AUTHOR'S GUIDE

Author Guidelines

 

About Journal

Karadeniz Chemical Science and Technology (KCST) is an international journal that publishes articles in many aspects of chemistry. KCST is a full open access journal and publishes issues twice a year. The journal uses DergiPark platform for processing and dissemination of articles. Authors are encouraged to go through the guidelines below before submitting their manuscripts.

 

General Information

To make submission easier for authors, all text, figures and tables must be prepared as a single Microsoft Word document, all the illustrations and tables at the end of the text in numerical order. It is also allowed to submit figures, schemes and other illustrations as high resolution separate files in cases necessary. All the illustrations must be cited at appropriate place in the text.

 

Open Access with no page charges

The journal is a full Open Access journal with no page charges applied. Articles are freely available to public bound with Creative Commons Attribution regulations with the following licence type:

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)

For non-commercial purposes, lets others distribute and copy the article, and to include in a collective work (such as an anthology), as long as they credit the author(s) and provided they do not alter or modify the article.

Aims and Scope

The journal accepts manuscripts in a wide array of topics with a chemical focus. Topics covered include:


·         Analytical chemistry

·         Biochemistry and Biotechnology

·         Inorganic chemistry

·         Organic chemistry

·         Physical chemistry

·         Chemical engineering

·         Food chemistry

·         Material Science

·         Polymer Science

·         Environmental Science

·         Energy Technologies

·         Pharmaceutical chemistry

·         Plant science

·         Medicinal chemistry

·         Forensic chemistry

·         Theoretical Chemistry

·         Nanotechnology


Manuscripts in above topics will be considered only if it is related to chemical aspects in the field. The manuscripts about the topics not listed above but with major chemical content will also be considered in various fields such as marine chemistry, geochemistry, agrochemistry, soil chemistry, etc.

 

Manuscript Types

Research Articles

Research Articles are original full-length research papers that have not been published previously, excluding a preliminary form. In these articles the manuscript from introduction to the end of conclusion should not exceed 7500 words. Up to seven illustrations can be used including figures, tables and schemes. Additional figures and tables can be submitted as supplementary material in Supporting Information section.

Research Papers should be prepared in the following order: an Abstract of 250 words or less, an Introduction that gives a brief background and the reasons for which the study conducted, a Material and Methods or Theoretical/Computational section containing details necessary so that the work can be reproduced by others, a Results and Discussion section, and a Conclusions section that draws the major conclusions and achievements of the work undertaken. Subsections can be formed with brief headings (see Templates). Research papers can contain up to 60 references. A graphical abstract, with the dimensions of 15 cm width x 5 cm height, is encouraged to be included with every article.

Reviews

Reviews in areas of major interest focusing on the last five years’ findings will be accepted. In reviews the manuscript from introduction to the end of conclusion should not exceed 15000 words. Review articles can contain up to 150 references. Up to 10 illustrations can be used including figures, tables and schemes. Additional figures and tables can be submitted as supplementary material in Supporting Information section. A graphical abstract, with the dimensions of 15 cm width x 5 cm height, is encouraged to be included with every review article.

Short Communications

Short Communications of up to 3000 words from Introduction to the end of Conclusion will be accepted describing work that is important for the field and merits speedy publication but may be of preliminary nature. Up to five illustrations can be used including figures, tables and schemes. Additional figures and tables can be submitted as supplementary material in Supporting Information section. These papers can contain up to 40 references. A graphical abstract, with the dimensions of 15 cm width x 5 cm height, is encouraged to be included.

Letters to the Editor

Letters are published in every issue of the journal on current topics related directly to chemistry or to chemical aspects of any field.

 

Manuscript Details

Typescript and Templates

Manuscripts should be prepared with Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) with 2.5 cm margins and 1.5 line spacing. Figures and tables should be submitted in the same word file at the end of main text. The use of template files is not mandatory, though it is recommended as they correctly show manuscript formating.

 

Language and Template files

 

Mandatory

Optional

Template files

General Authorship

Full-text in English
Title in English
Abstract in English

Title in Turkish,
Abstract in Turkish
Extended abstract in Turkish

Research paper template

Short communication template

Review template

 

or

 

 

 

Full-text in Turkish
Title in Turkish
Abstract in Turkish
Title in English
Abstract in English

Extended abstract in English

Research paper template

Short communication template

Review template

Authors whose native language is Turkish

Full-text in Turkish
Title in Turkish
Abstract in Turkish
Title in English
Abstract in English

Extended abstract in English

Research paper template

Short communication template

Review template

 

or

 

 

 

Full-text in English
Title in English
Abstract in English
Title in Turkish
Abstract in Turkish

Extended abstract in Turkish

Research paper template

Short communication template

Review template

Inclusion of an extended abstract in manuscripts is optional, though highly recommended for higher readership.

