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Journal of Materials Chemistry B is a Transformative Journal and Plan S compliant
Impact factor: 7.571*
Time to first decision (all decisions): 10 days**
Time to first decision (peer-reviewed only): 30 days***
Editor-in-Chief: Jeroen Cornelissen
Indexed in MEDLINE
Open access publishing options available
Read and publish in our themed collections
Journal of Materials Chemistry B 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 B are listed below. This list is neither exhaustive nor exclusive.
- Antifouling coatings
- Biocompatible materials
- Drug delivery
- Gene delivery
- Regenerative medicine & Tissue engineering
- Soft robotics
- Stem cells
- Therapeutic devices
All articles published in Journal of Materials Chemistry B from 2019 onwards will be indexed in MEDLINE®.
Articles that primarily focus on providing insight into the underlying science and performance of biomaterials within a biological environment are more suited to our sister journal, Biomaterials Science.
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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See who's on the team
Meet Journal of Materials Chemistry B's Editor-in-Chief and board members.
Jeroen Cornelissen, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Jiang Chang, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, China
Elizabeth Cosgriff-Hernandez, University of Texas at Austin, US
Gemma-Louise Davies, University College London, UK
Ji Jian, Zhejiang University, China
Shaoqin Liu, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Yoshiko Miura, Kyushu University, Japan
Marc in het Panhuis, University of Wollongong, Australia
Jessica Winter, Ohio State University, USA
Editorial Board Member
Claus Feldmann, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
Danielle Benoit, University of Rochester, USA
Christopher Bettinger, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Warren Chan, University of Toronto, Canada
Kaushik Chatterjee, Indian Institute of Science, India
Helmut Cölfen, University of Konstanz, Germany
Tatiana Da Ros, Trieste University, Italy
Thomas Davis, Monash University, Australia
Tejal Desai, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Xuliang Deng, Peking University, China
Etienne Duguet, ICMCB, France
Chunhai Fan, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Ying Fang, NCNST, China
Ross Forgan, University of Glasgow, UK
Jun Fu, Sun Yat-sen University, China
Aharon Gedanken, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Melissa Grunlan, Texas A&M University, USA
Yurii Gun'ko, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Jan van Hest, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Kimberly Hamad-Schifferli, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA
Brendan Harley, University of Illinois, USA
Akon Higuchi, National Central University, Chinese Taipei, and Wenzhou Medical University, China
Sahika Inal, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
Yoshihiro Ito, RIKEN, Japan
Benjamin Keselowsky, University of Florida, USA
Jayant Khandare, MIT WPU Campus, India
April Kloxin, University of Delaware, USA
Nicholas Kotov, University of Michigan, USA
Zi-Chen Li, Peking University, China
Elizabeth Lipke, Auburn University, USA
Luis Liz-Marzán, CIC biomaGUNE, Spain
David Lynn, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
Edmond Dik-Lung Ma, Hong Kong Baptist University, China
George Malliaras, University of Cambridge, UK
Hai-Quan Mao, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Silvia Marchesan, University of Triest , Italy
David Martin, University of Delaware, USA
Kristyn Masters, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Ali Miserez, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Yoshiko Miura, Kyushu University, Japan
Rachel O'Reilly, University of Birmingham, UK
Angela Pannier, University of Nebraska, USA
Ji-Ho Park, KAIST, Korea
Sébastien Perrier, University of Warwick, UK
Xiaogang Qu, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Marina Resmini, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Katja Schenke-Layland, University of Tübingen, Germany
Christine Schmidt, University of Florida, USA
Laura Segatori, Rice University, USA
Takeshi Serizawa, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Youqing Shen, Zhejiang University, China
Sarah Staniland, University of Sheffield, UK
Nicole Steinmetz, University of California, San Diego, USA
Martina Stenzel, The University of New South Wales, Australia
Molly Stevens, Imperial College London, UK
Sarah Stoll, Georgetown Washington, USA
Laura Suggs, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Madoka Takai, University of Tokyo, Japan
Johnna Temenoff, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Patrick Théato, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Rein Ulijn, City University of New York, USA
Jie Zheng, University of Akron, US
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
Fiona Iddon, Senior Publishing Editor
Eleanor Griffiths, Publishing Editor
Francesca Jacklin, Publishing Editor
Brian Li, Publishing Editor
Daniel Smith, Editorial Assistant
Jane Paterson, 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 B 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 biology and medicine. 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 B.
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.
Submission and assessment process
On submission to the journal, all manuscripts are initially assessed by either a professional Publishing Editor or academic Associate Editor. 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. Only manuscripts that successfully pass these initial assessments will be sent for full peer review, which may be with an Associate Editor. Full details of the initial assessment process can be found with our processes and policies.
The journal follows a single-blind peer review process and articles are typically sent to at least two independent reviewers for evaluation. Professional Publishing Editors and academic Associate Editors are equally responsible for peer review and associated editorial decisions. The team are guided by our Editorial Board who set the scientific standards and guidelines for the journal. Our Editorial Board are all leading scientists who together have expertise across the breadth of materials science.
For guidance on preparing your article please visit our Prepare your article, Resources for authors and Experimental data guidelines pages, the content of which is relevant to all of our journals. Please note the updated guidelines for electrophoretic gels and blots.
Open access publishing options
Journal of Materials Chemistry B 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 B 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 B 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 B 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 B 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 here.
Members of the community are welcome to submit proposals for themed collections that would be of interest to the Journal of Materials Chemistry B 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
Journal of Materials Chemistry B is a core journal for academic and industrial scientists involved in materials research.
Journal of Materials Chemistry B is part of RSC Gold, Core Chemistry and Materials Science subscription packages.
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*2021 Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics, 2022)
**The median time from submission to first decision including manuscripts rejected without peer review from the previous calendar year
***The median time from submission to first decision for peer-reviewed manuscripts rejected from the previous calendar year
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