About the Journal
Focus and Scope
«Journal of Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry» was begun to publish in 2003 and is regarded as assignee of «Fìzìologìčno aktivnì rečovini» journal that was founded in 1966. The journal was established by National Academy of Sciences (NAS) of Ukraine in cooperation with Institute of Organic chemistry of NAS of Ukraine and National University of Pharmacy (state registration certificate КВ №23086-12926ПР, 05.01.2018, ISSN 2308-8303 (Print); ISSN 2518-1548 (Online)).
The journal is included in the List of specialized scientific editions of Ukraine (category "B") for publishing results of PhD works in the fields of chemistry and pharmacy approved by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine (decree of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine №1643, 28.12.2019).
"Journal of Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry" is indexed in Chemical Abstracts (CAS), Index Copernicus, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE), Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources (ROAD), PKP Index, Ulrich’s periodicals, Worldcat, National Library of Ukraine named after V.I. Vernadsky, Ukrainian abstract journal "Source".
Focus and Scope
The goal of the journal is to recognize researches in the field of synthesis and analysis of organic, elementorganic, naturally occurring compounds and substances used in medicine, veterinary field as well as agriculture; to promote professional communication of specialists in the field of chemistry and pharmacy; to publish the most important results of PhD works related to organic and pharmaceutical chemistry.
On its pages «Journal of Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry» publishes scientific articles containing the results of researches on the following questions:
- development of methods for synthesis of organic and elementorganic compounds;
- purposeful synthesis of novel and naturally occurring compounds with desirable pharmacological properties;
- investigation of the structure, chemical, physical and biological properties of novel and naturally occurring compounds;
- study of chemical kinetic and mechanisms of the reactions;
- pharmacological screening and «structure – bioactivity» relationships of organic compounds;
- development, improving and validation of methods for qualitative and quantitative analysis of chemicals, including bioactive compounds, active pharmaceutical ingredients, drug products, dietary supplements etc.;
- development and validation of bioanalytical methods for application in toxicological analysis, pharmacokinetic investigations etc.;
- standardization and quality control of the drug products.
The target audience of authors and readers of the journal are scientists of research institutions, teachers of higher educational institutions, students, PhD students, master’s degree students as well as specialists in the fields of chemistry, pharmacy, biology, medicine, agriculture and related scientific directions.
Peer Review Process
The journal is a peer-reviewed publication, which practices the selection of articles for publication on the basis of their evaluation by independent industry experts using a blind type of review (authors do not know the names of reviewers).
The articles passed the preliminary assessment of the Executive Secretary of the journal (and/or editors) for compliance with the requirements of the publication to the structure, content and design shall be submitted for review. Articles that do not conform to the accepted requirements are not allowed for further consideration, their authors are notified about it.
The Editorial Board selects reviewers for articles among authors and readers, scientists, who are competent in the problems of the edition, or members of the Editorial Board provided that there is no conflict of interest in relation to the subject of the manuscript. Scientometric indicators of the reviewers must correspond to the requirements given in p. 6 of decree of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine №32, 15.01.2018. Reviewers work on a voluntary and gratuitous basis. The number of reviewers is determined by the Editorial Board based on the topic of the manuscript and the complexity and diversity of researches carried out.
The reviewer must give consent before starting the review procedure and thereby confirm the absence of a conflict of interests in the subject matter of the article. The deadline for the review is one week from the moment the reviewer agrees.
The process of reviewing occurs in the form of a closed questionnaire survey of reviewers on the website of the journal or in the free format (with the prior agreement of the editor with the reviewer).
The reviewers evaluate the manuscript on the following points:
- correspondence of the articles to the scope and focus of the journal;
- relevance, originality and novelty of the researches carried out;
- reliability of the experimental data provided and their confirmation by spectral data, calculations etc.;
- clear correspondence between article title and its content;
- satisfactory level of presentation, design, arrangement and volume of the manuscript;
- a language quality of the manuscript;
- necessity for pictures, schemes and tables given in the manuscript;
- adequate and appropriate references;
- informational content of key words and abstract.
During the review process the reviewer may give a text commentary to the article or make an editorial version of the article with amendments proposed.
After completing the review procedure, the copies of the reviews are sent to the editor’s and the author’s e-mail from the journal site for revision.
After passing the review procedure, the reviewer may decide to recommend:
- articles to publication without further elaboration;
- publication of the article after elimination of minor comments (grammatical and stylistic errors, the design of figures and tables, the design of the bibliography, etc.);
- sending article for additional review;
- articles for publication after elimination of serious comments made by the reviewer;
- rejection of the article.
The rejection of the article is possible in case if: the subject does not correspond to the direction of the publication; there is no scientific novelty, theoretical and practical significance; uncertain and unreasonable results of the study are presented; the text of the article was previously published, etc.
