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Common Pitfalls of Catalysis Manuscripts Submitted to Chemistry of Materials


Schüth,  Ferdi
Research Department Schüth, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Max Planck Society;

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Schüth, F., Ward, M. D., & Buriak, J. M. (2018). Common Pitfalls of Catalysis Manuscripts Submitted to Chemistry of Materials. Chemistry of Materials, 30(11), 3599-3600. doi:10.1021/acs.chemmater.8b01831.

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Many science and engineering journals focus on catalysis research, sometimes with “Catalysis” contained within the name of the journal. Chemistry of Materials also covers aspects of catalysis, as stated in its Scope Statement: “Among the areas of interest are inorganic and organic solid-state chemistry, composite materials, nanomaterials, biomaterials, thin films and polymers, especially when focused on the creation or innovative development of materials with novel and potentially useful optical, electrical, magnetic, catalytic, or mechanical properties”. Importantly, this statement emphasizes a focus on materials with innovative and potentially useful catalytic properties, not the catalytic reaction itself. As such, many authors of catalysis-relevant manuscripts submitted to Chemistry of Materials would not regard themselves as strongly affiliated with the core catalysis community as much as other chemistry subdisciplines. Consequently, these authors may not be familiar with the reporting standards in catalysis research, or they may not have experienced common pitfalls related to reporting catalytic properties of materials. Chemistry of Materials does not expect the same level of detail and depth when reporting catalytic data as journals that specialize in catalysis. There are some basic tenets authors should consider when submitting catalysis-relevant manuscripts to Chemistry of Materials, however, as failing to do so will likely lead to rejection, or at least a request for modification before further consideration of the manuscript. Some frequent issues experienced by the journal editors are addressed below, in brief, as guidance to authors for improving the quality of their manuscripts and the chances for a smoother review process.