers. In preparing an Abstract/TOC graphic, creativity is welcome, but avoid images of people living or from the past and avoid caricatures or parodies that could be socially/culturally insensitive or considered racist or discriminatory, especially when taken out of context. Ensure that cartoon depictions of machinery, nature, and processes do not indicate actions or settings that are improbable. See Appendix 2 for full details on graphics requirements.
Introduction. The introduction should include sufficient background information to provide appropriate context as to the novelty and importance of the new work and clearly state the purpose and objectives of the research. An extensive review of prior work is not appropriate, and documentation of the relevant background literature should be selective rather than exhaustive, particularly if reviews can be cited.
References. Authors should be judicious in citing the literature; unnecessarily long lists of references should be avoided. If a number of publications are relevant to a statement in the text, not more than two or three of the most seminal or recent should be cited; if appropriate, the author may add “and references cited therein” following a reference. Authors must also cite any previously published work wherein portions of the submitted work have been disclosed. It is seldom necessary or appropriate for an author to cite more than 10 of his or her own publications. No reference should repeat a reference that appears elsewhere in the manuscript’s list of references. Long endnotes should be avoided; peripheral discussion should be placed in the supporting information. Endnotes should not contain graphics, experimental procedures, or compound characterization data.
Graphic for Table of Contents and Abstract. A graphic is required that will appear both in the table of contents (TOC) of the issue in which the manuscript is published and in the published paper within the abstract box (See TOC/Abstracts Graphics guidelines). The graphic should capture the reader’s attention and, in conjunction with the manuscript title, should give a quick visual impression of the content of the paper. The TOC graphic should not exactly duplicate a graphic appearing within the text of the manuscript.
The abstract of each manuscript should not exceed 300 words for an article and 150 words for a communication.
For all categories of papers, authors must submit a TOC graphic and synopsis, which can contain up to 75 words.
Author portrait for Viewpoints and Editorials. A high-resolution (300 dpi or better), in focus, color head-and-shoulders photograph and a brief one or two sentence statement of the author’s current research interests should be included in the Author Information section. Alternatively, a group photo of the authorship team may be used. Model release and copyright forms are required for author photographs and will be provided by the Journal office.
This information is provided to the reviewers during the peer-review process (for Review Only) and is available to readers of the published work (for Publication). Supporting Information must be submitted at the same time as the manuscript. See the list of Acceptable Software by File Designation and confirm that your Supporting Information is viewable.
If the manuscript is accompanied by any supporting information files for publication, these files will be made available free of charge to readers. A brief, nonsentence description of the actual contents of each file, including the file type extension, is required. This description should be labeled Supporting Information and should appear before the Acknowledgement and Reference sections. Examples of sufficient and insufficient descriptions are as follows:
Examples of sufficient descriptions: “Supporting Information: 1H NMR spectra for all compounds (PDF)” or “Additional experimental details, materials, and methods, including photographs of experimental setup (DOC)”.
Examples of insufficient descriptions: “Supporting Information: Figures S1-S3” or “Additional figures as mentioned in the text”.
When including supporting information for review only, include copies of references that are unpublished or in-press. These files are available only to editors and reviewers.
Research Data Policy
All ACS journals strongly encourage authors to make the research data underlying their articles publicly available at the time of publication.
Research data is defined as materials and information used in the experiments that enable the validation of the conclusions drawn in the article, including primary data produced by the authors for the study being reported, secondary data reused or analyzed by the authors for the study, and any other materials necessary to reproduce or replicate the results.
The ACS Research Data Policy provides additional information on Data Availability Statements, Data Citation, and Data Repositories.
Characterization of New Compounds
The Journal upholds a high standard for compound characterization to ensure that substances being added to the chemical literature have been correctly identified and can be synthesized in known yield and purity by the reported preparation and isolation methods. The Editors would like to point out that reported yields above 95%, isomer ratios above 200:1, and enantiomeric excesses above 99% typically aren’t realistic without further explanation. The Editors also remind authors that it is unethical to modify reported data or spectra, for example to correct spectral baselines or remove solvent/impurity peaks.
Authors are responsible for retaining their original data or having available original data from collaborators or from contractors who perform analyses on their behalf. Authors may be asked to provide copies of spectra or analytical reports if an editor or reviewer raises a question about reported results.
For all new compounds, evidence adequate to establish both identity and degree of purity (homogeneity) must be provided. For known compounds prepared by a new or modified synthetic procedure, the types of physical and spectroscopic data that were found to match cited literature data should be identified, and purity documentation should be provided.
