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Reaction Chemistry & Engineering is a Transformative Journal and Plan S compliant
Impact factor: 5.200*
Time to first decision (all decisions): 18.0 days**
Time to first decision (peer reviewed only): 29.0 days***
Editor-in-Chief: Klavs F Jensen
Open access publishing options available
Reaction Chemistry & Engineering is an interdisciplinary journal reporting cutting-edge research focused on enhancing the understanding and efficiency of reactions.
Reaction engineering leverages the interface where fundamental molecular chemistry meets chemical engineering and technology. Challenges in chemistry can be overcome by the application of new technologies, while engineers may find improved solutions for process development from the latest developments in reaction chemistry.
Reaction Chemistry & Engineering is a unique forum for researchers whose interests span the broad areas of chemical engineering and chemical sciences to come together in solving problems of importance to wider society.
All papers should be written to be approachable by readers across the engineering and chemical sciences. Papers that consider multiple scales, from the laboratory up to and including plant scale, are particularly encouraged.
Key topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
Reaction engineering approaches or technologies
- Reaction development & optimisation (including catalysis and catalyst design, mechanistic and kinetic studies, analysis and monitoring, mechanism and kinetics, screening, intensification and scale-up)
- Synthesis technologies (including electrochemistry, photochemistry and mechanochemistry)
- Reaction & process engineering (including continuous processes, reactor design, integrated reactors, microfluidics and new reactor concepts)
- Flow chemistry (including organic, inorganic, enzymatic, analytical and process chemistry)
- Digitalisation of chemistry and biochemistry (including analysis and monitoring, automation, visualisation, machine learning, algorithms, high-throughput discovery and cyber-physical systems)
- Biochemical engineering (including biocatalysis, enzyme engineering, bioprocessing and chemical biology)
- Materials synthesis & processing (including nanomaterials, nanoparticles, polymers, surfaces, interfaces and membranes)
- Separations (including reactive extraction/distillation and membrane-based processes)
Biological, chemical, medical, environmental and energy applications
- Pharmaceutical and speciality chemical development (including target identification and screening, synthetic route development and process design, intensification and scale-up)
- Sustainable chemistry (including platform chemicals from bioresources and waste, alternative solvents, circular economy and efficient processes)
- Environment & climate (including clean water, carbon capture, reactive and membrane separations, solar fuels and pollution abatement)
Why publish in Reaction Chemistry & Engineering?
By publishing in the journal, you will receive international exposure of your work to chemical scientists and chemical and process engineers from across academia and industry, as well as the other benefits that are part of publishing in Royal Society of Chemistry journals.
- Fast times to publication
- Efficient, fair and transparent peer review
- A dedicated editorial service
- Hot article promotion
- Free colour, PDF reprints and electronic supplementary information (ESI)
- Open access options
Meet the team
Find out who is on the editorial and advisory boards for the Reaction Chemistry & Engineering.
Klavs F. Jensen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Ian R. Baxendale, Durham University, UK
Richard A. Bourne, University of Leeds, UK
Saif A. Khan, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Francesca Paradisi, University of Bern, Switzerland
Laura Torrente Murciano, University of Cambridge, UK
Haihui Wang, Tsinghua University, China
Editorial board members
Shane Grosser, Merck, USA
Petra de Jongh, Utrecht University, Netherlands
Heather J. Kulik, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Anita Maguire, University College Cork, Ireland
Megan Smyth, Almac Sciences
Malcolm Berry, MB Chemistry Consulting Ltd, UK
Claude de Bellefon, University of Lyon, France
Donna Blackmond, Scripps Research Institute CA, USA
Wayne Blaylock, Dow Chemical Company, USA
Cara Brocklehurst, Novartis AG, Switzerland
Jian-Feng Chen, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China
Cathy Chin, University of Toronto, Canada
Evelina Colacino, University of Montpellier, France
Avelino Corma, Polytechnical University of Valencia, Spain
Anna Croft, University of Nottingham, UK
Paul Dauenhauer, University of Minnesota, USA
Stevan Djuric, High Point University, USA
Raj Gounder, Purdue University, USA
Raju Kumar Gupta, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India
Dorota Gryko, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Ryan Hartman, New York University, USA
Joel Hawkins, Pfizer, USA
Ive Hermans, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Volker Hessel, University of Adelaide, Australia
Lin Huang, Trunk & Petal Pte Ltd., Singapore
Marty Johnson, Eli Lilly, USA
Niket Kaisare, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
C Oliver Kappe, University of Graz, Austria
Alexander Katz, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Francesca Kerton, Memorial University, Canada
Beata Kilos-Réaume, Dow Chemical Company, USA
Dong Pyo Kim, POSTECH, Republic of Korea
Shu Kobayashi, University of Tokyo, Japan
Amol Kulkarni, National Chemical Research Laboratory, India
Alexei Lapkin, University of Cambridge, UK
Hélène Lebel, University of Montreal, Canada
Angeliki Lemonidou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Guangsheng Luo, Tsinghua University, China
Haresh Manyar, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
