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Impact factor: 5.598*
Time to first decision (all decisions): 26 days**
Time to first decision (peer reviewed only): 34 days***
Editors-in-chief: Chunli Bai, Dirk Guldi
Indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Web of Science: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus, and PubMed Central
Read and publish in our thematic collections
Nanomaterials for Gas Sensing and Delivery, Guest Edited Run Zhang, Songjun Zeng, Rona Chandrawati. Deadline for submission 31 March 2023.
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Welcome from our editors
Dirk Guldi, Editor-in-chief
Chunli Bai, Editor-in-chief
“To join as Editor-in-chief is a very exciting move; it constitutes a great opportunity for me to support expanding the leading role of the RSC journals in the area of Nanoscience, on one hand, and working with a great editorial team, on the other hand.” - Dirk Guldi, Editor-in-chief.
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Nanoscale Advances is an international gold open access journal, publishing high-quality research across the breadth of nanoscience and nanotechnology.
We are the first Royal Society of Chemistry journal to be gold open access from launch – allowing a global, interdisciplinary network of nanoscale researchers free access to quality, field-advancing work.
Interdisciplinary & comprehensive
Our focus is high quality, reproducible new work that makes an important advance to the existing literature. With our journals we provide complete coverage of crucial advances.
All nano researchers should have a quality, subject-focused option for publishing open access. Our APCs are lower than the industry average, and discounts and waivers are available to make publishing open access achievable and sustainable.
Part of the family
Our nanoscale journals work together to make sure research reaches the right audience. A shared editorial board with Nanoscale and partially shared with Nanoscale Horizons allows smooth article transfers and a consistent assessment process.
A trusted society publisher
The Nanoscale Advances publishing experience comes with the reputation, standards, commitment and expertise you would expect from a Royal Society of Chemistry journal, plus the visibility boost that comes from open access and the nanoscale journal family.
Published fortnightly, the journal accepts experimental and theoretical work in the form of communications, full papers and reviews, building on and complementing the nano content already published across the Royal Society of Chemistry journal portfolio.
Nanoscale Advances is a collaborative venture between the Royal Society of Chemistry and the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST) in Beijing, China.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Synthesis of nanostructured and nanoscale materials
- Characterisation of functional nanoscale materials and bio-assemblies
- Properties of nanoscale materials
- Self-assembly and molecular organisation
- Complex hybrid nanostructures
- Nanocomposites, nanoparticles, nanocrystalline materials, and nanoclusters
- Nanotubes, molecular nanowires and nanocrystals
- Molecular nanoscience
- Theoretical modelling
- Nanoelectronics and molecular electronics
- Nanochips, nanosensors, nanofluidics and nanofabrication
- Carbon-based nanoscale materials and devices
- Biomimetic materials
- Regulatory approaches and risk assessment
Submissions are initially assessed and taken through peer-review by our high-profile associate editors, the majority of whom also look after submissions to Nanoscale. A single-anonymised peer review model is used and a minimum of two reviewer reports are required. Our editors are internationally recognised in their respective areas, and taking responsibility for both journals will ensure a common overview and consistent application of expertise, streamlining the assessment process for authors and reviewers.
Nanoscale Advances published a number of themed collections every year on timely and important topics, guest edited by members of the nanoscience community. Previous 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 the journal readership. Please use the form below to submit a proposal to the Editorial Office. All proposals are considered based on the timeliness and relevance of the topic to the Nanoscale Advances community.Suggest a topic
Article processing charges
Following our peer review process, if the article is accepted, the article processing charges below will be applied to your article. There are no submission charges for Nanoscale Advances.
|Article processing charge|
£1,800 (+local taxes if applicable)*
Corresponding authors from India, Indonesia and Philippines
£900 (+local taxes if applicable)
Corresponding authors from Research4Life Group A & Group B
Full APC waiver
*15% RSC member and R&P Institution discount available. Applicable to full price only.
Discounts and waivers are also available on an individual basis. Find out more about applying for a waiver.
Corresponding authors who are not already members of the Royal Society of Chemistry are entitled to one year’s Affiliate membership as part of their APC. Find out more about our member benefits.
As part of the submission process, authors will be asked to agree to the Nanoscale Advances open access terms & conditions.
