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Journal of Physics: Materials

About Journal of Physics: Materials


Research is increasingly a collaborative enterprise, breaking traditional subject boundaries and journals must evolve to reflect these changes. JPhys Materials is an innovative new open access journal for high quality research in materials science, focusing in particular on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches. It builds on the strength and prestige of the Journal of Physics series, which celebrated 50 years of publishing in 2017. The journal will showcase the most significant and exciting developments in materials science research and apply open science principles to encourage maximum collaboration, reproducibility and dissemination of research. It is firmly focused on a community-oriented approach to communicating science and is not driven by funders, institutions or for-profit corporations.

Areas of particular interest include:

  • Atomic thin layered materials & van der Waals heterostructures
  • Biological and biomedical materials
  • Carbon materials
  • Energy and environment materials
  • Electronic materials
  • Glasses and amorphous materials
  • Magnetic materials and spintronics
  • Metals, alloys and quasicrystals
  • Metamaterials
  • Nanomaterials
  • Organic materials
  • Photonic materials
  • Polymers and organic compounds
  • Semiconductors
  • Smart materials
  • Soft matter
  • Superconductors
  • Surfaces, interfaces and thin films
  • Topological insulators
  • Weyl semimetals

Why should you publish in JPhys Materials?

  • High standards: JPhys Materials selects the most significant and cutting-edge research being undertaken in the field of materials science. Articles are rigorously peer reviewed by IOP Publishing’s global network of expert reviewers, supported by our top-level editorial board.
  • Fast publication: we are committed to providing you with a fast, 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: immediate and perpetual open access to your research under a CC BY licence so that it can be accessed and shared by anyone without restriction.
  • Inclusive: with a scope covering interdisciplinary studies and multidisciplinary collaborations as well as traditional disciplines, JPhys Materials brings together materials researchers from across physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering.
  • Transfer opportunities: as well as accepting direct submissions, the journal also offers you a quick and easy solution to transfer your manuscript from another IOP Publishing journal if it does not fit JPhys Materials’ scope or significance criteria. Articles are transferred along with peer review reports to save time and avoid duplication of work for reviewers.
  • Society owned: IOP Publishing is a leading society publisher of advanced physics research. Any profits generated by IOP Publishing are invested in the Institute of Physics, helping to support research, education and outreach around the world.

Article types

  • Research papers: articles of unlimited length that report new research.
  • Letters: short research articles that report new research. As a guide, Letters should not generally be more than eight journal pages (or around 4500 words) in length.
  • Topical reviews: articles presenting a snapshot of recent progress in a particular field.
  • Focus issue papers: research papers published as part of a guest-edited collection centred around an emerging and highly topical field.
  • Perspectives: commentaries on the impact of previously published work, or authoritative discussions on the future direction of a field, that are of notable interest to the community.
  • Technical notes: brief, methods-based articles of a more technical nature, which make a useful and novel addition to the literature.

Peer review

The following summary describes the peer review process for Journal of Physics: 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.


Journal of Physics: 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

Journal of Physics: 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

Journal of Physics: Materials is a fully open access journal. Articles are published under a CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution) licence. Articles are freely available to everyone to read and reuse immediately upon publication, provided attribution to the author is given. Publication is funded by article publication charges (APCs).

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

Publication charges

Journal of Physics: Materials has no subscription charges and the costs of publication are fully funded by article publication charges (APCs).

Article publication charge* £1900 €2255 $2680
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 Journal of Physics: Materials.

Transformative Agreements

Journal of Physics: 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 make help their work as easy to discover as possible. JPhys Materials is currently included in the following abstracting and discovery services:

  • Baidu Scholar
  • Chemical Abstracts Service
  • CNKI
  • DOAJ
  • Ei Compendex
  • Inspec
  • J-Gate
  • JST
  • MyScienceWork
  • NASA Astrophysics Data System
  • Naver Academic
  • ProQuest Central
  • ProQuest Materials Science Collection
  • ProQuest Materials Science Database
  • ProQuest SciTech Premium Collection
  • ProQuest Technology Collection
  • R Discovery
  • Scilit
  • Scite
  • Scopus
  • Semantic Scholar
  • Web of Science (Science Citation Index Expanded, Current Contents Engineering, Computing & Technology, Essential Science Indicators)
  • x-mol

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