Packed with Action

The turn of the year is a good time to reflect on the privileges one has enjoyed in the preceding twelve months, and to remind oneself not to take everything for granted. We are deeply grateful to all the authors who have chosen to offer us their hard-earned results for publication and have entrusted us with making the ensuing editorial decisions. With many excellent papers, it was sometimes difficult to choose from the nearly 5000 submissions that have come in in 2011, but we do believe that the ˜750 publications selected are more than worthy of the community's attention. The editorial team were all delighted in June when the Advanced journals family posted spectacular double digit percentage improvements to their impact factors, testimony to both the relevance and discoverability of papers published in our journals. Advanced Materials leapt to 10.880 (+30%), Advanced Functional Materials to 8.508 (+22%), and Small to 7.336 (+19%). Impact Factors are averages and should be treated as such, hence we are keen to highlight the ten biggest contributors in terms of citations. Table1 lists the top ten most cited articles published in 2008–2009, i.e., the papers on which the 2010 IF calculation is based. The immediate influence of Advanced Materials papers on the community is also evident as shown in Table2, which lists the most-cited 2011 paper in each article category. Our congratulations go to the authors!

Table 1. Most-cited articles published 2008–2009 and contribution to 2010 ISI Impact Factor (Source: Web of Knowledge, Thomson Reuters ISI).
 Authors, Publication Title, and ReferenceCitations total*Citations 2010
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    *) as of December 1, 2011.

1Gilles Dennler, Markus C. Scharber, and Christoph J. Brabec Polymer-Fullerene Bulk-Heterojunction Solar Cells Adv. Mater. 2009, 21 (13), 1323–1338 DOI: 10.1002/adma.200801283514210
2Xiong Wen (David) Lou, Lynden A. Archer, and Zichao Yang Hollow Micro-/Nanostructures: Synthesis and Applications Adv. Mater. 2008, 20 (21), 3987–4019 DOI: 10.1002/adma.200800854336130
3Rainer Waser, Regina Dittmann, Georgi Staikov, and Kristof Szot Redox-Based Resistive Switching Memories–Nanoionic Mechanisms, Prospects, and Challenges Adv. Mater. 2009, 21 (25/26), 2632–2663 DOI: 10.1002/adma.20090037526691
4Gustau Catalan and James F. Scott Physics and Applications of Bismuth Ferrite Adv. Mater. 2009, 21 (24), 2463–2485 DOI: 10.1002/adma.200802849255103
5Li-Min Chen, Ziruo Hong, Gang Li, and Yang Yang Recent Progress in Polymer Solar Cells: Manipulation of Polymer:Fullerene Morphology and the Formation of Efficient Inverted Polymer Solar Cells Adv. Mater. 2009, 21 (14/15), 1434–1449 DOI: 10.1002/adma.20080285422988
6Mrinmoy De, Partha S. Ghosh, and Vincent M. Rotello Applications of Nanoparticles in Biology Adv. Mater. 2008, 20 (22), 4225–4241 DOI: 10.1002/adma.20070318322490
7Yongfang Li and Yingping Zou Conjugated Polymer Photovoltaic Materials with Broad Absorption Band and High Charge Carrier Mobility Adv. Mater. 2008, 20 (15), 2952–2958 DOI: 10.1002/adma.20080060619071
8Xiaobin Fan, Wenchao Peng, Yang Li, Xianyu Li, Shulan Wang, Guoliang Zhang, and Fengbao Zhang Deoxygenation of Exfoliated Graphite Oxide under Alkaline Conditions: A Green Route to Graphene Preparation Adv. Mater. 2008, 20 (23), 4490–4493 DOI: 10.1002/adma.20080130618168
9Martijn M. Wienk, Mathieu Turbiez, Jan Gilot, and René A. J. Janssen Narrow-Bandgap Diketo-Pyrrolo-Pyrrole Polymer Solar Cells: The Effect of Processing on the Performance Adv. Mater. 2008, 20 (23), 2556–2560 DOI: 10.1002/adma.20080045617971
10Luís D. Carlos, Rute A. S. Ferreira, Verónica de Zea Bermudez, and Sidney J. L. Ribeiro Lanthanide-Containing Light-Emitting Organic–Inorganic Hybrids: A Bet on the Future Adv. Mater. 2009, 21 (5), 509–534 DOI: 10.1002/adma.20080163517772
Table 2. Most-cited articles published in 2011 (Source: Web of Knowledge, Thomson Reuters ISI).
  1. *) as of December 1, 2011.

