The Second Decade of Advanced Functional Materials

Advanced Functional Materials enters its second decade in 2011 as the full-paper complement to Advanced Materials. If Advanced Functional Materials is considered a success after its first ten years, it will be because of a long-term commitment to four key values: publishing high-quality papers, a broad and multidisciplinary scope, investment in people and technology to increase speed, and continuous engagement with the materials science community.

High Quality

Advanced Functional Materials was launched in 2000 with the intention of becoming a high-quality full-paper companion to the communications journal Advanced Materials. Its 2009 ISI Impact Factor is 6.990. The competition for space its pages is reflected by its selectivity; the acceptance rate in 2011 will approach 15%. In addition to Full Papers, every issue contains one or more Feature Articles: highly read and highly cited reviews focusing on recent progress made by the individual laboratories of leading researchers.

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Read some of the most cited papers and commentaries by the original authors from the first decade of Advanced Functional Materials at

Multidisciplinary Scope

Authors have embraced the journal as the ideal forum for multidisciplinary materials science papers that require more in-depth discussion than a brief communication. The scope of the journal is broad. It has published some of the most-cited papers in solar cells and organic electronics, but the scope of the journal extends across the functional materials spectrum, with papers on nanoscience, energy, biomaterials, polymer science, carbon materials, surfaces and interfaces, and ceramics.

The common theme in all these topics is that the materials are functional: they all do something. They convert light to energy, or energy to light; they interact and guide stem cell differentiation on surfaces; they respond to stimuli by changing shape, conductivity, or color. Functional materials, smart materials, intelligent materials – whatever you call them, they will be a key pillar of 21st century technology.

Increasing Speed

Despite the huge increase in the number of submissions in recent years, the speed of the journal has increased significantly thanks to continuous investment in people and technology. Our staff of internal editors, most with PhDs related to materials science, shepherd your manuscript from submission through peer review, copyediting, and publication online, giving your paper the fast and individual attention it deserves. (You can find a list of the editors and staff that make this process work inside the back cover of this issue or on our website,

And, last summer we launched a unique online proof correction system that dramatically reduces the time between acceptance and online publication. No more waiting for page proofs to arrive in the mail, and no more scribbling changes on margins or awkwardly pasting notes into PDFs. This system puts the author in control and ensures accuracy in proof corrections coupled with the raw speed of a truly integrated XML workflow. We're very excited about this innovation, and we will continue to look for ways to publish even faster while maintaining the thorough peer review and editing that Advanced Functional Materials is known for.


Advanced Functional Materials isn't “only” a journal, a black box operating in isolation. It's an ongoing discussion being held by the worldwide materials science community. It takes the form of peer-reviewed papers, but behind every paper there is a conversation between the authors, the reviewers, the editors, and the readers on what constitutes the cutting edge of materials science. Without this community of scientists, there could be no journal. We recognize the importance of being a part of the materials science community, attending conferences, visiting institutes, and most importantly talking to authors and readers about what they think are the important topics in materials science.

We're always interested in your feedback on any aspects of the journal. Please say hello if you see one of our editors at a conference, and send your thoughts to

I'm looking forward to reading your next manuscript.

P.S. There's a new Advanced journal for 2011: Advanced Energy Materials. The importance of this field doesn't require explanation, and the journal's scope includes topics like batteries, supercapacitors, fuel cells, solar energy, hydrogen storage, thermoelectrics, and more. Visit for more information and to submit your next energy materials paper.

P.P.S. Vicki Cleave, formerly of Advanced Functional Materials, is now the editor of the Journal of Polymer Science: Part B, Polymer Physics. The journal has a new look and a new scope for 2011, incorporating polymer solar cells, polymer electronics, biopolymer systems, and polymer nanotechnology. Find out more at

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Biographical Information

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Dave Flanagan