Author Guidelines

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Author Guidelines


Applied Organometallic Chemistry publishes Research Articles and Reviews of scientific research in all areas of organometallic and metal-organic chemistry involving main group metals, transition metals, lanthanides and actinides. All contributions should contain an explicit application of novel compounds, for example in materials science, nano science, catalysis, chemical vapour deposition, metal-mediated organic synthesis, polymers, bio-organometallics, metallo-therapy, metallo-diagnostics and medicine.

Manuscripts determined to be outside the intended scope, or which have a proportionally high focus on studies that do not demonstrate the importance of the features of the organometallic system being presented, may be rejected by the editors without peer review.

All new compounds should be satisfactorily identified and proof of their structure given according to generally accepted standards. Structural reports, such as papers exclusively dealing with synthesis and characterization, analytical techniques, X-ray diffraction studies of metal-organic or organometallic compounds will not be considered. The editors reserve the right to refuse without peer review any manuscript that does not comply with the aims and scope of the journal.

The authors must inform the Editor of manuscripts submitted, soon to be submitted, in press or published at other journals or posted on any preprint server, that have a bearing on the manuscript being submitted. If the manuscript is a revised or extended version of a manuscript previously rejected by this journal, the author must inform the editor about the previous submission in the cover letter and explain in detail which changes have been made. Submissions may not be under evaluation at any other journal at the time of submission.

This journal does not condone plagiarism of work, including excessive self-citation. The journal does plagiarism checks on all papers as standard practice in accordance with COPE guidelines. Any papers which have high overlapping scores with other previously published work excluding one’s own preprints may be subject to immediate rejection.

For full transparency and avoidance of confusion, authors should declare any previous appearance of their article (e.g. posting of preprint, doctoral thesis, withdrawal of article in press), as these will often be included in any plagiarism detection.

Authors may suggest appropriate reviewers during submission. However, the editor is under no obligation to contact them, and any undisclosed conflicts of interest (same institute, close colleague, fraudulent information) will be subject to follow-up according to the COPE guidelines and/or immediate rejection of the article.

The publisher and editor reserve the right to issue a ban against publishing further articles in the journal in cases where a researcher has engaged in questionable research practices or publishing ethics malpractice. Please see the Wiley Best Practice Guidelines here.

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Data Protection

By submitting a manuscript to or reviewing for this publication, your name, email address, and affiliation, and other contact details the publication might require, will be used for the regular operations of the publication, including, when necessary, sharing with the publisher (Wiley) and partners for production and publication. The publication and the publisher recognize the importance of protecting the personal information collected from users in the operation of these services, and have practices in place to ensure that steps are taken to maintain the security, integrity, and privacy of the personal data collected and processed. You can learn more at

Manuscript Submission

New submissions should be made via the Research Exchange submission portal. You may check the status of your submission at any time by logging on to and clicking the “My Submissions” button. For technical help with the submission system, please review our FAQs or contact [email protected].

Authors should submit their papers as a single file (Word prefered), with all figures/tables/captions embedded in the text at their envisioned positions. A single file with embedded figures/tables/captions should also be submitted for revised versions.

Author Contribution:
 For all articles, the journal mandates the CRediT (Contribution Roles Taxonomy), for more information please see Author Services.

Authors are expected to determine the full authorship of each paper before submission. Any changes after original submission will be subject to a formal approval process, and authors may be required to fill in a form to document justification for author changes (current version here). Insufficient justification for an author change after submission, or any lacking approvals from added/removed co-authors, will be handled according to COPE guidelines and may result in delay in the publication process and/or query at the authors’ institutions.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for this journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.

File types. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are .doc, .rtf, .ppt, .xls. LaTeX files may be submitted provided that an .eps or .pdf file and a Word .doc file is provided in addition to the source files. Figures may be provided in .tiff or .eps format. Applied Organometallic Chemistry will not accept .pdfs as source files. Main document and Image files must be supplied in one of the preferred document formats.


NON-LATEX USERS: Upload your manuscript file(s). Please make sure that you have copied and pasted all illustrations, tables and chemical structures and reactions, and inserted them at the right place in the text (.docx) document.

LATEX USERS: For reviewing purposes you should upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your source files. You must use the File Designation "Main Document" from the dropdown box.


