Authors & Referees

Information for Authors

Revised Jan 1, 2020

A. General Policy

1. Editorial Policy
HETEROCYCLES publishes accounts of research on the organic and physical organic chemistry of heterocyclic compounds and natural products that have the heterocyclic ring system. The manuscripts should have abundant novelty and originality in both the logic and experimental procedures with exceptional interest to the specialist in the field.
Manuscripts are considered for publication providing that they have not been, or will not be published elsewhere. HETEROCYCLES Regular Issue will be published monthly, and Special Issue published on a yearly basis irregularly. The Special Issue will be dedicated to an outstanding researcher that has generously contributed to either heterocyclic chemistry or organic chemistry based on natural products.

2. Article Types
Four types of manuscripts may be submitted.

2.1. Communications
Communications must feature novel and significant work of exceptional interest in preliminary form; they may be either experimentally oriented or entirely theoretical. The Editors will consider manuscripts which feature urgent significant results or data of relevant importance. Contributions that are sensibly speculative or constitute new interpretations of older findings are appropriate.

2.2. Papers
Papers contain definitive and comprehensive accounts of significant findings obtained through original work in heterocyclic chemistry or natural products. Authors who wish to have an experimental section included in their manuscripts should submit these manuscripts as Papers. In the case of new compound microanalytical (C, H, N, O and then alphabetical) and spectral (IR, NMR, MS etc.) data should be reported.

2.3. Short Papers
Short Papers should be concise accounts of studies with a limited scope. In the case of new compound, microanalytical (C, H, N, O and then alphabetical) and spectral (IR, NMR, MS etc.) data should be reported.

2.4. Reviews
The Journal publishes review-type manuscripts containing appropriate heterocyclic material. Reviews based, in part, on research conducted in the authors laboratory, reviews distinguished by a certain novel interpretation, or the presentation of new material are especially welcome.

3. Authors’ Responsibility
The authors of the manuscript will be expected to take full responsibility for all written content and data shown. For any decisions regarding whether the data should be available for public viewing prior the consent of other parties, or responsibility of patent issues, and other related issues will be the responsibility of the authors. Charts, tables, schemes and photographs, or other materials taken from "published material" must receive the necessary permission.

4. Copyright
Upon acceptance of the manuscript, authors will be asked to complete a "Copyright Transfer Form" and return it to the Editorial Office. From this, the article publication will belong to The Japan Institute of Heterocyclic Chemistry.

5. Refereeing
Ordinarily a manuscript will be sent to two competent referees for critical appraisal. The author is also free to suggest the names of appropriate referees. Referees will recommend whether or not the manuscript is suitable for publication, however, it is the responsibility of the Editor to make the final decision. Note: Referees' comments maybe transmitted to the author, however, in no circumstances will the names of the referees be disclosed to the author, without prior permission.

6. Revision
When a revision is requested by the Editor, this should be carried out as soon as possible, and in accordance with the referees' and Editor’s comments.

7. Page Proofs
When page proofs are available for viewing and downloading via Web site, the corresponding author will be informed by e-mail. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to check the page proofs against the manuscript carefully, and within one week if necessary, re-upload the final version of the manuscript. If alterations are made to the manuscript, graphical abstract, key words or Supporting Information, the changes should be written or indicated in red and re-uploaded in the indicated templates. If the Editorial Office do not receive a reply within one week, the manuscript will automatically be published in HETEROCYCLES.

8. Additions and Corrections
If the author wishes to make an further amendment after the page proofing period, these will be included in "Additions and Corrections" in the Print Edition.

9. Kametani Award
This is awarded yearly to a researcher of whom has made an outstanding contribution to both HETEROCYCLES and heterocyclic chemistry research. The Kametani Award was founded in 1999 in memory of the founder of this Journal.

B. Layout of Manuscripts

1. General Instructions
Authors must always use a A-4 size template provided, when preparing a manuscript. Please select and download the appropriate template for your manuscript on the following website All charts, figures, graphs, illustrations, schemes, structural formulae and tables should be placed in the relevant position of the manuscript.

1.1. Language
The manuscript should be written in good English (both American and British English are acceptable, however avoid mixing both languages). Manuscripts must be essentially clear, concise and grammatically correct. When this is not the author's native language, the manuscript should be checked by a native speaker or through an editing service before submission. Referees will not usually correct grammatical errors, or any other mistakes that may detract from the scientific content.

1.2. Font and Line Spacing
The manuscripts should be written with a 12 pt. font using Times New Roman font and 1.50 line spacing.

1.3. Color Printing
In the essential case, color printing is provided for chemical illustrations without additional charges.

2. Heading
The heading of the manuscripts must comprise the title, author's name(s), author's address and e-mail address.

