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About Nanotechnology


Nanotechnology™ aims to publish original research at the forefront of nanoscale science and technology across all disciplines. The journal’s scope encompasses the study of both fundamental phenomena at the nanoscale and applications of these phenomena. ‘Nanotechnology’ is taken to include the ability to individually address, control, and modify structures, materials and devices with nanometre precision, and the synthesis of such structures into systems of micro- and macroscopic dimensions such as MEMS based devices.

To be publishable in the journal, articles must meet the highest scientific quality standards, contain significant and original new science, and make substantial advances in nanoscale science and technology. Research on the synthesis of materials should contain a significant innovation either in methodology, materials or demonstrated application. To ensure high editorial standards, every submitted article is initially assessed by the editors of the journal before being sent to independent reviewers. Articles can be rejected without reviewing after this initial assessment by the editors. Due to the high volume of papers that we receive, we regret that we are unable to provide feedback on individual articles. Authors appealing against the decision will have to demonstrate to the Editorial Board of the journal at that their paper contains significant new science of high quality and interest.

Subject sections

Quantum Phenomena and Technology

This section covers experimental and theoretical aspects of materials, devices and systems where quantum physics plays an essential role. Examples include quantum materials, characterization and synthesis (quantum wells, wires, dots, and 2D materials demonstrating quantum phenomena); optoelectronics, photonics and electromechanical devices at the nanoscale where quantum physics is clearly demonstrated (spin, quantum confinement, entanglement, quantum statistics, quantum coherence); and quantum systems (qubits, quantum communication, teleportation, quantum computing, quantum information processing, quantum metrology).

Biology and medicine

This section features a range of disciplines concerning nano biomedicine. This covers the latest developments in nanotechnologies for tissue engineering such as nanocomposite scaffolds, nanomaterials for cell and tissue manipulation and nanodevices for sensing and triggering tissue function. Other subject areas include, but are not limited to, the conjugation and manipulation of biomolecules (eg. DNA, protein, or enzymes) to tailored substrates, the delivery, detection, and labelling of nanoparticles for targeted drug release or gene delivery within organisms, and high resolution imaging at the single molecule level.

Electronics and photonics

The electronics and photonics section covers articles on the materials and fabrication technologies for nanodevices, novel electronic and photonic phenomena and systems in the mesoscopic and nanoscale regimes, as well as applications of these devices and structures. The section also includes aspects of quantum science and technology, such as semiconducting and magnetic nanostructures, quantum optics and computing, spintronics and information processing in solid state systems.

Energy at the nanoscale

This section focuses on all aspects of nanoscale science and technology that are applied in developing energy resources, including but not limited to photovoltaics, batteries, fuel cells, hydrogen generation and storage, supercapacitors, photoelectrochemical cells and thermoelectrics. Papers in this section consider both the technological aspects and the fundamental science associated with innovations in the energy industry that exploit the properties of nanoscale structures.

Patterning and nanofabrication

This section focuses on comprehensive presentations of novel processing methods with nanometre resolution. Topics encompass a wide range of patterning and nanolithography techniques including the assembly of inorganic and organic nanomaterials, electron and ion beam induced nanopatterning, modifications of nanomaterial properties and new applications based on these materials.

Sensing and actuating

The sensing section covers a diverse range of detection methods sensitive to the nanoscale and able to enhance and convey information to the macroscopic level.

Materials: synthesis or self-assembly

The materials synthesis section concerns the fabrication and growth of materials with nanoscale precision and control. To be considered within the scope, papers should include more than direct material synthesis and characterization, focusing in addition upon methodology, assembly or application directed synthesis.

Materials: properties, characterization or tools

The section is conceived for original concise and comprehensive articles across all disciplines, reporting the measurement of properties intrinsic to the nanoscale, and those techniques devised to characterize materials at this scale such as, inter alia, SPM. This section is also intended for articles concerned with the understanding and prediction of properties through theoretical and computer modelling.

Why should you publish in Nanotechnology?

  • 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.
  • Open access: Nanotechnology offers authors the option to publish fully Open Access.
  • Transfer opportunities: as well as accepting direct submissions, the journal also offers you a quick and easy solution to transfer your manuscript to 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. In addition, Nanotechnology has a unique transfer partnership with its high-impact companion journal Nano Futures whereby exceptional research submitted to Nanotechnology may be offered a transfer to Futures, where it will benefit from additional coverage and promotion.
  • International Editorial Board: Nanotechnology is led by a team of experienced researchers.
  • 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

Nanotechnology welcomes submissions of the following article types:

  • Research papers: reports of high-quality original research work representing a significant advance in the field; not normally more than 8500 words (10 journal pages).
  • 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. To aid rapid review letters should be fewer than 5000 words in length.
  • Topical Reviews: written by leading researchers in their fields these invited articles present the background to and overview of a particular field, and report on the current state of the art. They are generally 10000–12500 words in length.
  • Comments and Replies: comment or criticism on work previously published in the journal. These are usually published with an associated reply. Comments should be no more than one journal page (850 words) in length.
  • Tutorials: personal viewpoint and insight into a particular subject area appealing to a wider audience, including undergraduates and researchers working in any of the various fields of nanotechnology. Tutorials are normally commissioned by the Editorial Board but we also welcome unsolicited submissions to the journal.
  • Perspectives: perspective articles are commissioned commentaries authored by some of the leading researchers in the nanotechnology community, aimed at highlighting the significance, impact and wider implications of research appearing in Nanotechnology.
  • Focus Collection Articles: invited articles which form a special collection of papers on a specific theme of particular interest to the collection. For more information and to view the current Collections please visit the Focus Collections page.

Special requirements

Authors should 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. All investigations involving animal experimentation must be conducted in accordance with the ‘Guiding Principles for Research Involving Animals and Human Beings’ as adopted by the American Physiological Society, and with local statutory requirements.

Peer review

The following summary describes the peer review process for Nanotechnology, 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.


Nanotechnology 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

Nanotechnology 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

Nanotechnology 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 Nanotechnology.

Transformative Agreements

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

  • Baidu Scholar
  • Chemical Abstracts Service
  • CNKI
  • EBSCO Academic Search Alumni Edition
  • EBSCO Academic Search Complete
  • EBSCO Academic Search Elite
  • EBSCO Academic Search Premier
  • EBSCO Academic Search Ultimate
  • EBSCO Engineering Source
  • EBSCO STM Source
  • Ei Compendex
  • Embase
  • INIS (International Nuclear Information System)
  • Inspec
  • J-Gate
  • JST
  • MyScienceWork
  • NASA Astrophysics Data System
  • Naver Academic
  • PubMed
  • R Discovery
  • Scilit
  • Scopus
  • Semantic Scholar
  • VINITI Abstracts Journal (Referativnyi Zhurnal)
  • Wanfang Data
  • Web of Science (Science Citation Index Expanded, Current Contents Engineering, Computing & Technology, Current Contents Physical, Chemical & Earth Sciences, Essential Science Indicators)
  • WTI AG
  • x-mol

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