2015 Materials Science Impact Factors

by | Jun 13, 2016

This year's materials science impact factors have been released!

An impact factor of 18.96, an increase of 8% on the 2014 value, marks seven years of continuous growth for Advanced Materials. Over this time, a family of journals has developed around Advanced Materials, with sister publications concentrating on the key research areas of energy, healthcare, optical, interface, and electronic materials. Some recent papers that exemplify the best research in these fields include:

CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite/Fullerene Planar-Heterojunction Hybrid Solar Cell by Ten-Chin Wen and co-workers

New Horizons for Diagnostics and Therapeutic Applications of Graphene and Graphene Oxide by Xiaogang Qu and co-workers

Aggregation-Induced Emission: The Whole Is More Brilliant than the Parts by Ben Zhong Tang and co-workers

Defect-Rich MoS2 Ultrathin Nanosheets with Additional Active Edge Sites for Enhanced Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution by Yi Xie and co-workers

H-TiO2@MnO2//H-TiO2@C Core-Shell Nanowires for High Performance and Flexible Asymmetric Supercapacitors by Yat Li and co-workers

Particle & Particle Systems Characterization, with an Impact Factor of 4.37, has recorded a 42% increase on last year. This steady growth reflects the high quality and interdisciplinary nature of particle-related research published by the journal across the broad field of materials science. At Particle we focus on publishing work 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. The following articles are free to access:

Organometal Halide Perovskites: Bulk Low-Dimension Materials and Nanoparticles by Soranyel González-Carrero, Raquel E. Galian and Julia Pérez-Prieto

Semiconducting Polymer Nanoparticles as Fluorescent Probes for Biological Imaging and Sensing by Yang-Hsiang Chan and Pei-Jing Wu

Recent Advances in Graphene Quantum Dots for Fluorescence Bioimaging from Cells through Tissues to Animals by Dan Wang, Jian-Feng Chen and Liming Dai

18 months after its launch, Advanced Science, the premium open access journal in the Advanced Materials family receives its first impact factor. Based on the first issue published in December 2014, the journal starts with a fantastic initial impact factor of 6.00.

Some recent highlights include:

Control of Emission Color of High Quantum Yield CH3NH3PbBr3 Perovskite Quantum Dots by Precipitation Temperature by Rogach and co-workers from Hong Kong

Chemophototherapy: An Emerging Treatment Option for Solid Tumors by Jonathan F. Lovell and co-workers from State University of New York, Buffalo

With the new Impact Factor of 11.32 Advanced Functional Materials establishes its position as leading high-impact journal in Materials Science. It is the journal’s fourth Impact Factor above 10, which underlines that authors and readers alike appreciate the journal’s broad coverage of the interdisciplinary nature of modern materails science research. This is refelcted in some of the most highly cited papers of the journal:

Sodium-Ion Batteries by C.S. Johnson et al.,

Morphological Control for High Performance, Solution-Processed Planar Heterojunction Perovskite Solar Cells by H.J. Snaith et al.,

A Review of Surface Plasmon Resonance-Enhanced Photocatalysis by W.B. Hou and S.B. Cronin.

With a new Impact Factor of 8.32, Small continues to be the top forum for the publication of research at the nano- and microscale.

Earlier this year, Advanced Materials Technologies, the latest member of the Advanced Materials family launched. This new journal covers all technology-related materials applications research, particularly focused on advanced engineering and device design, and new technologies based on novel materials. The first issue of Advanced Materials Technologies is free to read here.

Advanced Energy Materials has maintained its position as a prime source for the best energy-related research. With an Impact factor of 15.23, the journal has strived to publish only the best in all areas of energy, publishing exceptional content in solar cells, batteries, capacitors, water splitting, perovskites, and beyond. To get an impression of the journal, please check out our best-cited articles for 2013/2014:

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

 Device Characteristics of CZTSSe Thin-Film Solar Cells with 12.6% Efficiency by Wei Wang, Mark T. Winkler, Oki Gunawan, Tayfun Gokmen, Teodor K. Todorov, Yu Zhu, and David B. Mitzi

Recent Advances in Design and Fabrication of Electrochemical Supercapacitors with High Energy Densities by Jun Yan, Jun, Qian Wang, Tong Wei, and Zhuangjun Fan

An impact factor of 5.76 reinforces the position of Advanced Healthcare Materials as premier biomedical materials journals. Dedicated to publishing the best materials science research that aims to promote of human health, Advanced Healthcare Materials publishes cutting-edge research in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, bioelectronics and implantable devices, imaging and diagnostic tools, drug-delivery systems, and a variety of other aspects of materials science in medicine and biotechnology, for example:

Harnessing the Multifunctionality in Nature: A Bioactive Agent Release System with Self-Antimicrobial and Immunomodulatory Properties by Philippe Lavalle and co-workers

Biocompatible Enzymatic Roller Pens for Direct Writing of Biocatalytic Materials: “Do-it-Yourself” Electrochemical Biosensors by Joseph Wang and co-workers

Advanced Materials Interfaces received its first-ever impact factor. With this partial one-year impact factor of 3.37 the young journal shows strong potential to become one of the key players in interface science.

