1.0 Scope and Standards
Nanoscale is a high impact international journal, publishing research of the highest quality across the breadth of nanoscience and nanotechnology.
Nanoscale publishes a full mix of research articles on experimental and theoretical work, including reviews, communications and full papers. Highly interdisciplinary, Nanoscale appeals to scientists, researchers and professionals interested in nanoscience and nanotechnology, including the areas of physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, materials, energy/environment, information technology, detection science, healthcare and drug discovery, and electronics.
For publication in Nanoscale, papers must report very high quality reproducible new work which will be of significant general interest to the journal's wide international readership.
2.0 Article types
These contain either a complete study or a preliminary report but in either case must contain original and highly significant work whose interest to the Nanoscale readership and high novelty warrants rapid publication. Authors should supply with their submission a justification of why the work merits urgent publication as a Communication. Referees will be asked to judge the work on these grounds. Communications are given high visibility within the journal as they are published at the front of an issue. Communications will not normally exceed the length of four printed journal pages, however, exceptions may be made at the Editor's discretion.
2.2 Full Papers
Full Papers contain significant, insightful and original scientific work that has not been published previously. Routine work, however competently researched and reported, is not suitable for publication. Authors should include a brief discussion in the Introduction that sets the context for the novel work and gives their motivation for carrying out the study. Full papers based on Communications are encouraged provided that they represent a substantial extension of the original material. There are no restrictions on the length of a paper.
These are normally commissioned by the Editorial Board, although suggestions from readers for topics and authors of reviews are most welcome and should be directed to the Editorial Office. Nanoscale reviews must be very high quality authoritative state-of-the-art accounts of the selected research field. Reviews should be timely and add to the existing literature, rather than duplicate existing articles, and should be of general interest to the journal's wide readership. All Reviews undergo a rigorous and full peer review procedure, in the same way as regular research papers. Notes on the preparation of Reviews are available from the Editor, and will be provided to referees.
Nanoscale publishes three types of reviews: Review Articles, Feature Articles and Minireviews:
- Review Articles must report a detailed, balanced and authoritative current account of the selected research field. Review Articles normally comprise 10,000 or more words of text, together with supporting figures and tables.
- Feature Articles present more personal account of research, or a critical analysis of a topic of current interest. In either form, some new unpublished research may be included. Feature Articles normally comprise 5,000 to 10,000 words of text, together with supporting figures and tables.
- Minireviews are shorter, more focused accounts of important new fields of research. They are typically up to 3,000 words in length.
Opinions in Nanoscale are typically up to 2,000 words in length and provide a personal, often speculative, viewpoint or hypothesis on a topic of current interest to the scientific community. They may discuss any current hot topic from the authors point of view; provided that they are not defamatory to the work of others they can be controversial and stimulate counter-opinion. They can include a short biography of the author(s).