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Journal of Materials Chemistry A is a Transformative Journal and Plan S compliant
Impact factor: 14.511*
Time to first decision (all decisions): 12 days**
Time to first decision (peer-reviewed only): 30 days***
Editor-in-Chief: Anders Hagfeldt
Open access publishing options available
Read and publish in our themed collections
Journal of Materials Chemistry A publishes a number of themed collections every year, guest edited by members of the materials community on timely and important topics.
Read the latest themed collections, including the annual emerging investigator issues.
Interested in contributing your work? Explore the latest open calls for papers in materials science.
Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B & C cover high quality studies across all fields of materials chemistry. The journals focus on those theoretical or experimental studies that report new understanding, applications, properties and synthesis of materials. The journals have a strong history of publishing quality reports of interest to interdisciplinary communities and providing an efficient and rigorous service through peer review and publication. The journals are led by an international team of Editors-in-Chief and Associate Editors who are all active researchers in their fields.
Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B & C are separated by the intended application of the material studied. Broadly, applications in energy and sustainability are of interest to Journal of Materials Chemistry A, applications in biology and medicine are of interest to Journal of Materials Chemistry B, and applications in optical, magnetic and electronic devices are of interest to Journal of Materials Chemistry C. More than one Journal of Materials Chemistry journal may be suitable for certain fields and researchers are encouraged to submit their paper to the journal that they feel best fits for their particular article.
Example topic areas within the scope of Journal of Materials Chemistry A are listed below. This list is neither exhaustive nor exclusive.
- Artificial photosynthesis
- Carbon dioxide conversion
- Fuel cells
- Gas capture/separation/storage
- Green/sustainable materials
- Hydrogen generation
- Hydrogen storage
- Self-cleaning materials
- Self-healing materials
- Water splitting
- Water treatment
Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship Award
This Lectureship recognises early career researchers, typically within 10 years of attaining their PhD or equivalent degree OR within the first five years of their independent career, who have made significant contributions to the field of materials chemistry.
This award is presented annually. Nominations open in the spring, and the winner is announced in the autumn.
The Lectureship recipient receives £1,000 to cover travel and accommodation costs to attend and present at a leading international meeting. They are also invited to contribute an article to one of the Journal of Materials Chemistry journals and to receive a complimentary cover for the issue in which the article appears.
You can read about eligibility, how to nominate, see deadlines and all of the award winners.
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Meet Journal of Materials Chemistry A's Editor-in-Chief and board members.
Anders Hagfeldt, Uppsala University, Sweden
Frank Osterloh, University of California, Davis, USA
Veronica Augustyn, North Carolina State University, USA
Viola Birss, University of Calgary, Canada
Goutam De, Satyendra Nath Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata, India
Ghim Wei Ho, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Yun Jeong Hwang, Seoul National University, South Korea
Kisuk Kang, Seoul National University, South Korea
Subrata Kundu, Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI), India
Dan Li, Jinan University, China
David Lou, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Yi-Chun Lu, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Shizhang Qiao, University of Adelaide, Australia
Jennifer Rupp, Technical University Munich, Germany
Miriam Unterlass, University of Konstanz, Germany
Lydia Helena Wong, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Li-Zhu Wu, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, China
Yusuke Yamauchi, The University of Queensland, Australia
Zhen Zhou, Nankai University, China
Philipp Adelhelm, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany
Rajeev Ahuja, Uppsala University, Sweden
Conchi Ania, CNRS Orleans, France
Jong-Beom Baek, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
Kanishka Biswas, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, India
Curtis Berlinguette, University of British Columbia, Canada
Edith Bucher, University of Leoben, Austria
Michael Chabinyc, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Arun Chattopadhyay, IIT Guwahati, India
Jie-Sheng Chen, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Will Chueh, Stanford University, USA
Serena Cussen, University of Sheffield, UK
