2014 materials science impact factors

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Advanced Energy Materials received its second Impact Factor this year, the first to span two years (2011 and 2012). Having started with 10.043 in the 2013 JCR edition, Advanced Energy Materials recorded stellar growth to 14.385 (+43.23%) this time, asserting its role as a prime source of energy-related research coverage worldwide along with other members of the Advanced journal family, exemplified by the most-cited articles from 2011/12:

Interdiffusion of PCBM and P3HT Reveals Miscibility in a Photovoltaically Active Blend, by Michael F. Toney, Edward J. Kramer, Craig J. Hawker, Michael Chabinyc and co-workers. (over 200 citations)

Metal-Air Batteries with High Energy Density: Li-Air versus Zn-Air, by Kyu Tae Lee, Jaephil Cho and co-workers. (nearly 180 citations)


Advanced Materials has maintained its outstanding position in materials science with a new Impact Factor of 15.409 (up from 14.829 in 2012), following a meteoric rise in recent years. Listed in six different ISI categories, Advanced Materials embodies interdiciplinarity by bringing together outstanding results from materials science, chemistry, physics, biosciences, engineering, and, increasingly, medical research and electronics, as evidenced by the most-cited articles contributing to the 2013 IF:

Simultaneous Enhancement of Open-Circuit Voltage, Short-Circuit Current Density, and Fill Factor in Polymer Solar Cells, by Yong Cao and co-workers (720 citations)

Nano-photocatalytic Materials: Possibilities and Challenges, by Jinhua Ye and co-workers (over 375 citations)


Advanced Functional Materials reinforces its standing as a leading full-paper general materials science journal with its 2013 IF of 10.439. This Impact Factor, the highest ever in the journal’s history, was achieved due to highly cited articles such as

Highly Conductive PEDOT:PSS Electrode with Optimized Solvent and Thermal Post-Treatment for ITO-Free Organic Solar Cells by Karl Leo and co-workers

Nanostructured Tungsten Oxide – Properties, Synthesis, and Applications by Michael S. Strano, Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh, and co-workers

Carbide-Derived Carbons – From Porous Networks to Nanotubes and Grapheneby Yury Gogotsi and co-workers

Advanced Functional Materials continues to grow stronger year by year, being a top choice of the materials science community, always known for its quality as a leading full paper journal. 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.


 With an Impact Factor of 7.514, Small continues to be the premier journal for research at the nano- and microscale. This strong showing was thanks to highly cited articles such as

One-Pot Magnetic Field Induced Formation of Fe3O4/C Composite Microrods with Enhanced Lithium Storage Capability by Yanrong Wang and co-workers

Fully Loaded Micromotors for Combinatorial Delivery and Autonomous Release of Cargoes by S. Sattayasamitsathit, Joseph Wang, and co-workers


Advanced Healthcare Materialsreceived its first ever impact factor this year. This partial one-year impact factor of 4.88 provides a strong foundation for Advanced Healthcare Materials as a leading journal in the vibrant and ever-expanding field of biomedical materials.

An immediacy index of 1.285, second highest in the ISI category of Materials Science, Biomaterials, indicates that this young journal is set to go from strength to strength in as it establishes itself as the go to journal for materials scientists, engineers, physicists, life scientists, and clinicians working on the application of materials to the promotion of human health. Articles such as those linked below played an important role in the strong results for Advanced Healthcare Materials

Stimuli-Sensitive Synthetic Polypeptide-Based Materials for Drug and Gene Delivery

Chaoliang He, Xiuli Zhuang, Zhaohui Tang, Huayu Tian and Xuesi Chen

Engineering the Regenerative Microenvironment with Biomaterials

Jeffrey J. Rice, Mikaël M. Martino, Laura De Laporte, Federico Tortelli, Priscilla S. Briquez and Jeffrey A. Hubbell


Advanced Optical Materials  is a sister journal of Advanced Materials, and is dedicated to breakthrough discoveries in the area of light-matter interactions. The journal’s first impact factor will be announced in 2015. This year, Advanced Optical Materials has already gained an excellent Immediacy Index of 0.867. Publishing extremely high quality research the journal will continue to strengthen its position among the top journals in materials science and optics. The journal publishes communications and full papers, progress reports and review articles – click here to submit.


The new journal Advanced Materials Interfaces  was launched in 2014 as a sister journal of Advanced Materials. The journal’s first impact factor will be announced in 2017. Advanced Materials Interfaces provides a forum for topics of surface and interface science. These interfaces may be solid/solid, solid/liquid, solid/gas interfaces or any combination thereof. Content published to date includes A Route Towards Sustainability Through Engineered Polymeric Interfacesby Karen K. Gleason  and co-workers, and Monolithically Integrated Circuits from Functional Oxidesby Jochen Mannhart and co-workers.


With a further strong impact factor of 1.508, Advanced Engineering Materials continues to be the premier journal for all the most important breakthroughs in engineering materials and novel materials that are making those important first steps towards commercialization. This can be seen by the most cited articles contributing to the 2013 IF:

Investigation of Energy-Relevant Materials with Synchrotron X-Rays and Neutrons by John Banhart and co-workers

A Novel Strategy for the Design of Advanced Engineering Alloys—Strengthening Turbine Disk Superalloys via Twinning Structures by Tadaharu Yokokawa and co-workers


Now in its 85th year of publishing, steel research international has seen a significant rise in Impact Factor. With an all-time high of 1.023, the journal is ranked among the top journals in the field of metallurgy and metallurgical engineering. The journal is known to be highly selective and publishes only the most important and far-reaching research in steel and related materials, such as Effect of TiO2 on the Viscosity and Slag Structure in Blast Furnace Type Slags by Il Sohn and co-workers, and SEM Investigation of High-Alloyed Austenitic Stainless Cast Steels With Varying Austenite Stability at Room Temperature and 100°C by Horst Biermann and co-workers.

This article was amended on the 30th of July 2014 at 08:55 CET to correct the reported impact factor for steel research international.

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