Rebecca Meadows, AstraZeneca plc, UK
Massimo Morbidelli, Milano Politecnico, Italy
Timothy Noël, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Matthew O'Brien, Keele University, UK
Tatsuya Okubo, University of Tokyo, Japan
Polona Žnidaršič Plazl, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Anastasios Polyzos, University of Melbourne, Australia
Jeffrey Rimer, University of Houston, USA
Rebecca Ruck, Merck & Co. Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA
Andrew Rutter GlaxoSmithKline, UK
Basu Saha, Lancaster University, UK
Susannah L. Scott, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Doris Segets, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Manish Sharma, BASF, USA
Jay Siegel, Tianjin University, China
Ning Sun, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
Annette Taylor, University of Sheffield, UK
Enrico Tronconi, University of Milan, Italy
Veronique Van Speybroeck, Ghent University, Belgium
Dionisios G Vlachos, University of Delaware, USA
Siegfried Waldvogel, Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germany
Robin White, Luxembourg Institute for Science & Technology, Luxembourg
Karen Wilson, RMIT University, Australia
Sheryl L. Wiskur, University of South Carolina, USA
Wen-De Xiao, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Zhen Yao, Zhejiang University, China
Carmine D'Agostino, University of Manchester, UK
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Reaction Chemistry & Engineering publishes the following article types.
- Full papers
- Tutorial account
Reaction Chemistry & Engineering Communications contain novel scientific work of such importance that rapid publication is desirable. Authors should briefly indicate in a covering letter the reasons why they feel that publication of their work as a Communication is justified.
Full papers in Reaction Chemistry & Engineering contain original scientific work that has not been published previously. Please note that the Royal Society of Chemistry strongly discourages the fragmentation of a substantial body of work into a number of short publications. There is no page limit for full paper articles.
The purpose of a Review is to bring the reader up-to-date with research in a particular area. The article should aim to provide an authoritative, in-depth discussion of current progress. Authors are encouraged to identify areas in the field where further developments are imminent or of urgent need. Please note that Reviews in Reaction Chemistry & Engineering should not contain any original research.
Minireviews are highlights or summaries of research in an emerging area (typically from the last two-three years). Minireviews are not intended to be comprehensive overviews, rather they are meant to highlight recent and important developments in that specific area.
Minireviews should not contain any unpublished research and should set the topic in the context of the relevant literature. A small amount of speculation of possible future developments may also be appropriate in the Conclusions section.
Perspectives are invited contributions offering the personal viewpoint of leading scientists in their area of research. They present a state-of-the-art account of an area of current interest with an emphasis on future challenges and opportunities. Since the readership of Reaction Chemistry & Engineering 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. There are no strict length requirements, but as a general guide Perspectives should be typically between 6 - 20 pages in length. Perspectives should not contain any unpublished research.
Comments and Replies
Comments and Replies are a medium for the discussion and exchange of scientific opinions between authors and readers concerning material published in Reaction Chemistry & Engineering.
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.
Tutorial Accounts introduce readers to a technique, concept or methodology at the interface of chemistry and chemical engineering. They are didactic articles, intended to lower the barrier to entry for interdisciplinary research, and do not contain original research and are not intended to review the relevant literature. Authors should contact the Editorial Office in the first instance to discuss the topic before submitting.
Tutorial accounts may be of importance to a wide range of researchers, or of critical importance to a narrow range of researchers. There are no strict length requirements. Tutorial Accounts may cite examples from literature to illustrate key points but it should be possible for a specialist reader to gain a basic, workable understanding of the topic from the article without requiring further reading.Some comparison of alternative approaches may be appropriate, and authors can provide the reader with directions for further reading.
There are no specific requirements regarding formatting of submissions; we recommend using the Royal Society of Chemistry template but this is not a requirement for submission. All articles accepted for publication in our journals are edited and typeset to our house style by professional editors; we will format the final publication for you.
Open access publishing options
Reaction Chemistry & Engineering 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, Reaction Chemistry & Engineering 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 Reaction Chemistry & Engineering 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 Reaction Chemistry & Engineering 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.
Reaction Chemistry & Engineering 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 Reaction Chemistry & Engineering 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
Online only 2023: ISSN 2058-9883, £2,584 / $4,262
*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
****CiteScore™ 2021 available at www.scopus.com/sources
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