Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

"Bulletin of Dnipropetrovsk University. Series Chemistry" publishes results of the latest research in applied and theoretical chemistry, analytical chemistry, organic synthesis, electrochemical coating, coordination chemistry, as well as essays on history of the Department of Chemistry of Dnipropetrovsk National University etc.


Section Policies

History of Science

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Organic Chemistry

Публікуються статті з органічної хімії

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Analytical Chemistry

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Публікуються статті з фізичної хімії та електрохімії

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Chemical Technology

Публікуються статті з хімічної технології

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Peer Review Process

Every manuscript is preliminary evaluated by the editors for fitting the journal scope and adhering to the minimal requirements. After a positive decision, the manuscript is send for review to at least two external experts working in the respective area. The manuscript undergoes double blind review. Reviewer's comments and suggested corrections are then forwarded to the authors. The responsible editor informs the authors of the acceptance status (accept without corrections, resubmit with corrections, reject). This process normally takes up to 4 weeks.
The referee(s) judges the paper based on the following criteria:

  1. the results must be novel and of scientific value
  2. the material must be well-presented in accordance with the general standards, e.g.:
    • the title and abstract must reflect the content of the paper
    • the material must be presented in a clear and logical way
    • illustrations and supplementary materials must add to the understanding of the problem
    • conclusions must be well-grounded and solid
    • references must be present in good amount and correspond to the article context
    • illustrations must be well-designed
  3. the material must be well-presented in accordance with the general standards, e.g.:
    • the article must have the following sections:
    • statement of the general problem and its relation to important fundamental or practical questions of science
    • overview of the latest research and publications dealing with the same problem
    • statement of the unsolved issues remaining in the area that were addressed in the presented paper
    • outline of the article goals
    • detailed narrative of the performed work with a comprehensive discussion of the obtained results
    • conclusions and future work


Publication Frequency

Articles accepted for the publication will be available online immediately after technical editing. The printed version of the journal is issued two times a year.


Open Access Policy

This journal is practicing a policy of immediate open access to published content, supporting the principles of the free flow of scientific information and global knowledge sharing for the common social progress.



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Publication Ethics

The editorial board of the "Bulleting of Dnipropetrovsk University, Series Chemistry" (published by Oles Gonchar Dnipropetrovsk National University) has set requirements for the papers selected for publication. These standards are based on the scientific scope of the journal, as defined by the State Certificate of Registration, and on the general requirements for scientific publications from the scientific community.The editorial board adheres to the publication standards set by the Committee on Publication Ethics and recommends the following ethical guidelines to everyone involved in the publication process (authors, reviewers and editors).
The manuscripts are not returned to the submitters and should not be published in other scientific journals. The full responsibility for plagiarism lies on the authors of the submitted materials.

Ethical Obligations of the Editors

  1. All submitted materials are carefully selected and reviewed. The editorial board reserves the right to reject an article or return it as requiring improvement. The author is obliged to improve the article according to the remarks of the reviewers and the editorial board.
  2. An editor should consider all manuscripts offered for publication without prejudice, evaluating each on its merits without regard to race, religion, nationality, status, or institutional affiliation of the author(s). An editor may take into account relationships of the manuscript under consideration to others previously offered by the same author(s).
  3. An editor should review the manuscript submitted for publication without delays.
  4. The whole responsibility for the acceptance or rejection of an article rests with the editor. Responsible and reasonable approach to the duty requires that the editor seek advice from reviewers, Doctors of Science (D.Sc., PhD) in the corresponding field, as to the quality and reliability of the manuscripts submitted for publication. However, manuscripts may be rejected without external review if considered by the Editors to be inappropriate for the journal.
  5. The editor and members of the editor’s staff should not disclose any information about the manuscript under consideration to anyone other than those asked for their professional advice. After a positive decision has been made about a manuscript, it should be published in the printed and online versions of the journal.
  6. It is acceptable to spread the articles published in the journal or quotations over the Internet with precondition of appropriate referencing and providing links to the primary source. Publication and/or distribution of the materials from the journal by the third parties or organizations in print and electronic media are prohibited.
  7. According to the international law of electronic media copyright, copying of materials published in the electronic journal in full or in part is not allowed without the prior written permission of the author(s) and editors. In case of use of the published materials in context of other documents, references to the primary source are required.
  8. An editor should respect the intellectual independence of authors.
  9. Editorial responsibility and authority for any manuscript authored by an editor and submitted to the editor’s journal should be delegated to other qualified person, such as a member of its Editorial Board.
  10. Unpublished information, arguments, or interpretations disclosed in a submitted manuscript should not be used in an editor’s own research except with the consent of the author. However, if such information indicates that some of the editor’s own research is unlikely to be profitable, the editor could ethically discontinue the work. When a manuscript is so closely related to the current or past research of an editor as to create a conflict of interest, the editor should arrange for some other qualified person to take editorial responsibility for that manuscript.
  11. If an editor is presented with convincing evidence that the main substance or conclusions of a report published in an editor’s journal are erroneous, the editor should facilitate publication of an appropriate report pointing out the error and, if possible, correcting it. The report may be written by the person who discovered the error or by the original author.
  12. An author may request that the editor does not reach certain reviewers in consideration of a manuscript. However, the editor may decide to use one or more of these reviewers, if the editor feels their opinions are important for the fair consideration of the manuscript. This might be the case, for example, when the manuscript seriously disagrees with the previous work of the potential reviewer.