For revised submissions, please include a point-by-point response to the reviewer comments with your cover letter, including a list of changes made and a rebuttal to any comments with which you disagree. In addition, please highlight the changes made during revision by giving the text a yellow background, and include a clean version that can be used for Production in case your article is accepted. The journal does not accept tracked changes.

NON-LATEX USERS: The revised text with all illustrations, tables, structures/reactions, and captions at their intended positions. All tables must be editable in table format or in a spreadsheet (i.e. no pictures of tables).

LATEX USERS: When submitting your revision you must still upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your now revised source files. You must use the File Designation "Main Document" from the dropdown box. In addition you must upload your TeX source files. For all your source files you must use the File Designation "Supplemental Material not for review". Previous versions of uploaded documents must be deleted. If your manuscript is accepted for publication we will use the files you upload to typeset your article within a totally digital workflow.

For any additional help, please see the Wiley Manuscript Preparation Guidelines at:

Refer and Transfer Program

Wiley believes that no valuable research should go unshared. This journal participates in Wiley’s Refer & Transfer program. If your manuscript is not accepted, you may receive a recommendation to transfer your manuscript to another suitable Wiley journal, either through a referral from the journal’s editor or through our Transfer Desk Assistant.

Data Sharing and Data Availability

This journal expects data sharing. During submission you will be asked to include a data availability statement. Review Wiley’s Data Sharing policy where you will be able to see and select the data availability statement that is right for your submission. If your article is not based on new data because of article type (particularly review-type articles and editorials), please enter “Not applicable”.

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English Editing

Papers must be in English. Oxford English Dictionary or American spelling is acceptable, provided usage is consistent within the manuscript.

Manuscripts that are written in English that is ambiguous or incomprehensible, in the opinion of the Editor, will be returned to the authors with a request to resubmit once the language issues have been improved. This policy does not imply that we expect your English to be perfect. Rather, the criterion will require that the intended meaning of the authors must be clearly understandable (i.e., not obscured by language problems) by referees who have agreed to review the paper.

Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at Japanese authors can also find a list of local English improvement services at All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

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Presentation of papers

Manuscript style.  Applied Organometallic Chemistry now offers Free Format submission for a simplified and streamlined submission process. 

  • Your manuscript: this should be an editable file including text, figures, and tables, or separate files—whichever you prefer. All required sections should be contained in your manuscript, including abstract, introduction, methods, results, and conclusions. Figures and tables should have legends. Figures should be uploaded in the highest resolution possible. If the figures are not of sufficiently high quality your manuscript may be delayed. References may be submitted in any style or format, as long as it is consistent throughout the manuscript. Supporting information should be submitted in separate files. If the manuscript, figures or tables are difficult for you to read, they will also be difficult for the editors and reviewers, and the editorial office will send it back to you for revision. Your manuscript may also be sent back to you for revision if the quality of English language is poor. 
  • An ORCID ID, freely available at (Why is this important? Your article, if accepted and published, will be attached to your ORCID profile. Institutions and funders are increasingly requiring authors to have ORCID IDs.) 
  • The title page of the manuscript, including: 
  • Your co-author details, including affiliation and email address. (Why is this important? We need to keep all co-authors informed of the outcome of the peer review process.) 
  • Statements relating to our ethics and integrity policies, which may include any of the following (Why are these important? We need to uphold rigorous ethical standards for the research we consider for publication): 
    • data availability statement 
    • funding statement 
    • conflict of interest disclosure 
    • ethics approval statement
    • patient consent statement
    • permission to reproduce material from other sources
    • clinical trial registration
    • Include the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s).
    • Enter an abstract of no more than 250 words for all articles. Please see the guidance below on acceptable abstract writing for AOC.
    • Keywords. Authors should prepare no more than 5 keywords for their manuscript.

  • In addition to the standard abstract, you may supply an illustration typical for your article for publication in the table of contents (this can be an illustration from the content or an illustration designed specifically for the short abstract). [Please note that if no graphic is supplied by the authors, the typesetters will use a random figure from the content.]

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Writing Abstracts

An abstract is a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions. The abstract should be no more than 250 words and include the following:

1. An introduction to the work. This should be accessible by scientists in any field and express the necessity of the experiments executed.
2. Some scientific detail regarding the background to the problem.
3. A summary of the main result.
4. The implications of the result.
5. A broader perspective of the results, once again understandable across scientific disciplines.
It is crucial that the abstract convey the importance and novelty of the work and be understandable without reference to the rest of the manuscript to a multidisciplinary audience. Abstracts should not contain any citation to other published works.

