All original research work published in Organic Chemistry Frontiers is in one Research article format. Both Communication type articles and Full paper type articles can be published under this format. Although there is no formal page limit, authors should report their work in a succinct way. Lengthy introductions, extensive data, excessive experimental details and non-experiment based 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 characterization 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 the Royal Society of Chemistry website to prepare Research articles. However, the use of the template for submission is not essential.
Reviews provide a critical and in-depth discussion of a particularly relevant or interesting topic in organic chemistry. They aim to provide the reader with an authoritative, balanced and up-to-date overview, not a comprehensive list of all possible references. Authors should aim to identify areas in the field where further developments are needed. Critical reviews do not describe any unpublished results.
Critical reviews are normally invited by the editorial board or the editorial office of Organic Chemistry Frontiers; however, direct submissions from authors are also welcome. All reviews undergo rigorous and full peer review and must meet the high standard of the journal to be accepted for publication.
Highlights are short, easy-to-read articles that focus on important new developments in the field of organic chemistry. They highlight and provide insight into the significance of the chosen topic, as well as speculating on the future potential and challenges of that field. Highlights are generally four-five journal pages in length, and new results should not be presented.
Highlights are generally contributed by leading experts in organic chemistry, discussing the state of the art and prospects for significant progress in a specific subject area. Direct submissions from authors are also welcome. All Highlights are subject to a rigorous and full peer review procedure.
Tutorial accounts describe recently established methodologies or protocols that lead to new compounds, chemistry or theories with wide and strong interest in the field of organic chemistry. The authors should provide a concise and practical account of their previously established methodologies, chemistry or theories and instruct the readers on how to reproduce those reactions on larger scales if synthetically related. At least one of the described reactions in a Tutorial account should be at the level of 10 mmol. Reactions on a scale of 10 grams are strongly encouraged.
It is recommended that a comprehensive graphic demonstration is presented at the beginning of a Tutorial account to provide an overview of the reported chemistry. Suggestions or comments concerning optimal conditions for reactions, purification of reagents, etc, are welcome in the main text. Further uses and advances in the chemistry reported since the original publication should be discussed. Experimental details of the key and representative reactions should be included.
Tutorial accounts should be as succinct as possible. It is expected that the articles will be three journal pages in length and contain up to four graphics. Authors are encouraged to use well-designed graphics to provide information in a concise and easy-to-read format. Any unusual apparatus involved in the experiments should be described using both text and photos. Special techniques and hazards associated with the experimental procedure must be clearly indicated.
Tutorial accounts are invited by the editor-in-chief of Organic Chemistry Frontiers. All Tutorial accounts are subject to full peer review and must meet the high standards of the journal for publication.
A Method is a different article type from the current Tutorial account, being technical notes that focus on the practicality of previously published methodologies. Use of unpublished results should be extremely limited. Methodologies in the field of synthetic organic chemistry, natural products purification, spectroscopy, chemical modification and assembly of organic molecules are encouraged as this article type.
Reported methods should be of wide application in the relevant research field and of general interest to the broad readership in related areas. A brief introduction is thus required for the associate editor or referees to judge the importance of very original methods or the significant advantages of the reported methods over competing or earlier protocols.
Methods are designed to assist with practical manipulation. Therefore every aspect of the experiments should be explained explicitly. Authors should include the following details in the paper:
The author should indicate the types of glassware and how they are equipped. The types and parameters of any equipment (for example, microwave reactor, glove box, mass spectrometer, etc) should also be listed when they are able to affect the reproducibility of the reactions. A photo of the complete apparatus should be provided.
For any commercially available reagent, authors should indicate the purchase source and CAS number. If there is any purification or activation procedure employed, this should also be clarified.
Reaction & manipulation
Authors should give as many details as possible when describing a reaction process. The required information includes but is not limited to the following.
- Duration, pressure and temperature
- Sensitivity to air or moisture
- The amount and order of addition of reactants
- Any phenomena observed during the reaction (such as change of color, temperature, the evolution of gases, etc.)
- The monitoring process (for example, if the reaction is monitored via TLC, the Rf and the corresponding solvent system; these should be indicated for products, reactants and significant byproducts or intermediates)
- The workup procedure
Purification & characterisation
Authors should indicate how the products and significant byproducts are isolated, as well as their physical properties and spectroscopic data (NMR, IR, mass and UV if applicable) and X-ray structures. For the sake of accuracy, the given yield (±3%), as well as other characterisation data, should be reproduced by chemists in the same group and submitted as electronic supporting information.
Note: Authors are not required to include very long discussions in Methods; succinct and straightforward instructions and troubleshooting of experimental procedures are favored and can be included as notes. Authors should mark in the main text where a note is employed. Relevant notes will be placed close to where they are first mentioned. In this section, authors are expected to include any supplementary explanations that do not fit into the introduction and experimental part. For instance, when a reagent is added at an extremely slow speed or in excess, authors should explain why such a procedure is favored and how it will affect the reaction.
Electronic supplementary information
Authors are required to complete the characterization checklist upon submission of supporting materials. Please note that it is a must to include copies of NMR spectra for any desired compound.
Photos & videos
Photos of the reactor should be submitted. Inclusion of videos is also strongly encouraged to record the manipulation and any change of appearance of the reactions. These should be supplied as electronic supplementary information (ESI).
Chemistry frontiers are concise, peer-reviewed, forward-looking articles published upon invitation from the editorial office. Authors of Chemistry frontiers will be leading scientists in their research fields. Current hot topics of great interest to the community should be discussed, and personal viewpoints looking forward to the future of the respective research fields are encouraged.
Chemistry frontiers can be speculative and controversial in nature. Some new unpublished results may be included but the amount should be minimized. The suggested length is fewer than four journal pages.
Profiles are one- or two-page interviews of top-tier chemists. Videos will also be included where appropriate and will be published as electronic supplementary information. From these articles, readers will learn about the academic career and the most important scientific contribution (in the form of well-designed chemical equations/schemes) of the interviewees, as well as some background information about their personal life.
Comments and Replies are a medium for the discussion and exchange of scientific opinions between authors and readers concerning material published in Organic 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.