Instructions for Authors
Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397, http://www.mdpi.org/marinedrugs)
aims to maintain a rigorous peer-review system and a rapid editorial
system. This open
access journal is funded by article processing and publication charges (APC) paid
by authors' institutes or research funding agency. Samples can be deposited with MDPI. We will provide
unlimited free access to the open access papers for all readers.
may distribute an unlimited number of e-reprints via e-mail or webserver free of
charge. Accepted papers will be published immediately. Authors are
kindly asked to prepare and submit manuscripts according the following
Submission of Manuscripts
- Manuscripts (regular papers, reviews and communications)
should be submitted by e-mail to
Dr. Shu-Kun Lin
Publisher, MDPI Center, Matthaeusstrasse 11, CH-4057 Basel, Switzerland
Tel. +41 79 322 3379; Fax +41 61 302 8918
- Check in your cover letter whether you supplied at least 5 referees. Check if the English
corrections are done before submission.
- Manuscripts should be prepared in English using a word processor.
A template file
may be downloaded. Although our
final output is in .pdf format, authors are asked to not send
manuscripts in this format as editing them is much more complicated.
Special Notes regarding MS Word files:
- Please do not insert any graphics (schemes,
figures, etc.) into a movable frame which can superimpose the text and
make the layout very difficult.
- Most formatting codes will be removed or
replaced on processing your article so there is no need to use
excessive layout styling. In addition, options such as automatic word
breaking, double columns, footnotes, automatic numbering (especially
for references) or add-ins like EndNote should not be used.
However, bold face, italic, subscripts, superscripts, etc. may be used
for emphasis as needed. Authors from countries where right-to-left
writing is used should ensure their manuscripts have Western style
- The standard style of Marine Drugs should be followed.
Prospective authors should consult any current issue of Marine
examples of this style. A template file
may be downloaded.
- Authors' full mailing addresses, homepage addresses, phone and
fax numbers, e-mail addresses and homepages can be included in the
title page and these will be published in the manuscripts and the Table
of Contents. The corresponding author should be clearly identified. It
is the corresponding author's responsibility to ensure that all
co-authors are aware of and approve of the contents of a submitted
- A brief (200 word maximum) Abstract should be provided. The use
in the Abstract of numbers to identify compounds should be
avoided, unless these compounds are also identified by name.
- A list of three to five keywords must be given, and placed after
the Abstract. Keywords may be single words or very short sentences.
- Although variations in accord with a manuscript's contents are
permissible, in general all papers should have the following sections:
Introduction, Results and Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgments (if
applicable), Experimental and References (or References and Notes, if
- Authors are encouraged to prepare figures and schemes in color.
Full color graphics will be published free of charge. Conference
slides, video sequences, software, etc., can also be included and will
be published as supplementary material.
- Tables should be inserted into the main text, and numbers and
titles supplied for all tables. All table columns should have an
explanatory heading. To facilitate layout of large tables, smaller
fonts may be used, but in no case should these be less than 10 pt. in
size. Authors should use the Table option of MS Word to create tables,
rather than tabs, as tab delimited columns are often difficult to
format in .pdf for final output.
- Figures and schemes should also be placed in numerical order in
the appropriate place within the main text. Numbers, titles and legends
should be provided for all schemes and figures. These should be
prepared as a separate paragraph of the main text and placed in the
main text before the figure or scheme. Chemical
structures and reaction schemes should be drawn using an appropriate
software package designed for this purpose. As a guideline, these
should be drawn to a scale such that all the details and text are
clearly legible when placed in the manuscript (i.e. text should be no
smaller that 8-9 pt.). To facilitate editing we recommend the use of
any of the software packages widely available for this purpose: MDL®
Isis/Draw, ACD/ChemSketch®, CS ChemDraw®,
ChemWindow®, etc. Free versions of some of these
products are available for personal or academic use from the respective
publishers. If another less common structure drawing software is used,
authors should ensure the figures are saved in a file format compatible
with of one of these products.
- X-ray crystallographic data. To avoid publication of
extensive compilations of crystallographic data and facilitate
refereeing of manuscripts, Marine Drugs has entered a data
deposition scheme with the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (http://www.ccdc.cam.ac.uk/).
