Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Functional materials have been received increasing attentions in their demand, application and development in recent years because of their dominant role in our science and society. The journals Advanced in Functional Materials (ISSN: 2377-6269, e-ISSN: 2377-8180) aims to assess the current status and to identify future priority and directions in research, design and applications of catalytic materials, ferroelectric and piezoelectric materials, fuel-cell and battery materials, magnetic materials, optical materials, shape memory materials, super capacitor materials, thermoelectric materials, and other related advanced functional materials. This journal provides a platform and an opportunity to promote mutual interaction, information dissemination and exchange between researchers, and hence to promote fruitful collaborations on advanced, state-of-the-art functional materials research and development being developed.

The journal covers research in the following areas:

  • Catalytic materials
  • Optical materials
  • Energy storage materials
  • Rare earth resource utilization
  • Ferroelectric and piezoelectric materials
  • Shape memory materials
  • Magnetic materials
  • Thermoelectric materials
  • Other related areas


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

Papers submitted to Advances in Functional Materials subject to rigorous peer review so as to ensure that the research published is 'good science'.

Manuscripts are sent out for review electronically, and all correspondence takes place via e-mail. Although the peer review process is accelerated by the use of electronic communication, traditional, high-quality peer-review standards are applied to all manuscripts submitted to the journal.

Papers are sent to at least two independent referees. Advances in Functional Materials adheres to a 'double blind' review process: authors are not told who reviewed their paper, unless the reviewer decides to waive anonymity, and reviewers are not told who wrote the paper.

Peer reviewers are asked to give their opinion on a number of issues pertinent to the scientific and formal aspects of a paper, and to judge the papers on grounds of originality and urgency. All relevant information will be forwarded to the author(s).

For a manuscript to be published in Advances in Functional Materials, it must meet four criteria:

  1. Originality of its contribution to the journal topics 
  2. Soundness of its theory and methodology
  3. Coherence of its analysis
  4. Ability to communicate to readers (grammar and style)

Peer reviewers will have six possible options, for each article:

  1. Accept manuscript (i.e. no need for any revision)
  2. Accept after revision (i.e. accepted if the author makes the requested revisions)
  3. Revise and resubmit (i.e. accepted or rejected after revisions have been made - paper will be sent out for another peer review round)
  4. Submit elsewhere (i.e. if the manuscript is better suited for another journal)
  5. Reject manuscript (i.e. if the manuscript is substandard)
  6. See comments (i.e. if the reviewer cannot choose from any of the above)

In addition, papers may be rejected directly by the Chief Editor if judged to be out of scope or if scientifically of formally sub-standard.

When asking for revisions, reviewers have two possible goals: to ask authors to tighten their arguments based on existing data or to identify areas where more data are needed. Even formal revision may be required if the language or style is sub-standard. To facilitate rapid publication, authors are given a maximum of 2 weeks for revision. After 2 weeks, revised manuscripts will be considered new submissions.


Publication Frequency

Advances in Functional Materials publishers accepted papers online immediately after completion of peer-review and editorial processes. Papers will subsequently be collated as semiannual editions for indexing and citatioin purposes.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides open access to all of its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Such access is associated with increased readership and increased citation of an author's work. Users may read, download, and link to any article. Authors retain copyright, please contact them for permission should you want to reuse their work. 

For more information about this open source publishing system, please read about the Public Knowledge Project's Open Journal System, upon which this publishing system is built.



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Digital Object Identifier (Doi®)

Each article published in Advances in Functional Materials will be issued with a doi which offers more features in enabling and finding the citation to the article and from the article. Our journal doi prefix is 10.7508/ and starting from the first issue itself articles were issued with doi. Click HERE to know more about Doi. We are also participating in citation back bone linking which enable our authors to trace the citation of their published article.