The home of premier fundamental discoveries, inventions and applications in the analytical and bioanalytical sciences

About Analyst

Analyst publishes analytical and bioanalytical research that reports premier fundamental discoveries and inventions, and the applications of those discoveries, unconfined by traditional discipline barriers.  

  • Impact factor 3.906
  • Immediacy index 0.885
  • Fast publication times
  • International editorial board, authorship and readership
  • No page charges
  • Unlimited free colour, both online and in print        

The journal welcomes:

  • Communications, reporting preliminary research findings which justify urgent publication 
  • Full research articles
  • Review articles in all areas of analytical and bioanalytical science including Critical reviews, Mini reviews and Tutorial reviews                     


The scope of the journal includes the following areas:

Bioanalytical science including molecular recognition, biochemical, immunological and genetic analytical methodologies and techniques, miniaturized devices for diagnostics, biosensors, biomarkers, biomaterials and bioinformatics


Analytical Nanoscience
The areas of analytical nanoscience including the development of analytical methods and techniques in nanoscience and technology, characterization and application of nanostructures for sensing, biosensing and clinical diagnostics


Advanced Analytical Systems
Advanced analytical systems research such as leading edge instrumentation and method development, including systems analysis, multidimensional analysis and theory and modelling



How do the scopes of Analyst and Analytical Methods compare?

Analyst seeks to publish these fundamental breakthroughs, whether they focus on bioanalytical science, advanced analytical systems, analytical nanoscience or exciting new developments. Analytical science published in Analyst may well be at a sufficiently early stage of discovery or development that the final application or impact of the research is too distant to view, and the potential benefits too speculative to clearly define. We envision that these advances, whether in the form of a previously unexplored detection process or technology, a new theory or a unique approach to an as-yet unsolved analytical challenge, will establish the foundation for future applications and exploitation of the science for specific high-impact chemical determinations.

From the first report of a new analytical technology, to developing a problem-solving application, and ultimately a societal benefit, is a long uphill path, with many steps along the way. Analytical Methods is a vessel for the reporting of this first applied demonstration of any such new analytical technology or process. At this stage in the evolution of the technology, there is no expectation that all the possible implications and intricacies of the technology have been documented, in other words a fully validated and standardised methodology may be yet to come, but what is available will clearly demonstrate the applied potential inherent in the discovery. From here the demonstration will find further application out there amongst the wider analytical community, addressing problems in all fields of activity, many of which will be far beyond that proposed by the original discoverer of the technology. 

Analytical science has always been a discipline based upon pushing the boundaries of what can be seen, measured and understood. Redefining those boundaries is the central objective of Analyst. Following through on these discoveries, the applications of analytical science are frequently about improving efficiency, obtaining better quality information and improving chemical processes through better understanding of chemical technologies, activities that fall squarely in the province of Analytical Methods.

Read more in the Editorial from the Chair of the Analyst Editorial Board and the Editor-in-Chief of Analytical Methods.

From discovery to recovery Analyst and Analytical Methods working together for the analytical community
Analyst, 2011, 136, 429
DOI: 10.1039/c0an90013c

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