Aims and scope of journal

NPG Asia Materials is an open access, international journal publishing peer-reviewed review and primary research articles that cover all aspects of the materials sciences. The journal is global in outlook and reach and its base in the Asia-Pacific reflects the substantial — and increasing — output of materials research from the region.

NPG Asia Materials is aimed at an audience of scientists and researchers across the full spectrum of materials research, and publishes articles from the physical and chemical sciences, biotechnology and nanotechnology. The journal welcomes high-quality review and research articles from the most rapidly advancing fields that lie at the borders between materials science and engineering and the classical disciplines of physics, chemistry and biology.

The journal features both theoretical and experimental aspects of research in the following areas related to materials science:

  • Biomaterials and biosensors
  • Electronic, magnetic and superconducting materials
  • Energy conversion, catalysis and separation
  • Inorganic, composite and hybrid materials
  • Metals and alloys
  • Nanomaterials
  • Optics, photonics and optoelectronics
  • Organic, carbon-based and soft materials
  • Theory, modelling and simulations

Emphasis is placed on the novelty of the research, either in the sense of novel materials or synthetic methods, or in the sense of novel properties that lead to advanced functionality and applications of previously known materials. Both experimental and theoretical studies will be considered for publication. Studies on synthetic methods should demonstrate the generality of the approach or the advance represented in applying the material to practical devices. Equally, research on advances in methodology, processes or applied device engineering should demonstrate more than an incremental improvement on existing system and so be of the highest possible interest to our broad readership.


Impact factor

2016 Impact Factor 9.157*

17/275 Materials Science, Multidisciplinary

*2016 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)


Citing articles in NPG Asia Materials

AM uses the digital object identifier (DOI) as the primary means to identify papers, instead of the more traditional Volume / Issue / Consecutive page numbers. The DOI is an international, public, "persistent identifier of intellectual property entities" in the form of a combination of numbers and letters. For NPG content the DOI is assigned to an item of editorial content, providing a unique and persistent identifier for that item. The DOI system is administered by the International DOI Foundation, a not-for-profit organization. CrossRef, a not-for-profit organization, makes the DOI a reference linking standard and enables cross-publisher linking. It also maintains the lookup system for DOIs. NPG is a founding, and board, member of CrossRef.

To cite articles in AM, you can give the paper's DOI at the end of the citation. For example, NPG Asia Materials papers should be cited in the form as specified by a journal or for example: Author(s) (Year) Article Title NPG Asia Materials, page(s); (DOI 10.1038/am.YEAR.XXX).

For your background information, the DOI has two components, a prefix (before the slash) and a suffix (after the slash). The prefix is a DOI resolver server identifier (10) and a unique identifier assigned to the publisher; for example, the identifier for NPG is 1038 and the entire DOI prefix for an article published by NPG is 10.1038. The suffix is an arbitrary number provided by the publisher; it can be composed of numbers and/or letters and does not necessarily have any systematic significance. Each DOI is registered in a central resolution database that associates it with one or more corresponding web locations (URLs).


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Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition Web of Knowledge
Google Scholar
Chemical Abstract Services
Ulrichsweb (ProQuest)



The ISSN (online) number for NPG Asia Materials is : 1884-4057.


Editorial Committee

Founding Editor

Hideo Takezoe, Tokyo Institute of Technology


Martin Vacha, Editor-in-Chief

Martin Vacha
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Specialty field: Organic materials, optics and optical materials and properties
Ookayama 2-12-1
Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8552 Japan
E-mail: am@natureasia.com

Associate Editors

Jong-Hyun Ahn

Jong-Hyun Ahn
School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
Specialty Field: Synthesis and properties of graphene, two-dimensional materials and nanomaterials, and their applications

Vasudevan Pillai Biju

Vasudevan Pillai Biju
Research Institute for Electronic Science Hokkaido University, Hokkaido, Japan
Specialty field: Review Articles. Photochemistry, spectroscopy, nano-bio interface

Tomoyasu Taniyama

Tomoyasu Taniyama
Associate Professor
Laboratory for Materials and Structures
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan
Specialty field: Nano-scale magnetism, spintronics, multiferroics, solid-state physics

Ikuyoshi Tomita

Ikuyoshi Tomita
Department of Chemical Science and Engineering School of Materials and Chemical Technology
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan
Specialty field: Polymer chemistry, organic chemistry, electrochemistry

Shutao Wang

Shutao Wang
Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Specialty field: Biomaterials and bio-inspired materials, nano-bio interfaces and biosensors

Jihui Yang

Jihui Yang
Associate Professor
Materials Science and Engineering Department University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA
Specialty Field: Energy conversion, storage materials, and related solid-state physics

Advisory Editorial Board

Chihaya Adachi, Kyushu University, Japan
Takuzo Aida, University of Tokyo, Japan
Zhenan Bao, Stanford University, USA
Kookheon Char, Seoul National University, South Korea
Show-An Chen, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Wen-Chang Chen, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Kilwon Cho, POSTECH, South Korea
Shi-Xue Dou, University of Wollogong, Australia
Richard Evans, CSIRO, Australia
Andy Y.-G. Fuh, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Hiroshi Funakubo, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Jian Ping Gong, Hokkaido University, Japan
Michikazu Hara, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Hiroyuki Hirayama, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Andrew Holmes, University of Melbourne, Australia
Soon Hyung Hong, KAIST, South Korea
Hideo Hosono, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Tomokazu Iyoda, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Ali Javey, UC Berkeley, USA
Alex K.-Y. Jen, University of Washington, USA
Lei Jiang, Institute of Chemistry CAS, China
Wan Jiang, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics CAS, China
Hee-Tae Jung, KAIST, South Korea
Jang-Joo Kim, Seoul National University, South Korea
Jin Kon Kim, POSTECH, South Korea
Kwang Soo Kim, POSTECH, South Korea
Chih-Huang Lai, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Chun-Sing Lee, City University of Hong Kong, China
Kwang-Sup Lee, Hannam University, South Korea
Dan Li, Monash University, Australia
Jingfeng Li, Tsinghua University, China
Khiang Wee Lim, IMRE, Singapore
Jumras Limtrakul, Kasetsart University, Thailand
Meilin Liu, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Zhong-Fan Liu, Peking University, China
Bansi D Malhotra, National Physical Laboratory (CSIR), India
Neil Mathur, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Klaus Müllen, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany
Akira Nakajima, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Hideo Ohno, Tohoku University, Japan
Teruo Ono, Kyoto University, Japan
Zhong-can Ou-Yang, Institute of Theoretical Physics CAS, China
Ci-Ling Pan, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Jiwoong Park, Cornell University, USA
Moonhor Ree, POSTECH, South Korea
Ulrich S. Schubert, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany
Toshikazu Takata, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Weihong Tan, University of Florida, USA
Richard Tilley, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ
Lijun Wan, Institute of Chemistry CAS, China
Zhong Lin Wang, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Sishen Xie, Institute of Physics, CAS, China
Peidong Yang, UC Berkeley, USA
Eiji Yashima, Nagoya University, Japan
Seung Man Yang, KAIST, South Korea
Jinhua Ye, NIMS, Japan
Yadong Yin, UC Riverside, USA
David J. Young, University of New South Wales, Australia
Ronghai Yu, Beihang University, China

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