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Nano Futures

About Nano Futures


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
  • Nanotechnology in quantum computing
  • Nano informatics and autonomous design
  • Nano optics and nano photonics

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.

Peer review

Nano Futures operates a double-anonymous peer review process, in which authors remain anonymous to the reviewers throughout the review process. Authors are responsible for anonymizing their manuscript before submitting their paper. A checklist (Chinese language version) is available to help authors with this process.

Our Publishing Support website provides more information on our reviewing process.

To ensure that the journal’s very strict editorial criteria are upheld, every submission is personally overseen by a member of the Editorial Board who, following a preliminary assessment for suitability, is responsible for reviewer selection and the final editorial decision. Articles can be rejected without full review after this initial assessment by the editors.

If an article is not accepted for publication in Nano Futures, we may offer the author the opportunity to transfer their submission to other suitable journals we publish. This process is explained in more detail on our Publishing Support website.

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.

More information about our work on inclusivity is available on our Open Physics hub.


Nano Futures 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

Nano Futures has adopted IOP Publishing’s data availability 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

Nano Futures 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* £2640 €3010 $3690
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 Nano Futures.

Transformative Agreements

Nano Futures 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. Nano Futures 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
  • Scite
  • Semantic Scholar
  • Wanfang Data
  • Web of Science (Science Citation Index Expanded, Current Contents Engineering, Computing & Technology, Current Contents Physical, Chemical & Earth Sciences, Essential Science Indicators)
  • x-mol
  • Yewno

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