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Catalysis Science & Technology is a Transformative Journal, and Plan S compliant
Impact factor: 6.177*
Time to first decision (all decisions): 12.0 days**
Open access publishing options available
Time to first decision (peer-reviewed only): 28.0 days***
Editor-in-Chief: Bert Weckhuysen
Catalysis Science & Technology is committed to publishing research reporting high-quality, cutting-edge developments across the catalysis community at large. The journal places equal focus on publications from the heterogeneous, homogeneous, thermo-, electro-, photo-, organo- and biocatalysis communities. Works published in the journal feature a balanced mix of fundamental, technology-oriented, experimental, computational, digital and data-driven original research, thus appealing to catalysis practitioners in both academic and industrial environments.
Original research articles published in the journal must demonstrate new catalytic discoveries and/or methodological advances that represent a significant advance on previously published work, from the molecular to the process scales. We welcome rigorous research in a wide range of timely or emerging applications related to the environment, health, energy and materials.
Catalysis Science & Technology publishes Communications, Articles, Reviews and Perspectives. More details regarding manuscript types may be found in the Information for Authors section.
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Meet the team
Find out who is on the editorial and advisory boards for the Catalysis Science & Technology journal.
Bert Weckhuysen, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Dirk De Vos, KU Leuven, Belgium
Shaojun Guo, Peking University, China
Mélanie Hall, University of Graz, Austria
Bin Liu, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Núria López, Institut Catala d'Investigació Quimica, Spain
Will Medlin, University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Regina Palkovits, RWTH Aachen, Germany
Xiulian Pan, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, China
Kenichi Shimizu, Hokkaido University, Japan
Andrew Weller, University of York, UK
Chris Williams, University of South Carolina, USA
Yong Zhou, Nanjing University, China
Isabel Arends, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Xinhe Bao, State Key Laboratory of Catalysis, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, China
Bhalchandra Bhanage, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India
George Britovsek, Imperial College London, UK
Christian Bruneau, Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Renne, France
Yong Cao, Fudan University, China
Matt Clarke, University of St Andrews, UK
Christophe Coperet, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Avelino Corma, Valencia University, Spain
Johannes de Vries, LIKAT Rostock, Germany
Chris Hardacre, University of Manchester, UK
Graham Hutchings, University of Cardiff, UK
David Jackson, University of Glasgow, UK
Axel Knop-Gericke, Fritz-Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Germany
Can Li, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Wei-Xue Li, University of Science and Technology of China, China
Antoni Llobet, ICIQ, Tarragona, Spain
Jennifer Love, University of Calgary, Canada
Ding Ma, Peking University, China
Debabrata Maiti, IIT Bombay, India
Noritaka Mizuno, University of Tokyo, Japan
Francesca Paradisi, University of Bern, Switzerland
Evgeny Pidko, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Javier Pérez-Ramírez, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Robert M Rioux, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
Tito Scaiano, University of Ottawa, Canada
Tetsuya Shishido, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan
Tsunehiro Tanaka, University of Kyoto, Japan
Nick Turner, University of Manchester, UK
Piet van Leeuwen, University of Toulouse, France
Ning Yan, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Jinhua Ye, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
Maria Southall, Executive Editor, Journals, ORCID 0000-0002-7935-6231
Bianca Provost, Deputy Editor, Journals, ORCID 0000-0001-8440-1095
Emily Skinner, Editorial Production Manager, Journals
Sean Browner, Assistant Editor, Journals
Molly Colgate, Assistant Editor, Journals
Paul Scott, Assistant Editor, Journals
Alison Winder, Assistant Editor, Journals
Basita Javeed, Editorial Assistant, Journals
Allison Holloway, Publishing Assistant, Journals
Sam Keltie, Publisher, Journals, ORCID 0000-0002-9369-8414
Catalysis Science & Technology publishes:
- Full papers
Preliminary accounts of original and significant work of such importance that rapid publication is justified may be published in Communication form. Material intended for Catalysis Science & Technology Communications should be of specific specialist interest to researchers in the field of catalysis. Full papers based upon Communications will be acceptable provided that they represent a substantial amplification and extension of the original material.
Communications can be a maximum of four printed journal pages in length. Authors must use the Communication template for preparing their submissions; please visit our Author templates & services page.
At the time of submission authors should supply a short statement justifying why the work merits urgent publication as a Communication. Referees will be asked to judge the work on these grounds. The following criteria should be addressed:
- The significance and novelty (the key advances made in the article)
- The interest to the catalysis community
- Details of why rapid publication is warranted
Full papers contain original scientific work that has not been published previously. However, work that has appeared in print in a short form such as a Catalysis Science & Technology Communication or Chemical Communication is normally acceptable. There is no restriction on the length of a Full paper.
