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Flexible and Printed Electronics

About Flexible and Printed Electronics


Flexible and Printed Electronics™ is a multidisciplinary journal publishing cutting edge research articles on electronics that can be either flexible, plastic, stretchable, conformable or printed. Research related to electronic materials, manufacturing techniques, components or systems which meets any one (or more) of the above criteria is suitable for publication in the journal.

Subjects included in the journal range from flexible materials and printing techniques, design or modelling of electrical systems and components, advanced fabrication methods and bioelectronics, to the properties of devices and end user applications.

For more detail on the subjects covered please see the breakdown below, however this is not exhaustive. If you are unsure if your article is suitable for the journal, please contact the journal team.


  • Organic materials
  • Inorganic materials
  • Soft and hybrid material systems

Printing electronics

  • Printable inks
    • Formulation
    • Rheology
    • Ink–surface interaction
  • Printing systems
    • Inkjet
    • Electrohydrodynamic
    • Aerosol jet
    • Screen
    • Gravure
    • Offset
    • Flexographic


  • Component design
  • Circuit design
  • System design

Modelling and reliability of components or systems

  • Mechanical
  • Thermal
  • Electronic

Advanced fabrication

  • Nanoimprint based fabrication
  • High resolution patterning
  • High-throughput nanomanufacturing
  • Nanophotonics over large areas
  • Heterogeneous integration
  • Hybrid printing
  • Molded electronics
  • Systems in foil

Bioelectronics and stretchable electronics

  • Biointerfaces
  • Biosensors
  • Conformal electronics
  • Electronic skin


  • Antenna
  • Batteries and supercapacitors
  • Memories
  • Microsystems
  • OLED
  • Transistors
  • Solar cells
  • Sensors and actuators


  • Automotive
  • Consumer electronics
  • Display and lighting
  • Energy
    • Photovoltaics
    • Thermoelectric
    • Energy harvesting
    • Energy storage
  • IOT devices/systems
  • Medical electronics
    • Health monitoring
    • Biosensors and bioelectronics
  • RF electronics and RFID tags
  • Smart buildings
  • Smart packaging
    • Packaging for flexible and wearable electronics
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Wearable systems
    • Augmented reality hardware
    • Robotics


Why should you publish in Flexible and Printed Electronics?

  • 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 Tricia Breen Carmichael of the University of Windsor, Canada

Article Types

  • Papers: reports of high-quality original research with conclusions representing a significant advance in the field.
  • Letters: outstanding concise articles, reporting important, new and timely developments. These articles should be deserving of priority review, and you are required to upload a justification statement along with your submission.
  • Focus issue articles: invited articles, which will form a special collection of papers on a specific theme. When asked to select ‘Article Type’ on the submission system, please select ‘Special Issue Article’. Then select the focus issue you’re submitting to in the drop down box that appears.
  • Topical reviews: written by leading researchers in their fields, these articles present the background to and overview of a particular field, and the current state of the art. Topical review articles are normally invited by the Editorial Board.
  • Comments: comment or criticism on work published in the journal within the last year. These are usually published with an associated reply.

Peer review

The following summary describes the peer review process for Flexible and Printed Electronics, 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.


Flexible and Printed Electronics 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

Flexible and Printed Electronics 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

Flexible and Printed Electronics 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. The APC for Flexible and Printed Electronics can be found on the Publication charges page.

Researchers with affiliations at member institutions of the OE-A will be entitled to a discount of 15% off the open access APC for the journal, should they wish to publish their article on a gold open access basis. The researchers must expressly claim this discount during the article submission process. A list of member organisations is available.

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* £2295 €2635 $3165
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 Flexible and Printed Electronics.

Transformative Agreements

Flexible and Printed Electronics 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

There are no other charges for publishing in Flexible and Printed Electronics.

Researchers with affiliations at member institutions of the OE-A will be entitled to a discount of 15% off the open access APC for the journal, should they wish to publish their article on a gold open access basis. The researchers must expressly claim this discount during the article submission process. A list of member organisations is available.

Various other discounts, waivers and funding arrangements are available to support authors. Visit our Paying for open access page to find out whether you qualify.


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