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Information for Authors

Length and Word Count

  • Suggested length for a full–length article is 4000–6000 words (12-15 pages, including Figures, Tables etc.)
  • Short articles may be 1000–2000 words (4-6 pages)
  • Conference reviews may be 1000–2000 words (4-6 pages)
  • Book reviews may be 1000–2000 words (4-6 pages)
  • Guest Editorials (by invitation only) may be 500-1000 words maximum

Longer or shorter articles or reviews may be considered. A very long paper may be divided into parts and published in subsequent issues. We reserve the right to edit or shorten submissions.

Please contact us if you need further guidance.


Johnson Matthey Technology Review is published in English. Submissions may be edited to conform to Johnson Matthey Technology Review’s house style. Johnson Matthey Technology Review follows IUPAC guidelines for scientific terminology and uses SI units.

Non-English speakers may wish to ask a fluent English speaker or colleague familiar with the scientific literature to proofread their article before submission. A professional translation service may be used if available. We reserve the right to edit submissions for language and grammar. At the Editor's discretion, we may provide English language editing at the time of submission. For all accepted manuscripts we will provide English language editing and proofreading as part of the normal production process. 

It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that the scientific content is accurate and understandable by the referees before submission.

If in doubt, contact us for further guidance.

Cover Letter

This journal does not require a cover letter for submitted manuscripts. However you may choose to include a cover letter if you wish to help the Editors or the Referees to understand the importance of your work. If you choose to include a cover letter, it should be submitted at the same time as your manuscript.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Structure of the Article

Articles and reviews for Johnson Matthey Technology Review should include a title, subtitle, introduction, main body of the article (which may be divided by subheadings) and conclusions. Full-length articles should include a synopsis. All articles and reviews should be supported by Figures and References, and include a short author biography.

Johnson Matthey Technology Review’s readers include specialists in many different disciplines. Therefore the article should be written to be understood by the non-specialist scientifically educated reader.

The title should be clear and concise, between 5–15 words. It should be descriptive of the work that is discussed in the article. Avoid abbreviations in titles, especially if they are uncommon or very specialised. Conference and book reviews should be given the title of the conference or book reviewed.

A subtitle may be added to expand on the title or emphasise a point.

Each paper should begin with a synopsis (or abstract) of approximately 50–200 words, which should summarise the main points and aim of the article.

The introduction should give a short review or overview of the topic or its background, with appropriate References, especially if the topic is likely to be unfamiliar to many non-specialist readers. Include a statement of the purpose or aim of the research or of the topic being reviewed and of its practical application, where necessary. If a review is selective, indicate the criteria used for selection.

The main body of the article should describe the work and its significant outcomes or results. You may include a brief note of the methods or procedures that have been used. Please note however that we do not normally publish detailed descriptions of experimental procedures, these should be Referenced elsewhere where possible. Results should be presented as concisely as possible, with the use of Tables where appropriate. Ensure that all material included is appropriate, timely and relevant to the aim or purpose of the article.

The text may be divided into sections using subheadings. Subheadings may optionally be numbered. No more than two levels of subheadings should be used.

A summary or conclusions should be added at the end of the article. You may indicate the relevance of the work and its relationship to future research with special emphasis on any present or future industrial applications.

The article should be fully illustrated by Figures, in colour where appropriate. These can include photographs, chemical structures, reactions, graphs, diagrams, Schemes, etc.

The article must be fully supported by References. These should be collected at the end of the article and numbered consecutively in order of citation in the text. Please do not add any Footnotes or Endnotes, other than your References, except in Tables.

A Glossary may be useful if there are a lot of very specialised or technical terms.

Acknowledgements may be made at the end of the article.

For each author, please provide a short (~50 words) professional biography, with special emphasis on their research interests. Please also provide a photograph of each author.

For further guidance, please refer to our website for examples of published articles, or contact us.

Artwork for Figures

Artwork may be submitted as images embedded in a Word document or a PDF file, or as JPEG or TIF files by email. Please save artwork in as high a resolution as possible. We encourage images and photographs in colour where appropriate.

Figures and line drawings published in Johnson Matthey Technology Review may be redrawn (for consistency). Please ensure that all lettering or labelling is clearly legible.

Please ensure that each Figure is cited within the text and provide a suitable caption.

If the article contains images, tables, photographs, diagrams, graphs etc. which have been previously published elsewhere (including in books, journals, conference presentations etc.) please obtain permission to reproduce the material from the original author and publisher or copyright holder.


All articles and reviews should be fully supported by References.

Please give as many bibliographic details as possible to ensure that the Reference can be found. The names of all authors, editors etc. should be included. Names of journals should follow standard abbreviations and be followed by the year, volume number, part or issue number and the first page number. Please provide the Digital Object Identifier (DOI), if available.

