International Journal on Multidisciplinary Materials Research
2158-5849 (Print); EISSN: 2158-5857 (Online).
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Express is an international multidisciplinary peer-reviewed
journal reporting research on the synthesis, characterization,
properties, and application of a very wide range of materials from
physical sciences to engineering to life sciences. In particular,
the journal aims to report advanced materials with interesting
electronic, magnetic, optical, mechanical and catalytic properties.
A broad spectrum of the research topics to be covered is as follows:
- Inorganic materials: ceramics, layered materials,
microporous and mesoporous solids, zeolites, silicates,
synthetic minerals, biogenic minerals, nanomaterials
- Organic materials: organometallic precursors for thin
films/ceramics, novel molecular solids and synthetic polymers
with materials applications, polymer composites, liquid
- Electrical properties: metals, alloys,
semiconductors, superconductors, ionic conductors,
- Optical properties: luminescence, phosphorescence,
laser action, nonlinear optics, photoconductivity,
photochromism, photovoltaics, resists, glasses, amorphous
semiconductors, optical modulation
- Magnetic properties: ferro-, ferri- and
antiferro-magnetism, organic magnetism, spintronics, magnetic
bubbles and information storage
- Chemical properties: ion exchange, molecular
separation, functionalization, catalytic action, sensor action,
- Structural properties: crystal growth and structure
analysis, structure-defect analysis, ceramics, refractories,
hard materials, protective coatings, composites, adhesives,
- Mechanical properties: strength, elasticity,
plasticity, ductility, malleability, fracture, corrosion
- Computations/Simulations: theoretical physics and
chemistry of materials, molecular dynamics simulations,
electronic structure calculations
- Biomaterials: biopolymers, biofilms, bioimplants
bioMEMS, biosensors, cells, tissues and organs, regenerative
medicine and clinical performance
- Nanomaterials: nanotubes, nanoparticles, nanowires,
quantum dots, nanocrystals, nanomedicine
- Applications: electronics, optics, photonics,
opto-electronics, magnetics, sensors, catalysts, coatings,
adhesives, prosthetics, drug delivery, medicine
|JOURNAL POLICY: It is
journal policy to publish only 100% original and unpublished
research work therefore Materials Express 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 and will be rejected.
offers express publication of authoritative and comprehensive review
articles, detailed full papers on original research and short
communications of cutting-edge research results. The dedicated
editors ensure express review (within 30 days of manuscript receipt)
and express publication (within 30-45 days of acceptance).
Readers: Readers can read, redistribute and reuse the articles
for free, as long as they cite the publication details properly and
do not use for any commercial purposes.
MANUSCRIPT: Authors are kindly advised to read MEX policy before
submitting their manuscript to MEX Editors. 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 in any format whatsoever.
manuscripts must be submitted
A single manuscript file (containing all text, figures, tables etc.)
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manuscript preparation, should upload the final source file after
the acceptance notification. Please carefully follow the
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|Authors should suggest
at least FIVE potential referees (Name, Department,
Institute, Country, and email address), who may be contacted for
reviewing the manuscript; though refereeing is done by anonymous
reviewers. In order to ensure that the highest quality manuscripts
are published, reviewing process is carried out in two stages. A
mandatory editor's approval is required in the first stage for the
manuscripts, before it is sent out for peer reviewing in the second
|FREE COLORS: Color
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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.
FEES: All new manuscripts submitted to this journal after 12am
Pacific Time on January 1, 2015 will be subjected to a
Manuscript-Processing Fees of US$ 550 per article for all countries.
Research article publishing is not without occurring costs and the
costs have been steadily increasing. To defray part of the
publication cost, the journal will charge manuscript-processing
fees, to be paid by the authors or their affiliated research
institutions. The publication fee will be used to defray part of the
occurring expenses associated with manuscript processing, editorial
work flow, typesetting, proofreading, printing, online-hosting, and
archiving. There are no additional charges for color illustrations.
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|COVER ART: MEX features
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quality color figure/illustration suitable for cover feature.
Express publishes important communications of promising experimental
results that have not been reported previously and warrant rapid
publication to draw the attention of materials scientists. Authors
should justify in the cover letter why they feel to publish their
work as an express communication. The recommended length is 3-4
FULL PAPERS: Materials Express
publishes high-quality full papers reporting an original research
work in sufficient details. Simply explaining the results obtained
does not constitute a scientific paper. Results must be compared
with similar works reported by other groups and discussed
scientifically. Authors should briefly mention the novelty of their
research findings in the cover letter. The recommended length is
6-12 journal pages.
|REVIEW ARTICLES: Review
articles are normally published by invitation from the Editors.
Review Articles should bring the reader up-to-date with research in
a particular field, highlighting the areas of special excitement and
progress. The article should highlight important developments made
over the past 5-10 years, providing an authoritative in-depth
discussion on existing problems. Authors should identify areas in
the field where further developments are imminent, and give possible
directions. The recommended length is 15-20 journal pages. Potential
authors willing to publish a review article in Materials Express
should contact an Editor with the review title, abstract and outline
before the manuscript preparation.
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cite proper references in all figures/tables captions of all
previously published figures/tables/illustrations including their
own published work and obtain proper copyright permissions from
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illustrations or other copyright materials from previously published
|RESEARCH NEWS & VIEWS.
It is primarily for non-specialized readers on recent progress and
developments in various areas of materials science and engineering.
It also includes materials-research based technology transfers,
major product launches, and government policies and initiatives
towards research fundings, intellectual properties, etc. Recommended
length is 1 page only including one display item.
types of contributions mentioned above, the authors are required to
suggest five potential reviewers (name, complete affiliation and
e-mail), who must not be their collaborator at any stage. However,
the editors are free to choose reviewers beyond the list suggested
by the authors.
|TYPING: All manuscripts
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explaining the essential contents of the work, key experiments,
ideas and results.
|KEYWORDS: Authors should
provide 5-10 important keywords related their submitted research
|FIGURES: It is very
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submitted work until it has been accepted for publication.
References to papers accepted but not yet published should be
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cited references in other journals/papers.
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against a single reference number).
or accepted articles should be cited and included in the
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case (only the first word capitalized, not all words) and in upright
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followed by the chapter title (in sentence case and upright), and
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in the following pattern.
|1. Journal articles
A. H. C. Neto and K. Novoselov; Two-dimensional crystals:
beyond graphene; Mater. Express 1, 10 (2011).
W. Han, A. Lohn, N. P. Kobayashi, and M. Meyyappan; Evolutional
transformation of copper oxide nanowires to copper nanowires by a
reduction technique; Mater. Express 1, 176 (2011).
S. S. Ray and M. Bousmina; Polymer Nanocomposites and
Their Applications; American Scientific Publishers, Los Angeles (2006).
H. S. P. Wong and D. Akinwande; Carbon Nanotube and
Graphene Device Physics; Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (2011).
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. 387405.
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.
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
Kaplan; Post-hospital home health care: the elderly's access and
utilization; Ph.D. Thesis, St. Louis (MO), Washington University (1995).
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al." and "ibid." in the reference
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should be brief and placed at the end of the text before the
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