- Scope of the Journal
- Manuscript Types
- ACS Publishing Center
- Manuscript Preparation
- Preparing for Submission
- Production And Publication
Scope of the Journal
Langmuir is the leading journal focusing on the fundamental science of systems and materials in which the interface dominates structure and function. Submissions on original advances in the understanding and particularly the rational design of interfaces, including novel concepts and emerging areas, are welcome. The following topics are examples within the scope of Langmuir.
- Surfaces and interfaces (synthetic and natural): adsorption, wetting, adhesion, forces and dynamics, surfactants, emulsions, foams, gels, and ultrathin films.
- Surface chemistry and forces of interface-rich systems and nanoparticles/colloids.
- Interface-driven stability: response, organization and self-organization of (nano)particle suspensions and structures, rheology and mechanics and non-equilibrium thermodynamics.
- Charge regulation and transfer at interfaces, electrochemistry, photocatalysis.
- Interfacial materials (synthesis/characterization) and processes for energy storage and transduction, and catalysis.
- Surface properties and applications of 1D, 2D and layered Van der Waals materials
- Single molecule and particle dynamics under confinement.
- Bio-interfaces: synthetic surfaces in vivo and in vitro, synthetic or membrane surface dynamics or biofouling, anti-microbial membrane interactions, and hydrophobic/hydrophilic interfaces.
- Transformed biointerfaces, such as nanocellulose and adaptive nanoparticles for drug delivery and diagnostics.
- Advanced surface and interface characterization techniques.
- Advanced microscopy.
- Theory & computations of interfacial properties.
This information is also available on the journal website.
Langmuir publishes the following types of manuscripts: Research Articles, Invited Feature Articles, Invited Historical Articles, Invited Instructional Articles, Additions and Corrections, and Comments. Letters and Communications are not published, but short, complete articles are appropriate. All manuscripts should be as concise as thoroughness permits.
1. Research Articles are original scientific accounts that address contemporary problems and questions relevant to interface science. They should clearly state well-defined claims or hypotheses and support these with appropriate data. Detailed information for preparing Articles is provided below. Although there are no firm limits on the lengths of Articles, authors should strive to maintain the length, including references, to 10 journal pages. A journal page contains approximately 1000 words, with figures, schemes, and tables counting as 250 words. Reviewers will be asked to comment on the length of articles, the quality of the figures, and the appropriateness of the references. During the review process the editor may request that an article be shortened or the number of figures reduced. The length of all other categories of manuscripts will be at the discretion of the editor.
2. Perspectives are brief reports (3-5 journal pages) summarizing an emerging research are or finding of particular interest in which the interface dominates structure and function. Perspectives can also elaborate on important unanswered questions and approaches being taken to address them. These reports are not intended to be comprehensive looks at the field, but rather to place a particular research finding or emerging area into broader context. Perspectives must contain a brief abstract of ~120 words and ~20 references. Perspectives include a graphical Table of Contents entry. These papers are written exclusively at the invitation of the Editor and they will be reviewed.
3. Invited Feature Articles. Generally, experts in a field who have made important contributions to a specific topic in recent years will be invited by an editor to contribute an Invited Feature Article to Langmuir. Individuals may however send a proposal (one-page maximum) for a Feature Article to the Editor-in-Chief (firstname.lastname@example.org) for consideration. The proposal should contain a title, a short description (~400-word) of the topic, and a list of 5-10 lead references that might form the foundation of the final manuscript.
Invited Feature Articles are intended to be a general overview of the authors’ own work or a critical survey of recent work in the subfield of interface science, written to capture interest and inform specialists in other subfields as well. A Feature Article consists of either of the following: (a) clear and concise summary of the most recent activity of the author and their research group with the broad readership of Langmuir in mind; or (b) a concise review of a rapidly changing or emerging area. The latter type is intended to be suitable for early-career authors, and should give a snapshot of key contributions to the well-defined topic that is the subject of the Feature Article. These articles should contain the following: (1) an introduction that familiarizes readers with the presented work and outlines the important questions to which answers are being sought; (2) a critical evaluation of interesting, new, and recent contributions by the author, or others to the field; (3) a summary that mentions possible future directions and some speculation about the most important of these.
The maximum limit on these articles are 12 journal pages, ~ 120 references, and 15 graphical elements (including figures, charts, tables, etc.). The Abstract, placed immediately after the listing of authors, should briefly summarize in less than 300 words the results and significance of the review.
