Hippocrates, father of modern medicine, said that healing is not just a matter of time, but sometimes also a matter of opportunity. In recent years, advances in biomedical materials science have provided ever more opportunity for healing, from improved diagnostics through to effective treatment, offering a more comfortable standard of living and increased live expectancy for patients suffering from disease, illness, or injury.
At the start of 2012, the first issue of Advanced Healthcare Materials, a forum for the highest quality materials science research aimed at improving human health, was published. So, what has the first year of publication meant for us? In 2012 we were delighted to publish almost 100 pieces of original research in the six issues of the 2012 volume of the journal. The primary research papers were complemented by Reviews and Progress Reports from authorities in their respective fields. Already in the first year we received more papers than we could publish and with the help of our referees, only the top 30% of submissions were accepted for publication.
The research published covered a broad spectrum of healthcare-related topics. Some of those that have generated the most interest include work on bioassays for the treatment of Alzheimer's,1 thermal therapy for breast cancer,2 therapeutics for diabetes,3 neural tissue engineering,4 technologies for early detection of viral outbreaks,5 liquid marbles that allow model tumors to be grown in a “pearl drop”,6 design of micelles for cancer therapy,7 stimuli-sensitive and-responsive drug-delivery systems,8, 9 and research that demonstrates the role that particle shape plays in fundamental biomechanical properties and therapeutic applications.10
We were very pleased that given this diverse background of publications, Advanced Healthcare Materials was selected for indexing in Medline, and all papers published since the launch are now included. We remain committed to ensuring high visibility of the journal, and Advanced Healthcare Materials remains freely accessible to registered users until the end of 2013, as it has been since its launch in January 2012. (If your institution has not yet registered, access details can be found at http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-406102.html) Furthermore, in response to progress in the publishing world, Advanced Healthcare Materials offers optional open access by participating in Wiley's OnlineOpen scheme; more details can be found at http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-406241.html.
Finally, we'd like to take this opportunity to thank our Editorial Advisory Board, all our authors, and the hundreds of reviewers who have so generously helped to shape Advanced Healthcare Materials, setting high standards, and providing critical insight. It has been our pleasure to meet many of you over the last year; we hope that there will be more opportunities to thank more of you in person in the near future.
With best wishes for 2013,
P.S.: The Advanced Materials and Small family of journals has expanded in the last few years as materials science will clearly help shape future research directions to resolve challenges that society is facing. Advanced Energy Materials and Advanced Healthcare Materials have become top journals for materials science research in the energy and healthcare sectors, respectively. We are delighted to announce two further journals in our family: Advanced Optical Materials and Particle & Particle Systems Characterization. The first (www.advopticalmat.de) publishes breakthrough discoveries in photonics, plasmonics, metamaterials and all aspects of light/matter. Particle (www.particle-journal.com) focuses on research into the synthesis, characterization, and applications of particulate structures and systems.