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Polymer Chemistry is a Transformative Journal and Plan S compliant
Impact factor: 5.364*
Time to first decision (all decisions): 17.0 days**
Time to first decision (peer reviewed only): 28.0 days***
Editor-in-Chief: Christopher Barner-Kowollik
Open access publishing options available
Polymer Chemistry welcomes submissions in all areas of polymer science that have a strong focus on macromolecular chemistry. Manuscripts may cover a broad range of fields, yet no direct application focus is required.
Manuscripts with a strong application focus might be more suitable for our companion journal RSC Applied Polymers.
Polymer Chemistry: Editors talk about the journal
Polymer Chemistry Editors discuss their aspirations for the journal, what they are looking for in a paper, and how they approach the peer-review process.
Polymer 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 polymer chemistry in their independent academic career.
Find out more about eligibility, how to nominate and deadlines for nomination and announcement.
Find out more about eligibility, how to nominate, nomination deadlines, and see all the winners of this award.
Meet the team
Find out who is on the editorial and advisory boards for the Polymer Chemistry journal.
Christopher Barner-Kowollik, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Athina Anastasaki, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Filip Du Prez, Ghent University, Belgium
Holger Frey, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
Rongrong Hu, South China University of Technology, China
Jeremiah A Johnson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Tanja Junkers, Monash University, Australia
Dominik Konkolewicz, Miami University, USA
Zhibo Li, Qingdao University of Science and Technology, China
Zi-Chen Li, Peking University, China
Emily Pentzer, Texas A&M University, USA
Seb Perrier, University of Warwick, UK
Steven Armes, University of Sheffield, UK
Remzi Becer, University of Warwick, UK
Matthew Becker, Duke University, USA
Erik Berda, University of New Hampshire, USA
Kerstin Blank, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany
Eva Blasco, Heidelberg University, Germany
James Blinco, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Chris Bowman, University of Colorado, USA
Cyrille Boyer, University of New South Wales, Australia
Neil Cameron, Monash University, Australia
Luis Campos, Columbia University, USA
Changle Chen, University of Science & Technology of China, China
Mao Chen, Fudan University, China
Xuesi Chen, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Yoshiki Chujo, Kyoto University, Japan
Franck D'Agosto, CNRS-University of Lyon, France
Priyadarsi De, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, India
Guillaume Delaittre, University of Wuppertal, Germany
Dagmar D'hooge, University of Ghent, Belgium
Elizabeth Elacqua, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Brett P Fors, Cornell University, USA
Theoni Georgiou, Imperial College London, UK
Didier Gigmes, Aix-Marseilles Université, CNRS, France
Atsushi Goto, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Sophie Guillaume, Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes, France
Dave Haddleton, University of Warwick, UK
Nikos Hadjichristidis, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
Yanchun Han, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Simon Harrisson, CNRS, University of Toulouse, France
Eva Marie Harth, University of Houston, USA
Laura Hartmann, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany
Fiona Hatton, Loughborough University, UK
Andrew B Holmes, University of Melbourne, Australia
Richard Hoogenboom, University of Ghent, Belgium
Steve Howdle, University of Nottingham, UK
Feihe Huang, Zheijiang University, China
Toyoji Kakuchi, Changchun University of Science and Technology, China
Julia Kalow, Northwestern University, USA
Masami Kamigaito, Nagoya University, Japan
Justin Kennemur, Florida State University, USA
Christopher Kloxin, University of Delaware, USA
Dominik Konkolewicz, Miami University, USA
Jacques Lalevée, Institut de Science des Matériaux de Mulhouse, France
Katharina Landfester, Max Planck Institute, Germany
Muriel Lansalot, Université Lyon, France
Sebastien Lecommandoux, ENSCPB, University of Bordeaux, France
Rachel A. Letteri, University of Virginia, USA
Guey-Sheng Liou, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Guoliang Liu, Virginia Tech, USA
Shiyong Liu, University of Science & Technology, China
Timothy Long, Arizona State University, USA
Christine K Luscombe, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
Ian Manners, University of Victoria, Canada
John Matson, Virginia Tech, USA
Markus Muellner, University of Sydney, Australia
Ravin Narain, University of Alberta, Canada
Julien Nicolas, University Paris-Sud, France
Kyoko Nozaki, University of Tokyo, Japan
Rachel O'Reilly, University of Warwick, UK
Makoto Ouchi, Kyoto University, Japan
Derek Patton, University of Southern Mississippi, USA
Theresa Reineke, University of Minnesota, USA
Megan Robertson, University of Houston, USA
Amitav Sanyal, Bogazici University, Turkey
Felix Schacher, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany
Helmut Schlaad, University of Potsdam, Germany
Ellen Sletten, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Martina Stenzel, University of New South Wales, Australia
