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Time to first decision (all decisions): 5 days**
Time to first decision (peer-reviewed only): 24 days***
Editor-in-Chief: Shizhang Qiao
Gold open access, APCs waived until mid-2025
Publication frequency: every two months
Open to everyone. Impactful for all.
How do we discover new energy solutions?
Research into catalysis could hold the answer to this question. The RSC’s Science Horizons report reveals how catalysis will be crucial to finding solutions to global challenges in the next 10-15 years.
The purpose of our journal is to capture and gather pivotal research in this subject area and inspire change around the world.
EES Catalysis publishes high quality research on energy and environmental catalysis. It delivers the same impact and influence that researchers associate with our Energy & Environmental Science brand. And as a multidisciplinary platform, it covers catalysis in all subject areas like chemistry, materials science and engineering. At its core, EES Catalysis aligns with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 7 – to ensure access to affordable, reliable and modern energy for all.
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As a gold open access journal, EES Catalysis aims to publish high quality, transformative and interdisciplinary research on energy and environmental catalysis. I am excited to be Editor-in-Chief of this journal, and I’m keen to help create real-world innovation in the catalysis field.
EES Catalysis is a premier journal, publishing high-quality experimental and theoretical catalysis research for energy and environmental applications. Delivering the same impact and influence which researchers associate with the Energy & Environmental Science brand, EES Catalysis is transdisciplinary, publishing globally impactful energy and environmental catalysis across all scientific disciplines including chemistry, materials science and engineering.
Exceptional research using any type of catalysis is welcome. This includes heterogeneous, homogeneous, molecular and biocatalysis phase-based investigations, and encompasses the fields of thermo-, electro-, and photocatalysis for the production of clean energy, fuels and chemicals, modification/repairing of environment, and improved planetary health.
Both fundamental and applied catalysis research, as well as reports, focused on new reactions, new methodologies, new approaches, and new mechanisms that are of significant general interest to the community, are all welcome.
Non-conventional low-temperature reverse water–gas shift reaction over highly dispersed Ru catalysts in an electric field
The reverse water–gas shift (RWGS) reaction, a promising carbon-recycling reaction, was investigated by applying an electric field to promote the reaction at a temperature of 473 K or lower.
Ultra-high-rate CO2 reduction reactions to multicarbon products with a current density of 1.7 A cm−2 in neutral electrolytes
CO2 electrolysis to value-added products is a promising technology to close the carbon cycle and sequester anthropogenic CO2 into chemical feedstocks; an increase of the current density for multicarbon products is one of the requirements for practical implementation.
Structural ordering enhances highly selective production of acetic acid from CO2 at ultra-low potential
Electrochemical reduction of CO2 to value-added chemicals and fuels using renewable energy technologies is known to facilitate the creation of an artificial carbon cycle.
Zr-doped BaTaO2N photocatalyst modified with Na–Pt cocatalyst for efficient hydrogen evolution and Z-scheme water splitting
BaTaO2N exhibits hydrogen evolution activity under visible light with wavelengths up to 650 nm and is applicable to Z-scheme overall water splitting (ZOWS).
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Submissions are initially assessed and taken through peer-review by our high-profile, internationally-recognised Associate Editors. The journal operates a single-anonymised peer review model, where reviewers are anonymous and author names and affiliations are known to reviewers, and all authors have the option to choose transparent peer review.
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Meet EES Catalysis' Editor-in-Chief and board members.
Joel W. Ager III, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
Jong-Beom Baek, Ulsan National Institute of Science & Technology (UNIST), Korea
Alexis Bell, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Annemie Bogaerts, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Charles T. Campbell, University of Washington, USA
Sir Richard Catlow FRS, University College London, UK
Jingguang Chen, Columbia University, USA
Zhongwei Chen, University of Waterloo, Canada
Ib Chorkendorff, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Charles Dismukes, Rutgers University, USA
Shaojun Guo, Peking University, China
Qian He, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Douglas Macfarlane, Monash University, Australia
Ki Tae Nam, Seoul National University, Korea
Ungyu Paik, Hanyang University, Korea
Menny Shalom, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Licheng Sun, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Zhiyong Tang, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology CAS, China
David Tilley, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Xin Wang, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Ye Wang, Xiamen University, China
Emma Eley, Executive Editor ORCID: 0000-0002-6379-8502
Jon Ferrier, Deputy Editor
Sarah Whitbread, Editorial Production Manager
Alex Holiday, Editorial Assistant
Aphra Murray, Assistant Editor, ORCID: 0000-0001-5469-2960
Jamie Purcell, Assistant Editor
Alexander John, Assistant Editor
Emily Ellison, Assistant Editor
Jack Pitchers, Assistant Editor
Lee Colwill, Publishing Assistant
Neil Hammond, Publisher, ORCID: 0000-0001-6390-8874
Peer review and editorial process
All articles published in EES Catalysis are subject to external peer review by experts in the field and all manuscripts submitted are handled by a team of internationally recognised Associate Editors, who are all practicing scientists in the field.
