Materials Today

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Materials Today  
The Cover of Materials Today in DEC 2003.JPG
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Mater. Today
Discipline Materials science
Language English
Edited by Stewart Bland
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Monthly
ISSN 1369-7021
LCCN 2001261059
OCLC no. 49407176

Materials Today is a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal and website that was established in 1998. It covers all aspects of materials science and is published by Elsevier. The editor-in-chief is Stewart Bland. The journal principally publishes invited review articles, but other formats are also included, such as primary research articles, news items, commentaries, and opinion pieces on subjects of interest to the field. The website publishes news, educational webinars, podcasts, and blogs, as well as a jobs and events board.


Materials Today is self-described as a "gateway to materials science".[1] Contribution formats for the journal are review articles (2500-3500 words), current research articles (2500-3500 words), book reviews (650-700 words), comments (750-900 words), cover features (750-900 words) and feature comments (2500-3500 words). The peer-reviewed sections of the journal are "reviews" and "current research".[2] Topical coverage, both in the journal and on the website, consists of research advances (includes future trends), contributors' personal perspectives, broad scientific interest articles, specific reviews for materials researchers, technical aspects of materials research, commercial applications, significant emerging technologies, and significant potential applications for new materials.


Materials Today was established in 1998 as a collaboration between Elsevier and the European Materials Research Society (EMRS). The founding editor was Phil Mestecky. Materials Today was distributed free of charge to EMRS members and to anyone else who requested a subscription. However, it was not until Cordelia Sealy took over as editor that the publication began to develop as a fully audited controlled circulation magazine.[citation needed] A complete overhaul of design, layout, editorial policy, and advertising opportunities followed.[citation needed] According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2013 impact factor of 10.850.[3] As of 2012, the journal transitioned into a fully open access publication.


  1. ^ "The Magazine". Elsevier. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  2. ^ "Notes for authors". Elsevier. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  3. ^ "Materials Today". 2013 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2014. 

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