Information for Authors
Two Ways to Submit
Manuscripts for articles or commentaries may only be submitted in one of two ways including:
An Invitation – Authors who receive an invitation to submit a manuscript should follow the instructions for “Preparation of Manuscripts” section of the Author Guidelines.
A Proposal – Authors who do not receive a specific invitation should first submit a proposal following the instructions for “Preparation of Proposals” section of the Author Guidelines.
Authors are encouraged to use the Document Templates below for preparing manuscripts for submission as well as for preparing final, accepted manuscripts.
See also How to Submit a Manuscript for complete information on acceptable software, preparing and submitting manuscripts using TeX/LaTeX, correct preparation of graphics, etc.
NOTE: ACS Publications uses CrossCheck's iThenticate software to detect instances of similarity in submitted manuscripts. Your manuscript may be screened for similarity to published material. Learn more.
Manuscript Transfer Service
Sometimes an ACS journal editor finds that a submitted manuscript is more suitable for a different ACS journal. The Manuscript Transfer Service allows the author(s) to transfer the manuscript and submission details to another ACS journal without restarting the entire submission process. See complete description.
Use of a template is encouraged but not mandatory. The template facilitates the peer review process by allowing authors to place artwork and tables close to the point where they are discussed within the text.
Please use U.S. Letter (8 1/2" by 11") paper size setting in the word processing program as the original document page size for preparation of all manuscripts. Do not use A4 or other size paper settings.
For authors that are submitting a Conspectus with their manuscript, please utilize the Guidelines for Table of Contents/Conspectus Graphics [PDF] and follow the “Conspectus” instructions in the Author Guidelines.
Microsoft Word 2010 for Windows | README file [PDF]
Microsoft Word 2011 for Macintosh
Note: A known issue with old versions of Internet Explorer causes problems when downloading Word 2010 templates. Upgrading to Internet Explorer 9 or the most recent version of FireFox or Google Chrome is recommended.
STYLES FOR TEX/LATEX
Special instructions and the achemso style package are available for authors Preparing and Submitting Manuscripts Using TeX/LaTeX.
Accounts of Chemical Research presents short, concise and critical articles offering easy-to-read overviews of basic research and applications in all areas of chemistry and biochemistry. These short reviews focus on research from the author’s own laboratory and are designed to teach the reader about a research project. In addition, Accounts of Chemical Research publishes commentaries that give an informed opinion on a current research problem. Special Issues online are devoted to a single topic of unusual activity and significance. Visit the Accounts Special Issues page for listings, descriptions, and TOC's of all special issues.
Accounts of Chemical Research replaces the traditional article abstract with an article "Conspectus." These entries synopsize the research affording the reader a closer look at the content and significance of an article. Through this provision of a more detailed description of the article contents, the Conspectus enhances the article's discoverability by search engines and the exposure for the research.