4. Invited Historical and Instructional Articles. Generally, appropriate authors will be invited by an editor to contribute an Invited Historical or Instructional Article to Langmuir. Individuals may, however, send a proposal (two-page maximum) for such an article to the Editor-in Chief for consideration. Upon invitation, the editor will provide detailed instructions for preparing the invited article.
- Invited Historical Articles provide a historical perspective on the development of an interesting aspect of interfacial science. They are intended to provide the community with a balanced view of seminal advances in the field, including the chronology of those advances. A section speculating on future trajectories may be included.
- Invited Instructional Articles are practical guides on performing specific types of experimental procedures relevant to interface science. Generally these will be relatively new types of experimental procedures that have not been widely adopted but that could be broadly useful to the community served by Langmuir. A successful Instructional Article will lead the uninitiated reader (perhaps in the initial stages of graduate studies) through the steps necessary to obtain reliable data from an experimental procedure without focusing on one model or type of equipment.
The maximum limit on these articles are 12 journal pages, ~ 120 references, and 15 graphical elements (including figures, charts, tables, etc.). The Abstract, placed immediately after the listing of authors, should briefly summarize in less than 300 words the results and significance of the review.
5. Comments are brief responses to articles published in Langmuir and should be no more than two manuscript pages in length. A Comment could be a respectful presentation of an alternative points of view to one that has appeared in a recent issue of Langmuir. It could point out perceived errors in approaches, results, or conclusions. The authors of the original Article will be offered the opportunity to submit a response to the Comment, but the thread will be terminated at that point. Both Comments and responses to Comments will be peer-reviewed, and the author(s) of the original Article will be invited to review the Comment and the author of the Comment will be invited to review the response.
ACS Publishing Center
While this document will provide basic information on how to prepare and submit the manuscript as well as other critical information about publishing, we also encourage authors to visit the ACS Publishing Center for additional information on everything that is needed to prepare (and review) manuscripts for ACS journals and partner journals, such as
- Mastering the Art of Scientific Publication, which shares editor tips about a variety of topics including making your paper scientifically effective, preparing excellent graphics, and writing cover letters.
- Resources on how to prepare and submit a manuscript to ACS Paragon Plus, ACS Publications’ manuscript submission and peer review environment.
- Sharing your research with the public through the ACS Publications open access program.
- ACS Reviewer Lab, a free online course covering best practices for peer review and related ethical considerations.
Review Ready Submission
All ACS journals and partner journals have simplified their formatting requirements in favor of a streamlined and standardized review-ready 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.
- A two-column manuscript template is available and can be used for manuscripts submitted to any ACS journal or partner journal. Templates are not required but may be useful to approximate how an article will compose. For manuscripts with word count limits, authors are not required to fit content into a page limit based on the template.
- References can be provided in any style, but they must be complete, including titles.
- Supporting Information should be submitted as a separate file(s).
- Author names and affiliations on the manuscript must match what is entered into ACS.
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.
A letter to the Editor-in-Chief should accompany the manuscript and contain the following elements in addition to a general description of the submission:
- A short explanation of why the manuscript is appropriate for Langmuir.
- A description of any Supporting Information and/or review-only material.
Manuscript Text Components
The elements of a Langmuir Article are provided below. The order of the sections indicated in this list should be the same as those appearing in the manuscript. Manuscripts may be single or double spaced, or authors may use a special template provided here. The preparation of Invited Feature Articles, Invited Historical and Instructional Articles, Additions and Corrections, and Comments may vary, and authors of these types of articles should consult the previous section and/or the appropriate editor for detailed guidance.
Titles are of great importance for information retrieval and should be carefully constructed for this purpose. They should be clear, concise, and reflect the emphasis and content of the manuscript. Avoid acronyms and words such as “First”, “Novel”, “Facile”, and “One-Pot”.
Bylines should include all those who have made substantial contributions to the work. To facilitate indexing and retrieval and for unique identification of an author, use first names, initials, and surnames (e.g., John R. Smith) or first initials, second names, and last names (e.g., J. Robert Smith). At least one author must be designated with an asterisk to indicate the person to whom readers may send correspondence.
The author who submits the manuscript for publication accepts the responsibility of notifying all co- authors that the manuscript is being submitted. Deletion of an author after the manuscript has been submitted requires a confirming letter to the Editor-in-Chief from the author whose name is being deleted. For more information on the ethical responsibilities of authors, see the Ethical Guidelines to Publication of Chemical Research.
The abstract should state concisely the scientific problem(s) or hypotheses addressed in the Article, the approach taken to resolve it, and the key results.
