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Impact factor: 7.779*
Time to first decision (all decisions): 12 days**
Time to first decision (peer reviewed only): 29 days***
Editor-in-Chief: Song Gao
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Call for papers
Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers is pleased to announce a call for papers for Emerging Investigator Series. This on-going series will highlight the very best work from outstanding early-career chemists, who have been identified as having the potential to influence future directions in the field.
Check the current articles in the Emerging Investigator Series.
Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers publishes research articles, reviews, notes, comments and methods covering all areas of inorganic chemistry.
Emphases are placed on interdisciplinary studies where inorganic chemistry and organometallic chemistry meet related areas, such as catalysis, biochemistry, nanoscience, energy and materials science.
For publication in Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers, papers should report high quality work of exceptional novelty, which will be of significant interest to wide readership of the journal.
See who's on the team
Meet our Chair and all other board members for the Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers journal.
Song Gao, Peking University and Sun Yat-sen University, China
Jun Chen, Nankai University, China
Paula Diaconescu, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Svetlana Mintova, CNRS, France
Justin J. Wilson, Cornell University, USA
Teppei Yamada, University of Tokyo, Japan
Zhiping Zheng, Southern University of Science and Technology, China
Editorial board members
Hiroshi Kitagawa, Kyoto University, Japan
Yu Tang, Lanzhou University, China
Xianran Xing, University of Science and Technology Beijing, China
Nanfeng Zheng, Xiamen University, China
Christopher J Chang, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Chi-Ming Che, University of Hong Kong, China
Ling Chen, Beijing Normal University, China
Xiaoming Chen, Sun Yat-Sen University, China
Eugenio Coronado, University of Valencia, Spain
Yi Cui, Stanford University, USA
Patrick Gámez, University of Barcelona, Spain
Hairong Guan, University of Cincinnati, USA
Andy Hor, University of Hong Kong, China
Zhaomin Hou, RIKEN, Japan
Xile Hu, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Mercouri Kanatzidis, Northwestern University, USA
Jaqueline L. Kiplinger, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
Yadong Li, Tsinghua University, China
Wenbin Lin, University of Chicago, USA
Yi Lu, University of Texas at Austin, USA
P S Mukherjee, Indian Institute of Science, India
Wonwoo Nam, Ewha Womans University, South Korea
Hiroshi Nishihara, University of Tokyo, Japan
Hiroki Oshio, University of Tsukuba, Japan
Oleg Ozerov, Texas A&M University, USA
Manfred Scheer, University of Regensburg, Germany
Baolian Su, University of Namur, Belgium
Jean Pascal Sutter, Laboratory of Coordination Chemistry, CNRS, France
Richard Winpenny, University of Manchester, UK
Yi Xie, University of Science and Technology of China, China
Zuowei Xie, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
Chunhua Yan, Peking University, China
Hong-Cai Joe Zhou, Texas A&M University, USA
Xiaodong Zou, Stockholm University, Sweden
Qichun Zhang, City University of Hong Kong, China
Wenjun Liu, Executive Editor
Kailin Deng, Deputy Editor
Cheng Du, Development Editor
Helen Saxton, Editorial Production Manager, ORCID 0000-0002-1560-7396
Becky Webb, Senior Publishing Editor
Kirstine Anderson, Publishing Editor
Matthew Bown, Publishing Editor
Laura Cooper, Publishing Editor
Emily Cuffin-Munday, Publishing Editor
Clare Fitzgerald, Publishing Editor
Alan Holder, Publishing Editor, ORCID 0000-0001-5228-877X
Donna Smith, Publishing Editor, ORCID 0000-0002-1337-2327
Laura Smith, Publishing Editor, ORCID 0000-0002-2976-8529
Jie Gao, Assistant Editor
Yu Zhang, Assistant Editor
Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers publishes:
- Research articles
- Chemistry frontiers
All original research work published in Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers will be in one 'Research article' format. Both Communications and Full papers can be published in the same format. Innovative syntheses of important inorganic/organometallic compounds with potential value to the multi-interdisciplinary research, assays, devices and concepts are also encouraged.
Lengthy introductions, excessive data or experimental details and pure conjecture should not be included in the main text. Authors are encouraged to include a brief experimental section containing key and representative experimental procedures in the main text. Additional repeated information and characterisation data should be included in the electronic supplementary information by citing the typical or general procedure in the main text.
Authors are encouraged to use the article templates from our Author templates & services page to prepare Research articles. However, the use of the template for submission is not essential.
