International Journal of Chemical Kinetics

Cover image for Vol. 49 Issue 6

Edited By: Craig A. Taatjes

Impact Factor: 1.736

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 97/144 (Chemistry Physical)

Online ISSN: 1097-4601

Submission Guidelines for Publication in the International Journal of Chemical Kinetics

Introduction

Aims and Scope

Editors and Contact Information

Impact Factor

Citing the Journal

Article Types

Original Research Articles

Communications to the Editor

Editorial Policies

Publication Ethics

Author Responsibilities

National Institute of Health Grantees

Image Processing

EarlyView Online Publication

OnlineOpen and Supplementary Materials

Editorial Process

Online Submission

Peer Review

Review and Revision

Appeals

Manuscript Preparation

Microsoft Word Documents

LaTeX Documents

Citations

Graphics Preparation



Introduction

Aims and Scope

As the leading archival journal devoted exclusively to chemical kinetics, the International Journal of Chemical Kinetics publishes original research in gas phase, condensed phase, and polymer reaction kinetics, as well as biochemical and surface kinetics. The Journal seeks to be the primary archive for careful experimental measurements of reaction kinetics, in both simple and complex systems. The Journal also presents new developments in applied theoretical kinetics and publishes large kinetic models, and the algorithms and estimates used in these models. These include methods for handling the large reaction networks important in biochemistry, catalysis, and free radical chemistry. In addition, the Journal explores such topics as the quantitative relationships between molecular structure and chemical reactivity, organic/inorganic chemistry and reaction mechanisms, and the reactive chemistry at interfaces.

Editors and Contact Information

Inquries can be directed to the Editor, Craig A. Taatjes, at ijck@wiley.com. The editorial office can be reached at kinetics@wiley.com.

Impact Factor

The 2012 ISI Impact Factor for Int. Journal of Chemical Kinetics is 1.187.

Citing the Journal

To make sure that references to this journal are correctly recorded and resolved, please use "Int. J. Chem. Kinet.", either with year, volume, and page numbers or with year and the DOI:

  • Int. J. Chem. Kinet. 2012, DOI: 10.1002/kin.20712
  • Int. J. Chem. Kinet. 2012, 112, 692–698

Article Types

Original Research Articles

Articles should be written as briefly as possible, consistent with clarity, avoiding historical background unnecessary for specialists. They should cover their subjects with reasonable thoroughness and completeness and should not depend for their usefulness on papers to be published later. They should be reasonably subdivided into sections and if necessary subsections. All articles are subject to critical reviews by referees.

A short summary (maximum length 300 words) is required. The abstract should be a summary of the entire paper, not the conclusions alone. Additionally, please note that the title and abstract of your article are very important to increasing its visibility. We encourage you to make your article more discoverable online with the following tips: PDF. Full papers are peer-reviewed and include received, revised and accepted dates.

Communications to the Editor

Communications to the Editor are divided into two categories, Letters and Comments. The length of a Communication, including tables, figures, and text, must not exceed 1000 words or the equivalent.

Letters should report preliminary results of immediate interest. It is expected that the material in Letters may be published in the International Journal of Chemical Kinetics at a later date in more complete form. Communications in this category will be treated expeditiously but are subject to review by the Editor and readily available experts.

Comments include significant remarks on the work of others or observations of unusual interest that the authors do not intend to pursue. In the former case, the authors of the work being discussed will, ordinarily, be allowed to reply. Comments are not refereed but are published at the discretion of the Editor.

Editorial Policies

Publication Ethics

The authors, reviewers, and editors of Int. Journal of Chemical Kinetics are expected to follow the standards defined by the Committee on Publication Ethics. In particular, authors should not submit manuscripts that contain previously published results, plagiarized material, fictitious results, or intentional reference omissions. Manuscripts currently being considered for publication elsewhere will not be considered. Publication of abstracts and presentations at scientific meetings will not jeopardize full publication.

Authors should disclose related manuscripts that are under consideration or in press elsewhere, describing their relationship to the submitted manuscript and providing copies preferably at submission, and in any case upon request.

Authors should not submit manuscripts reporting essentially the same research to multiple journals. In addition, authors should not intentionally fragment research into multiple manuscripts if a single report would be more appropriate. Use of excessive self-citation is discouraged.

All submitted manuscripts are computer-checked for similarity with other, published works. Substantial verbatim or near-verbatim reproduction from other works, even the author's own, is not good practice. We discourage the use of "copy and paste" methods for manuscript preparation because they can lead, sometimes inadvertently, to such unacceptable reproductions.

