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This template is to be used to prepare manuscripts for submission to any American Chemical Society (ACS) primary research journal. As a result, it contains paragraph styles that may not normally be used in the journal you have selected for submission. Please consult the Instructions to Authors or a recent issue of the ACS journal where you plan to submit this paper for the appropriate paragraph styles. Use of this template is a benefit to the author in that the entire manuscript (text, tables, and graphics) may be submitted in one file. Inserting graphics and tables close to the point at which they are discussed in the text of the manuscript can also be a benefit for the reviewer. Use of the template is not a requirement for submission.
When you submit a manuscript using this template, you will not actually see the page formatting that appears in the printed journal. This will occur as part of the editorial production process using the paragraph tags you inserted from the template. Please read the general instructions given below on how to use the template. If you are unfamiliar with the use of templates, additional instructions can be found at the site where you downloaded this template.
Using the template
Abbreviated instructions for using the template follow. Additional instructions can be found in the readme file at the site where you downloaded this template.
If typing your manuscript directly into the template, select (highlight) the text of the template that you want to replace and begin typing your manuscript (i.e., the select the Title section for typing in your title).
If you have already prepared your document in a Word file, you will need to attach the template to your working document in order to apply the Word Style tags. Further instructions can be found in the readme file at the site where you downloaded this template.
Go to the Word Style list on the formatting toolbar and you will see all the Word Styles from the template that have now been imported into the current document. A Styles toolbar has been generated that will display the different Styles for you to choose from. If this is not present, select View, Toolbars, and then select Styles and it should appear. You can close this at any time and then reopen it when needed.
Click in the sentence or paragraph and then go to the Word Style menu on the toolbar and select the relevant Word Style. This will apply the Word Style to the entire text (sentence or paragraph). Do this for all sections of the manuscript.
In ACS publications there are many different components of a manuscript (i.e., title, abstract, main text, figure captions, etc.) that are represented in the template. See the Guide, Notes, Notice, or Instructions for Authors that appear in each publication's first issue of the year and the journal's homepage to determine which parts should be included for the manuscript that you are preparing.
To insert graphics within the text or as a figure, chart, scheme, or table, create a new line and insert the graphic where desired. If your graphic is not visible, ensure that the Word Style is "Normal" with an automatic height adjustment. If the size of the artwork needs to be adjusted, re-size the artwork in your graphics program and re-paste the artwork into the template (maximum width for single-column artwork, 3.3 in. (8.5 cm); maximum width for double-column artwork, 7 in. (17.8 cm)). NOTE: If you are submitting your paper to a journal that requires a Table of Contents graphic, please insert the graphic at the end of the file.
Delete all sections from the template that are not needed, including these instructions.
Save the file with the graphics in place: select Save As (File menu) and save it as a document file (.doc).
Proof a printout of the manuscript (from a 600 dpi or higher laser printer) to ensure that all parts of the manuscript are present and clearly legible.
Consult the Info for authors page from the home page of the ACS journal that you have selected for the latest instructions on how to proceed with the submission of your manuscript.
Ensure that page numbers are present on all pages before submitting your manuscript.
TITLE (Word Style "BA_Title"). The title should accurately, clearly, and concisely reflect the emphasis and content of the paper. The title must be brief and grammatically correct
AUTHOR NAMES (Word Style "BB_Author_Name"). Include in the byline all those who have made substantial contributions to the work, even if the paper was actually written by only one person. Use first names, initials, and surnames (e.g., John R. Smith) or first initials, second names, and surnames (e.g., J. Robert Smith). Do not use only initials with surnames (e.g., J. R. Smith) because this causes indexing and retrieval difficulties and interferes with unique identification of an author. Do not include professional or official titles or academic degrees. At least one author must be designated with an asterisk as the author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
AUTHOR ADDRESS (Word Style "BC_Author_Address"). The affiliation should be the institution where the work was conducted.
AUTHOR EMAIL ADDRESS (Word Style "BI_Email_Address")
RECEIVED DATE (to be automatically inserted after your manuscript is accepted if required according to the journal that you are submitting your paper to)
TITLE RUNNING HEAD (Word Style "AF_Title_Running_Head"). If you are submitting your paper to a journal that requires a title running head (condensed title appearing at the top of the journal page), please provide a 50-character or less summary of the title of the manuscript.
CORRESPONDING AUTHOR FOOTNOTE (Word Style "FA_Corresponding_Author_Footnote"). Clarify all corresponding authors' addresses by accompanying footnotes if they are not apparent from the affiliation line. Telephone numbers, fax numbers, and e-mail addresses may all be included in the corresponding author footnotes. If an author's address is different than the one given in the affiliation line, this information may also be included here.
ABSTRACT (Word Style "BD_Abstract"). All manuscripts must be accompanied by an abstract. The abstract should briefly state the problem or purpose of the research, indicate the theoretical or experimental plan used, summarize the principal findings, and point out major conclusions. The optimal length is one paragraph.