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A peer-reviewed journal cannot function without the scientific community's goodwill. For the many reports written in 2011, we would particularly like to thank John Rogers, (Urbana), Frederik Krebs (Roskilde), Yongshen Chen (Tianjin), Sir Richard Friend (Cambridge), René Janssen (Eindhoven), Howard Katz (Baltimore), Yunqi Liu (Beijing), Michael McGehee (Stanford), Dieter Neher (Potsdam), and Gaoquan Shi (Beijing). Naturally, we are also much indebted to the writers of the other approximately 3500 reports. Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to the community for this spectacular show of commitment to peer review and support for Advanced Materials. Last but not least, our Editorial Advisory Board has again been instrumental in anchoring us to the community and contributing expertise in many ways including reviewing, encouraging scientists to publish with us, advising us on hot topics and rising stars, and generally supporting our journals with ideas and action.

In 2011, institutions from around the globe again contributed Special Issues to Advanced Materials, see Figure1. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (USA) opened with Issue 3, “Materials Science at NIST”, Tsinghua University (China) celebrated its centennial anniversary in Issue 9, and researchers at the University of California Santa Barbara did a tour de force of their materials and nanoscience activities with Issue 20. I assume they also generated the most envy with their front cover, an aerial photograph of the UCSB campus bordering on beaches and the Pacific. The University of Erlangen–Nuremberg in Germany tackled the themed double Issue 22–23 on “Hierarchical Structures Towards Functionality”, and several institutes in Madrid joined forces to present a broad range of materials research from the Spanish capital in Issue 44.

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Special Issues from NIST, Tsinghua, UCSB, Erlangen, and Madrid (left to right).


There is always a special moment when a child leaves its home, both for the child and the parents. We had the great privilege of seeing Advanced Energy Materials get off to a fantastic start as a journal in its own right after its launch in January 2011. Readers will remember it as a special focus section in Advanced Materials in 2010. My colleagues José Oliveira and Lorna Stimson are following the same path with Advanced Healthcare Materials, which was published as a special focus section in Advanced Materials in 2011 and launches as a new journal in January 2012. The resoundingly successful launch reception at the MRS Fall Meeting in Boston bodes well for “AHM”


Advanced Healthcare Materials is an interdisciplinary forum for materials science promoting human health and covers all materials aspects in medicine and biotechnology. Advanced Healthcare Materials publishes Communications, Full Papers, Review Articles, Progress Reports, and Research News on cutting-edge research areas such as biomaterials for drug-delivery systems, cancer therapy, tissue engineering, imaging, biosensors and diagnostic tools, personalized medicine, bioelectronics, and implantable devices. Naturally, we hope for many submissions and your avid interest. Please see for more details and the first papers online.

While indeed a momentous year, as documented above, undoubtedly the landmark event was the establishment of an editorial office in China for our Advanced journals family including Small. José Oliveira, Editor-in-Chief of Small, has relocated to China and was joined there by our new colleagues in Beijing, Duoduo Liang and Guangchen Xu. The Beijing office complements our main editorial office in Weinheim and brings us closer to the Asian materials science communities, and vice versa. Since May, colleagues in both locations are working hand in hand on all of our journals, i.e., Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Advanced Energy Materials,Advanced Healthcare Materials, and Small. The entire team will continue to bring you the best materials science papers from across the globe, and our stronger presence in Asia ensures that we continue to attract the top papers from the whole region. Together with our colleagues in our Hoboken office in the US, who are responsible for successful titles such as Journal of Polymer Science: Polymer Physics and Journal of Polymer Science: Polymer Chemistry, we now provide top quality service to our authors and readers across the globe and around the clock.

After an action-packed 2011 and with projects and more fantastic content in the publishing pipeline, we are looking forward with anticipation to 2012 and the fascinating inventions and scientific results we undoubtedly will see.

As research into light-matter interactions continues to push into uncharted territory, one novelty I can already reveal is that Advanced Materials will introduce Advanced Optical Materials in 2012, a new topical section dedicated to breakthrough discoveries and fundamental research in photonics, plasmonics, metamaterials, and all important aspects of this burgeoning research field. It will include Communications, Full Papers, and Reviews. Look out for the first edition in spring and visit for more information.


In conclusion, we would like to thank you, our readers, for your continued enthusiasm for the growing Advanced family, and wish you an enjoyable and successful 2012. Our inbox will be awaiting your next manuscript and we are always keen to hear from you!

Biographical Information

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Dr. Martin Ottmar Deputy Editor, Advanced Materials, Editor-in-Chief, Advanced Energy Materials