Reports of scientific investigations published in Clays and Clay Minerals address a wide range of topics covering virtually every physical and natural science and thousands of industrial products and processes worldwide. Even though these nano-sized materials occur naturally throughout the Earth’s crust, a large proportion of the studies carried out in the past regarding their origins, nature, and uses, as reported in Clays and Clay Minerals, have arisen predominantly from North America and Europe. In recent years, however, manuscript submissions from China have increased appreciably (Figure 1). In the current issue, a number of those studies were...

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