Beilstein Editorial office

At the Beilstein-Institut, quality has always been a central theme in our work. To ensure that the articles in the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry and the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology meet our standards, our editorial office assesses incoming manuscripts and works closely with authors and editors to produce the finished publication.



Quality control

Our quality control team checks the incoming manuscripts to ensure that they are within scope, meet the minimum level of quality, report novel work, and have no issues of plagiarism or copying of own previously published content.

A significant number of incoming manuscripts are rejected before being passed on to peer-review. Plagiarism is one of the major issues we have to contend with. Around 40% of incoming manuscripts have issues to be dealt with; in 5–10% of the cases this results in an immediate rejection of the manuscript.



Our journal production team takes care of all aspects of the manuscript processing from the start of peer-review to publishing the final version of the manuscript on the Beilstein Journals web-site as well as archiving the articles in PubMed Central and other public archives.

The team supports our editors in carrying out the peer-review process, which requires a minimum of two reports from referees with expert knowledge of the subject matter in question. If the manuscript receives a positive assessment and is accepted by the editor, the journal production team checks the formatting and that there are no inconsistencies within the manuscript which the author needs to address. Moreover, the figures are optimized and the manuscript is typeset and copyedited. In 2013 over 9,000 pages and about 8,000 figures were worked on during the publication of over 400 articles.



Beilstein Publishing system

Launched in 2008, the Beilstein Publishing System (BPS) has been designed by the Beilstein Editorial Office in consultation with our editors. Together with our IT department we have developed a highly optimized system tailor-made for the Beilstein Open Access Journals.

Thematic series

Thematic Series are dedicated to specialized areas of expertise. The selection of themes for the Thematic Series is carried out jointly between the scientists at the Beilstein-Institut and the Journal Editorial Boards comprising Associate Editors and Editors-in-Chief. Besides themes of important current research areas, our Thematic Series may also cover topics of future potential which are just starting to take off. Our series editors are experts in the field and are associate editors or guest editors. To-date we have published over 60 Thematic Series in the Beilstein Open Access Journals. Most of the series have also been printed and distributed free of charge to scientists working in the relevant areas.