Focus and Coverage
APL Materials features original, experimental research on significant topical issues within the field of materials science. In order to highlight research at the forefront of materials science, emphasis is given to the quality and timeliness of the work. Theory or calculation is considered only if either a significant experimental component is also included in a paper, or if the work is very timely and has been specially commissioned.
In addition to regular articles, the journal also publishes Special Topics, which report on cutting-edge areas in materials science, such as Perovskite Solar Cells, Frontiers in Oxides, and Materials Genome (coming in 2016).
Topic areas will include:
- Nanostructures, nanocomposites, and nanomaterials
- Low dimensional materials
- Bioinspired and biological materials (including tissue engineering and drug delivery)
- Materials for energy harvesting, storage, and generation
- First principle calculations coupled to experimental results
- Optical and photonic materials
- Ferroic and multiferroic materials
- Thin Films
- Electronic, magnetic and superconducting materials
- Semiconductors and nitride materials
- Catalytic Materials
- Advanced microscopy
2014 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters, 2015)*:
|Partial** Impact Factor
* Data from the 2014 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition (Thomson Reuters, 2015).
** 2014 Impact Factor is based on papers published in 2012 and 2013. The first issue of APL Materials was July 2013.
Editors' Biographical Information
APL Materials’ editorial team comprises prestigious international researchers who oversee the entire peer-review process. Their goal is to select only the best, most significant and most timely work for publication in the Journal.
Professor Judith Driscoll
University of Cambridge
Judith MacManus-Driscoll is a professor of materials science in the department of materials science and metallurgy of the University of Cambridge (UK). Her research focuses on the properties of complex oxide materials and nanostructures with wide-ranging functions. During the last 20 years of her career, she has published more than 250 papers in this area. She is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Physics (UK), a member of the Materials Research Society, and a long-term visiting staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Chang-Beom Eom is a Harvey D. Spangler Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering (and Physics) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on epitaxial thin film heterostructures of complex oxides with an emphasis on understanding fundamental solid state phenomena and developing novel device applications. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and of the Materials Research Society. Eom has authored over 280 publications.
Seoul National University
Seunghun Hong is a professor in the department of Physics as well as Biophysics and Chemical Biology at Seoul National University. He finished his BS and MS degrees in Physics at Seoul National University and, then, earned a MSEE degree in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Physics at Purdue University. He did his postdoctoral research in Chemistry at Northwestern University. His major research topic is hybrid materials based on bio- and nano-structures. He published more than 120 papers in this research area. He is a fellow of the Korean Physical Society and a member of the Materials Research Society, the American Physical Society, and the American Chemical Society.
University of Arizona
Brian LeRoy is an Associate Professor in the department of Physics at the University of Arizona (USA). He has obtained a PhD from Harvard University, working on the properties of semiconductor nanostructures. His current research focuses on the electronic and optical properties of graphene and carbon nanostructures. Dr LeRoy is a member of the American Physical Society and Materials Research Society.
Zhongfan Liu is a Changjiang Chair professor of physical chemistry in the college of chemistry and molecular engineering of Peking University. He received his PhD from University of Tokyo and did his postdoctoral work at Institute for Molecular Science (IMS). His research focuses on low dimensional carbon materials and novel 2D atomic crystals targeting nanoelectronic and energy conversion devices with over 350 publications. He is a member of Chinese Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK).
University of Konstanz
Lukas Schmidt-Mende is full professor at the Department of Physics at the University of Konstanz, Germany, where he is leading the "Hybrid nanostructures" group. He has profound experience in organic, dye-sensitized and hybrid solar cells. After his studies of physics he did his Ph.D. in the Prof. Sir Richard Friends Optoelectronics group. Later he joined the group of Prof. Michael Grätzel to work on solid state dye-sensitized solar cells. Other stations of his carrier were in the Material Science Department, University of Cambridge, UK and the Dept. of physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich. His current research is concerned with nanostructured materials for energy conversion with focus on the device physics of organic and hybrid solar cells.