Reference Style and EndNote

References: All references should be numbered consecutively in order of appearance. In text citations should be superscript numbers in square brackets. Sample references follow:

Journal article:

[1] S. Matosevic, B.M. Paegel, Nat. Chem. 2013, 5, 958.


[2]  R. McWeeny, Coulson’s Valence, 3rd ed., Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1979.

For more information see the Materials Science Journals House Style Guide.

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Authors will receive an e-mail notification with a link and instructions for accessing HTML page proofs online. Page proofs should be carefully proofread for any copyediting or typesetting errors. Online guidelines are provided within the system. No special software is required, all common browsers are supported. Authors should also make sure that any renumbered tables, figures, or references match text citations and that figure legends correspond with text citations and actual figures. Proofs must be returned within 48 hours of receipt of the email. Return of proofs via e-mail is possible in the event that the online system cannot be used or accessed.

Author Pronouns

Authors may now include their personal pronouns in the author bylines of their published articles and on Wiley Online Library. Authors will never be required to include their pronouns; it will always be optional for the author. Authors can include their pronouns in their manuscript upon submission and can add, edit, or remove their pronouns at any stage upon request. Submitting/corresponding authors should never add, edit, or remove a coauthor’s pronouns without that coauthor’s consent. Where post-publication changes to pronouns are required, these can be made without a correction notice to the paper, following Wiley’s Name Change Policy to protect the author’s privacy. Terms which fall outside of the scope of personal pronouns, e.g. proper or improper nouns, are currently not supported.

Author Name Change Policy

In cases where authors wish to change their name following publication, Wiley will update and republish the paper and redeliver the updated metadata to indexing services. Our editorial and production teams will use discretion in recognizing that name changes may be of a sensitive and private nature for various reasons including (but not limited to) alignment with gender identity, or as a result of marriage, divorce, or religious conversion. Accordingly, to protect the author’s privacy, we will not publish a correction notice to the paper, and we will not notify co-authors of the change. Authors should contact the journal’s Editorial Office with their name change request.


The journal offers rapid publication via Wiley’s Early View service. Early View (Online Version of Record) articles are published on Wiley Online Library before inclusion in an issue. Note there may be a delay after corrections are received before the article appears online, as Editors also need to review proofs. Before we can publish an article, we require a signed license (authors should login or register with Wiley Author Services.  Once the article is published on Early View, no further changes to the article are possible. The Early View article is fully citable and carries an online publication date and DOI for citations.


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Citing this Article: eLocators

This journal now uses eLocators. eLocators are unique identifies for an article that service the same function page numbers have traditionally served in the print world. When citing this article, please insert the eLocator in place of the page number. For more information, please visit the Author Services eLocator page here.


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Supporting Information

Data that are (i) not amenable to presentation in a traditional print format, (ii) of interest primarily to specialists and do not require Journal page space, or (iii) particularly useful to the community in electronic (downloadable) form can be published online as supplementary material hosted within Wiley Online Library. Supporting data will be part of the editorial assessment and subject to peer review.

Article Formats Published in AOC

Applied Organometallic Chemistry publishes Research Articles and Reviews. Submitted manuscripts should not have been previously published and should not be submitted for publication elsewhere while they are under consideration by Wiley. Receipt of papers will be acknowledged. Submitted material will not be returned to the author, unless specifically requested.

Research Articles must either be of current general interest or of great significance to a more specialized readership. They are peer-reviewed and report details of studies that have not been published previously, except in the form of a preliminary communication (reprint requested). Manuscripts should be between 15 and 20 pages in length (double spaced), and be divided into sections in the following order: Introduction, Experimental, Results and Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgements, References.

Reviews are generally by invitation from the Editorial Board or at the initiative of individual authors. Authors considering submitting a Review should contact the Editor-in-Chief or one of the Editors at an early stage.

If an article of the first three categories includes results of X-ray crystal structure determinations, then please consult Conventions Adopted for AOC below.

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Conventions Adopted by AOC

Articles with X-ray Structure Determination

Authors are expected to prepare their submissions by following these Guidelines. They should also consult recent issues of the Journal to assist them in the preparation of their submissions.

