The Chemical Record

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Editor-in-Chief: Hisashi Yamamoto, Managing Editor: Brian Johnson

Impact Factor: 5.492

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 23/157 (Chemistry Multidisciplinary)

Online ISSN: 1528-0691

Associated Title(s): Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Chemistry - A European Journal, Chemistry – An Asian Journal, Chinese Journal of Chemistry, Israel Journal of Chemistry, Journal of the Chinese Chemical Society

Author Guidelines

1 Aims and Scope

The Chemical Record (TCR) is an international and peer-reviewed "highlights" journal publishing timely and critical overviews of new developments at the cutting edge of both core and interdisciplinary chemistry fields of interest to a wide audience of chemists. The Chemical Record provides carefully selected papers by leading researchers that introduce the author′s own experimental and theoretical results in a framework designed to establish perspectives with earlier and contemporary work and provide a critical review of the present state of the subject. Thus, authors are encouraged to give perspectives on their own personal thinking and the historical developments that led to significant breakthroughs in research.

All articles for The Chemical Record are review-type articles and consist primarily of Personal Accounts (personalized reviews) and Record Reviews (concise reviews discussing world records in chemistry). The publication language is English and the journal is published six times per year.

The Chemical Record is a journal of the Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ) and is published by Wiley-VCH. It is available online at

2 General Information

The Chemical Record publishes Personal Accounts, Record Reviews, and Essays. Contributions are generally published upon invitation from the Editors. Unsolicited contributions are also welcome as long as they fit the scope and standards of the journal.

Authors are solely responsible for the contents of their contribution, including all formal permissions for the use of graphics or other material from previous publications. It is assumed that authors have the necessary authority for publication. Authors must agree to a Copyright Transfer Agreement for publication of their article. We do not require FAXs or other hardcopy of the Copyright Transfer Agreement; rather, this agreement is built directly into the submission system.

All submissions and publication issues must be in keeping with the Ethical Guidelines for Publication in Journals and Reviews of the European Association of Chemical and Molecular Sciences. The contents of manuscripts submitted to The Chemical Record must not have been submitted to any other journal in parallel or published previously. Any manuscript already available on personal/group web pages will be considered by the Editors as already published and will not be accepted. The authors must inform the Editors of manuscripts submitted, soon to be submitted, or in press at other journals that have a bearing on the manuscript being submitted to The Chemical Record. If the manuscript is a revised/extended version of a manuscript previously rejected by The Chemical Record, the author must inform the editor about the previous submission in the cover letter and explain in detail which changes have been made. Authors should reveal all sources of funding for the work presented in the manuscript and should declare any conflict of interest.

All submitted manuscripts that are suitable for consideration will be peer-reviewed. Manuscripts which are clearly inappropriate for the journal can be rejected by the Editors without consulting referees. If accepted for publication, all manuscripts will be edited with a view to clarity, brevity, and consistency. Authors are encouraged to suggest suitable referees (full names and affiliations). However, not necessarily those referees nominated by the authors will be contacted.

Corrections after "EarlyView" and before issue publication will be accepted only if formal aspects or "misprints" are concerned. For all other corrections, such as those regarding scientifically incorrect or incomplete information, a Corrigendum has to be submitted. Please contact the Editorial Office in such cases.

We recommend that authors link to their The Chemical Record publication on their homepage through the "Digital Object Identifier" (DOI). It is only in this way that the Crossref function and full-text downloads can be correctly tallied.

Queries regarding manuscripts should be sent to The official Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index (CASSI) abbreviation for The Chemical Record is "Chem. Rec.".

3 Manuscript Submission

The Chemical Record offers web-based manuscript submission and peer-review. This service guarantees fast and safe submission of manuscripts and rapid assessment processes. Online submission is mandatory. Please prepare your manuscript in keeping with the guidelines given below (cf. §4 and §5).

We request that you submit your manuscript and cover letter by using our online submission service, Editorial Manager ( Authors submitting a manuscript to The Chemical Record for the first time are asked to characterize their main research interests with a maximum of five keywords from the Keyword List for Authors and Reviewers. Follow the on-screen instructions at the submission site. If you encounter any problems, please contact the Editorial Office (

For the initial submission of a manuscript please prepare a single file (allowed formats: Word, RTF, Postscript, PDF) with all schemes, figures, and tables integrated into the text. Please make use of our templates to prepare your submission. Please upload the Supporting Information (if applicable) as a separate document.

