Over the last several years the Materials Today family has grown to offer comprehensive coverage across materials science. Our portfolio of journals and related services provide researchers with the widest variety of outlets to share their work within their communities, no matter the scope. Now, we are expanding our options to further open science: Materials Today is excited to announce the development of a program to introduce many more open access options to help authors share their work.

The first steps of this new program start with the transition of the established journal Materials and Design into a fully open access journal. Launched in 1978, Materials and Design is a high quality multidisciplinary materials journal, recently receiving a 2018 Citescore of 5.16 and a Journal Impact Factor* of 4.525. Materials and Design is one of the largest journals in its field, receiving over 600 submissions per month and publishing approximately 1,000 articles a year. In practice, the transition means that all articles published from January 2019 will be open access and published under a Creative Commons license, which allows for maximum reuse and discoverability.

Alongside the transition of Materials and Design, Materials Today will also be launching brand new gold open access journals. The first of these will be Materials Today Bio  (September 2018), Materials Today Advances  (October 2018) and Results in Materials (Q4 2018).

  • Materials Today Bio will provide a high impact open access outlet for researchers in one of the fastest growing areas, at the interface between materials and biology.
  • Materials Today Advances will cover the full breadth of materials science, focusing on ground breaking and cutting edge multidisciplinary science.
  • Results in Materials will also cover the full breadth of materials science, publishing scientifically valid and technically sound work, including negative results and preliminary observations.

Authors will continue to have the option of publishing in our extensive family of hybrid journals: with the choice of subscription or open access options. In parallel, we hope that Materials Bio, Materials Today Advances, Materials and Design, and Results in Materials will support the community by ensuring researchers can select their preferred route to share their peer reviewed research.

More detailed information on further developments will follow shortly, in the meantime, we encourage researchers to reach out us with their comments, thoughts and ideas; working together for open science for the materials community.

*Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics, 2018)