References should be to appropriate scholarly resources such as peer reviewed journals and books. “Grey literature” from reputable providers may be cited including (but not limited to): industry whitepaper; conference proceedings; research reports; news reports; press releases; pre-print articles; datasets; thesis or dissertation; standards and technical documentation; patents or legal documentation. 

If you need to cite an unpublished source, such as a private communication, please provide as many details as possible i.e. the name, affiliation and date of the communication. 

References should be collected at the end of the paper and numbered consecutively in their order of appearance.

A link will be added to the digital version where a DOI is available, in the HTML version of the article only.

Typical examples:

1 A. R. Chianese, X. Li, M. C. Janzen, J. W. Faller and R. H. Crabtree, Organometallics, 2003, 22, (8), 1663 LINK 2 E. Wicke and H. Brodowsky, “Hydrogen in Metals”, eds. G. Alefeld and J. Völkl, Vol. 2, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, 1978 3 “Applied Homogeneous Catalysis with Organometallic Compounds: A Comprehensive Handbook”, in 2 volumes, eds. B. Cornils and W. A. Herrmann, Wiley VCH, Weinheim, 1996 4 M. P. Hogarth, P. A. Christensen and A. Hamnett, ‘Electrooxidation of methanol on carbon supported finely dispersed Pt–Ru catalyst‘, Proc. First Int. Symp. on New Materials for Fuel Cell Systems, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 9th–13th July, 1995, pp. 310–325 5 R. L. Pruett and J. A. Smith, Union Carbide Corporation, ‘Hydroformylation Process’, US Patent 3,527,809; 1970 6 S. V. Ley, M. D. Smith, C. Ramarao, A. F. Stepan and H. Tanaka, Daihatsu Motor Co, Ltd, US Patent Appl. 2005/0,215,804

A journal citation style (.csl) is available for use in programs like Zotero, Mendeley and Papers to format your references for the Johnson Matthey Technology Review journal.

Download from the style repository on github. You can also find this style on Zotero.

Please report any problems to the Editorial Team.

Supplementary Material

Supplementary information may be submitted to support the article. This supplementary material may include tables of additional data, more detailed background information, suggestions for further reading etc. and will be displayed on the website alongside the web version of the article.

Formats for supplementary information include:

  • Plain text
  • Portable document format (PDF)
  • Microsoft Excel spreadsheet (.xls or .xlsx)
  • Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx)

Supplementary information may not be copyedited or typeset before publication but may be sent to Referees for peer review.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

We will assign a unique digital object identifier (DOI) to all accepted articles.

The DOI can be used to cite an article in press or to permanently link to any published article.

For more information on DOIs, visit The International DOI Foundation or contact us.

Copyright Policy

We do not usually accept articles which have been previously published in substantially the same form, in any language. Please ensure that your article is not also being considered for publication elsewhere.

The author must be able to transfer the copyright to Johnson Matthey Technology Review and Johnson Matthey Plc. All named authors must agree to submit the paper to Johnson Matthey Technology Review.

If the article contains images, tables, photographs, diagrams, graphs etc. which have been previously published elsewhere (including in books, journals, conference presentations etc.) it is the author’s responsibility to obtain permission to reproduce the material from the original author and publisher or copyright holder.

To share your article after it has been published in Johnson Matthey Technology Review please refer to our Open Access policy.

Peer Review

Please note that articles will be sent to Referees inside or outside of Johnson Matthey Plc in order to assess the scientific content and suitability of the article for publication.

Therefore, before submission please check that the article has been approved for external circulation by all relevant parties, committees, managers, funding bodies etc.

If the work involves or may involve intellectual property (patents, trademarks), please make sure that your legal representative/patent lawyer has approved publication before submission.

Peer review typically takes from 2 weeks to 3 months, with an average of approximately 6 weeks, but may take longer than this.

If your manuscript does not meet journal requirements before peer review, we aim to inform you as quickly as possible.

In all cases the final decision to publish rests with the Editors.

See also the Ethics and Governance Policy

Accepted Manuscripts

For a faster service, if accepted, you may be offered the choice of immediate Fast Track publication of the accepted manuscript. Acceptance is subject to peer review.

Fast Track publication is subject to Editor’s discretion. These articles will have been peer reviewed (where appropriate) and accepted for publication. They will be citable with a doi but may not have their final page layout or page numbers and are subject to further copyediting and correction.

Fast track publication is intended to provide a faster service to our readers and authors. The “accepted manuscript” or “accepted proof” will be replaced by the final, paginated version as soon as possible following their publication online.

The corresponding author(s) must approve the final proof. If approval is not received the article may be withdrawn from publication.

Impact Factor

The current annual Journal Impact Factor from Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) is reported on our Information for Librarians page.

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