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2018 Open access highlights in Materials Science

Looking back at the past year to inspire the future

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Materials Science open access highlights 

We're taking a look back and to reflect on some of the most popular Materials Science research, to inspire us as we begin the new year. 

We invite Matthew Smyllie from our editorial team, to share his experience in the Materials Science programme. 

Read and share our key articles and journals - our research is fully open access, and are freely available online on a permanent basis to a wide global audience. 

The year in review.. an Editorial perspective

Matthew SmyllieMaterials science continues to be an exciting and ever-developing field that brings real change to people around the world.

Whether it’s in improving the battery life of your phone, creating a more efficient solar cell, finding ways of purifying water or enabling the next generation of drug delivery, materials science truly brings tangible improvements to real life across a broad range of areas.

SpringerOpen and BMC offers a range of titles within the materials sector, helping to facilitate the dissemination of materials research.

A new journal: Functional Composite Materials

In 2018, we opened Functional Composite Materials for submissions. Through advancements in materials science and engineering the potential for further applications of composite materials can be achieved by introducing functionality. The journal focuses on this exciting new generation of materials. Sitting at the intersection of physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering, we welcome contributions on all types of composite materials — the only caveat is that functionality must be clearly demonstrated.

 A new identity: Cancer Nanotechnology

As a part of the expansion of the BMC brand into physical sciences, we welcomed Cancer Nanotechnology onto the brand. Cancer is a group of diseases driven by inherently nanostructural problems. As such, there are obvious benefits to treatments employing nanoscale structures and processes. Cancer Nanotechnology aims to provide a forum so that the most promising emerging themes should be pre-eminent in the minds of researchers working in one—or, indeed, both—of the disciplines of cancer research or nanotechnology.

 A new chapter: Nano Convergence

This year was a big one for Nano Convergence. The journal was accepted for inclusion in PubMed Central, Scopus and Web of Science. These are hugely important milestones for such a great journal, and we really look forward to 2019 and the next chapter of the journal’s life, which we are delighted to publish in conjunction with the Korean Nanotechnology Research Society.


Matthew Smyllie is the Senior Journal Development Editor for SpringerOpen/BMC Physical Sciences open access journals.

10 Most Cited Journal Articles

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Heritage Science   Nanoscale Research Letters - SpringerOpen   Nano Convergence - SpringerOpen   

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