A PDF of the following instructions, including a sample chapter, can be downloaded from the bottom of this page. Please note that the guidelines are different for titles published in the Issues In Toxicology Series, if you are preparing a text for this series, please refer to the Guidelines for Authors In Issues In Toxicology Series.
Please submit to the Editor, Microsoft Word versions of:
1. Chapter Abstract
2. Chapter, laid out as follows:
2.1 Title Page
2.2 Chapter Table of Contents
2.3 Chapter Text
2.4 Chapter References
2.5 Separate files for tables/reaction schemes/figures/illustrations
3. Copyright Permissions - an electronic permissions form can be downloaded at the bottom of this page
4. Chapter submission checklist - an electronic checklist can be downloaded at the bottom of this page
Preparing your Chapter
1. Chapter Abstract
A 50-200 word abstract needs to be submitted with your chapter as a separate file. The abstract will only be present in the eBook on the RSC website. The abstract is very important in promoting the book content.
2.1 Title Page
- Chapter XX(where XX is your chapter number)
- Author list[with superscripted letters to signify affiliation and an asterisk for the corresponding author (single chapter authors do not require either of these)]
- Addresses(work only) + Corresponding author email [no telephone numbers or fax numbers required]
2.2 Table of Contents (including all sub-headings)
The main text should be divided into sections with headings as appropriate. The number of headings is at the discretion of the author and should be numbered as follows:
1. Chapter Number [used only to denote the chapter + title]
1.1 Section Heading
1.1.1 Sub Section Heading
126.96.36.199 Another Sub Section Heading
Only chapter, section and first sub section headings will feature in the overall contents list
House Style: All main words within a heading should be capitalised. No full point is needed at the end of a heading. Acknowledgement and Reference sections should be at the end of the chapter and not be numbered.
2.3 Chapter Text
Format: Microsoft Word
Language: Punctuation and spelling should follow standard English practice
Nomenclature: The use of standard IUPAC nomenclature is encouraged
Units: As far as possible SI units and symbols should be used, for reference see "Quantities, Units and Symbols in Physical Chemistry", (ISBN 978-085404-433-7).
Abbreviations: Defined at first mention unless very well known.
Equations: Should be supplied as Mathtype and displayed on a separate line in the main text and be numbered consecutively throughout each chapter with Arabic numerals ((X.1), (X.2) etc., where X is your chapter number) in parentheses at the right-hand side of the page. Symbols for variables and physical constants should be italicised. Matrices and vectors should appear in bold.
References should be superscripted in the text (e.g. . one day.36 The next.). A list of references in numerical order should appear at the end of the chapter. CASSI Journal abbreviations should be used.
An Endnote style file is also available for download at teh bottom of the page.
Journal Reference Style: Authors, The CASSI abbreviated Journal Title, Year, Volume, first page. [Note Italics/Bold]
Book/Proceedings Reference Style: Authors, Book Title, ed. B. Jones and J. Bloggs, Publisher, Publisher location, edition, year, volume, chapter, page numbers. [Note Italics]
Patents, Theses etc. should show all relevant information, authors, title, publisher, year, editors, volume, patent number, and page numbers.
2.5 Tables Reaction | Schemes | Figures | Illustrations
These should be submitted as separate files along with a separate list of Captions. Items should be numbered as X.1, X.2, etc., (where X = chapter number) using Arabic numerals, consecutively throughout the chapter and should be referred to as such, not by words like "above" or "below".
2.5.1 Tables should be single-line spaced. Footnotes in Tables should be self-contained, labelled with superior lower-case letters, and listed as a block of text beneath the Table. The recommended location of a Table in the text should be indicated thus:
[Table 2.5 near here]
2.5.2 Structural Formulae and Reaction Schemes should be named Scheme and the preferred positions in the text should be clearly indicated thus:
[Scheme (2.11) near here]
2.5.3 Figures e.g. Diagrams, Graphs and Photographs. Their preferred positions in the text should be clearly indicated thus:
[Figure 2.7 near here]
2.5.4 Illustrations should be supplied suitable for direct reproduction without further retouching or redrawing. The maximum area available in the printed book will be approximately 20 x 12 cm and no figure can exceed these final dimensions. Figures should be adequately labelled, and this must remain legible after reduction. The recommended location of a Figure in the text should be indicated thus:
[Figure 2.7 near here]
2.5.5 Captions to Figures should be provided as a separate list in a separate file. Captions should also contain the permission text where necessary.
Figures and Illustrations
- Send separate files in the following formats: TIFF/PDF/EPS/DOC/XLS/PPT/JPEG/CDX
- The resolution should be at least 300dpi for a final size 20 x12 cm
- The use of colour in illustrations must be agreed in advance with the RSC and the book's editor and will only be considered where scientifically necessary
- For black & white books, all images must be provided in greyscale (not colour). Please check the images will be clear to the reader in greyscale.
The use of colour in illustrations must be agreed in advance with the RSC and the book's editor and will only be considered where scientifically necessary.
Note: Figures taken from internet sites are not usually of good enough quality to reproduce and may also be copyright protected the original authors should be contacted for a better file and permission.
Estimating the final number of printed pages of your chapter by word count
- A printed page with only text contains approx. 550 words: 50 lines, 11 words/line (on average)
- Consider how many lines Figures, Schemes, Tables etc. occupy to calculate the word-equivalent
Word equivalent guidelines
- Illustration ? 275 words (figures printed sideways count as a whole page)
- Single line mathematical/chemical equation ? 30 words
- 1 substituted benzene ring (average size) ? 100 words
3. Copyright Permissions
Copyright is an intellectual property right chiefly concerned with original written works and the typographical arrangement of published works. Copyright owners have the exclusive right to copy their work and to issue copies of their work to the public, and it is an illegal infringement for anyone else to do so without the copyright owner's permission. The RSC must ensure that the material we publish does not infringe the copyright of others and must acquire the legal rights it needs to publish the material. This means:
- If you intend to reproduce an image in the book chapter (figure, diagram, schema, tables etc.) for which you do not own the copyright then permission must be obtained from the original publisher.
- An acknowledgement should be included in the typescript in the form prescribed by the copyright owner.
- It is the responsibility of the chapter author(s) to obtain these permissions
- The chapter cannot be published until we receive a completed Permissions Confirmations Form verifying permissions have been given.
Please note that permission is also required for figures which have been redrawn, unless the new figure is significantly different from the original. In the latter cases an acknowledgement must still be included in the figure caption.
A Permissions Confirmation Form can be downloaded from the bottom of the page.
For more information on obtaining permissioins please download the chapter instructions at the bottom of the page or visit the link also at the bottom of the page.
You will receive a set of proofs typically within 3-4 months from when the editor submits the complete manuscript for the book to the RSC. All the copy-editor's queries should be answered on the set of proofs on which you make your corrections. The corrected proofs should be returned within 7 days to the editor of the book. Please note that the proofing stage is to correct typographical errors. Simple errors in the original typescript can of course be corrected, but it is not possible at this stage to accommodate large insertions or other major revision of the text, because the Index will be in preparation.
Material in RSC and other publishers' publications is subject to all applicable copyright, database protection, and other rights.
RSC Chapter Instructions
RSC Permissions Confirmation Form
RSC Chapter Submission Checklist
Endnote Style File
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