Instructions to Authors

1. Manuscripts, short communications, reviews and letters for publication that have not been published elsewhere and all correspondence regarding papers prior to their acceptance should be sent to the Journal Editor:

Prof. Victor M.M. Lobo
Department of Chemistry, University of Coimbra
3004-535 Coimbra Portugal
Tel: + 351 239 828403
Fax: + 351 239 827703
Reviewers: Authors are encouraged to suggest 3 potential reviewers for the journal. All the correspondence should be addressed to the Editor.

2. The Editor welcomes manuscripts based on original research in any field of electrochemistry. It is the preference of the Editor that papers be published in the English language. The author is responsible for the technical aspect of the manuscript, which could be obscured by faulty English.

Note: Manuscripts that are returned by authors six months after the request for revision from the Editor will be considered as new submissions.

3. Authors must supply an electronic version (diskette or e-mail attachment). Authors are strongly encouraged to submit manuscripts by e-mail in a single file in WORD or PDF formats.

4. Authors should supply up to five (5) keywords or phrases which best characterize the manuscript in order to facilitate online searching.

5. A short abstract (maximum length 200 words) of the main contributions in the paper is required. This synopsis should be carefully prepared, once it is automatically the source of most abstracts.

6. Authors are cautioned to type all mathematical and chemical symbols, equations, and formulae.

The nomenclature sponsored by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) is requested for chemical compounds. Chemical bonds should be correctly placed, and double bonds clearly indicated. Valence is to be indicated by superscript plus or minus signs. The use of SI units is preferred.

7. References should be numbered consecutively in the order of their appearance in the text, using the appropriate number(s) in square brackets, and should be complete, including authors' initials and, for unpublished lectures or symposia, the title of the paper, the date, and the name of the sponsoring society. Please compile references on a separate sheet at the end of the manuscript. Abbreviations of journal titles should conform to the practices of Chemical Abstracts. Footnotes should also be numbered and included as references.


1. D. Pletcher, Industrial Electrochemistry, Chapman and Hall, London, 1982.

2. S. Trasatti, W.E. O'Grady, in Adavances in Electrochemistry and Electrochemical Engineering, H. Gericher, P. Delahay, Eds., Vol. 13, Interscience, New York, 1980. p.177.

3. H.A.O. Hill, Port. Electrochim. Acta 19 (2001) 165-171.

8. Figures and Tables should always be mentioned in the text and should be numbered with Arabic numerals. Figure and table titles should be sufficiently detailed that the main message of each figure is apparent without reference to the text.

9. All figures must be submitted in a suitable form for reproduction (camera ready). Good glossy photographs are required for halftone reproductions. The maximum final size of figures for this journal is 16.51 x 21.59 cm (6.5 x 8.5 in.) (after reduction). If in doubt about the preparation of illustrations suitable for reproduction, please consult the publisher at the address given above in paragraph 1 and ask for a sample drawing. Poor quality artwork will lead to delay in publication.

Colour illustrations: All colour figures will be reproduced in full colour in the online edition of the journal at no cost to authors. Authors are requested to pay the cost of reproducing colour figures in print. Authors are encouraged to submit colour illustrations that highlight the text and convey essential scientific information. For best reproduction, bright, clear colours should be used. Dark colours against a dark background do not reproduce well; please place your colour images against a white background wherever possible.

10. Please supply legends for all figures and compile these on a separate sheet.

11. Electronic Proofing. In order to expedite the publication and on-line posting of articles in Scientific Electronic Library On-Line (SciELO), the Portugaliae Electrochimica Acta now offers electronic proofing. Corresponding authors with e-mail addresses will be sent page proofs in pdf format via e-mail. Please follow the instructions in the e-mail; contact names and numbers are given for questions, problems, or if an author wishes to receive a paper proof. Should e-mail contacts be impossible, fax contacts may eventually be used (+ 351 239 827703).

12. Refereeing. Acceptance of manuscript of any kind must be preceded by positive evaluation by the referees. Referees are anonymous unless they choose to reveal their identity by signing their documents.

13. Revised Manuscripts. When a revision is requested, authors must return the revised manuscript within two (2) months. If returned later, a revised manuscript will be treated as a new submission.