Advanced Materials 25 Years On
In 1988/1989 the foundations were set for the international, interdisciplinary journal that you read today. We will be celebrating our silver jubilee in a number of ways, described below over the course of the next year, but looking back over the last 25 years it is somewhat difficult not to treat ourselves to a little nostalgia. Much has changed, and the pace of change is increasing tough, so in this article I will take a brief look back, but also describe some of the trends we see and some of the new things in store for our authors and readers.
Ten years ago Esther Levy, then Editor, described (Adv. Mater. 2003, 15, 13–18) the beginnings of the journal and its progress over the first 15 years. She also posed for a photo with the team at the time.
Of the old editorial team (picture reproduced from Esther Levy’s article), which was based in Weinheim, Germany, Agnes Petersen has retired but continues to support our production editors, Johanna Blessmann and Renate Dötzer left the company, Susanne Stoll who was there at the birth of the journal tragically died young in 2008. Melanie Schmitt (now Rettenmaier) now leads the administration team, Andreas Muth still works on developing our electronic services and processes, Vicki Cleave is the Editor in Chief of her own journal, the Journal of Polymer Science– Polymer Physics, based in our Hoboken, New Jersey office, Esther Levy works for the journal from Sydney, and Karen Grieve from Adelaide.
The current team has some 20 editors contributing to the journal from offices across the world, in Weinheim, Berlin, Hoboken (US), Beijing, and in Australia, along with a very effective admin team, and additional colleagues in production and marketing functions. In 2003 we were eagerly awaiting the submission of the 5000th communication and these days we receive over 6000 submissions per year. In the first 15 years we published some 3300 papers. The last ten years have seen over 7000 added. Clearly the field of “advanced” materials science has grown strongly, and the popularity of Advanced Materials with it.
One measure of this development is the Impact Factor (IF) of the journal. The graph belowshows how the IF values have changed from the start. Periods of fast growth (2001 – 2005; 2009 – 2012) to a certain extent coincide with reasonably stable numbers of published articles and strongly increasing rejection rates. As research funding in relevant areas grows and whole new communities of authors, such as those in China and India, join the fray, output is forced to increase in order to maintain sensible acceptance rates, and, down the line, the denominator in the IF calculation rises. Where Advanced Materials has become one of the journals of choice for fast growing areas, such as graphene research from 2009 onwards, then a further boost to the IF results.
The field of advanced materials, involving as it does chemistry, physics, engineering and other areas, is blessed with many strong journals to publish in. Nature Materials publishes only around 120 papers per year, but with an IF over 34 it is an attractive choice for the lucky few. With Advanced Materials being one of only few journals that are listed in six difference ISI subject categories, the interdisciplinary nature of the content is confirmed, but the range of strong competitors is also broadened.
The undoubted trends towards application relevance have also spurred us on to extend the Advanced Materials family of journals. Advanced Energy Materials has made an excellent start, with over 1200 submissions per year and a first Impact Factor of above 10, and Advanced Healthcare Materials and Advanced Optical Materials are developing well, offering more space and additional options to authors and readers alike. Towards the end of this year the newest family member will be started: Advanced Materials Interfaces will address the need for a focus on integrating materials in systems and with each other and for exploiting surface and interface technologies and effects.
In the early days Advanced Materials also contained a news section, and information on conferences, publications, etc. This has gone, but in its place has grown our full-service news websites MaterialsViews.com and its Chinese counterpart, MaterialsViewsChina.com, as well as our extensive social media presence on Twitter, Facebook, etc., and these services are delivered by the same editorial teams that are working on the other journal content.
So what is coming up? From this autumn, Advanced Materials will have Anywhere Article functionality, enabling attractive mobile usage, and it will soon be offering “Smart Article” functionality, where the content of the articles is enriched with database, teaching, and other data-oriented function. Add to this the new editorial office system, Editorial Manager, that went live in August offering authors and referees a far more comfortable and functional experience, and I hope you will agree that there are exciting things ahead.
As part of the silver jubilee celebration we will be publishing a series of “AM25” articles written by distinguished, invited authors on the hottest topics out there. A selection of the first articles in the series is shown in the list below.
Finally, keep a lookout for the forthcoming Advanced Materials iPad app that puts the very best materials science at your fingertips.
The editorial team will also be travelling extensively over the next year, visiting major conferences and top institutions. We look forward to meeting old friends, making new ones, and celebrating the vibrancy of the field of advanced materials.
Dr. Peter Gregory Editor-in-Chief, Advanced Materials
Understanding the Lithiation of Silicon and Other Alloying Anodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries, Matthew T. McDowell, Seok Woo Lee1, William D. Nix, Yi Cui
Engineering Hydrogels for Biofabrication, Jos Malda, Jetze Visser, Ferry P. Melchels, Tomasz Jüngst, Wim E. Hennink, Wouter J. A. Dhert, Jürgen Groll, Dietmar W. Hutmacher
Recent Advances in n-Type and Ambipolar Organic Field-Effect Transistors, Yan Zhao, Yunlong Guo, Yunqi Liu
Dynamic Interfaces for Responsive Encapsulation Systems, Ekaterina V. Skorb, Helmuth Möhwald
Galvanic Replacement: A Simple and Versatile Route to Hollow Nanostructures with Tunable and Well-Controlled Properties, Xiaohu Xia, Yi Wang, Aleksey Ruditskiy, Younan Xia
Colloidal Quantum Dot Materials and Devices: A Quarter-Century of Advances, Jin Young Kim, Oleksandr Voznyy, David Zhitomirsky, Edward H. Sargent