A Review article should provide a critical and in-depth discussion of a particularly relevant or interesting topic in inorganic chemistry. It should aim to provide the reader with an authoritative, balanced and up-to-date overview, and not a comprehensive list of all possible references. Authors should also aim to identify areas in the field where further developments are needed. Reviews should not describe any unpublished results.
Chemistry frontiers publish comments, notes, or conjecture looking forward at the future of inorganic chemistry sciences. The articles should provide insight into the significance of hot emerging areas, as well as personal perspectives on these new developments. Chemistry frontiers could be speculative and controversial in nature. Some new unpublished results may be included but the amount should be minimized.
Chemistry frontiers are generally four journal pages in length. All contributions are subject to a rigorous and full peer review procedure.
Highlights feature the latest breakthroughs in inorganic chemistry and related fields. Authors should discuss on the importance of the recent advances, as well as the potential influence they may bring to the field. Highlights are short, easy-to-read articles within four journal pages.
Comments and Replies are a medium for the discussion and exchange of scientific opinions between authors and readers concerning material published in Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers.
For publication, a Comment should present an alternative analysis of and/or new insight into the previously published material. Any Reply should further the discussion presented in the original article and the Comment. Comments and Replies that contain any form of personal attack are not suitable for publication.
Comments that are acceptable for publication will be forwarded to the authors of the work being discussed, and these authors will be given the opportunity to submit a Reply. The Comment and Reply will both be subject to rigorous peer review in consultation with the journal’s Editorial Board where appropriate. The Comment and Reply will be published together.
Journal specific guidelines
Experimental information must be provided to enable other researchers to reproduce the work accurately. Figures should include error bars where appropriate and results should be accompanied by analyses of experimental uncertainty.
The experimental details and the characterisation data should be provided preferably as electronic supplementary information (ESI) although on occasion it may be appropriate to include some or all of this within the body of the article. This will depend on the nature of the research being reported.
Characterisation of new compounds
It is the responsibility of authors to provide fully convincing evidence for the homogeneity, purity and identity of all compounds they claim as new. This evidence is required to establish that the properties and constants reported are those of the compound with the new structure claimed. Referees will assess, as a whole, the evidence presented in support of the claims made by the authors. The requirements for characterisation criteria are detailed below.
Inorganic and organometallic compounds
A new chemical substance (molecule or extended solid) should have a homogeneous composition and structure. New chemical syntheses must unequivocally establish the purity and identity of these materials. Where the compound is molecular, minimum standards have been established.
For manuscripts that report new compounds or materials, data must be provided to establish unequivocally the homogeneity, purity and identification of these substances. In general, this should include elemental analyses that agree to within ±0.4% of the calculated values. In cases where elemental analyses cannot be obtained (for example, for thermally unstable compounds), justification for the omission of this data should be provided.
Note that an X-ray crystal structure is not sufficient for the characterisation of a new material, since the crystal used in this analysis does not necessarily represent the bulk sample. In rare cases, it may be possible to substitute elemental analyses with high-resolution mass spectrometric molecular weights. This is appropriate, for example, with trivial derivatives of thoroughly characterised substances or routine synthetic intermediates.
In all cases, relevant spectroscopic data (NMR, IR, UV-vis, etc) should be provided in tabulated form and as reproduced spectra; reproduced spectra should be included in the electronic supplementary information (ESI).
Mass spectrometric and spectroscopic data do not constitute proof of purity, and in the absence of elemental analyses additional evidence of purity should be provided (melting points, PXRD data, etc).
Experimental data for new substances should also include synthetic yields, reported in terms of grams or moles, and as a percentage. Where the compound is an extended solid, it is important to establish unequivocally the chemical structure and bulk composition.
Single crystal diffraction does not determine the bulk structure. Referees will normally look to see evidence of bulk homogeneity.
A fully indexed powder diffraction pattern, which agrees with single crystal data, may be used as evidence of a bulk homogeneous structure and chemical analysis may be used to establish purity and homogeneous composition.
The synthesis of all new compounds must be described in detail. Synthetic procedures must include the specific reagents, products and solvents and must give the amounts (g, mmol, for products: %) for all of them, as well as clearly stating how the percentage yields are calculated.
It should be unambiguous whether yields pertain to a crude product (specify purity if possible) or a purified product. They must also include all the characterisation data for the prepared compound or material. For a series of related compounds, at least one representative procedure that outlines a specific example that is described in the text or in a table and which is representative for the other cases, must be provided.