Single-crystal X-ray diffraction results are not, in general, acceptable as the only means of characterization of new compounds. Compounds must also be characterized by spectroscopic and analytical methods appropriate for the particular sample or compound. Methods may include elemental analyses to demonstrate bulk composition, NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, infrared spectroscopy, and electronic spectroscopy.
(A) Crystal Structure Studies
A checklist for authors derived from recommendations of the Commission on Crystallographic Data of the International Union of Crystallography (Acta Crystallogr. 1967, 22, 445) is available from the Inorganic Chemistry website. Authors should consult this checklist (revised 2001) before preparing manuscripts for submission. Not all data requested for review will be shown in the printed text.
This applies both to reports in which the structure study is the main thrust of the work (full structure report) and to those in which such a study plays only a supporting role (abbreviated structure report). Single-crystal X-ray diffraction results are not, in general, acceptable as the only means of characterization of new compounds. See the statement under Characterization of New Compounds given above. If electronic spectral data are employed to relate the bulk and crystallographic samples, extinction coefficients should be provided. It is possible that syntheses will occasionally produce a material that cannot be reliably analyzed, gives uninformative IR and electronic spectra, and presents no definitive NMR data because of paramagnetism or dynamic exchange processes. Cases of this sort may be acceptable if and only if the author clearly delineates the limitations of the available data.
(1) Structure Reports in Articles.
(a) Experimental Section. Every effort should be made to minimize the quantity of tabular material appearing in the published text. The collection of data and refinement of the structure are usually routine, and a concise description can be accomplished with a brief written description and a table containing crystallographic parameters and data collection and refinement information described below.
(b) Tabular Material. An abbreviated table containing unit cell constants, space group information, Z, data collection and refinement parameters, and final agreement factors may be helpful to readers and may be included in either the text or Supporting Information. In addition, important bond lengths and angles (with esd’s) should be supplied for the published text when they are significant to the overall discussion. Inorganic Chemistry does not publish refined positional parameters in the published text except in cases where such information is essential to the clarity of the manuscript. This information can be accessed easily from the web page displaying the final published article, which links to the data deposited at the CCDC via the Accession Codes box. Note that a list of the Accession Codes will also be published in the PDF version of the final article. If relevant, other information such as least-squares planes and atomic deviations therefrom, closest intermolecular contacts (e.g., details of intermolecular hydrogen-bonding or other packing interactions), and unit cell and packing diagrams (optional if no unusual intermolecular contacts exist), stylized to emphasize packing information and drawn with right- handed axes, should be deposited in PDF format as Supporting Information. A statement should appear at the end of the printed manuscript text enumerating the contents of the Supporting Information.
(c) Figures. Drawings of crystal or molecular structures should be made with the noncrystallographer in mind. For structures refined anisotropically, plots showing thermal ellipsoids are required rather than ball-and-stick drawings. Stereoscopic pairs of perspective drawings and unit cell and packing diagrams should be deposited as Supporting Information unless they contribute directly to the discussion.
(d) Deposited Data. See Requirements for Depositing X-Ray Crystallographic Data. Prior to manuscript submission, authors are required to check the quality of their CIFs (for single-crystal data collections) through the checkCIF website of the International Union of Crystallography (http://checkcif.iucr.org) and to upload the checkCIF output files (combined into one PDF file) as Supporting Information for Review Only. Any A and/or B level alerts must be addressed prior to submission or otherwise explained in the checkCIF PDF, and authors are further encouraged to insert their comments directly into CIFs.
CIFs, structure factor tables, and CheckCIF reports must be submitted to the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) prior to manuscript submission. The CCDC deposition number(s) should be entered during manuscript submission. Any subsequent revisions to the CIFs or structure factor tables should be deposited directly with the CCDC before uploading a revised manuscript to ACS Paragon Plus.
Reviewers will have access via the CCDC to an electronic copy of the CIF(s) associated with a manuscript. If the manuscript is accepted and published, the CIF(s) will be made available to readers via the article on the journal’s website.
CCDC will accept organic, metal-organic, and inorganic compounds, including extended molecular solids and powder data where a constrained refinement has been used. Structural data for inorganic compounds will be transferred by CCDC to the Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD) after publication and will maintain the original deposition number(s). For all other crystallographic data that are not accommodated by the CCDC, authors are encouraged to deposit into a database according to instructions in the Requirements for Depositing X-Ray Crystallographic Data, in addition to uploading the data in ACS Paragon Plus during manuscript submission as Supporting Information. Please indicate whether the other crystallographic data is intended for publication or for review only.
