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Materials Research Express

About Materials Research Express


Materials Research Express™ (MRX) is a multidisciplinary journal devoted to publishing new experimental and theoretical research on the properties, characterization, design and fabrication of all classes of materials, and on their technological applications.

Characterized by article length flexibility and a fast-track peer review process, areas of particular interest include:

  • Materials characterization
  • Material properties
  • Computational materials science and modelling
  • Material applications
  • Synthesis and fabrication
  • Engineering applications of materials listed below


Material classes within the journal scope:*

  • Biomaterials
  • Carbon allotropes and 2D materials
  • Electronic materials (including semiconductors)
  • Glasses and ceramics
  • Magnetic materials
  • Metals and alloys
  • Nanomaterials and nanostructures
  • Photonic materials and metamaterials
  • Polymers and organic compounds
  • Smart materials
  • Soft matter
  • Superconducting materials
  • Surfaces, interfaces and thin films


Please note, MRX does not usually consider work relating to materials used solely for structural or civil engineering. However, within our ‘Metals and Alloys’ scope, we will consider work on new and complex alloys, aspects of tribology including lubrication and corrosion resistance; microstructure and structure analysis, surface wear analysis etc.

*Please note that the definitions provided for these material classes are not exhaustive.

Why should you publish in MRX?

  • High standards: fast, rigorous and constructive reviewing process.
  • Fast publication: we are committed to providing you with 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.
  • Inclusive peer-review policy: no subjective assessment is made on the potential future significance or perceived novelty of your paper. Instead, we rigorously assess papers based on the validity of the research, the scientific methodology used, and to ensure all papers meet high ethical standards.
  • Open access: your paper will be published under a CC BY licence enabling immediate and perpetual access, and permitting the widest possible dissemination and reuse of your research, but only with clear attribution to you as the copyright owner.
  • 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 that 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
  • 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.

Inclusive publishing and trusted science

IOPP Community Journal logo, including the text Inclusive Publishing, Trusted Science.

As a society-owned publisher with a legacy of serving scientific communities, we are committed to offering a home to all scientifically valid and rigorously reviewed research. In doing so, we aim to accelerate the dissemination of scientific knowledge and the advancement of scholarly communications to benefit all.

Materials Research Express supports this mission and actively demonstrates our core values of inclusive publishing and trusted science:

  • Inclusive publishing: We welcome all papers on the basis of scientific validity and a strong methodology. Our scope is inclusive of many types of research including interdisciplinary, null and negative results, and replication studies.
  • Trusted Science: Peer review is the backbone to trustworthy scientific scholarly communications. Our internal peer review process assesses all papers with strict scientific and ethical standards.

Article types

MRX welcomes submissions of the following article types:

  • Research papers: articles of unlimited length that report new research of high quality.
  • Perspectives: commissioned brief commentaries that highlight the impact and wider implications of new research reported in materials research. Perspectives may occasionally be commissioned by the Editorial Board on a broader theme of relevance to the materials community.
  • Technical notesbrief, methods-based articles of a more technical nature, which make a useful and novel addition to the literature.
  • Topical reviews: invited review articles that provide a snapshot of recent progress in a particular field relevant to materials science. The typical length is between 10 000–15 000 words. Topical reviews are usually commissioned by the Editorial Board, however unsolicited proposals from the community that comply with the journal’s criteria will also be considered. If you would like to propose a topical review for publication in MRX, please contact the journal.
  • Focus issues: each focus issue serves to highlight timely work conducted within specific areas of interest. Articles are commissioned by Guest Editors.
  • Tutorials: often written by early career researchers, tutorial articles are like concise review articles, providing a summary of a relevant area of materials science.

Peer review

The following summary describes the peer review process for Materials Research Express, 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.


Materials Research Express 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

Materials Research Express 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

Materials Research Express 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

Materials Research Express has no subscription charges and the costs of publication are fully funded by article publication charges (APCs).

Article publication charge* £1385 €1590 $1880
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 Materials Research Express.

Transformative Agreements

Materials Research Express 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. MRX is currently included in the following abstracting and discovery services:

  • Baidu Scholar
  • Chemical Abstracts Service
  • CNKI
  • DOAJ
  • Ei Compendex
  • INIS (International Nuclear Information System)
  • 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
  • Wanfang Data
  • Web of Science (Science Citation Index Expanded, Current Contents Physical, Chemical & Earth Sciences, Essential Science Indicators)
  • x-mol

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