Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 18/82 (Polymer Science)

Online ISSN: 1099-0518

Associated Title(s): Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics

Author Guidelines

Manuscript Preparation

General Information | Manuscript Types | Manuscript Details | Citations | Supporting Information | Graphical Abstract | Graphics Preparation | Cover Images | Video Abstracts | Author Services

General Information

All text and tables must be formatted as Microsoft Word or LaTeX documents. To make submission easier and more convenient for authors, the editorial office of the Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry now allows manuscripts to be the submitted as a single Word file, with figures embedded in the text or all at the end of the text in numerical order.

For information on editorial policies and processes, please see our extended guidelines.

Manuscript Types

Contributions may be submitted as full-length Original Articles, Rapid Communications, or Reviews. Highlights may be submitted by invitation only.

Original Articles are comprehensive reports of important original research results of broad interest to the polymer community. Original Articles should include an abstract of 150 words or less, an Introduction summarizing the reasons for undertaking the work and the main conclusions which can be drawn, an Experimental section containing sufficient detail to reproduce the work, a Results and Discussion section with brief subheadings, and a Conclusions section that summarizes the major conclusions and achievements of the paper. The discussion should be exhaustive, cite relevant literature and thoroughly and quantitatively describe the differences presented in the submitted manuscript with respect to what has already been published on the subject, including in terms of materials properties. Original Articles must include a graphical abstract image and text for the table of contents. The image should be a square with dimensions of 2 inches/5 cm and the text should be less than 75 words. Original Articles are peer reviewed and include received, revised, and accepted dates.

Rapid Communications are short works of immediate importance to the polymer chemistry community. Rapid Communications are limited to 3,000 words, 4 figures and/or tables, and 30 references. There should be NO headings in the main text. Rapid Communications must include a graphical abstract image and text for the table of contents. The image should be a square with dimensions of 2 inches/5 cm and the text should be less than 75 words. Rapid Communications are peer reviewed and include received, revised, and accepted dates.

Reviews are comprehensive but compact surveys of recent progress in polymer chemistry, providing the readership with an appreciation of the importance of the work, a summary of recent developments and a guide to the relevant literature. Reviews are normally commissioned, but unsolicited proposals are also considered. Reviews are up to 6,500 words in length and contain up to 8 tables and figures. Citations should be selective and not biased towards a single research group. Reproduction of key images from the cited literature is encouraged; however, if an image is reproduced, the appropriate permission forms must be obtained from the original publisher and uploaded alongsie the submission. Please note that many publishers also require text in the figure caption stating the figure has been reproduced. Author photos and brief, 75-word biographies of the authors should be included. Reviews must include a graphical abstract image and text for the table of contents. The image should be a square with dimensions of 2 inches/5 cm and the text should be less than 75 words. Reviews are peer reviewed and include received, revised, and accepted dates.

Highlights are comprehensive surveys of recent progress in a topic, including a summary of recent developments and a guide to the relevant literature. Highlights may be submitted by invitation only. Reproduction of key images from the cited literature is encouraged; however, if an image is reproduced, the appropriate permission forms must be obtained from the original publisher and uploaded alongsie the submission. Please note that many publishers also require text in the figure caption stating the figure has been reproduced. Author photos and brief, 75-word biographies of the authors should be included. Highlights must include a graphical abstract image and text for the table of contents. The image should be a square with dimensions of 2 inches/5 cm and the text should be less than 75 words. Highlights are peer reviewed and include received, revised, and accepted dates.

Manuscript Details

The manuscript should contain the following: Title, Author List, Institution Address, Abstract (only for Highlights and Original Articles), Keywords, Introduction, Experimental Section (materials and methods), Results and Discussion Section, Conclusions, Dedications (optional), Acknowledgments (optional), References and Notes Section, Figure Legends, and Graphical Abstract, in that order.

Manuscripts may be in PDF format at the time of submission; however, upon acceptance, manuscripts must be in a standard word-processing format such as DOC, DOCX, RTF, or TEX. Manuscripts should be reasonably subdivided into sections and, if necessary, subsections. Please refer to any issue of this journal for examples. Twelve-point Times New Roman or Times fonts should be used for all manuscripts. Other common, legible fonts such as Calibri, Arial, etc. may also be used. Greek letters and mathematical symbols (if any) should be typed in Symbol font; graphics for Greek letters and mathematical symbols should be avoided. Prefixes in compound names and formulas (e.g., t-Bu or tert-butyl), locants in chemical names (e.g., ortho or N-halides), stereochemical information (e.g., cis or trans), and unabbreviated Latin phrases (e.g., in situ) must be italicized. Small capitals should be used for stereochemical assignments (e.g., ᴅ- or ʟ-).