The text of Articles should be subdivided into the following sections: Introduction, Experimental Section, Results and Discussion, and Conclusions. These sections should not be numbered in the manuscript. The Introduction should explicitly state the scientific problem(s) or hypotheses described in the article, and it should explain why this problem is of fundamental importance to the field of interface science. The Introduction should also give a concise and balanced account of the scientific literature that frames the content of the Article. The Experimental Section should contain a complete description only of the procedures and materials that are essential to understanding the Results and Discussion. Authors must emphasize any unexpected, new, and/or significant hazards or risks associated with the reported work. This information should be in the experimental details section of the article. Additional experimental details and lengthy discussions of procedures should be placed in the Supporting Information. The results and discussion should be combined within a single section.
References and Footnotes
References and explanatory notes should be grouped after the main text. They should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. References must be individually numbered. Unpublished references must be provided as Information for Review Only during the submission process. Self-citations are limited to 25% of the total, though exceptions can be made upon consultation with the editor. Editors reserve the right to limit the total number of citations and the number of self-citations.
References upon initial submission should adhere to the guidelines for Review Ready Submission (page 4 of this document). For publication, references should adhere to the normal ACS journal format and should include the following components: author names, article titles, CAS Source Index (CASSI) journal abbreviations, proper punctuation and arrangement, and full page ranges. Examples are provided below.
- Boisselier, E.; Astruc, D. Gold Nanoparticles in Nanomedicine: Preparations, Imaging, Diagnostics, Therapies and Toxicity. Chem. Soc. Rev. 2009, 38, 1759–1782.
- Ghosh, P.; Han, G.; De, M.; Kim, C. H.; Rotello, V. M. Gold Nanoparticles in Delivery Applications. Adv. Drug Delivery Rev. 2008, 60, 1307–1315.
- Sperling, R. A.; Rivera, P.; Gil, Zhang, F.; Zanella, M.; Parak, W. J. Biological Applications of Gold Nanoparticles. Chem. Soc. Rev. 2008, 37, 1896–1908.
- Giljohann, D. A.; Seferos, D. S.; Daniel, W. L.; Massich, M. D.; Patel, P. C.; Mirkin, C. A. Gold Nanoparticles for Biology and Medicine. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 3280– 3294.
- Thomas, M.; Klibanov, A. M. Enhancing Polyethylenimine's Delivery of Plasmid DNA into Mammalian Cells. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2012, 100, 9138–9143.
- Rosi, N. L.; Giljohann, D. A.; Thaxon, C. S.; Lytton-Jean, A. K. R.; Han, M. S.; Mirkin, C. A. Oligonucleotide-Modified Gold Nanoparticles for Intracellular Gene Regulation. Science 2006, 312, 1027–1030.
Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references. Because subscribers to the Web editions of ACS journals are now able to link directly to the “CAS” tag following each reference to retrieve the corresponding abstract at Chemical Abstracts Service, the accuracy of references is critical. Further guidance on references is available in the References chapter of The ACS Style Guide.
Nomenclature should conform to current American usage. If possible, authors should use systematic names similar to those in Chemical Abstracts Service and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. Chemical Abstracts (CA) nomenclature rules are described in Appendix IV of the Chemical Abstracts Index Guide. For CA nomenclature advice, consult the Manager of Nomenclature Services, Chemical Abstracts Service, P.O. Box 3012, Columbus, OH 43210-0012. A name generation service is available for a fee through CAS Client Services, 2540 Olentangy River Road, P.O. Box 3343, Columbus, OH 43210-0334, telephone: (614) 447-3870, fax: (614) 447-3747, e-mail: email@example.com.
Graphics guidelines are available below.
Supporting Information for Publication
Authors are strongly encouraged to use Supporting Information to submit tables, graphs, spectra, mathematical derivations, experimental details, expanded discussion of peripheral points, and other information that is essential for expert reviewers to judge the work and for the work to be reproduced. Detailed information of this type may hinder the effective presentation of the main scientific points.
Note, however, that a general reader should be convinced that the data presented in the main text of the Article fully supports the conclusions. The Supporting Information will be included in the Web edition of the journal and is available free of charge. Material deposited as Supporting Information is considered to be part of the publication and should not be submitted for re-publication as part of a future manuscript.
Figures, tables, and other display items in the Supporting Information should be numbered in consecutive order (Figure S1, Figure S2… or Table S1, Table S2…). These identifiers may be referred to in the main text (e.g., "see Figure S1"). The pages in the Supporting Information should also be numbered consecutively (S1, S2, etc.).