2.1. Title
The title should be brief and informative, written clearly, and should not contain any compound numbers. The title should be written in CAPITALS.

2.2. Authors' Name(s)
Authors' name(s) should include the first name (without degrees) and the senior author should be indicated by an asterisk(*).

2.3. Author's Address
Author's address and e-mail address for correspondence in English.

3. Abstract
All manuscripts must be accompanied by an abstract. The abstract for a manuscript should not exceed about 10 lines.

4. Graphical Abstracts
Authors are requested to supply a graphical abstract, portraying the essence of the research. These abstracts should aim at presenting the essence of accounts in a concise, pictorial form. Graphical abstracts should not exceed the space limitations (4 x 8 cm).

5. Key Words
Authors are requested to supply from one to five key words.

6. Artwork
All graphics such as charts, figures, graphs, illustrations, schemes, structural formulae and tables these must be created in digital format. These graphics must be placed in the relevant position of the manuscript at the correct size.
7. Nomenclature
All nomenclature should be simple, unambiguous, and in conformity with the conventions developed by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.

8. Abbreviations
Abbreviations should be in accordance with the Standard ACS abbreviations. See: The ACS Style Guide

9. Dedications
All dedications must be placed at the bottom of the first page as the footnotes.

10. Acknowledgments and References
Acknowledgements may be included as a separate section. Authors are requested to submit their references according to the following format:

1. T. Kametani, K. Katoh, M. Tsubuki, and T. Honda, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1986, 108, 7055; M. Ihara, K. Noguchi, T. Ohsawa, K. Fukumoto, and T. Kametani, J. Org. Chem., 1983, 48, 3150; T. Kametani, H. Yukawa, Y. Suzuki, and T. Honda, J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 1, 1985, 2151.

2. T. Kametani and T. Honda, 'Advances in Heterocyclic Chemistry: Application of Aziridines to the Synthesis of Natural Products', Vol. 39, ed. by A. R. Katritzky, Academic Press, Inc., London, 1986, pp.181-236.

3. L. M. Jackman, 'Applications of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy in Organic Chemistry', Pergamon Press, Inc., New York, 1959.

11. Crystallographic Studies
Reports of crystal structures should be presented as recommended by the Commission of Crystallographic data of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr). Please refer to the following address for details: In the paper, figures of crystal structure and of molecular structure, or both, with selected bond distances and bond angles should be included. Tables of final atomic coordinates and thermal factors may be submitted as "Supplementary Materials" for reviewing purpose only. Chemical and Crystallographic data should be mutually consistent wherever applicable.

12. Deposition of X-ray Crystallographic Data
Authors are requested to deposit all the X-ray data in the Crystallographic Information File (CIF) format electronically to the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) for each structure, after receiving notification of the manuscripts acceptance. The following text should be included in the “Experimental” section of the manuscript on the initial submission, and the deposit number(s) should be inserted in the final revised manuscript: Deposition number CCDC-XXXXXX for compound No. YY. Free copies of the data can be obtained via (or from the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, 12 Union Road, Cambridge, CB2 1EZ, UK; Fax: +44 1223 336033; e-mail:

13. Supporting Information
Additional materials (including additional experimental details or specific spectra data) that are too lengthy to be printed, may be published as “Supporting Information” on the Web Edition. The supporting information should be made into a single file, and uploaded to HeteroResource together with the manuscript and Graphical Abstract.

C. Manuscript Submission

All manuscripts must be essentially submitted through the HeteroResource website at Revised manuscripts must be resubmitted through HeteroResource also. When authors submit a manuscript, the graphical abstract (original file) and Supporting Information (if needed) should be uploaded to the HeteroResource at the same time. The cover letter should be typed in the appropriate text box provided at HeteroResource. Note: Manuscripts attached on e-mail will not be accepted for submission.

D. Page Rates

There are no submission fees, no page charges and no color charges.

E. Reprints Rates

Reprints must be ordered with the revised manuscript.

1. Communications, Papers and Short Papers

  1.4 pp. 5-8 pp. 9-12 pp. 13-18 pp. 17-20 pp. 21-24 pp. 25-28 pp. 29-32 pp.
50 ¥10,000 18,000 25,200 30,200 33,200 36,500 38,300 40,200
100 18,000 32,400 45,000 54,000 59,400 65,300 68,600 72,000
200 27,000 48,800 67,500 81,000 89,100 98,000 102,900 108,000
300 36,000 64,800 90,000 108,000 118,800 130,700 137,200 144,000

2. Reviews

50 ¥2,000 per page
100 ¥3,500 per page
200 ¥5,600 per page
For each additional copies ¥1,800 per page

For each additional 100 copies
(For example: 50 copies of a 10 page review would be ¥15,000)

3. Postage
Shipping will be charged to the authors.