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Compound Characterization Checklist

Authors of manuscripts reporting the characterization of compounds or the results of theoretical computations are highly encouraged to furnish a completed Compound Characterization Checklist at the time the manuscript is submitted to The Journal of Organic Chemistry.

JOC's Author Guidelines require that researchers report the data used to characterize compounds included in a manuscript to establish their identity and demonstrate purity. The requirement applies both to new compounds and to known compounds whose isolation or preparation by a new or modified method is being reported. For theoretical computations, the Guidelines prescribe the types of data that are needed to permit evaluation and use by other researchers.

Ensuring that these compound-characterization and computation-reporting requirements are met is one of the responsibilities of editors and reviewers. The editors have concluded that having authors furnish a summary of the reported characterization data will substantially reduce the frequency with which manuscripts missing some of those data are submitted to the journal and subsequent delays in the review of these manuscripts while the missing data are requested. This summary, embodied in the Compound Characterization Checklist, is provided to reviewers to help them evaluate the overall completeness of the characterization data. The Compound Characterization Checklist will not be published.

The Compound Characterization Checklist Form is a downloadable Excel file that can be filled in (detailed instructions appear on the form), saved, and uploaded on the ACS Paragon Plus Web site at the time of manuscript submission. The completed form should be saved with an ".xls" or "xlsx" filename extension, even on a non-Windows computer.

To make the form open in an Excel window:

  • Right-click (Windows) or control-click (Macintosh) the link in the preceding paragraph, save (download) the file onto your computer.
  • Start Excel, click File on the menu bar and then Open on the drop-down menu.
  • Enter the name of the saved file, and click Open.

New compounds, and known compounds prepared by a new or modified method, should be entered on the form. Known compounds that have been synthesized by literature methods or obtained from commercial sources should not be listed.

An updated Compound Characterization Checklist should be furnished with a revision requested by the editor if any data have been added or removed, or if the numbering of any of the reported compounds has been changed.