Journal Details

Phosphorus, Sulfur, and Silicon and the Related Elements

Phosphorus, Sulfur, and Silicon and the Related Elements

Published By: Taylor & Francis
Volume Number: 186
Frequency: 12 issues per year
Print ISSN: 1042-6507
Online ISSN: 1563-5325

Instructions for Authors

ScholarOne Manuscripts
This journal uses ScholarOne Manuscripts (previously Manuscript Central) to peer review manuscript submissions. Please read the guide for ScholarOne authors before making a submission. Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are provided below.

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Aims, Scope, and Editorial Policy.

Phosphorus, Sulfur, and Silicon and the Related Elements invites original research submissions involving the (bio)organic, (bio)inorganic, heterocyclic, polymer, theoretical, structural, and spectroscopic chemistry of phosphorus (including arsenic, antimony, and bismuth), sulfur (including selenium and tellurium), and silicon (including germanium, tin, and lead). In addition to research describing the new chemistry of a particular element, especially welcome are presentations emphasizing the relationships between elements and families of elements. The main focus of the work should be within these elements, but pertinent original articles, communications, and reviews that extend into the lighter main group elements may be considered if sufficiently justified. In general, we will not accept manuscripts based on classical, well documented heterocyclic chemistry; however, interesting articles highlighting especially novel methods and ring systems will be considered. Repetition of previously published work with minor changes to procedures and R groups is not considered acceptable. The Editorial Board discourages work of a narrow scope and work that is considered fragmented.

The Editor will determine the suitability of the manuscript for review upon receipt. Lack of novelty, part of a fragmented theme, poor manuscript preparation, and characterization of compounds are some of the reasons why manuscripts will be rejected prior to external review.

The decision to accept or reject any contribution will be based on the reports from at least two referees. Submissions will be judged on their suitability, quality, length, and originality. The Editor retains the final decision to accept or reject any submitted manuscript.
Please note that Phosphorus, Sulfur, and Silicon and the Related Elements uses CrossCheck™ software to screen papers for unoriginal material. By submitting your paper to Phosphorus, Sulfur, and Silicon and the Related Elements you are agreeing to any necessary originality checks your paper may have to undergo during the peer review and production processes.
Submission of Manuscripts.
Phosphorus, Sulfur, and Silicon and the Related Elements receives all manuscript submissions electronically via its Manuscript Central website located at:

The journal publishes the following types of manuscripts:

(i)  Full papers
(ii)  Communications
(iii)  Reviews (by invitation)

Manuscript Central allows for rapid submission of original and revised manuscripts as well as facilitating the review process and internal communication between authors, editors, and reviewers via a web-based platform. ForManuscript Central technical support, you may contact them via email or phone support via If you have other requests, please contact the Editor-in-Chief, Martin Rudd (, or the European Editor, Konstantin Karaghiosoff ( Some of the following outlines may be useful:

(i)  Using the appropriate format outlined at, prepare your submission withMicrosoftWord. Be sure that  your paper conforms to the style of the journal, also shown below.
(ii)  Create an account for yourself at by clicking on the “Create an Account” button (if you have not already done so). This will enable you to monitor the progress of your manuscript through the review and revision process.
(iii)  At any time in the submission process, online assistance is available; please carefully read the instructions at the site as you submit your manuscript and related files. It is possible to exit and re-enter the process at any time before you finally submit your paper.

Copyright and Permissions

:  Submission of a manuscript will entail that the author agrees that the work is original, and is not being submitted elsewhere for publication at the same time. In the submission process, the authors must complete, sign, and upload an electronic copy of the journal's “Copyright Transfer Agreement” that is available as a PDF file. Authors are required to indicate their academic/government affiliation on the Copyright Form, sign and date it, and upload it as a scanned PDF file using the “Copyright Form” designation on the website. Please note that digital or electronic signatures will be rejected. The Copyright Form is available for download on the ‘Instructions & Forms' section of ScholarOne. You can access this page internally (through the link in the upper right of the screen) or externally (through the link to the right of the login fields).

As an author, you are required to secure permission if you want to reproduce any figure, table, or extract from the text of another source. This applies to direct reproduction as well as “derivative reproduction” (where you have created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source).

