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2D Materials

About 2D Materials


2D Materials™ (2DM) aims to curate the most significant and cutting-edge research being undertaken in the field of two-dimensional materials science and engineering. Serving an expanding multidisciplinary community of researchers and technologists, our goal is to develop a selective journal dedicated to bringing together the most important new results and perspectives from across the discipline. Submissions should be essential reading for a particular sub-field and should also be of multidisciplinary interest to the wider community, with the expectation that published work will have significant impact.

Submissions that do not meet 2D Materials‘ strict acceptance criteria may be transferred at the discretion of the journal’s editors (with author approval) to other relevant journals in the IOP portfolio, for further consideration.

2D Materials is a multidisciplinary journal devoted to publishing original research of the highest quality and impact covering all aspects of two-dimensional materials, including fundamental properties (experiments, theory and simulations), novel applications (electrical, mechanical, chemical and biomedical) and synthesis/fabrication techniques. Specific materials of interest will include, but are not limited to:

  • Graphene and graphene-derived materials (such as graphene oxides, graphene quantum dots etc)
  • Silicene and germanene/silicane and germanane
  • Boron nitride
  • Transition metal dichalcogenides
  • Two-dimensional topological insulators
  • Complex oxides
  • Composite materials
  • Other novel two-dimensional layered structures

In addition to publishing research articles that report urgent breakthrough results of significant importance to the field of two-dimensional materials, this journal also publishes Perspectives and invited-only Topical Reviews on themes of particular current interest to the community.

Why should you publish in 2DM?

  • High standards: fast, rigorous and constructive reviewing process, overseen by a member of the Editorial Board.
  • Fast publication: we are committed to providing a quick, professional service to ensure rapid first decision, acceptance and publication. Once accepted, your article will be accessible to readers within 24 hours and will include a citable DOI.
  • Open access: the choice to make individual articles available on an open access basis (on payment of an article processing charge).
  • Transfer opportunities: as well as accepting direct submissions, this journal also offers a quick and easy solution to transfer your manuscript from another IOP Publishing journal if it does not fit this journal’s scope or significance criteria. Articles are transferred along with peer review reports to save time and avoid duplication of work for reviewers.
  • International Editorial Board: led by Wencai Ren from the Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science.

Article types

2D Materials welcomes submissions of the following article types:

  • Letters: short, high impact research articles that report an urgent and breakthrough development on any aspect of two-dimensional materials. A Letter should not normally be more than six journal pages in length (5000 words).
  • Research Papers: articles of unlimited length that report new research of outstanding quality, and which make a significant advance in terms of either the fundamental science, applications or synthesis of two-dimensional materials.
  • Perspectives: commissioned brief commentaries that highlight the impact and wider implications of new research reported in 2D Materials. Perspectives may occasionally be commissioned by the Editorial Board on a broader theme of relevance to the two-dimensional materials community.
  • Topical Reviews: invited review articles that provide a snapshot of recent progress in a particular field relevant to two-dimensional materials. They often deal with subjects which are still developing rapidly so a comprehensive review is not possible. The typical length of a Topical Review is between 10 000 and 15 000 words. Topical Reviews are usually commissioned by the Editorial Board, however unsolicited proposals from the community that comply with the journal’s strict criteria will also be considered. If you would like to propose a Topical Review for publication in 2DM, please contact the journal team.
  • Focus Issues: each Focus Issue serves to highlight timely work conducted within specific areas of interest. Articles are commissioned by guest editors.
  • Roadmaps: composed by leading researchers in the field and providing an overview on the status, current and future challenges, and emerging technologies across a given subject area.

Special requirements

A research paper in 2DM should form a timely and important contribution to research on two-dimensional materials deserving of rapid publication, and to ensure maximum appeal to the journal’s multidisciplinary readership, the peer review of articles is directed by the Editorial Board. Submissions to 2DM are preliminarily assessed for suitability before being sent to independent reviewer for formal review. To aid this process, all authors are required to accompany their article with a cover letter supplying the following supplementary information detailing the particular significance of their work:

  1. What are the new results or developments reported in your article?
  2. In what way are these new results or developments timely?
  3. Why are these new results or developments significant?

