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Analyst is a Transformative Journal, and Plan S compliant
Impact factor: 5.227*
Time to first decision (all decisions): 8.0 days**
Time to first decision (peer reviewed only): 26.0 days***
Editor-in-Chief: Norman Dovichi
Indexed in MEDLINE, Scopus and Web of Science
Open access publishing options available
Analyst publishes analytical and bioanalytical research that reports premier fundamental discoveries and inventions, and the applications of those discoveries, unconfined by traditional discipline barriers.
Analyst Emerging Investigator Lectureship Award
This Lectureship recognises early career researchers, within 10 years of their PhD, who have made a significant contribution to analytical chemistry, in their independent academic career.
You can read about eligibility, how to nominate, see deadlines and all of the award winners.
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Meet the editorial team
Find out who is on the editorial and advisory boards for the Analyst journal.
Norman Dovichi, University of Notre Dame, USA
Damien Arrigan, Curtin University, Australia
Ryan Bailey, University of Michigan, USA
Jaebum Choo, Chung-Ang University, South Korea
Karen Faulds, University of Strathclyde, UK
Hideaki Hisamoto, Osaka Metropolitan University, Japan
Baohong Liu, Fudan University, China
Nicole Pamme, Stockholm University, Sweden
Hua-Zhong Yu, Reviews editor, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Jun-Jie Zhu, Nanjing University, China,
Editorial board members
Susan Lunte, The University of Kansas, USA
Matthew Baker, University of Central Lancashire, UK
Paul Bohn, University of Notre Dame, USA
Claudia Conti, CNR, Italy
R Graham Cooks, Purdue University, USA
Jeffrey Dick, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Volker Deckert, University of Jena, Germany
Joshua Edel, Imperial College London, UK
Qun Fang, Zhejiang University, China
Facundo Fernandez, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Roy Goodacre, University of Liverpool, UK
Duncan Graham, University of Strathclyde, UK
Robert T Kennedy, University of Michigan, USA
Kagan Kerman, University of Toronto, Canada
Christine Kranz, Ulm University, Germany
Annamalai Senthil Kumar, Vellore Institute of Technology University, India
Xiujun Li, University of Texas at El Paso, USA
Lanqun Mao, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
María Marín, University of East Anglia, UK
Pavel Matousek, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK
Prakash Chandra Mondal, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India
Wei Min, Columbia University, USA
Boris Mizaikoff, University of Ulm, Germany
Howbeer Muhamadali, University of Liverpool, UK
Takeaki Ozawa, University of Tokyo, Japan
Ashley Ross, University of Cincinnati, USA
Muhammad Shiddiky, Griffith University, Australia
Debbie Silvester, Curtin University, Australia
Steven A Soper, University of Kansas, USA
Dana Spence, Michigan State University, USA
Nick Stone, University of Exeter, UK
Evan Williams, University of California, USA
Chaoyong James Yang, Xiamen University, China
Yilun Ying, Nanjing University, China
Philippa Ross, Executive Editor
Alice Smallwood, Deputy Editor
Celeste Brady, Development Editor
David Lake, Development Editor
Jason Woolford, Editorial Production Manager
Gabriel Clarke, Publishing Editor
Derya Kara-Fisher, Publishing Editor
Emma Stephen, Publishing Editor
Ziva Whitelock, Publishing Editor
Leo Curtis, Editorial Assistant
Andrea Whiteside, Publishing Assistant
Jeanne Andres, Publisher
- Full papers
- Critical reviews
- Tutorial reviews
These must report preliminary research findings that are highly original, of immediate interest and are likely to have a high impact. Communications are given priority treatment, are fast-tracked through the publication process and appear prominently at the front of the journal. The key aim of Communications is to present innovative concepts with important analytical implications. As such, Communications need only demonstrate 'proof of principle': it is not expected that the analytical figures of merit will necessarily surpass those of existing, highly refined analytical techniques. At the time of submission, authors should provide a short paragraph explaining why their work justifies urgent publication as a Communication.
