Author Guidelines

1.   General Info

The Journal of Structural Chemistry (JSC) reports new experimental and theoretical research and reviews in Russian and in English to present results in the following areas of structural chemistry: theory of molecular structure and chemical bonding; physical methods in molecular structure research; structure of liquids and solutions; crystal chemistry; supramolecular compounds and nanosystems; structure of biologically active systems; structural aspects of functional materials.

JSC does not publish discussion materials.

The Journal of Structural Chemistry is available in two versions. The original version is published by the Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences (http://jsc.niic.nsc.ru). The translated version is published in English by the Pleiades Publishing company and is distributed by the Springer New York publishing house as Journal of Structural Chemistry (https://link.springer.com/journal/10947).

JSC is indexed by international information databases such as Web of Science, Scopus, Chemical Abstracts, etc.

The manuscript should be submitted to the Editorial Office in electronic format online at http://str.niic.nsc.ru/.

The affiliations, full postal address, e-mail address, and, if possible, the unique ORCID identifiers should be indicated for all authors. The ORCID identifier must be specified for the corresponding author.

The papers are published regardless of the citizenship or institutional affiliation of the authors.

The following materials are to be submitted to the Editorial Office to publish the article:

The cover letter;

Copyright transfer agreement (license agreement doc, pdf).

Manuscripts are reviewed anonymously in terms of their relevance, scientific value, compliance with the scope of the Journal and with these Guidelines. Based on the reviewers’ comments, the Editorial Board makes the decision about the possibility and the terms of publishing the article (without revision; revision is required; major revision is required within one month; article is declined). The article is to be revised according to the reviewers’ comments and resubmitted together with corresponding responses to the reviewers.

The Editorial Board reserves the right to make minor reductions or changes to the text of the article without distorting its scientific integrity.

The galley proof of the article is sent to the corresponding author’s e-mail. The corrections, if necessary, should be submitted to the editorial office within two working days.

After the article is published, its electronic copy (a PDF document) is sent to the authors.

2.   Manuscript Format

The Journal accepts two types of manuscripts: an article (a full paper) or a review.

The manuscript should begin with the title followed by initials and surnames of authors, full affiliations, zip codes, addresses, and the e-mail of the corresponding author. Then specific results and conclusions should be provided in a short abstract (no more than 20 lines), followed by several (up to 10) keywords to describe the research area and the obtained results. Example of the first page of a manuscript.

The manuscript ends with a list of references in the order of their appearance in the text.

If necessary, the authors can express their acknowledgements in a separate paragraph before the list of references.

The authors may submit supplementary materials, which will be posted electronically “as is” at the JSC website http://jsc.niic.nsc.ru and at the Springer website https://link.springer.com/journal/10947.

Review articles

The review should represent/describe the state of modern research in a particular field of structural chemistry and provide an objective critical analysis of the literature available on this subject.

Articles

The article should clearly describe the results of the research aimed at solving some relevant fundamental scientific problem; it must contain scientific novelty.

The authors are suggested to divide an article into the following subsections: Introduction, Experimental, Results and Discussion, Conclusions.

In the Introduction, it is appropriate to mention closely related works of other authors, including those published in domestic journals, and the works that appeared over the past two or three years, formulate the aim of the work and justify the relevance and the fundamental importance of the presented research. The Experimental part should describe the investigated compounds (materials), instruments, software, methods, and measurement techniques. When presenting and discussing the results, it is should be clearly distinguished between the results obtained in this work and those from earlier works (cite references).

The information presented in the figures or in the tables should not be duplicated.

3.   Manuscript Preparation

This section presents general formatting requirements for submitted articles. The text of the article must be typed using standard Times and Symbol fonts.

References are cited in square brackets. For example: compound 2 was synthesized according to the published procedure [1].

When submitting the electronic version of the article, the authors attach the original Word (or RTF) document as well as the PDF document.

