Introducing the MatSciRn – the Materials Science Research Network

Elsevier is delighted to announce that SSRN, it’s early stage research platform, has launched the Materials Science Research Network – MatSciRN. Elsevier are also delighted to announce that their publishing partner, Acta Materialia, Inc., an international consortium of materials science societies and organizations, is sponsoring this new, open materials science research sharing space.

MatSciRN is an open platform that provides a venue for researchers to showcase early stage versions of their research, to share them in an open and free environment, and to speed up the dissemination of their research. It also provides readers access to groundbreaking work before it has been published. MatSciRN actively welcomes all papers in any area of materials science that authors wish to share.  For the past several years, SSRN has been at the forefront of providing an open-access repository for sharing papers in progress, and MatSciRN is the first SSRN network dedicated solely to materials science. 

“The interest of our author community in open science, open publication, and new publishing models is one that we share and support. Preprint sharing and preprint servers have been a major component of the publishing culture in other fields for many years, and we hope to enable that model more broadly for materials scientists.”Prof. Christopher A. Schuh, Coordinating Editor of the Acta Materialia Inc journals
Introducing the MatSciRn – the Materials Science Research Network

In addition to sponsoring the network, four of Acta Materialia Inc’s leading materials science journals, Acta MaterialiaActa BiomaterialiaScripta Materialia, and Materialia, are freely sharing preprints of work under review in the journals as part of SSRN’s First Look program. The aim behind the Acta Materialia, Inc. First Look is to:

  • provide a venue for Acta Materialia, Inc. journals’ authors to host preprints of their work;
  • allow authors to showcase their research results prior to review and publication, and speed up the dissemination process;
  • provide readers with an insight into ground breaking work before it has been published as well as post comments on the work.

To find out more about MatSciRn, please visit here

To find out more about Acta Materialia Inc’s First Look page, please visit here