Main Group Chemistry

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23, 4 issues

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23:2 online 12 July 2024

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23:3 scheduled for October 2024

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From volume 1, 1995

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Aims & Scope

Main Group Chemistry stands as primary literature for worldwide dissemination on main group coordination chemistry and related research. It welcomes top tier research, as well as specialized findings and is broad and keeping with the contour of contemporary research. The editors as well as the editorial staff share a special commitment to keeping a home for findings in the main group chemistry and cultivating a literature home and fostering a sense of community for main group chemistry. We hope our publication brings a continued sense of community regarding main group chemical science to the chemists, educators, health professionals, engineers, and scientists worldwide.

MGC is committed to maintaining a high standard for its publications. It is intended to be a primary resource for all chemistry, engineering, biological, and materials researchers in both academia and in industry with an interest in the elements from the groups 1, 2, 12–18, lanthanides and actinides. This will be ensured by a rigorous peer-review process with articles being reviewed by at least one editorial board member.

Note: Manuscripts that arrive to our Editorial Office containing excellent science, but which contain medium to severe issues relating to the written presentation, may be promptly returned to the corresponding author for further proofreading/editing.

Article Type:
Our journal publishes full papers and detailed articles; we also encourage rapid, short, communications, and notes which constitute an account of research that is less developed, but nonetheless deemed important for the society. The editorial board also solicits requests for reviews on emergent main group developments. In particular, we will eventually publish reviews covering every group of the main group elements, and reviews focused on particular elements as well. This will advertise and showcase the breadth and beauty of main group chemistry.

Webinars on Hot topic:
As part of the Journal’s mission to help establish a more contemporary Main Group community that sustains its vitality, we will have regular webinars hosted by members of the IOS office. The tentative schedule is hosted below; we are assertive about our editorial board being deeply involved regarding the cutting edge main group science which will impact the journal (MGC) and the community.

Editorial Board


David G. Churchill
Department of Chemistry

Republic of Korea

Founder and Honorary Board Member

Prof. David A. Atwood
University of Kentucky
Lexington, USA

Editorial Board

Dr. Indrajit Bandyopadhyay
Vivek College
Bijnor, India

Dr. Mónica Moya Cabrera
Mexico City, Mexico

Prof. Yongchul Chung
Pusan National University
Busan, South Korea

Prof. Philip Gale
The University of Sydney
Sydney, Australia

Prof. Kallol Kumar Ghosh
Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University
Raipur, India

Prof. Prasenjit Ghosh
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Mumbai, India

Assoc. Prof. Anne Gorden
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, USA

Assoc. Prof. John Gorden
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, USA

Assoc. Prof. Ng Chew Hee
International Medical University
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Prof. Michio Iwaoka
Tokai University
Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Hyunwoo Kim
Daejeon, South Korea

Prof. Jin Kim
Sunchon National University
Suncheon, Republic of Korea

Assoc. Prof. Youngsam Kim
Korea Institute of Science and Technology Europe
Saarbrücken, Germany

Dr. Atif Mahammed
Israel Institute of Technology
Haifa, Israel

Prof. Sudesh Manjare
University of Mumbai
Mumbai, India

Prof. Mao Minoura
Rikkyo University
Tokyo, Japan

Prof. Aliyar Mousavi
Nashua Community College
Nashua, USA

Prof. Miguel Angel Munoz-Hernandez
Mississippi State University
Starkville, USA

Dr. Dhiraj P. Murale
Korea Institute of Science & Technology
Seoul, South Korea

Dr. Amgalan Natsagdorj
National University of Mongolia
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Prof. Yun-Yin Niu
Zhengzhou University
Zhengzhou, China

Prof. Tarasankar Pal
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa

Assoc. Prof. Kiyoung Park
Daejeon, South Korea

Prof. Gerard Parkin
Columbia University
New York, USA

Prof. Daniel Rabinovich
North Carolina A&T State University and UNC Greensboro
Greensboro, USA

Dr. Jamal Rafique
Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso do Sul - UFMS
Campo Grande, Brazil

Prof. Claudio Santi
University of Perugia
Perugia, Italy

Assoc. Prof. Atul P. Singh
Chandigarh University
Punjab, India

Dr. Maja Dutour Sikirić
Rudjer Boskovic Institute
Zagreb, Croatia

Prof. Igor B. Sivaev
Russian Academy of Sciences
Moscow, Russia

Assoc. Prof. Luis A. Velarde
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, USA

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Roswanira Abdul Wahab
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Prof. Charles Scott Weinert
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, USA

Author Guidelines


By submitting my article to this journal, I agree to the Author Copyright Agreement, the IOS Press Ethics Policy, and the IOS Press Privacy Policy.

