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Editors: Karen Hindson, Haymo Ross; Deputy Editor: Kate Lawrence

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A Review that covers a broad topic is expected to be around 40 pages (approximately 65000 characters) of main text, footnotes, literature citations, tables, and legends. A Review that is narrower in scope would be expected to be a maximum of 15 pages (approximately 25000 characters) of main text, footnotes, literature citations, tables, and legends. The longer format should be used for topics that are mature and warrant a broader or more thorough treatment; in contrast, the shorter format is ideal for topics that are newer where a longer Review would be premature or inappropriate. The length of the article should be justified by the scope of the Review, as measured by the number of citations and the depth of analysis provided.

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1. Title and Authors

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2. Abstract

The Abstract should be brief (1000 characters excl. spaces) and not too technical. It should describe the motivation for the work, the methods applied, the key results, and the conclusions drawn. Importantly, the Abstract must stand alone—all abbreviations should be defined and the use of bold compound numbers avoided unless first defined in full with the full compound name.

3. Keywords

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4. Table of Contents Entry

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In the text body, compound numbers should be used in ascending order. Compound numbers are always in bold; parentheses for the compound number should be used only if the name identifies the compound uniquely and unambiguously (for example: "...2-ethyl-4-cyanobenzoate (7) was used...", or: "...cyanobenzoate 7 was used..."). Please do not use computer programs to generate elaborate systematic names or use extremely long compound names. For the sake of clarity general descriptors such as compound 1, dendrimer 2, or alcohol 3 are recommended for the body text, reserving longer IUPAC nomenclature for the Experimental Section or Supporting Information.

Abbreviations and acronyms should be used sparingly and consistently. Where they first appear in the text, they should—apart from the most common ones, such as NMR, IR, and UV—be defined; if preferred large numbers of abbreviations and acronyms may be explained in a footnote on the first page.

Italicize symbols of physical quantities, but not their units (e.g., T for temperature, in contrast to T for the unit Tesla, but K as unit; J, but Hz; a, but nm), stereochemical information (cis, Z, R, etc.), locants (N-methyl, tert-butyl) and symmetry (C2v).

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Italicize symbols of physical quantities, but not their units (e.g., T for temperature, in contrast to T for the unit Tesla, but K as unit; J, but Hz; a, but nm), stereochemical information (cis, Z, R, etc.), locants (N-methyl, tert-butyl) and symmetry (C2v). Chemical formulae should be numbered with boldface Arabic numerals (e.g., 1). Labels of axes are to be separated from their units by a slash (e.g., T / K) and the upper and right-hand lines joining the axes are to be removed. Abbreviations such as Me, Et, nBu, iPr, sBu, tBu, and Ph (not φ) may be used in formulae. General substituents should be indicated by R1, R2 (not R2, which means 2R) or R, R′ (not R′). The spatial arrangement of the substituents should be indicated by hatched and solid wedges. A minus sign must be as long as the crossbar of a plus sign. Microscopy images (optical, electron, or scanning probe) should always contain a scale bar.

Computer-aided image enhancement is often unavoidable. However, such manipulation cannot result in a view of data that is less relevant or unrepresentative and/or in suppression of genuine and significant signals. 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 must 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 in the Experimental Section.

Legend: Each figure and scheme should have an explanatory text to appear immediately below the graphic.

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.

7. Experimental Section

The Experimental Section (if applicable) should be given in sufficient detail to enable others to repeat your work. In theoretical papers, technical details such as computational methods should likewise be confined to an appropriately named section.

In so far as practical, authors should use a systematic compound name (IUPAC or Chemical Abstracts) for each title compound in the Experimental Section. Please do not use computer programs to generate elaborate systematic names or use long, multiline compound names; for the sake of clarity general descriptors such as compound 2, dendrimer 3, or alcohol 4 should be used.

Equipment and conditions used for the measurement of physical data should be described at the beginning of the Experimental Section. The Experimental Section should be written in the past tense with quantities of reactants, solvents, etc. included in parentheses (e.g., triphenylstannyl chloride (0.964 g, 2.5 mmol) in toluene (20 mL)) rather than in the running text. Physical data should be quoted with decimal points and negative exponents (e.g., 25.8 JK−1mol−1).

The identity of all new compounds must be fully characterized by appropriate analytical methods (e.g., NMR spectroscopy, X-ray crystal structure analysis, elemental analysis). The purity of all new compounds should be verified by an appropriate method (e.g., HPLC) to an acceptable accuracy. In special cases, for instance, when the compound is unstable or not available in sufficient quantities for complete analysis, the exact relative molecular mass obtained from a high-resolution mass spectrum and a clean 13C NMR spectrum (as Supporting Information for inspection by the referees) should be supplied. These data should be given in the Supporting Information in the event that they exceed the scope of the Experimental Section.

