Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Electrochemical Materials and Technologies (EM&T) is a peer-reviewed, international open access journal publishing original and high-quality articles, reviews, and letters, covering all applied aspects of electrochemisrty, materials science and technologies for electrochemical applying. EM&T is dedicated to providing an exclusive platform that generates discussions among researchers, scientists, engineers, and technology developers around advances, current trends and challenges in electrochemistry, characterisation and testing of functional materaials in terms of their orientation towards industry and large-scale production.

The following aspects are of EM&T's particular interest:

  • All aspects of modern electrochemistry and materials for electrochemical applications;
  • Complex characterisation and testing of functional  materials;
  • Design and engineering of new materials for electrochemical applied purposes;
  • Lab-to-industry techmology transferring for current electrochemical and energy demands.

 

Section Policies

Articles

Articles are conventional full-length research publications covering a study subject in a thorough and concise manner. No restrictions are imposed on the length of Articles; however, such texts normally include maximum 12 illustrative materials (figures, schemes and/or tables) and 60 references. If required, additional materials can be provided as supplementary data. Articles should also include an abstract not exceeding 250 words and a keyword list consisting of 5–8 words and phrases. Articles typically comprise four sections (Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion and, finally, Conclusions). However, the number of such sections can be increased if necessary (e.g., Theoretical Background, Computational Details, Model Validation, etc.).


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Reviews

Review articles in EM&T can be of two major types: Focus Reviews and Comprehensive Reviews.

Focus Reviews represent critical and concise personal opinions covering most recent research activities on topics of interest. Focus reviews are restricted to 4,000 words in the article body (without abstract, figure and table captions, and references), five visual elements (figures, schemes and/or tables) and 40–50 references (a half of which should be published within the past 2–3 years). Additional materials can be provided as supplementary data. Focus Reviews should also include an abstract not exceeding 150 words, a keyword list comprising 5–6 words and phrases, 3–5 highlights (short sentences conveying the core findings, about 10–20 words each) and a brief biography (100 words maximum) completed with a photo for each co-author.

Comprehensive Reviews represent a complete, systematic and well-organized analysis of a specific research field. No restrictions are imposed on the length of Comprehensive Reviews; however, such submissions typically include maximum 15 illustrative materials (figures, schemes and/or tables). Additional illustrative materials can be included as supplementary data. Comprehensive Reviews should also include an abstract not exceeding 250 words, a keyword list comprising 5–8 words and phrases and a brief biography (100 words maximum) completed with a photo for each co-author. No restrictions are imposed on the number of references (150 and more); however, the author(s) are requested to provide a list of 10 most significant cited papers.

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Letters

Letters are short communications that present concise reports on important results intended for rapid dissemination. Letters are restricted to 3,000 words in the article body (without abstract, figure and table captions, and references), 4 illustrative materials (figures, schemes and/or tables) and 20 references. Additional representative materials can be provided as supplementary data. Letters should include a brief abstract not exceeding 100 words, 5–6 keywords and 3–5 highlights (short sentences conveying the core findings, about 10–20 words each). Letters present a completed (not fragmented, not “salami”) study, whose results can be used as a basis for further research into the nature of the revealed phenomena.

The checklist below summarizes the specific features of papers accepted for publication in EM&T.

                                   Requirements                       Type of manuscript
   Letter   Article       Focus review    Review
Overall length (without abstract, captions, and references) in words    3,000       –             4,000        –
Illustrative materials (figures, schemes and/or tables)   up to 4   up to 12            up to 5    up to 15
Length of abstract in words  up to 100   200-250          up to 150    200-250
Number of keywords      5–6      5–8              5–6        5–8
Recommended number of cited papers in the Reference list    15-20     30-60            40–50      >150
Number of key findings (mandatory)      3–5       –              3–5         –
Brief biography (with a photo) (mandatory)       –       –                +         +
A list of 10 most significant cited papers (mandatory)       –       –                 –         +

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Peer Review Process

Each new paper should be submitted via the Online Submission system. After that, members of the international Editorial Board check out if the manuscript is prepared in accordance with the Author Guidelines and whether it falls within the scope of EM&T. Decisions on whether to send a manuscript out for peer review are generally made within a week of receipt.

All manuscripts which meet the journal requirements will be reviewed by at least one external referee, assigned by the editors. At the submission stage (in Comments for the Editor) authors should suggest referees as well as indicate a limited number of scientists who should not review the paper. These suggestions are often helpful, although they are not always followed. The EM&T journal uses a "Single blind peer review" model in which the names of the reviewers are hidden from the authors. The manuscripts prepared during a special invitation of the Editorial Board (as-called invited papers) are internally reviewed by Editor(s) of the EM&T journal.

All the manuscript submitted in the EM&T journals go through the standard peer-review process. The following decision can be done after the peer-review:

• Accept submission:

The decision is usually made after one or several peer-review round(s). The accepted manuscript is forwarded to the production team for preparing the final manuscript version to be published at the EM&T website. The authors have the opportunity to provide the last minor changes during proofreading.

• Revisions required:

This decision is formulated based on reviewer’s/reviewers’ comments. The authors should provide (i) a separate "response to reviewer(s)" letter, in which each change made is outlined as raised in the reviewer comments, and (ii) a suitable rebuttal to each reviewer comment, which is not addressed in the revised version of the manuscript.  The revision should be performed within 2 weeks. The authors are obligated to contact the Editorial office, if they need a longer period for revisions.

• Technical revision

This decision can be applied before the peer-review process in case of technical issues. The authors are invited to eliminate these issues within 1 week.

• Reject:

The paper suffers from serious scientific flaws, and/or has weak novelty, significance and impact signs. This decision can be made after either preliminary checking by the Editorial office or collecting the comments from reviewer(s). The rejected manuscript can be resubmitted, if all principal comments and remarks are completely addressed.

Bear in mind that the editors have the final decision on acceptance of the manuscript for publication. Authors have the right to appeal to the editors against any decision taken on their manuscript at any stage by sending a rebuttal letter to the editor via the journal email. Such a letter should explain clearly why you disagree with the decision on your manuscript, and should include a detailed response to any reviewers’ comments.

 

Open Access Policy

Open access means immediate, worldwide, unrestricted access to the full text of all published articles, ensuring far greater distribution of an author's work than the traditional subscription-based publishing model. In accordance with the original Budapest Open Access Initiative declaration, by "open access" to the full texts of the articles we mean their free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, is to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited. As stated in the Copyright Notice, authors who publish in Electrochemical Materials and Technologies retain the copyright of their work, which is released under a Creative Commons Attribution License enabling the unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction of an article, provided that the original work is properly cited.