Guide for Authors

General Features
Mendeleev Communications is an international journal published in English presenting preliminary accounts of original and significant results that are of wide general appeal or exceptional specialist interest. Although the main emphasis is on the publication of work from Russia and other states of the former Soviet Union, submissions are also welcome from authors elsewhere, particularly those whose results pertain to recent research from Russia and other states of the former Soviet Union, or who are engaged in collaborative research projects with colleagues from these states.

Correspondence and Submission of Manuscripts
Papers and accompanying forms (a warrant from the institution and, if available, an expert’s report) should be submitted to:
The Managing Editor, Mendeleev Communications,
N. D. Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry,
The Russian Academy of Sciences,
Leninsky pr. 47, 119991 Moscow, Russian Federation.
phone/fax: +7 499 135 8803
For more information, see
Authors should provide their address for correspondence and their telephone and fax numbers and electronic mail address.

No work submitted to Mendeleev Communications should simultaneously be submitted to or be under current consideration by any other journal.
Contributions which have appeared or have been accepted for publication with essentially the same content in another journal are not suitable for consideration by Mendeleev Communications. Papers which are accepted by Mendeleev Communications must not be published elsewhere.
A copyright agreement will be transmitted to authors of the accepted manuscripts and authors should sign it and return without delay.

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Refereeing of Communications
All communications will undergo two stages of refereeing. Manuscripts submitted will be reviewed initially by referees from Russia. Acceptable manuscripts will then be reviewed by two referees from the West.
It is helpful to the referees if authors can provide a statement or covering letter explaining briefly why they feel that their work is an important advance and putting it into context in relation to the ultimate aims of their ongoing research.
The authors can recommend possible Russian and foreign referees (name, position, affiliation and e-mail address should be indicated) for their submissions.

Preparation of Manuscripts
General. Individual contributions should not normally exceed 6 typed pages in length (approximately 1500 words plus a minimum of illustrations and schemes), to give a printed article of no more than two printed pages. Communications should be restricted to the central urgent theme. Authors should avoid extensive historical introduction, superfluous experimental detail, physical data and detailed reasoning. Authors are encouraged to include, briefly, important details relevant to the proof of the reliability of the results. Illustrations and tables will only be published if they are essential to understanding the paper.
Presentation. Careful attention to the following points will aid rapid publication.

(a) Manuscripts submitted by the Russian speaking authors should be in Russian accompanied by an English version, which should be of a sufficiently high standard of English to enable a referee to judge the scientific quality of the manuscript. A translation service is available for authors who are unable to provide an English manuscript. Manuscripts submitted by the English speaking authors should be in English.
(b) The first page should be set out as follows:
(i) Title, with the first word only capitalised.
Note: The inclusion of 'Series' or 'Part numbers' in the title of a communication is not allowed.
(ii) Authors' names, with one forename for each, with an asterisk (*) indicating the author for correspondence.
(iii) Authors' address or addresses (affiliation, including department's name for the universities, postal code, city, country, fax number and e-mail address).
(iv) A summary stating the main finding(s) (no more than three sentences).
(v) Main text, first paragraph not indented, double-line spacing.
(c) Spacings must be those required in print, e.g. each paragraph must be indented. A space must be left after numerals (except where these occur in chemical names), when these qualify units (e.g. 3 g), but not when they are multiples (103k).
(d) Attention should be paid to italisizing and punctuation (or its absence) in symbols and chemical names.
(e) Textual footnotes should be presented separately from the main text and the numbered bibliography, and given symbols in the sequence †, ‡, §, ¶.
(f) Abbreviations and acronyms must be defined at their first appearance and be used only sparingly. English spelling should follow that used in the Oxford English Dictionary.
(g) The inclusion of Cyrillic symbols in the English text is not allowed.
(h) Only personal acknowledgements and those indicating financial support of the research will be published. Dedications are not allowed.

Electronic Submissions
Authors should provide an electronic version of their manuscript by electronic mail ( or online submission ( Word for Windows files with the manuscripts are preferable. It would be helpful if Figures could be additionally submitted in a common vector or high resolution raster format as separate files. Accompanying forms can be submitted as scanned copies of the signed originals. Posting of hard copies is not required.

Nomenclature, Units and Symbolism
Current IUPAC nomenclature and symbolism and Système International (SI) units should be used, as an aid to the accurate and unambiguous communication of chemical information between authors and readers.

Transliteration will be performed according to the ISO Standard (ISO 9: 1995), but in references names will be spelt as they appear in the cited publications.

The title should clearly and accurately indicate the content of the communication and be expressed in scientific terms that can function as 'points of entry' for retrieval purposes. Brevity in the title, though desirable, should be balanced against accuracy and usefulness.

The summary should be an account of the discovery being announced. It must clearly indicate the content that makes the communication important or urgent.

Graphical Abstract
All communications should include a graphical abstract for illustrated contents list. It should be a diagram, picture or scheme carefully chosen so as to allow a casual reader to appreciate the nature of the work presented in the communication. Maximum size 40x85 mm. Examples of style and format may be found in any recent issue.

Structure reference numbers must be cited in numerical order in displayed formulae. Detailed guidelines on the preparation of illustrations can be found at (Notice to Authors, Guidelines for Illustrations).
The cost of colour illustrations in the print version of the journal shall be charged to the authors for reproduction. Colour illustrations may be included free of charge in the electronic edition of the journal.

