LCGC Author Guidelines

1. Information For Authors

LCGC welcomes manuscripts that describe techniques and applications of all forms of chromatography and capillary electrophoresis and that are of immediate interest to users in industry, academia, and government.

Manuscripts are reviewed with the understanding that they have not been published previously and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work. All manuscripts are subject to peer review and copyediting. Authors of accepted papers will have an opportunity to review galleys. If illustrations or other material in a manuscript have been published previously, the author is responsible for obtaining permission to republish.

Papers accepted for publication in LCGC North America may be considered for publication in LCGC Europe, which is distributed mainly in Western Europe, and in LCGC Asia Pacific, which is distributed in Asia and Australia.


2. Types of Manuscripts

Review articles

Review articles survey recent developments and the state of the art of current techniques or emerging technologies. Manuscripts should be ~3500-4500 words long. We urge authors to submit a proposal to the editor before completing a manuscript.

Technical articles

Technical articles describe improved methods or improvements in techniques. Papers should be ~3500-4500 words long and should be of immediate relevance to chromatography users. Authors should not make comparisons between commercially available products from different manufacturers.


3. Manuscript Preparation

For papers with multiple authors, designate a single author to handle correspondence. Include this author's full mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address in the e-mail message that accompanies the manuscript. Before submitting the completed work, authors are urged to review manuscripts for clarity of expression, details of grammar, and typographical accuracy.

Key words or phrases

All manuscripts should include a list of approximately five key words or phrases.

Technical manuscripts should be presented in an abbreviated scientific format and should include the following:

Abstract: Very brief (100-150 words). Mention subjects studied, methods used, principal observations made, and conclusions reached.

Introduction: Without repeating published information, discuss the relationship of your work to previously published work. Describe the novelty or importance of the research presented.

Experimental: Present enough information that an experienced chromatographer would be able to reproduce the work. List those components of the experimental design that are of a specialized nature, including equipment manufacturers names and locations in parentheses after reference to specific types of equipment. Do not list equipment, reagents, or procedures that are normally found in the laboratory or that are common knowledge in the field. Include the following minimal information as it pertains to the particular type of chromatography being used: column dimensions, film thickness, packing type, mobile-phase composition, flow rate, detection method, injection conditions, instrument temperatures, applied potential, and instrument program.

Results and discussion: Focus your comments on the needs of users of chromatography, stress the practical importance of your findings.

Conclusion: Summarize the main points of your article, state important conclusions or recommendations.


4. Formatting

Begin each of the following on a separate page: title page (with each author's name, affiliation, and title), abstract, the first page of the text, references, captions for illustrations, and tables. Titles should be short, specific, and clear. Beginning with the first page of text, number each page consecutively.


If figures or other illustrations in a manuscript have been published previously, the author is responsible for obtaining permission to republish.

Each figure should be placed on a separate page, at the end of the manuscript. Figures should not be distributed throughout the manuscript. Provide figure captions on a separate page, each identified by its proper number and title.

In addition to including the figures in the manuscript, please also attach a separate file for each figure, in the original file format (.jpg, .tiff, etc.) or embedded in PowerPoint or Excel.

Refer to photographs, line drawings, and graphs in the text using Arabic numerals in consecutive order (Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.). Omit all figures that do not enhance the reader's understanding of the text. Do not include photographs of commercial instruments. Figures must be submitted in a high-resolution file.


Each table should be placed on a separate page. Refer to tables in the text by roman numerals in consecutive order (Table I, Table II, etc.). Every table and each column must have an appropriate heading. Table number and title must be placed in a continuous heading above the data presented. Omit tables that contain information already included in the text.


Literature citations in the text must be indicated by Arabic numerals in parentheses. Number each reference separately in the order in which it appears in the text. List cited references at the end of the manuscript in the order of their appearance in the text not alphabetically. Designate submitted articles as in press only if they are formally accepted for publication and give the future volume number and year, if possible. Use unpublished work otherwise, giving the date when the work was completed. For personal communications, include name and date.

Use the following format for references:

(1) J.L. Rafferty, J.I. Siepmann, and M.R. Schure, J. Chromatogr. A 1223, 24-34 (2012).

(2) L.R. Snyder, J.J. Kirkland, and J.W. Dolan, Introduction to Modern Liquid Chromatography, 3rd Ed. (John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, New Jersey, 2010), pp. 405-497.


5. Where to Submit Manuscripts

Send manuscripts for LCGC North America to Laura Bush at [email protected] (telephone: +1-732-346-3020).

Send manuscripts for LCGC Europe or LCGC Asia Pacific to Alasdair Matheson: [email protected] (telephone: +44 153 353 3503).

Send manuscripts for The Column to Kate Mosford: [email protected] (telephone: +44 153 353 3621).

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