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

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


  • Stephen Z.D. Cheng
    University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, USA
  • Axel H.E. Müller
    Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Mainz, Germany

Senior Editor

  • Charles C. Han
    Institute for Advanced Study, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, China


  • Er-Qiang Chen
    Peking University, Beijing, China
  • Yongming Chen
    Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China
  • Qiang Fu
    Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
  • Kohzo Ito
    The University of Tokyo, Chiba, Japan
  • Hiroshi Jinnai
    Tohoku University, Sendai-Shi, Japan
  • Georg Krausch
    Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Mainz, Germany
  • Alejandro Müller
    University of the Basque Country, Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain
  • Richard Turner
    Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
  • Tsutomu Yokozawa
    Kanagawa University, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

Executive Board

  • Wen-Bin Zhang
    Peking University, Beijing, China

Editorial Advisory Board

  • Lijia An
    Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Changchun, China
  • Wolfgang Binder
    Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany
  • Timothy Bunning
    Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, AFB, Dayton, Ohio, USA
  • Neil Cameron
    Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
  • Claudio De Rosa
    University of Naples Federico II, Napoli, Italy
  • Benny Freeman
    University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA
  • Jan Genzer
    University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • Mark Geoghegan
    University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
  • Benjamin Hsiao
    State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton, Binghamton, New York, USA
  • Shinzaburo Ito
    Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
  • Katharina Landfester
    Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany
  • Christopher Li
    Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Zichen Li
    Peking University, Beijing, China
  • Katja Loos
    University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
  • Christopher Macosko
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
  • Krzysztof Matyjaszewski
    Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Petra Pötschke
    Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research, Dresden, Germany
  • Robert Prud'homme
    Université de Montréal, Montréal, Canada
  • Jeffrey Pyun
    University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA
  • Richard Register
    Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA
  • Mitsuhiro Shibayama
    The University of Tokyo, Naka-Gun, Japan
  • Michael S Silverstein
    Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
  • Sindee Simon
    Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA
  • Brent Sumerlin
    University of Florida, Gainesville, District of Columbia, USA
  • Benzhong Tang
    Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, China
  • Chuanbing Tang
    University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, USA
  • Kohji Tashiro
    Toyota Technological Institute, Tempaku, Nagoya, Japan
  • Thomas Thurn- Albrecht
    Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany
  • Tsukruk
    Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Mathias Ulbricht
    Universität Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany
  • Zhi Yuan Wang
    Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Karen Winey
    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Chi Wu
    The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong, China
  • Yusuf Yagci
    Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Xi Zhang
    Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • Lei Zhu
    Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA