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Manuscript submission

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pdfPlease see our brief guide to manuscript submission in PDF format for an overview of key information on submitting primary research for publication in Nature Materials.

Aims and scope of the journal

Nature Materials is a monthly multi-disciplinary journal aimed at bringing together cutting-edge research across the entire spectrum of materials science and engineering. Materials research is a diverse and fast-growing discipline, which has moved from a largely applied, engineering focus to a position where it has an increasing impact on other classical disciplines such as physics, chemistry and biology. Nature Materials covers all applied and fundamental aspects of the synthesis/processing, structure/composition, properties and performance of materials, where "materials" are identified as substances in the condensed states (liquid, solid, colloidal) designed or manipulated for technological ends.

Nature Materials provides a forum for the development of a common identity among materials scientists while encouraging researchers to cross established subdisciplinary divides. To achieve this, and strengthen the cohesion of the community, the journal takes an interdisciplinary, integrated and balanced approach to all areas of materials research while fostering the exchange of ideas between scientists involved in the different disciplines. Nature Materials is an invaluable resource for all scientists, in both academia and industry, who are active in the process of discovering and developing materials and materials-related concepts.

Nature Materials offers an engaging, informative and accessible product including papers of exceptional significance and quality in a discipline which promises to have great influence on the development of society in years to come.

Research areas covered in the journal include:

  • Engineering and structural materials (metals, alloys, ceramics, composites)
  • Organic and soft materials (glasses, colloids, liquid crystals, polymers)
  • Bio-inspired, biomedical and biomolecular materials
  • Optical, photonic and optoelectronic materials
  • Magnetic materials
  • Materials for electronics
  • Superconducting materials
  • Catalytic and separation materials
  • Materials for energy
  • Nanoscale materials and processes
  • Computation, modelling and materials theory
  • Surfaces and thin films
  • Design, synthesis, processing and characterization techniques

In addition to primary research, Nature Materials also publishes review articles, news and views, research highlights about important papers published in other journals, commentaries, correspondence, interviews and analysis of the broader materials picture. In this way, the journal aims to be the voice of the worldwide materials science community.

Nature Materials offers readers and authors high visibility, access to a broad readership, high standards of copy editing and production, rigorous peer review, rapid publication, and independence from academic societies and other vested interests.

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Editors and contact information

Like the other Nature titles, Nature Materials has no external editorial board. Instead, all editorial decisions are made by a team of full-time professional editors, who are PhD-level scientists. Information about the scientific background of the editors can be found here.

General editorial inquiries and correspondence should be addressed to the Editor, at materials@nature.com.

Inquiries about the status of a manuscript should be addressed to the Editorial Assistant, at materials@nature.com.

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Relationship to other Nature journals

Nature Materials is editorially independent, and its editors make their own decisions, independent of the other Nature journals.It is for authors alone to decide where to submit their manuscripts. Nature will continue to publish the most significant advances in science, including materials science. Nature Materials publishes landmark papers within the field of materials science alone. Topics covered by other Nature journals (such as physics, nanotechnology and photonics) may feature in Nature Materials when the work centres on some new development in materials science; otherwise these topics will be the remit of the other relevant journal. For papers that could satisfy the scope of more than one Nature journal, the choice of which journal to submit first lies with the authors.

If a paper is rejected from one Nature journal, the authors can use an automated manuscript transfer service to submit the paper to Nature Materials via a link sent to them by the editor handling the manuscript. Authors should note that referees' comments (including any confidential comments to the editor) and identities are transferred to the editor of the second journal along with the manuscript. The journal editors will take the previous reviews into account when making their decision, although in some cases the editors may choose to take advice from additional referees. For more information, please consult the following:

Editorial and publishing policies

Please see authors and referees @ npg for detailed information about author and referee services and publication policies at the Nature family of journals. These journals, including Nature Materials, share a number of common policies including the following:

Journal Metrics

Article metrics such as number of downloads, citations and online attention are available from each article page, and provide an overview of the attention received by a paper.

The 2016 peer review performance metrics (as median time in calendar days) for Nature Materials are as follows:

  • Submission to first editorial decision: 7
  • Submission to first post-review decision: 50
  • Submission to Accept: 210

The 2016 journal metrics for Nature Materials are as follows:

  • 2-year Impact Factor: 39.737
  • 5-year Impact Factor: 47.494
  • Immediacy index: 8.331
  • Eigenfactor ® score: 0.20402
  • Article Influence Score: 18.911
  • 2-year Median: 23

For a further description of these metrics and a summary of the metrics for all Nature journals, please visit our journal metrics page. More information underlying our approach to journal metrics may be found here.

Abbreviation

The correct abbreviation for abstracting and indexing purposes is Nat. Mater.

ISSN

The international standard serial numbers (ISSN) for Nature Materials are 1476-1122 (print) and 1476-4660 (online).

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