If restraints or constraints on non-hydrogen atoms or adjustments to the structure factors are used in the refinement of a crystal structure, these should be described in detail in the experimental section and their application justified. Data from complementary experiments should be made available to resolve any ambiguities arising from problems with a refinement.
(2) Abbreviated Structure Reports in Communications and Articles. In a Communication or in the case where a structural study plays a supporting role in a full paper devoted to another principal objective, a good molecular or unit cell diagram should appear as a figure. A brief summary of unit cell constants and data collection and refinement information should be given in a footnote, while selected distances and angles should be placed in the figure caption or a short table. The corresponding CIF should still be deposited with the CCDC as described above.
(B) Powder Diffraction Data
The structural determination of new materials by powder diffraction methods (laboratory X-ray, synchrotron, and/or neutron diffraction) is encouraged. Authors must include a table with the information shown below, as well as a figure showing the observed, calculated, and difference diffraction patterns and tick marks indicating the positions of the reflections for the refined phase and impurity phase(s). Authors are encouraged but not required to supply a CIF for a structure determined from powder diffraction. If a CIF file is provided for a powder diffraction structure, a checkCIF file is not required.
Crystallographic Data (Powder)
- Source (laboratory X-ray, synchrotron, neutron time of flight (TOF), neutron constant wavelength)
- Chemical formula
- Formula weight
- Pressure (if not ambient)
- Wavelength for constant wavelength or TOF
- Crystal system
- Space group (No.)
- a, b, c, α, β, γ
- V (A3)
- d-space range
- Definition of R factors
Errors discovered in published structure reports should be communicated directly to the corresponding author of the work. The Editor should be kept informed by a copy of such correspondence. Upon verifying the error, the author or authors should submit a suitable correction to the Editor without delay, carrying an acknowledgment of the colleagues who brought the matter to their attention.
With great advances in computational facilities and the availability of electronic structure codes (particularly DFT), there has been a significant increase in the number of computational papers being submitted to Inorganic Chemistry. In addition to computational competence (level of theory, basis sets, etc.), for a manuscript to be appropriate for publication in Inorganic Chemistry, it must be strongly correlated to experimental data, address problems of broad interest to the inorganic community, and provide significant chemical insight.
Comparison of methods, studies of various levels of theory, basis set effects, etc., are considered to be technically oriented computational papers and are not encouraged. In addition, studies simply confirming results already present in the literature or which are entirely speculative should be directed toward more specialized journals.
Authors should supply enough Supporting Information to reproduce the calculations or to make the results utilizable without repeating the calculations. Computational manuscripts should include at least the following Supporting Information:
- Description of specific programs and the release or version. If the author’s own or a modified version of a commercially available program is used, it is encouraged that the program/code/modification be made available to the scientific community (QCPE, publication in a computational journal, commercially, etc.), if the license permits. A clear exposition of any nonstandard equations and algorithms used and, where feasible, tests of the codes in various limiting cases should also be provided.
- Details of the calculations including input coordinates along with input keywords. The choice of basis sets must be explicitly discussed including any deviation from standard basis sets. Convergence criteria, integration parameters, active space definition in multireference calculations, and, for open-shell systems, the way in which spin states are handled should be mentioned explicitly. The exact definition of any applied numerical or symmetry constraint should be indicated.
- Certain data of the output files such as absolute energies, gross orbital populations, atomic spin densities, etc. Where feasible, critical checkpoint/restart files should be saved and made available upon request. If the paper discusses a reaction mechanism in terms of its potential energy surface, optimized molecular structures should be provided in Cartesian atomic coordinates for each calculated molecule, intermediate, transition state, etc., as separate plain-text files in standard .xyz file format. More information about the .xyz file format is available at http://openbabel.sourceforge.net/wiki/XYZ.
Fits of magnetic data such as χ(T), χ–¹(T), χT(T), μ(T), M(H), etc., to an analytical expression must include both the Hamiltonian from which the analytical expression is derived and the final analytical expression and fitting parameters. When the value of an exchange coupling constant, J, is given in the abstract, the form of the Hamiltonian must also be included. The expressions may be included in the manuscript or, if long and complex, as Supporting Information; if the latter method is used, it should be noted as such in the “Supporting Information Available” paragraph at the end of the manuscript. In addition, how the sample was measured (in a gelatin capsule, Teflon capsule, etc.) and the diamagnetic correction for the sample holder, as well as the diamagnetic correction for the material, must be provided and the manner in which it was calculated (Pascal’s constants) or measured stated.