Authors planning to include such results in their papers should contact
the CCDC to deposit the crystallographic data and obtain the
corresponding CCDC deposition number(s) before submitting their
manuscripts to Marine Drugs (for instructions on doing this,
The deposition number(s) (usually provided by the CCDC within 3 working
days) should be included in the manuscript, along with the following
text: "CCDC ...... contains the supplementary crystallographic
data for this paper. These data can be obtained free of charge via www.ccdc.cam.ac.uk/conts/retrieving.html
(or from the CCDC, 12 Union Road, Cambridge CB2 1EZ, UK; fax: +44 1223
336033; e-mail: email@example.com)". This text may be included in
the General subsection of the Experimental or as a suitably referenced
- Experimental data. Marine Drugs is first and
foremost a repository of synthetic procedures and data. The
Experimental section should have an initial subsection labeled General,
containing information on materials, methods, analytical
instrumentation used, etc. To allow for correct abstracting of the
manuscripts all compounds should be mentioned by correct chemical name,
followed by any numerals used to refer to them in the paper. The use of
the IUPAC nomenclature conventions is preferred, although alternate
naming systems (for example CAS rules) may be used provided that a
single consistent naming system is used throughout a manuscript. For
authors perhaps unfamiliar with chemical nomenclature in English we
recommend the use of compound naming software such as AutoNom. Full
experimental details must be provided, or, in the case of many
compounds prepared by a similar method, a representative typical
procedure should be given. The general style used in the Journal of
Organic Chemistry is preferred. Complete characterization data must
be given for all new compounds. For papers mentioning large numbers of
compounds a tabular format is acceptable. For known compounds
appropriate literature references must be given.
For bibliographic citations the reference
numbers should be placed in square brackets, i.e., [ ], and placed
before the punctuation, for example  or [1-3], and all the
references should be listed separately and as the last section at the
end of the manuscript. We encourage authors to use bilbiographic
softwares such as EndNote or Reference Manager to prepare their
references. The reference style used in Marine Drugs is the same like
American Chemical Society journals.
references should cite the title of the paper and, preferably, its
starting and ending pages, thus
8. Bowman, C. M.; Landee, F. A.; Reslock, M. A.
Chemically Oriented Storage and Retrieval System. 1. Storage and
Verification of Structural Information. J. Chem. Doc. 1967,
Journal titles should be
abbreviated according to standard rules. A useful list of journal title
abbreviations is available on the Molecules website at http://www.mdpi.org/molecules/journallist.htm.
Other relevant listings are widely available on the Internet, for
(CASSI abbreviations) or http://www.webofscience.com/help/A_abrvjt.html
(ISI style abbreviations).
References to books should cite the author(s), title, publisher,
publication date, and page(s).
9. Smith, A. B. Textbook of Organic Chemistry; D.
C. Jones: New York, 1961; pp 123-126.
In referring to a book written by various contributors, cite author(s)
first, as in
10. Winstein, S.; Henderson, R.
B. In Heterocyclic Compounds; Elderfield, R. C., Ed.; Wiley:
New York, 1950; Vol. 1, Chapter 1, p 60.
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Authors should suggest at
least five referees with
technical expertise, although the Editor will not necessarily approach
them. Their addresses, homepage addresses, phone and fax numbers and
addresses should be provided as fully as possible.
This journal is published in English,
so it is
essential that for proper refereeing
and quick publication all manuscripts be submitted in grammatically
correct English. For this purpose we ask that non-native English
speakers ensure their manuscripts are checked before submitting them
for consideration. We suggest that for this purpose your manuscript be
revised by an English speaking colleague before submission. Additional
fees of 250 CHF will be paid by authors if extensive English
corrections must be done by the editors.
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or submit samples of the key compounds and appropriate intermediates
(around 20 samples) from each paper to MDPI
in Switzerland for deposit
and distribution at a reasonable price to help defray the publication
costs. Contributions of starting materials, intermediates or other
non-commercially available samples are also acceptable. Sample
Samples should be sent to:
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