Guide for Authors

The Journal of Natural Gas Chemistry has renamed as the Journal of Energy Chemistry in 2013. The Journal of Energy Chemistry is a bimonthly journal jointly edited by the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics and the Chengdu Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Elsevier will publish the Journal on ScienceDirect, the online full text and bibliographic information resource, and take care of the Journal’s international institutional print subscriptions.

Scope of the Journal

The Journal of Energy Chemistry will function as a medium for reporting original research papers dealing with topics in the fields of energy chemistry. It will be devoted to up-to-date progress in the following fields all over the world: • Optimized chemical utilization of both conventional and unconventional fossil energies
• Research and utilization of hydrogen energy
• Conversion and storage of electrochemical energy
• Capturing, storage and chemical utilization of CO2
• New materials and nanotechnologies related to energy utilization
• Chemical conversion of biomasses
• Chemical approaches related to photo-catalysis

Abstracting and indexing

Journal of Energy Chemistry will be covered by following services:
• Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE, SciSearch)
• Compendex (EI)
• Chemical Abstracts (CA)
• Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA)
• Abstract Journals (AJ)
• Petroleum Abstracts (PA)
• Engineering Information Database Encompass (LIT)
• Scopus
• Computer and Information Systems Abstracts Journal
• Earthquake Engineering Abstracts
• Electronics and Communications Abstracts Journal
• International Aerospace Abstracts
• Referativnyi Zhurnal
• Mosby Yearbooks
• API Encompass
• Source Journal for Chinese Scientific and Technical Papers and Citations
• Chinese Science Citation Database
• Chinese Academic Journal (CD)

Submission information

All manuscripts can be submitted to the editorial office by one of the following two methods:
(1) E-mail submission: to
(2) Online submission: Accompanied with the manuscripts, the following materials:
(a) a signed copyright status form (a copy reproduced from the form printed in the issue of the Journalmay be used), and (b) a covering letter, outlines the basic findings of the paper and their significance, should be submitted to the editorial office.

Types of contributions

Four types of manuscripts are acceptable for publication: Articles, Communications, Reviews and Research notes.

Articles are meant for papers reporting the results of completed definite studies. If several closely related manuscripts are being prepared at about the same time, all should be submitted together. Articles of high scientific quality and originality that are of interest to the wide and diverse readership of the Journal will be given priority for publication.

Communications are intended for the rapid and timely publication of original research of significance. Communications are short contributions not exceeding three printed pages in length.

Reviews deal with topics of current interest in areas relating to energy chemistry. Rather than an assemblage of detailed information with a complete literature survey, a critically selected treatment of the material is desired. Unsolved problems and possible developments should also be discussed. Review articles are generally written upon invitation by the Chief Editor.

Research notes report valuable results that are timely parts of a phase research work.

Preparation of manuscripts
The manuscripts should be printed on good quality A4 paper in a 12 pt Times New Roman font with double spacing and wide margins. All manuscripts should include: a title, list of authors, full addresses of authors, an abstract, keywords, all sections of the body of the manuscript, footnotes, and references.

The title should clearly and accurately indicate the contents of the article or communication and should be expressed in adequate scientific terms. No abbreviations should be used in the title.

The full addresses of authors should be placed below the title.

Footnotes should be included on the first page to give the phone number, fax number, and e-mail address of the author of correspondence, and if applicable, information regarding funding. We request that authors should submit abstracts for both articles and communications. Abstracts should state briefly the reason for the work, the significant results, and conclusions.

Keywords should be given at the bottom of the abstract to serve as guidelines for indexing. The body of the manuscript should be subdivided into the following sequence of the sections: Introduction, Experimental, Results and discussion, Conclusions, and References.

Tables and figures must be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals and should be self-explanatory. Tables must have a brief descriptive title and include footnotes if necessary. “Figure” should be spelled out instead of being written “Fig.” Figures should have figure captions, either with the figures or collected on a separate sheet. The contents of figures, tables, and word descriptions should not be duplicated.

Photographs should be of sufficiently high quality with respect to detail and contrast. Indicate the magnification by a bar on the photograph.

References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Abbreviations of journal titles should follow the style used in Chemical Abstracts. Reference accuracy is critical and authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references. Only articles that have been published or are in press should be included in the references. Journal articles and books must be cited by the following formats:
[1] Descorme C, Gelin P, Lecuyer C, PrimetM. J Catal, 1998, 177(2): 352
[2] Huang H J, Liu X C, Liu S L, Liu X M, Xu L Y, Han XW, Zhang W P, Bao X H. Chin J catal (Cuihua Xuebao), 2010, 31(2): 186
[3] Phillips J B, Liu Z. US Patent 5 196 039. 1993
[4] Andrade J D. Surface and Interfacial Aspects of Biochemical Polymers. Vol 2. New York: Plenum Press, 1985. 35
[5] Gao S, Xi Z W. In: Oyama S T ed. Mechanisms in Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Epoxidation Catalysis. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2007. 429

Data references

This journal encourages you to cite underlying or relevant datasets in your manuscript by citing them in your text and including a data reference in your Reference List. Data references should include the following elements: author name(s), dataset title, data repository, version (where available), year, and global persistent identifier. Add [dataset] immediately before the reference so we can properly identify it as a data reference. This identifier will not appear in your published article.

[dataset] [6] M. Oguro, S. Imahiro, S. Saito, T. Nakashizuka, Mortality data for Japanese oak wilt disease and surrounding forest compositions, Mendeley Data, v1, 2015.

All manuscripts should include a description portion (20-30 words) and a graphic abstract. The description portion (20-30 words) should not be the same as the abstract in the manuscript. In addition, authors are required to provide a single separate A4 sheet containing a small diagram, or otherinformative illustration (scheme, formula, figure, etc.) that shows the most important aspect of the paper. The diagram or illustration should be a maximum size of 50 mm high × 85mm wide with color. Style and format of the description portion and graphical abstract may be found in the example.
Description portion example: Recent advances in understanding the effects of key factors including the state of active metals, the promoters, the size and microenvironment of active metals on Fischer-Tropsch synthesis have been highlighted.
Graphic abstract example

Reviewing of manuscripts
Every submitted paper is independently reviewed by at least two peers. Decision for publication, amendment, or rejection is based upon their reports. If two or more reviewers consider a manuscript unsuitable for publication in this Journal, a statement explaining the basis for the decision will be sent to the authors within threemonths of the submission date. Manuscripts rejected will not be returned to the authors.
Revision of manuscripts
Manuscripts sent back to the authors for revision should be returned to the editor without delay. Revised manuscripts can be sent to editorial office by e-mail to or Revised manuscripts returned later than three months will be considered as new submissions.
The journal is a member of the “Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE)”, “Ei Compendex”, “Cambridge Scientific Abstracts”, “Abstract Journals”, “Wanfang Data”, and other related indexing databases as shown in the section of “Abstracting and indexing”. The articles published on the journal will appear in the indexing databases. The author will not be paid because of the covering in the databases. If the author does not wish for the article to appear in this form, you should state so.

Editorial Office
Journal of Energy Chemistry
Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics
Chinese Academy of Sciences
457 Zhongshan Road
Dalian 116023, China
Tel: +86-411-84379237
Fax: +86-411-84379600