The pages of the manuscript must be consecutively numbered with Arabic numerals with a word-processor's page-numbering function. The numbers should be placed at the bottom of the page on the right side at an appropriate distance from the edges of the page to ensure that they will not be cut off when the manuscript is printed or converted into a PDF file.

Please see our submission checklist for a short list of what is required.

Microsoft Word Documents

Manuscripts created in a word-processing program (e.g., MS Word or WordPerfect) can be uploaded as .doc, .docx, or .rtf files. Tables and Figures can be included either in line with the text, at the end of the text, or as separate files. All figures and tables must be numbered and cited sequentially in the manuscript. If uploading images as separate files, all captions should be included separately at the end of the manuscript.

LaTeX Documents

Upload the main LaTeX file under file designation "Complete Manuscript". All items mentioned in the LaTeX document must be uploaded separately, using the designation "Figures", "Tables", or "TeX/LaTeX Support Files". File names are case sensitive and also sensitive to embedded fonts. Be sure to upload all reference and bibliography files that are part of the document as "TeX/LaTeX Support Files". We ask that authors limit the use of unique styles. If desired, authors can upload a PDF copy of the manuscript, also designed as "Complete Manuscript".

Please remember to check the system-generated PDF file carefully to ensure proper build of your manuscript. If files are missing, the manuscript will build incorrectly and produce an error report in place of the manuscript.


Templates are REQUIRED for submission.

Cover Letter

A cover letter (submitted as a Word or PDF file or typed in the "Author's Cover Letter" window) must be submitted together with the manuscript and should be addressed to the Editor of the journal. A cover letter should contain the corresponding author's name, postal and e-mail addresses, phone and fax numbers, the title of the manuscript, and a short description of the presented work. The letter should clearly state the significant contribution of the research to the field of polymer chemistry and provide a brief scientific justification on why the manuscript should be considered for publication in the Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry. Authors should also indicate whether the manuscript is submitted to be considered as an Original Article, Rapid Communication, or Note. All editorial correspondence will be sent only to the corresponding author, who is responsible for notifying all other coauthors about the manuscript status. Manuscripts submitted without a cover letter will not be considered for publication in the Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry.

Your cover letter should contain a brief summary of the submitted work and answer the following key questions:

  • Why is this topic important?
  • Why are the results significant?
  • What is the key result?
  • What is the advance on previous work?
  • Why are you submitting it to this journal?
  • Why will the journal's audience be interested in this paper?
  • What applications is the technology described in the manuscript going to be useful for?

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. 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.


The title should clearly emphasize the content of the manuscript. All first letters of the title words except for articles, prepositions, etc. should be capitalized. Words such as "Novel" and "First" must be avoided. References in a title are not acceptable.

Author List

The Author list should include those persons who have made a significant contribution to the presented work. Equal and partial authorship designations are not allowed. The first name (written in full), initials (if any), and surname should be used. Titles and academic degrees should not be included. The order of authors cannot be changed after acceptance.

Institution Address

The affiliation of all authors including the name of department or institution and full postal address should be listed and indicated as footnotes using the Arabic numerals placed as superscripts after the appropriate author's names. The e-mail address of the corresponding author should be incorporated in the separate line.


A short abstract (maximum length 200 words) summarizing briefly the purpose of the work, the significant results and the conclusions is required for Highlights and Original Articles. No abstracts are required for Rapid Communications.


It is the author's responsibility to provide keywords to appear after the abstract (for Highlights and Original Articles) or authors' affiliation addresses (for Rapid Communications) and to be used for the subject index at the end of the volume of the journal. To facilitate online searching, the editors of the Wiley polymer journals have compiled a common keyword catalog. At least three of the maximum of five keywords assigned to an article must come from this list.


The introduction should clearly and precisely emphasize the purpose and objectives of the research. It should express the significance of the work as well as its scope and limitations. A brief discussion of what has appeared in literature and how the described research is related to previous publications should be incorporated as well.


