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Author Guidelines

Submission: general requirements:

  1. Manuscripts can be submitted to the Bulletin of Dnipropetrovsk National University. Series Chemistry  only by the registered users of the website.
  2. Manuscripts may be written in Ukrainian, Russian, or English language and should be at least 4 pages long and adhere to the technical requirements of the journal.
  3. Articles in Ukrainian (Russian) must be accompanied by the following information in English: article title, author names and affiliations (organization name, physical address, email of the corresponding author), abstract, and keywords.
    • Author names should either be transliterated according to one of the international systems (see or or follow the previously used names in English-language publications.
    • Article title must be informative and contain only common abbreviations.
    • The title should not contain any transliterated words other than people names or other proper nouns. The same applies to abstracts and keywords.
  4. Abstracts must follow the requirements:
    • be detailed and original, written in good English and not be a mere word-to-word translation of the Ukrainian/Russian version;
    • be informative (do not contain general words or phrases);
    • reflect the content of the article and the obtained results;
    • be well-ordered (follow the intrinsic logic of the article);
    • be concise (between 100 and 250 words long).
  5. In addition, every manuscript should be accompanied by a graphical abstract describing the main results of the work (e.g. reaction scheme, process setup, crystallographic or other features of the key compounds, sample photos). The graphical abstract should be sized 80 by 60 mm and submitted as a separate file (at least 300 dpi) in one of the common graphical formats (JPG, PNG, GIF). The graphical abstract should be submitted as a separate file along with other supplementary information.
  6. The manuscript must contain the following components: (see sample):
    • UDC (article subject ID according to the Universal Decimal Classification);
    • Authors surnames and initials;
    • Authors affiliation(s);
    • Article title;
    • Abstract in the article language;
    • Keywords (separated with a semicolon ";");
    • Introduction;
    • Results and Discussion;
    • Experimental;
    • Reference list according to GOST 7.1:2006 (see below);
    • Reference list according to the SCOPUS requirements (see below).
  7. The article text should contain the following components:
    • general statement of the problem and its relation to the important fundamental or applied research;
    • analysis of the latest research and publications that served as background for the presented work, clear identification of the previously unsolved  issues that were addressed in the current article;
    • clear statement of the article goals (statement of the problem);
    • main body of the article, including comprehensive explanation of the obtained results;
    • conclusions and future work.
  8. Reference list:
    • articles written in Ukrainian or Russian must contain two reference lists: one in the article's language, the other in English; the references should be listed in the order of appearance;
    • one reference list is given in article's language according to GOST 7.1:2006 (see example);
    • another version is given in English according to the SCOPUS requirements (example), with Ukrainian/Russian names transliterated (see or 
  9. Illustrations and reaction schemes:
    • all illustrations and reaction schemes must be annotated in English and do not contain Cyrillic (except when agreed with the editors);
    • the schemes must be prepared with the ChemDraw software package using the ACS Document 1996 style (File > Apply Document Settings From > ACS Document 1996). The schemes can either be embedded into the manuscript body or presented separately as CDX-files.
  10. Special characters, typography, etc:
    • the use of Cyrillic script to imitate Latin is prohibited;
    • proper characters must be used for common scientific entities (e.g. degree Celsius is °C, and not oC);
    • the editorial board recommends authors to use extended keyboard layouts that would allow quick access to common special characters (e.g.      

Authors who do not know Russian or Ukrainian are allowed to submit the aforementioned information solely in English. The editorial board will take the responsibility of translating the materials.

At the online submission, the following metadata will be required:

  1. Transliterated names of the authors (in full; e.g. Ivan I. Ivanov) in the same order as they are given in the article. The corresponding author's name should be starred. Multiple authors should be added into separate fields in the online form.
  2. Author affiliations and contact information (in English).
  3. The title should start with a capital letter followed by lowercase ones (e.g. "Aminolysis of anhydrides of..." and not "AMINOLYSIS OF ANHYDRIDES OF...").
  4. Abstracts in Russian, Ukrainian, and English (the abstract in the original language of the article is given first; translations into the other two languages are added using a drop-down menu).
  5. UDC classification (for all languages).
  6. Keywords and other metadata (for all languages).
  7. Transliterated references (as a non-numbered list with each item starting on a new line; use Ctrl+Enter to start a paragraph).

Payment of organizational costs of the work of the editorial board (review articles, preparation and printing of the three original models, working with editors, postal and transport charges, etc.) is carried out only after the adoption of the article for publication. The cost of publication of the article is determined by taking into account the cost of the publication with editorial expenses and amounts to 100 UAH.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The manuscript has not been published or submitted to other journals.
  2. Internet links in the text contain fully working URL addresses.
  3. The text adheres to style and citation guides as detailed in the Author Guidelines.

