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Journal of Materials Chemistry C is a Transformative Journal and Plan S compliant
Impact factor: 8.067*
Time to first decision (all decisions): 10.0 days**
Time to first decision (peer-reviewed only): 29.0 days***
Editor-in-Chief: Natalie Stingelin
Open access publishing options available
Read and publish in our themed collections
Journal of Materials Chemistry C 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 C are listed below. This list is neither exhaustive nor exclusive.
- Liquid crystals
- Single molecule conductors
- Topological insulators
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 C's Editor-in-Chief and board members.
Natalie Stingelin, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Rachel Crespo-Otero, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Renaud Demadrille, Interdisciplinary Research Institute of Grenoble, France
Antonio Facchetti, Northwestern University and Flexterra Corporation, USA
Luis Hueso, CIC nanoGUNE, Spain
Unyong Jeong, POSTECH, South Korea
Oana Jurchescu, Wake Forest University, USA
Martyn McLachlan, Imperial College London, UK
Kasper Moth-Poulsen, Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona, Spain
Ana Flávia Nogueira, University of Campinas, Brazil
Erin Ratcliff, University of Arizona, USA
Neil Robertson, University of Edinburgh, UK
Federico Rosei, University of Trieste, Italy
Yana Vaynzof, Technical University of Dresden, Germany
Zhiguo Xia, South China University of Technology, China
Yadong Yin, University of California, Riverside, USA
Xiaowei Zhan, Peking University, China
Hao-Li Zhang, Lanzhou University, China
Ni Zhao, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Zhenan Bao, Stanford University, USA
Hugo Bronstein, University of Cambridge, UK
Paola Carbone, University of Manchester, UK
Juan Casado, University of Malaga, Spain
Rajadurai Chandrasekar, University of Hyderabad, India
Lin X. Chen, Northwestern University, USA
Yen-Ju Cheng, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
Manish Chhowalla, University of Cambridge, UK
Chunyan Chi, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Laylay Chua, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Przemek Data, Silesian University of Technology, Poland
Olivier Dautel, University of Montpellier, France
Fernando Dias, Durham University, UK
Marc Fourmigué, University of Rennes, France
Gitti Frey, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Aiko Fukazawa, Kyoto University, Japan
Carlos F. O. Graeff, São Paolo State University, Brazil
Mark Green, King's College London, UK
Elizabeth von Hauff, VU Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sandrine Heutz, Imperial College London, UK
Cheol Seong Hwang, Seoul National University, Korea
Malika Jeffries-El, Boston University, USA
Anna Köhler, University of Bayreuth, Germany
Hua Kuang, Jiangnan University, China
Tetsuro Kusamoto, Institute for Molecular Science, Japan
Monica Lira-Cantú, Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Spain
Maria Loi, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo, Princeton University, USA
Seth Marder, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Marta Mas-Torrent, Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona, Spain
Iain McCulloch, University of Oxford, UK
Ellen Moons, Karlstad University, Sweden
Hatsumi Mori, University of Tokyo, Japan
Christian Müller, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Thuc-Quyen Nguyen, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Jianyong Ouyang, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Thomas Penfold, Newcastle University, UK
Igor Perepichka, Institute of Flexible Electronics of Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an, China
Cyril Poriel, University of Rennes, France
Dong Qin, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Chad Risko, University of Kentucky, USA
Alberto Salleo, Stanford University, USA
Paolo Samori, University of Strasbourg, France
Clara Santato, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada
Angela Sastre-Santos, Miguel Hernández University of Elche, Spain
David Scanlon, University College London, UK
Udo Schwingenschlögl, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
Ram Seshadri, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Roberta Sessoli, University of Florence, Italy
Carlos Silva, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Peter Skabara, University of Glasgow, UK
Yanlin Song, Institute of Chemistry, CAS, China
Jadranka Travaš-Sejdić, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Alessandro Troisi, University of Liverpool, UK
Koen Vandewal, Hasselt University, Belgium
Christoph Weder, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Gregory Welch, University of Calgary, Canada
Wai-Yeung Wong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Anatoly Zayats, King's College London, UK
Qichun Zhang, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Michaela Mühlberg, Executive Editor ORCID 0000-0002-3468-280X
Geraldine Hay, Deputy Editor
Jonathon Watson, Editorial Production Manager
Fiona Iddon, Senior Publishing Editor
Matthew Blow, Publishing Editor
Sam Howell, Publishing Editor
Evie Karkera, Publishing Editor
Carole Martin, Publishing Editor
Kirsty McRoberts, Publishing Editor
Ella White, 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 C publishes:
- Full papers
Journal of Materials Chemistry C 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 optical, magnetic and electronic devices. 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 C.
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.
Journal specific guidelines
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/bias 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 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 to 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 timescale and stability of the efficiency should be provided.
Open access publishing options
Journal of Materials Chemistry C 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 C 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 C 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 C 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 C 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 C 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 C is a core journal for academic and industrial scientists involved in materials research.
Journal of Materials Chemistry C 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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