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Editor-in-Chief: Federico Rosei
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Interdisciplinary and open access
Science is continually expanding beyond traditional boundaries. We are seeing an increased focus on applied research in multiple disciplines and how this work can be used to tackle global challenges. RSC Applied Interfaces is a dedicated, interdisciplinary home for articles that highlight the impact of applied interfacial and surface research.
This journal is part of a strong portfolio from the Royal Society of Chemistry that aims to support scientists, like you, around the world. You can expect to receive the same exceptional publishing experience as you would in any of our other journals – including full support from the submission stage, fair and rigorous peer review, and guidance on promoting your publications. RSC Applied Interfaces offers you a platform for applied interfacial and surface research from a publisher you know and trust.
Announcing our Editor-in-Chief: Federico Rosei
I am excited to step into this new role, that of shaping a journal and the community around it – and doing so from the start as founding Editor-in-Chief.
RSC Applied Interfaces is a dedicated, interdisciplinary reference journal for cutting-edge research on the applications of surfaces and interfaces. In addition to the applied focus, work considered for publication in RSC Applied Interfaces is expected to be highly original and of top quality.
Research papers should highlight the role of interfaces (morphology and composition) and interfacial processes in determining a material’s properties and functionalities. The journal seeks to report major scientific advances beyond the state of the art, at the cutting edge of this interdisciplinary field.
The areas of application are expected to be broad and diverse, with sample interface topics including but not limited to:
- Protective coatings: anticorrosion, antifouling, antibacterial, antimicrobial, hydrophobic, hydrophilic
- Biointerfaces including biomedical coatings, adhesives and devices
- Interfaces in electronic, photonic, and optoelectronic devices
- Electrochemical interfaces
- The role of interfaces in catalysis, electrocatalysis, photocatalysis
- The role of interfaces in energy conversion processes and devices
- The role of interfaces in energy storage
- 2D materials
- Interfaces for environmental remediation (e.g. innovative separation membranes etc.)
- Polymer interfaces and composites
- Applications of nanomaterials’ interfaces
- Surface engineering and functionalisation
Consistent with the vision and values of the RSC, the journal welcomes and celebrates research that supports the advancement of several UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), including but not limited to SDG 3: good health and well-being, SDG 6: clean water and sanitation, SDG 7: affordable and clean energy and SDG 12: including responsible production and consumption.
Our RSC Applied journal portfolio also includes RSC Applied Polymers, a leading cross-disciplinary journal for the application of polymers, including experimental and computational studies from both natural and synthetic fields. RSC Applied journals are dedicated to science research with a strong applied focus. As such, work focusing on fundamental surface science characterisation and properties will not be considered. The journals complement our portfolio of materials, nanoscience and multidisciplinary journals where fundamental research is also welcomed for submission subject to individual journal scopes.
See who's on the team
Meet RSC Applied Interfaces's Editor-in-Chief and board members.
Kathryn Gempf, Journals Launch Manager, ORCID: 0000-0001-7595-0623
Patrick de Jongh, Journals Launch Assistant Editor, ORCID: 0000-0003-4201-0824
Hannah Fowler, Journals Launch Assistant Editor
Ruth Colmer, Journals Launch Editorial Assistant
Rosie Hague, Editorial Assistant
Jeremy Allen, Executive Editor, ORCID: 0000-0001-5169-2236
Hannah Kerr, Deputy Editor, ORCID: 0000-0002-2450-126X
Chris Goodall, Editorial Production Manager
Serra Arslancan Sengelen, Assistant Editor, ORCID: 0000-0001-9474-549X
Zita Zachariah, Assistant Editor, ORCID: 0000-0002-8501-2275
Neil Hammond, Publisher, ORCID: 0000-0001-6390-8874
RSC Applied Interfaces publishes:
- Full papers
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 length is no more than four printed journal pages.
Full papers present original research that has not been previously published. Although there is no page limit for Full papers, appropriateness of length to content of new science will be taken into consideration.
Reviews (including critical, mini and tutorial-style reviews) should report a detailed, balanced and authoritative current account of the existing state of knowledge on a particular facet of applied surface and interfacial research. Since the readership of RSC Applied Interfaces is very wide-ranging, it is essential that the Review is easily comprehensible to a non-specialist in the 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 readership.
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. Please note that Reviews in RSC Applied Interfaces may not contain any original research.
Perspectives are 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, and they should be written to their natural length. Perspectives may contain some unpublished research.
Comments and Replies are a medium for the discussion and exchange of scientific opinions between authors and readers concerning material published in RSC Applied Interfaces.
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 general guidance on preparing an article please visit our Prepare your article page, the content of which is relevant to all our journals. Please note the RSC does not require authors to submit using a specific template, but there are templates available if you wish to use them.
To learn more about the Royal Society of Chemistry's policies and processes, including licensing, peer review and formatting, please refer to our Resources for authors page.
Peer review and editorial process
All articles published in RSC Applied Interfaces are subject to external peer review by experts in the field and all manuscripts submitted are handled by a team of internationally recognised Associate Editors, who are all practicing scientists in the field.
The peer review for all articles submitted to the journal consists of the following stages:
Phase 1: Your manuscript is initially assessed by an associate editor to determine its suitability for peer review.
Phase 2: If the manuscript passes the initial assessment process, the associate editor solicits recommendations from at least two reviewers who are experts in the field. They will provide a report along with their recommendation.
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 reviewer will be consulted.
RSC Applied Interfaces is committed to a rigorous peer review process and expert editorial oversight for all published content. Please refer to our processes and policies for full details including our appeals procedure.
Transparent peer review
To support increased transparency, we offer authors the option of transparent peer review, where the editor’s decision letter, reviewers’ comments and authors’ response for all versions of the manuscript will be published alongside the article under an Open Access Creative Commons licence (CC-BY). Reviewers are anonymous unless they choose to sign their report.
Find out more about our transparent peer review policy.
RSC Applied Interfaces authors, editors, reviewers and published works are required to uphold the Royal Society of Chemistry’s ethical standards. The Royal Society of Chemistry is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and our ethical standards follow COPE’s core practices and best practice guidelines. In cases where these guidelines are breached or appear to be so, the Royal Society of Chemistry will consult with COPE guidelines and act accordingly.
When a study involves the use of live animals or human subjects, authors must include in the 'methods/experimental' section of the manuscript a statement that all experiments were performed in compliance with the author’s institute’s policy on animal use and ethics; where possible, details of compliance with national or international laws or guidelines should be included. The statement must name the institutional/local ethics committee which has approved the study; where possible, the approval or case number should be provided. A statement that informed consent was obtained for any experimentation with human subjects is required. Reviewers may be asked to comment specifically on any cases in which concerns arise.
For further guidance on author responsibilities and code of conduct, which apply to RSC Applied Interfaces and to all manuscripts submitted to Royal Society of Chemistry journals, please visit our author hub.
As a gold open access journal, RSC Applied Interfaces can maximise the potential and visibility of your publications. Our articles are free to read, access and cite by anyone around the world. We are also covering all article processing charges until mid-2025, so you can publish with us for free.
We offer RSC Applied Interfaces authors a choice of two Creative Commons licences: CC BY or CC BY NC. Publication under these licences means that authors retain the copyright of their article, but users are allowed 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.
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