If no application has been reported in the paper, at least one paragraph should appear showing that papers describing applications of compounds similar to those of the paper have already been published, with suitable references.

Abstract: Only salient features of the molecular and/or crystal structure need be mentioned. No crystallographic data are required.

Experimental: The Experimental section should be brief in keeping with the often highly-automated procedures associated with X-ray structure determination. This section should give the basics, i.e. diffractometer and temperature of the experiment, and details of any deviations from routine treatment (e.g. non-Mo radiation, treatment for the effects of absorption, etc.) and refinement of the data (disorder, non-anisotropic refinement, determination of absolute structure, non-standard treatment of hydrogen atoms, etc.). Fundamental crystallographic data must be included and would normally comprise molecular formula, molecular weight, crystal system, space group, non-redundant unit cell parameters, volume, Z, no. of unique data, qmax, R values (if R values are quoted for a restricted number of data, e.g. data satisfying I = 2sigma(I), then the number of reflections must also be given, and rmax if = 1.0 eÅ-3. The programs used for the crystal structure determination should also be stated. Previous unpublished X-ray data has to be submitted to the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre to submission to this Journal or should be documented by appropriate accompanying material. The CIF must be submitted with the paper to aid review and the crystallographic data reported in the paper must match exactly that given in the CIF.

  • Note:
    The number of significant figures
    Only include the residual electron density peak (and location) if rmas is = 1.0 eÅ-3
    Do not include angles if they are constrained to 90º
    Correctly represent space groups: P21/c is not P2(1)/C or some variant

Results and Discussion: The description of the crystal and/or molecular structure should highlight the key points of the structure and their relevance to the chemistry described in the paper. An explicit statement as to the presence of any molecular symmetry must be included.

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Further Information

For accepted manuscripts the publisher will supply proofs to the submitting author prior to publication. This stage is to be used only to correct errors that may have been introduced during the production process. Prompt return of the corrected proofs, preferably within two days of receipt, will minimise the risk of the paper being held over to a later issue.

Free access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available via Author Services only. Therefore please sign up for Author Services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers.

There is no page charge to authors.

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Copyright and Permissions

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the Open Access option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing Open Access

If the Open Access option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the Open Access option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

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Ethical Treatment of Humans and Animals

All human and animal studies must be approved by an appropriate ethics committee or review board (depending on local arrangements), and a statement to this effect should be included in the methods section, or the reasons why it was not necessary if this is the case. All clinical investigations must have been conducted according to the principles expressed in the Declaration of Helsinki (

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If you need an extension to any deadlines as an Author or Reviewer, please contact the main AOC editorial office at [email protected].

Cover Image Submissions

This journal accepts artwork submissions for Cover Images. This is an optional service you can use to help increase article exposure and showcase your research. For more information, including artwork guidelines, pricing, and submission details, please visit the Journal Cover Image page.

Wiley Editing Services offers a professional cover image design service that creates eye-catching images, ready to be showcased on the journal cover.

Additional Guidelines for Cover Pictures, Visual Abstracts, Frontispieces and Table of Contents Graphics

  • Concepts illustrated in graphical material must clearly fit with the research discussed in the accompanying text.
  • Images featuring depictions or representations of people must not contain any form of objectification, sexualization, stereotyping, or discrimination. We also ask authors to consider community diversity in images containing multiple depictions or representations of people.
  • Inappropriate use, representation, or depiction of religious figures or imagery, and iconography should be avoided.
  • Use of elements of mythology, legends, and folklore might be acceptable and will be decided on a case-by-case basis. However, these images must comply with the guidelines on human participants when they are present.
  • Generally, authors should consider any sensitivities when using images of objects that might have cultural significance or may be inappropriate in the context (for example, religious texts, historical events, and depictions of people).
  • Legal requirements:
  • All necessary copyright permission for the reproduction of the graphical elements used in visuals must be obtained prior to publication.
  • Clearance must be obtained from identifiable people before using their image on the cover or the like and such clearance must specify that it will be used on the cover. Use within text does not require such clearance unless it discloses sensitive personal information such as medical information. In all situations involving disclosure of such personal info, specific permission must be obtained. And images of individuals should not be used in a false manner.

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