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|Materials Focus is a multidisciplinary
peer-reviewed journal with a very wide-ranging coverage, consolidates
fundamental and applied research aspects in all areas of science and
engineering of novel advanced materials including synthesis, processing,
spectroscopy, and characterization of organic, inorganic,
semiconductors, superconductors, dielectrics, ferroelectrics, metals,
alloys, ionic materials, ceramics, sol-gel materials, carbon-based
materials, fullerenes, nanotubes, nanoparticles, nanowires, quantum
dots, nanocrystals,, liquid crystals, conducting polymers, organic
conductors, photoconductors, optical and photonics materials,
electrochromic materials, photoactive chalcogenide glasses, solar
materials, photovoltaic materials, luminescent materials, nanomaterials,
drug delivery systems, confined systems, thin films, layered materials,
porous materials, supramolecules, self-assemblies, biomaterials,
magnetic materials, composites, organic-inorganic hybrid materials,
theoretical and computational approaches, their electrical, optical,
magnetic, chemical, physical, mechanical, thermal, and structural
properties; and electronic, photonic, magnetic, engineering and medical
applications. The journal publishes full research papers, timely review
articles with author's photo and short biography, and short
communications of important new scientific findings, encompassing all
fundamental and applied research aspects of emerging advanced materials.
The peer-reviewed proceedings of scientific meetings, symposia and
workshops related to all disciplines are also published. Authors will
receive the following benefits:
|JOURNAL POLICY: It is Materials
Focus policy to publish only original and unpublished research work,
therefore, the journal does not wish to receive any papers on research
work that has already been reported in parts or contains already
published text, data, figures, tables or other illustrations or any
copyright materials whatsoever that has been submitted or accepted for
publication either in a journal or conference proceedings elsewhere in
any form, in print or in electronic media. When submitting a manuscript,
authors should make a full statement to the Editors that the research
work contained in their manuscript is completely original and
unpublished. If redundant or duplicate publication is attempted or
occurs authors should expect immediate editorial action to be taken
including prompt rejection of the submitted manuscript. Submission of
any manuscript that contains redundant or duplicate publication of the
same or very similar research work violates the policies of this
journal. Extended/modified versions of previously published
abstracts/papers in any conferences/journals are not allowed whatsoever.
It is the sole responsibility of Authors to ensure that all manuscripts
are new, original and not published previously in any form any media,
shall not infringe upon or violate any kind of copyrights of others and
does not contains any plagiarized, fraudulent and improperly attributed
It is the sole responsibility of all authors to ensure that all manuscripts are new, original and not published previously in any form any media, shall not infringe upon or violate any kind of copyrights of others and does not contains any plagiarized, fraudulent and improperly attributed materials. Extended and modified versions of previously published abstracts, papers in any conference or journal are not allowed whatsoever.
Corresponding author should provide a clear statement confirming this while submitting manuscript to any ASP journal. Is this manuscript 100% original and unpublished? Has this manuscript been published in parts (figures/text/tables) in any conference proceedings or journal in any media or language or format whatsoever? Is this manuscript from free from plagiarism (including self-plagiarism) and copyright infringement?
Authors must follow this "Journal Policy" strictly.
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|ETHICAL COMPLIANCE: Research papers reporting animal or clinical studies should, where appropriate, contain a statement that they have been carried out with animal or human ethics committee approval. All scientific studies should be carried out in accordance with the relevant national and local guidelines. Each author(s) warrants that his or her research institution has fully approved the protocol for all scientific studies involving animals or humans and that all experiments of any kinds were conducted in compliance with ethical and humane principles of research after ethics committee approval.|
|SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPT: Authors are kindly advised to read Materials Focus policy and also the uniform requirements for manuscripts submission. Authors are encouraged to submit high quality original research work that has not been published or nor under consideration by other journals or conference proceedings elsewhere. Authors should submit manuscript online to the Manuscript Tracking System|
|Authors should submit a List of FIVE (5) potential referees accompanied with their complete mailing address, telephone, fax and email address, who may be contacted for reviewing the manuscript though refereeing, is done by anonymous reviewers selected by the Editor-in-Chief.|
|COVER ART: Authors are encouraged to submit high quality color figure/illustration to have their published paper featured.|
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|COMMUNICATIONS: Highest priority will be given to the communications reporting important new scientific and technological findings. Rapid publication is provided for concise and up-to-date reports. These articles should not exceed three-four published pages. No section headings should be used for these short communications.|
|RESEARCH ARTICLES: Full length
papers that report original research work on new ideas in any fields of
science, engineering and medicine.