Manuscript Style and Organization.
General:  Manuscripts should be formatted for A4 or Letter page size using double spacing and with a margin of at least 2.5 cm (1”) all around.

The first page of the manuscript should include:

(i)  The title of the paper that describes the content succinctly;
(ii)  The names of all the authors with at least one forename in full for each; the corresponding author should be indicated with an asterisk (*);
(iii)  The address of the authors; if there are multiple addresses, put each one with the author's name; a valid email address must be included;(iv) A shortened title of the article (no more than 50 characters in length) to be used as the running head.

Graphical Abstract

:  A graphical abstract (picture only) will be uploaded as a separate file during the submission process. This should not be uploaded as “Supplemental Materials.”


:  The maximum preferred length for original articles is 35 pages (including figures and tables). Communications should not exceed 1000 words and reviews should not exceed 10000 words. Authors can select tables, figures, and biological screening details for Supplemental Materials that will be available online only. The Editors will also selectively place material fromthe manuscript for inclusion in the supplemental file.


:  Original articles and communications will be published in English, French, or German, though English is preferred. Reviews must be written in English. For all papers, an English language abstract must be supplied of not more than 200 words in length, which summarizes the significant findings and coverage of the paper, and should be understood without reference to the text. Communications should have abstracts limited to 150 words.


:  Each paper must have three to six keywords.


:  The manuscript should be organized in the following order: Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Results and Discussion, Experimental, Conclusions, Acknowledgments, References, and, where necessary, Supplemental Materials. An experimental procedure is required for communications. A shortened version of the title to be used as the running head is required (no more than 50 characters) should be supplied. 12-Point font in Times,Helvetica, or Arial is expected.Manuscripts not corresponding to the appropriate format will require author correction. All Supplemental Materials are to be uploaded at the time of submission [X-ray files, CIFs].


:  The experimental should include a paragraph outlining the instrumental methods and computational procedures used. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) data must be presented to two decimal places (1HNMR) and at least one decimal place for all other heteroatoms; solvents must be given, and, where appropriate, approximate concentrations of NMR solutions should be stated. Coupling constant (J) values are considered a vital part of the characterization. An appropriate order should be: multiplicity, coupling constant (if a defined multiplet), number of nuclei (from integral), assignment (if possible).

Computational Details

:  Rapid advances in computational chemistry and availablemethods have meant an increase in submissions of manuscripts containing computational studies. In order to be suitable for publication, a manuscriptmust provide a broad insight into a problem in chemistry and tie it with experimental data. The journal does not encourage submissions that are of a technical nature only. Sufficient details must be presented so that the calculations are reproducible and of use to readers. Tables of results and diagrams, unless of particular relevance, should be placed in the Supplemental Materials.


:  Use of standard abbreviations is expected throughout, and are used without periods: examples include mp, °C, min, h, mL, cm, mol, ppm, TLC, NMR. The use of SI units is preferred.

Chemical Structures

:  The use of Chem Draw (or related software) is expected when preparing chemical structures. Authors should prepare them to cover a single column in the journal. Atom labels should be in bold but do not use a font larger than size 12.

Formulae and Equations

:  Chemical formulae must be correctly represented throughout the text, including in diagrams.


:  Every table must be referred to in the text. Tables are to be numbered sequentially. A short, descriptive title should appear above each table with a clear legend and any footnotes suitably identified below. All units must be included. Tables should be created in Microsoft Word whenever possible.

Figures and Illustrations

:  Every figure and scheme must be referred to in the text, sequentially numbered, and include a caption. Digital files are recommended for illustrations (line drawings, halftones, photographs, photomicrographs, etc.) and should be of at least 300 dpi quality (600 dpi is preferred for schemes and line art); TIFF, EPS, or PSD format; and sized to fit on a journal page. Lettering must be of sufficient size so that it is legible upon reduction as needed. Compound figures, e.g., 1a, b, c, etc., should be uploaded as one figure.

