Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry

Cover image for Vol. 29 Issue 5

Editor-in-Chief: Luis Echegoyen

Impact Factor: 1.38

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 37/58 (Chemistry Organic); 98/139 (Chemistry Physical)

Online ISSN: 1099-1395

Author Guidelines

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Author Guidelines


The Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry [JPOC] is the foremost international journal devoted to the relationship between molecular structure and chemical reactivity in organic systems. It publishes Research Articles, Reviews and Mini Reviews based on research striving to understand the principles governing chemical structures in relation to activity and transformation with physical and mathematical rigor, using results derived from experimental and computational methods. Physical Organic Chemistry is a central and fundamental field with multiple applications in fields such as molecular recognition, supramolecular chemistry, catalysis, photochemistry, biological and materials sciences, nanotechnology and surface science.

JPOC Award for Young Scientists: Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry sponsors every year one Award to a young scientist for early excellence in physical organic chemistry.

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Manuscript Submission

All papers must be submitted via the online system. Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry operates an online submission and peer review system taht 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 The Journal of Physical Organic 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.Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry will not accept .pdf 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 http://autho

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 http://autho and visit ight--License.html.

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: tatement.

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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 http://.au 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.

  • 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 JPOC.
  • Keywords. Authors should prepare no more than 10 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.
  • Art Work for Cover Illustrations: Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry changes the art work on the cover for every issue. If you have art work that you would like to see on the cover of JPOC, then please submit the files separately, distinctively marked as “art work for cover”. The publication of the art work will be of no cost to the submitting authors. The Editors will decide if submitted artwork is suitable for publication and there will be no correspondence in the case a submitted artwork will not be chosen.
  • Authors of Reviews should add biographical sketches (maximum length 500 characters) plus portrait-quality black-and-white or colour photographs.

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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.

Journal titles should be italicized and abbreviated in accordance with the "Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index" CASSI; no commas appear in the journal names). The use of EndNote is strongly encouraged and a template for the Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry endnotes can be downloaded here.


[1] A. de la Zerda, J.-W. Kim, E. I. Galanzha, S. Gambhir, V. P. Zharov, Contrast Media Mol. Imaging. 2011, 6, 346 - 369

[2] D. R. Dreyer, R. S. Ruoff, C. W. Bielawski, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 9336-9344.

[3] A similar approach has also been used with non-conjugated macrocycles containing a butadiyne segment, see: a) Y. Xu, M. D. Smith, M. F. Geer, P. J. Pellechia, J. C. Brown, A. C. Wibowo, L. S. Shimizu, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 5334–5335. b) J. Nagasawa, M. Yoshida, N. Tamaoki, Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2011, 2247–2255. c) T.-J. Hsu, F. W. Fowler, J. W. Lauher, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 142–145.


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

[5] M. Kaupp, M. Bühl, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Parameters of Transition Metal Complexes: Methods and Applications, in Computational Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry (Eds. E.I. Solomon, R.A. Scott, R.B. Bruce), Wiley, Chichester, 2009


[6] The eMagRes Website. (last visit 03.07.2013)

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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:

[7] J. Corral, Manuel Mora, C. Jiménez-Sanchidrián, J. R. Ruiz, Appl. Organomet. Chem. 2013, DOI: 10.1002/aoc.3028

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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Illustrations and ChemDraw Rules

Figures can be included as part of the main document at the point where they are first mentioned or 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 within the text at the appropriate place. 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    

Please adhere to some basic principles when you draw chemical structures, see the following examples.

Authors using different structural drawing programs should choose settings consistent with those above. Compound numbers should be bold, but not atom labels or captions. Please copy and paste all structures and reactions into the text file and upload all .cdx files separately. It is important for the typesetters to have the source files for the smart chemistry enrichment used in this journal.

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Graphical Table of Contents

JPOC’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 Scholar One 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.

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Color Policy

There are no charges for colour illustrations. Authors may submit all illustrations in colour if they wish to do so.

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Supporting Information

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.

For further information on recommended file types and requirements for submission, please visit: http://authorse

Article Formats Published in JPOC

Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry publishes Research Articles, Reviews, Mini Reviews, Short Communications and JPOC: Early Excellence Profiles. 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; work that has no obvious flaws, but is otherwise entirely routine, will not be considered. Research Articles 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 ideally 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 deal with topics of current interest in all relevant areas of physical organic chemistry. Rather than an assemblage of detailed information with a complete literature survey, a critically selected treatment of the material is desired; unsolved problems and possible developments should also be discussed. Although review articles may be at the invitation of the editor, unsolicited manuscripts are also welcome provided they are in keeping with the character of JPOC.

Reviews should be divided into numbered sections. Cross-references in the text should also use these section numbers. The review starts with a lead-in. This text should not be a mere summary but rather should arouse the readers' interest. The first section of the review article itself, the Introduction, should primarily introduce the non-specialist to the subject in as clear a way as possible. A review should conclude with a section entitled Summary and Outlook, in which the achievements of and new challenges for the subject are presented succinctly. In addition, biographical sketches (maximum length 600 characters) and portrait-quality black-and-white photographs of the corresponding authors should be submitted with your revised manuscript.