Scientific Misconduct Issues: Any alleged violation of any of the rules of scientific publishing ethics as defined by the Committee on Publication Ethics will be investigated confidentially in accord with standard Wiley–Blackwell procedures as outlined in our best practices guide. If the violations are found to be sufficiently serious, the Editors will request that the authors provide a written explanation. If the authors do not provide an explanation or the explanation is unsatisfactory, such that the journal's Editorial Team finds that the evidence clearly shows that a violation of our publishing ethics policy has occurred, the manuscript will be rejected or retracted, depending on current status. In such cases the Editors reserve the right to both notify the authors' institution of the violation of the journal's scientific ethics policy and impose punitive actions, e.g., a ban on publishing in the journal. The above course of action will also take effect if it is established that authors have violated any of the basic rules of ethical scientific conduct. In particular, authors should not submit manuscripts that contain previously published results, plagiarized material, fictitious results, or intentional reference omissions. Manuscript must be original with respect to content, concept and writing. Reusing wording from previous publications, including the authors' own, is never appropriate, even if that publication is cited in the manuscript.

Author Responsibilities

Authorship

Credit for authorship should be based on:

  • Substantial contributions to research design,
  • the acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data, drafting the paper or revising it critically,
  • and approval of the submitted and final versions.

Authors should meet all three criteria. All contributors who do not meet all the criteria for authorship should be listed in the acknowledgements section. In order to guarantee that appropriate authorship credit is given to all contributors we request that a brief statement describing the contribution of every listed author is added to the cover letter. Authors should be identified by their full first names, initials, and surnames, rather than by only initials as this interferes with correct indexing and unique identification of an author.

The corresponding author should take responsibility for communicating with all other authors and getting their approval for the final version to be published.

Funding and competing financial interests

Authors must disclose all sources of funding for their research and its publication, or for their publication if it is not a research publication. All authors must provide details of financial interests (e.g. employment, significant share ownership, patent rights, consultancy, research funding) in any company or institution that might benefit from their publication.

Ownership

Authors must declare that the submitted work is their own and that copyright has not been breached in seeking its publication.

Originality

Authors should declare that the submitted work has not previously been published in full, and is not being considered for publication elsewhere. Publication of abstracts and presentations at scientific meetings will not jeopardize full publication.

Presentation of computational results

Computational results should be prepared following the IUPAC guidelines (See Journal of Computational Chemistry, 20: 1587–1590 and 20:1591–1592). In particular, it is required that the level of theory employed is appropriate to the problem at hand, and that the sufficient details about methodology are provided to allow the work to be reproduced.

National Institute of Health Grantees

Pursuant to National Institute of Health (NIH) mandate, Wiley will post the accepted version of contributions authored by NIH grant-holders to PubMed Central upon acceptance. This accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication. For further information, see http://www.wiley.com/go/nihmandate.

Image Processing

While a certain degree of image processing is acceptable, and sometimes unavoidable, images submitted for publication should be minimally modified, and any modification to original raw data should be clearly and fully disclosed. Images submitted must accurately represent the original data, and authors must provide, if requested by the editors, unprocessed and raw data to aid in the reviewing process.

Image–processing details should be disclosed in full, either in the figure legends, the Methodology section, or in the Supporting Information. This should include the software used and the settings and methods applied in manipulations. Processing should be applied equally to the entire image and also to controls. Processing that obscures data or emphasizes certain regions at the expense of others should not be employed. When used, false-color and nonlinear adjustments, such as gamma correction, deconvolution, filtering, thresholding, and projection, should be clearly indicated in the manuscript.

EarlyView Online Publication

Accepted manuscripts will be published online as soon as they have been copyedited, typeset, and proofed by the author. The online publication date is the publication date of record for the paper. Until the paper has been scheduled for a print issue and page numbers assigned, the paper can be cited as "Int. J. Chem. Kinet." with the year and the DOI (Citing the Journal).

OnlineOpen and Supplementary Materials

OnlineOpen

OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wileyonlinelibrary, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see the OnlineOpen Terms and Conditions page.

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at: http://wileyonlinelibrary.com/onlineopen.

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article and go through the journal's standard rigorous peer-review process.

Supplementary Materials

The International Journal of Chemical Kinetics strongly encourages authors to submit complete experimental data sets and complete details on kinetic models in electronic form along with their manuscripts; this will facilitate comparisons with future data and models. For assistance getting your electronic data into suitable form, please contact the Managing Editor (kinetics@wiley.com). Note the journal allows free access to these electronic data via the internet. All data and supporting material must be submitted at the time of peer review.

Editorial Process

Online Submission

Manuscripts can be submitted using our online submission system available at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/kin.

