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How to write your research interests in ScholarOne

Your research interests are important if you would like to be selected to review for IOP Publishing. They are even more important if you have not reviewed for IOP Publishing previously.

You can access your ScholarOne account and add your research interests to your profile.

Please keep your research interests up-to-date on ScholarOne, so that we only send you manuscripts that are in the right research area. After checking your field of study and experience, our editorial team will aim to match you with a suitable manuscript to review as soon as possible.


How to write useful research interests

We recommend making sure that your research interests are detailed and up-to-date. Remember it is important to use both general terms, e.g. ‘quantum physics’, and specific terms, e.g. ‘many body cooling’, so that we can understand your particular area of research. Once you have written your research interests, read them back and consider if an editor would be able to select you for an appropriate manuscript using this information.


Use these tips to maximise your chances of being selected:

  • Avoid abbreviations, especially less commonly used abbreviations.
  • Use as many keywords as possible: try to use as broad a range of terms as possible, including any synonyms or closely related fields.
  • Separate each term with a comma, with no unnecessary commentary.
  • Include techniques that you regularly use in your work, e.g. ‘LCMS, Liquid chromatography-mass spectroscopy, Liquid chromatography mass spectroscopy’.
  • If you only want to review theoretical work, include this in your research interests.


Here is are examples of good lists of research interests in a range of fields:

Magnetic Nanoparticles:

magnetic nanoparticle characterization, magnetic particle imaging, magnetic nanothermometer, measuring instruments, weak signal detecting, iron oxide nanoparticles, magnetic nanoparticle thermometer, magnetic nanoparticles, biofunctionalization, dc magnetic field, magnetic fluid, magnetic particle susceptibility imaging, magnetic susceptibility imaging, magnetonanothermometry, phase delay, real-time and quantitative abilities, signal bandwidth, spatial resolution

Computational Chemistry:

computational materials science, density functional theory, hybrid functionals, many-body perturbation theory, ab initio molecular dynamics, transparent conductive oxides, solar cell materials, semiconductors, metals, magnetic molecules, spinels, perovskites, chalcogenides, kesterites, nitrides, ferrites, amorphous materials, structural properties, electronic properties, band structure, effective mass, magnetic properties, magnetostriction, optical properties, dielectric function, absorption coefficient, spin-triplet superconductivity

Environmental Research:

Environmental Geography; Remote sensing; Geographic Information System; GIS; Geoinformatics; land management; environmental management; natural resources management; ecosystem services; urban environment; urban heat island; coastal likelihood and sustainability; urban planning; Landsat; Sentinel; land surface temperature; urban green spaces; land use land cover changes; urbanization; mapping

Quantum Theory:

quantum optics; quantum state tomography; photonics; entanglement; quantum dynamics; open quantum systems; non-Markovian evolution; time-bin encoding; phase retrieval; quantum Hamiltonian tomography; quantum measurement; decoherence; quantum information; quantum processes; quantum cryptography and communication security; quantum state engineering and measurements; foundations of quantum mechanics; measurement theory


biomedical engineering, bioengineering, biomedical data analysis, biomedical signal processing, heart rate variability, fetal heart rate variability, electronic fetal monitoring, fetus, magnetic resonance imaging, nanomedicine, microfluidics, drug delivery systems, biomaterials, polymer nanoparticles, biopolymers, lean six sigma, health technology assessment, discrete event systems, discrete event simulation


If you need any help filling in your research interests, please email IOP Publishing’s Peer Review Engagement team at