Authors are strongly encouraged to use the Royal Society of Chemistry's author template, available from our Author templates & services page, when preparing their Full paper for submission. Authors are asked to include a brief discussion in the introduction that sets the context for the novel work and gives their motivation for carrying out the study.
Catalysis Science & Technology Perspectives are normally invited by the Editorial Board and Editorial Office, although suggestions from readers for topics and authors of Perspectives are most welcome. Interested Perspectives authors should contact the Editorial Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Perspectives are short readable articles covering current areas of interest. They may take the form of personal accounts of research or a critical analysis of activity in a specialist area. By their nature they will not be comprehensive reviews of a field of chemistry.
Since the readership of Catalysis Science & Technology is wide-ranging, the article should be easily comprehensible to a non-specialist in the field, whilst at the same time providing an authoritative discussion of the area concerned. A Perspective will typically be 10 printed pages in length (ca. 18-24 pages of typescript), although there is no fixed page limit.
Catalysis Science & Technology Minireviews are normally invited by the Editorial Board and Editorial Office, although suggestions from readers for topics and authors of Minireviews are most welcome. Interested Minireview authors should complete the following review proposal form and return it to the Editor at email@example.com.
Minireviews are short, focussed, readable articles covering current areas of interest for the catalysis community.
Since the readership of Catalysis Science & Technology is wide-ranging the article should be easily comprehensible to a non-specialist in the field, whilst at the same time providing an authoritative discussion of the area concerned. A Minireview will typically be three-four printed pages in length (ca. 12-16 pages of typescript).
Comments and Replies are a medium for the discussion and exchange of scientific opinions between authors and readers concerning material published in Catalysis Science & Technology.
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
For all submissions, we require a statement explaining the novelty and significance of the work and why the manuscript will appeal to Catalysis Science & Technology's readership.
Acceptance of a Communication does not guarantee that the corresponding full paper will be accepted for the journal; although publication of a full account is strongly encouraged, its acceptability will depend on whether or not it contains significant new details, new interpretations or new results.
Characterisation of new compounds
It is the responsibility of authors to provide fully convincing evidence for the homogeneity, purity and identity of all compounds they claim as new. This evidence is required to establish that the properties and constants reported are those of the compound with the new structure claimed.
Referees will assess, as a whole, the evidence presented in support of the claims made by the authors. The requirements for characterisation criteria are detailed below.
Authors are required to provide unequivocal support for the purity and assigned structure of all compounds using a combination of the following characterisation techniques.
- Elemental analysis (within ±0.4% of the calculated value) is required to confirm 95% sample purity and corroborate isomeric purity.
- Authors are requested to provide copies of 1H,13C NMR spectra and/or GC/HPLC traces; however, if satisfactory elemental analysis cannot be obtained copies of these spectra and/or traces must be provided.
- High-resolution mass spectra are acceptable as proof of the molecular weight providing the purity of the sample has been accurately determined using one of these techniques.
- For libraries of compounds, HPLC traces should be submitted as proof of purity.
- The determination of enantiomeric excess of nonracemic, chiral substances should be supported with either GC/HPLC traces with retention times for both enantiomers and separation conditions (that is, chiral support, solvent and flow rate) or for Mosher Ester/Chiral Shift Reagent analysis, copies of the spectra.
- Important physical properties, for example, boiling or melting point, specific rotation, refractive index, including conditions and a comparison to the literature for known compounds, should be provided. For crystalline compounds, the method used for recrystallisation should also be documented (that is, solvent etc.).
- Mass spectra and a complete numerical listing of 1H,13C NMR peaks in support of the assigned structure, including relevant 2D NMR and related experiments (that is, NOE, etc.) is required. Authors are requested to provide copies of these spectra.
- Infra red spectra that support functional group modifications, including other diagnostic assignments, should be included.
For all soluble polymers, an estimation of molecular weight must be provided by a suitable method - for example, size exclusion chromatography, including details of columns, eluents and calibration standards, intrinsic viscosity, MALDI TOF, etc.
In addition, full NMR characterisation (1H,13C) as for organic compound characterisation should be included. Small molecules on the route to the polymers should be characterised as above and NMR data should be tabulated.
Inorganic and organometallic compounds
A new chemical substance (molecule or extended solid) should have a homogeneous composition and structure. Where the compound is molecular, authors must provide data to unequivocally establish its homogeneity, purity and identification. In general, this should include elemental analyses that agree to within Â±0.4% of the calculated values.
In cases where elemental analyses cannot be obtained (for example, for thermally unstable compounds), justification for the omission of this data should be provided. Note that an X-ray crystal structure is not sufficient for the characterisation of a new material, since the crystal used in this analysis does not necessarily represent the bulk sample.