Online Supplementary Materials
Authors are encouraged to publish supplementary data in electronic form. Such data can include supporting applications, high resolution images, video clips, and more, to enhance the scientific research and increase the impact of the article. Placing repetitive details and bulky data in online supplementary materials can also help authors to improve the readability of their articles and to provide the required length of the manuscripts.
Supplementary materials should be submitted as separate files and referred to from within the text of the manuscript or in the added paragraph entitled ‘Online Supplementary Materials’ at the end of the manuscript. Supplementary data of the accepted articles will be published in the electronic version of the journal.

Self-citations should not exceed 30%.
References should be cited in the text using superior Arabic numbers and typed in numerical sequence. The corresponding citations should follow the main text and have the following format:

1 A. V. Kucherov, Mendeleev Communl., 2016, 26, 254.

2 V. A. Golubev and V. D. Sen', Russ. J. Org. Chem., 2013, 49, 555 (Zh. Org. Khim., 2013, 49, 572).

3 J. M. Thomas and W. J. Thomas, Principles and Practice of Heterogeneous Catalysis, 2nd edn., Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2014.

4 Fluorine in Heterocyclic Chemistry, ed. V. G. Nenajdenko, Springer, Berlin, 2014.

5 G. N. Nikonov and S. Bobrov, in Comprehensive Heterocyclic Chemistry, eds. A. R. Katritzky, C. A. Ramsden, E. F. V. Scriven and R. J. K. Taylor, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2008, vol. 5, pp. 316-393.

6 B. A. Trofimov, A. I. Mikhaleva, E. Yu. Schmidt and L. N. Sobenina, Khimiya pirrola. Novya stranitsy (Chemistry of Pyrrole. New Pages), Nauka, Novosibirsk, 2012 (in Russian).

7 S. A. Chesnokov, S. N. Mensov, G. A. Abakumov, R. S. Kovylin, M. A. Baten'kin, A. N. Konev and Yu. V. Chechet, RU Patent 2525908, 2013.

8 M. A. Smirnov, A. S. Mukhtarov, N. V. Ivanova, T. A. Vakhonina, V. V. Bazarov and M. Yu. Balakina, XIX International Youth Scientific School 'Coherent Optics and Optical Spectroscopy', Kazan, 2015, p. 182.

All authors should be listed for each reference. Particular attention should be paid to the correct spelling and completeness of all bibliographic information. Journal titles should be abbreviated according to the Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index (CASSI). Where an authoritative abbreviation cannot be located, the full title should be given. Titles of books must be given in full, together with publisher's name and location. Russian sources should be transliterated. Citations of Russian periodicals should also include the corresponding English translation, if available.

Data References
This journal encourages you to cite underlying or relevant datasets in your manuscript by citing them in your text and including a data reference in your Reference List. Data references should include the following elements: author name(s), dataset title, data repository, version (where available), year, and global persistent identifier. Add [dataset] immediately before the reference so we can properly identify it as a data reference. The [dataset] identifier will not appear in your published article.

Example of a reference to a dataset:
[dataset] 9 M. Oguro, S. Imahiro, S. Saito, T. Nakashizuka, Mortality data for Japanese oak wilt disease and surrounding forest compositions, Mendeley Data, v1, 2015.

Page proofs will be transmitted to authors (by e-mail) and authors should return corrected proofs without delay.

Author's copies
Authors receive author’s electronic copies (PDF files) of their published articles.

Guidelines for Publication of X-Ray Crystallography
Presentation of Crystallography in the Manuscript
For an article reporting a crystallographic structure determination it is often appropriate, although not essential to indicate this information in the title, e.g. by the words 'crystal structure of'. Whether or not the crystal structure determination is indicated in the title, reference should be made to it in the summary. The summary need not contain cell dimensions and other crystal data. Details of the data collection and structure analysis should be given in a footnote. Selected bond lengths and angles, with estimated standard deviations, should be included in the figure caption and be restricted to significant dimensions only. The following information should be given in the manuscript:

  • Chemical formula and formula weight (M)
  • Crystal system
  • Unit-cell dimensions (Å or pm, degrees) and volume, with estimated standard deviations, temperature
  • Space group symbol (if non-standard setting give related standard setting)
  • No. of formula units in unit cell (Z)
  • Linear absorption coefficient (m)
  • Number of reflections measured and/or number of independent reflections, Rint
  • Final R values (and whether quoted for all or observed data)

Supplementary Data Required for Assessment and/or Deposition
Authors should deposit all crystallographic data to the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre ( and receive the deposition CCDC number(s). After that, authors should submit all supplementary crystallographic data as a Crystallographic Information File (CIF) file and the corresponding CCDC number to the journal e-mail account: or via online submission (

The information required for deposition includes:

  • A table of final fractional atomic coordinates
  • Any calculated coordinates (e.g. hydrogen)
  • A full list of bond lengths and angles with estimated standard deviations
  • A full list of displacement parameters in the form Bij or Uij (in Å2 or pm2)
  • FULL details of the refinement, which can be found at (Notice to Authors, Guidelines for Publication of X-Ray Crystallography)

Tables of structure factors (Fo, Fc) should not be sent, but copies should be retained by the authors so that they may be made available via the Editorial Office if requested.
The deposited data will be available free of charge via

Changes to authorship
Authors are expected to consider carefully the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript and provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission. Any addition, deletion or rearrangement of author names in the authorship list should be made only before the manuscript has been accepted and only if approved by the journal Editor. To request such a change, the Editor must receive the following from the corresponding author:

(a) the reason for the change in author list and
(b) written confirmation (e-mail, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed.

Only in exceptional circumstances will the Editor consider the addition, deletion or rearrangement of authors after the manuscript has been accepted. While the Editor considers the request, publication of the manuscript will be suspended. If the manuscript has already been published in an online issue, any requests approved by the Editor will result in a corrigendum.