We offer Nanoscale Advances authors a choice of two Creative Commons licenses: CC BY or CC BY NC. Publication under these licenses means that authors retain copyright of their article, but allows users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. Read our open access statement for further information.
All published articles are deposited with LOCKSS, CLOCKSS, Portico and the British Library for archiving.
For information about APC pricing for all RSC journals please click here.
Our nanoscale journal family
Nanoscale Advances is part of our nanoscale journal family, which also includes Nanoscale Horizons and Nanoscale. The journal series allows full coverage of interdisciplinary advances in nanoscience and nanotechnology.
See who's on the team
Meet the editors-in-chief and the rest of the board members for Nanoscale Advances.
Chunli Bai, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Dirk Guldi, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
Cinzia Casiraghi, University of Manchester, UK
Gianaurelio (Giovanni) Cuniberti, TU Dresden, Germany
Qing Dai, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology of China, China
Yves Dufrêne, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Andrea Ferrari, University of Cambridge, UK
Dong Ha Kim, Ewha Womans University, Korea
Christian Klinke, University of Rostock, Germany
Quan Li, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
Zhiqun Lin, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Xing Yi Ling, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Xiaogang Liu, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Renzhi Ma, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan
Janet Macdonald, Vanderbilt University, USA
Teresa Pellegrino, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy
Dong Qin, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Elena Shevchenko, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
Jonathan Veinot, University of Alberta, Canada
Umesh Waghmare, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, India
Jinlan Wang, Southeast University, China
Manzhou Zhu, Anhui University, China
Jin Zou, University of Queensland, Australia
Suryasarathi Bose, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, India
Stephanie Brock, Wayne State University, USA
Raffaella Buonsanti, EPFL, Switzerland
Jingyi Chen, University of Arkansas, USA
Chunying Chen, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology of China, China
Xiaodong Chen, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Wenlong Cheng, Monash University, Australia
Serena Cussen, University of Sheffield, UK
Kristen Fichthorn, Penn State University, USA
Christy Haynes, University of Minnesota, USA
Guohua Jia, Curtin University, Australia
Xingyu Jiang, Southern University of Science and Technology, China
RongChao Jin, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Song Jin, University of Wisconsin, USA
Jesse Jokerst, University of California San Diego, USA
Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh, The University of Sydney, Australia
Katharina Landfester, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany
Dattatray Late, CSIR National Chemical Laboratory, India
Pooi See Lee,Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Changming Li, Southwest University, China
Jie Liu, Duke University, USA
Laura Na Liu, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Germany
Liberato Manna, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy
Anna Fontcuberta i Morral, EPFL, Switzerland
Catherine Murphy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Kostya Ostrikov, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
So-Jung Park, Ewha Womans University, Korea
Lakshminarayana Polavarapu, University of Vigo, Spain
T. Pradeep, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
Narayan Pradhan, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, India
Dong Qin, Georgia Tech University, USA
Michael Sailor, University of California, San Diego, USA
Hyeon Suk Shin, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea
Zhigang Shuai, Tsinghua University, China
Sara Skrabalak, Indiana University, USA
Francesco Stellacci, EPFL, Switzerland
Hong-Bo Sun, Tsinghua University, China
Lingdong Sun, Peking University, China
Shouheng Sun, Brown University, USA
Xiaoming Sun, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China
Dmitri Talapin, University of Chicago, USA
Zhiyong Tang, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, China
Mauricio Terrones, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
Sarah Tolbert, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Ventsislav Valev, University of Bath, UK
Miriam Vitiello, CNR Nanotec, Italy
Jianfang Wang, Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
Benjamin Wiley, Duke University, USA
Xiaojun Wu, University of Science and Technology of China, China
Yujie Xiong, University of Science and Technology of China, China
Hongxing Xu, Wuhan University, China
Lin Xu, Nanjing Normal University, China
Ya Yang, Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Xiao Cheng Zeng, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
Gang Zhang, Institute of High Performance Computing, Singapore
Hua Zhang, City University of Hong Kong, China
Miqin Zhang, University of Washington, USA
Jeremy Allen, Executive Editor, ORCID 0000-0001-5169-2236
Hannah Kerr, Deputy Editor, ORCID 0000-0002-2450-126X
Rosie Hague, Editorial Assistant
Christopher Goodall, Editorial Production Manager
Serra Arslancan Sengelen, Assistant Editor, ORCID 0000-0001-9474-549X
Zita Zachariah, Assistant Editor, ORCID 0000-0002-8501-2275
Jie Gao, Assistant Editor (China)
Neil Hammond, Publisher, ORCID 0000-0001-6390-8874
Nanoscale Advances publishes:
- Full papers
- Review articles
These contain either a complete study or a preliminary report, but in either case must present an important advance of immediate interest to the Nanoscale Advances readership in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Authors should supply with their submission a justification of why the work merits urgent publication as a Communication. Referees will be asked to judge the work on these grounds. Communications are given high visibility within the journal as they are published at the front of an issue. Communications will not normally exceed the length of four printed journal pages, however, exceptions may be made at the editor's discretion.