Guidelines for preparing your manuscript for submission, including file formats and image resolution, can be found at the end of this document under Manuscript Preparation.

Submission policies

The International Journal of Chemical Kinetics does not consider manuscripts containing results that have previously been published in full, or are being considered for publication, elsewhere. Publication of abstracts and presentations at scientific meetings will not jeopardize full publication.

Authors should disclose related manuscripts that are under consideration or in press elsewhere, describing their relationship to the submitted manuscript and providing copies upon submission as "Supporting Information".

Cover letter

Your cover letter should contain a brief summary of the submitted work and highlight the novelties, conceptual and technical advances of the presented research on the current state of the field. The letter should suggest the significance of the work and why it will be of interest to the broad audience of the journal.

In addition, the cover letter should disclose scientific or financial conflicts of interest, list related papers in press or under consideration elsewhere, and provide suggestions for qualified reviewers in the field.

In order to guarantee that appropriate authorship credit is given to all contributors we require that a brief paragraph describing the contribution of every listed author is added to the cover letter. Up to three non-preferred reviewers can also be listed. Please note the editors will normally honor requests to exclude non-preferred reviewers whenever possible.

Keywords

Authors are asked to provide at least two keywords from the keyword list provided during submission.

Copyright Transfer Agreement

A signed Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA) is required to be completed after manuscript acceptance. This must be done using the Wiley Author Licensing Service where authors may also indicate whether the article should be OnlineOpen. After acceptance you will receive an email from Author Services with a link to your "My Publication" page and you will be guided through the process in order to select and sign the correct CTA form. Only original papers will be vested in the publisher. No article can be published unless accompanied by a signed publication agreement, which serves as a transfer of copyright from author to publisher. It is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission to reproduce materials that has appeared in another publication.

Costs

While there are no submission or page charges, the extra costs associated with color figure reproduction are expected to be met in part by the author. The author will be advised of their expected color cost contribution upon acceptance of their manuscript for publication.

Peer Review

Manuscripts are selected for external peer review based on the importance, novelty, interest of the work to the wider community, and quality of the described research. Manuscripts that are not selected for external peer review are normally returned to the author within five working days.

Selected manuscripts describing original research are normally sent to at least two experts for evaluation. Peer review for the International Journal of Chemical Kinetics is closed, i.e. reviewer identities are not disclosed to the author except at the reviewer's request. The editor will provide a decision as soon as sufficient reviews have been returned.

Review and Revision

Manuscripts may be accepted for publication without change or with minor changes. If revisions are needed, the manuscript may be sent back to the original reviewer(s) for re-evaluation. If significant additional work is required, the editor may recommend that a new version of the manuscript is submitted at a future date. In all cases, a point-by-point response to the concerns listed by the reviewers should be provided upon resubmission.

Appeals

Decisions can be reversed on appeal if the editor believed an error was made based on faulty evidence available at the time of the decision. This could include demonstrable factual errors in the reviewer reports or undetected bias. Editorial decisions can only be reconsidered if additional information is provided that was not already clear from the manuscript and cover letter in the original submission.

If an appeal is accepted, the manuscript may be sent to a new appeal reviewer or to one of the original reviewers. A point-by-point response to all reviewer comments should in all cases be provided. The final decision in an appeal is made by the editor.

Manuscript Preparation

All text and tables must be formatted as Microsoft Word or LaTeX documents. Other file format can be acceptable for submission, please refer to the guide to different file format available at the journal webpage. To avoid publication delays after acceptance, PDF files cannot be accepted for submission.

The style of the manuscript should be in accordance with the kind of manuscript described in Article types.

Microsoft Word Documents

There is no mandatory template for submission. All tables must be saved and submitted as separate files with numbers and titles within the document.

LaTeX Documents

Always upload the main LaTeX file first, selecting the file designation of "Main Document". All files related with the main LaTeX document and needed for processing must be uploaded after that and designated as "TeX/LaTeX Suppl Files". File names are case sensitive and also sensitive to embedded fonts. Be sure to upload all style and class, reference and bibliography files that are part of the document.

If changes are made to the main LaTeX document after all of the related files have been uploaded, all supplementary LaTeX files will have to be removed and re-uploaded.

You may submit your manuscript in RevTeX4, however at the end of the submission process you will need to check the PDF file conversion twice in order to produce a clean file for review. Failure to run the conversion twice will result in file corruption and the manuscript will need to be resubmitted.

Please remember to check the PDF file conversion carefully for all figures before submitting your document. If you do not see all of your files, check the log file for internal errors.

It is recommended that a PDF copy of the manuscript is uploaded as separate file, designed as "Main Document".