Please follow the specific guidelines for presenting NMR spectroscopic data (as text and as spectra).
Primary NMR Data Files
Submission of primary NMR data files (FID files, acquisition data, processing parameters) is highly recommended. All original primary NMR data supporting a submission should be retained and provided if requested. For more information on packaging primary NMR data and metadata for submission, see the ACS Research Data Center.
When submitting FID files:
- One folder should be created for each compound
- Folder should be named clearly, using the compound number
- Include the FID files, acquisition data and processing parameters for each experiment
- Name each spectrum according to the type of nucleus measured: 1H, 13C, etc.
- NMR files should be compressed into zip file(s)
In a text document, include the name of the manufacturer of the spectrometer used to collect the data, the acquisition software and processing programs used to analyze the data, and the field strength used to measure each nucleus (i.e., 300 MHz 1H or 50 MHz 13C). Include a structure file that shows the structure and compound identifier for each provided dataset. MolFile is the recommended format and is strongly preferred.
Electrophoretic Gels and Blots
The practice of cropping raw gel data and inserting such cropped data into a single figure is discouraged, but it is permitted if it improves the clarity and conciseness of the presentation. In such cases, cropped blots should retain at least six band widths above and below the band of interest. The brightness and contrast should remain the same for the spliced images, and the spliced images with lanes that were non-adjacent in the gel must have a clear separation or a black line delineating the boundary between the gels. Any alteration of the images must be mentioned in the figure caption. Always have the original, unaltered files available for review upon request.
Language and Editing Services
A well-written paper helps share your results most clearly. ACS Publications’ English Editing Service is designed to help scientists communicate their research effectively. Our subject-matter expert editors will edit your manuscript for grammar, spelling, and other language errors so your ideas are presented at their best.
The quality of illustrations in ACS journals and partner journals depends on the quality of the original files provided by the authors. Figures are not modified or enhanced by journal production staff. All graphics must be prepared and submitted in digital format.
Graphics should be inserted into the main body whenever possible. Please see Appendix 2 for additional information.
Any graphic (figure chart, scheme, or equation) that has appeared in an earlier publication should include a credit line citing the original source. Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission to re-use this material.
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Preparing for Submission
Manuscripts, graphics, supporting information, and required forms, as well as manuscript revisions, must all be submitted in digital format through ACS Paragon Plus, which requires an ACS ID to log in. Registering for an ACS ID is fast, free, and does not require an ACS membership. Please refer to Appendix 1 for additional information on preparing your submission
Prior Publication Policy
Inorganic Chemistry authors are allowed to deposit an initial draft of their manuscript in a preprint service such as ChemRxiv, bioRxiv, and arXiv prior to submission to the journal. Please note any use of a preprint server in the cover letter and include a link to the preprint, and as appropriate, state how the manuscript has been adjusted/updated between deposition and submission. The preprint should be cited as a reference in the manuscript. Authors are discouraged from posting a revised version of the preprint, or for depositing the initial version of manuscript as a preprint, after the manuscript has been submitted and a decision is pending. All other prior/redundant publication is forbidden.
Upon publication in Inorganic Chemistry, authors are advised to add a link from the preprint to the published paper via the Digital Object Identifier (DOI). Some services, such as ChemRxiv and bioRxiv, add this link for authors automatically after publication.
For the ACS Publications policy on theses and dissertations, click the American Chemical Society’s Policy on Theses and Dissertations [PDF].
Information for Reviewers. Inorganic Chemistry operates under a single-blind peer-review process. The quality of the articles published in the peer-reviewed chemical literature depends heavily on the thoroughness and rigor of the manuscript evaluations provided by reviewers. In addition, the editors of Inorganic Chemistry rely on each reviewer’s conscientiously prepared comments for helping maintain the high scientific standards of the journal. Please read the general information about ACS Peer Review and ACS Publication Policies.
To help facilitate timeliness in the peer-review process, reviewers are expected to promptly respond to invitations to conduct a review and to promptly return their review before the deadline. The editors ask all reviewers to access the manuscripts they are reviewing and submit their reviews on the ACS Paragon Plus website; manuscript files will not be e-mailed or made available to reviewers by other means.