The cover letter should include a short text justifying why your article should appear in The Chemical Record and whether it is being submitted upon invitation. Authors are encouraged to provide the names and contact details of suitable referees.

Authors are asked to make their manuscripts suitable for a heterogeneous readership—please use a simple, clear style, and avoid jargon. In some cases, it might be helpful for manuscripts to be checked by a third party, such as Wiley English Language Editing Services, for correct language usage before submission.

4 Types of Contribution

Please feel free to use the manuscript templates (cf. §5.1) offered for all article categories which can be downloaded from The Chemical Record homepage ( under “Author Guidelines”.

4.1 Personal Accounts

Personal Accounts are personalized review articles that provide readers with a broad and critical overview of a topic of high interest in any area of chemistry. They do not contain the experimental details normally associated with a Full Paper (i.e., no Results and Discussion, no Experimental Section), though some new data may be included within the framework of the review. Articles should be written from a personal perspective that highlights the author′s own contributions to the area while describing the successes and/or failures that led to developments in the field. Unsolved problems and possible developments should also be discussed where appropriate. Personal Accounts should be divided into numbered sections. Cross-references in the text should also use these section numbers. The Personal Account should start with an Abstract (stand-alone text, up to 1000 characters, no graphics, no references), which should not be a mere summary but rather should arouse the readers′ interest. The Introduction should primarily introduce the nonspecialist to the subject in as clear a way as possible. The article should conclude with a Summary and Outlook, in which the achievements and new challenges in the field are presented succinctly. In addition, biographical sketches (up to 750 characters) and portrait-quality photographs of the authors should also be submitted. Overall a Personal Account should not be of more than 45000 characters, including footnotes, literature citations, tables, and legends. Longer articles are permissible if justified by the subject area. An entry for the graphical Table of Contents should also be included, with a text of up to 600 characters and a suitable graphic (formula or part of figure). Inclusion of a frontispiece picture is optional but encouraged.

4.2 Record Reviews

Record Reviews are concise overviews describing world records in chemistry. Articles should place a unique achievement, based on quantifiable data, within the context of the development of the field. Record Reviews may be written either about the author′s own work or from a third person, and should highlight the superlatives in a field (e.g., longest bond, sweetest compound, most active catalyst, etc.) alongside related works or "near records". If a world record in chemistry can be interpreted in multiple ways, depending on the definition and scope, such distinctions should also be clarified. The Record Review should start with an Abstract (stand-alone text, up to 1000 characters, no graphics, no references), which should not be a mere summary but rather should arouse the readers′ interest. The Introduction should primarily introduce the nonspecialist to the subject in as clear a way as possible. The article should conclude with a Summary and Outlook, in which the achievements and new challenges in the field are presented succinctly. In addition, biographical sketches (up to 750 characters) and portrait-quality photographs of the authors should also be submitted. Overall a Record Review should not be of more than 30000 characters, including footnotes, literature citations, tables, and legends. Longer articles are permissible if justified by the subject area. An entry for the graphical Table of Contents should also be included, with a text of up to 600 characters and a suitable graphic (formula or part of figure). Inclusion of a frontispiece picture is optional but encouraged.

4.3 Essays

In Essays (up to 30000 characters) themes from every aspect of chemistry, including the philosophy or history of science, can be addressed freely. Use of unpublished results from original research should be extremely limited. Primarily, known topics should be discussed illuminatingly and critically from a new vantage point, and they should be suitably illustrated. Essays should usually have only one author.

4.4 Correspondence and Corrigenda

Comments on publications in The Chemical Record are welcome if they contribute to the scientific discussion. The author of the publication to which the Correspondence pertains will have the opportunity to reply. This reply will be sent to the author of the Correspondence.

Scientifically incorrect or incomplete information in published articles should be corrected in a Corrigendum—which is as short as possible. All corrigenda are subject to approval by the Editor, and minor corrections will not be published. Corrigenda are included directly after the Table of Contents. We request that authors submit the Corrigendum electronically like any other article through the online submission system and that they cite the publication to be corrected as well as its "Digital Object Identifier" (DOI).

