Journal of Raman Spectroscopy

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Impact Factor: 2.679

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 11/43 (Spectroscopy)

Online ISSN: 1097-4555


Author Guidelines


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Author Guidelines


Manuscript Submission

All papers must be submitted via the online system. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy operates an online submission and peer review system that allows authors to submit articles online and track their progress via a web interface. Please read the remainder of these instructions to authors and then click http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jrs to navigate to the Journal of Raman Spectroscopy online submission site.

The submission of each manuscript must be accompanied by a cover letter that includes a specific justification of why the manuscript should be considered for publication in the Journal of Raman Spectroscopy.  In writing the justification, authors should consult the new expanded Aims and Scope of the Journal and keep in mind that the focus of the Journal is centered on advancing the frontier of Raman spectroscopy and its novel applications.  Limitations in space prevent the publication of all acceptable papers that include the use the Raman spectroscopy.  In the opinion of the Editors, papers with content that does not advance the frontier of Raman spectroscopy or its novel applications will be returned to the authors for submission to other more appropriate journals

The Journal of Raman Spectroscopy is currently limited on printed space, please include only essential illustrations in your article. Additional supporting information and illustrations can be published on-line as ‘Supplementary information’. Upload the supporting information as ‘Supplimentary Material for Review’ in the on-line submission site.

Figures and Tables in “Supplementary Materials” should be mentioned in the text of the manuscript as “Fig. S1 (Supporting Information)”, “Fig. S2 (Supporting Information)”, etc., “Table S1 (Supporting Information)”, “Table S2 (Supporting Information)”, etc. Figures and Tables in the manuscript itself should be mentioned as Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc, and Table 1, Table 2, etc. Do not mix the numbering of figures and tables in manuscript and Supplementary Materials (e.g. Fig. 1, Fig. 2, Fig. S3, Fig. 4, etc. or Table 1, Table S2, Table 3, etc.)

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have created an account.

File types. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are .doc, .rtf, .ppt, .xls. LaTeX files may be submitted provided that an .eps or .pdf file is provided in addition to the source files. Figures may be provided in .tiff or .eps format.

INITIAL SUBMISSION

NON-LATEX USERS: Editable source files must be uploaded at this stage. Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.

LATEX USERS: For reviewing purposes you should upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your source files. You must use the File Designation "Main Document" from the dropdown box.

REVISION SUBMISSION

NON-LATEX USERS: Editable source files must be uploaded at this stage. Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.

LATEX USERS: When submitting your revision you must still upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your now revised source files. You must use the File Designation "Main Document" from the dropdown box. In addition you must upload your TeX source files. For all your source files you must use the File Designation "Supplemental Material not for review". Previous versions of uploaded documents must be deleted. If your manuscript is accepted for publication we will use the files you upload to typeset your article within a totally digital workflow.

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Copyright and Permissions

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:
CTA Terms and Conditions http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/faqs_copyright.asp

For authors choosing OnlineOpen
If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

  • Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/faqs_copyright.asp and visit http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/details/content/12f25db4c87/Copyright--License.html.

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal's compliant self-archiving policy please visit: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement.


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English Editing

Papers must be in English. Oxford English Dictionary or American spelling is acceptable, provided usage is consistent within the manuscript.

Manuscripts that are written in English that is ambiguous or incomprehensible, in the opinion of the Editor, will be returned to the authors with a request to resubmit once the language issues have been improved. This policy does not imply that all papers must be written in "perfect" English, whatever that may mean. Rather, the criterion will require that the intended meaning of the authors must be clearly understandable, i.e., not obscured by language problems, by referees who have agreed to review the paper.

Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/bauthor/english_language.asp Japanese authors can also find a list of local English improvement services at http://www.wiley.co.jp/journals/editcontribute.html All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

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Presentation of papers

Manuscript style. Use a standard font of the 12-point type: Times, Helvetica, or Courier is preferred. It is not necessary to double-line space your manuscript.

Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.

  • During the submission process you must enter 1) the full title 2) the short title of up to 70 characters 3) names and affiliations of all authors and 4) the full address, including email, telephone and fax of the author who is to check the proofs.
  • Include the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s).
  • Enter an abstract of no more than 250 words for all articles. Please see the guidance below on acceptable abstract writing for JRS
  • Keywords. Authors should prepare no more than 5 keywords for their manuscript.

