Initial submission

Cover letter

Authors should provide a cover letter that includes the affiliation and contact information for the corresponding author. Authors should briefly discuss the importance of the work and explain why it is considered appropriate for the diverse readership of Nature Catalysis. Any prior discussions with a Nature Catalysis editor about the work described in the manuscript should also be mentioned. 

Initial format requirements

The Nature journals are flexible with regard to the format of initial submissions. Within reason, style and length will not influence consideration of a manuscript. But to facilitate the review process we strongly encourage you to incorporate the manuscript text and figures into a single pdf with all lines numbered or Microsoft Word file. Suitably high-resolution figures may be inserted within the text at appropriate positions or grouped at the end. Each figure legend should be presented on the same page as its figure. The reference lists should include article titles. 

Although not required at the initial submission stage, authors are encouraged to review the article format requirements for final submission so they can familiarize themselves with what will be required if the editor invites submission of a revised version of the manuscript.

Submission policies

Submission to Nature Catalysis is taken to imply that there is no significant overlap between the submitted manuscript and any other papers from the same authors under consideration or in press elsewhere (Abstracts or un-refereed web preprints do not compromise novelty). The authors must include copies of all related manuscripts with any overlap in authorship that are under consideration or in press elsewhere. If a related manuscript is submitted elsewhere while the manuscript is under consideration at Nature Catalysis, a copy of the related manuscript should be sent to the editor. 

The primary affiliation for each author should be the institution where the majority of their work was done. If an author has subsequently moved, their current address may also be stated.

If the manuscript includes personal communications, please provide a written statement of permission from any person who is quoted. E-mail permission messages are acceptable. 

For life sciences manuscripts reporting original research results, please be aware that an editorial policy checklist (to ensure compliance with Nature Research editorial policies) and a completed reporting summary (to promote consistency and transparency in reporting) will be required before the manuscript is sent for external peer review.

The reporting summary will be made available to reviewers and will be published with all accepted manuscripts. For more information, see reporting life sciences research.

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Additional editorial policies can be found on the Nature journals joint policies page