This information will be sent to the Editorial Board and reviewers for their consideration as part of the reviewing procedure. You should upload this justification in the ‘File Upload’ step of the submission process.

Articles that are considered inappropriate for the journal at this initial stage will be rejected without further review and, if appropriate, redirected to another IOP journal. In such cases the decision will be taken very quickly so that an author has the option to resubmit to another journal without undue delay.

Peer review

The following summary describes the peer review process for 2D Materials, using the ANSI/NISO Standard Terminology for Peer Review:

  • Identity transparency: single-anonymous, double-anonymous (author choice)
  • Reviewer interacts with: Editor
  • Review information published: review reports (author and reviewer opt in), author/editor communication, reviewer identities (reviewer opt in)

Our Publishing Support website provides more information on our reviewing process as well as checklists in both English and Chinese language to help authors prepare their manuscripts for submission.

If an article is not accepted for publication, we may offer the author the opportunity to transfer their submission to other suitable journals we publish.

Inclusivity and diversity

IOP Publishing recognises that there are inequalities within the scientific publishing and research ecosystems. We are committed to a progressive approach to inclusivity and diversity, and are working hard to eliminate discrimination to foster an equitable and welcoming publishing environment for all.

IOP Publishing follows Guidelines on Inclusive Language and Images in Scholarly Communication to ensure that journal articles use bias-free and culturally sensitive communication. We ask authors to please follow these guidelines in their manuscript submissions.

More information about our work on inclusivity is available on our Open Physics hub.


2D Materials maintains the highest standards of publication and research ethics and is a member of the Committee for Publication Ethics (COPE). Authors are expected to comply with IOP Publishing’s Ethical Policy.

Research data

2D Materials has adopted IOP Publishing’s research data policy. Please check that your article complies with the policy before submission.

Please note that this policy requires authors to include a data availability statement in their article.

For any questions about the policy please contact the journal.

Many research funders now require authors to make all data related to their research available in an online repository. Please refer to the policy for further information about research data, data repositories and data citation.

Open access

2D Materials is a hybrid open access journal. Authors have the option to pay an article publication charge (APC) to publish their article on a gold open access basis under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence. Articles published on a gold open access basis are freely available to everyone to read and reuse immediately upon publication, provided the terms of the licence are followed and clear attribution to the author is given.

Alternatively authors who do not select the gold open access option can choose a green open access route to publication.

For more information on IOP Publishing’s open access policies please see our Open access page. For our author rights policies please see our Author rights page.

Publication charges

Publication on a subscription-access basis is free of charge.

Authors have the option to pay the following article publication charge (APC) to publish their article on an open access basis under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence.

Article publication charge* £2720 €3100 $3800
Reduced article publication charge* for Group B countries** £500 €575 $675
Reduced article publication charge for Group A countries** £0 €0 $0

*excluding VAT where applicable

**eligibility criteria can be found here

APCs only apply to articles accepted for publication; there are no submission charges.

There are no other charges for publishing in 2D Materials.

Transformative Agreements

2D Materials is included in our transformative agreements which allow authors from some institutions to publish open access without paying an APC.

Find out if you’re covered by an agreement

If you are covered by an agreement, use our author guide to help you submit your paper.

Countries where we have transformative agreements include:
Austria, Canada, Croatia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Germany, Poland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland.

Paying for open access

Various discounts, waivers and funding arrangements are available to support our authors. Visit our Paying for open access page for further details.

Abstracting and indexing services

We work with our authors to help make their work as easy to discover as possible. 2DM is currently included in the following abstracting and discovery services.

  • Baidu Scholar
  • Chemical Abstracts Service
  • CNKI
  • Ei Compendex
  • INIS (International Nuclear Information System)
  • Inspec
  • J-Gate
  • JST
  • MyScienceWork
  • NASA Astrophysics Data System
  • Naver Academic
  • R Discovery
  • Scilit
  • Scopus
  • Semantic Scholar
  • Wanfang Data
  • Web of Science (Science Citation Index Expanded, Current Contents/Physical Chemical and Earth Sciences)
  • x-mol

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