News from the Editors of Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B & C

The Journal of Materials Chemistry (JMC) journals have grown significantly in the last few years both in terms of new submissions and articles published. In 2018, 4788 articles were published in total, with approximately half of these published in JMC A, 15% in JMC B and 35% in JMC C. This reflects the strong growth in the research areas covered by the journals, particularly energy materials, optics and electronics. At the same time, the journals have seen healthy increases in their Impact Factors, with current indications that those numbers will further improve this year. We are pleased with these measures of performance, but equally we’re pleased with the positive feedback we receive from our authors and readers about their publishing experiences with us and the quality of the papers they are reading.

If you’re reading this Editorial, you will likely know that our aim for JMC A, B & C is to publish high quality articles and reviews in all topics of materials chemistry. The journals’ focuses are divided by the intended application of the material studied. Broadly, applications in energy and sustainability are of interest to JMC A, applications in biology and medicine are of interest to JMC B, and applications in optical, magnetic and electronic devices are of interest to JMC C. If your article or review is on a topic in materials chemistry and it’s of general significant interest and quality to our broad readership, we endeavour to find a home for it in one of the JMCs. We often leave this choice to our authors, but we occasionally recommend a transfer to another JMC based on best topic fit after assessment by our editors and/or reviewers. We aim to differentiate the JMCs from other journals not only by topic and quality criteria, but also by the high level of customer service provided by our editorial team and staff. Specifically we have long been some of the fastest journals in the materials field for receipt to first decision (usually 30 days or less) and then online publication. We work hard to achieve these fast times to publication whilst providing rigorous assessment and review of submitted articles.

Looking back over recent months, we saw the departures of Associate Editors Christine Luscombe and Zhigang Shuai from JMC A, Dal Hee Min, Tracy Cui and Zhengzhong Shao from JMC B and Gitti Frey from JMC C. Several of these outstanding scientists have been part of their respective journals for over 6 years and we thank them for their efforts and service to the journal and wish them well in their future endeavours.

As we say farewell to these editors, we welcome several new additions which expand our editorial teams further. We welcome Viola Birss, Yun Jeong Hwang, Jennifer Rupp, Kisuk Kang and Zhen Zhou to JMC A and Mónica Lira-Cantú, Ni Zhao and Unyong Jeong to JMC C. These new additions add important representation to the journal Editorial Boards from North America, Asia and Europe. A full list of our Editorial Board members, effective May 2019, is shown in Table 1.

Table 1 Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B & C Editorial Board members from May 2019
Role Journal of Materials Chemistry A Journal of Materials Chemistry B Journal of Materials Chemistry C
Editor-in-Chief Anders Hagfeldt, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland Jeroen Cornelissen, University of Twente, The Netherlands Peter Skabara, University of Glasgow, UK
Associate Editors Viola Birss, University of Calgary, Canada Jiang Chang, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, China Laylay Chua, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Goutam De, Institute of Nano Science & Technology, Mohali, India Guoping Chen, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan Luis Hueso, CIC nanoGUNE, Spain
Mohamed Eddaoudi, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia Gemma-Louise Davies, University College London, UK Malika Jeffries-EL, Boston University, USA
Yun Jeong Hwang, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea Marc in het Panhuis, University of Wollongong, Australia Unyong Jeong, Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea
Kisuk Kang, Seoul National University, South Korea Ji Jian, Zhejiang University, China Mónica Lira-Cantú, Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Spain
Zhiqun Lin, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA Shaoqin Liu, Harbin Institute of Technology, China Martyn McLachlan, Imperial College London, UK
David Lou, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Xiaogang Qu, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, China Neil Robertson, University of Edinburgh, UK
Frank Osterloh, UC Davis, USA Jessica Winter, Ohio State University, USA Federico Rosei, National Institute of Scientific Research,[thin space (1/6-em)]University of Quebec, Canada
Shizhang Qiao, University of Adelaide, Australia Natalie Stingelin, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Jennifer Rupp, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA Wai-Yeung Wong, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Stephen Skinner, Imperial College London, UK Yadong Yin, University of California, Riverside, USA
Magdalena Titirici, Imperial College London, UK Xiaowei Zhan, Peking University, China
Li-Zhu Wu, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, China Ni Zhao, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Yusuke Yamauchi, University of Queensland, Australia, Australia
Zhen Zhou, Nankai University, China


Last, but very much not least, this April we are bidding farewell to our overall JMC Editor-in-Chief Nazario Martín as he completes the end of his term in this role. We are incredibly grateful to Nazario for his stewardship of the JMCs over the last few years – he has been a great champion for the JMCs and supportive of our plans and updates to the journals over this time. Thank you Nazario!

Our Editorial Board members are key to setting the scientific standards of the journals and driving their development along with our Editors in our Cambridge, UK office, within the wider RSC publishing operation.

We maintain a regular program of journal initiatives on the JMCs and related RSC journals. For example, to celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table this year we are publishing a series of virtual collections featuring various elements in the JMCs and our sister journals Materials Horizons, Nanoscale Horizons and Nanoscale. See our recent collection on Elements for Next Generation Batteries here: https://rsc.li/efngb.

On the JMCs, we have two annual initiatives to support and promote emerging investigators that we know are popular in the materials community. These are our JMC Lectureship, which requires a nomination from a member of the community at large, and our JMC Emerging Investigators themed issue, which requires a recommendation from our editorial and advisory boards. Our Lectureship opens for nominations every Spring and the winners are announced in Autumn. The winner receives a contribution towards travel and accommodation for their chosen lectureship talk as well as high levels of promotion. This year, we were pleased to announce Professor Shaojun Guo from Peking University, China as our winner and he will be presenting his lectureship at the RSC’s flagship materials conference “Materials Chemistry 14” this July in Birmingham, UK.

Our Emerging Investigators issues will continue each year, and we are moving the date of the issues and preceding call for papers earlier in the year to give them better visibility. Our 2018 issues contain Highlights, Reviews, Communications and Articles from over 20 countries. Read them here: https://rsc.li/JMCA-EI, https://rsc.li/JMCB-EI and https://rsc.li/JMCC-EI.

Lastly, earlier this year we introduced Perspective articles to the journal to complement our other review-type articles. Perspectives in the JMCs are short readable articles covering current areas of interest. They may take the form of personal accounts of research or a critical analysis of activity in a specialist area. By their nature they will not be comprehensive reviews of a field of materials chemistry. Some new unpublished research may be included. We hope that this new article type will add greater flexibility for authors wishing to review certain fields.

We are active on social media, particularly Twitter where @JMaterChem has >9000 followers, and the RSC’s WeChat and XMOL accounts that regularly see 4-figure post views when we promote articles, virtual collections and general journal news. These channels are a great way to keep up to date with the journal and find out where we are getting involved with conferences and visits.

Our Editors are active members of the community and are often presenting at conferences and symposia. Please do get in touch with us and let us know how you think we’re doing and anything you would like us to consider that would benefit our community. We wish you a great rest of 2019!

Professor Nazario Martín

Editor-in-Chief

Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Dr Sam Keltie

Executive Editor

Royal Society of Chemistry


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