5 Preparation of Manuscripts

5.1 General Remarks

The following remarks aim to assist you in preparing your manuscript for submission to The Chemical Record. We strongly encourage our authors to adhere closely to these guidelines as it facilitates both the peer review and the editorial process.

From 2015 (volume 15) onwards, The Chemical Record is published fully online. No issues will be printed. All color figures in The Chemical Record are reproduced free of charge to authors. All author benefits and services remain in place, e.g., authors will continue to be able to order reprints of their articles or print-on-demand issue copies.

For all types of contribution described above, a suitable color graphic (formula or part of a figure) for the Table of Contents should be included, along with a corresponding text of up to 600 characters. Pictures should be kept small with minimum detail, as the maximum final width is generally 5 cm.

We recommend the use of The Chemical Record manuscript templates (MS Word for Win/Mac), which are available on the journal homepage at under “Author Guidelines”. Each template can be downloaded and saved as a DOC file, in which the positions for inserting the parts of the text and graphics of the manuscript have been clearly indicated. In the revised or final accepted manuscript, graphics may be embedded directly within the Word file or alternatively supplied as separate files.

Spelling may be either UK or US standard English, but consistency should be maintained within a manuscript. Authors less familiar with the English language should seek assistance from proficient colleagues in order to produce grammatically and semantically correct manuscripts. Authors are asked to make their manuscripts suitable for a heterogeneous readership of chemists and to be considerate to our many readers for whom English is a foreign language—please use a simple, clear style and avoid jargon.

Abbreviations and acronyms should be used sparingly and consistently, following the system of abbreviations and symbols recommended by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). Where they first appear in the text, they should—apart from the most common ones such as NMR, IR, or UV—be defined. You may prefer to explain large numbers of abbreviations and acronyms in a Glossary at the end of the text.

For all types of contribution described in §4, a suitable graphic (formula or part of a figure) for the Table of Contents should be included. Pictures should be kept small with minimum detail. A concise text (up to 600 characters) should accompany your Table of Contents graphic.

Detailed facts of importance to specialist readers can be submitted as Supporting Information and will be made accessible on the Internet. Animated multimedia applications are welcome (cf. §5.3).

5.2 Manuscript Styling

Your manuscript can be processed more rapidly if it is arranged as described below. Unless stated otherwise, the following instructions apply to all categories of contributions.

Title page (in order): title; authors names, alphabetical footnotes ([a],[b],...) referring to addresses, and an asterisk to denote the correspondence author; footnotes containing affiliations of all authors including the full postal address, fax number, and e-mail address of the correspondence author; dedication, if applicable.

Abstract (stand-alone text, up to 1000 characters, no graphics, no references): The abstract should contain the most important points of the paper. It should not be a mere summary but rather should arouse the readers′ interest.

Keywords: A maximum of five keywords should be given in alphabetical order. In order to aid online searching, at least two keywords should be taken from the Keyword Catalogue.

Computer-aided image enhancement is often unavoidable. However, such manipulation cannot result in data that are less relevant or unrepresentative being shown and/or genuine and significant signals being lost. A clear relationship must remain between the original data and the electronic images that result from those data. If an image has been electronically modified, the form of the modification shall be given in the Figure caption. If computer-aided processing or modification of an image is a fundamental part of the experimental work, then the form that this processing takes must be clearly described.

Manuscripts describing animal experiments must include a statement to state that permission was obtained from the relevant national or local authorities. The institutional committees that have approved the experiments must be identified and the accreditation number of the laboratory or of the investigator given where applicable. If no such rules or permissions are in place in the country where the experiments were performed, then this must also be clearly stated.

Manuscripts describing experiments with human subjects or tissue samples from human subjects must contain a disclaimer to state that informed signed consent was obtained from either the patient or from next of kin.

References: In the text, numbers corresponding to the appropriate reference should be typed in square brackets as superscript (e.g., Blobel{[3]} ) and after any punctuation, where applicable. References must be listed in order of their appearance in the text. Please do not format the references section with the numbering function on your word-processing program. If you use the automatic reference collation system of your word-processing program (Footnotes, EndNote), please convert the references into normal, typed text before submission of the final manuscript, otherwise they may disappear when typeset. Journal titles should be abbreviated according to the Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index (CASSI). Unpublished results and lectures should only be cited for exceptional reasons. Please follow the examples below. The page range is optional but its presence or absence should be consistent throughout any given manuscript.

