The Journal and Editorial Policy


The Indian Journal of Chemistry, Section A (Indian J Chem, Sec A.), a monthly journal, publishes results of experimental and theoretical studies in Inorganic, Bioinorganic, Physical, Theoretical and Analytical Chemistry.


In view of ever increasing number of articles being submitted for publication, it is not possible to publish all the received manuscripts due to pressing space limitations. Every endeavour, therefore, is made to select for publication only those contributions which are timely, original and report work of quality and significance. Acceptance for publication is subject to positive recommendation from the referees. The contributions must not have appeared elsewhere. Contributions in which the primary interest is for workers in agriculture, pharmacology or applied chemistry, should be submitted to appropriate specialised journals in these fields.


In case of an article having more than one author, all correspondence regarding it will be made with the senior author or the author who has communicated the article.


Types of Contributions


Manuscripts will be considered for publication as Rapid Communications, Papers, Notes or reviews under the column "Advances in Contemporary Research". In addition, Book Reviews are also published in the Journal.


Rapid Communications: Work of current interest, reporting novel chemistry, which is likely to stimulate other workers in the field and needs to be brought to the attention of research workers expeditiously will be considered for publication as Rapid Communication. The Rapid Communications should be brief and accompanied by a note in duplicate justifying urgent publication. Every effort will be made to publish an accepted communication within 6‑8 weeks of its receipt.


Papers: Contributors are encouraged to submit detailed accounts of the results of complete and definitive studies. Publication of results in a fragmented form should be avoided. Instead of submitting separate papers on closely related studies, the results should be consolidated in a single paper. This will help in a better overall appreciation of the work. Papers based on work previously reported as brief communications will be considered only if they represent a substantial amplification.


Notes: Articles which describe results of either routine investigations having only data value or a study of limited scope, or an unusual observation of interest are considered as Notes. These should be concise and devoid of well‑known experimental details and should conform to the following pattern: (1) Title; (2) names (s) of authors (s) along with address(es); (3) a brief abstract; (4) previous work and reference(s) only; and (5) a brief mention of the present work giving only the pertinent data. Examples are: stability constants of metal chelates by well‑known methods, use of organic compounds in analytical chemistry, complex formation and routine kinetic studies.


Brief notes in solution chemistry reporting determination of stability constants of routine systems using well‑established techniques should contain data on a number of related systems. Data on one or two metal­ligand systems are not considered for independent pub­lication. Kinetic investigations on well‑known systems with minor modifications in reaction conditions, viz., permutations of oxidants/reductants will not be considered unless radically different mechanisms are operating.


Advances in Contemporary Research: Short reviews of contemporary research in various fields of Inorganic, Physical, Theoretical and Analytical Chemistry will be considered under this section. Ideal length of the re­view is 20‑25 manuscript pages. Focus should be on critical coverage of available information on newer concepts and techniques rather than mere listing of literature. Future possibilities should also be discussed. Brief biographical sketches and photographs of the authors should accompany the manuscript


Book Reviews: These are usually written on invitation. However, unsolicited reviews can also be considered if the books reviewed are appropriate for the readership of the journal.


Organisation and Layout of the Manuscript


Manuscripts must be typewritten double‑spaced on one side only of a white paper, preferably bond paper. The original and two carbon copies should be submitted to the Editor, Indian Journal of Chemistry, Sec. A, National Institute of Science Communication, Dr K. S. Krishnan Marg, New Delhi 110 012. While typing a manuscript, a sufficient margin, at least 4 cm (1.5 in) must be left on all sides of each page. The list of references, footnotes, tables, abstract and figure captions must also be typewritten and double‑spaced on separate sheets of paper.


The material should be presented in the following order: (i) Title of paper; (ii) Name(s) of author(s); (iii) Institute and address of author(s); (iv) Graphical abstract; (v) Abstract; (vi) Introduction; (vii) Experimental; (viii) Results and Discussion; and (ix) References. Title: It should be useful in indexing and information retrieval. If a paper forms part of a series, a sub‑title indicating the aspects of the work covered in the paper should be provided. The title of an article should involve names and not formulae of chemical substances and should not contain abbreviations. A short title suitable for use as a running title should also be supplied.


