Nano Futures

About the journal


Nano Futures mission is to reflect the diverse and multidisciplinary field of nanoscience and nanotechnology that now brings together researchers from across physics, chemistry, biomedicine, materials science, engineering, and industry.

Built upon IOP Publishing’s longstanding reputation in serving nanoscience, but with a forward-looking approach, Nano Futures aims to publish urgent work that truly sets the direction of new and emerging fields. Areas of particular interest to the nanoscience community include (but are not limited to):

  • Nanotechnology for monitoring, preventing, and therapies of emergent diseases
  • Nanomaterials and devices for emergent energy conversion, harvesting, efficiency, and storage
  • Scalable atomically precise manufacturing
  • Self-assembled (opto)electronics based on engineered molecular systems
  • Self-powered nanosystems
  • Nanotechnology in quantum computing

Why should you publish in Nano Futures?

  • Published articles will reach a greater audience through indexing in Scopus and Web of Science.
  • Fast-track peer review guided by the Editorial Board–2020 median first decision time of just 29 days.
  • Accepted articles available online within 24 hours.
  • Article-specific promotion to maximise visibility.
  • Use of Altmetrics to capture wider usage of content online.
  • Submissions to Nano Futures are automatically considered for potential transfer to other IOP Publishing journals if they do not meet our exceptional quality standards.
  • 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

Nano Futures welcomes submissions of the following article types:

  • Letters: outstanding concise articles (5000 words), reporting an urgent, breakthrough development in terms of either the fundamental science or novel application of a nanoscale system. These articles should be deserving of priority review, and you are required to upload a justification statement along with your submission.
  • Research Papers: articles of unlimited length that report new research of outstanding quality, and which make a significant advance in the field.
  • Perspectives: commissioned brief commentaries that highlight the impact and wider implications of new research reported in Nano Futures. Perspectives may occasionally be commissioned by the Editorial Board on a broader theme of relevance to the nanoscience community.
  • Roadmaps: specially commissioned collaborative articles, guided by the Editorial Board, that provide a unique future-oriented outlook, charting near and long-term development goals, on a topic/theme of particular current interest to the nanoscience community.

Special requirements

Authors of all articles are required upon submission to disclose any potential conflict of interest (e.g. employment, consulting fees, industrial research contracts, stock ownership, equity interests, patent-licensing arrangements, honoraria, etc) in their covering letter. If the article is subsequently accepted for publication, this information should be included in an acknowledgments section. Authors should also note that the journal fully endorses the principles embodied in the Declaration of Helsinki. All investigations involving humans must be conducted in accordance with these principles and in accordance with local statutory requirements. Articles relying on clinical trials should quote the trial registration number at the end of the abstract. We also encourage the registration of such studies in a public trials registry prior to publication of the results in the journal. All investigations involving animal experimentation must be conducted in conformity with the Guiding Principles for Research Involving Animals and Human Beings as adopted by The American Physiological Society.

Abstracting and indexing services

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

  • Chemical Abstracts Service
  • Inspec
  • NASA Astrophysics Data System
  • Scopus
  • Web of Science (Science Citation Index Expanded)
  • Yewno Unearth