Units of measurement, chemical nomenclature, abbreviations

The authors should use the International System of Units (SI) and follow IUPAC recommendations. All abbreviations and acronyms (except for those commonly agreed) should be explained at their first appearance in the text. If the number of the abbreviations is high, they should be explained in a separate list after the keywords. A decimal point is used to separate fractional parts of decimal numbers (e.g., 3.14).

Tables

Each table must be numbered and have a title. A dash mark is used to indicate the lack of data. The number of significant figures in the tables should correspond to actual measurements or calculation errors. Tables can be accompanied by footnotes and comments.

Figures

The figures are prepared in black-and-white using black or gray color on a white background. Graphs and figures are submitted in vector formats (WMF, EMF, EPS, CDR not higher than version 13), photos are submitted in raster formats (BMP, TIFF, PNG, JPG). Figure captions must be typed with Times New Roman font, in a size of 9 points. By agreement with the Editorial Office, color figures can be published electronically on the JSC website (and on the Springer website). The resolution of raster images must be at least 300 dpi (preferably no less than 600 dpi). The figures should not exceed 16 cm in width and 23 cm in height. The authors should make sure that printed images (figures, diagrams) are clear, lines and graphs are distinguishable, numbers and symbols are easily readable. It is that the Figures overloaded with unnecessary details and verbose inscriptions are not recommended; the latter should preferably be replaced with a numerical or literal notation and moved to the corresponding caption. It is not recommended to use Russian words or symbols in the figures. If Russian designations are unavoidable, the authors must submit a copy of the figure with English inscriptions for the International version of the article.

If necessary, the Editorial Office may request a higher quality or a different format of image.

Figures and tables along with their sequential numbers should be placed at the end of the Word document of the electronic version of the article. If a figure is composed of several parts, they must go one after another. Each figure or table should be mentioned in the text, and their intended position must be marked with a separate line. Figure captions are submitted on a separate page. Chemical structures can be inserted directly into the text of the manuscript.

Mathematical formulas

Simple mathematical formulas can be typed directly in the text of the manuscript or placed on separate lines with or without numbering. Cumbersome mathematical notations should be avoided. For example, it is recommended to use fractional exponents rather than a root sign, the "exp" symbol for exponential dependence, a slash for fractions, etc. Equations are placed on a separate line, and their numbers near the right margin. Formulas and equations should be numbered only if cited in the text. For example:

DE = E(A;B) + E(A+1;A) – E(A+1;B)                                      (1)

References

References to the literature should be numbered by order of their appearance in the text and listed at the end of the article; text citations are presented as a sequence number within square brackets. References can cite scientific articles published in the journals referenced by known databases (WoS, Scopus, Russian Science Citation Index), monographs, books, software, known databases. Journal title abbreviations should correspond to those used by the Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index or by GOST Р 7.0.12-2011 for the journals in Russian. References to unpublished sources are not allowed. The Editorial Office encourages the authors to double-check the list of references according to the original sources. When citing Russian scientific journals or books, the authors should submit two lists of references: for Russian and International versions of the Journal.

The styles available for bibliographic programs such as Mendeley or EndNote are recommended for proper references formatting.

Examples of references:

Article: I. Papoutsis, S. Spyroudis, A. Varvoglis, C.P. Raptopoulou. Tetrahedron, 1997, 53, 6097.

Article accepted for publication: A. Gal, R. Wirth, Z. Barkay, N. Eliaz, A. Scheffel, D. Faivre. Chem. Commun., 2017, DOI: 10.1039/C7CC03639F.

Monograph: D.D. Perrin, W.L.F. Armarego, D.R. Perrin. Purification of Laboratory Chemicals. UK, Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1980.

Edited books: Liquid crystals / Ed. S.I. Zhdanov. Moscow: Khimija, 1979.

Article from an Edited book: M. Jonson, M. Naim, V. Nicholson, C.-C. Tsai. In: Graph Theory and Topology in Chemistry / Eds. R.B. King and D.H. Rouvray. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1987, 219–225.

