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Ethical guidelines and code of conduct for authors


This webpage provides general guidance to authors on their responsibilities and the code of conduct they should follow when submitting to a Royal Society of Chemistry journal. It also describes what are considered to be conflicts of interest, and outlines our policy on human and animal welfare.

This guidance is suitable for first-time and experienced authors.

Type of Activity

working independently



Age Group

Postgraduate & Teacher


The Royal Society of Chemistry publishes 40 peer-reviewed journals, more than 1,500 print books and a collection of online databases and literature updating services. Our international publishing portfolio covers the core chemical sciences including related fields such as biology, biophysics, energy and environment, engineering, materials, medicine and physics.

Our author and reviewer resource centre provides information and services to help you publish your research with - and review for - Royal Society of Chemistry journals.