Authors must submit their manuscript electronically to The manuscript should be uploaded as one file with equations, figures, schemes, and tables included after the references. This file can be a Microsoft Word document or an Adobe PDF.

Moreover authors are requested to propose 4 potential reviewers including their contact details.

Please contact the Editor-in-Chief David Churchill if you experience difficulties with the online system.

Manuscripts must be written in English. Authors whose native language is not English are advised to consult a professional English language editing service or a native English speaker prior to submission.

Manuscripts should be prepared with one-inch margins and double spacing throughout, including the abstract, footnotes and references. Each page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc., should be numbered. Continuous Line Numbers should be included using the “Page Layout” “Line Numbers” function in MS Word.

A. Manuscripts should be organized in the following order numbered as shown:
      Title Page
      Body of Text (numbered and divided by subheadings)
1.   Introduction
2.   Experimental Section
     2.1  Reagents 
     2.2  Methods
     2.3  Synthesis, etc
3.   Results and Discussio
     3.1  Subheading
     3.2 Subheading
4.   Conclusions
5.   Acknowledgements
6.   References
7.   Graphical Material
     (a) Equations
     (b) Figures with associated captions
     (c) Schemes with associated captions
     (d) Tables with associated captions

B. Title Page
Title Page:
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      Name(s) of author(s); please indicate the corresponding author with an asterisk
      Full affiliation(s) of each author
      Present address of author(s), if different from affiliation
      Complete address of corresponding author, including tel. no., fax no. and e-mail address

Abstract: should be clear, descriptive, self-explanatory and not longer than 200 words. It should be suitable for publication in abstracting services.

Keywords: terms that will be used for searching and indexing

C. Body of Text

Manuscripts should be prepared with one-inch margins and double spacing throughout, including the abstract, footnotes and references. Continuous Line Numbers should be used throughout the manuscript. Each page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc., should be numbered. Headings and subheadings should be numbered and typed on a separate line, without indentation as shown in Section A. Paragraphs should be indented. SI units should be used, i.e., the units based on the meter, kilogram, second, etc.

D. Introduction

This section, numbered “1.” provides the background for the results being presented. It should include specific examples of reactions, compounds, or structures that are similar to those being reported in the manuscript. Avoid broad generalizations and statements not supported by the existing literature. Do not include lengthy background information that is not relevant to the new research being presented. Graphical information such as figures and schemes should be used whenever possible to make the context of the new work clear to as broad an audience as possible. The ending sentences or paragraph of this section should explain why the work was conducted and what was expected to result, or what new discoveries were made.

E. Experimental Section

This section, numbered “2.” should provide sufficient information for the experimental work to be replicated by another laboratory. It should begin with one or more sub-sections describing the Reagents used, the techniques and methods employed, how indivdiual compounds were synthesized, and how specific studies were conducted.

2.1 Reagents

This section should contain the source and purity of all the reagents and solvents used to conduct the research described in the publication. For example, the chemicals could be listed like this: Chemical (Vendor, purity). Rather than simply state: “Reagent X was prepared according to the literature”, include the specific details (grams, moles, and volume) on how the reagent was made.

2.2 Methods

This section should include the equipment and techniques used to characterize and study the compounds being reported.

2.3 Preparation of Name of Compound (1)

2.4 Synthesis and Characterization of Name of Compound (2)

2.5 Study Conducted on Name of Compound (3)

Each compound or study should be described in a separate experimental sub-section that is clearly labeled.  Each compound or starting material should be indicated by a unique, bold numeral (1). For example:

Example of Experimental Section:

2.6 Synthesis and Characterization of Salen(tBu)AlBr (1)

A rapidly stirred solution of Et2AlBr in toluene, prepared in situ by the redistribution of triethylaluminum (0.750 g, 6.57 mmol) and aluminum(III) bromide (0.890 g, 3.34 mmol), was combined with a solution of salen(tBu)H2 (5.00 g, 10.2 mmol) in toluene (50 mL) by cannula. The reaction mixture was refluxed for 8 h and filtered to obtain a clear yellow solution. The volatiles were removed under vacuum to isolate 1 as a pale yellow microcrystalline solid. The compound could be purified by recrystallization from toluene. Yield:  4.80 g (79.2 %). Mp: 330-332°C (dec);  1H NMR (CDCl3): 1.48 (s,18H), 1.72 (s,18H), 3.93 (d, 2H), 4.35 (d, 2H), 7.35 (d, 2H), 7.43 (d, 2H), 8.56 (s, 2H); 27Al NMR (104.15 MHz, CDCl3): d 57 (W1/2 = 5000 Hz); IR (KBr; cm-1): 2962 (m), 2905 (w), 2866 (w); MS (EI, positive) m/z: 597 (M+, 8%), 517 (M+ - Br, 100%). Elemental Analysis Calculated for C38H50N2O2AlBr (1): C 72.53, H 8.00. Found: C 72.70; H 7.93.

