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 publication of their work as a communication is justified. The recommended length is no more than four printed journal pages.
Full papers in RSC Applied Polymers contain original scientific work that has not been published previously. Although there is no page limit for Full papers, appropriateness of length to content of new science will be taken into consideration.
The purpose of a Review-type article (including critical, mini and tutorial-style reviews) is to bring the reader up to date with research in a particular field. Since the readership of RSC Applied Polymers 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, any areas (such as applications) that may be of significance to the polymer science community in general.
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