 

Cover Letter

A cover letter, in English or Turkish,  must accompany each manuscript and should briefly contain a summary of the work with the following information:

·         The importance of the topic studied

·         The novelty of the work

·         The significance of the results

·         The key finding

Cover letter should also contain statements clarifying that the manuscript has not been published previously or submitted for publication elsewhere (in part or as a whole), and there is no conflict of interest. If the works of others have been used, e.g. in Reviews, authors are required to make appropriate citation or quotation in the text and declare in the cover letter that the necessary permissions have been obtained. All the responsibility resides with the authors only. In addition, authors are encouraged to provide suggestions for 3 qualified reviewers in the field in their cover letter.

 

Preparation of Manuscript

Times New Roman font should be used throughout the manuscript. The whole text should be prepared with 1.5 line spacing, all lines should be numbered including tables, and all of the manuscript pages should be numbered. Title page, titles and subtitles should be arranged as follows:

 

 

Title page

Mansucript title: Each word starts with capital letter, font size 16 and bold

Author names: Font size 14 and bold

Affiliation: font size 12

E-mail of all authors

Corresponding author marked with a superscript * and correspondence detail be given including e-mail, telephone and fax numbers (if available)

Abstract and main text font size 12

Section titles font size 14, bold

Subsection titles font size 12, bold and italic

 

Title

Manuscript title should not exceed 25 words. Authors are encouraged to keep the number of words to minimum and avoid using highly repeated terms, as theses terms may decrease the readership of the article.

 

Abstract

The abstract should contaion purpose of the work, major results and conclusions. Non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided in abstract. The abstract should not exceed 250 words.

 

Keywords

Authors are asked to include up to 6 keywords, below the abstract at the same page.

 

Main Text

Research Articles and Short Communications must be divided into the following sections:

·         Introduction

·         Material and Methods or Theoretical/Computational

·         Results and Discussion

·         Conclusions (conclusions may be combined with Results and Discusion section without using a separate title)

Main sections should be numbered as 1., 2., etc. and subsections as 1.1., 1.2., etc., and further as 1.1.1., 1.1.2., etc. if necessary. The use of SI system units and symbols are recommended in the manuscript. The manuscript structure given above is not applicable for Reviews.

 

References

References must be cited in the text with Arabic numerals in square brackets.  Reference list should be prepared according to the following guidlines, using the Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index (CASSI) recommendations for journal title abbreviations.

Books

1. Koros, W. J., Chern, R. T. In Handbook of Separation Process Technology; Rousseau, E. D., Russell, B., Eds., Wiley, New York, 1987, Vol. 2, Chapter 20, pp 34-45.

Book Series

2. Koros, W. J., Chern, R. T. In Polymers for Fun and Profit; Rousseau, E. D., Ed., ACS Symposium Series 518, American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, 1997, p 45.

Journals

3. Guan, L., Jiménez, M. E. G., Walowski, C., Boushehri, A., Prausnitz, J. M., Radke, C. J., Permeability and Partition Coefficient of Aqueous Sodium Chloride in Soft Contact Lenses, J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2011, 122, 1457–1471.

Conference Proceedings

4. Medium, K. P. Name of the presentation, In Polymers Revealed, Proceedings of the 5th Annual Conference on Hidden Polymers, Istanbul, Turkey, Sept 5–21, 1976; Bluto, M., Ed., Elsevier, New York, 1977.

Theses

5. Big, G. H. Polymers in the Automotive Industry. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Scoggins, Fort Lee, MN, USA, June 1954.

Patents

6. Norman, L. O. (Michelin Co.). Name of the patent, U.S. Patent 4,199,533, April 22, 1980.

Online Sources

7. J. A. Woolam Co., Ellipsometry tutorial. http://www.jawoollam.com/tutorial_1.html (accessed May 1, 2010).

 

Preparation of Graphics

Figures

Figures should be placed after References section. All figures including photographs must be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals according to the order of appearance in the text. The appropriate place of each figure in the text should be marked. Figure captions must be provided below each figure. Line drawings and structures should be prepared by using a suitable software like ChemDraw, IsisDraw, etc. The thickness of lines in drawings and graphs must be sufficient for reduction to a half of the original size. Structures must be drawn to be readable in one (8 cm) or two column format (17 cm). Images can also be supplied separately if necessary. In that case figure captions should be provided in the main text after References section, and the image files must be named appropriately the stating figure number.

 

Image quality and size

All the images should be prepared with high resolution to be readable in the print format. Grayscale and color figures must have a resolution of 300 dpi or higher. Images must be prepared so as no enlargement or reduction should be necessary. Non-printing borders in the images should be cropped appropriately. Image orientation should be same as it will appear in the article.

Chemical structures

A suitable drawing software should be used for drawing chemical structures and reaction schemes with the most suitable settings in order to provide good readability.

Tables

Tables must be editable, numbered with Arabic numerals according to their appearance in the text, and have a descriptive title. If used footnote should be written with a font size of 10. The appropriate place of each yable in the text should be marked.

Symbols and Mathematical Formulas

Symbols and equations should be numbered consecutively and double checked for correctness in the manuscript and in the pdf file prepared by DergiPark.