Supporting Information must be submitted at the same time as the manuscript and uploaded separately to the ACS Paragon Plus Environment. A list of acceptable file types is available on the Web. All Supporting Information files of the same type should be prepared as a single file (rather than submitting a series of files containing individual images or structures). For example, all Supporting Information available as PDF files should be contained in a single PDF file. A cover page that provides the Article title, author names, and corresponding author’s contact information should precede the Supporting Information. A table of contents should also be included on the cover page.
If the manuscript is accompanied by any supporting information files for publication, a brief description of each file is required. The Supporting Information paragraph and descriptions should be placed at the end of the manuscript before the list of references.
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 description of each file is required, and the paragraph and descriptions should be placed at the end of the manuscript before the list of references. The appropriate format is as follows:
Supporting Information. Brief descriptions in nonsentence format listing the contents of the files supplied as Supporting Information.
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.
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.
Figure and Illustration Services
The impact of your research is not limited to what you can express with words. Tables and figures such as graphs, photographs, illustrations, diagrams, and other visuals can play a significant role in effectively communicating your findings. Our Figures service generates publication-ready figures that conform to your chosen journal’s specifications. This includes changes to file type, resolution, color space, font, scale, line weights, and layout (to improve readability and professional appearance).
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
Langmuir authors may deposit an initial draft of their manuscript in a preprint service such as ChemRxiv, bioRxiv, arXiv, or the applicable repository for their discipline before the manuscript is accepted for publication in Langmuir. Authors may revise the preprint version of their manuscript up until a final acceptance decision has been issued. The Direct Journal Transfer feature of ChemRxiv is now available and can be used to submit posted preprints to Langmuir for editorial consideration and peer review.
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. All other prior/redundant publication is forbidden. Upon publication in Langmuir, authors should add a link from the preprint to the published article via the Digital Object Identifier (DOI). Some preprint servers, including ChemRxiv and bioRxiv, add this link for authors automatically after publication. For further
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Manuscripts submitted to Langmuir undergo anonymous peer review. The reviewers are asked to comment on the manuscript's significance, originality, scope, technical quality, and relevance to interface science. The reviewers are also asked whether the claims made in the manuscript are fully supported with appropriate and reproducible data. The reviewers act only in an advisory capacity, however, and the final decision of whether to accept or reject a manuscript lies with the editor.
Additions and Corrections
Additions and Corrections may be used to address important issues or correct errors and omissions of consequence that arise after publication of an article. They are not intended to report subsequent scientific progress or refinements, which often in part consist of reinterpreting previously published data. Additions and Corrections may be requested by the author(s) or initiated by the Editor after discussions with the corresponding author. All Additions and Corrections are subject to approval by the Editor, and 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 of the article coauthors prior to submitting an Addition and Correction, or provide evidence that such approval has been solicited. For proper formatting, see examples in a current issue of the Journal.
Addition/Corrections should consist of a submitted manuscript document file that contains the following information:
- The document title lines should include title, authors, affiliations and citation (including the DOI) of the original published manuscript.
- The submitted addition/correction manuscript file should contain text that explains exactly what is being corrected and why. A statement should also be included indicating whether the conclusions of the work have been affected, and if so in what way.
- All authors are deemed to be equally responsible for any errors. A statement of regret for the mistake may be included. Statements should not be included that attempt to assign responsibility for any errors or mistakes to any particular authors or persons.
- If graphics are being corrected, the manuscript file should contain the graphics, along with captions that clearly describe the contents of the figures. The figure(s) should be labeled with numbers consistent with the figure number(s) in the original paper that is (are) being corrected.
Providing Potential Reviewer Names
Please suggest six reviewers. 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 “Articles ASAP” 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.
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. 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.
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 in the same sequence as they appear on the first page of the manuscript. (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
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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 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.
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 graphic should consist of high resolution, high quality graphics or artwork drawn from the paper. For the Full Cover images, the artwork requirements are 8.4375 inches (21.43 cm) wide x 10.125 (25.72 cm) inches high at 300 ppi. Submission of larger artwork is acceptable so long as it can be resized into these dimensions. Critical material should be kept in the lower two thirds of the cover area, 2.5 inches from the top of the image, to allow for the Journal logo.
If a full cover image is not possible, the artwork submitted will be centered on a background. That artwork will have an available area of approximately 7.2 inches (18.3 cm) wide x 6 inches (15.24 cm) high at 300 ppi. As for full cover graphics, larger artwork is acceptable so long as it can be resized to fit within those dimensions.
Acceptable formats for all cover artwork are PSD, AI, TIF, PNG, EPS, JPG, PDF. Recent examples of Langmuir covers are located here. 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.
Langmuir 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.