Full papers report important field-advancing work that has not been published previously. Full papers based on Communications are encouraged provided that they represent a substantial extension of the original material. There are no restrictions on the length of a paper.
These are normally commissioned by the editorial board, although suggestions from readers for topics and authors of reviews are most welcome.
Interested authors should complete a proposal form and return it to the Editorial Office at email@example.com.
Nanoscale Advances reviews 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 undergo a rigorous and full peer review procedure, in the same way as regular research papers.
All review content should consist of original text and interpretation, avoiding any direct reproduction. If a significant amount of other people's material is to be used, either textual or image-based, permission must be sought by the author in accordance with copyright law and must be made clear in the manuscript.
Nanoscale Advances publishes two types of review.
Review articles report a detailed, balanced and authoritative current account of the selected research field. They should focus on the key developments that have shaped the topic, rather than comprehensive reviews of the literature. Authors are encouraged to summarise important findings instead of re-iterating details already available in the primary work and should provide summary figures instead of multiple figures from original manuscripts, where appropriate.
The purpose of a Review is to bring the reader up to date with research in a particular field. Since the readership of Nanoscale Advances is wide ranging, it is essential that the Review is easily comprehensible to a non-specialist in the field. Authors are encouraged to identify areas in the field where further developments are imminent or of urgent need, and any areas (such as techniques) that may be of significance to the nanoscience and nanotechnology community in general. Please note that Reviews should not contain any original research.
Minireviews are highlights or summaries of research in an emerging area covering approximately 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 original 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. The recommended length is 3-8 journal pages.
Comments and Replies are a medium for the discussion and exchange of scientific opinions between authors and readers concerning material published in Nanoscale Advances.
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
The following guidelines are journal specific. For general guidance on preparing an article please visit our Prepare your article page, the content of which is relevant to all of our journals.
- Does the work present an important advance over the existing nano literature? Please supply a covering letter with your submission to demonstrate how the work is advancing the field over the existing literature.
- Have you provided sufficient evidence/data to support your conclusions?
- Have you provided adequate characterisation data for your materials/compounds? (Please check the supporting information section to ensure that the necessary requirements have been met and copies of relevant spectra have been provided where necessary.)
- Are the results discussed in the context of the literature?
- Are the references relevant and appropriately reflect the existing literature?
Nanoscale Advances follows a single-anonymised peer review process, with manuscripts handled by experienced associate editors, most of whom also look after submissions to Nanoscale.
Phase 1 - your manuscript is initially assessed by an associate editor.
Phase 2 - the associate editor solicits the expertise of at least two reviewers to assess your article and submit a report.
Phase 3 - the associate editor handling your manuscript makes a decision based on the reviewer reports received. In the event that no clear decision can be made, another senior reviewer will be consulted.
Please refer to our processes and policies for full details including our appeals procedure.
The readership is cross-disciplinary and includes scientists, researchers and professionals in academia and industry interested in nanoscience and nanotechnology, including (but not limited to) the areas of physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, materials, energy/environment, information technology, detection science, healthcare and drug discovery, and electronics.
Nanoscale Advances is fully gold open access – articles can be downloaded free from the website with no barriers to access.
Online only: ISSN 2516-0230
Copyright is retained by authors when an open access licence is accepted, as with our standard licence to publish agreement. Full and accurate attribution to the original author is required for any re-use of the work. Find out more about copyright, licences and re-use permission.
*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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