In rare cases, it may be possible to substitute elemental analyses with high-resolution mass spectrometric molecular weights. This is appropriate, for example, with trivial derivatives of thoroughly characterised substances or routine synthetic intermediates.
In all cases, relevant spectroscopic data (NMR, IR, UV-vis, etc.) should be provided in tabulated form or as reproduced spectra. These may be relegated to the electronic supplementary information (ESI) to conserve journal space. However, it should be noted that, in general, mass spectrometric and spectroscopic data do not constitute proof of purity, and, in the absence of elemental analyses, additional evidence of purity should be provided (melting points, PXRD data, etc.).
Where the compound is an extended solid, it is important to unequivocally establish the chemical structure and bulk composition. Single crystal diffraction does not determine the bulk structure. Referees will normally look to see evidence of bulk homogeneity.
A fully indexed powder diffraction pattern which agrees with single crystal data may be used as evidence of a bulk homogeneous structure and chemical analysis may be used to establish purity and homogeneous composition.
If data from magnetic measurements are presented, the manuscript must provide a thorough description of the experimental details pertaining to how the sample was measured (in a gelatin capsule, Teflon capsule, as a powder, etc).
If the data have been corrected for sample or sample-holder diamagnetism, the diamagnetic correction term must be provided and the manner in which it was determined (for example, calculated using Pascal's constants, measured) must be stated.
Any fit of magnetic data to an analytical expression must be accompanied by the Hamiltonian from which the analytical expression is derived, the analytical expression itself, and the fitting parameters. If the expression is lengthy, it may be included in the electronic supplementary information instead of within the main manuscript text. Its inclusion as supplementary information should be noted in the ESI paragraph at the end of the manuscript. When an exchange coupling constant (J) is quoted in the abstract, the form of the Hamiltonian must also be included in the abstract.
Nano-sized materials (such as quantum dots, nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanowires)
It is essential that the authors not only provide detailed characterisation on individual objects but also a comprehensive characterisation of the bulk composition. Characterisation of the bulk of the sample could require determination of the chemical composition and size distribution over large portions of the sample.
Biomolecules (for example, enzymes, proteins, DNA/RNA, oligosaccharides, oligonucleotides)
Authors should provide rigorous evidence for the identity and purity of the biomolecules described.
The techniques that may be employed to substantiate identity include mass spectrometry, LC-MS, sequencing data (for proteins and oligonucleotides), high field 1H,13C NMR spectroscopy, or X-ray crystallography.
Purity must be established by one or more of the following: HPLC, gel electrophoresis, capillary electrophoresis, or high field 1H,13C NMR spectroscopy. Sequence verification also needs to be carried out for nucleic acid cases involving molecular biology including all mutants; for new protein or gene sequences, the entire sequence must be provided.
For organic synthesis involving DNA, RNA oligonucleotides, their derivatives or mimics, purity must be established using HPLC and mass spectrometry as a minimum.
For new derivatives comprising modified monomers, the usual organic chemistry analytical requirements for the novel monomer must be provided. However, it is not necessary to provide this level of characterisation for the oligonucleotide into which the novel monomer is incorporated.
Authors must provide sufficient information to enable readers to reproduce any computational results. If software was used for calculations and is generally available, it must be properly cited in the notes and references. References to the methods upon which the software is based must also be provided.
Equations, data, geometric parameters/coordinates, or other numerical parameters essential to reproduction of the computational results (or adequate references when available in the open literature) must be provided.
Authors who report the results of electronic structure calculations in relative energies should also include in ESI the absolute energies obtained directly from the computational output files.
Computational results obtained using methods, parameters, or input data that are not adequately described in the manuscript or in the referenced literature are not acceptable for publication.
Where the screening of new catalysts is reported, authors should provide a mass balance for all reactions (using, for example, an internal standard in their analysis technique). Recycling efficiencies should be based on reaction rates measurements and not product yield as a function of cycle. It is highly desirable to report the reaction rate for the catalysts as turnover frequency or mass-specific activity or, for heterogeneous catalysts, as surface-specific activity.
Open access publishing options
Catalysis Science & Technology 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.
For authors who want to publish their article gold open access, Catalysis Science & Technology 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 Catalysis Science & Technology 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 Catalysis Science & Technology 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.
Catalysis Science & Technology publishes a number of themed collections on timely and important topics, guest edited by members of the journal community. Members of the community are welcome to submit proposals for themed collections that would be of interest to the Catalysis Science & Technology readership. Please use the form below to submit a proposal. All proposals will be considered by the Editorial Board and assessed based on the timeliness and relevance of the topic.Suggest a topic
Academic and industrial chemists of all disciplines using heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis: organic, organometallic, inorganic and bio(in)organic chemists; biochemists; physical and theoretical chemists; materials, polymer, surface, and environmental scientists.
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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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