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Author Guidelines

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Author Guidelines

Disk Submission Instructions

A covering letter must accompany each submission indicating the name, address, telephone number and fax number of the Author to whom all correspondence is to be addressed. The official language of the journal is English. Authors are encouraged to write in a simple, direct style to facilitate use of the journal by a broad international community of readers. It is in the interest of the author to ensure accurate and consistent presentation and thus avoid publication delays. There are no page charges.

Prospective Authors should submit three copies of the manuscript to any of the six editorial locations listed below and they will be received with the understanding that their content is original material, has not been previously published, and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere.


Professor Laurence A. Nafie
Department of Chemistry
Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York 13244-4100, USA
Phone: 315-443-4109
Fax: 315-443-4070

Regional Editors

Professor Ronald E. Hester
Department of Chemistry
University of York
Phone: 44-0904-432557
Fax: 44-0904-432562

Professor Mitsuo Tasumi
Department of Chemistry
Faculty of Science
Saitama University
Saitama 338, JAPAN
Phone & Fax: 81-48-858-3379

Associate Editors

Professor Robert R. Birge
W.M. Keck Center for Molecular
Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York 13244-4100, USA
Phone: 315-443-1900
Fax: 315-443-4070

Professor David F. Bocian
Department of Chemistry
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA, 92521, USA
Phone: 909-787-3660
Fax: 909-787-4713

Dr. Henry H. Mantsch
Institute of Biodiagnostics
National Research Council of Canada
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1Y6, Canada
Phone: 204-984-4622
Fax: 204-984-5472


Manuscripts should contain: Title; Names and complete affiliations of Authors; An abstract on a separate sheet of not more than 250 words; Main text of article reasonably divided into sections and, if necessary, subsections; References (see below); Tables (see below); List of Figure Captions; Figures (see below).

Instructions for Typists

Manuscripts must be typed double-spaced on a single side only on standard 8 1/2 x 11-inch (21.5 x 28-cm) white paper with one-inch margins. All mathematical symbols, equations, formulas, Greek and/or unusual symbols should be typed. If they must be hand-written, please write clearly and leave ample space above and below for printer's marks. When handwritten symbols are necessary, please provide a separate sheet listing and defining such symbols.

Abstracts. Every paper for publication must be preceded by an abstract of not more than 250 words setting out the essential contents and presented on a separate sheet. This should be sufficiently comprehensive to allow effective use by abstracting services. The authors are requested to supply a list of four or five key words that represent the key subject areas of the article.

References. References should be numbered in the sequence in which they occur in the text, cited by superscript numbers and listed at the end of the paper. Authors should, as far as possible, cite available published work. If unpublished or personal work must be mentioned, these citations should be included in sequence with the normal literature references. If the material cited is not readily accessible, then authors should also give, for example, the Chemical Abstracts reference. Journal titles should be abbreviated according to the practices of Chemical Abstracts. References should be listed with titles and inclusive pagination in the following style:

Article in a Journal:
1. P. Carmona, M. Molina, and R. Escobar, "Raman spectra of Li(I), Na(I), K(I), Ba(II) and Cd(II) salts of uridine 5'-monophosphoric acid," J. Raman Spectrosc., 22 , 559–565 (1991).

2. P. Yeagle, Ed. The Structure of Biological Membranes, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, 1992.

Contributed Book:
3. J. C. Austin, T. Jordan, and T. G. Sprio, "Ultraviolet resonance Raman studies of proteins and related model compounds," in Biomolecular Spectroscopy, Part A, ed. by R. J. H. Clark and R. E. Hester, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Chichester, 1993, pp. 55–127.

Tables. Tables should not be incorporated into the text but be grouped separately after the references. All tables should be numbered consecutively with Roman numerals and should include an explanatory heading. They should be prepared in such a manner that no break is necessary. The use of vertical lines is strongly discouraged. Each table should be produced on a separate sheet.


Figures must be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Figures must not be integrated into the text, but must accompany it separately.

Line Drawings. Figures should be professionally prepared and submitted in a form suitable for reproduction (camera-ready copy).

Provide a detailed caption for each figure and collect all the captions on a separate sheet or set of sheets. Indicate in the text by a note in the margin the first appearance of each figure reference. Laser-writer copies of computer graphics are encouraged. High-quality copies are also acceptable in the absence of original drawings. Glossy white photographic prints are acceptable if the definition is sharp. Number the figures consecutively using soft pencil (on the back of the photographs, in the margin on paper). All illustrations should be approximately twice final size. Always write the first author's name and the title of the paper on each illustration. Figures and graphical materials may be submitted in electronic format. Color figures are encouraged when the use of color enhances clarity. Authors are encouraged to submit figures on DOS or Macintosh format floppy disks in one of the following formats: pICT, TIFF, Adobe Illustrator or EPS (encapsulated postscript). If an alternative format is preferable, contact the Editor to discuss the options. The submission of color figures on disk is encouraged because it improves the clarity and resolution of the published figures. When submitting figures on disk, label each figure by format followed by figure number (pict 1, eps 2, tiff 4, etc.).

Halftones. High-quality photographs are necessary for clear halftone reproduction.