Xiaoguang Duan, University of Adelaide, Australia
Mohamed Eddaoudi, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
Tomas Edvinsson, Uppsala University, Sweden
Xinliang Feng, Dresden University of Technology, Germany
Ana Flavia Nogueira, University of Campinas, Brazil
Jurgen Fleig, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Mihaela Florea, University of Bucharest, Romania
Giulia Galli, University of Chicago, USA
Nuria Garcia-Araez, University of Southampton, UK
Giulia Grancini, University of Pavia, Italy
Jiaxing Huang, Northwestern University, USA
Hiroshi Imahori, Kyoto University, Japan
Tatsumi Ishihara, Kyushu University, Japan
Saiful Islam, University of Oxford, UK
Feng Jiao, University of Delaware, USA
Emma Kendrick, University of Birmingham, UK
Dong Ha Kim, Ewha Womens University, Korea
Bumjoon Kim, KAIST, Korea
Ulrike Kramm, TU Darmstadt, Germany
Yun Jung Lee, Hanyang University, Korea
Jing Li, Rutgers University, USA
Baohua Li, Tsinghua University, China
Zhiqun Lin, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Bettina Lotsch, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Germany
Jingshan Luo, Nankai University, China
C. Buddie Mullins, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Arun K. Nandi, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata, India
Linda Nazar, University of Waterloo, Canada
Markus Niederberger, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Chinedum Osuji, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Steve Parker, University of Bath, UK
Satish Patil, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Zoe Schnepp, University of Birmingham, UK
Zongping Shao, Curtin University, Australia
Yuichi Shimakawa, Kyoto University, Japan
Stephen Skinner, Imperial College London, UK
Mihaela C. Stefan, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Cheng-Yong Su, Sun Yat-Sen University, China
Shi-Gang Sun, Xiamen University, China
Venkataraman Thangadurai, University of Calgary, Canada
Magdalena Titirici, Imperial College London, UK
Seung Uk Son, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea
Eva Unger, Lund University, Sweden
Rose-Noelle Vannier, ENSC Lille, France
Mengye Wang, Sun Yat-Sen University, China
Min Wei, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China
Emily Weiss, Northwestern University, USA
Charlotte Williams, University of Oxford, UK
Claire Xiong, Boise State University, USA
Yang Xu, University College London, UK
Yi-Jun Xu, Fuzhou University, China
Meidan Ye, Xiamen University, China
Qiang Zhang, Tsinghua University, China
George (X. S.) Zhao, University of Queensland, Australia
Gengfeng Zheng, Fudan University, China
Michaela Mühlberg, Executive Editor ORCID 0000-0002-3468-280X
Geraldine Hay, Deputy Editor
Jonathon Watson, Editorial Production Manager
Rose Wedgbury, Development Editor
Natalie Cotterell, Development Editor
Ashley Mitchinson, Development Editor
Isobel Tibbetts, Senior Publishing Editor
Matthew Blow, Publishing Editor
Chris Dias, Publishing Editor
Hemna Fathima, Publishing Editor
Juan Gonzalez, Publishing Editor
Ellie Griffiths, Publishing Editor
Rob Hinde, Publishing Editor
Sam Howell, Publishing Editor
Ash Hyde, Publishing Editor
Francesca Jacklin, Publishing Editor
Evie Karkera, Publishing Editor
Shruti Karnik, Publishing Editor
Sophie Koh, Publishing Editor
Tamara Kosikova, Publishing Editor
Brian Li, Publishing Editor
Sam Mansell, Publishing Editor
Carole Martin, Publishing Editor
Kirsty McRoberts, Publishing Editor
Yasmin Mehanna, Publishing Editor
Tiffany Rogers, Publishing Editor
Cat Schofield, Publishing Editor
Charu Storr-Vijay, Publishing Editor
Manman Wang, Publishing Editor
Ella White, Publishing Editor
Tom Williams, Publishing Editor
Daniel Smith, Editorial Assistant
Julie Ann Roszkowski, Publishing Assistant
Sam Keltie, Publisher
Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship
This Lectureship recognises early career researchers, typically within 10 years of attaining their PhD or equivalent degree, who have made significant contributions to the field of materials chemistry in their independent academic career.
Find out more about eligibility, how to nominate and deadlines for nomination and announcement.Find out more
Journal of Materials Chemistry A publishes:
- Full papers
Communications contain novel scientific work of such importance that rapid publication is desirable. Authors should briefly indicate in a covering letter the reasons why they feel that publication of their work as a Communication is justified. The recommended length is three printed journal pages.
Full papers contain original scientific work that has not been published previously.
Reviews & Perspectives
These are normally invited by the Editorial Board and editorial office, although suggestions from readers for topics and authors of reviews are welcome.
Reviews and Perspectives must be high quality, authoritative, state-of-the-art accounts of the selected research field. They 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 and Perspectives undergo rigorous peer review, in the same way as regular research papers.