Molly Stevens, Imperial College London, UK
Nathalie Stingelin, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Ben Zhong Tang, HKUST, Hong Kong, China
Lei Tao, Tsinghua University, China
Patrick Theato, KIT, Germany
Maria Vamvakaki, FORTH-IESL, Greece
Jan van Hest, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Kelly Velonia, University of Crete, Greece
María J. Vicent, CIPF, Spain
Brigitte Voit, Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research, Germany
Marcus Weck, NYU, USA
Charlotte Williams, University of Oxford, UK
Frederik Wurm, Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung, Germany
Yusuf Yagci, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
Naoko Yoshie, University of Tokyo, Japan
Wei You, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Xi Zhang, Tsinghua University, China
Maria Southall, Executive Editor, Journals, ORCID 0000-0002-7935-6231
Laura Ghandhi, Deputy Editor, Journals
Cara Sutton, Editorial Production Manager, Journals
Sean Browner, Assistant Editor, Journals
Molly Colgate, Assistant Editor, Journals
Paul Scott, Assistant Editor, Journals
Alison Winder, Assistant Editor, Journals
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Polymer Chemistry publishes:
- Full papers
- Tutorial reviews
- Comments and Replies
Polymer Chemistry 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 in Polymer Chemistry 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.
Reviews & Perspectives
If you would like to submit a Review to the journal, we would encourage you to complete the following review proposal form and return it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org before submission. This will provide the information needed to help assess the suitability of your review for the journal according to our scope and standards.
Polymer Chemistry Review proposal form
The purpose of a Review is to bring the reader up to date with research in a particular field. Since the readership of Polymer Chemistry 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 polymer chemistry community in general. Please note that Reviews in Polymer Chemistry may NOT contain any original research.
Minireviews are highlights or summaries of research in an emerging area in polymer chemistry (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 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 of a Polymer Chemistry Minireview is three printed journal pages.
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. Perspectives should be comprehensible to a broad scientific audience. 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.
Tutorial reviews should provide an introduction and overview of an important topic of relevance to the journal readership. The topic should be of relevance to both new researchers as well as experts and provide a good introduction to the subject, its current state and indications of future directions. Tutorial reviews should have an educational emphasis and include best practices in the covered field. They may cover topics otherwise seen as advanced textbook knowledge. They should not contain unpublished original 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 Polymer Chemistry.
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.
In addition to the general guidelines, authors are asked to provide the following data for the characterisation of polymers:
For all soluble polymers an estimation of molecular weight must be provided by a suitable method. For example, size exclusion chromatography, including details of columns, eluents and calibration standards, intrinsic viscosity, MALDI TOF, etc.
For insoluble and crosslinked polymers, elemental analysis (within ±0.4% of the calculated value) is required to confirm sample purity and composition. For optoelectronic compounds, UV-visible data should be reported.
Important physical properties, such as Tg and Tm, should be included where appropriate.
For all soluble polymers full NMR characterisation (1H,13C) in support of the assigned structure, including relevant 2D NMR and related experiments (that is, NOE, etc) is required. Authors are encouraged to provide copies of these spectra in the electronic supplementary information (ESI).
For all polymers Infrared spectra that support functional group modifications, including other diagnostic assignments should be included.
For information on the IUPAC recommendations for polymer nomenclature please see A Brief Guide to Polymer Nomenclature (PDF).
Open access publishing options
Polymer Chemistry 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, Polymer Chemistry charges an article processing charge (APC) of £1800 (+ 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 Polymer Chemistry 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 Polymer Chemistry 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.
Polymer Chemistry 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 Polymer Chemistry 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
Polymer chemists in industry and academia, plus materials scientists and bioscientists.
Polymer Chemistry is part of RSC Gold and Materials Science subscription packages.
Online only 2023: ISSN 1759-9962, £2,935 / $5,014
*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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