Color Art. A limited number of color figures that are of critical importance and that significantly enhance the presentation will be considered for publication at the publisher's expense. Color separations or transparencies (negatives or positives) are optimal. Color slides are preferable to color prints. Any cropping of the color figure should be clearly indicated. Final decision on publication of color figures will be at the discretion of the Editor.

Disk Submission Instructions

Please return your final, revised manuscript on disk as well as hard copy.
The hard copy must match the disk.

The Journal strongly encourages authors to deliver the final, revised version of their accepted manuscripts (text, tables, and, if possible, illustrations) on disk. Given the near-universal use of computer word-processing for manuscript preparation, we anticipate that providing a disk will be convenient for you, and it carries the added advantages of maintaining the integrity of your keystrokes and expediting typesetting. Please return the disk submission slip below with your manuscript and labeled disk(s).

Guidelines for Electronic Submission

Storage medium . 3-1/2" high-density disk in IBM MS-DOS, Windows, or Macintosh format.

Software and format . Microsoft Word 6.0 is preferred, although manuscripts prepared with any other microcomputer word processor are acceptable. Refrain from complex formatting; the Publisher will style your manuscript according to the Journal design specifications. Do not use desktop publishing software such as Aldus PageMaker or Quark XPress. If you prepared your manuscript with one of these programs, export the text to a word processing format. Please make sure your word processing program's "fast save" feature is turned off. Please do not deliver files that contain hidden text: for example, do not use your word processor's automated features to create footnotes or reference lists.

File names . Submit the text and tables of each manuscript as a single file. Name each file with your last name (up to eight letters). Text files should be given the three-letter extension that identifies the file format. Macintosh users should maintain the MS-DOS "eight dot three" file-naming convention.

Labels . Label all disks with your name, the file name, and the word processing program and version used.

All print reproduction requires files for full color images to be in a CMYK color space. If possible, ICC or ColorSync profiles of your output device should accompany all digital image submissions.

Storage medium . Submit as separate files from text files, on separate disks or cartridges. If feasible, full color files should be submitted on separate disks from other image files. 3-1/2" high-density disks, CD, Iomega Zip, and 5 1/4" 44- or 88-MB SyQuest cartridges can be submitted. At authors' request, cartridges and disks will be returned after publication.

Software and format . All illustration files should be in TIFF or EPS (with preview) formats. Do not submit native application formats.

Resolution . Journal quality reproduction will require greyscale and color files at resolutions yielding approximately 300 ppi. Bitmapped line art should be submitted at resolutions yielding 600-1200 ppi. These resolutions refer to the output size of the file; if you anticipate that your images will be enlarged or reduced, resolutions should be adjusted accordingly.

File names . Illustration files should be given the 2- or 3-letter extension that identifies the file format used (i.e., .tif, .eps).

Labels . Label all disks and cartridges with your name, the file names, formats, and compression schemes (if any) used. Hard copy output must accompany all files.

Print and return with labeled diskette(s)

Corresponding author's name:

E-mail address:


Manuscript number:

Type of computer:

Program(s) & version(s) used:


I certify that the material on the enclosed diskette(s) is identical in both word and content to the printed copy herewith enclosed.

Signature: ______________________________________________ Date: _____________

Rapid Communications, Research Notes, and Mini-Reviews

Rapid Communications, Research Notes, and Mini-Reviews appear in distinct sections of the journal preceding the regular papers. Rapid communications are short manuscripts for rapid publication and the author should inform the Editor why priority is warranted. In style and presentation they should conform to that for regular papers, but length should be restricted to approximately 1000 words and there should be no more than two tables and two figures; an abstract will be required. Proofs of rapid communications will only be sent to the Editors and proof-read at the publisher. Manuscripts that are inappropriate as Rapid Communications will be considered for the Research Notes section of the journal. Research Notes appear in a separate section following the regular papers and are reviewed and published using the procedures for regular papers. Mini-Reviews of research areas related to the spectroscopy of biological molecules are encouraged. Contact one of the editors prior to submission for approval of topic and scheduling.

Nomenclature Units and Symbols

Authors should conform to nomenclature, symbols, and abbreviations adopted by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) except where trivial names are preferred or universally accepted. Although it is not necessary to name all compounds, it would be appreciated if general structures were named in order to facilitate indexing. Follow the recommendations of the IUPAC-IUB Commission on Biochemical Nomenclature for the abbreviations of natural and synthetic amino acids and derivatives, peptides, polypeptides, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, and polynucleotides. SI units are preferred. Identify nonstandard or unusual symbols in the margin the first time they are used.

Copyright Information

No article can be published unless accompanied by a signed publication agreement, which serves as a transfer of copyright from author to publisher. A publication agreement may be obtained from the editor or the publisher. A copy of the publication agreement appears in most issues of the journal. Only original papers will be accepted, and copyright in published papers will be vested in the publisher. It is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission to reproduce material that has appeared in another publication.


Reprints can be ordered and purchased by filling out the form provided with the page proofs. Neither the manuscript nor its figures will be returned following publication unless a request for a return is made when the manuscript is originally submitted.


All other correspondence should be addressed to the Publisher, STM Division, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030.

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