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Impact factor: 8.683
Time to first decision (all decisions): 12 days**
Time to first decision (peer reviewed only): 32 days***
Editor-in-Chief: Shu-Hong Yu
Open access publishing options available
Call for papers
Materials Chemistry Frontiers is pleased to announce a call for papers for Emerging Investigator Series. This on-going series will highlight the very best work from outstanding early-career chemists, who have been identified as having the potential to influence future directions in the field.
Check the current articles in the Emerging Investigator Series.
Materials Chemistry Frontiers focuses on the synthesis and chemistry of exciting new materials, and the development of improved fabrication techniques. Characterisation and fundamental studies that are of broad appeal are also welcome.
This is the ideal home for studies of a significant nature that further the development of organic, inorganic, composite and nano-materials.
- Rapid publication times
- No submission charges or page limits, and free colour
- Open access publishing options
- Free electronic reprints of own paper
- Simple and user-friendly online submission process
See who's on the team
Meet our Chair and all other board members for the Materials Chemistry Frontiers journal.
Editor in chief
Shu-Hong Yu, University of Science and Technology of China, China
Shu Seki, Kyoto University, Japan
Andrea Tao, University of California, San Diego, USA
Dan Wang, Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Guillaume Wantz, University of Bordeaux, France
Huanghao Yang, Fuzhou University, China
Editorial board members
Feihe Huang, Zhejiang University, China
Zhen Li, Wuhan University, China
Marina A. Petrukhina, University at Albany, New York, USA
Emilie Ringe, University of Cambridge, UK
Kazuo Tanaka, Kyoto University, Japan
Takuzo Aida, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Paul Attfield, University of Edinburgh, UK
Guillermo C Bazan, UC Santa Barbara, USA
Liming Ding, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST), China
Xinliang Feng, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
Jiaxing Huang, Northwestern University, USA
Parameswar K. Iyer, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India
Samson Jenekhe, University of Washington, USA
Hua Kuang, Jiangnan University, China
Mario Leclerc, Université Laval, Canada
Xingjie Liang, National Center for Nanoscience and Techonolgy, China
Bin Liu, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Dongsheng Liu, Tsinghua University, China
Shaoqin Liu, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Xian Jun Loh, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Singapore
Mark J MacLachlan, University of British Columbia, Canada
Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Klause Müllen, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany
Thuc Quyen Nguyen, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Kyoko Nozaki, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Anjun Qin, South China University of Technology, China
Olof Ramström, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA
John Reynolds, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Ullrich Scherf, University of Wuppertal, Germany
Patrick Théato, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Christoph Weder, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Karen L. Wooley, Texas A&M University, USA
James Wuest, Université de Montréal, Canada
Dongsheng Xu, Peking University, China
Jiannian Yao, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Juyoung Yoon, Ewha Womans University, South Korea
Jihong Yu, Jilin University, China
Deqing Zhang, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Hua Zhang, City University of Hong Kong, China
Qichun Zhang, City University of Hong Kong, China
Tierui Zhang, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, China
Xi Zhang, Tsinghua University, China
Yuliang Zhao, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, China
Weihong Zhu, East China University of Science & Technology, China
The Community Board at Materials Chemistry Frontiers is made up of early career researchers working at the forefront of materials sciences. The board members provide feedback and advice regarding journal activities, as well as acting as advocates for the journal.
Tayebeh Ameri, University of Munich, Germany
Derya Baran, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
Changle Chen, University of Science and Technology of China, China
Sijie Chen, Karolinska Institutet, Hong Kong, China
Xiaoyu Cao, Xiamen University, China
Dan Ding, Nankai University, China
Kenneth Graham, University of Kentucky, USA
Xinggui Gu, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China
Yuning Hong, La Trobe University, Australia
Yingying Lu, Zhejiang University, China
Zhong’an Li, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
T. N. Narayanan, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India
Shohei Saito, Kyoto University, Japan
Takaya Terashima, Kyoto University, Japan
Youhong Tang, Flinders University, Australia
Reji Varghese, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, India
Jiangyan Wang, Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Yan Wei, Peking University School and Hospital of Stomatology, China
Haihua Xiao, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Yurui Xue, Shandong University, China
Jing Yu, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Guoqing Zhang, University of Science and Technology of China, China
See more of their profiles and research interests here.
