Fast Publication in Materials Science

Elsevier aims to offer you the fastest possible speed of publication, without compromising on the quality of our peer-review process. This is a promise the editorial and publishing teams work hard to keep.

Every year we aim to improve the publication speed. It’s just one of the many reasons you should submit your research to one of Elsevier’s Materials Science journals.

Current review and production time averages for our Materials Science journals are highlighted below:

Journal First decision*
submission to
first decision in weeks
Review speed*
submission to
final decision in weeks
First online*
acceptance to
citable online in weeks       
Advanced Powder Technology 9.81 14.12 2.45
Applied Surface Science 3.97 6.16 1.44
Biomaterials 3.20 3.53 3.42
Calphad 5.59 14.26 3.10
Carbon 5.05 7.53 1.28
Cement and Concrete Composites 15.38 20.23 2.28
Cement and Concrete Research 8.84 13.52 4.18
Ceramics International 1.55 3.41 1.48
Composite Structures 5.69 7.95 1.72
Composites Part A 3.91 6.62 1.64
Composites Part B 5.53 8.11 1.77
Composites Science and Technology 5.28 7.03 1.54
Computational Materials Science 4.54 7.92 4.43
Corrosion Science 8.65 11.77 1.35
Current Opinion in Solid State & Materials Science 4.57 6.74 3.97
Desalination 3.48 5.25 3.77
Diamond & Related Materials 6.75 9.93 1.31
European Polymer Journal 4.62 6.34 1.61
Hydrometallurgy 8.39 14.58 2.16
Infrared Physics and Technology 6.94 9.05 1.98
Intermetallics 4.13 7.03 3.73
International Journal of Mineral Processing 17.64 24.20 1.59
International Journal of Refractory Metals and Hard Materials 5.58 8.41 1.45
Journal of Alloys and Compounds 3.97 5.92 1.53
Journal of Luminescence 5.95 12.39 1.67
Journal of Membrane Science 5.59 8.67 1.66
Journal of the European Ceramic Society 4.00 5.83 3.96
Materials and Design 4.28 5.30 1.72
Materials Characterization 2.15 4.69 0.89
Materials Letters 4.72 6.05 1.32
Materials Research Bulletin 10.82 14.85 0.93
Materials Science & Engineering A 2.95 4.67 1.36
Materials Science & Engineering B 5.34 6.75 2.17
Materials Science & Engineering C 7.17 14.70 1.22
Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing 5.08 9.68 3.79
Micron 6.06 9.12 1.80
Minerals Engineering 3.94 10.26 3.94
Nano Energy 2.94 4.28 2.02
Nano Today 1.91 2.66 4.88
Optical Fiber Technology 9.71 14.54 4.24
Optical Materials 7.77 10.51 4.00
Optics and Laser Technology 4.34 6.54 3.96
Optics and Lasers in Engineering 4.81 8.16 3.99
Optics Communications 5.94 8.39 1.98
Particuology 7.12 13.91 12.06
Photonics and Nanostructures - Fundamentals and Applications 7.26 10.11 2.22
Polymer 4.52 6.41 1.38
Polymer Degradation and Stability 4.50 7.55 1.75
Polymer Testing 5.15 5.18 1.64
Powder Technology 7.96 11.72 1.55
Progress in Materials Science 10.12 10.12 3.09
Reactive and Functional Polymers 4.16 5.87 1.47
Separation and Purification Technology 6.30 8.01 1.88
Superlattices and Microstructures 3.39 4.90 2.05
Surface & Coatings Technology 5.86 9.43 1.61
Surface Science 3.03 5.59 1.47
Synthetic Metals 5.85 8.81 3.65
Thin Solid Films 8.99 15.35 1.61
Ultramicroscopy 7.36 13.39 2.06
Ultrasonics 10.20 16.07 1.89
Ultrasonics - Sonochemistry 9.27 13.16 1.61
Vacuum 3.71 7.32 1.77
Wave Motion 7.23 13.81 1.95

* definitions:

  • First Decision: Average speed from submission until the first editorial decision (accept, reject, revise).
  • Review Speed: Average speed from submission until final editorial decision, this includes 'First Decision'.
  • First Online: Average speed from editorial acceptance to the final manuscript citable online with a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). Assigning Volume, Issue and page information will take longer.

The numbers used are from January – December 2014.

Disclaimer: The times stated have been analyzed with the utmost care. Nevertheless, no rights can be derived from it. All speeds mentioned are averages and individual times may vary.