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Energy & Environmental Science is a Transformative Journal, and Plan S compliant
Impact factor: 39.714*
Time to first decision (all decisions): 13.0 days**
Time to first decision (peer reviewed only): 46.0 days***
Chair: Jenny Nelson
Open access publishing options available
Energy & Environmental Science is an international journal dedicated to publishing exceptionally important and high quality, agenda-setting research tackling the key global and societal challenges of ensuring the provision of energy and protecting our environment for the future.
The scope is intentionally broad and the journal recognises the complexity of issues and challenges relating to energy conversion and storage, alternative fuel technologies and environmental science. For work to be published it must be linked to the energy-environment nexus and be of significant general interest to our community-spanning readership. All scales of studies and analysis, from impactful fundamental advances, to interdisciplinary research across the (bio)chemical, (bio/geo)physical sciences and chemical engineering disciplines are welcomed.
Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Solar energy conversion and photovoltaics
- Solar fuels and artificial photosynthesis
- Fuel cells
- Hydrogen storage and (bio) hydrogen production
- Materials for energy systems
- Capture, storage and fate of CO2, including chemicals and fuels from CO2
- Catalysis for a variety of feedstocks (for example, oil, gas, coal, biomass and synthesis gas)
- Biofuels and biorefineries
- Materials in extreme environments
- Environmental impacts of energy technologies
- Global atmospheric chemistry and climate change as related to energy systems
- Water-energy nexus
- Energy systems and networks
- Globally applicable principles of energy policy and techno-economics
Energy & Environmental Science is part of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s energy portfolio. Find out more about our companion journals, including EES Catalysis, Sustainable Energy & Fuels, Journal of Materials Chemistry A and Energy Advances.
Energy & Environmental Science Lectureship
This Lectureship recognises an outstanding emerging investigator working on an energy research topic within the scope of Energy & Environmental Science, providing a platform to showcase their research to the wider scientific community.
Find out more about eligibility, how to nominate, nomination deadlines and see all the winners of this award.
Meet the team
Find out who is on the editorial and advisory boards for the Energy & Environmental Science journal.
Jenny Nelson, Imperial College London, UK
Editorial board members
Xinhe Bao, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Christoph Brabec, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
William Chueh, Stanford University, USA
Linda Nazar, University of Waterloo, Canada
Jan Rossmeisl, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Jennifer Wilcox, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Karen Wilson, RMIT, Australia
Markus Antonietti, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany
Juan Bisquert, Jaume I University, Spain
Bernie Bulkin, Sustainable Development Commission, UK
Stephen Campbell, Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation, Canada
Emily Carter, Princeton University, USA
Kylie Catchpole, Australian National University, Australia
Jaephil Cho, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Korea
Wonyong Choi, Korea Institute of Energy Technology, Korea
Ib Chorkendorff, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Peter Dobson, University of Oxford, UK
Kazunari Domen, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Nieves Espinosa, University of Murcia, Spain
Hongjin Fan, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Elzbieta Frackowiak, Poznan University of Technology, Poland
Hermenegildo García, Instituto de Tecnología Química CSIC-UPV, Spain
José Goldemberg, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Harry Gray, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA
Dirk Guldi, University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
Anders Hagfeldt, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne EPFL, Switzerland
Laura Herz, University of Oxford, UK
Steven Holdcroft, Simon Fraser University/NRC, Canada
George Huber, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Oliver Inderwildi, University of Oxford, UK
Saiful Islam, University of Oxford, UK
Mercouri G Kanatzidis, Northwestern University, USA
Akihiko Kudo, Tokyo University of Science, Japan
Pooi See Lee, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Nathan Lewis, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA
Chengdu Liang, Center for Nano-phase Materials Sciences Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
Jeffrey R Long, University of California Berkeley, USA
Yi-Chun Lu, Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
Christopher R McNeill, Monash University, Australia
Shelley Minteer, The University of Utah, USA
Arthur Nozik, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA
Satish Ogale, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research IISER, Pune, India
Annamaria Petrozza, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy
Seeram Ramakrishna, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Zhiyong Jason Ren, Princeton University, USA
Rodney Ruoff, Ulsan National Institute of Science & Technology, Korea
Jennifer Rupp, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Srinivasan Sampath, Indian Institute of Science, India
Uwe Schröder, TU-Braunschweig, Germany
David Sinton, University of Toronto, Canada
Henry Snaith, University of Oxford, UK
Robert Socolow, Princeton University, USA
Jefferson W Tester, Cornell University, USA
Dan Wang, Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Peng Wang, Zhejiang University, China
Michael R Wasielewski, Northwestern University, USA
Li-Zhu Wu, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Bilge Yildiz, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Kyung Byung Yoon, Sogang University, Korea
Yan Yu, University of Science and Technology of China, China
Jincai Zhao, Center for Molecular Science, China
Tim S Zhao, The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong
Neil Scriven, Executive Editor
Sarah Holmes, Deputy Editor
Lily Newton, Development Editor
Claire Darby, Editorial Production Manager ORCID 0000-0003-3059-6020
Sam Keltie, Publisher
Emma Carlisle, Publishing Editor
Hannah Hamilton, Publishing Editor
Claire Hedgecott, Publishing Editor
Irene Sanchez Molina Santos, Publishing Editor
Michael Spencelayh, Publishing Editor
Callum Woof, Publishing Editor
Lauren Yarrow-Wright, Publishing Editor
Kate Bandoo, Editorial Assistant
Linda Warncke, Publishing Assistant
Energy & Environmental Science publishes:
- Full papers
- Analysis articles
These contain either a complete study or a preliminary report, but in either case must contain original and highly significant work whose interest to the Energy & Environmental Science 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 at the front of an issue. Communications will not normally exceed the length of four printed journal pages; however, exceptions may be made at the editor's discretion. Full papers based on Communications are encouraged provided that they represent a substantial extension of the original material.