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. 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

Strongly Coupled Interfaces between a Heterogeneous Carbon Host and a Sulfur-Containing Guest for Highly Stable Lithium-Sulfur Batteries: Mechanistic Insight into Capacity Degradation

Advanced Optical Materials first full Impact Factor is 5.19, up significantly from its partial IF of 4.062 last year. The journal covers all aspects of light-matter interaction and this strong performance underlines its position among top optics journals. Two of the most cited articles were:

Magnetoplasmonics: Combining Magnetic and Plasmonic Functionalities from Alfonso Cebollada and colleagues from Madrid

Engineering the Upconversion Nanoparticle Excitation Wavelength: Cascade Sensitization of Tri-doped Upconversion Colloidal Nanoparticles at 800 nm from Gang Han and colleagues from Massachusetts, Harbin, and SUNY

Advanced Electronic Materials has experienced strong growth in submissions and an ever-broadening scope of published topics. Some of the strong subjects published in the journal this past year are highlighted in the articles below. It has been  published monthly since February 2014 and will receive its first partial (one-year) Impact Factor in 2017 while its full two-year Impact Factor will be announced in 2018.

Controllable Fabrication of Nanostructured Graphene Towards Electronics, Mengqi Zeng, Yao Xiao, Jinxin Liu, Wenjing Lu, Lei Fu

Topological Structures in Multiferroics – Domain Walls, Skyrmions and Vortices, Jan Seidel, Rama K. Vasudevan, Nagarajan Valanoor

Effective Approaches to Improve the Electrical Conductivity of PEDOT:PSS: A Review, Hui Shi, Congcong Liu, Qinglin Jiang, Jingkun Xu

Prospective of Semiconductor Memory Devices: from Memory System to Materials, Cheol Seong Hwang

With a further increased impact factor of 1.82, Advanced Engineering Materials continues to be the premier journal for all the most important breakthroughs in engineering materials. This all-time high value of the Impact Factor is a clear indication of the ever-growing popularity of the journal. The most cited articles contributing to the 2015 IF include:

Design, Processing, Microstructure, Properties, and Applications of Advanced Intermetallic TiAl Alloys by Helmut Clemens and Svea Mayer

Field-Assisted Sintering Technology/Spark Plasma Sintering: Mechanisms, Materials, and Technology Developments by Olivier Guillon, Jesus Gonzalez-Julian, Benjamin Dargatz, Tobias Kessel, Gabi Schierning, Jan Räthel and Mathias Herrmann

Light-Metal Foams – History of Innovation and Technological Challenges by John Banhart

steel research international enjoys a new impact factor of 1.02 and is again ranked among the top journals in the field of metallurgy and metallurgical engineering. This Impact Factor was achieved due to highly cited articles such as

Driving Force and Logic of Development of Advanced High Strength Steels for Automotive Applications by Olivier Bouaziz, Hatem Zurob and Mingxin Huang

Determination of the Critical Strains for the Initiation of Dynamic Transformation and Dynamic Recrystallization in Four Steels of Increasing Carbon Contents by Chiradeep Ghosh, Vladimir V. Basabe and John J. Jonas

Ultra Fast Cooling of a Hot Steel Plate by Using High Mass Flux Air Atomized Spray by Soumya S. Mohapatra, Satya V. Ravikumar, Surjya K. Pal and Sudipto Chakraborty


Energy Technology received its first full Impact Factor this year. This Impact Factor of 2.48 provides a strong foundation for Energy Technology as a leading journal in the important and ever-expanding field of applied energy research.

The journal’s Top 10 articles of 2015 are entirely free to access until the end of the year. Highly cited articles such as those linked below played an important role in the strong results for Energy Technology:

Freely available OPV-The fast way to progress by Frederik C. Krebs and co-workers

Recent Progress on Printed Flexible Batteries: Mechanical Challenges, Printing Technologies, and Future Prospects by Abhinav M. Gaikwad and co-workers

Guidelines for Closing the Efficiency Gap between Hero Solar Cells and Roll-To-Roll Printed Modules by Luca Lucera and co-workers

Supercapacitors Based on Flexible Substrates: An Overview by Deepak P. Dubal and co-workers

Coloration Technology is the world’s leading peer-reviewed journal dealing with the application of colour, and the only journal that covers all aspects of coloration technology (including; chemistry, physics, technology, engineering and management).  The breadth of its remit and the diverse nature of the papers contributing to its Impact Factor are illustrated by the following examples:

Fabrication of high-quality silica photonic crystals on polyester fabrics by gravitational sedimentation self-assembly by Lan Zhou, Yujiang Wu, Guojin Liu, Yichen Li, Qinguo Fan and Jianzhong Shao

Molecular electronic spectroscopy: from often neglected fundamental principles to limitations of state-of-the-art computational methods by Heinz Mustroph, Steffen Ernst, Bianca Senns and Andrew D Towns

Polychlorinated biphenyls in pigments: inadvertent production and environmental significance by Lisa Rodenburg, Jia Guo and Robert Christie