Applied Organometallic Chemistry

Cover image for Vol. 28 Issue 4

Editor-in-Chief Cornelis J. Elsevier

Impact Factor: 2.011

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 17/44 (Chemistry Inorganic & Nuclear); 22/71 (Chemistry Applied)

Online ISSN: 1099-0739

Author Guidelines

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Author Guidelines


Applied Organometallic Chemistry publishes Research Articles and Reviews of scientific research in all areas of organometallic and metal-organic chemistry involving main group metals, transition metals, lanthanides and actinides. All contributions should contain an explicit application of novel compounds, for instance in materials science, nano science, catalysis, chemical vapour deposition, metal-mediated organic synthesis, polymers, bio-organometallics, metallo-therapy, metallo-diagnostics and medicine. Reviews of books covering aspects of the fields of focus are also published.

All new compounds should be satisfactorily identified and proof of their structure given according to generally accepted standards. Structural reports, such as papers exclusively dealing with synthesis and characterization, analytical techniques, X-ray diffraction studies of metal-organic or organometallic compounds will not be considered. The editors reserve the right to refuse without peer review any manuscript that does not comply with the aims and scope of the journal.

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Manuscript Submission

All papers must be submitted via the online system. Applied Organometallic Chemistry 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 to navigate to the Applied Organometallic Chemistry online submission site.

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 this journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.

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 and a Word .doc format is provided in addition to the source files. Figures may be provided in .tiff or .eps format. Applied Organometallic Chemistry will not accept .pdfs as source files. Main document and Image files must be supplied in one of the preferred document formats.


NON-LATEX USERS: Upload your manuscript files. At this stage, further source files do not need to be uploaded.Please make sure that you have copied and pasted all illustrations, tables and chemical structures and reactions, and inserted them at the right place in the text (.doc) document.

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.


NON-LATEX USERS: The revised text with all illustrations, tables and structures/reactions, plus all editable source files must be uploaded at this stage, including illustrations, chemical structures/reactions and tables.

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

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 and visit

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:

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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 Japanese authors can also find a list of local English improvement services at 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 AOC.

  • Keywords. Authors should prepare no more than 5 keywords for their manuscript.

  • In addition to the standard abstract, please supply a short abstract of up to 80 words and an illustration typical for your article (this can be an illustration from the content or an illustration designed for the short abstract) for publication in the table of contents. [Please note that the typesetters will use the first 80 words of your full abstract and a random figure from the content, if no material is supplied by the authors!] For more details see below.

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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 and novelty 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.

Reference Style and EndNote

References to the literature or to footnotes are typed in square brackets as superscripts after punctuation. These are numbered consecutively and listed (with the numbers in square brackets but not as superscripts) at the end of the main body of text. They should not contain comprehensive experimental details (which should be included in the Experimental Section instead) or long explanatory text. The names of all authors should be given in upper- and lowercase, starting with the initials of first names followed by the surname (et al. should only be used when there are more than ten authors; in this case, the complete reference has to be given in the Supporting Information). The penultimate and last names should be separated by a comma (not by "and"). Where possible, composite references should be used, and can be separated by a), b), c)—not (a), (b), (c). Please double-check your references to ensure correct (online) links. Both page range and first page are acceptable, however the usage must be consistent within an article. The examples below give the page ranges.


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


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

V. Sklenar, in NMR Applications in Biopolymers, (Eds: J.W. Finley, S. J. Schmidt, A. S.


The Oncology Website. [24 April 1999]

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Illustrations and ChemDraw Rules

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 (one column) or 175mm (two column) 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 settings    Text settings
 chain angle  120°  font  Arial
 bond spacing  18% of length  size  12 pt
 fixed length  17 pt    
 bond width  2 pt  Preferences   
 line width  0.75 pt  units  points
 margin width  2 pt  tolerances  5 pixels
 hash spacing  2.6 pt    
 bold width  2.6 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

AOC’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 ScholarOne Manuscripts (formerly known as 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

When considered necessary by the Editors, two colour pages per article will be printed free of charge. The cost of additional colour illustrations printed in the journal will be charged to the author. If colour illustrations are supplied electronically in either TIFF or EPS format, they may be used in the PDF of the article at no cost to the author, even if this illustration was printed in black and white in the journal. The PDF will appear on the Wiley Online Library site.