The source of all commercially obtained materials must be listed. Appropriate references (to both the synthesis and characterization) for all known compounds must be provided. Modifications to these procedures should be noted. Complete procedures for the preparation of all new materials should be given. This description should be clear, yet concise, and unambiguously guide the repetition of the work by others. Quantities of reactants and solvents in all procedures should be incorporated in parentheses, e.g. CHBr3 (126 mg, 0.5 mmol) in DMSO (10 mL).

It is especially important that all necessary precautions for potential safety or environmental hazards be stated. Adequate evidence of the identity and purity of new compounds and materials must be provided. Fully assigned solution 1H NMR and 13C NMR data should be provided for all new compounds containing hydrogen and carbon, except when a macromolecule's structure makes this impossible due to solubility.

The degree of purity should be stated for all new compounds. For non-polymeric materials, this should include elemental analysis for carbon and hydrogen. Acceptable error in the analysis of each element is ±0.4%. If a compound is unstable, a listing of the high-resolution mass spectrometric (HRMS) molecular weight and calculated molecular weight may be substituted as evidence of purity. In some cases, distillation followed by gas chromatography or column chromatography followed by HPLC or gel electrophoresis gives an appropriate measure of purity.

Physical Data

All data must be included in the Experimental section. Symbols that represent physical quantities should be appropriately italicized (e.g., Ea for activation energy). Symbols that represent units of measurement should not be italicized (e.g., J for joule). Data should be quoted with decimal points, not commas, and with a forward slash (e.g., 47.6 J/K mol) or negative exponents (e.g., 47.6 J K–1 mol–1). Analytical data should be reported as follows: Yield: 92%. Purity (HPLC): >99%. Rf : 0.57 (SiO2 , hexanes/CH2Cl2, 1:1). mp/bp: 107.0 °C (lit. mp/bp 107.5 °C). [α]20D: 15.2 (c = 1.00, CHCl3). 1H NMR (500 MHz, CDCl3, δ, ppm): 0.97 (t, J = 7.3 Hz, 3H), 1.54 (sextet, J = 7.3 Hz, 2H), 2.76 (dt, J1 = 11.2 Hz, J2 = 7.4 Hz, 2H), 2.88 (dt, J1 = 11.2 Hz, J2 = 7.4 Hz, 2H), 4.14 (br s, 2H), 4.22 (br s, 2H), 7.80 (s, 2H). 13C NMR (125 MHz, DMSO-d6, δ, ppm): 52.00 (CO2CH3), 105.79 (2' ArC), 125.92 (2 ArC), 127.24, 129.08, 129.72 (3 ArC), 134.04, 145.22, 146.55, 166.13 (CO2CH3). IR (KBr, thin film, cm–1): 3478 and 3379 (N–H), 1607 (C=C). UV–vis (hexanes) λmax, nm (ε): 240 (1080). HRMS (m/z): calcd for C316H480O32, 4787.59; found, 5808.63 [M + H]+. Anal. calcd for C15H11Br4NO2S: C, 30.59; H, 1.88; N, 2.38. Found: C, 30.77; H, 1.96; N, 2.40. (These data are completely fictional and are given only as an example.)

Results and Discussion

This section should include the summary and comparison of all results. For clarity, the use of tables, figures, schemes and charts is encouraged. The discussion should provide the objective interpretation of the results as well as the scope and limitation of the presented research and its relevance to the accomplishments already described in literature.


This section should briefly summarize the results of the accomplished work. However, it should not duplicate the statement in the abstract.


All figures must be numbered according to their place in the text and include a legend. See below for more information on graphics preparation.


Tables may be embedded in the manuscript in an editable format, not as graphics. Each data point must be incorporated into its own table cell. All tables must be numbered with Arabic numerals (e.g., Table 1) in the order in which they are mentioned in the text. Each table must have a short title describing the content. All table columns should have an explanatory heading. Notes within tables (if any) should be denoted by consecutive, lowercase, superscripted letters. Alternatively, tables can be saved separately in an editable format and designated as "Table". The duplication of data in figures and tables should be avoided. The tables should be formatted to fit a single column (19 picas, 8.096 cm, 3.187 in.) or a double column (40 picas, 16.906 cm, 6.656 in.). Tables should clearly present data without reference to the manuscript text.


All dedications (if any) should be included in the Acknowledgments.


The Acknowledgments section may be used to acknowledge financial support provided by organizations, institutions, grants or individual persons if applicable grant numbers may be included. Authors may also acknowledge any person other than coauthors who substantially contributed to the work by the technical assistance, helpful discussion, etc. All dedications (if any) should be incorporated in this section.