During their evaluation, reviewers are requested to adhere to the precepts in the “Ethical Obligations of Reviewers of Manuscripts” section of the ACS Ethical Guidelines for Publication of Chemical Research. These include treating the manuscript as a privileged document and disclosing any potential conflict of interest to the editor. The editors will not disclose the names of any reviewer to the author of a manuscript. Reviewers should keep the reviewing process confidential by not contacting authors about the content of manuscripts, or disclosing to authors their role as reviewer, without prior approval of the editor. If a manuscript declined by Inorganic Chemistry is later submitted to a different ACS journal, the names of the reviewers and copies of the reviews will be made available confidentially if requested by the editor of that journal.
Reviewers should become familiar with this complete Author Guidelines document; tools for viewing Supporting Information are provided here. Comments about the content of the manuscript should be entered in the “Comments to the Author” section of the review form. These comments are seen by the editor as well as by the author. Review comments should be objective, impersonal, and constructive. The “Comments to the Editorial Office” section of the form should be used only for ethical concerns and other remarks intended for the editor only.
For the invited reviewer, you might on occasion ask a postdoctoral researcher or graduate student in your group to review the manuscript along with you. This approach is acceptable so long as the reviewer enters a note in the “Comments to the Editorial Office” section of the form when the review is returned. We encourage junior group members to first complete the ACS Reviewer Lab.
Reviewing manuscripts is recognized as a professional obligation of scientists who themselves publish in the literature. Editors are aware of the demands placed on reviewers and have individual reviewer records available to help avoid assigning multiple reviews simultaneously or for making review requests too often.
Reviewer Credit. Reviewers of manuscripts submitted to ACS journals may claim credit for their hard work and contributions through an ACS collaboration with ORCID. Reviewers will receive one credit on their ORCID account for all review activity associated with each manuscript. To claim credit, simply ensure that your ORCID iD is associated with your ACS Paragon Plus account. If you do not have an ORCID iD, you can create one using the ORCID link on your ACS Paragon Plus profile page. For more information, click here.
Note for Authors about Reviews. As an ethical obligation, authors are expected to clearly and succinctly address all reviewer comments and concerns during manuscript revision and note how the manuscript has been revised, with an eye toward improving their manuscript.
Appeals. Appealing an editorial rejection decision is always an option available to authors, one that the Editorial Team takes seriously. But such appeals must be based on rational arguments focused specifically on why a decision should be overturned. Appeals may be successful if they address objective issues (such as interpretation of data, for example) with calm and clear arguments rather than emotional pleas, and address all of the critiques rather than focusing selectively on positive parts of the reviews and ignoring negative comments. Appeals are less likely to be successful if the rejection of the manuscript was based on the Editor’s view that the work does not accommodate the broad readership of the journal (scope). During an appeal, the Editors may obtain additional opinions from other Editors or members of the Editorial Advisory Board before coming to a decision.
Providing Potential Reviewer Names
To help the editors identify reviewers with appropriate expertise, please suggest four reviewers, avoiding those who coauthored recent publications with any of the authors or who have a close academic or private relationship. ACS requests that you consider the gender and geographic diversity of your suggested reviewers in addition to their topical expertise. Authors are encouraged to give reasons for their suggestions. You may also ask editors to exclude certain reviewers and you may suggest a handling editor. Authors are encouraged to avoid suggesting reviewers from the authors’ institutions. Do not suggest reviewers who may have a real or perceived conflict of interest. Whenever possible, suggest academic email addresses rather than personal email addresses.
If your submission is declined for publication by this journal, the editors might deem your work to be better suited for another ACS Publications journal or partner journal and suggest that the authors consider transferring the submission. Manuscript Transfer simplifies and shortens the process of submitting to another ACS journal or partner journal, as all the coauthors, suggested reviewers, manuscript files, and responses to submission questions are copied by ACS Paragon Plus to the new draft submission. Authors are free to accept or decline the transfer offer.
Note that each journal is editorially independent. Transferring a manuscript is not a guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted, as the final publication decision will belong to the editor of the next journal.
PRODUCTION AND PUBLICATION
Proofs via ACS Direct Correct
Correction of the galley proofs is the responsibility of the Corresponding Author. The Corresponding Author of an accepted manuscript will receive e-mail notification and complete instructions when page proofs are available for review via ACS Direct Correct. Extensive or important changes on page proofs, including changes to the title or list of authors, are subject to review by the editor.
