Journal of Chemometrics

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Edited By: Prof. Paul J Gemperline

Impact Factor: 1.5

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 23/56 (Instruments & Instrumentation); 25/122 (Statistics & Probability); 26/99 (Mathematics Interdisciplinary Applications); 26/58 (Automation & Control Systems); 49/74 (Chemistry Analytical); 57/123 (Computer Science Artificial Intelligence)

Online ISSN: 1099-128X

Author Guidelines

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Author Guidelines

Instructions to Authors

Mission and Scope. The Journal of Chemometrics is dedicated to serving the community of scientists working in the interdisciplinary field of chemometrics by publishing peer-reviewed Original Research Articles on fundamental and applied aspects of chemometrics. Broadly construed, chemometrics is an interdisciplinary field combining experimental design, physical-chemical measurements, multivariate statistical analysis, mathematical modeling, and information technology for extracting useful information from data. The Journal also provides a forum for the exchange of information by publishing Short Communications, Book and Computer Software Reviews, information on meetings and other relevant news.

Contributions to the Journal of Chemometrics cover a wide range of different methods such as experimental design, signal processing, and multivariate calibration to exploratory data analysis, pattern recognition, data mining, modeling and simulation. Application of these methods in the fields of chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry, life sciences, and related disciplines are published in the Journal .

Original Research Articles should describe new theoretical principles, new techniques or methods, or innovative applications of known chemometric methods. Original Research Articles should be limited to 25 double spaced manuscript pages, 7 illustrations, and 4 tables. Only articles that have not been published previously or are not under review by another Journal will be accepted for submission to the Journal of Chemometrics .

Short Communications on critical topics in chemometrics will be accepted for rapid publication. The author should inform the Editor why priority is warranted. The length of Short Communications is restricted to a maximum of two Journal pages , i.e. approximately four double spaced manuscript pages. They will be given preference over papers in speed of publication and should still be preceded by a summary.

Tutorials, Reviews and Perspective Articles that expose and illustrate important methods or point out the authors’ vision of future developments in chemometrics will be accepted for rapid publication. Authors of tutorials, reviews and perspective articles are encouraged to contact the Features Editor,, regarding the appropriateness of proposed topics. Tutorials, reviews and perspective articles will be subject to a rigorous peer review process and are expected to provide, expert, in-depth scholarly coverage of the selected topic. Authors submitting Tutorials, Reviews and Perspective Articles will be eligible to feature their work free of charge on the journal cover.

Tutorials. Tutorial Articles provide a source of information that goes beyond that conveyed in a normal research article. Topics should be presented at an introductory level suitable for non-experts with maximum attention being given to clarity of expression, high quality figures, and freedom from jargon. Articles should stimulate as well as inform the readers. There are no formal limits on the page extent for this article type.

Review. A full-length critical Review provides a summary and discussion of the relevant literature about any topic covered within the Aims and Scope of the Journal. Reviews should be accompanied by an abstract. There are no formal limits on the page extent.

Mini-reviews. The criteria for a mini review is the same as a full critical review albeit less extensive in length and scope. Mini-reviews should contain no more than 50 references.

Perspectives. A Perspective is scholarly opinion piece about current or future direction in a field. A Perspective can serve to assess the science directly concerned with a particular topic or report on relevant issues that may arise from the discipline (for example, policy, effects on society, regulatory issues and controversies). Perspectives that address interdisciplinary research areas or experimental results with significance to a broader audience are of particular interest to the Editors. The Perspective should be accompanied by an abstract. There are no formal limits on the length of this article type.  

Book Reviews and Computer Software Reviews are prepared at the invitation of the Editors. Suggestions for reviewers are welcomed; however, unsolicited reviews are not accepted.

Electronic Submission Process. All materials must be submitted electronically through the Journal of Chemometrics online web-based manuscript submission and peer review system. ( The online system allows authors to track the progress of their submissions via a web interface. The Journal of Chemometrics does not accept submissions or revisions by surface mail, fax or as e-mail attachments.

File types. The preferred file types for manuscript text and table source are .doc, .docx and .rtf. Figures should be provided in .tiff or .eps format. If a manuscript is prepared using LaTeX, files should be uploaded as .eps or .pdf files during the review and revision process. If a manuscript prepared using LaTeX is accepted for publication, the final .eps or .pdf file and the sources files must be uploaded for typesetting in the Journal's digital workflow process.