The peer review for all articles submitted to the journal consists of the following stages:
Phase 1: Your manuscript is initially assessed by an associate editor to determine its suitability for peer review
Phase 2: If the manuscript passes the initial assessment process, the associate editor solicits recommendations from at least two reviewers who are experts in the field. They will provide a report along with their recommendation.
Phase 3: The associate editor handling your manuscript makes a decision based on the reviewer reports received. In the event that no clear decision can be made, another reviewer will be consulted.
EES Catalysis is committed to a rigorous peer review process and expert editorial oversight for all published content. Please refer to our processes and policies for full details including our appeals procedure.
Articles accepted for publication in EES Catalysis are published online with citeable DOIs as Advance Articles after they are edited and typeset. Articles are then assigned page numbers and published in an issue. Issues of EES Catalysis are published bi-monthly. Please find our most recent issue here.
Transparent peer review policy
To support increased transparency, we offer authors the option of transparent peer review, where the editor’s decision letter, reviewers’ comments and authors’ response for all versions of the manuscript will be published alongside the article under an Open Access Creative Commons licence (CC-BY). Reviewers are anonymous unless they choose to sign their report.
Find out more about our transparent peer review policy.
EES Catalysis authors, editors, reviewers and published works are required to uphold the Royal Society of Chemistry’s ethical standards. The Royal Society of Chemistry is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and our ethical standards follow COPE’s core practices and best practice guidelines. In cases where these guidelines are breached or appear to be so, the Royal Society of Chemistry will consult with COPE guidelines and act accordingly.
When a study involves the use of live animals or human subjects, authors must include in the 'methods/experimental' section of the manuscript a statement that all experiments were performed in compliance with the author’s institute’s policy on animal use and ethics; where possible, details of compliance with national or international laws or guidelines should be included. The statement must name the institutional/local ethics committee which has approved the study; where possible, the approval or case number should be provided. A statement that informed consent was obtained for any experimentation with human subjects is required. Reviewers may be asked to comment specifically on any cases in which concerns arise.
For further guidance on author responsibilities and code of conduct, which apply to EES Catalysis and to all manuscripts submitted to Royal Society of Chemistry journals, please visit our author hub.
EES Catalysis publishes a number of themed collections every year on timely and important topics, guest edited by members of the energy science community. Previous themed collections are available to read here. All submissions to our themed collections will undergo an initial assessment by the journal Editors and subsequent peer review as per the usual standards of RSC journals.
EES Catalysis is a gold open access journal. This means that the exceptional research you publish here can be easily accessed by people around the world. We’re also paying for all article processing charges (APCs) until mid-2025, so you can gain global recognition without costing you or your funding body. Ready to make a start?
We offer EES Catalysis authors a choice of two Creative Commons licences: CC BY or CC BY NC. Publication under these licences means that authors retain the copyright of their article, but users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. Read our open access statement for further information.
All published articles are deposited with LOCKSS, CLOCKSS, Portico and the British Library for archiving.
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EES Catalysis publishes:
- Full papers
- Analysis articles
Our Communication format is ideally suited to short studies – which can be preliminary in nature – that are of such importance that they require accelerated publication.
Communications must contain original and highly significant work whose interest to the EES Catalysis readership and high novelty warrants rapid publication. Authors should supply with their submission a justification of why the work merits urgent publication as a Communication. Referees will be asked to judge the work on these grounds.
Communications are given high visibility within the journal as they are published as the front of an issue. Communications will not normally exceed the length of five printed journal pages.