If a known compound is prepared by a new or modified synthetic procedure, the types of physical and spectroscopic data that were found to match cited literature data should be identified, and purity documentation should be provided as indicated in the previous paragraph for new compounds.
For all compounds, even when the isolation of a pure compound is not being claimed, the degree of purity must still be estimated and, at least for diamagnetic compounds, NMR spectroscopic data included in the electronic supplementary information as described above.
Peaks appearing in the provided spectra that do not belong to a compound of interest should be designated and assigned as much as possible.
Nano-sized materials (such as quantum dots, nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanowires)
For nano-sized materials it is essential that the authors not only provide detailed characterisation on individual objects (see above) but also a comprehensive characterisation of the bulk composition.
Characterisation of the bulk of the sample require determination of the chemical composition and size distribution over large portions of the sample.
The syntheses of all new compounds must be described in detail.
Synthetic procedures must include the specific reagents, products and solvents and must give the amounts (g, mmol, for products: %) for all of them, as well as clearly stating how the percentage yields are calculated. It should be unambiguous whether yields pertain to a crude product (specify purity if possible) or a purified product. They must also include all the characterisation data for the prepared compound or material.
For a series of related compounds, at least one representative procedure, which outlines a specific example that is described in the text or in a table and which is representative for the other cases, must be provided.
Authors are required to provide unequivocal support for the purity and assigned structure of all compounds using a combination of the following characterisation techniques: analytical, physical, spectroscopic.
Elemental analysis (within ±0.4% of the calculated value) is required to confirm 95% sample purity and corroborate isomeric purity. Authors are required to provide copies of 1H,13C NMR spectra and/or GC/HPLC traces in the electronic supplementary information (ESI) especially if satisfactory elemental analysis results cannot be obtained. For libraries of compounds, HPLC traces should be submitted as proof of purity.
The determination of enantiomeric excess of nonracemic, chiral substances should be supported with either SFC/GC/HPLC traces with retention times for both enantiomers and separation conditions (that is, chiral support, solvent and flow rate) or for Mosher Ester/Chiral Shift Reagent analysis, copies of the spectra.
Important physical properties - for example, boiling or melting point, specific rotation, refractive index, etc - including conditions and a comparison to the literature for known compounds should be provided. For crystalline compounds, the method used for recrystallisation should also be documented (that is, solvent, etc).
Mass spectra and a complete numerical listing of 1H,13C NMR peaks in support of the assigned structure, including relevant 2D NMR spectra and related experiments (that is, NOE, etc) is required. Authors are required to provide copies of these spectra. Infrared spectra that support functional group modifications, including other diagnostic assignments should be included.
High-resolution mass spectra are acceptable as proof of the molecular weight provided the purity of the sample has been accurately determined as outlined above.
The syntheses of all new compounds must be described in detail. Synthetic procedures must include the specific reagents, products and solvents and must give the amounts (g, mmol, for products: %) for all of them, as well as clearly stating how the percentage yields are calculated. It should be unambiguous whether yields pertain to a crude product (specify purity if possible) or a purified product. They must include the 1H,13C NMR spectra and MS data of this specific compound.
For multistep synthesis papers: spectra of key compounds and of the final product should be included. For a series of related compounds, at least one representative procedure, which outlines a specific example that is described in the text or in a table and which is representative for the other cases, must be provided.
For all soluble polymers an estimation of molecular weight must be provided by a suitable method - for example, size exclusion chromatography, including details of columns, eluents and calibration standards, intrinsic viscosity, MALDI TOF, etc in addition to full NMR characterisation (1H,13C) as for organic compound characterisation (see above).
The synthesis of all new compounds must be described in detail. Synthetic procedures must include the specific reagents, products and solvents and must give the amounts (g, mmol, for products: %) for all of them, as well as clearly stating how the percentage yields are calculated. It should be unambiguous whether yields pertain to a crude product (specify purity if possible) or a purified product. They must also include all the characterisation data for the prepared compound or material.
For a series of related compounds, at least one representative procedure, which outlines a specific example that is described in the text or in a table and which is representative for the other cases, must be provided.
Biomolecules (for example, enzymes, proteins, DNA/RNA, oligosaccharides, oligonucleotides)
Authors should provide rigorous evidence for the identity and purity of the biomolecules described.