Peer Review process. All submissions to the Journal of Chemometrics are peer reviewed. Authors are required to recommend at least three referees; however, it is up to the discretion of the Editors to select appropriate reviewers. After receiving and evaluating the reviewer's comments, the Editor will inform the author(s) of his/her decision on the disposition of the manuscript. The reviewer's evaluations will be returned in a manner designed to preserve the anonymity of the reviewers.

Due to increasing demands on the peer-review system, the Editors will screen manuscripts that are inappropriate for peer review and return them to the corresponding author without review. In such cases, the assigned Editor will generally consult with another Editor before making the decision to return a paper without review. Papers may be returned without review, for example, if:

  • The work lies outside the scope of the Journal of Chemometrics.
  • The paper is too narrowly focused and not of general interest to the chemometrics community.
  • The paper describes a minor improvement of previously published research or previously published methods, techniques or applications.
  • There is insufficient data to substantiate the claims and conclusions drawn in the paper.
  • The paper is a resubmission of previously rejected work without sufficient new research.

Manuscript style. The language of the Journal is English. The manuscripts should be typed with double line spacing, with a 3 cm margin at each edge of the sheet.

Title. The title of the paper should describe the contents fully, but concisely, and a short title of up to 70 characters should be provided.

Nomenclature. Authors should conform to nomenclature, symbols and abbreviations adopted by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). Compounds and figures should be numbered in separate sequences using Arabic numerals. All figures and tables must have captions. Greek letters and unusual symbols should be defined in the margin. The preferred style for matrices is bold capitals, and for vectors bold lower case. Scalars should be italic.

Summary. Every paper for publication must be preceded by a summary of not more than 250 words setting out the essential contents and typed on a separate sheet. This should be sufficiently comprehensive to allow effective use by abstracting services. The summary should be followed by 3 to 5 key words suitable for indexing purposes.

Table of Content Abstract. For every paper, the following material for the Table of Contents Abstract on a separate page is required: the full title, the names of the authors, a short abstract of not more than 80 words or 3 sentences of text summarising the key findings presented in the paper.

Tables. Tables should be typed, double-spaced, each on a separate sheet, and identified by Roman numerals corresponding to the order in which they appear in the manuscript. A brief explanatory title should head the table.

Supporting Web Materials. Supporting Information can be a useful way for an author to include important but ancillary information with the online version of an article. Examples of Supporting Information include additional tables, data sets, figures, movie files, audio clips, 3D structures, and other related nonessential multimedia files. Supporting Information should be cited within the article text, and a descriptive legend should be included. It is published as supplied by the author, and a proof is not made available prior to publication; for these reasons, authors should provide any Supporting Information in the desired final format.

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Acknowledgements. These are placed at the end of the text preceding the references and should be brief. Include the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s).

References. References should be quoted in the text as superior numbers and listed at the end of the paper. All references must be complete and accurate. Authors should cite all available published work. Journal titles must be abbreviated according to the system co-sponsored by the American Chemical Society and shown in The ACS Style Guide. Online citations should include date of access. If necessary, cite unpublished or personal work in the text but do not include it in the reference list. If the material cited is published but not readily accessible, then authors should provide, for example, the full Chemical Abstracts reference. References should be listed in the following style:

1. Lindgren F, Geladi P, Rännar S, Wold S. Interactive variable selection (IVS) for PLS. Part 1: Theory and application. J. Chemometrics 1994; 8 :349-364.

2. Martens H, Naes T. Multivariate Calibration (2nd edn), vol.1. Wiley: Chichester, UK, 1989, 35-70.

3. The Chemometrics Website. [9 June 1999].

Illustrations. 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. Please supply artwork at the intended size for printing, the maximum reproduction size of each illustration is 140 mm × 200 mm. 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

The cost of printing colour illustrations 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. When submitting your manuscript please indicate clearly to the Editor if you wish to submit colour versions with your illustrations. The PDF will appear on the Wiley Online Library site.

English editing.

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.

Online Open

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 Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at:

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. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.


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:

Note to NIH Grantees. Pursuant to NIH mandate, Wiley Blackwell will post the accepted version of contributions authored by NIH grant-holders to PubMedCentral upon acceptance. This accepted version will be made publicly available 12 months after publication. For further information, see .

Additional Information. Proofs will be sent to the author for checking. 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 minimize the risk of the paper being held over to a later issue.

Free access to the final PDF offprint or 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 in smaller quantities, please visit Restrictions apply to the use of reprints– if you have a specific query, please contact Corresponding authors are invited to inform their co-authors of the reprint options available.

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