Authorship: List the initials and surnames of all the authors, elaborating an initial only if it is necessary for identification. Give the complete mailing address where work has been performed. If the present address is different include the information in a footnote. The author for correspondence should be indicated by (*). The email address of the author for correspondence may be included, if available.


Graphical Abstract: As a part of the contents page, the graphical abstract will appear independently of the main paper. Its purpose is to indicate, preferably through a graphic, the chemistry reported in the paper and arouse reader's interest. It should be brief and to the point.


Abstract: The abstract should indicate the scope of the work and principal findings of the paper. It should normally not exceed 3% of the length of the paper.


lntroduction: The introduction should place the work in proper perspective and clearly state the objectives. The background discussion should be brief and restricted to pertinent material; extensive reviews of previous work should be avoided and documentation of the literature should be selective rather than exhaustive, particularly if reviews can be cited.


Experimental: It should be as concise as possible in description. General reaction conditions should be given only once. Details which do not contribute to a better understanding of the procedures should be avoided.


Data: Only primary data essential for following the discussion and the main conclusions emerging from the study should be included. Secondary data may be retained by the authors for supply on demand.


Infrared, ultraviolet, NMR and mass spectra and DTA and TG curves, etc., are not included unless they are essential for the discussion, e.g., papers dealing primarily with interpretation of spectra and those in which band shape or fine structure need to be illustrated. Otherwise significant numerical data should be cited in the text, if they provide new information. In the case of a series of similar type of compounds, listing of the spectroscopic data for all the compounds may not be necessary.


Tables: Tables must be typed on separate sheets of paper without any text matter on the page, numbered serially in Arabic numerals and should bear brief titles. Column headings should be brief. Units of measurement should be abbreviated and placed below the headings and SI Units should be used as far as possible. Nil results should be indicated and distinguished clearly from the absence of data. Inclusion of structural formulae inside the tables should be avoided as far as possible. Tables should be referred to in the text by numbers.


Illustrations: All illustrations must be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. Line drawings should be made with India ink on white drawing paper (preferably Bristol board), cellophane sheet or tracing cloth. In addition to the originals, a set of blue prints or photostat copies should be sent. For satisfactory reproduction, the graphs and line drawings, should be drawn to approximately twice the printed size. The size of letters, numbers, dots, lines, etc., should be sufficiently large to permit reduction to the page ( 6~/: inches) or the column size (3.4 inches) as required in the journal without loss of details. Numbers or lettering should be stenciled and inked in. In the case of photographs, prints must be or glossy paper and show good contrast. If an illustration is taken from another publication, reference to the source should be given and prior permission secured. Illustrations should be protected by thick cardboard packin' against creases, folds and broken corners during transit

Illustrations should be referred to in the text by numbers and not by terms like 'above', 'preceding' or 'following'.


Structuralformulae: The number of structural formulae should be restricted to the minimum and included only if the purpose is not adequately served by chemical or common names. Structural formulae should be num­bered in sequence and referred to in the text by their numbers. Reaction schemes should be numbered as schemes or charts and should be referred to in the text as 'Scheme 1' or 'Chart 1', etc., and not by expressions like 'below' . 'above', 'preceding' or 'following'.


Nomenclature: The nomenclature should conform to the Definitive Rules for Nomenclature of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and the practices of Chemical Abstracts. Some pertinent references are:


(i)     Nomenclature of inorganic chemistry, 3rd edn.,


(Blackwell, Oxford) 1990; Indian edition (Jain, Interscience, Delhi) 1994, "Red Book".


(ii)    Quantities, units and symbols in physical chemistry, 2nd edn., (Blackwell, Oxford) 1993, "Green


(iii) Compendium of macromolecular nomenclature,

(Blackwell, Oxford) 1991, "Purple Book".


Abbreviation and Acronyms: These should be used sparingly and full expansions of acronyms must be given at their first place of occurrence. Following abbrevia­tions for units of measurements are accepted in the jour­nal. Though not exhaustive, the list represents units and symbols most often encountered.


