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Molecular Diversity
Instructions for Authors


Dr. Richard A. Houghten
Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies Inc.
3550 General Atomics Court
San Diego, CA 92121, USA
Tel: +1 (858) 455-3803
Fax: +1 (858) 455-3804
E-mail: houghten@tpims.org

Dr. Michal Lebl
Spyder Instruments, Inc.
9390 Towne Centre Drive, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92121, USA
Tel: +1 (858) 587-4290 x 234
Fax: +1 (858) 587-4297
E-mail: michal@5z.com

Manuscript Submission

Kluwer Academic Publishers prefer the submission of manuscripts and figures in electronic form. The preferred storage medium for your electronic manuscript is a 3.5 inch diskette. Please label your diskette properly, giving exact details on the name of the file(s), the operating system and software used. Always save your electronic manuscript in the wordprocessor format that you use. In general, use as few formatting codes as possible. It is important that you supply us with the latest version of your manuscript. For safetys sake, you should always retain a backup copy of your file(s).

Kluwer Academic Publishers prefer papers submitted in word processing packages such as MS Word, WordPerfect, etc. under operating systems MS DOS, Windows and Apple Macintosh, or in the file format LaTeX. Papers submitted in any other software programs, as well as papers for conventional typesetting can also be accepted.

For submission in LaTeX, Kluwer Academic Publishers have developed a special preprint LaTeX style file, KLUWER.STY, which is used for all Kluwer journals, irrespective of the publications size or layout. The specific journal characteristics are added later during the production process. KLUWER.STY is offered at a number of servers around the world.

Unfortunately, these copies are often unauthorised and authors are strongly advised not to use them. Kluwer Academic Publishers can only guarantee the integrity of style files obtained directly from us. Although KLUWER.STY is very similar to ARTICLE.STY, there are some differences. These are explained in the accompanying instruction file KAPINS.TEX. Authors can obtain KLUWER.STY and the instruction file from the Kluwer Academic Information Service (KAPIS) at the following website: http://www.wkap.nl/
Technical support on the usage of the style file is given via the e-mail number: texhelp@wkap.nl

For the purpose of refereeing, papers for publication should initially be submitted in hardcopy (fourfold) and on diskette to any of the Editors (see above).

Manuscript Presentation

The journals language is English. American or British English may be used. The article should, however, follow one style only. Manuscripts should be typewritten on A4 or US Letter bond paper, one side only, leaving enough margin on all sides to permit remarks by the reviewers. Please double-space all materials, including notes and references. Quoted passages of more than 40 words should be set off clearly from the text either by indenting the left-hand margin or by smaller size.

Number the pages consecutively with the first page containing the running head (shortened title), article type (if applicable), title, author(s), affiliation, full address for correspondence, including phone, fax and e-mail number, 5 to 10 key words in alphabetical order, a short summary of 100 to 250 words, and abbreviations if applicable. Since the summary and the key words will be used to select appropriate reviewers, it is essential to make them as informative as possible.

Article Types

Full-length papers, short communications, perspectives and reviews.

Symbols and Units

SI units should be used. All nomenclature should be consistent, conforming to the recommendations of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, International Union of Biochemistry, and other appropriate bodies.

Figures and Tables

Kluwer Academic Publishers accept electronic submission of figures. Preferred file formats are TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) and Encapsulated PostScript (resolution between 300 and 600 dpi), but figures in other electronic formats may also be used. File names should not be longer than 8 characters. A printout of all figures should be supplied with the hardcopy manuscript.

Submit only clear reproductions of artwork. Authors should retain original artwork until a manuscript has been accepted in its final version. All figures must be in a form suitable for reproduction (lettering must be big enough to allow for reduction). Original ink drawings or laser printer output reproduce best, but if they are not available, same-sized glossies or matt photostats are acceptable. Photographs should be in black and white on glossy paper. Computer prints are acceptable for figures only if they are done on a high-quality laserprinter.