  4. The text is formatted as follows:

    1. General requirements

    Article template

    1. File format: Microsoft Word 97, 2000 or compatible (DOC). It is advisable to provide copies of illustrations in one of the common formats (JPG, PNG, GIF).
    2. Paper size: A4 (210×297 mm).
    3. Page margins, mm: top – 20, bottom – 57, left – 15, right – 55.
    4. Font face: Times or Times New Roman, normal, 11 pt, single spaced.
    5. First line: 1 cm indentation throughout the article.
    6. Only automatic hyphenation is allowed, that follows the rules of the corresponding language. Up to 5 consecutive hyphenations is allowed.
    7. Page numbering: at the bottom of the page, at least 6 mm away from the main text.
    8. A decimal point must be used to separate the integer part from the fractional part of a number (e.g. 1.02, and not 1,02).

    2.   Font styles for various article elements

      UDC 10 pt, all capitals, bold
      Author names and initials 11 pt, regular
      Affiliations 10 pt, italic
      Article title 12 pt, all capitals, bold
      Abstract 9 pt, regular, bold
      Copyright 9 pt, regular
      Footnotes, references 10 pt, regular
      Header "References and notes" 12 pt, bold
      Submission date 9 pt, italic
      Figure titles and labels 9 pt, bold
      Table titles 9 pt, bold
             Table content 9 pt, regular

    3.   Spacing

    • After UDC - single;
    • After affiliations - single;
    • After article title - single;
    • After abstract - single;
    • After main text - single;
    • Between references and submission date - single.

    4.   References

    The references are cited in text as follows: [reference number], or [reference number, p. page number], or [reference number, p. page number; reference number, p. page number], or [reference number – reference number], or [reference number; reference number], or [reference number, pp. page number – page number].

    5.   Typography

    • Do not mix hyphens (-) and n-dashes (–).
    • Add a space between a surname and initials (e.g. R. B. Woodward), and between words and n-dashes.
    • Use square brackets for references (e.g. [5]).

    6 . Tables

    • Tables should be embedded as text, not images.
    • Cell width should be autofit to contents.
    • Tables of similar nature should be stylized identically throughout that paper (fonts, borders, titles, spacing, etc).
    • Table font should be 1-2 pt smaller than the main text, and sometimes down to 6 pt if required.
    • If the table spans over several pages, its parts should start with "Table <no>, continued", followed by table title and/or column numbers.
    • Table titles should be centered and do not contain "hard" line breaks.
    • Side columns should be aligned left; multiple-line cells should have a first-line indentation. Tables should be of rectangular shape and have no "hanging" cells.
    • Numerical data should be decimal-point-aligned, with the largest number being centered. Number ranges should be separated by an n-dash, the largest number being centered and the rest of data aligned to the n-dash. Numerical titles of columns should be aligned with the column content.
    • Landscape-oriented tables should be rotated 90°, so that their title goes along the external margin for the even pages and along the internal margin for the odd pages.
    • Table notes should be given right after the corresponding table in 2 pt smaller font size and referred to with symbols in superscript (e.g. like this*).

    7.   Illustrations

    • All figures should be inserted in line with text (i.e. without text to the left or right from the image). They can be either placed at the top or the bottom of the page or have at least 3 lines of text above or below.
    • Figure captions should be given just below the corresponging figure as text (not images or objects).
    • Multi-line figure captions should be justified and have the same width as the figure they refer to, with the final line centered. Single-line captions should be centered.
    • Labels inside illustrations should be added using the same text editor as the one used for the rest of manuscript.
    • Raster (non-vector) graphics should have resolution of at least 300 dpi after scaling.
    • Scanned graphics should be of quality comparable to the rest of the manuscript.
  5. To allow for double blind reviewing process, the authors should not mention any personal data in the main body of the manuscript. The author names and affiliations will be stripped from the original file. Self-referencing should be done indirectly (e.g. "it has been shown[5]" instead of "we have shown[5]").

Copyright Notice

  1. Authors reserve the right of attribution for the submitted manuscript, while transferring to the Journal the right to publish the article under the Creative Commons Attribution License. This license allows free distribution of the published work under the condition of proper attribution of the original authors and the initial publication source (i.e. the Journal)
  2. Authors have the right to enter into separate agreements for additional non-exclusive distribution of the work in the form it was published in the Journal (such as publishing the article on the institutional website or as a part of a monograph), provided the original publication in this Journal is properly referenced
  3. The Journal allows and encourages online publication of the manuscripts (such as on personal web pages), even when such a manuscript is still under editorial consideration, since it allows for a productive scientific discussion and better citation dynamics (see The Effect of Open Access).


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