Additional Information for TeX/LaTeX authors:

  • All referenced files will be listed under the Main Document file as a log and will appear in green when successfully uploaded to Manuscript Central. If a file appears in the log in red, then a file that is referenced in the Main Document is missing or incorrectly uploaded in Manuscript Central. Directory structures should not be used when referencing external files in order to prevent file corruption.
  • When uploading a TeX/LaTeX main document, the system will analyze the file to determine what additional resource files (such as image files and bibliographic files) are necessary to complete the document. The system will not allow you to submit your manuscript until you have completed your TeX/LaTeX document upload, including all necessary resource files. The system will also not allow you submit your manuscript if you designate a file as a TeX/LaTeX Suppl File and it is not referenced by any TeX/LaTeX files uploaded to the system.
  • When you view the HTML proof of your manuscript, the link to your TeX/LaTeX document will open the PDF proof. This is necessary to ensure all formulas and other special formatting are rendered correctly.
  • Files uploaded as TeX/LaTeX Suppl Files will not be viewable as individual files in the HTML proof and will not be rendered independently of the entire TeX/LaTeX document. Therefore, images and other content will show up in the PDF proof at the location specified in your TeX/LaTeX document. In addition, captions for images displayed within a TeX/LaTeX proof must be created in the TeX/LaTeX document, since image proofs cannot be created separately.

Citations

The references should be numbered consecutively in the order of their appearance in the text and should conform to The American Chemical Society Style Guide (1986). Please compile the references at the end of the manuscript and call it Bibliography. Abbreviations of journal titles should conform to the practices of Chemical Abstracts. Sample entries for a journal article, a book, and an edited book follow:

1. Fletcher, T. R.; Rosenfeld, R. N. J Am Chem Soc 1985, 107, 2203–2212. (Notice that there is no bold or italic or punctuation with the journal title.)

2. Stothers, J. B. Carbon-13 NMR Spectroscopy; Academic: New York, 1972; Chapter 2. (No italic for book title.)

3. Kolar, G. F. In Chemical Carcinogens, 2nd ed.; Searle, C. E., Ed.; ACS Monograph 182; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 1984; Vol. 2, Chapter 14. (No italic for book title.)

Graphics Preparation

All digital art, including figures, schemes, and charts, should be saved as TIFF or EPS files. Submission in formats other than TIFF or EPS is not recommended for compatibility and quality issues. Submission of JPEG, PDF, Excel and PowerPoint files for digital images will result in unsubmission of the article. Images should be flattened prior to submission, i.e. files should not contain layers. Please save all images separately. Whether necessary, it is the responsibility of the author to obtain permission to reproduce copyrighted material in his/her article. Unequivocal reference must be made to the original source of any image reproduced or adapted from previously published material.

Image resolution

All line art should have a resolution yielding 600–1200 dpi. Grayscale and color figures must have a resolution of 300 dpi. To ensure that your digital graphics are suitable for print, please use the Rapid Inspector software available at Rapid Inspector software. This free application will help you to inspect and verify illustrations for print quality and resolution.

Image sizing

Images should be created or scaled to the size intended for print; no enlargement or reduction should be necessary. Image files should be cropped to remove non-printing borders. Files should be checked carefully for any type, lines, or other elements outside the illustration that are not intended for print. Such elements should be removed before submission. Image orientation should be the same as intended for print.

Chemical structures

Chemical structures and reaction schemes should be drawn with an appropriate drawing program. The most suitable settings that should be used with ChemDraw are listed below. The settings of other programs should be adjusted similarly. All files must be saved as TIFF or EPS files and should not be submitted in the native application format.

The most suitable settings for ChemDraw are:

1. Drawing settings:

  • Chain angle: 120°
  • Bond spacing: 18% of width
  • Fixed length: 14.4 pt (0.508 cm, 0.2 in.)
  • Bold width: 2.0 pt (0.071 cm, 0.0278 in.)
  • Line width: 0.6 pt (0.021 cm, 0.0084 in.)
  • Margin width: 1.6 pt (0.056 cm, 0.0222 in.)
  • Hash spacing: 2.5 pt (0.088 cm, 0.0347 in.)

2. Text settings:

  • Font: Arial (PC) or Helvetica (Mac)
  • Size: 10 pt

3. Preferences:

  • Units: Points
  • Tolerance: 3 pixels

4. Page setup:

  • Paper: U.S. letter

5. Maximum image widths:

  • Single column: 19 picas (8.096 cm, 3.187 in.)
  • Double column: 40 picas (16.906 cm, 6.656 in.)
  • Maximum depth: 13.5 picas (5.715 cm, 2.25 in.)

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