Nature Catalysis publishes primary research in one format, Articles, which can range in length from short communications to longer, more in-depth reports. Regardless of length, an Article should report an important research study of high quality and general interest to the broad catalysis community. The main text (excluding abstract, Methods section, references and figure legends) is typically limited to 3,500 words. Articles can have up to 8 display items (figures and/or tables) and as a guideline up to around 50 references (excluding those cited exclusively in Methods). The maximum title length is 150 characters (including spaces).
Articles have an unreferenced abstract of approximately 150 words. The abstract should contain a brief account of the background and rationale of the work, followed by a statement of the main conclusions, and their implications, introduced by the phrase 'Here we show' or some equivalent. The main text of an Article should begin with an introduction (without heading) of referenced text that expands on the background of the work (some overlap with the abstract is acceptable), and is followed by a concise, focused account of the findings, typically ending with one or two short paragraphs of discussion. The main text should be divided by a few short topical headings of no more than 60 characters (including spaces). Articles can also contain a Methods section, which should appear after the main text and should typically not exceed 3,000 words.
Articles include received/accepted dates and may be accompanied by supplementary information. Articles are peer reviewed.
A Review is an authoritative, balanced survey of recent developments in a research field. Although Reviews should be recognized as scholarly by specialists in the field, they should be written with a view to informing non-specialist readers. Thus, Reviews should be presented using simple prose, avoiding excessive jargon and technical detail. The scope of a Review should be broad enough that it is not dominated by the work of a single research institution, and particularly not by the authors' own work.
Reviews should typically be no more than 5,000 words long and include no more than 8 display items (figures, tables or boxes). Citations in Reviews should be selective and as a guideline there should usually be no more than 100 references. Footnotes are not used.
Reviews include received/accepted dates. Reviews are always peer-reviewed to ensure factual accuracy, appropriate citations and scholarly balance, and are edited by the journal editors in consultation with the authors.
Reviews are usually commissioned by the editors, so it is advisable to send a pre-submission enquiry including a synopsis before preparing a manuscript for formal submission.
A Perspective is intended to provide a forum for authors to discuss results and ideas from a personal viewpoint. They are more forward-looking and/or speculative than Reviews and may take a narrower field of view. They may be opinionated but should remain balanced and are intended to stimulated discussion and new approaches.
Perspectives should typically be no more than 4,000 words long and include no more than 4 display items (figures, tables or boxes). Citations in Perspectives should be selective and as a guideline there should usually be no more than 50 references. Footnotes are not used.
Perspectives include received/accepted dates. Perspectives are always peer-reviewed, and are edited by the journal editors in consultation with the authors.
Perspectives are usually commissioned by the editors, so it is advisable to send a pre-submission enquiry including a synopsis before preparing a manuscript for formal submission.
Comment articles can focus on commercial, ethical, legal, societal or political issues surrounding catalysis research, as well as purely scientific and engineering issues. This is an 'opinion' section of the journal, and Comment articles should be of immediate interest to a broad readership and should be written in an accessible, non-technical style.
Comments are typically no longer than 2,000 words and as a guideline include up to 25 references. Article titles are omitted from the reference list. Figures and diagrams are encouraged, but are not a requirement.
Comments may be peer-reviewed at the editors' discretion, and are edited by the journal editors in consultation with the authors.
Comment articles are usually commissioned by the editors, but proposals are welcome.
The Correspondence section provides a forum for comment on issues relevant to the journal’s community. This format may not be used for presentation of research data or analysis. A Correspondence should not exceed more than two printed pages and can range from 300-800 words; it is limited to one display item and up to 10 references. Article titles are omitted from the reference list. Correspondence may be peer-reviewed at the editors’ discretion. Note that Correspondence pieces are not technical comments on peer-reviewed research papers which would be considered Matters Arising.
Matters Arising are exceptionally interesting and timely scientific comments and clarifications on original research papers published in Nature Catalysis. These comments should ideally be based on knowledge contemporaneous with the original paper, rather than subsequent scientific developments.
For detailed information on how to submit a Matters Arising, please follow instructions here.
News & Views
News & Views articles inform readers about the latest advances in catalysis research, as reported in recently published papers (in Nature Catalysis or elsewhere) or at scientific meetings. Unsolicited contributions will not normally be considered, although prospective authors are welcome to make proposals. News & Views are not peer-reviewed, but undergo editing in consultation with the author.
Books & Arts
The Books & Arts section comprises timely reviews of books and other cultural and pedagogical resources of interest to the catalysis community. The pieces are limited to one page. They are usually commissioned, though unsolicited contriubutions will be considered.
Features and News Features
These sections are written or commissioned by the journal editors. They do not contain unsolicited material. We are, however, keen to accept freelance pitches of exclusive stories, particularly conference coverage from locations where we do not have staff, or reports from interesting field work.
All of our features are written with a lively, proactive tone, using language that is clear even to readers for whom English is not their native tongue. Stories should be accessible to those with a general interest and background in science or engineering.
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