Journals: [1] a) H. Yamamoto, Chem. Rec. 2014, in press; b) H. Aoki, K. Kuroda, T. Mukaiyama, Chem. Lett. 2005, 34, 1266–1269, and references therein; c) S. Ma, Z. Gu, Angew. Chem. 2005, 117, 7680–7685; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2005, 44, 7512–7517.

[2] a) Y.-Q. Yang, Y.-K. Wu, Chin. J. Chem. 2005, 23, 1519–1522; b) B. Krebs, H. U. Hürter, Acta Crystallogr. Sect. A 1981, 37, 163.

Books: Without editor: [3] J. Otera, Esterification-Methods, Reactions, and Applications, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2003, p. 55. With editor: [4] M. Kitamura, R. Noyori in Ruthenium in Organic Synthesis (Ed.: S.-I. Murahashi), Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2004, pp. 3–52.

Miscellaneous: [5] a) C. R. A. Botta (Bayer AG), DE-B 2235093, 1973 [Chem. Abstr. 1974, 80, 55356 c]; b) A. Student, PhD thesis, University of Tokyo (Japan), 1991; c) G. Maas, Methoden Org. Chem. (Houben-Weyl) 4th ed. 1952, Vol. E 21/1, pp. 379–397; d) "Synthesis in Biochemistry": R. Robinson, J. Chem. Soc. 1936, 1079; e) S. Novick, "Biography of Rotational Spectra for Weakly Bound Complexes", to be found under, 2005; f) G. M. Sheldrick, SHELXS-96, Program for the Solution of Crystal Structures, University of Göttingen, Göttingen (Germany), 1996.

Legends: Each figure and scheme should have a legend. These may either be included together with the graphics (if the graphics are included in the Word file) or may be listed together at the end of the reference section.

Tables must have a brief title and should only be subdivided by three horizontal lines (head rule, neck rule, foot rule). Footnotes in tables are denoted [a], [b], [c], etc. Tables should not be created as graphics files or contain line brakes within single cells.

Illustrations (structural formulae, figures, schemes) should, if possible, be designed for reduction to a one-column format (8.5 cm wide). The maximum width is the two-column format (17.5 cm wide). For optimum reproduction, illustrations should be larger than the desired final size. We recommend: Helvetica font for script; size of lettering, 3–3.5 mm; total maximum width, 14 cm (or 28 cm for two-column width) for 60% reduction. Please use only one size of writing in any one diagram. Writing above the arrow in a scheme may be a little smaller. Good quality graphics should be submitted for referees and editors. For high quality reproduction, high resolution graphics must be supplied.

Please italicize symbols of physical quantities in both graphics and the text, but not their units (e.g., T for temperature, in contrast to T for the unit Tesla; J, but Hz; a, but nm). Stereochemical information (cis, Z, R, etc.), locants (N-methyl, α-amino), and symmetry designations (C2v) should also be italicized. Chemical formulae should be numbered with boldface Arabic numerals (e.g., 1). Labels of axes should be separated from their units by a slash (e.g., T/K). Abbreviations such as Me, Et, nBu, iPr, sBu, tBu, and Ph (not φ) may be used. General substituents should be indicated by R1, R2 (not R2, which means 2R), or R, R′. The spatial arrangement of the substituents should be indicated by hatched lines or a wedge. A minus sign must be as long as the crossbar of a plus sign.

Mathematical formulae may be incorporated into the text as graphic files. Otherwise, please type mathematical formulae as normal text in the body of the text, as far as is possible.