It is the responsibility of the Corresponding Author to ensure that all authors listed on the manuscript agree with the changes made on the proofs. Galley proofs should be returned within 48 hours in order to ensure timely publication of the manuscript.
Publication Date and Patent Dates
Accepted manuscripts will be published on the ACS Publications Web site as soon as page proofs are corrected and all author concerns are resolved. The first date on which the document is published on the Web is considered the publication date.
Publication of manuscripts on the Web may occur weeks in advance of the cover date of the issue of publication. Authors should take this into account when planning their patent and intellectual property activities related to a document and should ensure that all patent information is available at the time of first publication, whether ASAP or issue publication.
All articles published ahead of print receive a unique Digital Object Identifier (DOI) number, which is used to cite the manuscript before and after the paper appears in an issue. Additionally, any supplemental information submitted along with the manuscript will automatically be assigned a DOI and hosted on Figshare to promote open data discoverability and use of your research outputs.
Manuscripts will be published on the “ASAP Articles” page on the web as soon as page proofs are corrected and all author concerns are resolved. ASAP publication usually occurs within a few working days of receipt of page proof corrections, which can be several weeks in advance of the cover date of the issue.
The American Chemical Society follows guidance from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) when considering any ethical concerns regarding a published article, Retractions, and Expressions of Concern.
Additions and Corrections
Additions and Corrections may be requested by the author(s) or initiated by the Editor to address important issues or correct errors and omissions of consequence that arise after publication of an article. All Additions and Corrections are subject to approval by the Editor, and should bring new and directly relevant information and corrections that fix scientific facts. Minor corrections and additions will not be published. Readers who detect errors of consequence in the work of others should contact the corresponding author of that work.
Additions and Corrections must be submitted as new manuscripts via ACS Paragon Plus by the Corresponding Author for publication in the “Addition/Correction” section of the Journal. The corresponding author should obtain approval from all coauthors prior to submitting or provide evidence that such approval has been solicited. The manuscript should include the original article title and author list, citation including DOI, and details of the correction.
Articles may be retracted for scientific or ethical reasons and may be requested by the article author(s) or by the journal Editor(s), but are ultimately published at the discretion of the Editor. Articles that contain seriously flawed or erroneous data such that their findings and conclusions cannot be relied upon may be retracted in order to correct the scientific record. When an article is retracted, a notice of Retraction will be published containing information about the reason for the Retraction. The originally published article will remain online except in extraordinary circumstances (e.g. where deemed legally necessary, or if the availability of the published content poses public health risks).
Expressions of Concern
Expressions of Concern may be issued at the discretion of the Editor if:
- there is inconclusive evidence of research or publication misconduct by the authors;
- there is evidence that the findings are unreliable but the authors’ institution will not investigate the case;
- an investigation into alleged misconduct related to the publication either has not been, or would not be, fair and impartial or conclusive;
- an investigation is underway but a judgment will not be available for a considerable time.
Upon completion of any related investigation, and when a final determination is made about the outcome of the article, the Expression of Concern may be replaced with a Retraction notice or Correction.
Sharing Your Published Article
At ACS Publications, we know it is important for you to be able to share your peer reviewed, published work with colleagues in the global community of scientists. As sharing on sites known as scholarly collaboration networks (SCNs) is becoming increasingly prevalent in today’s scholarly research ecosystem, we would like to remind you of the many ways in which you, a valued ACS author, can share your published work.
Publishing open access makes it easy to share your work with friends, colleagues, and family members. In addition, ACS Publications makes it easy to share your newly published research with ACS Articles on Request (see below). Don’t forget to promote your research and related data on social media, at conferences, and through scholarly communication networks. Increase the impact of your research using the following resources: Altmetrics, Figshare, ACS Certified Deposit
When your article is published in an ACS journal or partner journal, corresponding authors are provided with a link that offers up to 50 free digital prints of the final published work. This link is valid for the first 12 months following online publication, and can be shared via email or an author’s website. After one year, the access restrictions to your article will be lifted, and you can share the Articles on Request URL on social media and other channels. To access all your Articles on Request links, log in to your ACS Publishing Center account and visit the “My Published Manuscripts” page.
Appendix 1: PREPARING FOR SUBMISSION
We’ve developed ACS’ publishing and editorial policies in consultation with the research communities that we serve, including authors and librarians. Browse our policies below to learn more.
