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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).

The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.

Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the end the text.

The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines

Journal Subject Headings

Original articles
Short communications

Author Guidelines

General Provisions

 The editorial policy of the journal follows the principles of reputable international associations, such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and the Council of Science Editors (CSE) and the Declaration on the Ethical Principles of Scientific Publications, adopted by the Association of Scientific Editors and Publishers which establish ethical standards for all parties involved in the publishing process (authors, editors of the journal, reviewers, the publishing house, and the scientific society).
The journal publishes the results of new research projects which are at the intersection of contemporary condensed matter physics and chemistry, material science and the nanoindustry, solid state chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and physical chemistry in the following areas:
• Atomic, Electronic and Cluster Structure of Solid State, Liquids and Interphases
• Phase Equilibria and Defect Formation Processes.
• Structure and Physico-Chemical Properties of Interphase Boundaries
• Laser Thermochemistry and Photostimulated Processes on Solid Surfaces.
• Physico-Chemistry of Thin Films and Heterostructures.
• Kinetics and Mechanism of Thin Film Formation.
• Electrochemical Processes on Interphases.
• Chemistry of Surface Phenomena on Adsorbents.
• Devices and New Methods for Investigations.

The titles and the contents of the articles published in the journal “Kondensirovannye sredy i mezhfaznye granitsy = Condensed Matter and Interphases” should correspond to two fields of study (chemical sciences and physicomathematical sciences) and five speciality groups of researchers (02.00.01 Inorganic Chemistry, 02.00.04 Physical Chemistry, 02.00.05 Electrochemistry, 02.00.21 Solid State Chemistry, and 01.04.07 Condensed Matter Physics).

The format of the electronic version of the article is А4 Microsoft Word (*doc), 2 cm margins, Тimes New Roman, font size 12 point 1.5 line spacing. Subtitles within the article should be in 12 light-face upper-case. References: 11 point font, with single line spacing, without indentation. Automatic hyphenation should be off. A decimal point should be used for decimal numbers, not a decimal comma. IUPAC terminology should be used for the names of compounds. MS Equation 3.0 or MathType should be used for formulas.

Size of manuscripts: reviews (15–20 pages), original articles (10–12 pages), short communications (5–6 pages), including literature, tables, and figure captions.

For the publication of the article, the authors must submit to the editors the following materials and documents:

  1. Covering letter (with authorisation for open access publication). It should be provided on a separate sheet and should include the following information: The manuscript is not under review for another publication; It has not been previously published; It has been read and approved by all authors; The authors are liable for the truthfulness of the materials provided in the manuscript; The manuscript can be published in open access. The covering letter qualifying as an official referral from the institution where the project has been implemented should mention if the article represents the results of research conducted as a part of the dissertation with the expected date of the defence.
  2. License agreement electronically signed by all authors.
  3. Manuscript.

There is no publication fee.

The publisher does not charge authors for editing and publishing their manuscripts.

 Publishing terms and conditions

  1. The papers should be submitted to the editorial office in electronic form to the email: or by using a special form on the website. The format of the files should be .doc or .docx (unprotected files). Files should be added to a single archive (ZIP preferably).
    2. The editorial office considers only original papers which have not been published and do not violate copyright law. All articles are checked for plagiarism in the Antiplagiat system. The uniqueness of the text should exceed 75 %. If similar texts by the same author are found in other printed and electronic publications the article will be rejected.
    3. According to the regulations of the State Attestation Commission the journal gives priority to articles by PhD and DSc students. The time of their publication depends on the expected date of the defence which must be specified by authors in the primary documents enclosed with the manuscript.
    4. Authors must submit an ORCID ID - a unique 16-digit code assigned for the unambiguous identification of articles by the author and other studies. Registration for authors is individual and independent, available on the website.