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
Yusuke Yamauchi received his bachelor’s degree in 2003, master’s degree in 2004, and Ph.D. in 2007 from Waseda University in Japan. After receiving the Ph.D., he joined National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) as a permanent staff. Now, he is leading the ‘Inorganic materials laboratory’. He concurrently serves as a project leader of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) in Japan and visiting professors in several universities (Waseda University in Japan, Tianjin University in China). He has authored and co-authored over 200 refereed journal publications. His research field is based on inorganic materials science, including boundary research areas of materials chemistry, physical chemistry, chemical physics, and crystal engineering. His major interest is rational synthesis of novel functional nanostructures utilizing ‘self-assembly’
Editorial Advisory Board
HRL Laboratories, LLC
William Carter is Manager of the Architected Materials Department at HRL Laboratories, LLC. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University (1997). At HRL he leads a multidisciplinary research group focused on lightweight automotive and aerospace materials, micro-scale truss materials, thermal management, blast/impact protection, functional coatings, specialty polymers and adhesives. He is author or co-author of over 35 refereed journal articles, one book chapter and over 60 issued patents covering new materials and devices for automotive and aerospace applications. He is a member of the Materials Research Society and the American Physical Society.
Anthony K. Cheetham
University of Cambridge
Tony Cheetham was educated at Oxford and joined the chemistry faculty there in 1974. From 1991 he spent 16 years at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was Director of the new Materials Research Laboratory and the International Center for Materials Research. Since 2007 he has been the Goldsmiths' Professor of Materials Science at the University of Cambridge. Cheetham is a Fellow of the Royal Society (1994) and several other academies. Awards for his work in the field of materials chemistry include the Somiya Award (IUMRS 2004), Leverhulme Medal (Royal Society 2008), Platinum Medal (IOM3 2011), and honorary doctorates from Versailles, St. Andrews, and Tumkur. He became Treasurer and Vice-President of the Royal Society in Nov 2012.
North China Electric Power University, Beijing, China
Meicheng Li is a professor in the School of Renewable Energy at the North China Electric Power University. His current research topic is the New Energy Materials and Devices, focusing on the nanostructures of silicon, carbon and oxide etc., and the relative novel device applications in energy harvesting, conversion, and storage. He has published more than 130 papers, also served some academic conferences as the chair, track co-chair or session chair. He is an executive fellow of the China Energy Society, a member of the Materials Research Society, and senior member of Chinese Institute of Electronics.
National Taiwan University, Tapei, Taiwan
Chung-Yuan Mou received his bachelor's degree from National Taiwan University (NTU) in 1970 and Ph.D. degree from Washington University, St Louis in 1975. He served as an associate professor at NTU from 1978 to 1982 and promoted to a professor in 1982. He is a deputy minister in National Science Council (Presently, Ministry of Science and Technology) from 2012 to 2014. Currently, he is a chair professor at Department of Chemistry at NTU. He has received numerous awards, including the 2002 Academic Achievement Award (Chinese Chemical Society), the 2006 Cozzarelli Prize (National Academy of Science, USA) and the 2013 TWAS Prize (World Academy of Sciences). His research interests have included statistical mechanics (Supercooled water), applications to nanoaperture molecular sieve, heterogeneous Catalysis, and biomedical applications of mesoporous silica.
Tae Won Noh
Seoul National University
Tae Won Noh is a professor in the department of physics and astronomy at the Seoul National University. He also works as a director of the Center for Functional Interfaces of Correlated Electron Systems, Institute for Basic Science, Korea. His research focuses on the transition metal oxides and other strongly correlated electron systems. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the Korean Physical Society, and a member of the Materials Research Society. He has published more than 340 papers.
Stuart S. P. Parkin
IBM Almaden Research Center, CA, USA
Dr. Parkin received his PhD in physics from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 1982 and joined IBM as a postdoctoral fellow, becoming a permanent member of the staff the following year. In 1999, he was named an IBM Fellow, IBM's highest technical honor. He is currently Manager of the Magnetoelectronics Group at the IBM Almaden Research Center, a consulting professor in the Department of Applied Physics at Stanford University, and the Director of the IBM‐Stanford Spintronic Science & Applications Center. His research interests have included organic superconductors, high‐temperature superconductors, and, most recently, magnetic thin-film structures, and spintronic materials and devices for advanced sensor, memory, and logic applications.
IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
Frances M. Ross received her B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Cambridge University, UK, carried out postdoctoral research at A.T.&T. Bell Laboratories, and worked as a Staff Scientist at the National Center for Electron Microscopy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, before joining IBM. Her research interests are based around the use of in situ microscopy techniques to study crystal growth and reactions in nanostructured materials. She has been awarded the UK Institute of Physics Charles Vernon Boys Medal, the MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Award and the MSA Burton Medal and is a Fellow of the APS, AAAS, MSA and MRS.
Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
Gyu-Chul Yi is a professor in the Department of Physics at Seoul National University (SNU) and a director of National Research Center for Semiconductor Nanostructures. He received his Ph.D. degree from Northwestern University (USA) in 1997 and joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory (USA) as a post-doctoral researcher. Before moving to SNU, he worked as an assistant and associate professor at POSTECH (Korea) from 1999 to 2009. His current research topics are fabrications and characterizations of semiconductor nanostructures and nanodevices. He has published more than 150 referred articles and several book chapters.
The Review Process
APL Materials is published by the AIP Publishing LLC. The Editor, aided by the Associate Editors, is responsible for the content and other editorial matters related to the Journal. Submitted manuscripts are initially screened for their suitability and those that appear appropriate for consideration in APL Materials are sent to expert reviewers for evaluation. It is our intention to reach a decision on the disposition of a paper on the basis of no more than two rounds of reviewing. Only for exceptional situations will an additional review be undertaken. Such extended reviews are time-consuming, and should not be used as a mechanism to change an otherwise unacceptable manuscript into an acceptable publication
Criteria for Publication
Papers are accepted for publication in APL Materials according to the following criteria:
- Very high quality science with strong evidence for the conclusions.
- Original and novel (we do not consider meeting report abstracts and preprints on community servers to compromise novelty).
- Timely and of extreme importance to scientists in the specific field.
- Interesting to researchers in other, related disciplines.
Serial Submissions: Publication of ongoing work in a series of papers should be avoided. We believe that, while there is a need for rapid communication of important results, the literature becomes fractured and less accessible when serial publication of specialized advances becomes the norm. Serial submissions designed solely to meet the length requirement are not suitable for publication in APL Materials. Instead, the authors should report their results in a full-length paper for submission to a regular journal. The scientific community will be better served by a comprehensive paper than by several separate Letters.
Length: APL Materials has a firm policy of returning manuscripts that exceed the length limit of 3500 words to the author for shortening before consideration. If a manuscript requires more than this it is not a Letter and should be submitted to a regular journal. Guidelines for estimating length are included in the Author Instructions.
Format: Author Instructions are published on the Journal's website. Rapid changes in publication technology require that authors follow the instructions for preparation of figures with particular care (for detailed information, see http://publishing.aip.org/authors/journal-guidelines).
Ethics and Responsibilities of Authors
APL Materials is published as part of the charter of its publisher, American Institute of Physics, to advance and diffuse knowledge of materials science to human welfare. To that end, it is essential that all who participate in producing the journal conduct themselves as authors, reviewers, editors, and publishers in accord with the highest level of professional ethics and standards.
A detailed statement of what this journal expects can be found here.
By submitting a manuscript to APL Materials, each author implicitly confirms that it meets the highest ethical standards.
Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license: APL Materials is funded via an author-pays model. Authors publishing manuscripts in APL Materials retain copyright and grant the publisher a license to publish under a Creative Commons agreement.
Patents: Submission of manuscripts that contain patentable ideas is at the author's risk, and neither APL Materials nor American Institute of Physics assumes any responsibility in this regard.
(all types are subject to the journal’s length limit)
- Letters (up to 3500 words)
Short articles reporting novel and important research
- Research Updates (up to 5500 words)
Succinct and helpful to new researchers in a field, these are mainly by invitation and should review progress in, emerging topics. Researchers can also enquire with the editors about the possibility of submitting a review.
- Perspectives (1000-5500 words)
Typically highlight a recent discovery, these are forward-looking articles. They should be accessible to a general audience and are mainly by invitation.
- Featured Articles (up to 3500 words)
Short articles containing review information as well as new research. These are by invitation only.