Article in an ongoing book series: V.A. Blatov. “Inorganic 3d structures” in Structure and Bonding, 2011, 138, 31–66.

Software: G.M. Sheldrick. Acta Crystallogr., 2008, A64(1), 112–122.

Database: Cambridge Structural Database. Version 5.26. Universty of Cambridge, UK.

Graphical Abstract

An informative color image no larger than 65*40 mm in size and no less than 300 dpi in resolution, which captures the essence of the article in graphical form, should be submitted by the authors for the illustrated content of the issue. Texts can be used in the graphical abstract only in case of extreme necessity (formulas, equations, etc.), any duplication of the article title or abstract should be avoided.

Structural formulas

Structural formulas should be created using special software such as ChemDraw, ISISDraw, or ChemWindows and can be inserted into the Word document as an image. If other software products are used, the structures must be first saved in one of the acceptable graphic formats and then inserted into the Word document.

Description of new compounds

The single-crystal X-ray diffraction data alone are not an unambiguous characterization of new compounds. The compounds should also be characterized by spectroscopic and analytical methods suitable for this particular sample or compound. Other methods can include elemental analysis to support the phase purity and composition, NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, infrared and electron spectroscopy.

Description of crystal structures

The amount of data in tables should be minimized. The experiment can be briefly described using a table of crystallographic parameters and the information required to collect and refine the data.

Before submitting the manuscript, the authors should check the quality of their CIF files using the checkCIF website of the International Union of Crystallography (http://checkcif.iucr.org) and upload the checkCIF output (combined into a single PDF document) as a supporting information for the reviewers. Any warnings of A and/or B level must be addressed before submitting the manuscript and explained in the checkCIF PDF document.

Before submitting the manuscript, CIF and FCF files, the tables of structural factors, and CheckCIF reports must be sent either to the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Center (CCDC) or, in case of purely inorganic substances, to FIZ Karlsruhe (ICSD) (https://icsd.fiz-karlsruhe.de). The CCDC or ICSD number(s) are to be indicated in the manuscript.

Supplementary: article format for the papers reporting crystal and molecular structures

Due to a growing amount and standardization of structural data and the increasing role of electronic resources, the articles presenting X-ray diffraction analysis of single-crystals or polycrystals should be formatted according to the following rules.

CIF files of the studied structures should be submitted to the Editorial Office together with the manuscript so that the structural data could be reviewed. CIF files can be made using the enCIFer editor available online at http://www.ccdc.cam.ac.uk/products/encifer/index.html. Any warnings of A and/or B level must be addressed before submitting the manuscript and explained in the checkCIF PDF document.

The Experimental part must be provided in a concise tabular or text form the main crystal structural data (composition, molecular mass, crystal system, space group, unit cell parameters, number of formula units in a cell, calculated density) and the main parameters of the X-ray experiment (temperature of the experiment, size, color and shape of the crystal, absorption coefficient, number of measured and unique reflections, R-factor for equivalent reflections, number of refined parameters, final value and the type of R-factor, quality factor of fitting and the magnitudes of the residual stress extrema on the electron density map, as well as the absolute structure parameter for optically active crystals). The Experimental part must also specify the conditions of crystal sampling, the type of the diffractometer and the radiation, the range of data collection, completeness of obtained data, absorption corrections and any non-standard details of the experiment. Further, the Experimental part should specify which methods and program packages were used to solve and refine the structure, how positional and thermal parameters of hydrogen atoms were refined, whether additional conditions were imposed on the values of the refined parameters (e.g., for the fragments of disordered structures), whether the model of rigid body was used and any non-standard solutions applied to determine the structure. The results of polycrystal X-ray diffraction studies should present structural data (unit cell parameters, atomic coordinates, population of positions, main interatomic distances, quantitative phase relationships, size of coherent scattering regions, etc.) and should be accompanied by independent data on the chemical composition of the sample.

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