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Writing Abstracts

An abstract is a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions. The abstract should be no more than 250 words and convey the following:

1. An introduction to the work. This should be accessible by scientists in any field and express the necessity of the experiments executed

2. Some scientific detail regarding the background to the problem

3. A summary of the main result

4. The implications of the result

5. A broader perspective of the results, once again understandable across scientific disciplines

It is crucial that the abstract convey the importance of the work and be understandable without reference to the rest of the manuscript to a multidisciplinary audience. Abstracts should not contain any citation to other published works.

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Reference Style

References should be cited by superior numbers and listed at the end of the paper in the order in which they appear in the text. Authors should cite available published work. If necessary, cite unpublished or personal work in the text but do not include them in the references list. Journal titles should be italicized and abbreviated in accordance with the “Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index” (CASSI; no commas appear in the journal names).

Examples for Journals

[1] R. K. Harris, A. Nordon, K. D. M. Harris, Rapid. Commun. Mass Spec. 2007 ; 21 , 15.

Examples for Books

[2] K. Schmidt-Rohr, H.W. Spiess, Multidimensional Solid-State NMR and Polymers, Academic Press, London, 1994 .

[3] V. Sklenar, in NMR Applications in Biopolymers , (Eds: J.W. Finley, S. J. Schmidt, A. S. Serianni), Plenum, New York, 1990 , pp. 63-70.

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Illustrations and ChemDraw Rules

Figure labelling along both axis of any diagram should be “Physical Quantity/Physical Unit.” Do not use brackets; e.g. use “Wavelength/nm”, not “Wavelength (nm)”).

Figure labelling along the horizontal axis for Raman spectra should be "Wavenumber/cm-1" with “-1” as superscript to conform to JRS format standards.

Figure intensity scales for Raman spectra should be "Raman Intensity/Arbitr. Units". However, use "/Arbitr. Units" only if units/numbers are actually given on the vertical scale; otherwise use "Raman Intensity" only. Do not use “a.u.” on the intensity scale to avoid confusion with atomic units.

If there are arbitrary units/numbers given on any of the scales, indicate this by “Physical Quantity/Arbitr. Units”, do not use “a.u.” to avoid confusion with atomic units. If no numbers/units are given along the horizontal or vertical scale then use “Physical Quantity” only (e.g. “Absorption” along vertical scale).

Upload each figure as a separate file in either .tiff or .eps format, with the figure number and the top of the figure indicated. Compound figures e.g. 1a, b, c should be uploaded as one figure. Tints are not acceptable. Lettering must be of a reasonable size that would still be clearly legible upon reduction, and consistent within each figure and set of figures. Where a key to symbols is required, please include this in the artwork itself, not in the figure legend. All illustrations must be supplied at the correct resolution:

  • Black and white and colour photos - 300 dpi
  • Graphs, drawings, etc - 800 dpi preferred; 600 dpi minimum
  • Combinations of photos and drawings (black and white and colour) - 500 dpi

Tables should be part of the the main document and should be placed after the references. If the table is created in excel the file should be uploaded separately.

Chemical structures should be prepared in ChemDraw either 80mm (onecolumn)or175mm (twocolumn) widths. However, the one-column format should be used whenever possible as this allows greater flexibility in the layout of the manuscript.Use this ChemDraw Download or use the following settings:

Drawing settingsText settings
chain angle120°fontArial
bond spacing18% of lengthsize12 pt
fixed length17 pt
bond width2 ptPreferences
line width0.75 ptunitspoints
margin width2 pttolerances5 pixels
hash spacing2.6 pt
Bold width2.6 pt

Authors using different structural drawing programs should choose settings consistent with those above. Compound numbers should be bold, but not atom labels or captions.


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Graphical Table of Contents

JRS’s table of contents will be presented in graphical form with a brief abstract.

The table of contents entry must include the article title, the authors' names (with the corresponding author indicated by an asterisk), no more than 80 words or 3 sentences of text summarising the key findings presented in the paper and a figure that best represents the scope of the paper. (see the section on abstract writing for more guidance).