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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:

Harris RK, Nordon A, Harris KDM, 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 "" as per following example:

DOI 10.1002/aoc.1382, becomes

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Supporting Information

Data that are (i) not amenable to presentation in a traditional print format, (ii) of interest primarily to specialists and do not require Journal page space, or (iii) particularly useful to the community in electronic (downloadable) form can be published online as supplementary material hosted within Wiley Online Library.

Article Formats Published in AOC

Applied Organometallic Chemistry publishes Reviews, Research Articles, Rapid Communications and Working Method Papers. Submitted manuscripts should not have been previously published and should not be submitted for publication elsewhere while they are under consideration by Wiley. Receipt of papers will be acknowledged. Submitted material will not be returned to the author, unless specifically requested.

Research Articles must either be of current general interest or of great significance to a more specialized readership. They are peer-reviewed and report details of studies that have not been published previously, except in the form of a preliminary communication (reprint requested). Manuscripts should be between 15 and 20 pages in length (double spaced), and be divided into sections in the following order: Introduction, Experimental, Results and Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgements, References.

Reviews are by invitation from the Editorial Board or at the initiative of individual authors. Authors considering submitting a Review should contact the Editor-in-Chief or one of the Editors at an early stage.

Rapid Communications of usually not more than 4 pages require an abstract and should be organised similarly to full-length papers. It is recommended to use the Theoretical Part/Experimental Part format. Rapid Communications may be submitted to an Editor or the Editor-in-Chief.

Working Method Papers describe experimental or computational procedures in detail, and they do not have to follow the structure of standard review articles or reviews.

Supplementary MaterialData that are (i) not amenable to presentation in a traditional print format, (ii) of interest primarily to specialists and do not require Journal page space, or (iii) particularly useful to the community in electronic (downloadable) form can be published online as supplementary material hosted within Wiley Online Library.

If an article of the first three categories includes results of X-ray crystal structure determinations, then please consult Conventions Adopted for AOC below.

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Conventions Adopted by AOC

Articles with X-ray Structure Determination

Authors are expected to prepare their submissions by following these Guidelines. They should also consult recent issues of the Journal to assist them in the preparation of their submissions.

If no application has been reported in the paper, at least one paragraph should appear showing that papers describing applications of compounds similar to those of the paper have already been published, with suitable references.

Abstract: Only salient features of the molecular and/or crystal structure need be mentioned. No crystallographic data are required.

Experimental: The Experimental section should be brief in keeping with the often highly-automated procedures associated with X-ray structure determination. This section should give the basics, i.e. diffractometer and temperature of the experiment, and details of any deviations from routine treatment (e.g. non-Mo radiation, treatment for the effects of absorption, etc.) and refinement of the data (disorder, non-anisotropic refinement, determination of absolute structure, non-standard treatment of hydrogen atoms, etc.). Fundamental crystallographic data must be included and would normally comprise molecular formula, molecular weight, crystal system, space group, non-redundant unit cell parameters, volume, Z, no. of unique data, qmax, R values (if R values are quoted for a restricted number of data, e.g. data satisfying I = 2sigma(I), then the number of reflections must also be given, and rmax if = 1.0 eÅ-3. The programs used for the crystal structure determination should also be stated. Previous unpublished X-ray data has to be submitted to the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre to submission to this Journal or should be documented by appropriate accompanying material. The CIF must be submitted with the paper to aid review and the crystallographic data reported in the paper must match exactly that given in the CIF.

  • Note:
    The number of significant figures
    Only include the residual electron density peak (and location) if rmas is = 1.0 eÅ-3
    Do not include angles if they are constrained to 90º
    Correctly represent space groups: P21/c is not P2(1)/C or some variant

Results and Discussion: The description of the crystal and/or molecular structure should highlight the key points of the structure and their relevance to the chemistry described in the paper. An explicit statement as to the presence of any molecular symmetry must be included.

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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.

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Ethical Treatment of Humans and Animals

All human and animal studies must be approved by an appropriate ethics committee or review board (depending on local arrangements), and a statement to this effect should be included in the methods section, or the reasons why it was not necessary if this is the case. All clinical investigations must have been conducted according to the principles expressed in the Declaration of Helsinki (

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