European Journal of Organic Chemistry

Cover image for Vol. 2014 Issue 12

Editor: Haymo Ross, Deputy Editor: Susan Wilkinson

Impact Factor: 3.344

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 14/57 (Chemistry Organic)

Online ISSN: 1099-0690

Associated Title(s): Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis, Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry

Guidelines for Authors

1. General Information

The European Journal of Organic Chemistry (EurJOC) is a fully peer-reviewed journal publishing 36 issues per year.

EurJOC publishes articles on synthetic organic chemistry, bioorganic and physical organic chemistry. Three types of contributions are accepted for publication:

  • Full Papers are articles with an Experimental Section that describe a major contribution to the development of an area of research of importance.
  • Short Communications are brief reports on results of high significance and urgency. Generally, they are no longer than about 8 pages or 3–4 typeset pages. A justification for urgent publication should accompany submission. A Short Communication returned to the author for revision should be sent back to the editorial office within three weeks. If more time is needed, the editor must be informed.
  • A Microreview is a highly focused overview of a selected topic. In general it includes a concise overview of the author's own research; reference to all appropriate work by others is essential. Please send us copies of all permissions for the reproduction of graphics as mentioned in the captions.

Manuscripts should be submitted online. The URL is:

The manuscript and the Supporting Information (required for all Short Communications and Full Papers) should be uploaded as separate files.

Authors can follow the progress of their manuscript through Editorial Manager.

All submissions must be in accordance with the Ethical Guidelines for Publication in Journals and Reviews issued by the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS). The author must inform the editor of manuscripts submitted, soon to be submitted, or in press at other journals that have a bearing on the manuscript being submitted. Any manuscript already available on personal/group web pages will be considered by the editors as already published and will not be accepted. If a manuscript is a revised/extended version of a manuscript previously rejected by EurJOC, the author must inform the editor about the previous submission in the cover letter and explain in detail which changes have been made. Authors should reveal all sources of funding for the work presented in the manuscript and should declare any conflict of interest.

The correspondence author of a Microreview will receive a PDF file of his/her paper restricted to 50 printouts; the correspondence author of other articles will receive a PDF file restricted to 25 printouts. Colour figures can be reproduced. Unless the editor deems colour to be essential for the understanding of a paper, authors will be requested to make a contribution towards the costs of colour reproduction. Details will be provided after acceptance of the manuscript.

We encourage authors to submit pictures for the cover page. A template, eurjoccover.pdf, is available under "Author Guidelines" on our journal homepage.

If authors have to or want to make their publications freely available at the moment they are published (open access), EurJOC offers such a service. You can find all the information about this subject on our journal homepage under the link "OnlineOpen". EurJOC also complies with the request or mandate from research funding agencies, for example the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), to make manuscripts freely available online in the unedited and not proof-read form after acceptance. In general we recommend that authors place a link on their homepage to their EurJOC publication through the "Digital Object Identifier" (DOI). Only in this way can Crossref function correctly and full-text downloads be tallied.

Manuscripts containing animal experiments must include a statement that permission was obtained from the relevant national or local authorities. The institutional committees that have approved the experiments must be identified and the accreditation number of the laboratory or of the investigator given where applicable. If no such rules or permissions are in place in the country where the experiments were performed, then this must also be clearly stated. Manuscripts with experiments with human subjects or tissue samples from human subjects must contain a disclaimer in the Experimental Section to state that informed, signed consent was obtained from either the patient or next of kin.

As a general rule, because of security reasons and because of vague reaction conditions as a result of varying device properties, even in cases of the same make, EurJOC does not consider manuscripts for publication that are based on chemical reactions performed in domestic microwave ovens.

2. Manuscript Preparation

General information is given in this file. For further details on the aspects mentioned here and instructions for preparing graphics and tables, please use the links provided under "Author Guidelines" on the journal homepage.

2.1 Manuscript Structure

Templates (MS Word for Win/Mac) should be used for all types of contributions and can be found under "Author Guidelines" on our journal homepage. A manuscript should comprise: ◊ Title ◊ Keywords ◊ Abstract ◊ Main Text including Introduction, Results and Discussion etc. ◊ Experimental Section ◊ Acknowledgments (optional) ◊ Captions ◊ Tables ◊ References ◊ Schemes and Figures ◊ Table of Contents entry including a Key Topic (two or three words highlighting the most important aspect of your paper), a short text (max. 350 characters) and a graphical element (use of free colour is strongly recommended). ◊ For Microreviews only: Biographical sketches and a portrait-quality photograph of all authors (when several authors from one institution are involved, group photographs are preferred).