Ethical Obligations of Authors

  1. The main duty of an author is to present an accurate account of the research performed as well as objectively discuss its significance.
  2. The whole responsibility for the content of articles and for the fact of publication rests with the author(s). Editors do not bear responsibility for probable damage caused by publication of the manuscript to authors or third parties. An article that has been already published in the Journal may be withdrawn in case somebody's rights or generally accepted norms are violated. Editors inform the author(s) of the article, persons who gave recommendations and representatives of organization, where the research was held, about the fact of withdrawal.
  3. An author should be aware that the journal space is a limited resource and should use it wisely and economically.
  4. A primary research report should contain sufficient detail and reference to public sources of information to permit the author’s peers to repeat the work. When requested, the authors should make a reasonable effort to provide samples of unusual materials unavailable elsewhere, with appropriate material transfer agreements, that would restrict the field of use of the materials in order to protect the legitimate interests of the authors.
  5. An author should cite those publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work and that will guide the reader quickly to the earlier work that is essential for understanding the present investigation. Except in a review, citation of the work, that is not referred to in the article, should be minimized. An author is obligated to perform a literature search to find, and then cite, the original publications that describe closely related work. For critical materials used in the work, proper citation to sources should also be made when these were supplied by a non author.
  6. Any unusual hazards appearing during an investigation should be clearly identified in the manuscript reporting the work.
  7. Fragmentation of research reports should be avoided. A scientist who has done extensive work on a system or group of related systems should organize publication so that each report gives a well-rounded account of a particular aspect of the general study.
  8. In submitting the manuscript for publication, an author should inform the editor about the related manuscripts that the author has under editorial consideration or in press. Copies of those manuscripts should be supplied to the editor, and the relationships of such manuscripts to the one submitted should be indicated.
  9. It is improper for an author to submit manuscripts describing essentially the same research to more than one journal of primary publication, unless it is a resubmission of a manuscript rejected for or withdrawn from publication. It is generally permissible to submit a manuscript for a full paper expanding on a previously published brief preliminary account (a “communication” or “letter”) of the same work. However, at the time of submission, the editor should be made aware of the earlier communication, and the preliminary communication should be cited in the manuscript.
  10. An author should identify the source of all information quoted or offered, except that which is common knowledge. Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, should not be used or reported in the author’s work without explicit permission from the investigator with whom the information originated. Information obtained in the course of confidential services, such as refereeing manuscripts or grant applications, should be treated similarly.
  11. An experimental or theoretical study may sometimes justify criticism, even severe criticism, of the work of another scientist. When appropriate, such criticism may be offered in published papers. However, in no case is personal criticism considered to be appropriate.
  12. The co-authors of a paper should be all those persons who have made significant scientific contributions to the work reported and who share responsibility and accountability for the results. Other contributions should be indicated in a footnote or an “Acknowledgments” section. An administrative relationship to the investigation does not of itself qualify a person for co-authorship (but occasionally it may be appropriate to acknowledge major administrative assistance). Deceased persons who meet the criterion for inclusion as co-authors should be so included, with a footnote reporting date of death. No fictitious name should be listed as an author or coauthor. The author who submits a manuscript for publication accepts the responsibility of having included as co-authors all persons appropriate and none inappropriate. The submitting author should have sent each living co-author a draft copy of the manuscript and have obtained the co-author’s assent to co-authorship of it.
  13. The authors should reveal to the editor and to the readers of the journal any potential and/or relevant competing financial or other interest that might be affected by publication of the results contained in the authors’ manuscript. All authors should not have any personal significant financial interest and employment or other relationship with entities that have a financial or other interest which can affect the results described by the manuscript.

Ethical Obligations of Reviewers of Manuscripts

  1. As the reviewing of manuscripts is an essential step in the publication process, and therefore in the operation of the scientific method, every scientist has an obligation to do a fair share of reviewing.
  2. A chosen reviewer who feels inadequately qualified to judge the research reported in a manuscript should return it promptly to the editor.
  3. A reviewer of a manuscript should judge objectively the quality of the manuscript, of its experimental and theoretical work, of its interpretations and its exposition, with due regard to the maintenance of high scientific and literary standards. A reviewer should respect the intellectual independence of the authors.
  4. A reviewer should be sensitive to the appearance of a conflict of interest when the manuscript under review is closely related to the reviewer’s work in progress or published. If in doubt, the reviewer should return the manuscript promptly without review, advising the editor of the conflict of interest.
  5. A reviewer should not evaluate a manuscript authored or co-authored by a person with whom the reviewer has a personal or professional connection if the relationship would bias judgment of the manuscript.
  6. A reviewer should treat a manuscript sent for review as a confidential document. It should neither be shown to nor discussed with others except, in special cases, to persons from whom specific advice may be sought; in that event, the identities of those consulted should be disclosed to the editor.
  7. Reviewers should explain and support their judgments adequately so that editors and authors may understand the basis of their comments. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. Unsupported assertions by reviewers (or by authors in rebuttal) are of little value and should be avoided.
  8. A reviewer should be alert to failure of authors to cite relevant work by other scientists, bearing in mind that complaints that the reviewer’s own research was insufficiently cited may seem self-serving. A reviewer should call to the editor’s attention any substantial similarity between the manuscript under consideration and any published paper and any manuscript submitted concurrently to another journal.
  9. A reviewer should act promptly, submitting a report in a timely manner.