Devoted to Medicinal Chemistry

Instructions for Authors

Two types of contributions are considered for publication:

Brief Communications:
Brief communications should be submitted in duplicate, typed double spaced on one side of the paper only. The matter should be in running form without any subheadings, but with a short abstract.

Full Length Articles:

  • Manuscripts (in duplicate) should be typed double-spaced, with wide margins.
  • The text should be divided into the following sections: Abstract, Introduction, Experimental, Results and Discussion, Acknowledgements (if any) and References.
  • The number of tables, diagrams and photographs should not be more than what is absolutely necessary.
  • References must be typed in the following order: Initials and surname followed by name of journal, vol. No., page no. and year of publication (or name of book, publisher, page no. and year), e.g., T.N. Smith, S.K. Nielson and N. Jhong, J. Inorg. Nucl. Chem., 40, 1180 (1978). N.H. Ray, Inorganic Polymers, Academic Press, London, p. 88 (1972).
  • Illustrations and diagrams should be drawn with jet black ink on tracing paper of good quality, white art card or art paper.
  • Manuscripts can be submitted through e-mail.
  • It is mandatory for each author and co-author to be a subscriber to Asian Journal of Chemistry.
  • The Editorial Board reserves the right to condense or make necessary changes in the research articles.
  • The manuscript should be strictly in accordance with the prescribed format of the journal.
  • Responsibility of the contents rests upon the authors and not upon the publisher or editor.

Paper Writing Ethics

Guideline for writing Articles

It is mandatory for the to authors write and prepare their manuscripts according to the instructions and specifications listed below. The length and effectiveness of the peer review process will largely depend upon the care used by authors in preparing their manuscripts. Therefore, contributors are strongly encouraged to read these instructions carefully before preparing a manuscript for submission and to check the manuscript for conformance before submitting it for publication.

Manuscripts which are submitted to online Journal of Medicinal Chemistry should:
  • contain original work  
  • follows aims and scope of the journal
  • are clearly and correctly written in English (should be clear, simple and cater to chemistry research area)
  • are delivered in electronic format

Manuscripts Style

Manuscripts should be typed with double spacing on standard size paper. Spelling should conform to Webster’s International Dictionary and System International (SI) units should be used throughout. Abbreviations should be kept to a minimum and be defined at first mention. The title page should include:
  • a concise and descriptive title for the paper
  • the full name(s) of the author(s)
  • the institutional affiliation of each author
  • the name and address of the corresponding author (including e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers)
  • an abbreviated title
  • and any acknowledgment of financial or material support
Emphasis of headings should follow these font styles: Introduction, font 14 bold; subheading, font 12 bold, and sub-heading, font 12 italics.
ABSTRACT: An Abstract of four to six lines should precede the text. In brief form, this should describe the results and/or experimental methodology reported in the paper.
Nomenclature: Chemical names should be used for all drugs unless they are too cumbersome. Non-proprietary, generic names or names approved by the World Health Organization or the U.S. Adopted Names Council may be used; proprietary names must be avoided. The nomenclature of chemical compounds should conform with that adopted by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and the International Union of Biochemistry. (See Biochemistry 1966, 5, 1455; Europ J Biochem., 1977, 74, 1). Systematic names may be found in Chemical Abstracts Index Guide, Appendix IV; Ring System Handbook, American Chemical Society, Columbus, Ohio, 1988. IUPAC rules have been published in Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry, Section A-F, H, Pergamon Press, Elmsford, NY, 1979. For steroid names, see Pure Appl. Chem., 61 (no.10), 1783-1822 (1989). For naming enzymes, see Enzyme Nomenclature, Academic Press, New York 1984. For carbohydrates, see Biochemistry, 10, 3983 (1971); for prostaglandins, see J. Med. Chem., 17, 911 (1974).
Abbreviations: Standard abbreviations should be used as given in the ACS Style Guide. In the interest of space economy, compounds should be given in a boldface (or underlined) number when first mentioned, and referred to by this number throughout the ensuing text. Common abbreviations may be used in formula schemes and Experimental Parts such as Me, Et, i-Pr, t-Bu, Ph, DMF, DMSO, IR, UV, NMR, GC, HPLC, TLC, bp, mp, dec., mL, g, mg, mol, mmol, h, sec, Et2O, EtOAc, MeOH.
Chemical Data and Analyses: All new compounds reported in the Journal should be homogeneous and characterized by modern, analytical methods, such as chromatographic and spectral data. Routine elemental analyses that agree with calculated values within 0.4% should only be reported as in the following example:
Anal. (C20H25No4), C, H, N. For natural, degradation, and metabolic products, the full elemental analysis must be recorded. On separate sheets, full analyses and physical data of all new compounds should be sent to the Editor. They will not appear in the Journal, but will remain deposited in the editorial files.
Biological Data: Quantitative (not merely qualitative) biological data must be reported for all compounds being tested. Biochemical and biological test methods must be referenced or described in sufficient detail to enable others to repeat the test. It is preferred that doses and concentrations be given in molar quantities. Salts of compounds should be designated.
References: should be listed alphabetically in the reference list. The format of listed references is: Last Name, Initial (year) Title. Jrnl Name (Abbreviated) Volume No:ppp--ppp (no period).
Example: Alfassi ZB, Mosseri S, Neta P (1989) Reactivities of chlorine atoms and peroxyl radicals formed in the radiolysis of dichloromethane. J Phys Chem 93:1380-1385
In text citations appear in parentheses as (Author last name, year); (Author and Coauthor, year); (Author et al., year).
Example: (Chang 1998); (Naik and Mohan, 2005); (Kime et al., 1987).
Synthetic Detail: Where new compounds are reported, some synthetic detail must be provided. There are two acceptable approaches. A standard, synthetic write-up can be included in the EXPERIMENTAL section. Alternatively, as is typical for a rapid communication, the synthesis can be explained in the CHEMISTRY section in narrative form. If the latter format is used, sufficient information necessary to characterize the new compound (e.g., melting point, recrystallization solvent, optical rotation) must be provided.

Style for Illustration

All tables and illustrations must be numbered and referred to in the text, with appropriate locations indicated in the text margin. Tables should be typed with double spacing with a descriptive title and, if appropriate, units of numerical measurements included in the column heading. All lettering should be large enough to permit legible reduction. Axes should be labeled clearly; any other lettering should be kept to a minimum. Magnifications should be shown with scale bars. Color art can be used without charge for the electronic edition of the journal but will appear in the printed version of the journal at the author's expense. The cost of color art in the print journal is $1150 per article.Suggested figure formats: TIFF, GIF, EPS, PPT, and Postscript. Files should be at least 300 dpi.
Conflict of Interest
 Authors should disclose any commercial or other associations that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted article.


Materials copied from other sources must be accompanied by a written statement from both author and publishers, giving permission for reproduction. Permission in writing should also be obtained for citations of unpublished data, personal communications, and papers still in press. Authors are themselves responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyright material from other sources, as well as any fees associated with this reproduction.

Appendices and Supplementary Material

Authors who wish to publish electronic supplementary material to their article (Excel files, images, audio/video files) are requested to submit their manuscript via our online submission system, with a note in the author comments box that supplementary material will be submitted separately by email. This email, containing the supplementary material, should be sent to the Production Editor. In the email, the title of the submitted manuscript as well as the name of the corresponding author should be given.

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