2.2 Manuscript Title

The title of the manuscript should reflect the content of the paper. Ideally, it should be as succinct as possible, while providing some insight into the main theme of the paper. The title should not make use of ornate expressions or highly embellished words to exaggerate the value and/or importance of the work. The manuscript title should not include part numbers; however, a footnote may indicate that the paper is part of a larger series.

2.3 Keywords

In the electronic age, Keywords are used to form subsets of articles for specialized fields, virtual journals and tag clouds. These features give your article increased visibility, in particular to a targeted audience. To optimize the selection of articles, we have compiled a Keyword Catalogue common to our chemistry journals available on our homepage. Please use at least three keywords from this list.

2.4 Text

The text should be left-justified only to avoid end-of-line word divisions.

Authors are asked to make their manuscripts suitable for a heterogeneous readership — please use a simple, clear style, and avoid jargon. If, in your opinion, language editing might place your paper in a more competitive position for peer review, you might want to use a professional company such as Wiley English Language Editing Services.

Abbreviations and acronyms should be used sparingly and consistently. Where they first appear in the text, the complete term—apart from the most common ones such as NMR, IR, thf, tBu etc.—should also be given.

Symbols of physical quantities, but not their units (e.g. T for temperature, J, λ), stereochemical information (cis, trans, Z, R), locants (N-methyl), symmetry and space groups (P21/c), and prefixes in formulas (tBu) or compound names (tert-butyl) must be in italics. Latin phrases, such as "in situ", should not.

Stereochemical descriptors, such as d- and l-, and molar (m) or normal (n) should be in small capitals.

Use only characters from the Symbol and Normal Text character sets, especially when inserting Greek letters and characters with umlauts, accents, tildes, etc.: α, ä, à, ã, Å.

EurJOC follows the latest IUPAC recommendations for nomenclature. However, avoid complicated, multi-line names if a simpler version (e.g. alcohol 4, ketone 5, compound 6) accompanied by a structural formula could be used instead.

2.5 Compound Characterization

All new compounds must be fully characterized (e.g., NMR spectroscopy, IR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, elemental analysis, specific rotation, etc.) and their purity verified.

The 1H NMR and 13C NMR spectra of all key intermediates and all final products should be included in the Supporting Information. In addition, data for all new compounds should include either elemental analysis (to an accuracy within ±0.4 % of the calculated values) or high-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS) data. For compounds where elemental analysis data is not provided, the HRMS data should be accompanied by NMR spectra with sufficiently high signal-to-noise ratios so that all peaks can be adequately resolved.

Note that elemental analysis data MUST be provided for papers detailing the isolation and structure elucidation of natural products.

2.6 Crystallographic Data

Authors must deposit the data of X-ray structure analyses in a crystallographic database before submitting their manuscript, so that referees can access the information electronically.

2.7 References

We strongly recommend the use of the Endnotes feature of Word. If you prefer not to use this function, references should be indicated by numbers in square brackets as superscripts and, if applicable, after punctuation (example: text.[1]).

Journal titles should be abbreviated according to the Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index (CASSI).


[1] a) A. Einstein, A. N. Other, Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2003, 20–25; b) R. Schoenfeld, The Chemist's English, 3rd ed., VCH, Weinheim, 1990, p. 111.

If a paper has been published online but has not appeared in print yet, it is cited by listing the author names and then the abbreviated title of the journal followed by the DOI number, e.g.:

[1] P. J. H. Scott, P. G. Steel, Eur. J. Org. Chem., DOI: 10.1002/ejoc.200500804.

2.8 Supporting Information

For Full Papers and Short Communications, copies of the 1H NMR and 13C NMR spectra of all key intermediates and all final products should be included in the Supporting Information. This material will be accessible only on the WWW. Authors must keep a copy to make available to readers if necessary.

In general, Supporting Information should be designated as such and provided as a separate file at submission. Videos and other formats can also be uploaded as Supporting Information. CIF and Checkcif files are ONLY included as Supporting Information at submission for quick access by the referees but do NOT appear as such with the final published manuscript, as the data is accessible through the FIZ or CCDC.