KEYWORDS (Word Style "BG_Keywords"). If you are submitting your paper to a journal that requires keywords, provide significant keywords to aid the reader in literature retrieval.
BRIEFS (WORD Style "BH_Briefs"). If you are submitting your paper to a journal that requires a brief, provide a one-sentence synopsis for inclusion in the Table of Contents.
MANUSCRIPT TEXT (Word Style "TA_Main_Text"). For full guidelines, please see the Guide, Notes, Notice, or Instructions for Authors that appear in each publication's first issue of the year and on the World Wide Web at http://pubs.acs.org. This may include an introduction, experimental details (sections titled Experimental Methods, Experimental Section, or Materials and Methods), theoretical basis (sections titled Theoretical Basis or Theoretical Calculations), results, discussion, and conclusions.
ACKNOWLEDGMENT (Word Style "TD_Acknowledgments"). Generally the last paragraph of the paper is the place to acknowledge people, organizations, and financing (you may state grant numbers and sponsors here). Avoid use of phrases like "we (I or the authors) would like to thank" and "we (I or the authors) wish to thank", instead use "we (I or the authors) thank". Follow the journal's guidelines on what to include in the Acknowledgments section.
SUPPORTING INFORMATION PARAGRAPH (Word Style "TE_Supporting_Information"). A brief statement in nonsentence format listing the contents of material placed here should be included at the end of the manuscript as a separate section titled Supporting Information Available. The contents of Supporting Information may include the following: (1) large tables, (2) extensive figures, (3) lengthy experimental procedures, (4) mathematical derivations, (5) analytical and spectral characterization data, (6) molecular modeling coordinates, (7) modeling programs, (8) crystallographic information files (CIF), (9) instrument and circuit diagrams, (10) and expanded discussions of peripheral findings. For complete instructions on how to prepare this material for publication, check the Guide, Notes, Notice, or Instructions for Authors that appear in each publication's first issue of the year and on the World Wide Web at http://pubs.acs.org.
FIGURE CAPTIONS (Word Style "VA_Figure_Caption"). Each figure must have a caption that includes the figure number and a brief description, preferably one or two sentences. The caption should immediately follow the figure with the format "Figure X. Figure caption.". All figures must be mentioned in the text consecutively and numbered with Arabic numerals. The caption should be understandable without reference to the text. It is preferable to place the keys to symbols used in the figure in the caption, not in the artwork. Ensure that the symbols and abbreviations in the caption agree with those in the figure itself and in the text and that the figure is already sized appropriately.
SCHEME TITLES (Word Style "VC_Scheme_Title"). Chemical reactions and flow diagrams may be called schemes. Schemes may have brief titles describing their contents. The artwork for each scheme should immediately follow the scheme title. The title should follow the format "Scheme X. Scheme Title". All schemes must be mentioned in the text consecutively and numbered with Arabic numerals. Schemes may also have footnotes (use Word Style "FD_Scheme_Footnote"), inserted after the artwork.
CHART TITLES (Word Style "VB_Chart_Title"). Lists of structures may be called charts. Charts may have brief titles describing their contents. The title should follow the format "Chart X. Chart Title". Charts may also have footnotes (use Word Style "FC_Chart_Footnote"). To insert the chart into the template, be sure it is already sized appropriately and paste it immediately after the chart title.
TABLES. Each table must have a brief (one phrase or sentence) title that describes its contents. The title should follow the format "Table X. Table Title" (Word Style "VD_Table_Title"). The title should be understandable without reference to the text. Put details in footnotes, not in the title (use Word Style "FE_Table_Footnote"). Define nonstandard abbreviations in footnotes.
Use tables (Word Style "TC_Table_Body") when the data cannot be presented clearly as narrative, when many precise numbers must be presented, or when more meaningful interrelationships can be conveyed by the tabular format. Do not use Word Style "TC_Table_Body" for tables containing artwork. Tables should supplement, not duplicate, text and figures. Tables should be simple and concise. It is preferable to use the Table Tool in your word-processing package, placing one entry per cell, to generate tables.
REFERENCES (Word Style "TF_References_Section"). In many journals, references are placed at the end of the article, while in others they are treated as footnotes. In any case, place your list of references at the end of the manuscript. The appropriate placement will be made as part of the editorial process. In ACS publications, references are cited in three ways: superscript numbers, italic numbers on the line and in parentheses, and by author name and year of publication in parentheses inside the punctuation. Please use the appropriate style for the journal for which you are submitting your manuscript. Authors are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of all references. Authors should check all parts of each reference listing against the original document. Detailed information on reference style can be found in The ACS Style Guide, 2nd ed., available from Oxford Press.
SYNOPSIS TOC (Word Style "SN_Synopsis_TOC"). If you are submitting your paper to a journal that requires a synopsis graphic and/or synopsis paragraph, see the Guide, Notes, Notice, or Instructions for Authors that appear in each publication's first issue of the year and the journal's homepage for a description of what needs to be provided and for the size requirements of the artwork.