An International Journal on Multidisciplinary Materials Research

ISSN: 2158-5849 (Print); EISSN: 2158-5857 (Online).
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Instructions for Authors
Materials 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 crystals, nanomaterials
  • Electrical properties: metals, alloys, semiconductors, superconductors, ionic conductors, electroceramics, dielectrics
  • 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, electrochemistry, photo-electrochemistry
  • Structural properties: crystal growth and structure analysis, structure-defect analysis, ceramics, refractories, hard materials, protective coatings, composites, adhesives, prosthetic applications
  • Mechanical properties: strength, elasticity, plasticity, ductility, malleability, fracture, corrosion resistance
  • 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.

Materials Express 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).

For 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.

For Authors: There are no page charges whatsoever; full expense of the publication is kindly borne by the publisher. Free online availability increases your paper's visibility, readership and citation.
SUBMISSION OF 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.

All manuscripts must be submitted ONLINE. A single manuscript file (containing all text, figures, tables etc.) needs to be uploaded in pdf or doc format. Authors using LaTeX for manuscript preparation, should upload the final source file after the acceptance notification. Please carefully follow the instructions for manuscript preparation, as detailed below. And before submission, cross check again with the checklist.
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 stage.
FREE COLORS: 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.

MANUSCRIPT PROCESSING FEES: Authors should understand that there are many occurring publishing expenses per journal page associated with manuscript processing, editorial, production, typesetting, printing, paper, binding, shipping, web-hosting, and archiving. However authors pay no publication fees as well as the costs of any color figure/illustration in a print edition to American Scientific Publishers whatsoever, therefore, publisher is doing all services to authors free of costs and/or at fractional costs, hence, publisher is not obligated to provide any hard/softcopies of journal issue and/or research article to anyone whatsoever. Authors may download pdf file of their published papers from Ingenta after paying fractional costs. If authors require a hardcopy of the journal issue having their research articles then authors may also purchase hardcopies of the journal issue or subscribe to the journal by contacting the publisher. No free hard/softcopies of journal issue and/or research article are provided. On the other hand, if authors want to support the journal by paying full manuscript processing fees plus all costs of color figures/illustrations/photos in a print edition through their research grants or affiliated institutions, then publisher will provide hardcopy of journal issue or pdf file of his/her research article after receiving a full payment. American Scientific Publishers highly appreciate for author's kind understanding and support.

COVER ART: MEX features new cover art every issue. Authors are encouraged to submit high quality color figure/illustration suitable for cover feature.
COMMUNICATIONS: Materials 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 journal pages.

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.

Authors are advised to 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 appropriate publishers and authors. It is authors' responsibility to obtain written copyright permissions to reproduce any copyright materials in print and online editions of the journal from other sources for reproduction of any figures, tables, photos, illustrations or other copyright materials from previously published work.
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.

For all 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 must be in English, typed double-spaced on one side of the page 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 150 to 200 words abstract explaining the essential contents of the work, key experiments, ideas and results.
KEYWORDS: Authors should provide 5-10 important keywords related their submitted research work.
FIGURES: It is very important to supply high quality figures in a form suitable for reproduction. All figures, tables, illustrations, photographs should be prepared in such a way that they could be printed in a single column size with a width of 3 1/4 inches or 8.25 cm. Use 14 ARIAL BOLD font for legends and 12 ARIAL font for numbering/wordings in figures, use the same font for all figures. Only if absolutely necessary should figures/tables/photos occupy double columns.Each Figure should be presented on a separate page with the figure caption in the bottom. All schemes/drawings should be prepared by using proper tools and never drawn freehand. Scanning of any image or spectra (if required) should be done at least at 600 dpi.
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 um), mm, cm, cm3, m, h (not hr), min, s (or sec), µg, mg, g (not gm), kg, cal, kcal, in. (or write out inch), ml [write out liter(s)].

The American Physical Society 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 Express" should be abbreviated as Mater. Express for the citation purpose.

REFERENCES: 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.

The maximum number of references, strictly enforced, is 50 for Articles and 30 for Communications. 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 articles
A. H. C. Neto and K. Novoselov; Two-dimensional crystals: beyond graphene; Mater. Express 1, 10 (2011).

J. 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).

2. Books

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. 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.

5. Patent
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).

6. Dissertation
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.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: These should be brief and placed at the end of the text before the references.
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OFFPRINTS: Authors may order offprints of articles with a minimum of 100 from American Scientific Publishers (ASP) prior to publication. An order form accompanying the page proofs will be sent directly to the corresponding author (*). Please return your offprint order form with the page proofs.
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ETHICAL ISSUES: Authors cannot submit a manuscript for publication to other journals simultaneously. It is waste of valuable resources because editors and referees spent a great deal of time processing submitted manuscripts. It is also unethical to republish similar research articles (text/figures/tables) again because journals have limited page space and it most likely violates copyrights which have already been transferred to the first journal. Therefore, all journals require a signed author's copyright transfer agreement stating the originality of the research work submitted through a manuscript. As stated above that authors should submit original, new and unpublished research work to the journal. The ethical issues such as plagiarism, fraudulent and duplicate publication, violation of copyrights, authorship and conflict of interest are serious issues concerning ethical integrity when submitting a manuscript to a journal for publication.

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