Supplemental Materials

:  Tables, figures, and schemes should be indicated as “Table S1”, “Figure S1,” or “Scheme S1” and numbered sequentially. Each should have a descriptive title. Suitable materials for inclusion as a supplemental file might be: additional X-ray crystallographic materials [packing diagrams, hydrogen bonding networks], tables of biological activities and experimental details, fragmentation pathways from mass spectroscopic studies, selected NMR spectra.

Color Reproduction

:  Color art will be reproduced in color in the online publication at no additional cost to the author. Color illustrations will also be considered for print publication; however, the author will be required to bear the full cost involved in color art reproduction. Please note that color reprints can only be ordered if print reproduction costs are paid. Print Rates: $900 for the first page of color; $450 per page for the next three pages of color. A custom quote will be provided for articles with more than four pages of color. Art not supplied at a minimum of 300 dpi will not be considered for print. Please ensure that color figures and images submitted for publication will render clearly in a black & white conversion for print.


:  Rules for organic compounds containing phosphorus are printed in Chem. Eng. News, 30, 4515–4522 (1952) with updating in Chemical Abstracts 56 and 66.Otherwise the practices, of Chemical Abstracts and I.U.P.A.C. will be followed (Definitive Rules for Nomenclature of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry).

X-Ray Data

:  An abbreviated table containing important crystallographic information must be included, in addition to a table of pertinent bond lengths and angles. Complete information from the CIF will be included in Supplemental Materials. Power Diffraction Data should include details of the experimental method and for unindexed data, the d spacings of all observations should be listed with intensities.


:  References are indicated in the text by consecutive superscripted Arabic numerals. The full list should be collected and included at the end of the paper in numerical order under the heading “References.” Listed references are required to be complete but without the title of article. Author last names should precede their initials; journal title abbreviations should conform to Chemical Abstracts style. Authors are encouraged to useMicrosoftWord (or Endnote) for collecting and numbering references for consistent style and rapid editing. Responsibility for the accuracy of the reference rests with the authors, and use of a suitable style guide is recommended. Multiple references that are related can be identified with letters and given under a single citation. Examples of style for the journal are:


[1] Smith, A. B.; Jones, C.D. J. Appl. Phys. 1965, 35, 296-301.


[2] Brown, R. B. Molecular Spectroscopy, 3rd ed.; Gordon and Breach: New York, 1970; pp. 95-106.

The format should be: Author (if available), title of web page as given on web site, address of page (date accessed). For example, Winter, M., WebElements Periodic Table of the Elements, (accessed January 2010).
Accepted Manuscript Online (AMO).
Manuscripts submitted to the journal are eligible for rapid online posting if a valid copyright form is received and nothing is missing from the paper. The original manuscript will be available on Taylor & Francis Online in a section on the journal's page entitled “Forthcoming Articles.” Posted papers will be clearly labeled as the “Accepted, uncorrected manuscript” versions and will include DOI numbers so that the papers can be cited and referenced. Authors will also receive notification from Taylor & Francis when the manuscript is posted, when typeset proofs are available, and once again when the final version is posted. The papers in this section will be removed once the edited and final typeset version is posted online.

Deposition of Crystallographic Data.

It is the policy of this journal that all previously unpublished crystallographic data be deposited with the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC), UK, prior to submission (email cif file to: The data will be acknowledged within three working days, with one CCDC deposition number per structure. These numbers should be included with the following text in the manuscript following the experimental section: “CCDC ***** contains the supplementary crystallographic data for this paper. These data can be obtained free of charge via (or from the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, 12, Union Road, Cambridge, B2 1EZ, UK; fax +44 1223 336033; or” A complete structure must be included with the manuscript to include at least a table of crystallographic data and refinement, tables of important bond lengths and angles (including dihedral angles if needed), an ORTEP plot, and a copy of the cif file. Tables of structure factors are not accepted. A section in the experimental will briefly describe the referenced methods of data collection and structure solving and refinement. The CCDC Deposition number should be included. 

Complimentary Policy and Reprints.
Authors for whom we receive a valid email address will be provided an opportunity to purchase reprints of individual articles, or copies of the complete print issue.  These authors will also be given complimentary access to their final article on Taylor & Francis Online.  
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