Publication process

  1. Manuscripts must undergo an initial screening for compliance with the format and subject matter requirements of the journal. In case of inconsistency with the latter, the Editorial Board has the right to refuse the publication or to transmit to the authors its comments regarding the article, which must be corrected before being reviewed again.
  2. All manuscripts that have passed the initial screening undergo a mandatory single-blind (anonymous) review and, in the case of a positive review, undergo content and copy editing. All reviewers are recognized specialists who have published articles on the subject of a peer-reviewed article over the past 3 years.
  3. Upon receipt of positive reviews, the study is considered accepted for consideration by the editorial board, which makes a decision in which issue of the journal the article will be published. An article sent to the author for revision should be returned in corrected form along with its original version within a week. A revised manuscript must be accompanied by a letter from the authors containing responses to all comments and explaining all changes made in the article. Articles delayed for a longer period or requiring re-processing are treated as newly submitted.
  4. All approved articles are passed to the editor and proofreader. The layouts of articles prepared for publication are submitted to the authors for proofreading, after which they must be returned to the editor within a week. The article layouts that are returned (as well as not returned within the specified period) are sent to the printing house without further checks and approval.


The structure of the publication

 The publication of reviews, original articles, and short communications begins with the indexes of DOI; article title; author(s) (initials, surname): name, address of organization(s), email of the corresponding author.


The abstract should be detailed (average volume of 250 words), informative (not contain common words), content-related (describe the main goals and methods of the study, summarize the most important results and their scientific importance), and structured (follow the logic of the article). The following parts are included in the abstract:

Purpose: States the problem considered in the article, its importance, and the purpose of the research.

Experimental: Provides information about the objects being studied and the methods used.

Conclusions: Provides a brief description of the principal results, major conclusions, and their scientific and practical relevance.

The above parts should have the appropriate subheadings and the relevant information should be stated in these sections. The abstract should not contain mathematical formulas, references, abbreviations, or acronyms. The abstract is a brief summary, published separately from the main text, and it should be understandable without reference to the publication.


 5–10 key words must not repeat the title of the article, use terms from the text of the article defining the subject area and contributing to indexing the article in search systems.

 Acknowledgements:  sources of funding for the study reported and/or preparation of the article (foundation, commercial or governmental organization, private person, etc.), if any, must be stated.

 For citation:  Afonin N. N., Logacheva V. A. Modeling of interdiffusion and phase formation in the thin-film two-layer system of polycrystalline oxides titanium and cobalt. Kondensirovannye sredy i mezhfaznye granitsy = Condensed Matter and Interphases. 2021;23(1): 000-000.

 Main text

 The editorial board recommends that the authors structure the material presented using the following headings:

  1. Introduction

The introduction (1–2 pages) states the problem under consideration, its relevance, and the most important tasks that need to resolved. Describe the scientific problems which have not yet been solved and which you seek to solve in your research. The introduction should contain a short critical review of previously published works in this field and their comparative analysis. It is recommended that the analysis is based on 20-30 studies. The purpose of the article is implied by the problem statement.

The Vancouver reference style is used in the journal: bibliographic references in the text of the article are indicated by numbers in square brackets; in the references section, the references are numbered in the order they are mentioned in the text. References should primarily be made to original articles published in scientific journals indexed by global citation databases. It is advisable to use 20-30 sources with at least 20 being published over the past 3 years. References should indicate the names of all authors, the title of the article, the name of the journal, year of publication, volume (issue), number, pages, and DOI (Digital Object Identifier ). If a DOI is lacking, a link to the online source of the article must be indicated. References to dissertation abstracts are acceptable, if the texts are available online. It is vital that our readers can find any of the articles or other sources listed in the reference section as fast as possible. Links to unpublished literature sources or sources not available online are unacceptable.

  1. Experimental

The experimental section (2-3 pages) provides the details of the experiment, the methods and the equipment used. The object of the study and the stages of the experiment are described in detail and the choice of research methods is explained.

  1. Results and discussion

Results and discussion (6-8 pages) should be brief, but detailed enough for the readers to assess the conclusions made. It should also explain the choice of the data being analysed. Measurement units on graphs and diagrams are separated with a coma. Formulae should be typed using Microsoft Office Equation 3 or Math Type and aligned on the left side. Latin letters should be in italics. Do not use italics for Greek letters, numbers, chemical symbols, and similarity criteria.

All subheadings should be in italics.

A complete list of figures should be provided at the end of the paper after the information about the authors.

Figures and tables should not be included in the text of the article. They should be placed on a separate page. Figures should also be submitted as separate *tif, *jpg, *cdr, or *ai. files. All figures should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. Name each figure file with the name of the first author and the number of the figure.

  1. Conclusions

Conclusions (1 paragraph) should briefly state the main conclusions of the research. Do not repeat the text of the article. The obtained results are to be considered with respect to the purpose of the research. This section includes the conclusions, a summary of the results, and recommendations. It states the practical value of the research and outlines further research problems in the corresponding field.

Contribution of the authors

At the end of the Conclusions the authors should include notes that explain the actual contribution of each co-author to the work.

Example 1:

Nikolay N. Afonin – Scientific management, Research concept, Methodology development, Writing – original draft, Final conclusions.

Vera A. Logachova – Investigation, Writing – review & editing.

Example 2:

The authors contributed equally to this article.

Conflict of interests

The authors declare that they have no known competing financial interests or personal relationships that could have influenced the work reported in this paper.


The references are to be formatted according to the Vancouver Style. The reference list should only include articles published in peer-reviewed journals. The names of all authors, the title of the article, the name of the journal (may be abbreviated), year of publication, volume (issue), number, pages, DOI or Internet address must be indicated. It is advisable to use not more than 20–30 sources. Links to unpublished literature sources are unacceptable.

The correct description of the sources used in the references is a guarantee that the cited publication will be taken into account when evaluating the scientific activities of its authors.

Bibliographic description examples:

Articles in scientific journals

  1. Luo Y., Zhao J. Plasmon-exciton interaction in colloidally fabricated metal nanoparticle-quantum emitter nanostructures. Nano Research. 2019;12(9): 2164–2171.
  2. Alexandrov A. A., Mayakova M. N., Voronov V. V., Pominova D. V., Kuznetsov S. V., Baranchikov A. E., Ivanov V. K., Fedorov P. P. Synthesis upconversion luminophores based on calcium fluoride. Kondensirovannye sredy i mezhfaznye granitsy = Condensed Matter and Interphases. 2020;22(1): 3–10.
  3. Ryabtsev S. V., Shaposhnik A. V., Samoylov A. M., Sinelnikov A. A., Soldatenko S. A., Kushchev S. B., Ievlev V. M. Thin films of palladium oxide for gas sensors. Doklady Physical Chemistry. 2016;470(2): 158–161.

Book: print

  1. Kofstad P. Nonstoichiometry, diffusion, and electrical conductivity in binary metal oxides. Wiley-Interscience; 1972. 382 p.
  2. Fedorov P. P., Osiko V. V. Crystal growth of fluorides. In: Bulk Crystal Growth of Electronic. Optical and Optoelectronic Materials. Capper (ed.). Wiley Series in Materials for Electronic and Optoelectronic Applications. John Wiley & Son. Ltd.; 2005. pp. 339-356.

Reference to online sources

  1. NIST Standard Reference Database 71. NIST Electron Inelastic-Mean-Free-Path Database: Version 1.2. Available from:

Conference proceeding: individual paper

  1. Afonin N. N., Logacheva V. A., Khoviv A. M. Synthesis and properties of functional nanocrystalline thin-film systems based on complex iron and titanium oxides. In: Amorphous and microcrystalline semiconductors: Proc. 9th Int. Conf., 7–10 July 2014. Petersburg: Polytechnic University Publ.; 2014. p. 356–357. (In Russ.)


Information about the authors

 This section should include the full last and first name(s) of the author(s), their academic degree, academic title, affiliation, position, city, country, e-mail, and ORCID (register for an ORCID here).

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