Ideally, a Full paper should follow each Communication in an appropriate primary journal. There is no page limit for communications in Analyst; however, the length should be commensurate with scientific content. Authors are encouraged to make full use of electronic supplementary information in order to present more concise articles.
These must represent a significant development in the particular field of analysis and are judged according to originality, quality of scientific content and contribution to existing knowledge. Although there is no page limit for full papers, appropriateness of length to content of new science will be taken into consideration.
A range of review articles are published in Analyst on selected topics of interest to analytical scientists. Potential writers of review articles should contact the editorial office before embarking on their work.
Critical reviews are definitive, comprehensive reviews but must also provide a critical evaluation of the chosen topic area. Authors should try to be selective in the choice of material, whilst still aim to cover all the important work in the field, also indicating possible future developments.
Minireviews are highlights or summaries of research in an emerging area of analytical science covering approximately the last two-three years. Given topics should review work no more than approximately 36 months old, and articles should cover only the most interesting/significant developments in that specific subject area. The articles should be highly critical and selective in referencing published work. A small amount of speculation of possible future developments may also be appropriate in the Conclusions section.
Tutorial reviews are written from a personal point of view, and ideally should be the first review of a new significant area, bringing together the results of various primary publications. Tutorial reviews are intended to interest a large number of readers and should be written at a level that could be understood by an advanced undergraduate student. The intention is to increase awareness and understanding of the chosen topic area for workers/researchers already involved in the field, workers changing the direction/emphasis of their work and a broad based non-specialist (graduate and post-graduate) audience, with a view to informing them of the most recent developments in the area.
Comments and Replies are a medium for the discussion and exchange of scientific opinions between authors and readers concerning material published in Analyst.
For publication, a Comment should present an alternative analysis of and/or new insight into the previously published material. Any Reply should further the discussion presented in the original article and the Comment. Comments and Replies that contain any form of personal attack are not suitable for publication.
Comments that are acceptable for publication will be forwarded to the authors of the work being discussed, and these authors will be given the opportunity to submit a Reply. The Comment and Reply will both be subject to rigorous peer review in consultation with the journal’s Editorial Board where appropriate. The Comment and Reply will be published together.
For guidance on preparing your article please visit our Prepare your article, Resources for authors and Experimental data guidelines pages, the content of which is relevant to all of our journals. Please note the updated guidelines for electrophoretic gels and blots.
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Open access publishing options
Analyst is a hybrid (transformative) journal and gives authors the choice of publishing their research either via the traditional subscription-based model or instead by choosing our gold open access option. Find out more about our Transformative Journals. which are Plan S compliant.
Gold open access
For authors who want to publish their article gold open access, Analyst charges an article processing charge (APC) of £2,500 (+ any applicable tax). Our APC is all-inclusive and makes your article freely available online immediately, permanently, and includes your choice of Creative Commons licence (CC BY or CC BY-NC) at no extra cost. It is not a submission charge, so you only pay if your article is accepted for publication.
Learn more about publishing open access.
Read & Publish
If your institution has a Read & Publish agreement in place with the Royal Society of Chemistry, APCs for gold open access publishing in Analyst may already be covered.
Check if your institution is already part of our Read & Publish community.
Please use your official institutional email address to submit your manuscript; this helps us to identify if you are eligible for Read & Publish or other APC discounts.
Traditional subscription model
Authors can also publish in Analyst via the traditional subscription model without needing to pay an APC. Articles published via this route are available to institutions and individuals who subscribe to the journal. Our standard licence allows you to make the accepted manuscript of your article freely available after a 12-month embargo period. This is known as the green route to open access.
Researchers, educators and students active in the theory and development of analytical and bioanalytical techniques.
Analyst is part of RSC Gold and Analytical Science subscription packages.
Online only 2023: ISSN 1364-5528, £2,372 / $4,152
*2021 Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics, 2022)
**The median time from submission to first decision including manuscripts rejected without peer review from the previous calendar year
***The median time from submission to first decision for peer-reviewed manuscripts rejected from the previous calendar year