Soft Matter

Where physics meets chemistry meets biology for fundamental soft matter research.

About Soft Matter

  • 2013 Impact factor: 4.151
  • 2013 Immediacy index: 0.990
  • Frequency: 48 issues per year
  • Article Types: 

Full Papers 
Emerging Areas
Tutorial Reviews

  • Promotion of outstanding work on the journal blog
  • International editorial board and authorship       

Who should read Soft Matter?

Soft Matter has a global circulation and interdisciplinary audience with a particular focus on the interface between physics, biology, chemical engineering, materials science and chemistry. 

Soft Matter appeals to a wide variety of researchers, but particularly to: physicists, biophysicists; bioengineers; biological scientists; biochemists; chemical engineers; materials scientists; surface scientists; physical, organic and theoretical chemists.

Scope of Soft Matter

Main research areas include:

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Bulk soft matter assemblies including polymers; colloids; gels; vesicles; emulsions; films; surfactants; micelles; suspensions; liquid crystals



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Soft nanotechnology and self-assembly including nanostructured polymeric matter; nanocomposites; molecular self-organisation, imprinting and recognition; supramolecular systems; encapsulation; self-assembled films and monolayers


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Biological aspects of soft matter including biomacromolecules and biopolymers; membranes; cells; soft tissues; biocomposites; biomimetic matter



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Surfaces, interfaces, and interactions including thin films; Langmuir monolayers; wetting/dewetting; soft interfaces and their interfacial properties; dynamics; rheology and hydrodynamics; pattern formation and replication


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Theory, modelling, and simulation including soft matter dynamics in- and out-of-equilibrium; theoretical and computational models of the statistical thermodynamics of self-assembly in soft matter and biophysics


Soft Matter Blog

Including Hot Papers, information on conferences and the 'Top Ten most read articles' each month.

Soft Matter Article Types

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