5.3 Supporting Information

Detailed facts and data of importance to specialist readers can be uploaded as Supporting Information and will be made accessible together with the manuscript. This material is peer-reviewed and must therefore be included with the original submission. Supporting Information should not include crystallographic data that are available from the relevant databases. Color and animated multimedia applications are welcome and published online at no cost to the author or reader. Please refer to the Supporting Information, as applicable, in the article itself where appropriate (e.g., see Supporting Information). In addition, the following standard text should be added after the addresses:

Supporting information for this article is available on the WWW under

5.4 Basic Keyword List

An interjournal online browsing facility has been developed for the readers of the Wiley-VCH journals Angewandte Chemie International Edition, ChemBioChem, ChemPhysChem, ChemMedChem, ChemSusChem, ChemCatChem, Chemistry—A European Journal, Chemistry—An Asian Journal, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, European Journal of Organic Chemistry, Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry, as well as Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis, the Chinese Journal of Chemistry, Electroanalysis, Fuel Cells, the Israel Journal of Chemistry, Molecular Informatics, The Chemical Record and ZAAC—Zeitschrift für anorganische und allgemeine Chemie. This enables you to move between lists of thematically related contributions by a mouse click.

We have compiled a common keyword catalogue that is available in the "Author Guidelines" section. To assist you in finding keywords, they are listed according to category. As with all such records, a few guidelines facilitate its use, and these are briefly explained below:

  1. At least two of the maximum of five keywords assigned to an article should come from this list.
  2. Named reactions will be incorporated only in exceptional cases. Generally the reaction type is selected instead. For example, Diels–Alder reactions will be found under "cycloadditions" and Claisen rearrangements under "rearrangements".
  3. Heteroanalogues of compounds are mainly classified under the C variants, for example, (hetero)cumulenes, (hetero)dienes. A few aza and phospha derivatives are exceptions.
  4. Compounds with inorganic components that are central to the article are listed under the element, for instance, iron complexes under "iron" and the type of ligand. Some group names like “alkali metals” exist alongside the names of important members of the group like "lithium". In such cases the group name is used for these members only when comparative studies are described. The members not appearing separately are also categorized under the group name.
  5. A keyword in the form "N ligand" is only chosen if a considerable portion of the paper deals with the coordination of any ligand ligating through the atom concerned (in the example, nitrogen).
  6. Spectroscopic methods are assigned as keywords only if the article is about the method itself or if the spectroscopic technique has made an important contribution to the problem under investigation.
  7. "Structure elucidation" is intended only if the crux of the paper is a structural elucidation or if a combination of several spectroscopic techniques were needed for conclusive solution of the structure.
  8. An attempt has been made to avoid synonyms and to select more general concepts rather than specialized terms. Thus the term "double-decker complexes" is excluded in favor of "sandwich complexes". See also points 2. and 3. in these guidelines.
  9. Enzymes should be assigned to one of the six main enzyme classes.

This list is a "living" catalogue to be flexible enough to absorb the new developments in chemistry. We therefore welcome all suggestions from our readers and authors that might improve its user-friendliness. The current version may be found on the internet in the Keyword Catalogue.

6 Guidelines for Preparation of the Final Revised Version

The final version of the manuscript and its figures (production material) should be submitted after the paper has been accepted for publication through your personal homepage on

To save unnecessary work with the electronic version of the text, please ensure that your manuscript fulfills the following criteria:

  1. Graphics may be integrated in the text. Please ensure that Figures and Schemes have a legend and that Tables have a title, and that these are referred to in the text as Figure 1, Scheme 1, Table 1, etc. Legends should never appear within the graphic itself. Formulas and Equations do not need a legend.
  2. The preferred word-processing program is Microsoft Word for Windows or Macintosh. Files should preferably be stored in Word format. Documents prepared with other word-processing programs should be converted if possible. TeX files, for example, cannot be used. Supporting Information should be saved as a separate document in Word, RTF, or PDF format.
  3. Tables are edited in the text and therefore should be included as standard tables within Microsoft Word. They should not be sent as graphical elements.
  4. Please use only one font type, except for Greek letters, which should be typed in Symbol font.
  5. The text should be typed as "continuous text", that is, with carriage returns only at the end of a paragraph, title, heading, and similar features. Formula numbers, and in the reference section, the year of publication should be in boldface.

The correspondence author will receive page proofs via e-mail, in most cases as low-resolution compressed PDF files. They should be returned to the Editorial Office within three days. Issue copies, reprints and high-resolution PDFs (unlimited number of printouts) can be ordered for a reasonable price when the corrected proofs are returned.

Both corrected page proofs and reprint order form should be returned, preferably by e-mail, to:

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