- Commentaries (1000-5500 words)
Discussions of nonscientific issues relating to materials science such as status reports and policies. Commentaries should be well-reasoned, critical descriptions that do not merely publicize a specific agenda.
- Comments and Responses (up to 1000 words)
The main purpose of a Comment is to point out and correct significant errors or deficiencies in APL Materials articles or to take issue with the conclusions reached. Another purpose is to inject additional insight or corroboration even when the article is not believed to contain an error. We would like Comments to be concise, substantive, and free of polemics. They are meant to address scientific issues only. We wish to avoid controversy on all questions of priority; the scientific community at large derives insufficient benefits from such comments. In addition, calling attention to an oversight in a reference list will generally not be considered publishable.
A Comment should take up no more than one journal page, roughly 1000 words. The title should read: Comment on "original title" [APL Mater. volume, page (year)]. Equations, tables, figures, and figure captions must all be considered when estimating page length.
A Response to a Comment will normally be solicited from the authors of the Letter in question. Just as the Comment, the Response must also conform to the above requirements, and can only contain 1000 words or less. The title of the response should read: Response to 'Comment on "original title"' [APL Mater. volume, page (year)]. Both Comment and Response will be reviewed by an anonymous referee. If the Comment is rejected, neither will be published. If the Response alone is rejected, the Comment will be published without the Response. No further exchange beyond this point can be considered for publication. If both are accepted, the Comment and the Response will appear in the same issue. As these processes can be time consuming, we cannot guarantee as rapid a publication schedule as we maintain for regular submissions.
Since a Comment is published only if it is informative to the readership and if the same result cannot be achieved either by an Erratum or by a separate article in another journal, authors of a Comment are encouraged to first contact the authors of the Letter in question for a direct response before submitting their Comment to APL Materials. However, the Editor does not require such a step.
- Special Topic Sections
Special topic sections will be published occasionally and on no fixed schedule. They will contain a grouping of articles on a topic of current or emerging interest. These are intended to be reports of new research results that significantly advance our understanding of the field, and they will be reviewed using the usual criteria for Letters in the journal. A special topic section may be assembled by the regular Editors or by a guest Editor. In all cases, the final decision regarding acceptance of a manuscript will be with the regular Editors. All special topic articles and Special Articles will be reviewed using criteria appropriate to the Article.
An author may appeal an editor's decision to reject a manuscript by making a request to the editor that the paper be reconsidered. If the editor is not persuaded that (further) review is warranted, he/she will consult one of the Associate Editors for a second opinion. If the decision to reject is upheld, any subsequent appeal will be reviewed by the Publisher at AIP Publishing. The Publisher will not make direct decisions whether or not a paper should be accepted for publication, but rather will assess whether procedures were followed properly. Additional rounds of review or adjudication would only be called for if proper procedures were not followed.
Retraction and Correction Policies
AIP takes its responsibility to maintain the integrity and completeness of the scholarly record of our content for all end users very seriously. AIP places great importance on the authority of articles after they have been published and our policy is based on best practice in the academic publishing community. Changes to articles after they have been published online may only be made under the circumstances outlined in AIP's Retraction and Correction Policies which can be accessed here.
(Revised March 2012)
APL Materials is an open access publication. Authors of published papers will be assessed an Article Processing Charge of USD 2200, which covers the cost of publication and allows the author to retain copyright through a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license. This means all articles published in APL Materials are freely available to all readers giving authors the broadest distribution of their research possible.
Waivers may be available for certain authors, for example, from low GDP countries or those who, for other reasons, do not have access to funds to cover the fee. Authors can request a waiver on acceptance of their article.
Editors and reviewers have no access to author payment information and will not discuss charges with authors. The ability to pay does not influence whether or not a manuscript is accepted for publication.
Information regarding payment of these charges will be provided following acceptance for publication. Inquiries concerning Article Processing Charges should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Institutional Support for Open Access Publishing
Institutions increasingly have funds available to help authors defray open access fees. Below is a list of institutions that provide funds to researchers. Some institutions not on this list are developing similar programs. If your institution is not on the list below please contact your librarian to see how they can support Open Access payments.