ACS editors have provided Ethical Guidelines for persons engaged in the publication of chemical research—specifically, for editors, authors, and reviewers. Each journal also has a specific policy on prior publication.
As a U.S.-based non-profit organization, the American Chemical Society (ACS) is required to comply with U.S. sanctions laws and regulations administered by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). While these laws and regulations permit U.S.-based publishers like ACS to engage in publishing-related activities with authors located in sanctioned regions in many cases, ACS may be prohibited under U.S. law from engaging in publishing-related activities in some cases, including, but not limited to, instances where an author or the institution with which an author is affiliated is located in a particular sanctioned region or has been designated by OFAC as a Specially Designated National (SDN) pursuant to certain U.S. sanctions programs. ACS reserves the right to refrain from engaging in any publishing-related activities that ACS determines in its sole discretion may be in violation of U.S. law.
Authors must emphasize any unexpected, new, and/or significant hazards or risks associated with the reported work. This information should be in the Experimental Section of a full article and included in the main text of a letter. Statement examples can be found in the Safety Statement Style Sheet and additional information on communicating safety information from the ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication is freely available here.
Conflict of Interest Disclosure
A statement describing any financial conflicts of interest or lack thereof is published in each ACS journal and partner journal article.
During the submission process, the Corresponding Author must provide a statement on behalf of all authors of the manuscript, describing all potential sources of bias, including affiliations, funding sources, and financial or management relationships, that may constitute conflicts of interest. If the manuscript is accepted, the statement will be published in the final article.
If the manuscript is accepted and no conflict of interest has been declared, the following statement will be published in the final article: “The authors declare no competing financial interest.”
In publishing only original research, ACS is committed to deterring plagiarism, including self-plagiarism. ACS Publications uses CrossCheck's iThenticate software to screen submitted manuscripts for similarity to published material. Note that your manuscript may be screened during the submission process.
Further information about plagiarism can be found in Part B of the Ethical Guidelines to Publication of Chemical Research. See also the press release regarding ACS' participation in the CrossCheck initiative.
Author List and Coauthor Notification
Authors are required to obtain the consent of all their coauthors prior to submitting a manuscript. The submitting author accepts the responsibility of notifying all coauthors that the manuscript is being submitted.
If any change in authorship is necessary after a manuscript has been submitted, the Corresponding Author must e-mail a signed letter to the Editor-in-Chief confirming that all of the original coauthors have been notified and have agreed to the change. If the change involves the removal of a coauthor’s name, the Corresponding Author must, in addition, arrange for the coauthor involved to e-mail a separate signed letter to the Editor-in-Chief consenting to the change. No changes in the author list will be permitted after a manuscript has been accepted.
To expediate the processing of your manuscript, please format your author and affiliation information according the guidelines in this link: https://pubsapp.acs.org/paragonplus/submission/author-address-information.pdf.
During manuscript submission, the submitting author must provide contact information (full name, email address, institutional affiliation, and mailing address) for all of the coauthors. Because all of the author names are automatically imported into the electronic Journal Publishing Agreement, the names must be entered into ACS Paragon Plus. (Note that coauthors are not required to register in ACS Paragon Plus.)
Patent Activities and Intellectual Property
Authors are responsible for ensuring that all patent activities and intellectual property issues are satisfactorily resolved prior to first publication (ASAP or in issue). Acceptance and publication will not be delayed for pending or unresolved issues of this nature.
Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)
Authors submitting manuscript revisions are required to provide their own personal, validated ORCID iD before completing the submission, if an ORCID iD is not already associated with their ACS Paragon Plus user profiles. This ID may be provided during original manuscript submission or when submitting the manuscript revision. All authors are strongly encouraged to register for an ORCID iD, a unique researcher identifier. The ORCID iD will be displayed in the published article for any author on a manuscript who has a validated ORCID iD associated with ACS when the manuscript is accepted.
ORCID iDs should not be typed into the manuscript. ACS publishes only those ORCID iDs that have been properly verified and linked before the manuscript is accepted. After your ORCID iD is linked, it will be displayed automatically in all subsequently accepted manuscripts for any/all ACS journals. We do not publish ORCID iDs provided during proof review or via other communications after a manuscript is accepted for publication.
With an ORCID iD, you can create a profile of your research activities to distinguish yourself from other researchers with similar names, and make it easier for your colleagues to find your publications. If you do not yet have an ORCID iD, or you wish to associate your existing ORCID iD with your ACS Paragon Plus account, you may do so by clicking on “Edit Your Profile” from your ACS Paragon Plus account homepage and following the ORCID-related links. Learn more at www.orcid.org.