 

Extended Abstract (EA)

Submission of an extended abstract with the manuscript is optional but highly recommended to increase readership of the article. Extended abstract is an extended version of abstract in the sense that it will give only the important information but somehow with feeling free in terms of word and page limitations, i.e. authors can dwell on the aim of the study, material and methods utilized, and results and conclusion in further detail. Extended abstract can also be considered to be a short form of the paper in the sense that it can contain all parts of the full-text article, but each section is shortened to contain only the most pertinent information.

The extended abstract should contain the following sections:

EA-Introduction: Very brief background and purpose of the work should be given.

EA-Material and methods: Only uncommon material should be mentioned here, methdos should be provided briefly, avoiding detail of the methods already commonly used in the literature.

EA-Results and discussion: Results should be given together with discussion in order to avoid detail. The most important illustrations can be used, marking the place in the extended abstract text where they should be located. The schemes, images, figures and tables cited in the extended abstract should be inserted at the end of extended abstract file. They will be doublicated from the full-text manuscript but in the second language used.

EA-Conclusions: A brief conclusion of the study should be given.

EA-References: Authors should give only the references cited in the extended abstract. The use of extra reference is not allowed.


Supporting Information

Authors can submit supplementary materials, e.g. extensive data/figures/tables, original spectra (NMR, ESR, MS) etc., that are needed for better understanding of the article, and these materials will be included in Supporting Information link. Although Supporting Information material will be peer reviewed, it will not be copy-edited after acceptance of the manuscript. Please follow the guidelines below when submitting Supporting Information:

·         The language of Supporting Information should be English.

·         Submit all the Supporting Information as a single file (word .doc or .docx).

·         Provide manuscript title, authors names and affiliations, and contact information of the corresponding author at the first page of Supporting Information.

·         Label Supporting Information material in such a way as Figure S.1, Figure S.2, Table S.1, Table S.2, Equation S.1, Equation S.2, etc., and include brief captions and titles as necessary.

·         Supporting discussions and experimental protocols can be included.

·         Supplementary materials should be referred to in the main article.

 

Graphical Abstract

Graphical Abstracts enhance article readability and better capture the reader’s attention. Therfore, authors are strongly encouraged to submit a graphical abstract with the dimensions of 15 cm width x 5 cm height, to be included in the Table of Contents (TOC). Both images and a brief text can be used to prepare the Graphical Abstract.

 

Submission Checklist

Please make sure that the manuscript meets the requirements of the journal by checking the following list:

·         The manuscript fits within the Aims & Scope of Karadeniz Chemical Science and Technology.

·         The manuscript content has not been published previously and not under consideration for publication in another journal.

·         Ethical consent/permission/approval has been obtained if the study includes work on animals or humans.

·         Manuscript has been formatted according to the guidelines.

·         The manuscript conforms to the limits for the number of words and illustrations. Supporting Information file can be used if necessary.

·         Line and page numberings throughout the manuscript are provided.

·         Reference citation in the text and References list fits to the journal style.

·         Manuscript is prepared as a Microsoft Word file

·         A cover letter with the required information is included.

·         Make sure all the authors have seen the submitted version of the manuscript

 

Submission

Manuscript submission is accepted through JournalPark (dergipark.gov.tr) manuscript processing and journal archiving service. Please make sure that the manuscript, cover letter and all other files if attached have reached to the journal.

 

Authorship, Originality and Plagiarism

Authors submitting the manuscript to the journal accept the work is entirely original and the works of others have been appropriately cited or quoted in the text with the necessary permissions obtained. Authors are encouraged to check the manuscript for authentication before submission by using programs such as Ithenticate and CrossCheck. All the authors of the manuscript will be notified upon manuscript submission. If authorship change is needed, the reason of the request for change should be mentioned. The author/s to be removed from the article will be notified by e-mail. No author change will be possible after the manuscript has been accepted. 

 

Cover Images

The journal editors will select one of the articles published in each issue the content of which will be used in the preparation of cover image. The cover image will be prepared by the editorial office, and the authors of the article may be asked for assistance.

 

Proofs

The original/revised manuscripts should be carefully prepared so to avoid corrections/changes after acceptance. Corresponding authors should check the proofs within the allocated time and send corrections in a word file in list format providing page and line numbers. Alternatively, the corrections can be sent as annotated pdf file of the proofs.

 

Review process

The manuscript will first be evaluated by the editor for suitability to the aims and scope of the journal, and then the blind review process will be proceeded with. The manuscript will be sent to two or three reviewers. Reviewers may request from authors further data such as NMR spectra, ESR spectra, cif files etc. Upon receival of the reviewers’ comments/recommendations, the editor will make an overall evaluation and reach in a final decision of acceptance/rejection or may send the reviewers’ comments to the authors for revision. Based on the authors response to the reviewers’ comments and the revision made, the editor will make a final decision.

 

Author Services

The journal uses the advantages of manuscript processing and archiving services of JournalPark (dergipark.gov.tr). The journal also provides an article information service after the acceptance of manuscripts, through which authors will be notified when their article has been cited. When available on-line, the list of the articles in new issues of the journal will be sent to all the authors via e-mail. The journal editorial office will also work for higher readership of the articles by using different means including web resources and scientific meetings.