Articles sent to the author for correction of serious comments after re-submission to the Editor are sent to the reviewer who reviewed the initial version of the manuscript for re-review procedure.
In case of conflicts between the author and the reviewer and the impossibility of eliminating comments, the Editorial Board may decide on the appointment of a review procedure for the article and involvement of another reviewer.
The final decision on the publication of the article is taken by the Editorial Board and approved by the Academic Board of the National University of Pharmacy and Institute of Organic chemistry of NAS of Ukraine.
Responsibility for infringement of copyright and non-compliance with the existing standards in the materials of the article rests with the author of the article. The author and the reviewer are responsible for the reliability of the facts and data provided, the validity of the conclusions and recommendations made, as well as the scientific and practical level of the article.
Journal is published four times per year.
Open Access Policy
The Editorial Board of the Journal of Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry adheres to the idea that open access publishing fosters the exchange of research results amongst scientists from different disciplines, thus facilitating interdisciplinary research.
All articles published in the Journal of Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry are made immediately available worldwide under an open access Creative Common Attribution license and in accordance with the Budapest BOAI Initiative. This means:
- everyone has free and unlimited access to the full-text of all articles published in the Journal of Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry;
- everyone is free to read, download, copy, distribute the published material, as well as to attach them to the full articles, to use for indexing and other legitimate purposes in the absence of financial, legal and technical obstacles if proper accreditation/citation of the original publication is given;
- no special permission is required to re-use all or part of an article published in the Journal of Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, including figures and tables, provided that the original article is clearly cited;
- open access publication is supported by the authors' institutions or research funding agencies by payment of an Article Processing Charge for accepted articles.
Article Processing Charge
Journal of Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry publishes all articles in full open access, meaning unlimited use and re-use of articles provided that the original document is properly cited in full accordance with Creative Common Attribution license.
- The authors pay a one-time Article Processing Charge to cover the cost of providing services for editorial preparation of the articles for publication (editing, correction, layout of text).
- There is no charge for submitting and reviewing articles in the journal.
- Payment is made after receiving a positive review for the article together with the decision of the Editorial Board on possibility the manuscript to be published in the journal.
- The Executive Secretary of the journal informs the author team about the decision.
- Payment is made in accordance with the Agreement on the provision of services for the editorial preparation of a scientific article in the Journal of Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry.
- The average estimated cost of publishing one article in the journal is 850 UAH.
- There are no charges for rejected articles.
Editorial preparation of manuscripts submitted for publication does not provide their translation into English.
All manuscripts submitted for publication must be checked to prevent cases of the academic plagiarism. To perform the analysis of documents the Anti-Plagiarism software is used in the NUPh (the licensor is Khmelnitsky National University).
The criteria for the originality of the text in the manuscripts are defined in the «Regulations of measures to prevent cases of the academic plagiary» (ПОЛ A 2.8-03-101) and contain the following indicators:
- more than 90% – the text of the manuscript is original (the insignificant amount of borrowings);
- from 80 to 90% – the originality of the text is satisfactory (the insignificant amount of borrowings); however, it should be convinced that there are correct citations and references to the sources used in the manuscript;
- from 60 to 80% – the manuscript is accepted for consideration after revision by the author(s), and the availability and proper formatting of citations and references to the sources used since it has a significant amount of borrowings;
- less than 60% – the manuscript is not accepted for consideration and cannot be recommended for printing since it has a significant amount of borrowings, and it is interpreted as plagiarism.
The final decision regarding the presence or absence of plagiarism cases in the manuscript is made by the editor-in-chief taking into consideration recommendations of manuscript reviewers.
Editorial ethics issues
Scientific periodical «Journal of Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry» adheres to recognized standards of publishing ethics. The editorial policy outlined below is based on the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), the Committee on Publication Ethics – COPE – http://publicationethics.org), and the recommendations of the «Vancouver Group» - http://www.icmje.org/), the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME - http://www.wame.org/), the American Chemical Society (ACS) https://pubs.acs.org/userimages/ContentEditor/1218054468605/ethics.pdf), Directory of Open Access Journals - DOAJ - https://doaj.org).
Ethical principles and responsibility of the editor
The editor is responsible for the publication of copyright works, which makes it necessary to adhere to the following fundamental principles:
- the editor has the authority to accept (reject) the manuscript;
- the editor should not have a conflict of interest with respect to articles that are accepted (rejected) prior to publication;
- the editor accepts an article only when there is complete confidence in such decision;
- when finding errors, the editor promotes the publication of a corrected article;
- the editor has no right without the written consent of the author to use in his own research unpublished materials contained in the submitted manuscript; confidential information or ideas received during the review should not be disclosed by the editor or used for personal gain;
- when deciding on the publication of the manuscript the editor is guided by the reliability of the data presented and the scientific significance of the work under consideration;
- the editor must evaluate the intellectual content of the manuscripts regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, origin, nationality, social status or political preferences of the authors;
- the editor should not allow the publication of information if there is sufficient reason to believe that it is a plagiarism;
- the editor, in conjunction with the publisher, should not make unanswered claims concerning the manuscripts or published material in question, or, if a conflict situation is detected, to take all necessary measures for restoration of violated rights;
- the editor may be guided by the editorial policy of the journal, decisions of the Editorial Board of the journal, being limited by current legal norms concerning defamation, copyright and plagiarism;
- Editor and Editorial Board of the journal are obliged not to disclose without the need information about the accepted manuscript to anyone, except for those directly involved in the process of its consideration.