While sources and types of funding differ, we have indicated which of the institutions listed below participate in the following funding organizations, at the time of this posting:
* Participants in the Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity (COPE), which helps authors pay open access fees
† Institutions offering funding through the Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Wellcome Trust
Colorado State University
Columbia University *
Cornell University *
Dartmouth College *
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Duke University *
European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) *
Florida State University
Freie Universität Berlin
George Mason University
Grand Valley State University
Harvard University *
Heinrich Heine University
Imperial College London
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Johns Hopkins University
Kansas State University
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology *
Leibniz Universität Hannover
Max Planck Society
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Michigan State University
Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
Oregon State University
Pennsylvania State University
Queensland University of Technology
Simon Fraser University *
Southern Illinois University
Texas A&M University
Universitat de Barcelona *
University of Calgary *
University of California at Berkeley *
University of California at Davis
University of California at Irvine
University of California at Riverside
University of California at San Diego
University of California at Santa Barbara
University of California at Santa Cruz
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
University of Exeter †
University of Florida
University of Hawaii-Manoa
University of Helsinki
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Kansas
University of Mainz (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)
University of Manitoba
University of Massachusetts
University of Michigan *
University of Minnesota
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of North Carolina
University of North Texas
University of Northern Colorado
University of Nottingham
University of Florida
University of Oregon
University of Ottawa *
University of Pittsburgh *
University of Regensburg
University of Tennessee
University of Texas
University of Troms ø
University of Twente
University of Utah *
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin
University of Zurich
Utah State University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
Virginia Tech University
Wake Forest University
Washington University (St. Louis)
Open Access Waiver Policy
AIP Publishing is committed to ensuring that authors can publish in their open access journals regardless of their economic status. As a result, AIP Publishing has a waiver fund and will offer full or partial waivers for papers whose corresponding authors are based in certain countries of the world. The two groups of eligible countries are listed below and were identified based on the classification of countries by the Health Inter Network Access to Research Initiative (HINARI).
In order to make the waiver fund possible, AIP Publishing expects those authors outside of the below listed countries to pay the full article processing charge of their accepted paper. This is to ensure that those authors who need a waiver due to their financial circumstance, received one.
Countries on this list will not be charged a publication fee
|Central African Republic
||Papua New Guinea
||Sao Tome and Principe
|Democratic People's Republic of Korea
|Democratic Republic of the Congo
||United Republic of Tanzania
|Lao People's Democratic Republic
Countries on this list will be charged a reduced publication fee: 1500USD for APL Materials, Structural Dynamics, and APL Photonics, and 800USD for AIP Advances.
||Micronesia (Federated States of)
|Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
|Bosnia and Herzegovina
||Republic of Moldova
||Saint Kitts and Nevis
||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
||Syrian Arab Republic
||The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
||West Bank and Gaza Strip
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APL Materials Excellence in Research Award
To be eligible for this award the candidate must:
- Have submitted a paper to APL Materials between January 1, 2016 and August 15, 2016.
Article types considered are original research papers, research updates or perspectives. For more information on article types visit: aplmaterials.aip.org/editorial policies.
- Be 40 years of age or younger and the first author on the paper.
- Submit a contributed paper to the journal. (Invited papers are not eligible.)
Awards will be given to the first author of each winning paper. The winning papers (1st, 2nd and 3rd place) will be selected by members of the APL Materials editorial team. Papers will be reviewed based on the scientific content. The winners will be notified of their award via email by November 15, 2016, in time for the awards to be announced during the MRS Fall 2016 meeting. Papers will be highlighted on the APL Materials webpage and included in AIP Publishing email communications to materials science researchers.
1st place - $2000 Visa Gift Card + 1 free submission to APL Materials in 2017 for winner or coauthor.
- The winner will have the opportunity to network and get career advice from one of the high profile materials science researchers who comprise the APL Materials editorial team at an upcoming materials science conference.
2nd place - $500 Visa Gift Card + 1 free submission to APL Materials in 2017 for winner or coauthor.
3rd place – 1 free submission to APL Materials in 2017 for winner or coauthor.
Email email@example.com for questions about eligibility, the selection process, or the award.
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