Main Group Chemistry is intended to be a primary resource for all chemistry, engineering, biological, and materials researchers in both academia and in industry with an interest in the elements from the groups 1, 2, 12–18, lanthanides and actinides. The journal is committed to maintaining a high standard for its publications. This will be ensured by a rigorous peer-review process with most articles being reviewed by at least one editorial board member. Additionally, all manuscripts will be proofread and corrected by a dedicated copy editor located at the University of Kentucky.
The journal will publish rapid, short, communications, full, detailed articles, and shorter, less developed notes. Periodically, the editors will solicit reviews on the latest main group developments. In particular, we would like to eventually publish reviews covering every column of the main group elements, and some that are focused on single elements. This will advertise and showcase the beauty and breadth of main group chemistry.
David A. Atwood
SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPTS
Authors must submit their manuscript electronically to www.mstracker.com. The manuscript should be uploaded as one file with equations, figures, schemes, and tables included after the references. This file can be a Microsoft Word document or an Adobe PDF.
Moreover authors are requested to propose 4 potential reviewers including their contact details.
Please contact the Editor-in-Chief David A. Atwood if you experience difficulties with the online system.
PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPTS
The Manuscripts must be written in English. Peerwith offers a language and copyediting service to authors who wish to publish their manuscript in scientific peer-reviewed periodicals and books.
Manuscripts should be prepared with one-inch margins and double spacing throughout, including the abstract, footnotes and references. Each page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc., should be numbered. Continuous Line Numbers should be included using the “Page Layout” “Line Numbers” function in MS Word.
A. Manuscripts should be organized in the following order numbered as shown:
Body of Text (numbered and divided by subheadings)
2. Experimental Section
2.3 Synthesis, etc
3. Results and Discussio
7. Graphical Material
(b) Figures with associated captions
(c) Schemes with associated captions
(d) Tables with associated captions
B. Title Page
Title (should be clear, concise, and descriptive)
Name(s) of author(s); please indicate the corresponding author with an asterisk
Full affiliation(s) of each author
Present address of author(s), if different from affiliation
Complete address of corresponding author, including tel. no., fax no. and e-mail address
Abstract: should be clear, descriptive, self-explanatory and not longer than 200 words. It should be suitable for publication in abstracting services.
Keywords: terms that will be used for searching and indexing
C. Body of Text
Manuscripts should be prepared with one-inch margins and double spacing throughout, including the abstract, footnotes and references. Continuous Line Numbers should be used throughout the manuscript. Each page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc., should be numbered. Headings and subheadings should be numbered and typed on a separate line, without indentation as shown in Section A. Paragraphs should be indented. SI units should be used, i.e., the units based on the meter, kilogram, second, etc.
This section, numbered “1.” provides the background for the results being presented. It should include specific examples of reactions, compounds, or structures that are similar to those being reported in the manuscript. Avoid broad generalizations and statements not supported by the existing literature. Do not include lengthy background information that is not relevant to the new research being presented. Graphical information such as figures and schemes should be used whenever possible to make the context of the new work clear to as broad an audience as possible. The ending sentences or paragraph of this section should explain why the work was conducted and what was expected to result, or what new discoveries were made.
E. Experimental Section
This section, numbered “2.” should provide sufficient information for the experimental work to be replicated by another laboratory. It should begin with one or more sub-sections describing the Reagents used, the techniques and methods employed, how indivdiual compounds were synthesized, and how specific studies were conducted.
This section should contain the source and purity of all the reagents and solvents used to conduct the research described in the publication. For example, the chemicals could be listed like this: Chemical (Vendor, purity). Rather than simply state: “Reagent X was prepared according to the literature”, include the specific details (grams, moles, and volume) on how the reagent was made.
This section should include the equipment and techniques used to characterize and study the compounds being reported.