Detailed presentation of physical data, which should be given in the following order: Rf=0.38 (CHCl3/MeOH 9:1); m.p./b.p. 20°C; [α]D20=−13.5 (c=0.2 in acetone); 1H NMR (200 MHz, [D8]THF, 25°C, TMS): δ=7.64–7.48 (m, 6H; Ar-H), 1.33 (q, 3J(H,H)=8 Hz, 2H; CH2), 0.92 (t, 3J(H,H)=8 Hz, 3H; CH3), 0.79 ppm (s, 3H; CH3); 13C NMR (75 MHz, CDCl3, 25°C, TMS): δ=72.5 (CCH), 26.8 (s; CH3), 6.5 ppm (d, 1J(C,P)=156.9 Hz; CHP); IR (Nujol): \tilde \nu =1780, 1790 cm−1 (C[dbond ]O); UV/Vis (n-hexane): λmax (ε)=320 (5000), 270 nm (12000 mol−1dm3cm−1); fluorescence (CH2Cl2): λex=435.5 nm; λem=659, 726 nm; MS (70 eV): m/z (%): 108 (20) [M+], 107 (60) [M+−H], 91 (100) [C7H7+]; HRMS (ESI): m/z calcd for C32H47NO5+Na+: 548.3352 [M+Na+]; found: 548.3331; elemental analysis calcd (%) for C20H32N2O5: C 63.14, H 8.48, N 7.36; found: C 62.88, H 8.41, N 7.44.

Manuscripts containing animal experiments must include a statement 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 with experiments with human subjects or tissue samples from human subjects must contain a disclaimer in the Experimental Section to state that informed, signed consent was obtained from either the patient or next of kin.

8. References

In the text, the numbers should be typed in square brackets as superscripts (e.g., Wittig[3]) and, if applicable, after punctuation. Journal titles should be abbreviated according to the Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index (CASSI), available on our homepage in the section "Author Guidelines". Please follow the examples below.

Journals: [1] a) B. M. Trost, Chem. Eur. J. 1998, 4, 2405–2412; b) H. J. Ache, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 1989, 28, 1–20; Angew. Chem. 1989, 101, 1–21; c) H. Frey, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 1998, 37, 2193–2197; Angew. Chem. 1998, 110, 2313–2318. [2] a) A. Kraft, Chem. Commun. 1996, 77–79, and references therein; b) Sci. Am. 1984, 250(4), 7–8; c) B. Krebs, H. U. Hürter, Acta Crystallogr. Sect. A 1981, 37, 163.

Books: Without editor: [3] E. Wingender, Gene Regulation in Eukaryotes, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2010, p. 215. With editor: [4] T. D. Tullius in Comprehensive Supramolecular Chemistry, Vol. 5 (Eds.: J. L. Atwood, J. E. D. Davies, D. D. MacNicol, F. Vögtle, K. S. Suslick), Pergamon, Oxford, 1996, pp. 317–343.

Miscellaneous: [5] a) C. R. A. Botta (Bayer AG), DE-B 2235093, 1973 [Chem. Abstr. 1974, 80, 55356c]; b) A. Student, PhD thesis, University of Newcastle (UK), 1991; c) G. Maas, Methoden Org. Chem. (Houben-Weyl) 4th ed. 1952, Vol. E21/1, 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, 1999; f) G. M. Sheldrick, SHELXS-96, Program for the Solution of Crystal Structures, University of Göttingen, Göttingen (Germany), 1996.

9. Crystal Structure Analysis

Authors must deposit their data before submitting their manuscripts or update data already available, so that referees can retrieve the information directly from the database. Please use the free online Checkcif service provided by the International Union of Crystallography, and submit the Checkcif report along with your manuscript. Please ensure that the data deposited with the database are identical to those in the manuscript.

Crystallographic data should not be sent as Supporting Information but should be deposited with either the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre for organic and organometallic compounds or with the Fachinformationszentrum Karlsruhe for inorganic compounds, elements, metals, and minerals.

