Polymer is an interdisciplinary journal dedicated to publishing innovative and significant advances in Polymer Physics, Chemistry and Technology. We welcome submissions on polymer hybrids, nanocomposites, characterisation and self-assembly. Polymer also publishes work on the technological application of polymers in energy and optoelectronics.

The main scope is covered but not limited to the following core areas:

Polymer Materials

  • Nanocomposites and hybrid nanomaterials
  • Polymer blends, films, fibres, networks and porous materials

Physical Characterization

  • Characterisation, modelling and simulation* of molecular and materials properties in bulk, solution, and thin films

Polymer Engineering

  • Advanced multiscale processing methods

Polymer Synthesis, Modification and Self-assembly

  • Including designer polymer architectures, mechanisms and kinetics, and supramolecular polymerization

Technological Applications

  • Polymers for energy generation and storage
  • Polymer membranes for separation technology
  • Polymers for opto- and microelectronics

  • *Theory and simulation papers should include or reference previously published experimental results.

The scope of Polymer no longer includes the biomedical applications of polymers. We would strongly recommend that authors consider submitting these papers to our excellent sister title European Polymer Journal https://www.journals.elsevier.com/european-polymer-journal

Article Types and Submission

Polymer publishes the following article types: original research papers, review articles, featured articles, short communications and Research Insights.

Please see our Guide for Authors for information on article submission. If you require any further information or help, please visit our Support Center

Benefits to authors

We also provide many author benefits, such as free PDFs, a liberal copyright policy, special discounts on Elsevier publications and much more. Please click here for more information on our author services.

Editorial board


  • Benny Freeman
    The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, United States

Senior Editor

  • Yanchun Han
    Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, China


  • Qiang Fu
    Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Kohzo Ito
    The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, Chiba, Japan
  • Hiroshi Jinnai
    Tohoku University Institute of Multidisciplinary for Advanced Materials, Sendai, Japan
  • Dongsheng Liu
    Tsinghua University Department of Chemistry, Beijing, China
  • Katja Loos
    University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
  • Alejandro Müller
    University of the Basque Country Polymer Science and Technology Department, Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain
  • Zhihao Shen
    Peking University College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Beijing, China
  • Michael S Silverstein
    Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
  • Chuanbing Tang
    University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, United States
  • Tsutomu Yokozawa
    Kanagawa University Faculty of Engineering Graduate School of Engineering Department of Material and Life Chemistry, Yokohama, Japan

Executive Board

  • Wen-Hua Sun Ph.D
    Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
  • Dong Wang PhD
    Beijing University of Chemical Technology College of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing, China
  • Wen-Bin Zhang PhD
    Peking University College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Beijing, China

Editorial Advisory Board

  • Rufina G. Alamo
    Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering, Tallahassee, Florida, United States
  • Lijia An
    Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, China
  • Wolfgang Binder
    Martin Luther University Halle Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany
  • Timothy Bunning
    Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Air Force Research Laboratory, Dayton, Ohio, United States
  • Neil Cameron
    Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
  • Er-Qiang Chen
    Peking University, Beijing, China
  • Yongming Chen
    Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China
  • Claudio De Rosa
    University of Naples Federico II, Napoli, Italy
  • Jan Genzer
    North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
  • Mark Geoghegan
    The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • Charles C Han
    Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, China
  • Benjamin Hsiao
    Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York, United States
  • Shinzaburo Ito
    Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
  • Georg Krausch
    Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany
  • Sanat Kumar
    Columbia University, New York, New York, United States
  • Katharina Landfester
    Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany
  • Andreas Lendlein PhD
    Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research Institute of Biomaterials Science, Teltow, Germany
  • Christopher Li PhD
    Drexel University Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Zichen Li
    Peking University, Beijing, China
  • Mingjie Liu PhD
    Beihang University, School of Chemistry, Beijing, China
  • Christopher Macosko
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
  • Krzysztof Matyjaszewski PhD
    Carnegie Mellon University Department of Chemistry, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Axel Mueller
    Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany
  • Petra Pötschke
    Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research, Dresden, Germany
  • Robert Prud'homme
    University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Jeffrey Pyun
    University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, United States
  • Richard A. Register PhD
    Princeton University Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton, New Jersey, United States
  • Mitsuhiro Shibayama
    Comprehensive Research Organization for Science and Culture, Ibaraki Quantum Beam Research Center, Ibaraki, Japan
  • Sindee Simon
    TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY, Lubbock, Texas, United States
  • Zachary Smith
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • Brent Sumerlin PhD
    University of Florida Department of Chemistry, Gainesville, Florida, United States
  • Benzhong Tang
    Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Department of Chemistry, Kowloon, Hong Kong
  • Kohji Tashiro
    Toyota Institute of Technology Graduate School of Engineering Department of Future Industry Oriented Basic Science and Materials, Nagoya, Japan
  • Thomas Thurn- Albrecht
    Martin Luther University Halle Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany
  • Akihiko Toda
    Hiroshima University, Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering, Hiroshima, Japan
  • Vladimir Tsukruk
    Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  • Richard Turner
    Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, United States
  • Mathias Ulbricht
    University of Duisburg-Essen Department of Technical Chemistry II, Essen, Germany
  • Dujin Wang
    Institute of Chemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
  • Zhi Yuan Wang
    Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Karen Winey PhD
    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Chi Wu
    The Chinese University of Hong Kong Department of Chemistry, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Yusuf Yagci
    Istanbul Technical University, İstanbul, Turkey
  • Xi Zhang PhD
    Tsinghua University Department of Chemistry, Beijing, China
  • Lei Zhu PhD
    Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, United States
  • Meifang Zhu PhD
    Donghua University, Shanghai, China

Honorary Editor

  • Stephen Z.D. Cheng