About the Journal

Nature Reviews Materials is an online-only journal for the weekly publication of Reviews, Perspectives and Comments in all scientific disciplines within materials science.

Our Reviews aim to be balanced and objective analyses of the selected topic - with descriptions of relevant scientific literature and discussions that are easy to grasp for recent graduates in any materials-science related discipline, as well as informing principal investigators and industry-based research scientists of the latest advances. Reviews should provide the authors' insight into future directions and their opinion of the major challenges faced by researchers in the field.  

Perspectives - as the name suggests - take a look at a topic from a slightly different perspective. They may offer more personal viewpoints, explain the historical background to a topic, or discuss some of the social, ethical or environmental factors related to materials science research in academia and industry.  

Our Comments aim to address topical issues in materials science or offer a short, authorative opinion on a scientific area within materials science.  

Reviews, Perspectives and Comments are commissioned by the editorial team. 

Citing Nature Reviews Materials

Please use the following text to cite the journal:

Nat. Rev. Mater. Vol, Article number (20XX). http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/natrevmats...

(volume 1 equates to 2016, volume 2 equates to 2017 and so on)

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Nature Reviews Materials is a subscription-based journal, but as a newly-launched title we occasionally make some articles free to access in order to showcase our content and give readers and authors a clearer idea of our scope. 

Nature Reviews Materials does not offer open access licensing options for articles, although specific papers are occasionally made open access when they are deemed to be of exceptional value to the community. The application of an open access licence is at the discretion of the editors; See full details of publishling licences