If a crystal structure analysis is not an essential part of the paper, only a footnote is required indicating where the detailed results can be found. Otherwise, the following data should be given in the manuscript: crystal dimensions, crystal system, space group, unit cell dimensions and volume, ρcalcd, 2θmax, radiation, wavelength, scan mode, temperature of measurement, no. of measured and independent reflections, no. of reflections included in refinement, σ limits, whether and how Lorentzian polarization and absorption corrections were performed (μ, min/max transmission), method of structure solution and program, method of refinement and program, no. of parameters, treatment of H atoms. R, wR, whether refined against |F| or |F2|, residual electron density, and the database in which the detailed results are deposited. An ORTEP-type plot will not be reproduced when it merely serves to confirm the structure of a synthetic intermediate.

For organic and organometallic compounds: Send your data including author and journal details in CIF format as a plain text ASCII file by email to the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC, 12 Union Road, Cambridge CB2 1EZ (UK); e-mail: or the web-based deposition form can be found under The data will be assigned a registry number, which should be included with the following standard text in the manuscript: "CCDC-... contain(s) the supplementary crystallographic data for this paper. These data can be obtained free of charge from The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre via"

For inorganic compounds, elements, metals, or minerals: The Fachinformationszentrum (FIZ) Karlsruhe only accepts data deposited in electronic form (in CIF format). Send the data by e-mail to FIZ (76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); e-mail: or via the homepage You will be given a CSD number, which should be included with the following standard text in the manuscript: "Further details of the crystal structure investigation(s) can be obtained from the Fachinformationszentrum Karlsruhe, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany (e-mail:, on quoting the depository number CSD-..."

10. Supporting Information

For Communications and Full Papers, all material that is intended to be published as Supporting Information should be presented succinctly (in English). This material undergoes the peer review process and must therefore be included with the original submission. The author bears full responsibility for the content of the Supporting Information. Color and animated multimedia applications are welcome. Please refer to such applications in the article itself where appropriate (e.g., "(see Supporting Information)" or "(Figure S1 in the Supporting Information)").

In addition, the standard text "Supporting information for this article is available at the end of this manuscript" should be added as a footnote after the addresses; for accepted articles with Supporting Information, a standard text will be inserted automatically during preparation of the galley proofs. Supporting Information should not include crystallographic data that are available from CCDC or FIZ.

Animated multimedia applications, films, and so on are welcome. These data should be uploaded via Editorial Manager as Supporting Information where possible; alternatively, they can be sent via e-mail to the Editorial Office. 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).

Preparation of Production Data (for accepted manuscripts only)

Upon acceptance of your manuscript, you will receive detailed instructions on how to prepare your manuscript for production, what files are necessary for production, and instructions on how to upload the materials via Editorial Manager. The ChemistryOpen Checklist will include important editorial suggestions concerning graphics, tables, and text layout and formatting; authors are strongly encouraged to revise their papers in line with the journal guidelines as this will greatly facilitate the production of the galley proofs.

Production data should be uploaded through the submitting author´s Editorial Manager homepage ( In preparation, the text file (not in the template format; Word or RTF), the Supporting Information, if applicable (note, Word files are not accepted; please create a PDF file when appropriate), and an archive (zip, sit, or tar) containing the separate graphics files should be assembled. These can then be uploaded, taking care to select the correct description (manuscript, supporting information, graphical material) when uploading the file. Further details will be provided on acceptance of the manuscript. In the cover letter, please inform us of the type of operating system (e.g., Windows, Mac) and the programs (with version) used to create the graphical material. Not all graphics programs are suitable for use by our Printer. If possible, the standard Symbol font should be used to create Greek letters, rather than special characters or graphics embedded in the text.

If you use LaTeX, please send standard LaTeX files only and a PDF file of the manuscript; please do not include own style sheets or macros. Essentially, we ask that you keep the file as simple as possible. It will not be used directly to typeset the manuscript, but will be converted prior to editing and typesetting (latex2rtf). For further details, please consult our “Instructions for LaTeX users” available on our homepage in the section "Author Guidelines".

Basic Keyword List

An interjournal online browsing facility has been developed for the readers of the Wiley-VCH journals: Advanced Functional Materials, Advanced Materials, Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, ChemBioChem, ChemCatChem, Chemistry–A European Journal, Chemistry–An Asian Journal, ChemMedChem, ChemistryOpen, ChemPhysChem, ChemSusChem, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, European Journal of Organic Chemistry, Macromolecular Rapid Communications, Small, and ZAAC. 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:


At least two of the maximum of five keywords assigned to an article must come from this list.


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".


Heteroanalogues of compounds are mainly classified under the C variants, for example, (hetero)cumulenes, (hetero)dienes. A few aza and phospha derivatives are exceptions.


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.


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).


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.


"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.


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.


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 under the following address: