Author Guidelines



1.         Focus and Scope


The Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia (BCSE) is a triannual publication of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia. The BCSE is an open access and peer reviewed journal. The BCSE invites contributions in any field of basic and applied chemistry.


2.         Types of contributions.  The BCSE publishes:


2.1       Full papers reporting the results of original research. The materials should not have been published elsewhere, nor should they be simultaneously submitted either partially or fully for publication elsewhere.


2.2       Short communications containing the results of a limited investigation. These should be properly documented by references to the literature and by description of experimental procedures.


2.3       Reviews presenting thorough documentations on subjects of active and current interest in chemical sciences.  Reviews are usually by invitation.  However, authors may submit outlines and upon notification of interest by the Editorial Board turn in complete manuscripts.


All classes of manuscripts must represent substantial original work and must not be submitted simultaneously to any other journal.


3.         The Manuscript.


3.1       Language. All manuscripts must be written in American English.


3.2       Organization of Manuscript. It is preferred to have the manuscript organized under the following headings: (a) TITLE, Author(s), Address(es) including the E-mail addresses of the corresponding author and all the co-authors and ABSTRACT. Abstracts should not exceed 200 words. KEY WORDS: giving main words (4-6 words) contained in the Title and Abstract. (b) INTRODUCTION: stating the purpose of the investigation and relating the manuscript to similar research in the literature. This is to be followed by (c) EXPERIMENTAL, (d) RESULTS AND DISCUSSION and (e) CONCLUSION. (f) ACKNOWLEDGEMENT(S) and (g) REFERENCES: reference numbers in the text should appear sequentially in square brackets [  ] and not as super- or sub-scripts. Each reference should be given a separate reference number. All references mentioned in the list of References must be cited in the text, and vice versa. The total number of references should not exceed 50.


3.3       References Writing. Please note the following examples:



Tesfaw, B.; Chekol, F.; Mehretie, S.; Admassie, S. Adsorption of Pb(II) ions from aqueous solution using lignin from Hagenia abyssinica. Bull. Chem. Soc. Ethiop. 2016, 30(3), 473-484. Do not use et al. Include names of all the authors.


Miller, J.N.; Miller, J.C. Statistics and Chemometrics for Analytical Chemistry, 6th Ed., Pearson Education Limited: Essex, England; 2010; p 202.



Shitaw, K.N. Studies on the Levels of Fluoride in Selected Spices Cultivated and Consumed in Ethiopia. MSc Thesis, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2015. Mehari, B. Studies on the Chemical Composition and Marker Compounds of Green Coffee Beans Grown in Different Parts of Ethiopia. PhD Thesis, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2015.



European Science Foundation The changing use and misuse of Catha Edulis (khat) in a changing world: tradition, trade and tragedy, presented at the European Science Foundation meeting on khat, Linköping, Sweden, October 2009. Available at: The authors are advised to make comprehensive review of the scientific literature and appropriately cite related work published by the BCSE.


3.4       Formulas, Figures, Chemical structures and Tables should be drawn using appropriate soft ware and should be placed within the main body of the manuscript. They may be drawn in 1.5 times the size finally required. The font size of lettering on Figures should ensure that reductions of ca 70% would still result in easily readable sizes.  Legends should be typed below the Figures. The total number of Tables and Figures should not exceed 10.


3.5 Submission of Manuscript

For a work conducted by a group of researchers, the corresponding author has the obligation to obtain the consent of all co-authors prior to submission of the manuscript. The soft copy of the original manuscript typed with double spacing and formatted according to guide for authors should be sent as an e-mail attachment to: and copy to The covering letter should be addressed to: The Editor-in-Chief, Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia, P.O. Box 32934, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The cover letter should include the names and addresses (including e-mail addresses) of five reviewers who have expertise in the subject matter of the manuscript or who have published similar work. The reviewers should not be from the authors’ own organization and preferably from different countries. 


4. The Peer Review Process


All submissions are subjected to an internal review by the corresponding discipline editor. Manuscripts that fall outside the scope of our journal or that fail to meet a minimum quality and originality criteria will be rejected without being sent out to reviewers. Abstracts of manuscripts that passed the internal review process are sent out to five referees. The full manuscript will be sent to referees who accepted the initial invitation to provide a review. The author will be requested to submit a new list of potential reviewers if majority or all of the invited referees turn down the invitation. A decision to accept, reject, or 'reject and resubmit' a manuscript is based on at least two reviewer reports.



5. Open Access Statement and Creative Commons License


Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia is an open access, peer reviewed journal, which means that all articles are freely available without charge to all users immediately upon publication. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. To facilitate this open and free access to all users, the BCSE depends upon the funding generously provided by the Chemical Society of Ethiopia and the Addis Ababa University, and the goodwill of its editorial team and advisory board, and the continuing support of peer reviewers.


The Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia also implements the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license to works we publish. This license allows users to copy, distribute and transmit an article, adapt the article as long as the author is attributed. The CC BY license permits commercial and non-commercial reuse.

The author retains copyright of their work with a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY 4.0) license.


6. Article Processing Charges


Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia publishes all accepted manuscripts without any article processing charges and article submission charge.



7. Editorial Board Members



Professor Bhagwan Singh Chandravanshi

Department of Chemistry

Addis Ababa University

P.O. Box 1176

Addis Ababa




Associate Editors


Dr. Shimelis Admassie

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

Addis Ababa University

P.O. Box 1176

Addis Ababa





Dr. Gizachew Alemayehu

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

Addis Ababa University

P.O. Box 1176

Addis Ababa




Dr. Taddese W. Godeto

Senior Inorganic Chemistry Research Scientist

Laboratory Services Branch

Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

Etobicoke, Ontario




Prof. Zerihun Assefa

Professor and Chairman

Chemistry Department

North Carolina A & T State University

Greensboro, NC 27411




Dr. Samuel Abegaz

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Columbus State University

Department of Chemistry

4225 University Avenue

Columbus, GA 31907




Editorial Assistant

Mr. Elias Wabi

Chemical Society of Ethiopia

P.O. Box 32934

Addis Ababa




8. Plagiarism Screening Policy


This journal uses CrossCheck plagiarism screening system (iThenticate) to detect any possible plagiarism in the submissions.


9. Abstracting and Indexing


African Journal OnLine (AJOL); Chemical Abstracts, ISI Indext; EBSCO; Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).


10. Conflict of Interest


All authors should declare any conflict of interests related to the manuscript, these interests include but not limited to commercial, personal, political and intellectual aspects. All editors, editorial staff and reviewers should also report potential conflict of interests related to the submissions they are working with.


11. For Reviewers


The reviewers should provide unbiased comments for the manuscript, and indicate whether the work is original, creative and scientifically accurate and sounded. The reviewers should provide suggestions to editors whether the work is within the journal’s scope, suitable to be published in the journal and make their recommendation in one of these categories:  the work should be published as is, published after revising, or be rejected. Reviewers should not cite the work and refrain from using the part of the manuscript to advance their own research before publication. Reviewers are also expected to destroy or delete the manuscript files after finishing reviewing, and may not disclose any information to third parties.


12. Human and Animal Rights, and Informed Consent


Published research must comply with the guidelines for human studies and animal welfare regulations. Authors should state that subjects have given their informed consent and that the study protocol has been approved by the institution’s ethical committee on human research. Further, they should also state that animal experiments conform to institutional standards.


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Journal Identifiers

eISSN: 1726-801X
print ISSN: 1011-3924