Information for Authors
Platinum Metals Review is a free to access, peer-reviewed, quarterly journal on scientific and technical research on the platinum group metals (pgms) and developments in their application in industry.
- Types of Article that we Publish
- Submit an Article
- Length and Word Count
- Structure of the Article
- Artwork for Figures
- Supplementary Material
- Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
- Copyright Policy
- Peer Review
- Impact Factor
Types of Article that we Publish
Platinum Metals Review publishes:
- Reviews of the scientific literature in a field related to pgms
- Reviews of individual groups’ or companies’ work in a field related to pgms
- Short reports of primary results in a new or developing field related to pgms
- Reports of developments in a field of importance to pgms
- Occasional articles on the history of the pgms or related fields
- Occasional articles on the geological occurrence or production of the pgms
- Reports on conferences featuring pgm work
- Reviews of books featuring pgm content
The pgms are: platinum, palladium, rhodium, iridium, osmium and ruthenium. Work should be confined to these metals.
Work of practical significance to an area of industry or commercial application of platinum group metals will be given priority.
Platinum Metals Review does not usually publish:
- Detailed descriptions of experimental procedures or detailed reports of primary academic results. Such details may be better published elsewhere in the primary literature
- Articles which have been previously published in substantially the same form, in any language. See also “Copyright Policy”
Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Editors. If in doubt, contact us for further guidance.
Submit an Article
Articles for submission should be emailed to the Editors at: email@example.com. Acceptable formats include:
- Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx)
- Rich text format (.rtf)
- Portable document format (PDF)
Please use only plain, bold and italic fonts.
Length and Word Count
- Suggested length for a full-length article is 3000-4000 words (8-10 pages, including Figures, Tables etc.)
- Short articles may be 1000-2000 words (2-4 pages)
- Conference reviews may be 1000-2000 words (2-4 pages)
- Book reviews may be 1000-2000 words (2-4 pages)
Longer or shorter articles or reviews may be considered at the discretion of the Editors. We reserve the right to edit or shorten submissions. A long paper may be divided into parts and published in subsequent issues.
Please contact us if you need further guidance.
Platinum Metals Review is published in English. Submissions may be edited to conform to Platinum Metals Review’s house style. Platinum Metals Review follows IUPAC guidelines for scientific terminology and uses SI units.
Non-English speakers should try to have a native English speaker proofread their article before submission, if possible. Alternatively a professional translation service may be used if available. The Editors reserve the right to edit submissions for language and grammar, but it remains the author’s responsibility to ensure that the scientific content is accurate at all times.
If in doubt, contact us for further guidance.
Structure of the Article
Articles and reviews for Platinum Metals 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.
Platinum Metals 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. Wherever possible it should focus on the specific or general pgm aspects of the work or topic reviewed. 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 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. Results should be presented as concisely as possible, with the use of Tables where appropriate. Discussion should focus on the pgm aspects of the work or the topic reviewed. 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. Special emphasis should be placed on the pgm aspects of the work or topic reviewed. You may also indicate the relevance of the work and its relationship to future research and any 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.
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 pgm 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 Platinum Metals Review may be redrawn (for consistency). If a diagram is very complex, please include an additional unlettered copy. 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 collected at the end of the paper and numbered consecutively in their order of citation.
1 A. R. Chianese, X. Li, M. C. Janzen, J. W. Faller and R. H. Crabtree, Organometallics, 2003, 22, (8), 1663 LINK http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/om021029+
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
Supplementary material 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 material include:
- Plain text
- Portable document format (PDF)
- Microsoft Excel spreadsheet (.xls or .xlsx)
- Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx)
Supplementary material 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 will be linked to the article hosted on IngentaConnect. It can be used to cite an article in press or to permanently link to any published article.
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 Platinum Metals Review and Johnson Matthey Plc. Articles accepted for publication in Platinum Metals Review may not be reproduced or published elsewhere without written permission from Johnson Matthey Plc. This can normally be obtained by emailing us.
All named authors must agree to submit the paper to Platinum Metals 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.
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.
In all cases the final decision to publish rests with the Editors.
Authors who have submitted an article are required to identify all co-authors and any other contributors (and to obtain consent from them for the publication of the article).
Three basic criteria must all be met to be credited as an author:
1. Substantial contribution to the study conception and design, data acquisition, analysis, and interpretation
2. Drafting or revising the article for intellectual content
3. Approval of the final version
Individuals who are involved in a study but don’t satisfy the journal’s criteria for authorship, should be listed as:
4. “Contributors” or “Acknowledged Individuals”. Examples include: assisting the research by providing advice, providing research space, departmental oversight, and obtaining financial support
There are no rules about the number of authors. All authors who qualify must be listed. We do not specify the order in which authors must appear. You should be prepared to explain the order in which authors are listed, alternatively you may list authors alphabetically with a note to explain that all authors made equal contributions to the study and the publication. If you do so, make sure this is made clear*.
*Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors for further useful information on publishing ethics.
For all other questions please Contact Us.
Platinum Metals Review’s Impact Factor for 2012 is 2.194.
The Impact Factor is provided by Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports®.
Publishing in Platinum Metals Review is free of charge. All services including peer review, copyediting, typesetting, production of web pages, reproduction of colour images and posting offprints to the corresponding author are included.
The corresponding author will usually receive a small Honorarium payment for published contributions. This payment is at the discretion of the Editors.
For more information contact us.
Platinum Metals Review does not distinguish between production errors and author’s errors. Any error, of whatever origin, which is identified and confirmed may be published as an “Erratum” in a subsequent issue of the Journal.
If you think you have found an error in an article appearing in Platinum Metals Review, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the article’s corresponding author(s).