Nomenclature, Symbols, and Units

Nomenclature, symbols, and units should be used according to the rules defined by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry or by Chemical Abstracts in Appendix IV of any recent Chemical Abstracts Index Guide.

Abbreviations and Acronyms

All nonstandard abbreviations and acronyms must be explained when they first appear in the text.


EndNote journal reference style files for PC and Mac can be downloaded from


Literature citations should be formatted to the following guidelines, using the Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index (CASSI) recommendations for title abbreviations.

Books1. Koros, W. J.; Chern, R. T. In Handbook of Separation Process Technology; Rousseau, E. D.; Russell, B., Eds.; Wiley: New York, 1987; Vol. 2, Chapter 20, pp 34-45.
Book Series2. Koros, W. J.; Chern, R. T. In Polymers for Fun and Profit; Rousseau, E. D., Ed.; ACS Symposium Series 518; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 1997; p 45.
Journals3. Guan, L., Jiménez, M. E. G., Walowski, C., Boushehri, A., Prausnitz, J. M. and Radke, C. J. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2011, 122, 1457–1471.
Conference Proceedings4. Medium, K. P. In Polymers Revealed, Proceedings of the 5th Annual Conference on Hidden Polymers, Istanbul, Turkey, Sept 5–21, 1976; Bluto, M., Ed.; Elsevier: New York, 1977.
Theses5. Big, G. H. Polymers in the Automotive Industry. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Scoggins, Fort Lee, MN, June 1954.
Patents6. Norman, L. O. (Michelin Co.). U.S. Patent 4,199,533, April 22, 1980.
Online Sources7. J. A. Woolam Co., Ellipsometry tutorial. (accessed May 1, 2010).

Supporting Information

Supporting Information (also known as Supplementary Material) is material that accompanies the paper and appears exclusively online. It is always peer reviewed. All the data needed to understand and appraise the paper should be included at submission, and we ask authors to avoid statements such as "data not shown". The Supporting Information will not be copy-edited after acceptance of the manuscript. In addition:

  1. The first page of the Supporting Information should include the title of the manuscript, complete list of authors and contact information for the corresponding author.
  2. Items included in the Supporting Information should be labeled and referred to as Figure S1, Figure S2, Table S1, Table S2, Video S1, Video S2, Equation S1, Equation S2 and so on.
  3. Supporting discussions and experimental procedures should not be numbered.
  4. Each item included in Supporting Information should be referred to in the main text.
  5. Supporting Figures and Tables should include a brief caption, much as their counterparts in the main paper.
  6. Supporting Information should be submitted as a single PDF file if possible.
  7. For separate data, video and audio files, see acceptable file formats and maximum dimensions.</<ol>

    Graphical Abstract

    All articles published in the Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry must include an image for the Table of Contents (TOC). An attractive full color image for the TOC should be sent at the time of manuscript submission. The image may be specifically designed for the table of contents and is meant to convey the broader importance of the work and thereby capture the reader's attention. The image must be square with dimensions of 2 inches/5 cm. The use of graphs and images consisting of several parts is strongly discouraged. Please also avoid excessive text.

    Graphics Preparation

    Images can be provided within the main document or separately as image files. If supplied separately, please ensure the Figure captions are supplied in editable format and are not included in the image file.

    Image resolution

    All line art should be either vector files or, if this is not feasible, have a resolution of 1200 dpi. Grayscale and color figures must have a resolution of at least 300 dpi. To ensure that your digital graphics are suitable for print, please use the Rapid Inspector software available at 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.

    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.)
    • Graphical abstract: 18 picas (7.62 cm, 3.0 in.)
    • Maximum depth: 13.5 picas (5.715 cm, 2.25 in.)

    Cover Images

    The Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry welcomes suggestions for the cover. Cover images should be provided at 8.25 x 11 inches at 300 dpi. Please read our Cover Image FAQ and contact our Editorial Office if you would like to suggest a cover image. To view past cover images please visit our cover gallery.

    Video Abstracts

    A video summary can be a quick way to make the message of your research accessible to a much larger audience. Wiley and its partner Research Square offer a service of professionally produced video summaries, available to authors of articles accepted in this journal. You can learn more about it, and purchase one for your article, at If you have any questions, please direct them to Click here to see recent video abstracts produced for the Journal of Polymer Science.

    Author Services

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