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The Next family, a new suite of multidisciplinary open access journals from Elsevier

Next family of Journals

What’s Next?

Next is a new suite of multidisciplinary open access journals from Elsevier spanning all branches of science. Want to publish your research quickly?  Looking for a publishing experience that is streamlined?  Searching for a journal able to publish your paper without formatting constraints? You have come to the right place. Next journals cover emerging topics and established fields of broad interest to the communities they serve.  The first four journals are launching in the physical sciences and focus on materials science, nanotechnology, energy, and sustainability. More journals are in the pipeline so stay tuned.

Why Next?

We put you and your research at the centre of everything we do.

Next-level support

Expand your publication record at every stage of your career with a journal that will support you every step of the way.

  • Submit your paper to a journal with In-house scientific editors who will provide support throughout the publication process with rapid decisions, efficient peer-review, and minimal formatting requirements.

  • Publish in a journal with a prestigious editorial board comprising subject-matter experts representing all geographies and career levels.

  • Align with an organization with agreements with 76 institutions around the world to give you the support you need and funding body arrangements that make it easier to comply.

Next-level reach

Give your research unparalleled reach and visibility with open access, targeted outreach, and industry-leading platforms that reach a vast, global audience in adjacent disciplines.

  • Make your open access article more discoverable on ScienceDirect – the number one research platform with more than 18 million unique visitors and 130 million downloads per month.

  • Reach new audiences with targeted campaigns that leverage technology and marketing expertise to increase the visibility of your article.

  • Track the impact of your work including citations, usage, captures, mentions, and social media using Elsevier’s PlumX Metrics.

Next-level processes

Work with a journal committed to enriching the author experience with leading editorial tools, streamlined transfer processes, and industry-leading technology.

  • Track the status of your paper with our online submission system.

  • Find the best journal for your paper if your initial submission isn’t successful with our fast and efficient Article Transfer System.

  • Take advantage of author resources including free e-learning modules with the Researcher Academy, reference management with Mendeley, and language editing and translation services.

Next journals

All Next journals aim to be an essential resource for researchers in both academia and industry, providing an inspiring platform for the next generation of scientists and covering the most innovative, cutting edge, and influential work to the communities they serve. Next journals currently available include:

Next Materials

Next Materials brings together findings from nano to macro, fundamentals to application and interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary material relevant research.

Next Energy

Next Energy covers all aspects of energy research—from fundamental laboratory work, through to energy harvesting, conversion, and storage—in addition to analysis of policy and application at a global scale.

Next Nanotechnology

Next Nanotechnology aims to encourage multidisciplinary discussion of nano-based chemistry, physics, materials, and biological research.

Next Sustainability

Next Sustainability publishes across the spectrum of sustainability science, providing a single platform to unite research from environmental, cultural, natural, economic, social, fundamental and applied sciences.

Next Research

Next Research is a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary journal, publishing research spanning all scientific technical and medical communities.

Next editorial team

Our editors

Dr. Rose Zhu


Rose Zhu, Dr.

Editor-in-Chief (Lead Editor), Next journals

Prof. Yi Cui


Yi Cui, Prof.

Executive Advisor of Next Nanotechnology

Director of the Precourt Institute for Energy, co-director of the StorageX Initiative, Professor at Stanford University.

Prof. Shirley Meng


Shirley Meng, Prof.

Executive Advisor of Next Materials

Professor at University of Chicago, Chief Scientist of the Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science

Prof. Hong Li


Hong Li, Prof.

Executive Advisor of Next Energy

Professor at Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Co-founder of Tianmu lake Institute of Energy Storage Institute and Yantze River Physical Research Center

Interested in submitting to a Next journal?

We are pleased to inform you that Next journals will waive the APC (Article Publishing Charge) for any submissions received before 31 October 2024, which are accepted for publication after peer review.

Guide for authors

We’ve developed a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide for authors that tells you everything you need to know about publishing your Next article.

Open access information

The open access page has all the information you need on publishing in a Next journal, including information on article processing charges (APCs) and waivers.