REVIEW ARTICLES: The state-of-the-art review articles with author's short biography and photo are published. Reviews are limited to a maximum length of 15 journal pages having more than 100 references. It is authors' responsibility to obtain written copyright permissions to reproduce any copyright materials from other sources. Authors are advised to cite proper references in figure/tables captions of all previously published figures/tables/illustrations including their own published work and obtain copyright permissions from appropriate publishers and authors.
TYPING: All manuscripts must be in English, typed double-spaced throughout (including footnotes, references, tables, legends) on 8.5" x 11" or A4 white paper leaving at least 1 inch left hand margin.
|INTRODUCTORY MATERIAL: The first page of the manuscript should have a concise title limited to about 15 words and the names of all authors, complete mailing address for correspondence, telephone, fax numbers and email address. Please indicate with an asterisk (*) the author to whom correspondence regarding the manuscript should be directed.|
|ABSTRACT: All manuscripts must contain an informative 250-300 words abstract explaining the essential contents of the work, key ideas and results.|
|FIGURES: It is very important to supply
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authors. Each Figure should be submitted on a separate sheet and marked
with the name of the author, title of manuscript and figure number. All
formulae and figures should be carefully drafted and never drawn
freehand. High quality original figures and glossy prints of all
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|FREE COLOR PRINTING: Color illustrations are most welcome by the journal as they are effective in conveying complex graphs and photographs. Free color printing at the publisher's discretion, will provide an opportunity to publish color figures/illustrations in print at NO COST to the authors.|
|PHOTOGRAPHS: Half-tone illustrations should be supplied as clear, glossy, unmounted prints. The author's name, title of manuscript and figure number should be written on the back.|
|TABLES: Each table must be referred to in the text. Each table should be typed double-spaced on a separate sheet and identified sequentially by Arabic numerals corresponding to the order in which they appear in the text. Each table should have a brief explanatory title, which should be labeled unambiguously. The position of each table should be clearly marked in the text.|
|UNITS: Internationally accepted units of measurement must be used. The units of measurement are used in conjunction with their numerical values; the units should be abbreviated as suggested below. If more commonly used units are adopted, conversion factors should be given at their first occurrence. Greek symbols may be used.|
|%, ºC, nm, µm (not m), mm, cm, cm3, m, h (or hr), min, s (or sec), µg, mg, g (or gm), kg, cal, kcal, in. (or write out inch), ml [write out liter(s)].|
|The APS style guide can be used as a general reference on matter of units, grammar and formatting.|
|ABBREVIATIONS: No abbreviations are allowed in the title and abstract and should be defined the first time they are used within the text. The "Materials Focus" should be abbreviated as Mater. Focus for the reference citation purpose.|
|FORMATS FOR ONLINE SUBMISSION:
Authors are advised to convert all text/figures/tables from Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPont formats to a single PDF file and submit the manuscript as a single file (title/affiliations/abstarct/keywords/text/references/figures/tables) in a PDF format. All submitted figure images must have resolutions of at least 300 dpi.
|Authors are advised to use these formatting guidelines. Manuscripts that do not follow the preparation guidelines may be returned to the authors.|
|ORGANIZATION OF MANUSCRIPT:
The manuscript should be organized in the following sequence and submitted as a single file.
The title should be brief, precise and informative to deliver the main objective of the research paper.
Complete affiliations of all authors of a research paper are required including their department, university/company, city, zipcode, and country.
A single paragraph contains fewer than 250 words. The goal of the abstract is to provide a very brief background of research work accomplished and reporting of significant experimental results. No reference citation in the abstract.
Include 5-6 important keywords related to research topic.
The Introduction should present the importance of present studies in providing significance to answer previously unresolved question.