2.3 Preparation of Name of Compound (1)
2.4 Synthesis and Characterization of Name of Compound (2)
2.5 Study Conducted on Name of Compound (3)
Each compound or study should be described in a separate experimental sub-section that is clearly labeled. Each compound or starting material should be indicated by a unique, bold numeral (1). For example:
Example of Experimental Section:
2.6 Synthesis and Characterization of Salen(tBu)AlBr (1)
A rapidly stirred solution of Et2AlBr in toluene, prepared in situ by the redistribution of triethylaluminum (0.750 g, 6.57 mmol) and aluminum(III) bromide (0.890 g, 3.34 mmol), was combined with a solution of salen(tBu)H2 (5.00 g, 10.2 mmol) in toluene (50 mL) by cannula. The reaction mixture was refluxed for 8 h and filtered to obtain a clear yellow solution. The volatiles were removed under vacuum to isolate 1 as a pale yellow microcrystalline solid. The compound could be purified by recrystallization from toluene. Yield: 4.80 g (79.2 %). Mp: 330-332°C (dec); 1H NMR (CDCl3): 1.48 (s,18H), 1.72 (s,18H), 3.93 (d, 2H), 4.35 (d, 2H), 7.35 (d, 2H), 7.43 (d, 2H), 8.56 (s, 2H); 27Al NMR (104.15 MHz, CDCl3): d 57 (W1/2 = 5000 Hz); IR (KBr; cm-1): 2962 (m), 2905 (w), 2866 (w); MS (EI, positive) m/z: 597 (M+, 8%), 517 (M+ - Br, 100%). Elemental Analysis Calculated for C38H50N2O2AlBr (1): C 72.53, H 8.00. Found: C 72.70; H 7.93.
F. Results and Discussion
The unique and important features of the compounds or reactions being studied should be described in this section. Do not replicate information from the Experimental Sections unless it is relevant to the discussion. For example, it is typically unnecessary to include information about the solvents used for NMR studies, KBr for IR spectra, and the type of equipment used.
It is critical that this section describe the new information in relation to the existing literature. Include how the new compounds and reactions differ from similar published work. When proposing a structure for a new compound include descriptions of related structures as justification. This often should include redrawn structures from the literature (using Chemdraw or for X-ray structures, a program like Mercury).
This brief section should clearly state what significant achievements are reported in the manuscript and what impact they may have in the area of the study. It should contain a critical evaluation of the importance of the results. This section should not replicate information taken directly from the Abstract or Results and Discussion sections.
Numbers between square brackets should be used for citations within the document.  All publications cited in the text should be listed in a section labeled: X. References starting on a new page after the Acknowldegements section.
The references should be listed at the end of the article in the following styles:
 (Journal Articles)K. Kim, O. Tsay, D. A. Atwood, D. G. Churchill, Destruction and detection of chemical warfare agents, 111 (2011) 5345-5403.
 (Books) S. Cotton, S., Lanthanide and Actinide Chemistry, John Wiley & Sons: Chichester, 2006; pp. 89-90.
 (Articles from Edited Books) M. Aoyama, Oceans and Seas, Radionuclides in the Environment, D. A. Atwood, Ed., John Wiley & Sons: Chichester, 2010; pp. 339-346.
Footnotes should only be used if absolutely essential. In most cases it is possible to incorporate footnoted information in the text or as a separate reference. If used, footnotes should be brief and indicated in the text with numbers in superscript.,
J. Figures, Schemes, and Equations
Number figures as Figure 1, Figure 2, etc., schemes as Scheme 1, Scheme 2, etc. and equations as Equation 1, Equation 2, etc. and refer to them in the text as “Figure 1”, “Scheme 1”, and “Equation 1”. Each figure, and associated figure caption should be provided on a separate page at the end of the document. Figures should not be included in the text but the location of the figures, schemes, tables and equations should be indicated by a line in the text such as: “Figure 1 Here”.
All color figures will be reproduced free of charge in the electronic version of the Journal. Colour figures can be included in the print version of the Journal, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author.
Figures should be designed to allow a 50% reduction in size. The line art should be have a minimum resolution of 600 dpi, saved as EPS or TIFF. Grayscales (including photographs) should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi (no lettering), or 500 dpi (when there is lettering). Save the figures tiff files and incorporate into the document. Do not save figures as JPEG, this format may lose information in the process. Do not use figures taken directly from the Internet. Do not use colour in the figures if they are to be printed in black and white, as this will reduce the print quality (note that in some software programs the default is often in colour; you should change the settings). For figures that should be printed in colour, please send a CMYK encoded EPS or TIFF file to the Editor-in-Chief.
Chemdraw figures should employ the default settings for the American Chemical Society, or other society journal setting. For X-ray Structure figures, label only the most significant atoms in the structure. Do not include hydrogen atoms in the structure unless they are important to the discussion. Use at least 12 pt font for the atom labels.
Number as Table 1, Table 2, etc, and refer to them in the text as “Table 1” etc. Each table should be provided on a separate page after the Reference Section of the manuscript. Tables should not be included within the text.
Each table should have a brief and self-explanatory title. Column headings should be brief, but sufficiently explanatory. Standard abbreviations of units of measurement should be added between parentheses. Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Leave some extra space between the columns instead. Any explanations essential to the understanding of the table should be given in the text or in footnotes at the bottom of the table, if absolutely necessary.
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