2015 Materials Science Impact Factors

by | Jun 18, 2015

Materials science highlights from the 2014 edition of the journal citation reports.

In recent years, the quality of research published in Advanced Materials has risen steeply and consistently, driving both impact and citations. With a 2015 Impact Factor of 17.49, an increase of 13.52% on 2014, Advanced Materials continues on this journey. An interdisciplinary readership  that spans materials scientists, engineers, physicists, chemists, life scientists and beyond, coupled with weekly publication and a  reputation for quality make Advanced Materials the ideal forum for reporting the latest ground-breaking discoveries in materials science. Start browsing now with these recent papers:

Mechanical Force-Driven Growth of Elongated Bending TiO2-based Nanotubular Materials for Ultrafast Rechargeable Lithium Ion Batteries

Yuxin Tang, Yanyan Zhang, Jiyang Deng, Jiaqi Wei, Hong Le Tam, Bevita Kallupalathinkal Chandran, Zhili Dong, Zhong Chen and Xiaodong Chen

3D Bioprinting of Vascularized, Heterogeneous Cell-Laden Tissue Constructs

David B. Kolesky, Ryan L. Truby, A. Sydney Gladman, Travis A. Busbee, Kimberly A. Homan and Jennifer A. Lewis

Perovskite-Based Hybrid Solar Cells Exceeding 10% Efficiency with High Reproducibility Using a Thin Film Sandwich Approach

Bert Conings, Linny Baeten, Christopher De Dobbelaere, Jan D’Haen, Jean Manca and Hans-Gerd Boyen


Advanced Functional Materials strengthens its standing as a leading full-paper general materials science journal with its further increased 2014 IF of 11.8. This journal’s first Impact Factor above 11 was achieved due to highly cited articles such as

Sodium-Ion Batteries by Michael D. Slater et al. (more than 330 citations)

Advanced Asymmetric Supercapacitors Based on Ni(OH)2/Graphene and Porous Graphene Electrodes with High Energy Density by Fei Wei et al. (more than 300 citations)

Efficient Synthesis of Heteroatom (N or S)-Doped Graphene Based on Ultrathin Graphene Oxide-Porous Silica Sheets for Oxygen Reduction Reactions by Klaus Muellen et al.

“I am happy to see this re-approval of our successful publishing strategy as Advanced Functional Materials underlines its position as a top choice of the materials science community. I’m very pleased with this result and thank the authors, reviewers, and readers who contribute to the journal,” said Jörn Ritterbusch, Editor-in-Chief.


Advanced Materials Interfaces publishes top-level research on interface technologies and effects. Considering any interface formed of solids, liquids, and gases, the journal ensures an interdisciplinary blend of Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, and Life Sciences. Its first impact factor will be announced in 2016. To get an impression of the journal, please take a look at the following articles:

Nanoscale Adhesive Properties of Graphene: The Effect of Sliding History by Robert W. Carpick and co-workers

A Route Towards Sustainability Through Engineered Polymeric Interfaces by Karen K. Gleason’s group

This year Advanced Optical Materials received its first ever impact factor. With this partial one-year impact factor of 4.06 the journal underlines its position among top optics journals.

An insight into the high level of quality published by Advanced Optical Materials give the most cited articles up to now:

Magnetoplasmonics: Combining Magnetic and Plasmonic Functionalities by Alfonso Cebollada and co-workers

Engineering the Upconversion Nanoparticle Excitation Wavelength: Cascade Sensitization of Tri-doped Upconversion Colloidal Nanoparticles at 800 nm by Gang Han and co-workers


With a new Impact Factor of 8.36, Small continues to be the top forum for the publication of research at the nano- and microscale. Some top articles include:

Perovskite Solar Cells: From Materials to Devices

Glowing Graphene Quantum Dots and Carbon Dots: Properties, Syntheses, and Biological Applications


With a third Impact Factor of 16.14, Advanced Energy Materials complies its commitment to publish premier energy-related studies. The success of this journal should also be attributed to the recent breaking throughs in solar cells, batteries materials, water splitting, and beyond. Below please check the most-cited article published in 2013.

