Guidelines for typesetting your manuscript

General Requirements

  1. When preparing manuscripts, we suggest that you use manuscript samples that meet publisher's requirements. If a journal accepts manuscripts in ТеХ format, the respective style file and guidelines can be found here. Otherwise please use DOC or RTF formats.
  2. File names should be in Latin characters without spaces. Do not use long names.
  3. The text should contain: manuscript title, complete list of all authors, complete affiliation of each author, e-mail address of corresponding author, abstract, keywords, structured body text, references, list of figure captions on separate page, tables on separate pages. Structural chemical formulas and schemes should be placed in text.
    See Sample First Page.
  4. Please use only these standard fonts: Times New Roman for text, Symbol for Greek symbols, MathematicalPi2 for handwritten and gothic symbols. Fonts with point size 12 and 1.5 line spacing are the standard.
  5. Avoid repetitive use of space bar for indentation. Use autoformatting or Tab key.
  6. Do not end a line by pressing Enter unless this is the end of a paragraph.
  7. Make full use of your text editor functions: creation of footnotes, enabling and disabling automatic hyphenation, list formatting, indents, etc.
  8. Create tables using Microsoft Word embedded functions or export Microsoft Excel tables. Avoid creating tables by hand using multiple spaces or tabs and containing no cells.
  9. Use the International System of Units (SI) for physical quantities and units of measurement, unified atomic mass units for weights of chemical elements, and IUPAC nomenclature for chemical compounds.

Some Typesetting Requirements

  1. Use periods rather than commas in decimals (correct: 0.25, incorrect: 0,25).
  2. 2. Symbols *, ‘, ±, single Greek letters, single italic or boldface characters, single variables or variables with either superscript or subscript letters, unites of measure, numbers, and simple mathematical or chemical formulas (e.g., a2 + b2 = c2; H2SO4) should be typeset as text rather than embedded objects. Don't use Equation, MathType or other tools.
  3. There should be a space between initials and a surname: C.C. Smith. In the list of authors of a manuscript there should be also a space after each initial: C. C. Smith.
  4. Dates should be rendered in the following format: January 27, 2014.
  5. There should not be periods after manuscript title, list of authors, affiliations, keywords, section headings and subheadings, table titles and most of the units of measure.
  6. There should be a period at the end of each footnote (including footnotes to tables), any note to a table, figure caption, and abstract.
  7. 7. Text can be formatted using the Format Font window [Ctrl-D]. Symbol * is in the right part of the standard keyboards above numeric buttons. Symbol ° typeset by the combination of keys [Alt-0176]. Symbol ± is typeset by the combination of keys [Alt-0177].


  1. Mathematical formulas created using MathType should be in one frame. Do not compose a single formula of several MathType objects or a MathType object and text, table, or embedded frame.
  2. For MathType formulas, standard font settings should be used. Do not change these settings for any element of a formula.

Contractions and Abbreviations

Avoid word contractions altogether and word abbreviations whenever possible. Abbreviations should be explained in the text unless they are commonly used.

Units of Measure

  1. Units of measure are separated from numbers by a space (17.5 mol %, 77 K, 10.34(2) Å, 58 J/mol, 50 m/s2). Exceptions are: 90°, 20°C, 50%, 10‰.
    A period is not used in abbreviated units of measure.
  2. There are various ways of rendering complex units of measure; however, the selected way must be consistent throughout the manuscript: J mol-1 K-1, J/(mol K), and J (mol K)-1.
  3. In ranges and series, retain only the final unit of measure (10–12 mg; 5, 10, and 20 kV; 25–30%; 30, 60, and 90°C). The degree when it indicates angles sign is an exception.
  4. Degrees Celsius should be °C rather than °. The latter refers to angles.
  5. Units of measure for quantities under the log sign should be given in square brackets: ln t [min].


  1. There should be spaces in table and figure callouts: Fig. 1, Table 2.
  2. There should not be spaces between quotation marks or parentheses and text included in them.
  3. There should be a space between a paragraph mark and its number: § 5.65.
  4. Numbers with letters should be rendered without spaces: IVd; 1.3.14a; Fig. 1a.
  5. In longitudes and latitudes there should be spaces: 56.5° N; 85.0° E.
  6. Mathematical symbols should be separated by a space only when there are units on both the left- and right-hand sides, but without a space when a unit appears only on the right, for example: 100 ± 2; by a factor of ~2.


Please check out the latest issue of the chosen journal for the format of references to cited literature.