With the volume and accessibility of scientific research increasing across the world, it has never been more important to continue building the reputation for quality and ethical publishing we’ve spent the past two centuries establishing.
Academic researchers, R&D teams, teachers, students, policy makers and the media all rely on us to share knowledge that is reliable, accurate and cutting-edge.
As a society publisher, everything we do is to support the scientific community – so you can trust us to always act in your best interests, and get your work the international recognition that it deserves.
Be reassured by quality
Our publishing staff, all scientists, will guide you through the peer review and publication process. For many of our journals, peer review is supported by our associate editors, who are all active researchers in their field.
I am greatly impressed by the rigorous and fair peer review process across all Royal Society of Chemistry journals.
Combine quality with fast publication
Across all of our journals, on average papers are first published online less than 9 weeks after submission. It’s even quicker for communications at an average of 7 weeks**.
Our accepted manuscript option allows your article to be online within 24 hours of acceptance.
I would like to personally thank you for the speed and attention to detail you have shown when handling this paper. I think this is the best publishing experience I have yet received (and I’ve published well over 100 papers).
Rely on our partnerships to take the effort away
Because you should concentrate on what you do best, we team up with respected services and initiatives to help make the publishing and reviewing time-efficient and extra rewarding.
Kudos helps you quickly and easily increase the impact and visibility of your work
ChemRxiv helps you rapidly share your work at preprint stage with a global, interdisciplinary audience
Web of Science Reviewer Recognition Service helps the people who review your papers to easily gain recognition for their expertise and standards
Promote your work to a wider audience
Getting your article published is just the start of your work’s journey into the world. We do all we can to maximise your work’s impact and provide guides to help you self-promote more easily.
Our editors also select articles to highlight in Chemistry World and to the global scientific media. You can also share your work with colleagues and research collaborators with free electronic reprints.
Choose your open access option
You can publish gold open access in any of our journals, and keep your copyright as standard.
Our article processing charges (APCs) include a choice of CC BY licence at no extra cost, and there are a range of discounts and waivers available. APCs are currently waived for all authors in our flagship journal Chemical Science, and our new journals have affordable APCs with waivers and discounts available. These journals include:
- Energy Advances
- EES Catalysis
- Environmental Science: Atmospheres
- Environmental Science: Advances
- Digital Discovery
- Industrial Chemistry & Materials
- Materials Advances
- Nanoscale Advances
- RSC Applied Interfaces
- RSC Applied Polymers
- RSC Chemical Biology
- RSC Advances
- RSC Sustainability
- Sensors & Diagnostics
- Sustainable Food Technology
No extra charges
We have no page charges or submission fees, and you have free use of colour figures.
Save money on our books
When you publish with us, you get a 25% discount on all Royal Society of Chemistry books.
*2017 Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics 2018)
**Times stated are based on the monthly average for 2018 from submission to first publication.
Re-thinking excellence in research - RSC signs DORA
In our capacity as a publisher, we partner with Altmetrics to provide a range of article-level metrics, for example citations and social media mentions, and we provide unrestricted access to citation metadata as a participant in the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC).
In signing DORA we are now committing to review any reference list constraints in research articles, and we will explicitly encourage authors to cite original work rather than review articles to promote credit where it is due. Some of our journals already encourage author contribution statements – this policy will be expanded to the whole portfolio.