Copyright and Permissions
To obtain forms and guidelines for copyright transfer, obtaining permissions from copyright owners, and to explore a Copyright Learning Module for chemists, click here.
Funder Reporting Requirement
Authors are required to report funding sources and grant/award numbers. Enter ALL sources of funding for ALL authors in BOTH the Funder Registry Tool in ACS Paragon Plus and in your manuscript to meet this requirement.
Open Access Compliance
ACS offers options by which authors can fulfill the requirements for open access and deposition into repositories for funded research. Visit our ACS Open Science site to see how to fulfill requirements for specific funders and to find out if you are eligible to publish under a Read + Publish agreement between ACS and your institution. You can also find out more about Open Access Compliance and ACS Open Science initiatives.
Appendix 2: Preparing Graphics
Digital graphics pasted into manuscripts should have the following minimum resolutions:
- Black and white line art, 1200 dpi
- Grayscale art, 600 dpi
- Color art, 300 dpi
Graphics must fit a one- or two-column format. Single-column graphics can be sized up to 240 points wide (3.33 in.) and double-column graphics must be sized between 300 and 504 points (4.167 in. and 7 in.). The maximum depth for all graphics is 660 points (9.167 in.) including the caption (allow 12 pts. For each line of caption text). Lettering should be no smaller than 4.5 points in the final published format. The text should be legible when the graphic is viewed full-size. Helvetica or Arial fonts work well for lettering. Lines should be no thinner than 0.5 point.
Color may be used to enhance the clarity of complex structures, figures, spectra, and schemes, etc., and color reproduction of graphics is provided at no additional cost to the author. Graphics intended to appear in black and white or grayscale should not be submitted in color.
Type of Graphics
Table of Contents (TOC)/Abstract Graphic
Consult the Guidelines for Table of Contents/Abstract Graphics for specifications.
Our team of subject-matter experts and graphical designers can also help generate a compelling TOC graphic to convey your key findings. Learn more about our Graphical Abstract service.
A caption giving the figure number and a brief description must be included below each figure. The caption should be understandable without reference to the text. It is preferable to place any key to symbols used in the artwork itself, not in the caption. Ensure that any symbols and abbreviations used in the text agree with those in the artwork.
Charts (groups of structures that do not show reactions) may have a brief caption describing their contents.
Each table must have a brief (one phrase or sentence) title that describes the contents. The title should be understandable without reference to the text. Details should be put in footnotes, not in the title. Tables should be used when the data cannot be presented clearly in the narrative, when many numbers must be presented, or when more meaningful inter-relationships can be conveyed by the tabular format. Tables should supplement, not duplicate, information presented in the text and figures. Tables should be simple and concise.
Each scheme (sequences of reactions) may have a brief caption describing its contents.
Chemical structures should be produced with the use of a drawing program such as ChemDraw.
The Editor-in-Chief’s office will contact selected authors to invite submission of front cover artwork and provide specifications for preparing the cover. However, volunteer front cover suggestions will be considered. The journal is looking for aesthetically pleasing covers that are scientifically interesting and exhibit simplicity, clarity, and eye-catching color graphics. Caption/Tagline: Authors must submit a 3-4 sentence caption that describes the art and corresponding chemistry, and a 5-7 word tagline for the cover, which may be omitted by the EIC office if the artwork is self-explanatory. Authors should also use the caption as a place to acknowledge those who created or contributed toward the cover artwork. In so far as possible, please ensure that the authors or the image designer are the copyright holder of any content used for the cover; if not, additional steps may be necessary to prepare the cover for publication. If your art is selected for front cover, ACS will send you information about how to request one complimentary 18” by 24” printed poster featuring your work.
Inorganic Chemistry also offers authors a great way to promote their work through Supplementary Covers. Submit your cover idea, artwork, and caption when submitting your manuscript revision in ACS Paragon Plus. If your article is accepted for publication, your suggestion may be selected for use on one of the journal’s supplementary covers.
Web Enhanced Objects (WEO)
The Web editions of ACS journals allow readers to view multimedia attachments such as animations and movies that complement understanding of the research being reported.
WEOs should be uploaded in ACS Paragon Plus with ‘Web Enhanced Object’ selected as the file designation. Consult the list of compatible WEO formats.