Reviews should report a detailed, balanced and authoritative current account of the existing state of knowledge on a particular facet of materials chemistry research for energy and sustainability. Simple literature surveys will not be accepted for publication. Reviews should not contain unpublished original research.
Highlight articles are short articles that highlight important new developments. Unlike Review articles, these are intended to cover developments made over the past year or so. They should explain the significance of these developments and may also identify where further work is urgently required or where challenges are still faced. These articles should discuss emerging areas of relevance to materials. Highlights should not contain unpublished original research.
Perspectives are short readable articles covering current areas of interest. They may take the form of personal accounts of research or a critical analysis of activity in a specialist area. By their nature they will not be comprehensive reviews of a field of materials chemistry. Some new unpublished research may be included.
Comments and Replies are a medium for the discussion and exchange of scientific opinions between authors and readers concerning material published in Journal of Materials Chemistry A.
For publication, a Comment should present an alternative analysis of and/or new insight into the previously published material. Any Reply should further the discussion presented in the original article and the Comment. Comments and Replies that contain any form of personal attack are not suitable for publication.
Comments that are acceptable for publication will be forwarded to the authors of the work being discussed, and these authors will be given the opportunity to submit a Reply. The Comment and Reply will both be subject to rigorous peer review in consultation with the journal’s Editorial Board where appropriate. The Comment and Reply will be published together.
Journal specific guidelines
Reporting efficiencies of solar conversion devices
Authors and referees should note the following guidelines for articles reporting the efficiency of solar conversion devices. Authors should ensure the following information is provided in the main manuscript or supplementary information as appropriate.
A full, conventional error analysis should be carried out and reported. This should consist of both random and systematic/biased analyses of values to support the main claims presented in the article, and information on how the error analysis was carried out.
Efficiencies should be reported to an appropriate number of significant figures, along with a standard deviation. This also includes presenting error bars on graphs.
A sufficient number of samples should be tested, and a sufficient number of trials performed.
The 1 Sun AM 1.5G reference spectrum should be used as standard for testing power conversion efficiency and a justification provided where this is not used.
Full experimental conditions under which the efficiency is measured should be declared. Special attention should be paid to documenting the active area of the device, the calibration protocol and the properties of the illumination including spectral irradiance and intensity. This may also include as appropriate, but is not limited to, air temperature, use of a glove box, properties and characteristics of the test cell and standardized cell used for calibration, including dimensions and spatial non-uniformity, and calibration and measurement protocols.
Independent certification of the photovoltaic performance of the device being reported is encouraged when the main claims rely on the absolute efficiency value being reported.
If incident photon-to-current efficiency (IPCE), also referred to as external quantum efficiency (EQE) measurements are performed, the results should be integrated into a resulting short circuit current that can be compared with 1 Sun AM 1.5G power conversion efficiency data. The details of how this calculation is done and any correction factors should be clearly defined.
If hysteresis is observed, details on the timescale and stability of the efficiency should be provided.
Authors and referees should note the following guidelines for articles reporting electrochemical data and the setup of batteries. Authors should ensure the following information is provided in the main manuscript or supplementary information as appropriate.
The setup used for electrochemical testing (full or half cells, reference electrode [if used], testing temperature, etc.) must be clearly specified in the Experimental Information.
When reporting electrochemical performance data, the authors must clearly state on how many experimental runs these data are based off (one-time measurement? n-time measurement?). The electrochemical performance value calculations must be clearly explained (including information on using charging or discharging values). Thereby, all electrochemical data must be reported to an appropriate number of significant figures, along with a standard deviation and error bars on graphs.
When reporting electrode performance values, the thickness of the electrode and the mass percentage of all electrode components (active material, additive, binder, etc.), the total mass of the electrode, and the geometric area of the electrode must be provided.
When reporting device-level performance values, the mass percentage of all battery components (active material, additive, binder, casing, current collector, electrolyte, separator, etc.), the total mass of the battery, and the geometric area of the electrode must be reported.
The mass percent and theoretical capacity of the active material should be provided if the theoretical capacity of the studied material is known. The theoretical capacity should be used to calculate C-rate. Alternatively, a rigorous use of A g-1 is recommended.
Pre-cycling and/or first cycle data should be reported.
Calculations of battery capacity must report capacity obtained (in mAh g-1; if appropriate, volumetric values can be added in the unit of mAh cm-3) with the cycling rate and at what cycle number this capacity was obtained clearly stated. Average capacities for ≥3 cells with standard deviation are preferred.