Wenjun Liu, Executive Editor
Kailin Deng, Deputy Editor
Cheng Du, Development Editor
Helen Saxton, Editorial Production Manager, ORCID 0000-0002-1560-7396
Becky Webb, Senior Publishing Editor
Kirstine Anderson, Publishing Editor
Matthew Bown, Publishing Editor
Laura Cooper, Publishing Editor
Emily Cuffin-Munday, Publishing Editor
Clare Fitzgerald, Publishing Editor
Alan Holder, Publishing Editor, ORCID 0000-0001-5228-877X
Donna Smith, Publishing Editor, ORCID 0000-0002-1337-2327
Laura Smith, Publishing Editor, ORCID 0000-0002-2976-8529
Jie Gao, Assistant Editor
Yu Zhang, Assistant Editor
Materials Chemistry Frontiers publishes:
- Research articles
- Critical reviews
- Chemistry frontiers
All original research work published in Material Chemistry Frontiers will be in one 'Research article' format. Both Communications and Full papers can be published in the same format. Lengthy introductions, excessive data or experimental details and pure conjecture should not be included in the main text.
Authors are encouraged to include a brief experimental section in the main text, to provide adequate details of critical or representative steps.
Additional detailed procedures and characterization data should be included in the electronic supplementary information (ESI). Authors are encouraged to make full use of ESI in order to present more concise articles.
Reviews provide a critical and in-depth discussion of a particularly relevant or interesting topic in material chemistry. They aim to provide the reader with an authoritative, balanced and up-to-date overview, not a comprehensive list of all possible references.
Authors should aim to identify areas in the field where further developments are needed. Critical reviews do not describe any unpublished results.
Reviews are normally invited by the editorial board or the editorial office of Material Chemistry Frontiers. We also welcome suggestions from authors.
All reviews undergo rigorous and full peer review and must meet the high standard of the journal to be accepted for publication.
Chemistry frontiers are concise, peer-reviewed, forward-looking articles published upon invitation from the editorial office. Authors of Chemistry frontiers will be leading scientists in their research fields. Current hot topics of great interest to the community should be discussed, and personal viewpoints looking forward to the future of the respective research fields are encouraged.
Chemistry frontiers can be speculative and controversial in nature. Some new unpublished results may be included but the amount should be minimized. The suggested length is fewer than four journal pages.
Comments and Replies are a medium for the discussion and exchange of scientific opinions between authors and readers concerning material published in Materials Chemistry Frontiers.
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.
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.
We encourage the citation of primary research over review articles, where appropriate, in order to give credit to those who first reported a finding. Find out more about our commitments to the principles of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).
These should be listed at the end of the manuscript in numerical order as they appear in the manuscript. Article titles of bibliographic references are requested at the time the manuscript is submitted to the journal. Bibliographic details should be cited in the order: authors, title, journal, year, volume, and page. For example M. Zhang, C. Hou, A. Halder, H. Wang, Q. Chi, Graphene papers: smart architecture and specific functionalization for biomimetics, electrocatalytic sensing and energy storage, Mater. Chem. Front., 2017, 1, 37.
Open access publishing options
Materials Chemistry Frontiers is a hybrid 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.
Gold open access
For authors who want to publish their article gold open access, Materials Chemistry Frontiers 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 Materials Chemistry Frontiers 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 Materials Chemistry Frontiers 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.
Materials Chemistry Frontiers belongs to Frontiers Journal portfolio, an enterprising collaboration between the Chinese Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
The Frontiers project aims to publish a series of high impact, quality chemistry journals that showcase the very best research from China, Asia and the rest of the world to an international audience.
For each journal title, the intention is to collaborate with a leading Chinese institute in the relevant field. For Materials Chemistry Frontiers, this is the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The key benefits
- It is wholly society and institute owned.
- The journal is truly international, and China-led.
- The highest ethical standards are upheld.
Materials Chemistry Frontiers publishes themed collections on timely and important topics, guest edited by members of the material chemistry community. Themed collections are available to read here.
Members of the community are welcome to submit proposals for themed collections that would be of interest to our readership. If you are interested in guest editing a themed collection with Materials Chemistry Frontiers, please fill out the following form. We will assess your proposal with a decision provided within six weeks of the completed form submission.
To learn more about Materials Chemistry Frontiers themed collections and your role as the Guest Editor, please see the Guideline for Guest Editors, or contact us at MaterChemFrontiersED@rsc.org for more information.Suggest a topic
Materials Chemistry Frontiers appeals to academic and industrial scientists involved in materials research.
Online only 2023: ISSN: 2052-1537, £1,369 / $2,247
*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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