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MSDE is a Transformative Journal and Plan S compliant
Impact factor: 4.920*
Time to first decision (all decisions): 26 days**
Time to first decision (peer reviewed only): 31.0 days***
Editor-in-chief: Claire S Adjiman
Indexed in Web of Science and Scopus
Open access publishing options available
Molecular Systems Design & Engineering (MSDE) is an interdisciplinary journal reporting cutting-edge molecular engineering research.
Molecular engineering employs experimental, theoretical and computational approaches to establish new understanding of molecular properties and behaviours, and uses this understanding to design and assemble better materials, systems, and processes to achieve specific functions. MSDE provides a hub for research into new understanding of molecular systems and the use of this understanding in applications of technological significance that help address global challenges.
At the interface of the chemical sciences and engineering, this unique journal is a joint venture between the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).
MSDE brings together physics, biology, chemistry, engineering, and materials science to address:
- New concepts, capabilities and tools based on the study of the behaviour of molecular systems
- Screening, design, engineering, and optimisation of molecules, materials, and systems
- The conception, design, or engineering of functional devices based on molecular principles
- Development or use of statistical or machine learning methodologies for molecular design
- Integrated artificial intelligence and automated robotics in experimental science
A molecular design or optimisation strategy
All papers should address the above. This can include the implementation of a molecular design or optimisation strategy targeting the functionality and performance of a system or process of interest. It can also include the development of a new molecular design or optimisation strategy based on fundamental insight into the parameters of a system or process of interest. Methodologies that have utility beyond the scope of the reported work, those covering multiple scales, and those discussing potential technological advances and applications, are particularly encouraged.
Examples of relevant systems and applications include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Energy - batteries, solar devices, fuel cells, thermoelectrics, electrocatalysis & photocatalysis
- Environmental - membranes, porous materials, detection & monitoring devices
- Bioengineering - imaging & diagnostics, tissue engineering & regeneration, therapeutics design & delivery, immune engineering.
- Quantum engineering - computing, cryptography, sensors, photonics
- Nano-manufacturing and control - directed self-assembly, nano-lithography, additive manufacturing
- Hard and soft materials - liquid crystals, ceramics, lubricants, polymers, glasses
- Electronics - molecular wires and switches, organic devices
- Processes - catalysis, solvents, chemical manufacturing, CO2 capture
Meet the team
Find out who is on the editorial and advisory boards for the MSDE journal.
Claire S Adjiman, Imperial College London, UK
Andrew Ferguson, University of Chicago, USA
Luke Connal, Australian National University, Australia
Robert Riggleman, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Editorial board members
Linda Broadbelt, Northwestern University, USA
LaShanda Korley, University of Delaware, USA
Yongye Liang, Southern University of Science and Technology, China
Anja Palmans, TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Patrick Stayton, University of Washington, USA
Alfredo Alexander-Katz, MIT, USA
Helena Azevedo, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Andre Bardow, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Jeremy Baumberg, University of Cambridge, UK
Eva Blasco, Heidelberg University, Germany
Joao Cabral, Imperial College London, UK
Neil Champness, University of Nottingham, UK
Paulette Clancy, John Hopkins University, USA
Marc-Olivier Coppens, UCL, UK
Graeme Day, University of Southampton, UK
Andrew deMello, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Cécile Dreiss, Kings College London, UK
Thomas Epps, III, University of Delaware, USA
Lei Fang, Texas A&M University, USA
C. Daniel Frisbie, University of Minnesota, USA
Xuefeng Guo, Peking University, China
Kristi Kiick, University of Delaware, USA
Raju Kumar Gupta, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India
Sarah Heilshorn, Stanford University, USA
Arthi Jayaraman, University of Delaware, USA
Takashi Kato, University of Tokyo, Japan
Sang Ouk Kim, KAIST, Republic of Korea
Heather Kulik, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Jodie Lutkenhaus, Texas A&M University, USA
Heidi Mansour, FIU Center for Translational Science, USA
Bert Meijer, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Takashi Nakanishi, NIMS, Japan
Ki Tae Nam, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea
Insup Noh, Seoul National University of Science & Technology, Republic of Korea
Mark A. Olson, Tianjin University, China