Unit                          Abbreviation used

ampere                                   A

angstrom                                A

atmosphere                            atm.

atomic mass unit                      emu

Bohr Magneton                       B.M.

calorie (thermochemical)             cal

centipoise                               cP

coulomb                                  C

counts per minute                     cpm

debye                                     D

degree Celsius                           oC

degree Kelvin                           K

disintegrations per minute            dpm


dyne                                     dyn

electron volt                            eV

electostatic unit                        esu

equilibrium constant                    K

farad                                      F

gauss                                      G

gram                                      g

gram atom                            g‑atom

henry                                    H

hertz                                     Hz

hour                                      h

ionic strength                          I or

inch                                      in.

joule                                      J

kilocalorie                              kcal

litre                                       I

kilogram                                 kg

metre                                    m

microampere                           '1A

microbar                               pbar

. . .

m~cro~'tre                              Ill

micrometer                             ~m

milliampere                            mA

milligram                               mg

millilitre                                 ml

millimetre                              mm

million electron volts                MeV

minute                                  min

mole                                    mol

molal (concentration)                  m

molar (concentration)                 M

nanometre (not millimicros)         nm

newton (force)                          N

normal (concentration)                N

oersted                                  Oe

ohm                                   ohm Q

po~se                                     P

revolutions per minute                rpm

rate constant                            k

rontgen                                  R

second                                    s

volt                                       V

watt                                      W


Symbols and Units: SI units should be used. Units of

measurement should be abbreviated when used with

numerals but must be written out when they occur in the

text without the numerals. Symbols representing physi­

cal quantities should be given in italics; however, the

units should be given in the Roman (upright) fonts.


References: References to literature, numbered consecutively, must be placed at the end of the paper. In the text they should be indicated by numbers placed above the line superior.


In citing references to research papers, names and initials of authors should be followed, in order, by the title of the periodical in the abbreviated form (italics), the volume number, the year within circular brackets and the page reference [e.g. Gutman Ivan & Petrovic' Vesna, Indian J Chem, 31A (1992) 647]. Even if a reference contains more than two authors, the name of all the authors should be given. The abbreviations et al., idem and ibid should be avoided. For names of periodicals, the standard abbreviations listed in the World List of Scientific Periodicals edited by William Allan Smith & Francis Lawrence Kent (Butterworths Scientific Publications, London) should be used. If the reference is to an article published without any authorship in a periodical, the title Qf the article takes the place of the author in the citation [e.g. The content, influence and value of scientif c conference papers and proceedings, UNESCO Bull Libr, 16 (1962), 113‑26]. If a paper has been accepted for publication, the names of the author and the journal should be given followed by the words "in press" within circular brackets [e.g. Rao CNR, Pradeep T, Seshadri Ram & Govindaraj A, Indian J Chem (In press)].


Reference to a book should include, in the following order: names and initials of authors, the title of the book (italics), names of publisher and place of publication within circular brackets and year [e.g. Khopkar S M, Basic concepts of analytical chemistry, 2nd Edn, (New Age, New Delhi), 1998, 120. Proceedings of conferences and symposia should be treated in the same manner as books.


Reference to a thesis should include the name of the author, the title of the thesis (italics), university or insti


tution to which it was submitted and year of submission (e.g. Chandrasekharan K S, Studies on crystal structur and absolute confguration of crystals, Ph.D. Thesis Madras University, 1956).


Reference to a patent should include names of paten tees, country of origin (italics), patent number, and the organization to which the patent has been assigned (i available) within circular brackets, date of acceptance of the patent and reference to an abstracting periodica where available [e.g. Trapagnier J.G. US Pat. 246321' (to E. I. Du de Nemours & Co.). 1 March 1949; Chem  Abstr, 43 (1940) 7258].


Submission of Manuscript on Diskette


The final revised version of the manuscript should be submitted on a diskette (3.5 inch) also in addition tc the hard copy. The diskette should be labelled giving manuscript number, file name, word processing program used, and the name of the author. The preferred software programs for the text are MS Word and Word Perfect. Text should be input in 11 pts using Times New Roman and Symbols only. The text should not be formatted. Equations should be set in 9 point within a width of 8.5 ems. Tables should be input using Table Editor. Graphics should not be integrated with the text. These should be sent as separate files. ChemDraw or ChemWindows may be used for graphics.


Proofs & Reprints


One set of galley proofs is sent to the authors. It should be returned after correction to the editorial office of the journal without delay. Twenty five reprints are supplied gratis to the authors. Extra reprints are not supplied, nor the covers for the reprints are provided.