The Journal of Fluorine Chemistry covers organic, organometallic, inorganic, macromolecular and physical chemistry and also includes papers on biochemistry, medicinal, environmental and industrial chemistry. Preparative and physico-chemical investigations as well as theoretical, structural and mechanistic aspects are covered.
Types of Contributions
The Journal of Fluorine Chemistry contains reviews, original papers and short communications describing both pure and applied research on the chemistry and applications of fluorine, and of compounds where fluorine exercises significant effects.
For reviews and special issues on particular topics of fluoring chemistry or from selected symposia, please contact the Regional Editors for further details.
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The Journal of Fluorine Chemistry encourages extensive use of abbreviations in the experimental section, but not in the Introduction or Results and discussion sections, abbreviations should be employed liberally to economize on space. For the names of reagents, solvents, molecular formulae, abbreviations can be used, and these are preferred over acronyms, e.g., NaHCO3, Et2O, Me2SO (not DMSO), H18F, HOAc (not HAc), NaOAc. Abbreviations can also be substituted for common terms such as aqueous (aq), saturated (satd), etc. Units of measure [mL, cm, °, h (hour), etc.] are almost always abbreviated. For a list of allowable abbreviations, consult The ACS Style Guide or previous issues of the Journal.
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Reference to a journal publication:
 J. van der Geer, J.A.J. Hanraads, R.A. Lupton, The art of writing a scientific article, J. Sci. Commun. 163 (2010) 51–59.
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 W. Strunk Jr., E.B. White, The Elements of Style, fourth ed., Longman, New York, 2000.
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Reference to a website:
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Reference to a dataset:
[dataset]  M. Oguro, S. Imahiro, S. Saito, T. Nakashizuka, Mortality data for Japanese oak wilt disease and surrounding forest compositions, Mendeley Data, v1, 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.17632/xwj98nb39r.1.
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All new organic, organometallic and macromolecular compounds should be fully characterized with relevant physical and spectroscopic data. Microanalyses should be included whenever possible. Under appropriate circumstances, high-resolution mass spectra may serve in lieu of microanalysis, if accompanied by suitable NMR criteria for sample homogeneity, e.g. spectra copies in the Electronic Supplementary Data.
For new inorganic compounds and solid state materials single-crystal or powder diffraction results are not, except special cases, sufficient as the only means of characterization. Appropriate for the particular sample spectroscopic and analytical methods such as IR spectroscopy, NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, electronic spectroscopy, electron microscopy (TEM and SEM) and elemental analysis must prove the bulk composition. Some sort of surface analysis might be appropriate, e.g. XPS, EDAX, AFM and SFM.Compound characterization must be comprehensive, and follow the order shown below for organic compounds: compound name (and assigned number in text); physical state of compound (e.g. crystal, amorphous, liquid, oil), melting and/or boiling point (if applicable); optical rotation [α]D and/or circular dichroism measurements (if optically active); UV, IR, 1H NMR, 13C NMR, 19F NMR, MS. “...gave colorless liquid: bp 82–83°C (12 mbar); or ...white needles: mp 83–85°C; [α]D25 −110 (c 1.4, CHCl3); IR (KBr); v 1730 (s) and 1260 (ester), 860 and 840 (Me3Si), and 710(m) cm−1 (Ph); 1H NMR..."
NMR spectral data should only be presented in full if they have not been published separately elsewhere, in which case only relevant references should be quoted. Data must be specified as 1H NMR, 13C NMR or 19F NMR and should indicate the frequency of the instrument, the solvent used and the (internal) standard. Chemical shifts should be quoted in δ units relative to TMS (1H and 13C) or CCl3F (in lieu TFA) (19F) with indication of whether the signal is a singlet s, doublet d, doublet of doublets dd, triplet t, multiplet m, etc. 1H NMR, 13C NMR and 19F NMR spectral data should specify the hydrogen, carbon or fluorine concerned, using the recommended IUPAC numbering, and should be given to two decimal places (1H, 19F NMR) or one decimal place (13C NMR). For example: 1H NMR (300 MHz, CDCl3): δ 1.74 (d, 3H, 3JHF = 22 Hz, CH3), 3.57 (AB, 1H, 2JHH = 11 Hz, 3JHF = 23 Hz, CH2Br), 3.61 (AB, 1H, 2JHH = 11 Hz, 3JHF = 16 Hz, CH2Br), 7.27 (m, 5H, arom. H). 13C NMR (75 MHz, CDCl3): δ 14.1 (s, C-5), 115.2 (d, 2J = 21 Hz, C-3), 131.9 (d, 3J = 8 Hz, C-2), 135.2 (d, 4J = 3 Hz, C-1), 161.7 (d, 1J = 245 Hz, C-4). 19F NMR (282 MHz, CDCl3): δ −81.50 (t, 3F, 3JFF = 9 Hz, CF3), −105.74 (m, 2F, CF2), −124.52 (m, 2F, CF2), −126.24 (m, 2F, CF2).Mass spectral data
Mass spectral data should only be presented in full if they have not been published separately elsewhere, in which case only relevant references should be quoted. Presentation of mass spectral data indicate the method used (EIMS, CIMS, GC-MS, HRMS, etc.) and the ionizing energy. The data should give only diagnostically important ions, the character of the fragmentation ions in relation to the molecular ion and the intensity relative to the major ion. For example: EIMS, 70 eV, m/z (rel. int.): 386 (36) [M]+, 368 (100) [M-H2O]+, 353 (23) [M-H2O-Me]+, 275 (35) [M-111]+; HRMS (ESI), m/z: calcd. for C16H15F3N2O3Na+ 363.0927 [M+Na]+; found 363.0918.
Elemental analysis results must be given in the form: “Anal. calcd for C16H15F3N2O3: C, 56.47; H, 4.44; N, 8.23; found: C, 56.25; H, 4.37; N 8.28.”X-ray crystallography. Only essential data (e.g. a three-dimensional structural drawing with bond distances) should be included in manuscripts. A complete list of data in CIF (Crystallographic Information File) format should be prepared separately and deposited with the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (http://www.ccdc.cam.ac.uk for further information), before the paper is submitted. A footnote indicating this fact is to be included in the manuscript, e.g. “crystallographic data (excluding structure factors) for the structures in this paper have been deposited with the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre as supplementary publication nos. CCDC...... Copies of the data can be obtained, free of charge, on application to CCDC, 12 Union Road, Cambridge CB2 1EZ, UK, (fax: +44 1223 336033 or e-mail: email@example.com).”
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