Journal of Microcolumn Separations

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Online ISSN: 1520-667X

Author Guidelines

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Disk Submission Instructions

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Submission of Papers

Papers should be submitted to either of the Editors:

Dr. Milton L. Lee
Department of Chemistry
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602, USA

Dr. Pat Sandra
Research Institute of Chromatography
RIC bvba
Kennedypark 20
B8500 Kortrijk, Belgium

There will be no page charges. A cover letter should accompany the manuscript identifying the author of correspondence, address, phone number, and fax or telex number. The cover letter should also indicate whether the manuscript should be considered a (1) research paper, (2) short state-of-the-art review, or (3) comprehensive review.


Manuscripts must be written in English throughout. They should be printed on good-quality bond paper and double-spaced with at least one-inch margins. Manuscripts must be submitted in triplicate. Their ideal length should be 5-10 pages. Acknowledgment of the receipt of papers will be prompt. Manuscripts will be subject to copyediting. Authors will be informed of referees' criticisms and will have the opportunity to review galley proofs.Authors in Japan please note: Wiley-Japan can provide authors in Japan with a list of recommended services to check and improve the English in their papers BEFORE SUBMISSION. Please contact Masayo Kobayashi in the Wiley-Japan office by Fax: 81 3 3556 9763 or e-mail: for more information.

Research Papers

The format of the manuscript should be as follows:

Title and author. The title should describe the central idea and purpose of the paper in a concise manner. The full names and addresses of authors should be given, and the author of correspondence should be indicated.

Abstract. The abstract should give a concise description, in less than 200 words of the objectives, significance, and results of the work reported in the paper. Since the abstract serves this purpose, no summary or conclusion section should be included at the end of the manuscript.

Key words. All manuscripts must be accompanied by a list of three to five words that represent the main idea of the paper.

Introduction. The introduction should include a brief, but complete review of the subject. The importance of earlier work should be stated in relation to the present study.

Experimental. Detailed descriptions of the instrumentation and materials used, and the experimental procedure must be presented so that duplication of the experiment and comparison of results is possible. In general, a precise step-by-step procedure should be given.

Results and discussion. Significant findings should be noted with an emphasis on those derived from original methodology. The objectives of each experiment should be stated. Conclusions drawn from the results and implications of original findings should be stated clearly and concisely. Findings should be related to observations and hypotheses stated in the introduction. Possible hypotheses derived as a result of the work may be stated.

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References should be numbered in the order found in the text and should be listed at the end of the manuscript in the following format:

1. Baim, M.A.; Hill, H.H., Jr. Anal. Chem 1982, 54, 38-42.

2. Eatherton, R.L.; Morrissey, M.A.; Siems, W.F.; Hill, H.H., Jr. J High Resolut Chromatogr/Chromatogr Commun 1986, 9, 154.

3. Morrissey, M.A. PhD dissertation, Washington State University 1998.

4. Wallingford R.A.; Ewing, A.G. In Advances in Chromatography; Giddings, J.C.; Keller, R.A., Eds.; Marcel Dekker: New York, 1989; p 1.

5. Huang, E.C.; Jackson, B.J.; Markides, K.E.; Lee, M.L. Abstracts of Papers, 39th Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, February 22-26, 1998; Abstract 1072.


CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics; Weast, R.C., Ed.; CRC Press: Boca Raton, Florida, 1981; p F43.

Acknowledgment. Acknowledgment(s) of financial support, technical assistance, helpful discussions, and/or other helpful assistance should be stated briefly.

Figures. Figures should be professionally prepared and submitted in a form suitable for reproduction (camera-ready copy). Illustrations and figures should be numbered using Arabic numerals. Legends for the figures must be typed on a separate sheet. Peaks of chromatograms should be labeled with Arabic numerals large enough for reduction.

All color figures will be reproduced in full color in the online edition of the journal at no cost to authors. Authors are requested to pay the cost of reproducing color figures in print. Authors are encouraged to submit color illustrations that highlight the text and convey essential scientific information. For best reproduction, bright, clear colors should be used. Dark colors against a dark background do not reproduce well; please place your color images against a white background wherever possible. Please contact Carol Ann McNelis at 212-850-6009/ for further information.

Tables. Tables are to be numbered using Roman numerals in the order of citation. Each table should be clearly typed, double-spaced on a separate sheet with a descriptive legend and explanatory notes as required.

Nomenclature, units, and symbols. Authors should conform to Chemical Abstracts nomenclature for chemical names and structure. Uncommon chemical acronyms should be defined when first mentioned. The S.I. system of measurement should be followed strictly. Dimensions that are commonly measured in units other than S.I. are acceptable.


Short, state-of-the-art reviews as well as comprehensive reviews can be published. Unsolicited reviews are welcome, but authors wishing to submit a comprehensive review are requested to consult one of the Editors at the earliest possible time.


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. A copy of that agreement, executed and signed by the author, is now required with each manuscript submission. (If the article is a "work made for hire," the agreement must be signed by the employer.)

Book Reviews

The editors are pleased to receive books for possible review.

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: _____________

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Carol Ann McNelis
Phone: 212-850-6009
Fax: 212-850-6052