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Multifunctional Materials

About Multifunctional Materials


Multifunctional materials are any material or material-based system which has been designed to perform multiple tasks through judicious combinations of structural and non-structural functions. In these material systems, functions are participating, concurrently or sequentially. They can be implemented on the same length scale or hierarchically organized. Multifunctional materials can deliver system-level efficiency beyond their traditional counterparts.

Mission statement

Integrating almost independent functions in one material system is a demanding scientific challenge and at the same time essential for enabling modern applications. Multifunctional MaterialsTM (MFM) is a multidisciplinary journal uniquely designed to serve an emerging field that now connects the materials science, physics, chemistry, bioscience and engineering communities, and translational multifunctional sciences. As a highly selective journal, the primary aim of MFM is to publish original research of the highest quality, with the expectation for lasting scientific and technological impact. Submissions that do not significantly advance the field in general will not be acceptable. Given the strict criteria for acceptance, the Editorial Board anticipate that only a small proportion of submissions to MFM will meet these high standards, and therefore the number of published articles will be limited. While this is a challenging ambition, it is one we feel the journal’s rapidly growing community is looking for, and one that together we can achieve.

Submissions that do not meet MFM’s 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 consideration.

Papers submitted to MFM should focus on new concepts of multifunctional materials, including designing multifunctional materials; materials in life sciences and biomaterials; self-healing and remodelling materials; materials for sustainability and energy; actuators, sensors, flexible electronics, and wearables; materials for robotics; advanced manufacturing; and metamaterials and multimaterial systems.

Why should you publish in Multifunctional Materials?

  • High standards: rigorous peer review from IOP Publishing’s global network of expert reviewers, with high-quality online production of published work and the support of a top-level editorial board.
  • 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.
  • Maximised visibility and impact.
  • International promotion: wider media coverage through IOP’s award-winning journalistic service.
  • Open access publishing options: compliant with all major funding bodies’ requirements.
  • Track the impact of your article: use of Altmetrics to capture wider usage of content online.
  • Society owned: any profits generated by IOP Publishing are used by the Institute of Physics to support science and scientists in both the developed and developing world.

Article types

MFM welcomes submissions of the following article types:

  • 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.
  • Papers: reports of high-quality original research with conclusions representing a significant advance in the field.
  • Special 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 special issue you’re submitting to in the drop down box that appears.
  • Perspectives: commissioned brief commentaries that highlight the impact and wider implications of new research reported in MFM.
  • 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 typically invited by the Editorial Board.
  • Roadmap: a collection of short 2-3 page perspectives on a topic. Each section has a different author(s), and the sections are combined together into one article for publication. Roadmaps capture the breadth of the hot topics in the field, and, as opposed to a Review article, they are more forward looking. Each perspective should look at the history and status of the topic, current and future challenges, and advances in science and technology needed to address the challenges.
  • Comments: comment or criticism on work previously published in the journal. These are usually published with an associated reply.

Special requirements

Submitting authors must address the following questions in their cover letter:

  • What is the conceptual novelty and impact of the work relating specifically to multifunctional research?
  • How does this work advance on existing research?
  • Which other aspects in this work are also considered conceptual advancements of interest to the community?

To ensure that the journal’s very strict editorial criteria are upheld, every submission will be preliminarily assessed by the Editors-in-Chief for suitability, and individual editorial board members may be consulted for reviewer selection and the final editorial decision.

Peer review

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

  • Identity transparency: single-anonymous, double-anonymous (author choice)
  • Reviewer interacts with: Editor

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.


Multifunctional 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

Multifunctional 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

Multifunctional 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* £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 Multifunctional Materials.

Transformative Agreements

Multifunctional 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. MFM is currently included in the following abstracting and discovery services:

  • Baidu Scholar
  • Chemical Abstracts Service
  • CNKI
  • Ei Compendex
  • Inspec
  • J-Gate
  • JST
  • MyScienceWork
  • NASA Astrophysics Data System
  • Naver Academic
  • R Discovery
  • Scilit
  • Scopus
  • Semantic Scholar
  • Wanfang Data
  • x-mol

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