F. Results and Discussion

The unique and important features of the compounds or reactions being studied should be described in this section. Do not replicate information from the Experimental Sections unless it is relevant to the discussion. For example, it is typically unnecessary to include information about the solvents used for NMR studies, KBr for IR spectra, and the type of equipment used. 

It is critical that this section describe the new information in relation to the existing literature. Include how the new compounds and reactions differ from similar published work. When proposing a structure for a new compound include descriptions of related structures as justification. This often should include redrawn structures from the literature (using Chemdraw or for X-ray structures, a program like Mercury).

G. Conclusions

This brief section should clearly state what significant achievements are reported in the manuscript and what impact they may have in the area of the study. It should contain a critical evaluation of the importance of the results. This section should not replicate information taken directly from the Abstract or Results and Discussion sections.

H. References

Numbers between square brackets should be used for citations within the document. [1] All publications cited in the text should be listed in a section labeled: X. References starting on a new page after the Acknowldegements section.

The references should be listed at the end of the article in the following styles:
[1]  (Journal Articles)K. Kim, O. Tsay, D. A. Atwood, D. G. Churchill, Destruction and detection of chemical warfare agents, 111 (2011) 5345-5403.

[2]  (Books) S. Cotton, S., Lanthanide and Actinide Chemistry, John Wiley & Sons: Chichester, 2006; pp. 89-90.

[3]  (Articles from Edited Books) M. Aoyama, Oceans and Seas, Radionuclides in the Environment, D. A. Atwood, Ed., John Wiley & Sons: Chichester, 2010; pp. 339-346.

I. Footnotes
Footnotes should only be used if absolutely essential. In most cases it is possible to incorporate footnoted information in the text or as a separate reference. If used, footnotes should be brief and indicated in the text with numbers in superscript.,

J. Figures, Schemes, and Equations

Number figures as Figure 1, Figure 2, etc., schemes as Scheme 1, Scheme 2, etc. and equations as Equation 1, Equation 2, etc. and refer to them in the text as “Figure 1”, “Scheme 1”, and “Equation 1”. Each figure, and associated figure caption should be provided on a separate page at the end of the document. Figures should not be included in the text but the location of the figures, schemes, tables and equations should be indicated by a line in the text such as: “Figure 1 Here”.

All color figures will be reproduced free of charge in the electronic version of the Journal. Colour figures can be included in the print version of the Journal, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author.

Figures should be designed to allow a 50% reduction in size. The line art should be have a minimum resolution of 600 dpi, saved as EPS or TIFF. Grayscales (including photographs) should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi (no lettering), or 500 dpi (when there is lettering). Save the figures tiff files and incorporate into the document. Do not save figures as JPEG, this format may lose information in the process. Do not use figures taken directly from the Internet. Do not use colour in the figures if they are to be printed in black and white, as this will reduce the print quality (note that in some software programs the default is often in colour; you should change the settings). For figures that should be printed in colour, please send a CMYK encoded EPS or TIFF file to the Editor-in-Chief.

Chemdraw figures should employ the default settings for the American Chemical Society, or other society journal setting. For X-ray Structure figures, label only the most significant atoms in the structure. Do not include hydrogen atoms in the structure unless they are important to the discussion. Use at least 12 pt font for the atom labels.

K. Tables
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Each table should have a brief and self-explanatory title. Column headings should be brief, but sufficiently explanatory. Standard abbreviations of units of measurement should be added between parentheses. Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Leave some extra space between the columns instead. Any explanations essential to the understanding of the table should be given in the text or in footnotes at the bottom of the table, if absolutely necessary.


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Webinars: As part of the Journal’s mission to help establish a more contemporary Main Group community that sustains its vitality, we will have regular webinars hosted by members of the IOS office. The tentative schedule is hosted below; we are assertive about our editorial board being deeply involved regarding the cutting edge main group science which will impact the journal (MGC) and the community.

March 16, 2023, 21:30 - (Seoul Time)
July 20, 2023, 21:30 - (Seoul Time)
November 16, 2023, 21:30 - (Seoul Time)
January 18, 2024, 21:30 - (Seoul Time)
July 18, 2024, 21:30 - (Seoul Time)

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