Full papers contain original scientific work that has not been published previously. Full papers based on Communications are encouraged provided that they represent a substantial extension of the original material. There are no restrictions on the length of a paper. Authors should include a brief discussion in the Introduction that sets the context for the novel work and gives their motivation for carrying out the study.
Reviews, Perspectives & Mini-reviews
These are normally commissioned by the editorial board and editorial office, although suggestions are most welcome – proposals (comprising the title, short synopsis, and key references) should be sent by email to the Editors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reviews, Perspectives and Minireviews must be high-quality, authoritative, state-of-the-art accounts of the selected research field. They should be timely and add to the existing literature, rather than duplicate existing articles, and should be of general interest to the journal's wide readership.
All Reviews, Perspectives and Minireviews undergo a rigorous and full peer review procedure, in the same way as regular research papers. Notes on the preparation of these articles are available from the editor and will be provided to referees.
Review articles report a detailed, balanced and authoritative current account of the selected research field. Review articles normally comprise 10,000 or more words of text, together with supporting figures and tables.
Perspectives present an authoritative state-of-the-art account of a research field. A Perspective may take the form of a personal account of research, or a critical analysis of a topic of current interest. In either form, some new unpublished research may be included. Perspectives normally comprise 5,000 to 10,000 words of text, together with supporting figures and tables.
Mini-reviews are shorter, more focused accounts of important new fields of research. They are typically up to 3,000 words in length.
All review content should consist of original text and interpretation, avoiding any direct reproduction. If a significant amount of other people's material is to be used, either textual or image-based, permission must be sought by the author in accordance with copyright law and must be made clear in the manuscript.
Opinions are typically up to 2,000 words in length and provide a personal, often speculative, viewpoint or hypothesis on a topic of current interest to the scientific community. They may concern a recent publication in the journal (in which case the author(s) concerned will be given the opportunity to respond) or discuss any current hot topic from the authors' point of view; provided that they are not defamatory to the work of others they can be controversial and stimulate counter-opinion. They can include a short biography of the author(s).
Although – by their nature – Opinion articles may be more speculative than traditional papers, for publication in EES Catalysis Opinions must contain rigorous, evidence-backed scientific justification, be referenced where possible, and bring significant and valuable insights to the field.
Opinions on set topics may be invited by the editorial office, but unsolicited pieces in response to papers already published are encouraged to promote science.
The purpose of Analysis articles is to quantitatively analyse technologies and technological systems.
Analysis articles provide an in-depth examination of energy and environmental catalysis technologies, strategies, policies, and overarching conceptual frameworks that will be of interest to the journal's wide and global readership. They should present new methods and data and fresh insights and should be written for a scientifically literate audience. They must demonstrate scholarly rigour and tightness of presentation comparable to articles in mainstream science.
An Analysis article should not simply be a repository of data with superficial or speculative commentary. Instead, through an Analysis article, a reader of EES Catalysis should learn something new about methods or data, or will be educated about an important new technology or technological strategy, or will see a policy argument in a fresh light.
Authors of potential Analysis articles are encouraged to contact the editorial office, to discuss the scope and suitability of their article. All Analysis submissions will be subject to rigorous peer review in the normal way.
Comments and Replies are a medium for the discussion and exchange of scientific opinions between authors and readers concerning material published in EES Catalysis.
For publication, a Comment should present an alternative analysis of and/or a 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
The following guidelines are journal specific. For general guidance on preparing an article please visit our Prepare your article and Resources for authors pages, the content of which is relevant to all of our journals.
All articles must include a separate paragraph (no more than 200 words) that puts the work into a broader context, highlighting the main advances and their impact on energy and environmental catalysis.
Characterisation of new catalysts
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 rate measurements and not product yield as a function of a cycle. It is highly desirable to report the reaction rate for the catalysts as a turnover frequency or mass-specific activity or, for heterogeneous catalysts, as surface-specific activity.
EES Catalysis is fully gold open access – articles can be downloaded free from the website with no barriers to access.
Online only: ISSN 2753-801X
Copyright is retained by authors when an open access licence is accepted, as with our standard licence to publish agreement. Full and accurate attribution to the original author is required for any re-use of the work. Find out more about copyright, licences and re-use permission.
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**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