Ethical principles and responsibility of the reviewer
The purpose of the policy of reviewing the scientific periodical is to support the high ethical standards of scientific research, according to which the reviewer’s work should be preceded by his awareness of ethical requirements in scientific publications. Orientation of the process of reviewing the manuscripts submitted to the publication of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE – http://publicationethics.org) and the experience of leading research communities helps to improve the quality of printed materials, overcome bias and injustice in rejecting or adopting articles.
The reviewer carries out a scientific examination of the author’s materials, as a result of which his actions should be impartial, which is to adhere to the following principles:
- the reviewer is obliged to give an objective and reasoned assessment of the results of the study; personal criticism of the author is not acceptable;
- the reviewer should not have a conflict of interest with regard to the research, authors or research sponsors;
- in the case of a conflict of interest between the results of the research with the personal development of the reviewer or in the case of such professional or personal links between the reviewer and the author, which may affect the judgment of the reviewer, he must return the manuscript, indicating a conflict of interest;
- the reviewer must indicate relevant published works that have not been linked to in the manuscript;
- the review of the manuscript must be confidential;
- the manuscript received for review must be regarded as a confidential document that cannot be communicated to the third parties who are not authorized by the editorial board for review or discussion;
- a reviewer who does not possess, in his opinion, sufficient qualifications to evaluate the manuscript, or may not be objective, for example, in the case of a conflict of interest with the author or organization, must notify the editorial board with a request to exclude him from the process of reviewing the manuscript;
- the objective of the reviewer is to objectively evaluate the quality of the submitted manuscript and determine the degree of its compliance with scientific, literary and ethical standards;
- to ensure the right of each author to the intellectual property of the reviewer, any use of the arguments received and conclusions of the author is prohibited without the permission of the latter;
- the seriousness of the accusation of plagiarism requires the reviewer to provide adequate substantiation of his own comments. Any allegation of plagiarism or inappropriate quoting should be accompanied by a relevant reference (the reviewer’s findings should not be defamatory or discrediting the author without serious grounds for doing so);
- if the reviewer has doubts about plagiarism, authorship or data reliability, he must obligatorily apply to the editorial board for a collective review of the author’s version of the manuscript;
- since the reviewer should mark any cases of inadequate citation by the authors of the works of other scholars working in the field of the reviewed article, the comments on the inadequate citation of their own research by the reviewer are identified as biased;
- support for the constant periodical publication of a scientific journal requires a reviewer of high self-discipline, which is disclosed through the timely submission of a review of the manuscript and in respect of the authors of the manuscript (in the case of lack of education in relation to the authors or the systematic provision of reviews of poor quality or violation of the deadlines for the submission of reviews the relationship with this reviewer is stopped);
- when a reviewer is not allowed to use or disclose unpublished information or the author’s argument, it is not considered contradictory to the ethical rules of termination of some of his own research reviewers if they believe in it to be ineffective.
Ethical principles and responsibility of the author
The author (or collective of authors) realizes that he has primary responsibility for the novelty and reliability of the results of scientific research, which implies observance of the following principles:
- the author having a publication in the journal may participate in the process of reviewing the manuscripts of other authors;
- all authors should contribute to the research, that is, the participation of all authors in the study and in the preparation of the article should be determined; the co-authors of the article should indicate all persons who made a significant contribution to the research; among co-authors it is unacceptable to indicate persons who did not participate in the study;
- it is necessary to recognize the contribution of all persons who have somehow or other influenced the course of the research, in particular, references should be given in the article to the works that were important during the research;
- all authors should provide refutation or correction of errors in case of their detection; if there are significant errors or inaccuracies in the article at the stage of its consideration or after its publication, the author should inform the editorial staff as soon as possible;
- the author must provide reliable results of the research; known false or false allegations are unacceptable;
- the author should not submit to the journal a manuscript that was sent and / or published in another journal;
the author must ensure that the results of the study, set forth in the attached manuscript, are completely original; the borrowed fragments or statements must be made with the obligatory indication of the author and the original source; excessive borrowing, as well as plagiarism in all forms, including unformed citations, rephrasing or assigning rights to the results of others’ research, are unethical and unacceptable.
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