Progress in Materials Science publishes authoritative and critical reviews of recent advances in the science of materials and their exploitation in engineering and other applications. Authors of reviews in Progress in Materials Science are active leaders in materials science and have a strong scientific track record in the field of the review. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental aspects of the subject, particularly those concerning microstructure and nanostructure and their relationship to properties (mechanical, chemical, electrical, magnetic, optical or biomedical) including the atomistic and electronic nature of condensed phases. Also desirable subject matters are the thermodynamics, kinetics, mechanisms and modelling of processes which occur within solids, liquids and other condensed phases; experiments and models which help in understanding the macroscopic properties of materials in terms of microscopic mechanisms; and work which advances the understanding of the use of materials in engineering, healthcare and other applications. Materials of interest are metallic, ceramic, polymeric, biological, medical and composite in all forms. Manuscripts are generally of greater length than those found in journals specialising in research papers.
The focus of the journal is invited reviews, but interested authors may submit a proposal for consideration. The Editors kindly request that all non-invited manuscripts are preceded by the submission of a proposal.
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Emphasis is placed on the fundamental aspects of the subject, particularly those concerning microstructure and nanostructure and their relationship to properties (mechanical, chemical, electrical, magnetic, optical or biomedical) including the atomistic and electronic nature of condensed phases. Also desirable subject matters are the thermodynamics, kinetics, mechanisms and modelling of processes which occur within solids, liquids and other condensed phases; experiments and models which help in understanding the macroscopic properties of materials in terms of microscopic mechanisms; and work which advances the understanding of the use of materials in engineering, healthcare and other applications. Materials of interest are metallic, ceramic, polymeric, biological, medical and composite in all forms. Manuscripts are generally of greater length than those found in journals specialising in research papers.
Contributors may be invited or interested authors may submit a proposal or manuscript via the online submission platform.Benefits to authors
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Three routes are available for publication in Progress in Materials Science:
- Invited manuscripts. To submit your invited contribution, please submit your article via the Elsevier Electronic Submission System (EES). EES is available via the "Submit your Paper" button on the journal homepage. Please ensure that you clearly indicate the name of the inviting Editor in your cover letter.
- Unsolicited proposals. If you would like to write a Review for Progress in Materials Science, the Editors kindly request that a proposal is submitted first, consisting of proposed title, abstract, an outline, the author list, the expected length of the paper (in words) and a tentative submission date. In addition please supply a list of the authors' publications in the field of the review and CVs of all the authors. Proposals should be submitted via the Elsevier Electronic Submission System (EES). EES is available via the "Submit your Paper" button on the journal homepage. If your proposal is accepted, the full paper may be submitted as a "revision" to the proposal.
- Unsolicited manuscripts. The Editors kindly request that unsolicited papers are not submitted prior to the submission, and acceptance, of a proposal. However, authors may submit completed, unsolicited manuscripts to the journal if required - though the Editors note that processing such submissions will take more time and authors may expect a delay, and may be rejected on the basis of similarity to pending invited papers. Such articles may be submitted via the Elsevier Electronic Submission System (EES). EES is available via the "Submit your Paper" button on the journal homepage. In addition please supply a list of the authors' publications in the field of the review and CVs of all the authors.
All authors are expected to currently be research active in the fields for which they are writing a review. Due to the extensive nature of the reviews, and to maintain balanced coverage, the Editors kindly request that no author/group submit more than two review proposals or papers per calendar year.While there are no formal minimum or maximum page or reference limits for Progress in Materials Science, article length generally exceeds that of a typical research article. It is expected that the review will contain sufficient content and references for a researcher in materials science to understand the current state of the field.
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List: Number the references (numbers in square brackets) in the list in the order in which they appear in the text.
[dataset]  Oguro M, Imahiro S, Saito S, Nakashizuka T. Mortality data for Japanese oak wilt disease and surrounding forest compositions, Mendeley Data, v1; 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.17632/xwj98nb39r.1.
This journal encourages you to cite underlying or relevant datasets in your manuscript by citing them in your text and including a data reference in your Reference List. Data references should include the following elements: author name(s), dataset title, data repository, version (where available), year, and global persistent identifier. Add [dataset] immediately before the reference so we can properly identify it as a data reference. The [dataset] identifier will not appear in your published article.
Users of Mendeley Desktop can easily install the reference style for this journal by clicking the following link:
When preparing your manuscript, you will then be able to select this style using the Mendeley plug-ins for Microsoft Word or LibreOffice.
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