Mini Reviews. Authors may concentrate on research progress from their own research group or on a focussed emerging topic or controversy. Otherwise the same principles apply as outlined above. A Mini Review should not be longer than 5 printed pages.

Short Communications are unsolicited, peer-reviewed short reports of outstanding novel findings which also have important and general implications for specialists working in other fields. The first paragraph should summarize the reasons for undertaking the work and the main conclusions which can be drawn. The final paragraph should summarize the major conclusions of the paper. An experimental section appropriate to the length of the manuscript should be included before the reference section; however, the submission of Supporting Information is encouraged when wishing to present a large quantity of experimental data or information regarding synthetic procedures. Manuscripts should be no longer than 6-8 double-line spaced pages of text (ca. 12,000 characters); formulas and figures may also be added. The essential findings presented in a Short Communication or significant parts of them may not already have appeared in print or in electronic online systems (for example, in reviews, proceedings, or preprints).

POC Early Excellence Profiles. These Profiles highlight the work of young scientists in the broad field of physical organic chemistry. Usually this will be scientists who have just got tenure or published some outstanding new science. The authors will be selected by the Editorial Board and the invitations will be handled by Rik Tykwinski. These Profiles will be strictly on invitation only, and JPOC is publishing one Profile per issue.

Supplementary Material: 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.

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Conventions Adopted by JPOC

Crystallographic Data
Previously unpublished X-ray data may be submitted to the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) prior to submission. Whether or not the data have been submitted to the CCDC, the Crystallographic Information File (CIF) should be furnished. The CIF should contain complete details of data collection, structure solution and refinement, crystal and unit-cell parameters, and tables of atomic coordinates (including hydrogen atoms even if in calculated positions) and anisotropic temperature factors, bond lengths, bond angles, and torsion angles. Reflection intensity data (structure factor tables) should not be included. The CIF for each structure reported should be separately saved in text-only (plain ASCII) format and should be assigned a file name (file extension .cif) that identifies the submitting author’s surname and the structure number used in the manuscript. Before CIFs are submitted, they should be checked using the checkCIF validation software ( Any syntax errors should be corrected.

CIFs are required whether or not conventional text tables of crystallographic data are included in the Supplementary Material.

For structures refined anisotropically, a thermal ellipsoid plot should be furnished as a figure in the manuscript if required for discussion or in the Supplementary Material; the probability level should be indicated if it is different from 50%. The numbering of the atoms should match that used in the CIF. Other types of graphics and packing diagrams may also be included in the Supplementary Material when appropriate.

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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.

Free access to the final PDF offprint of 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, please visit /cos/bw/ 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. There is no page charge to authors.

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Disclosure Statement

Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry requires that all authors disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest. Any interest or relationship, financial or otherwise, that might be perceived as influencing an author's objectivity is considered a potential source of conflict of interest. These must be disclosed when directly relevant or directly related to the work that the authors describe in their manuscript. Potential sources of conflict of interest include, but are not limited to, patent or stock ownership, membership of a company board of directors, membership of an advisory board or committee for a company, and consultancy for or receipt of speaker's fees from a company. The existence of a conflict of interest does not preclude publication in this journal. If the authors have no conflict of interest to declare, they must also state this at submission. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to review this policy with all authors and collectively to list on the cover letter to the Editor-in-Chief, in the manuscript (under the Acknowledgements section), and in the online submission system ALL pertinent commercial and other relationships.

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Recommendations for Drawing Chemical Structures

In order to facililate the production of Smart Articles, please try to apply the following simple rules. We accept that there are always exceptions to the rule, especially with structures and reactions in organometallic chemistry, coordination chemistry or catalytic cycles.

1. Incorporate all relevant information for a scheme in the ChemDraw (.cdx) file, e.g. R-group definitions (R1 = Me, Ph) compound labels

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2.Place the compound labels close to the structure (below) and use “bold” format. Use numbers instead of text for labels.

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3. If possible do avoid the use of graphical symbols (circles, lines, Ortep pictures etc.) in ChemDraw as part of a structure or scheme.

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Use wedged bond representations instead of bold bonds and hashed bonds

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4. Use specific CDX attachment point for structure fragments.

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5. Group structures such as salts or complexes.

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6. Avoid variable points of attachment

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7. Define charges using the ChemDraw atom property functionality.

Additional Rules for Reactions

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1. Use simple arrows for reactions instead of complex arrows (e.g. =>)
2. Arrange reactions from left to right also in complex schemes.
3. Use reaction "+" sign between reaction components (reactants, products)
4. Place reactants and products close to the reaction arrow to avoid ambiguities to other reaction arrows.
5. Place reaction conditions (e.g. catalyst, solvent, yield) above the arrow.
6. Place the compound labels close to the structure (below) and use “bold” format. Use numbers instead of text for labels.