SUNCAT Publication Guidelines

A. Before Submission

Upload to All DFT data with calculated reaction energies must be uploaded to the database. Documentation on how to upload can be found at In your manuscript, please include the unique link to the dataset, which will have the form<pubid>, the <pubid> received after upload. While the paper is under review the uploaded data can be kept hidden from the public if requested, but we encourage you to make it available for the review process.  Please contact Kirsten Winther or Michal Bajdich for details and our slack channel.

Tabulated data for Figures: This has been a requirement for many DOE programs in the past, and is now a requirement for all SUNCAT publications. Specifically, for every figure that appears in the main text (eg. data points on the scaling lines figure, volcano plot etc.) it is mandatory to include the data as a table in the SI. Minimally, the Table must include enough information to reproduce the figure.

Table Sx. Data used for making Figure x of the main-text
Description △GOH △GOOH UL

Pt111/0.5OH coverage

0.785 3.985 0.785
Ag111/0.25OH coverage 1.375 4.575 0.345

Acknowledgement of funding sources: It is critical that the specific format for each funding agency is appropriately followed. A list of the all the funding sources is provided below.

List of funding sources
Funding Agency Acknowledgement

This research was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division, Catalysis Science Program to the SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis.

SSRL Use of Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Science, under Contract DE-AC02-76SF00515.
Liquid Sunlight Alliance (LiSA) This material is based on work performed by the Liquid Sunlight Alliance, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Fuels from Sunlight Hub under Award Number DE-SC0021266.
Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) This material is based upon work performed by the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, a DOE Energy Innovation Hub, supported through the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy under Award Number DE-SC0004993.
Research at (insert user facility’s name) was supported by DOE-XYZ X.Y.Z. acknowledges a graduate fellowship through (insert the name of agency or foundation).
NERSC computing time The authors would like to acknowledge the use of the computer time allocation for the (insert_name_of_the_allocation) at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, a DOE Office of Science User Facility supported by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231.
Toyota Research Initiative (TRI) This work was supported by the Toyota Research Institute.
Villum Foundation This work was supported by the Villum Fonden.
NSDEG / NSF Support for XYZ was provided by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship under Grant No. DGE-(insert_grant_number).
GCEP  This work was supported by the Global Climate & Energy Project (GCEP) at Stanford University.
Volkswagen This work was supported by Volkswagen AG.
LDRD XYZ acknowledges the Department of Energy, Laboratory Directed Research and Development funding, under Contract No. DE-(insert_grant_number).


After Acceptance

SciDoc/OSTI pre-publication draft: SciDoc ( is an open access publisher that ensures that the SUNCAT publications are reported the DOE/OSTI. Therefore, once the manuscript has been accepted for publication, the pdf version of the ‘accepted’ manuscript must be retained by the first-author. Typically, this pdf version will be the document that is uploaded after the final round of peer-review/corrections (i.e. before the galley-proofs). A protocol for submitting/ depositing this version will be made available on the new SUNCAT website in the near future. Note that this is the responsibility of the first > second > third author etc.

Highlights/ summary for the newsletter: Once the paper is accepted, please prepare a short (0.5 – 1 page) summary of the implications of this work from a broader perspective. The summary should be written keeping the target audience (industry affiliates, prospective graduate students, non-specialists) in mind.  Again, this is the responsibility of the first > second > third author etc. If someone is interested in doing a 2-minute video summary/ elevator-speech this can also be arranged. In general, this is a very good idea as it increases the visibility of the research, and is very useful for interviews and conferences.

Update the website: Once the paper has been accepted, it is necessary for the publication to be updated on the SUNCAT website. As only the PIs have access, the authors are encouraged to motivate the PIs. Specifically, the funding agency, SciDoc pre-print, highlights/summary, CatAPP data availability are all necessary before the publication can be added.