Angewandte Chemie International Edition

Cover image for Vol. 56 Issue 6

Editor: Peter Gölitz, Deputy Editors: Neville Compton, Haymo Ross

Online ISSN: 1521-3773

Associated Title(s): Angewandte Chemie, Chemistry - A European Journal, Chemistry – An Asian Journal, ChemistryOpen, ChemPhotoChem, ChemPlusChem, Zeitschrift für Chemie

Guidelines for the Preparation of Graphical Material

General Information

All formulas, figures, and schemes must be reproducible. They should not have borders. Please avoid long formula in running text. For refereeing, please integrate figures into the text; upon acceptance however, we will require separate files in their native formats (see below).

Axes should be labeled with symbols of physical quantities in italics (their units should not be italicized), for example λ / nm. The ordinate should be labeled perpendicular to the axis. Other insertions in diagrams should be of roughly the same font size as that in the main diagram.

Comprehensive experimental details should be given in the legends rather than in the schemes themselves. 1), 2) or a), b) should be used instead of i), ii).

Minus signs should be longer than a hyphen.

Good prints of color artwork and half-tone figures should be submitted; for reproduction, originals should be provided as slides or on disk (data transmission by e-mail should be avoided).

For chemical (structural) formulas the following apply (also see the pertinent IUPAC recommendation: J. Becher, Pure Appl. Chem. 2008, 80, 277). Common abbreviations such as Me, iPr, sBu, tBu, and Ph can be used; general substituents should be indicated by R1, R2 (not with R1, R2 = 2 R); The spatial arrangement of the substituents must be clear.

The following details are important for graphics (which will be reduced to 60 %): size of symbols for elements, 3 mm; size of formula numbers in boldface, 3.5 mm; font for script, Helvetica; interatomic bond lengths, 6 mm; total maximum width, 14 cm (or 29.5 cm), writing above a reaction arrow may be a little smaller. Other sizes, but following these proportions (3 : 3.5 : 6 (: 140)), are also acceptable.

Sample Graphics

Guidelines for graphics in an electronic format

  • Preferred graphics programs: ChemDraw, FreeHand, CorelDraw 6 and 7, Photoshop
  • Restricted use: Illustrator, QuarkXPress, Powerpoint, PageMaker, ISIS-Draw
  • Unusable: *.doc files, ChemWindows, C-Design, Origin, ClarisDraw, ChemIntosh, MacDraw Pro
  • Acceptable formats of all graphics programs: TIFF, EPS, WMF, BMP, CDX, CDR.
  • For structural formulas the line width should be explicitly defined (at least 0.2 pt or 0.1 mm).
  • The colors for color pictures must be defined with the CMYK system (do not use the RGB color system, which is common in Windows).
  • Final format for vector graphics (stick diagrams, etc.): Encapsulated Postscript (EPS) with bound fonts and the characters must be converted into outlines, not Postscript (PS). The "bounding boxes" must be of an appropriate size.
  • The resolution for stick diagrams in a bitmap format (*.bmp files) must be at least 1000 dpi.
  • The resolution for raster figures (e.g. ORTEP representations with shading) and for color figures must be at least 300 dpi.

The disks or zip archives may not contain any copyrighted material (such as software) but only data files; disks that contain programs will not be used! Graphics should be provided on a separate disk, not imported into a word-processing program. If you use LaTeX, please send us the standard LaTeX files only (.tex, .aux); do not include your own style sheets or macros. See separate instructions.

As we do not return disks, please be sure to keep a copy of the file(s) in case there are any queries.

Please list for the manuscript the graphics programs used, the names of the individual files, and the resolution of original pictures, if scanned pictures have been converted by using vector graphics programs.

Multimedia Files

To submit multimedia files that exceed 5 MB in size, please save them on your web server, but do not link to them. Send us the URL so we can download the files and make them available to referees and, if accepted, to readers. Please use suitable compression technology to avoid exceedingly large movie files (>10 MB) for the benefit of referees' and readers' bandwidth and storage capacity. Also, please make sure that your movies are saved in a common format (such as MPEG, AVI, QuickTime, GIF) that can be played on at least two different computer platforms (out of Windows/MacOS/Linux). Smaller files can simply be sent as an e-mail attachement.