Guide to Authors

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Aims and scope of the journal

Nature Materials is a monthly multi-disciplinary journal aimed at bringing together cutting-edge research across the entire spectrum of materials science and engineering. Materials research is a diverse and fast-growing discipline, which has moved from a largely applied, engineering focus to a position where it has an increasing impact on other classical disciplines such as physics, chemistry and biology. Nature Materials covers all applied and fundamental aspects of the synthesis/processing, structure/composition, properties and performance of materials, where "materials" are identified as substances in the condensed states (liquid, solid, colloidal) designed or manipulated for technological ends.

Nature Materials provides a forum for the development of a common identity among materials scientists while encouraging researchers to cross established subdisciplinary divides. To achieve this, and strengthen the cohesion of the community, the journal takes an interdisciplinary, integrated and balanced approach to all areas of materials research while fostering the exchange of ideas between scientists involved in the different disciplines. Nature Materials is an invaluable resource for all scientists, in both academia and industry, who are active in the process of discovering and developing materials and materials-related concepts.

Nature Materials offers an engaging, informative and accessible product including papers of exceptional significance and quality in a discipline which promises to have great influence on the development of society in years to come.

Research areas covered in the journal include:

  • Engineering and structural materials (metals, alloys, ceramics, composites)
  • Organic and soft materials (glasses, colloids, liquid crystals, polymers)
  • Bio-inspired, biomedical and biomolecular materials
  • Optical, photonic and optoelectronic materials
  • Magnetic materials
  • Materials for electronics
  • Superconducting materials
  • Catalytic and separation materials
  • Materials for energy
  • Nanoscale materials and processes
  • Computation, modelling and materials theory
  • Surfaces and thin films
  • Design, synthesis, processing and characterization techniques

In addition to primary research, Nature Materials also publishes review articles, news and views, research highlights about important papers published in other journals, commentaries, correspondence, interviews and analysis of the broader materials picture. In this way, the journal aims to be the voice of the worldwide materials science community.

Nature Materials offers readers and authors high visibility, access to a broad readership, high standards of copy editing and production, rigorous peer review, rapid publication, and independence from academic societies and other vested interests.


Editors and contact information

Like the other Nature titles, Nature Materials has no external editorial board. Instead, all editorial decisions are made by a team of full-time professional editors, who are PhD-level scientists. Information about the scientific background of the editors can be found here.

General editorial inquiries and correspondence should be addressed to the Editor, at

Inquiries about the status of a manuscript should be addressed to the Editorial Assistant, at


Relationship to other Nature journals

Nature Materials is editorially independent, and its editors make their own decisions, independent of the other Nature journals.It is for authors alone to decide where to submit their manuscripts. Nature will continue to publish the most significant advances in science, including materials science. Nature Materials publishes landmark papers within the field of materials science alone. Topics covered by other Nature journals (such as physics, nanotechnology and photonics) may feature in Nature Materials when the work centres on some new development in materials science; otherwise these topics will be the remit of the other relevant journal. For papers that could satisfy the scope of more than one Nature journal, the choice of which journal to submit first lies with the authors.

If a paper is rejected from one Nature journal, the authors can use an automated manuscript transfer service to submit the paper to Nature Materials via a link sent to them by the editor handling the manuscript. Authors should note that referees' comments (including any confidential comments to the editor) and identities are transferred to the editor of the second journal along with the manuscript. The journal editors will take the previous reviews into account when making their decision, although in some cases the editors may choose to take advice from additional referees. For more information, please consult the following:

Editorial and publishing policies

Please see authors and referees @ npg for detailed information about author and referee services and publication policies at the Nature family of journals. These journals, including Nature Materials, share a number of common policies including the following:

Impact factor

The 2009 ISI impact factor for Nature Materials is 29.504, according to the ISI Journal Citation Reports. This places Nature Materials first among all primary research journals in the physical sciences.

The 2009 impact factor represents the average number of citations per paper in 2009 and is calculated on the basis of the previous two years' worth of a particular journal's publications. A more detailed explanation of impact factors appears on the ISI web site. For more information on the interpretation and use of impact factors, see the Editorial in the August 2004 issue of Nature Materials.


The correct abbreviation for abstracting and indexing purposes is Nature Mater.


The international standard serial numbers (ISSN) for Nature Materials are 1476-1122 (print) and 1476-4660 (online).

pdfThe guide for authors and the editorial policies, including the guide for referees, are also available in PDF format.


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