Beyond 11% Efficiency: Characteristics of State-of-the-Art Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)(4) Solar Cells by Teodor K. Todorov, Jiang Tang, Santanu Bag, Oki Gunawan, Tayfun Gokmen, Yu Zhu and David B. Mitzi (over 360 citation)


With a 2015 Impact Factor of 5.79,  Advanced Healthcare Materials, continues to strengthen its position as a leading journal for the publication of biomedical materials research. Launched in 2012, Advanced Healthcare Materials, which is now listed in three ISI categories (ranked 3rd in Materials Science – Biomaterials, ranked 4th in Engineering – Biomedical, and ranked 17th in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology), reports the latest developments in the application of materials to the promotion of human health, from diagnostics to therapeutics, from tissue engineering to drug delivery, from infection control to medical devices.  To celebrate the increased Impact Factor, a special collection of Progress Reports and Review articles will be available for free until the end of 2015. Click here to check out this collection or read these examples of recently published papers:

Delivering Colloidal Nanoparticles to Mammalian Cells: A Nano–Bio Interface Perspective

Paolo Verderio, Svetlana Avvakumova, Giulia Alessio, Michela Bellini, Miriam Colombo, Elisabetta Galbiati, Serena Mazzucchelli, Jesus Peñaranda Avila, Benedetta Santini and Davide Prosperi

Contact Lens Sensors in Ocular Diagnostics

Nicholas M. Farandos, Ali K. Yetisen, Michael J. Monteiro, Christopher R. Lowe and Seok Hyun Yun

Tumor-Targeting Multifunctional Nanoparticles for siRNA Delivery: Recent Advances in Cancer Therapy

Sook Hee Ku, Kwangmeyung Kim, Kuiwon Choi, Sun Hwa Ki, and Ick Chan Kwon


Advanced Engineering Materials reinforces its standing as a premier journal for all the most important breakthroughs in engineering materials and novel materials that are making those important first steps towards commercialization with its further increased 2014 IF of 1.75.

The most cited articles contributing to the 2014 IF include:

Design, Processing, Microstructure, Properties, and Applications of Advanced Intermetallic TiAl Alloys by H. Clemens et al.

Caloric Effects in Ferroic Materials: New Concepts for Cooling by S. Faehler et al.


Particle & Particle Systems Characterization, which was launched into the Advanced Materials family of journals at the start of 2013, has received its first partial impact factor (based on just one year of citations). This first result of 3.08 provides a good foundation for steady growth in the coming years. At Particle we focus on publishing interdisciplinary research on the synthesis, characterization and application of particles in biomedicine, catalysis, environmental science, micro/nano-electromechanical applications, micro/nano-fluidics, molecular electronics, photonics, sensing and beyond, thus catering to a large readership. Start exploring the journal by reading three highly accessed articles:

High-Capacity Anode Materials for Lithium-Ion Batteries: Choice of Elements and Structures for Active Particles by Naoki Nitta and Gleb Yushin*

Graphene Quantum Dots by Mitchell Bacon, Siobhan J. Bradley and Thomas Nann*

Noble Metal Clusters: Applications in Energy, Environment, and Biology by Ammu Mathew and Thalappil Pradeep*


Energy Technology received its first ever impact factor this year. This partial one-year impact factor of 2.82 provides a strong foundation for Energy Technology as a leading journal in the important and ever-expanding field of applied energy research.

Energy Technology provides a forum for scientists and engineers from all relevant disciplines concerned with the generation, conversion, storage, and distribution of energy. With Special Issues on Printed Energy Technologies, Shale Gas Technology, and Energy Storage Materials published in the the last year, the journal has already begun to deliver on its interdisciplinary promise. Highly cited articles such as those linked below played an important role in the strong results for Energy Technology:

Fast Inline Roll-to-Roll Printing for Indium-Tin-Oxide-Free Polymer Solar Cells Using Automatic Registration

by Markus Hösel and co-workers

Freely available OPV-The fast way to progress

Frederik C. Krebs and co-workers

Silicon–Graphene Composite Anodes for High-Energy Lithium Batteries

by Jian-Guo Ren and co-workers


Other impact factors:

Polymer science

Materials physics

ACES Journals

ChemPubSoc Europe Journals