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Analytical Methods is a Transformative Journal and Plan S compliant
Impact factor: 3.532*
Time to first decision (all decisions): 12.0 days**
Time to first decision (peer reviewed only): 28.5 days***
Editor-in-Chief: Scott Martin
Indexed in MEDLINE
Open access publishing options available
Analytical Methods welcomes early applications of new analytical and bioanalytical methods and technology demonstrating the potential for societal impact.
We require that methods and technology reported in the journal are sufficiently innovative, robust, accurate, and compared to other available methods for the intended application. Developments with interdisciplinary approaches are particularly welcome. Systems should be proven with suitably complex and analytically challenging samples.
We encourage developments within, but not limited to, the following technologies and applications:
- global health, point-of-care and molecular diagnostics
- biosensors and bioengineering
- drug development and pharmaceutical analysis
- applied microfluidics and nanotechnology
- omics studies, such as proteomics, metabolomics or glycomics
- environmental, agricultural and food science
- biochemical and clinical analysis
- forensic analysis
- industrial process and method development
Meet the editorial team
Find out who is on the editorial and advisory boards for the Analytical Methods journal.
Scott Martin, Saint Louis University, USA
Jonas Bergquist, Uppsala University, Sweden
Wendell Coltro, Federal University of Goiás, Brazil
Juan F García-Reyes, University of Jaén, Spain
Tony Killard, Reviews Editor, University of West England, UK
Zhen Liu, Nanjing University, China
Chao Lu, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China
Fiona Regan, Dublin City University, Ireland
Michael Roper, Florida State University, USA
B. Jill Venton, University of Virginia, USA
Jailson de Andrade, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil
Lane Baker, Indiana University, USA
Craig Banks, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Emanuel Carrilho, São Carlos, Brazil
Yi Chen, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Christopher J. Easley, Auburn University, USA
Anthony Gachanja, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya
Amanda Hummon, Ohio State University, USA
Lauro Kubota, Instituto de Química, Brazil
Ally Lewis, University of York, UK
Juewen Liu, University of Waterloo, Canada
Susan Lunte, University of Kansas, USA
Jim Luong, Dow Chemical Canada ULC, Canada
Susheel Mittal, Thapar University, India
Antonio Molina-Díaz, University of Jaén, Spain
Koji Otsuka, Kyoto University, Japan
Brett Paull, University of Tasmania, Australia
Zachary Schultz, University of Notre Dame, USA
Sabeth Verpoorte, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Guobao Xu, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, 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
Analytical Methods publishes:
- Full papers
- Technical notes
- 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 also provide a justification for 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 Analytical Methods, however the length should be commensurate with scientific content. Authors are encouraged to make full use of electronic supplementary information (ESI) in order to present more concise articles.
These must describe science that will be of benefit to the community 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.
These should be brief descriptions of developments, techniques or applications that offer definite advantages over those already available. Technical notes should offer practical solutions to problems that are of interest to the readership and merit publication, but where a Full paper is not justified.
Technical notes should be as brief as possible; wherever appropriate authors should use references to the established technique, explaining in full only what is novel about the proposed approach.
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 (one or two paragraphs) of possible future developments may also be appropriate in the Conclusions section.
Written from a personal point of view, these 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.
Potential writers should contact the editorial office before embarking on their work.
Comments and Replies are a medium for the discussion and exchange of scientific opinions between authors and readers concerning material published in Analytical Methods.
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.
Journal specific guidelines
On submission, authors are required to submit a short significance statement for their manuscript. This statement should address the technological advance and/or significance of the methods and applications in the presented work (1–2 sentences maximum). This information will help the Editor and reviewers assess the article.
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Open access publishing options
Analytical Methods 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, Analytical Methods 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 Analytical Methods 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 Analytical Methods 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.
Analytical Methods follows a single-anonymised peer review process and articles are typically sent to at least two independent reviewers for evaluation. A dynamic and high-quality team of associate editors is responsible for peer review and associated editorial decisions. Authors may choose their preferred choice of associate editor upon submission.
Please note that it may not always be possible for the author's first choice associate editor to be selected. In situations where this is not possible the editorial office will assign the most suitable alternative.
On submission to the journal, all manuscripts are assigned to an external (academic) Associate Editor. Each submission is assessed for quality, scope, and impact. Those that do not meet the criteria based on these factors are rejected without further peer review. Otherwise, the article is sent to at least two external reviewers with expertise in the article topic for confidential review. An editorial decision to reject or accept the article is made on these reports.
More reviewers may be consulted in cases of opposing reports or when more clarification is needed. Articles needing significant revisions may be sent for further peer review before acceptance. Authors may appeal a rejection via communication with the Associate Editor. Our processes and policies can provide full details of the initial assessment process.
Readership is cross-disciplinary and Analytical Methods appeals to readers across academia and industry, who have an interest in the advancement of measurement science and the breadth of application of analytical and bioanalytical methodologies.
These include, but are not restricted to, analytical and environmental scientists; biochemists and biotechnologists; process and industrial scientists; biomedical and clinical scientists; forensic and heritage scientists; agriculture, food, safety and product technologists; pharmaceutical scientists and toxicologists.
Analytical Methods is part of RSC Gold and Analytical Science subscription packages.
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*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
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