Table of contents entries should be submitted to Manuscript Central in one of the generic file formats and uploaded as ‘Supplementary material for review’ during the initial manuscript submission process.

The image supplied should fit within the dimensions of 50mm x 60mm, and be fully legible at this size.

Examples for arranging the text and figures as well as paper title and authors' names are shown below.

sample figure

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Colour policy

Colour will be granted free of charge for authors or review or perspective material. Colour may also be granted at the discretion of the Editor in Chief. The cost of printing colour illustrations for Research Articles may be charged to the author; however, they may feature online in colour free of charge. For colour charge scales please contact Journals Production

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Citing EarlyView Articles

To include the DOI in a citation to an article, simply append it to the reference as in the following example:

R. K. Harris, A. Nordon, K. D. M. Harris, Rapid. Commun. Mass Spec. 2007, DOI: 10.1002/rcm.21464.

To link to an article from the author’s homepage, take the DOI (digital object identifier) and append it to "http://dx.doi.org/" as per following example:

DOI 10.1002/JRS.20941, becomes http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/JRS.20941.

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Conventions adopted by JRS

Use “wavenumber” not "frequency" throughout the manuscript when describing physical quantities corresponding to the physical unit "cm-1" used as the Raman shift unit.

Figure labelling along both axis of any diagram should be “Physical Quantity/Physical Unit.” Do not use brackets; e.g. use “Wavelength/nm”, not “Wavelength (nm)”).

If there are arbitrary units/numbers given on any of the scales, indicate this by “Physical Quantity/Arbitr. Units”, do not use “a.u.” to avoid confusion with atomic units. If no numbers/units are given along the horizontal or vertical scale then use “Physical Quantity” only (e.g. “Absorption” along vertical scale).

Figure labelling along the horizontal axis for Raman spectra should be "Wavenumber/cm-1" with “-1” as superscript to conform to JRS format standards.

Figure intensity scales for Raman spectra should be "Raman Intensity/Arbitr. Units". However, use "/Arbitr. Units" only if units/numbers are actually given on the vertical scale; otherwise use "Raman Intensity" only. Do not use “a.u.” on the intensity scale to avoid confusion with atomic units.

Authors should conform to nomenclature, symbols and abbreviations adopted by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), except where trivial names are preferred or universally accepted, e.g. adamantane. Although it is not necessary to name all compounds, authors should name general structures. SI units should be used. Non-standard or unusual symbols should be identified in the margin the first time they are used.

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Instructions for Alternate Article Types Published in JRS

Mini-review -A Mini-review is a sharply focused summary and assessment of any facet covered under the aims and scope of the journal. These may focus on the authors own work rather than a full review of the field and offer an introductory level literature review or an appraisal of a specific technique or application. The mini-review must be written in accessible language, be accompanied by an abstract and generally contain less than 50 references.

Reviews -JRS favors reviews that either 1) offer a full critique of the literature pertaining to a specific aspect of Raman Spectroscopy or 2) offer a tutorial regarding a cutting edge technology. Reviews must provides a summary and discussion written in an accessible fashion, be accompanied by an abstract and generally contain around 100 references depending on the topic.

Short Communications-A Short Communication is a category to be used for a concise report representing a significant contribution to the field of Raman spectroscopy. This category is for non-urgent communications (See Rapid Communications for urgent communications) which are to be presented in the same style as a Research Article. As a general guideline, they should contain a maximum 1500 words, including title page, abstract, references, legends and captions. Two tables or figures are allowed. Short communications are intended to be short scientific entities often dealing with methodological problems or with byproducts of larger research projects. They will usually be placed in an issue after the Research Articles.

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Further Information

For accepted manuscripts the publisher will supply proofs to the submitting author prior to publication. This stage is to be used only to correct errors that may have been introduced during the production process. Prompt return of the corrected proofs, preferably within two days of receipt, will minimise the risk of the paper being held over to a later issue. Free access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available via Author Services only. Please therefore sign up for Author Services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers. To purchase reprints, please visit http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/aboutus/ppv-articleselect.html. Restrictions apply to the use of reprints– if you have a specific query, please contact permissionsuk@wiley.com. Corresponding authors are invited to inform their co-authors of the reprint options available. There is no page charge to authors.

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