Information of materials and method should be described in order to be clear to the readers for understanding the data presentation in the paper. No supplemental section allowed, make all extra information a part of manuscript.
RESULTS AND DISCUSSION:
The results should present concise data logically. Use divided subheadings to establish the logical sequence if necessary. The discussion should be brief and comprehensive. Emphasis should be on the discussing the novelty of the studies and establishing a new hypothesis or model on the basis of the studies.
Summarize all important accomplishments achieved.
List of funding resources can be listed. These should be brief and placed at the end of the text before the references.
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS:
All abbreviations used in the abstract/text should be defined where first used, or a list of abbreviations may be included in the end before references. Do not use abbreviations in the research paper's title.
References should be in the proper format on a separate page, numbered in the sequence in which they occur in the text. Cite references numerically as superscripts in the text and list at the end of the manuscript. Do not use abstracts and websites as references. Do not cite any submitted work until it has been accepted for publication. References to papers accepted but not yet published should be designated as "in press". Avoid citing any unpublished work or personal communication. The references must be verified by the authors against the original documents, not just be copied from cited references in other journals/papers.
When citing in the text, reference numbers should be superscripted in brackets.
Do not use linked fields (produced by EndNote and similar programs). Please use the one-click button provided by EndNote to remove EndNote codes before finalizing your manuscript for submission.
Each cited work should have a separate reference number (multiple citations are not allowed against a single reference number).
Only published or accepted articles should be cited and included in the reference list; papers in preparation or just submitted should NOT be referenced. Status of the accepted articles in the reference list must be updated while revising the manuscript and proof reading. If the publication detail (volume and page numbers) of a cited article in press is not available, DOI numbers must be noted at the end of the reference.
Authors’ names should begin with first and middle names initialized, followed by the surname. Full titles of all cited articles are required. The article titles in the reference list should be written in sentence case (only the first word capitalized, not all words) and in upright (not italicized).
While citing a book chapter, the reference should begin with the names of the chapter authors, followed by the chapter title (in sentence case and upright), and then the book title (all words capitalized and italicized). Finally, the publisher, city, year and page number should appear in sequence.
Journal titles should be abbreviated as standard usage (italicized).
The year of publication should be typed bold, but the parentheses should be normal (not bold) terminating with a period.
For example, References should be typed in the following pattern.
1. Journal Article
E. Singh and H. S. Nalwa, Graphene-based dye-sensitized solar sells: A review, Sci. Adv. Mater. 7, 1863 (2015).
A. Umar (Ed.); Encyclopedia of Semiconductor Nanotechnology; vol. 1-7, American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles, USA (2017).
A. Umar and Y.B. Hahn (Eds); Metal Oxide Nanostructures and Their Applications; vol.1-5; American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles, USA (2010).
3. Chapters in a Book
H. V. Jansen, N. R. Tas and J. W. Berenschot; MEMS-based nanotechnology; In Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles, (2004), Vol. 5, pp.163-275.
H. Jónsson, G. Mills, and K. W. Jacobsen; Classical and quantum dynamics in condensed phase simulations; In Nudged Elastic Band Method for Finding Minimum Energy Paths of Transitions; World Scientific, Singapore (1998), pp. 387–405.
4. Conference Proceeding
J. Kimura and H. Shibasaki; Editors. Recent Advances in Clinical Neurophysiology. Proceedings of the 10th International Congress of EMG and Clinical Neurophysiology, (1995) October 15-19; Kyoto, Japan.
C. E. Larsen, R. Trip, and C.R. Johnson; Methods for procedures related to the electrophysiology of the heart; U.S. Patent 5,529,067, June 25 (1995).
M. J. Field. R. E. Tranquada, J. C. Feasley, Editors. Health services research: work force and educational issues. Washington: National Academy Press; (1995) Contract No.: AHCPR282942008. Sponsored by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.
S. J. Kaplan; Post-hospital home health care: the elderly's access and utilization; Ph.D. Thesis, St. Louis (MO), Washington University (1995).
Do not use the phrases "et al." and "ibid." in the reference section. Instead, the names of all authors in a reference must be listed.
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