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 & Minireviews
These are normally commissioned by the editorial board and editorial office, although suggestions from readers for topics and authors of reviews are most welcome and should be directed to the editor.
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.
Minireviews are shorter, more focused accounts of important new fields of research. They are typically up to 3,000 words in length.
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 Energy & Environmental Science Opinions must contain rigorous, evidence-backed scientific justification, 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 scientific discussion.
The purpose of Analysis articles is to quantitatively analyse technologies and technological systems.
Analysis articles provide an in-depth examination of energy and environmental 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 rigor 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 Energy & Environmental Science 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 Energy & Environmental Science.
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
All articles must include a separate paragraph (no more than 200 words) that puts the work into the broader context, highlighting the main advances and their impact on energy and environmental science.Reporting efficiencies of solar conversion devices
Authors and referees should note the following guidelines for articles reporting the efficiency of solar conversion devices. Authors should ensure the following information is provided in the main manuscript or supplementary information as appropriate.
A full, conventional error analysis should be carried out and reported. This should consist of both random and systematic/bias analyses of values to support the main claims presented in the article, and information on how the error analysis was carried out.
Efficiencies should be reported to an appropriate number of significant figures, along with a standard deviation. This also includes presenting error bars on graphs.
A sufficient number of samples should be tested, and a sufficient number of trials performed.
The 1 Sun AM 1.5G reference spectrum should be used as standard for testing power conversion efficiency and a justification provided where this is not used.
Full experimental conditions under which the efficiency is measured should be declared. Special attention should be paid to documenting the active area of the device, the calibration protocol and properties of the illumination including spectral irradiance and intensity. This may also include as appropriate, but is not limited to, air temperature, use of a glove box, properties and characteristics of the test cell and standardized cell used for calibration, including dimensions and spatial non-uniformity, and calibration and measurement protocols.
Independent certification of the photovoltaic performance of the device being reported is encouraged when the main claims rely on the absolute efficiency value being reported.
If incident photon-to-current efficiency (IPCE), also referred to as external quantum efficiency (EQE) measurements are performed, the results should be integrated to a resulting short circuit current that can be compared with 1 Sun AM 1.5G power conversion efficiency data. The details of how this calculation is done and any correction factors should be clearly defined.
If hysteresis is observed, details on timescale and stability of the efficiency should be provided.
Authors and referees should note the following guidelines for articles reporting electrochemical data and setup of batteries. Authors should ensure the following information is provided in the main manuscript or supplementary information as appropriate.
The setup used for electrochemical testing (full or half cells, reference electrode [if used], testing temperature, etc.) must be clearly specified in the Experimental Information.
When reporting electrochemical performance data, the authors must clearly state on how many experimental runs these data are based off (one-time measurement? n-time measurement?). The electrochemical performance value calculations must be clearly explained (including information on using charging or discharging values). Thereby, all electrochemical data must be reported to an appropriate number of significant figures, along with standard deviation and error bars on graphs.
When reporting electrode performance values, the thickness of the electrode and the mass percentage of all electrode components (active material, additive, binder, etc.), the total mass of the electrode, and the geometric area of the electrode must be provided.
When reporting device-level performance values, the mass percentage of all battery components (active material, additive, binder, casing, current collector, electrolyte, separator, etc.), the total mass of the battery, and the geometric area of the electrode must be reported.
The mass percent and theoretical capacity of the active material should be provided if the theoretical capacity of the studied material is known. The theoretical capacity should be used to calculate C-rate. Alternatively, rigorous use of A g-1 is recommended.
Pre-cycling and/or first cycle data should be reported.
Calculations of battery capacity must report the capacity obtained (in mAh g-1; if appropriate, volumetric values can be added in the unit of mAh cm-3) with the cycling rate and at what cycle number this capacity was obtained clearly stated. Average capacities for ≥3 cells with standard deviation are preferred.
Open access publishing options
Energy & Environmental Science 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, Energy & Environmental Science 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 Energy & Environmental Science 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 Energy & Environmental Science 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.
The journal appeals to chemical scientists, chemical and process engineers, energy researchers, bio-scientists and environmental scientists from across academia, industry and government.
Energy & Environmental Science is part of RSC Gold and Materials Science subscription packages.
Online only 2023: ISSN 1754-5706, £1,521 / $2,752
*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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