Each figure and table should be mentioned in the text and should be numbered. On the reverse side of each figure, write in pencil the name of the (first) author and the figure number. Figures and tables should be placed at the end of the manuscript following the Reference section. The approximate position of figures and tables should be indicated in the margin of the manuscript.

In tables, footnotes are preferable to long explanatory material in either the heading or body of the table. Such explanatory footnotes, identified by superscript letters, should be placed immediately below the table.

Section Headings

First-, second-, third- and fourth-order headings should be clearly distinguishable.

Notes and References

Please use endnotes only. Be sure you do not mix note text and bibliographic information. Bibliographic information should be listed in a separate Reference section (see REFERENCES section for more information). Notes should be indicated by consecutive superscript numbers in the text and collected at the end of the article before the References. A note referring to the title of the article should be indicated by an asterisk. This note should be placed at the bottom of the first page.


Please make optimal use of the cross-referencing features of your software package. Do not cross-reference page numbers. Cross-references should refer to:

  • the number of a displayed equation
  • the number of a table
  • the number of a figure
  • the number of an enunciation
  • the number of a reference

In the text, the reference number should be enclosed within square brackets.


References to books, journal papers, articles in collections and conference or workshop proceedings, and technical reports should be collected in a list at the end of the paper and listed in numbered order.

References to books should include the authors name; title in full; publisher; place of publication; year of publication; page numbers where appropriate. For example:

Kubinyi, H. (Ed.) 3D QSAR in Drug Design: Theory, Methods and Applications, ESCOM, Leiden, 1993.

References to essays in an edited collection should include the authors name(s); title of essay in italics; editors name(s); title of volume; publisher; place of publication; year of publication; first and last page numbers. For example:

Hodge, P., Organic reactions using polymer-supported catalysts, reagents or substrates, In Sherrington, D.C. and Hodge, P. (Eds.), Synthesis and Separations Using Functional Polymers, Wiley, New York, NY, 1988, pp. 43--122.

References to essays in conference proceedings should include the authors name(s); title of essay in italics; editors name(s); title of proceedings; place and date of conference; publisher and/or organization from whom the proceedings can be obtained; place of publication; year of publication; first and last page numbers. For example:

Hsieh, Y.F., Verentchikov, A., Gabeler, S., Vestal, M. and Martin, S.A., The interaction of multi-column LC and CE with ESI-TOF MS, HPLC 96 -- 20th International Symposium on High Performance Liquid Phase Separation and Related Techniques, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A., June 16--21, 1996.

References to articles in periodicals should include the authors name(s); title of article in italics; abbreviated title of periodical; volume; year of publication in parentheses; first and last page numbers. For example:

Kelly, M.A., Liang, H., Sytwu, I.I., Vlattas, I., Lyons, N.L., Bowen, B.R. and Wennogle, L.P., Characterization of SH2-ligand interactions via library affinity selection with mass spectrometric detection, Biochemistry, 35 (1996) 11747--11755.

References to technical reports or doctoral dissertations should include the authors name; title of article in italics; institution; location of institution; year of publication. For example:

Aslam Noor, M., Theory of Variational Inequalities, Lecture Notes, Mathematics Department, King Sand University, Riyadh, 1996.


Proofs will be sent to the author for correspondence. One corrected proof, together with the original, edited manuscript, should be returned to the Publishers within three days of receipt by first class mail (airmail overseas).


Fifty offprints of each article will be provided free of charge. Additional offprints can be ordered by means of an offprint order form supplied with the proofs.

Page Charges and Colour Illustrations

No page charges are levied on authors or their institutions. Colour illustrations are published at the authors expense only.


Copyright will be established in the name of Kluwer Academic Publishers.


It is the responsibility of the author to obtain written permission for a quotation from unpublished material, or for all quotations in excess of 250 words in one extract or 500 words in total from any work still in copyright, and for the reprinting of illustrations or tables or poems from unpublished or copyrighted material.

Additional Information

Additional information can be obtained from the Editors.