Journal of Materials Chemistry A authors, editors, reviewers and published works are required to uphold the Royal Society of Chemistry’s ethical standards. The Royal Society of Chemistry is a member of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and our ethical standards follow COPE’s core practices and best practice guidelines. In cases where these guidelines are breached or appear to be so, the Royal Society of Chemistry will consult with COPE.
When a study involves the use of live animals or human subjects, authors must include in the 'methods/experimental' section of the manuscript a statement that all experiments were performed in compliance with the author’s institute’s policy on animal use and ethics; where possible, details of compliance with national or international laws or guidelines should be included. The statement must name the institutional/local ethics committee which has approved the study; where possible, the approval or case number should be provided. A statement that informed consent was obtained for any experimentation with human subjects is required. Reviewers may be asked to comment specifically on any cases in which concerns arise.
For further guidance on author responsibilities and code of conduct, which apply to Journal of Materials Chemistry A and to all manuscripts submitted to Royal Society of Chemistry journals, please visit our author hub.
Journal of Materials Chemistry A publishes a number of themed collections every year, guest edited by members of the materials community on timely and important topics. Read the latest themed collections.
All submissions to our themed collections will undergo an initial assessment by the journal Editors and subsequent peer review as per the usual standards of RSC journals.
Members of the community are welcome to submit proposals for themed collections that would be of interest to the Journal of Materials Chemistry A readership. Please use the form below to submit a proposal. All proposals will be considered by the Editorial Board and assessed based on the timeliness and relevance of the topic to the readership of the journal.Suggest a topic
Peer Review and editorial process
All articles published in Journal of Materials Chemistry A are subject to peer review by experts in the field.
The peer review for all articles submitted to the journal consists of the following stages:
- Phase 1: Your manuscript is initially assessed by a team of professional Publishing Editors who have a wide range of scientific backgrounds, or by one of our internationally recognised Scientific Editors who are members of the journal’s Editorial Board and active researchers. They make an assessment of whether the manuscript may be suitable for the journal, based on the scope and very high significance and broad general interest criteria required for publication. Publishing and Scientific Editors are supported in this decision-making by our academic Associate Editors who are also members of our Editorial Board and active researchers in the field.
- Phase 2: If the manuscript passes the initial assessment process, a Publishing Editor or Associate Editor solicits recommendations from at least two reviewers who are experts in the field. They will provide a report along with their recommendation.
- Phase 3: The editor handling your manuscript makes a decision based on the reviewer reports received. In the event that no clear decision can be made, another reviewer will be consulted.
Journal of Materials Chemistry A is committed to a rigorous peer review process and expert editorial oversight for all published content. Please refer to our processes and policies for full details including our appeals procedure.
Open access publishing options
Journal of Materials Chemistry A is a hybrid (transformative) journal and gives authors the choice of publishing their research either via the traditional subscription-based model or instead by choosing our gold open access option. Find out more about our Transformative Journals. which are Plan S compliant.
Gold open access
For authors who want to publish their article gold open access, Journal of Materials Chemistry A charges an article processing charge (APC) of £2,500 (+ any applicable tax). Our APC is all-inclusive and makes your article freely available online immediately, permanently, and includes your choice of Creative Commons licence (CC BY or CC BY-NC) at no extra cost. It is not a submission charge, so you only pay if your article is accepted for publication.
Learn more about publishing open access.
Read & Publish
If your institution has a Read & Publish agreement in place with the Royal Society of Chemistry, APCs for gold open access publishing in Journal of Materials Chemistry A may already be covered.
Check if your institution is already part of our Read & Publish community.
Please use your official institutional email address to submit your manuscript; this helps us to identify if you are eligible for Read & Publish or other APC discounts.
Traditional subscription model
Authors can also publish in Journal of Materials Chemistry A via the traditional subscription model without needing to pay an APC. Articles published via this route are available to institutions and individuals who subscribe to the journal. Our standard licence allows you to make the accepted manuscript of your article freely available after a 12-month embargo period. This is known as the green route to open access.
Journal of Materials Chemistry A is a core journal for academic and industrial scientists involved in materials research.
Journal of Materials Chemistry A is part of RSC Gold, Core Chemistry and Materials Science subscription packages.
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***The median time from submission to first decision for peer-reviewed manuscripts rejected from the previous calendar year
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