The techniques that may be employed to substantiate identity include mass spectrometry, LC-MS, sequencing data (for proteins and oligonucleotides), high field 1H,13C NMR, X-ray crystallography.
Purity must be established by one or more of the following.
- Gel electrophoresis
- Capillary electrophoresis
- High field 1H,13C NMR.
Sequence verification also needs to be carried out for nucleic acid cases involving molecular biology. For organic synthesis involving DNA, RNA oligonucleotides, their derivatives or mimics, purity must be established using HPLC and mass spectrometry as a minimum.
For new derivatives comprising modified monomers, the usual organic chemistry analytical requirements for the novel monomer must be provided (see Organic compounds). It is not necessary to provide this level of characterisation for the oligonucleotide into which the novel monomer is incorporated.
Authors should supply enough data in the electronic supplementary information (ESI) for others to be able to reproduce the results and/or to make the results usable without repeating the calculations.
A description of specific programs and versions is required. If the author’s own or a modified version of a commercially available program is used, it is required that the program/code/modification be made available to the scientific community (QCPE, publication in a computational journal, commercially, etc).
A clear exposition of any nonstandard equations and algorithms used and, where feasible, tests of the codes in various limiting cases should also be provided. Final optimised coordinates and keywords should be provided.
For DFT computations, the choice of functional must be justified or the validation of the functional provided. The choice of basis sets must be explicitly discussed, including any deviation from standard basis sets.
Convergence criteria, integration parameters, active space definition in multireference calculations, and for open-shell systems, how spin states are handled, should be mentioned explicitly.
The exact definition of any applied numerical or symmetry constraint should be indicated. When relevant to the results of the study, data such as absolute energies, gross orbital populations, atomic spin densities, etc, should be supplied.
Where feasible, critical checkpoint/restart files should be saved and made available upon request. Input files are recommended to be included in the ESI.
It is the responsibility of the author(s) to provide the reviewers with the necessary information to evaluate the merit of the manuscript in terms of its scientific content. Failure to provide the necessary experimental evidence and data may result in the manuscript being withdrawn by the editor.
Prepare your article for submission
We encourage the citation of primary research over review articles, where appropriate, in order to give credit to those who first reported a finding. Find out more about our commitments to the principles of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).
These should be listed at the end of the manuscript in numerical order as they appear in the manuscript. Article titles of bibliographic references are requested at the time the manuscript is submitted to the journal. Bibliographic details should be cited in the order: authors, title, journal, year, volume, page. For example: A. Levina, P. A. Lay, Influence of an anti-metastatic ruthenium(III) prodrug on extracellular protein–protein interactions: studies by bio-layer interferometry, Inorg. Chem. Front., 2014, 1, 44.
Open access publishing options
Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers is a hybrid journal and gives authors the choice of publishing their research either via the traditional subscription-based model or instead by choosing our gold open access option.
Gold open access
For authors who want to publish their article gold open access, Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers charges an article processing charge (APC) of £2,500 (+ any applicable tax). Our APC is all-inclusive and makes your article freely available online immediately, permanently, and includes your choice of Creative Commons licence (CC BY or CC BY-NC) at no extra cost. It is not a submission charge, so you only pay if your article is accepted for publication.
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Read & Publish
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Please use your official institutional email address to submit your manuscript; this helps us to identify if you are eligible for Read & Publish or other APC discounts.
Traditional subscription model
Authors can also publish in Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers via the traditional subscription model without needing to pay an APC. Articles published via this route are available to institutions and individuals who subscribe to the journal. Our standard licence allows you to make the accepted manuscript of your article freely available after a 12-month embargo period. This is known as the green route to open access.
Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers publishes themed collections on timely and important topics, guest edited by members of the inorganic chemistry community. Themed collections are available to read here.
Members of the community are welcome to submit proposals for themed collections that would be of interest to our readership. If you are interested in guest editing a themed collection with Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers, please fill out the following form. We will assess your proposal with a decision provided within six weeks of the completed form submission.
To learn more about Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers themed collections and your role as the Guest Editor, please see the Guideline for Guest Editors, or contact us at InorgChemFrontiersED@rsc.org for more information.Suggest a topic
Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers belongs to Frontiers Journal portfolio, an enterprising collaboration between the Chinese Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry. The Frontiers project aims to publish a series of high impact, quality chemistry journals that showcase the very best research from China, Asia and the rest of the world to an international audience.
For each journal title, the intention is to collaborate with a leading Chinese institute in the relevant field. For Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers, this is Peking University (PKU).
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