Common Pitfalls of Catalysis Manuscripts Submitted to Chemistry of Materials

Many science and engineering journals focus on catalysis research, sometimes with “Catalysis” contained within the name of the journal

Ferdi Schüth; Michael D. Ward; Jillian M. Buriak

2018

Scholarcy highlights

  • Many science and engineering journals focus on catalysis research, sometimes with “Catalysis” contained within the name of the journal
  • Authors should report TURNOVER FREQUENCIES measured at an early stage of the reaction, as defined by a specific % conversion
  • TURNOVER NUMBERS is a measure of catalyst stability, defined as the number of transformations a site can sustain until it is deactivated completely
  • Many manuscripts submitted to the journal report TON as the number of transformations effected during some specified reaction time, irrespective of whether the catalyst is active or not at that time
  • The definitions of TOF and TON deserve more attention than space allows in this editorial, and authors are encouraged to consult other sources
  • There are certainly many more pitfalls in analyzing and reporting catalysis work, but based on our experience, the points above represent a large majority of the technical flaws in manuscripts submitted to Chemistry of Materials in the field of catalysis
  • Proper reporting according to the advice above will reduce the frustration of editors, reviewers and authors, leading to a more streamlined publishing experience

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