Juan de Pablo, University of Chicago, USA
Ho Bum Park, Hanyang University, Republic of Korea
Jon Parquette, Ohio State University, USA
Boaz Pokroy, Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Jeffrey Rimer, University of Houston, USA
Shu Seki, Kyoto University, Japan
Randy Snurr, Northwestern University, USA
Brigitte Stadler, Aarhus University, Denmark
Doros Theodorou, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Matthew Tirrell, University of Chicago, USA
Bernhardt L. Trout, MIT, USA
Raymond W. Y. Wong, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Jing Zhang, Chinese Academic of Sciences, China
Jia Zhu, Nanjing University, China
Meifang Zhu, Donghua University, China
Maria Southall, Executive Editor, Journals, ORCID 0000-0002-7935-6231
Bianca Provost, Deputy Editor, Journals, ORCID 0000-0001-8440-1095
Emily Skinner, Editorial Production Manager, Journals
Sean Browner, Assistant Editor, Journals
Molly Colgate, Assistant Editor, Journals
Paul Scott, Assistant Editor, Journals
Alison Winder, Assistant Editor, Journals
Basita Javeed, Editorial Assistant, Journals
Allison Holloway, Publishing Assistant, Journals
Sam Keltie, Publisher, Journals, ORCID 0000-0002-9369-8414
- Full papers
MSDE 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.
Full papers in MSDE contain original scientific work that has not been published previously. Please note that the Royal Society of Chemistry strongly discourages the fragmentation of a substantial body of work into a number of short publications. There is no page limit for full paper articles.
The purpose of a Review is to bring the reader up to date with research in a particular area. The article should aim to provide an authoritative in-depth discussion of current progress. Authors are encouraged to identify areas in the field where further developments are imminent or of urgent need. Please note that Reviews in MSDE should not contain any original research.
Minireviews are highlights or summaries of research in an emerging area (typically from the last two–three years). Minireviews are not intended to be comprehensive overviews, rather they are meant to highlight recent and important developments in that specific subject area.
Minireviews should not contain any unpublished research and should set the topic in the context of the relevant literature. A small amount of speculation of possible future developments may also be appropriate in the 'Conclusions' section.
Perspectives are invited contributions offering the personal viewpoint of leading scientists in their area of research. They present a state-of-the-art account of an area of current interest with an emphasis on future challenges and opportunities. Since the readership of MSDE is wide-ranging, the article should be easily comprehensible to a non-specialist in the field, whilst at the same time providing an authoritative discussion of the area concerned. There are no strict length requirements, but as a general guide Perspectives should be typically between 6 - 20 pages in length. Perspectives should not contain any unpublished research.
Comments and Replies
Comments and Replies are a medium for the discussion and exchange of scientific opinions between authors and readers concerning material published in MSDE.
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
There are no specific requirements regarding formatting of submissions; we recommend using the Royal Society of Chemistry template but this is not a requirement for submission. All articles accepted for publication in our journals are edited and typeset to our house style by professional editors; we will format the final publication for you.
All articles must include a separate Design, System, Application paragraph (no more than 200 words), that:
- explains the molecular design or optimisation strategy and its general utility
- emphasises the desired systems functionality and design constraints
- highlights the immediate or future application potential of the work.
This paragraph is intended to be accessible to the broad interdisciplinary readership of the journal, and therefore should be written in a general manner to complement more detailed discussions of these aspects within the main text. It should not reproduce the abstract.
Open access publishing options
MSDE 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, MSDE 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 MSDE 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 MSDE 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.
Molecular Systems Design & Technology publishes a number of themed collections on timely and important topics, guest edited by members of the journal community. Members of the community are welcome to submit proposals for themed collections that would be of interest to the Molecular Systems Design & Technology 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.Suggest a topic
Online only 2022: ISSN 2058-9689, £2,126 / $3,509
*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
****CiteScore™ 2021 available at www.scopus.com/sources
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