SYNLETT is an international journal reporting research results and trends in synthetic organic chemistry in short personalized reviews and preliminary communications. It covers all fields of scientific endeavor that involve organic synthesis.


SYNLETT is published 20 times per year and is characterized by a fast and rigorous refereeing system and publication times of 3 months as well as its flexible format for Letters (no 2- or 4-page straitjacket). It is listed in the most important databases: Current Contents/Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences, Chemical Abstracts, Science Citation Index, Research Alert, Scisearch, Index Chemicus, Chemistry Citation Index, Current Chemical Reactions, Reaction Citation Index, and Biological Abstracts.


SYNLETT publishes the following special features and article types:

  • Accounts
    are personalized reviews about important recent work of individual research groups.
    If you would like to contribute with an Account, please contact Prof. K. P. C. Vollhardt first as those articles are normally invited.

  • Synpacts
    are short personalized articles featuring breakthroughs by young authors in 'hot' areas, within the general context of the field.
    If you would like to contribute a Synpacts article, please contact Prof. K. P. C. Vollhardt.

  • Clusters
    are collections of letters on rapidly evolving topics in designated areas of research.

  • Letters
    are preliminary reports of new research results whose significance to the scientific community justifies rapid communication.

  • New Tools in Synthesis
    are reviews of conceptual methodological or technical developments in areas of synthetic strategy giving innovative and practical support for the synthetic chemist in the laboratory.
    If you would like to contribute with a New Tools in Synthesis article, please contact the Editorial Office first with your proposal.

  • Spotlights
    are highlighting the characteristics of a reagent and its importance in current research, chosen by pre-doctoral students.
    If you would like to contribute with a Spotlight, please contact the Spotlight Editor first with your proposal.