Family Value(s)

The turn of the year is often characterised by family events, reunions and looking back at what has happened over the last twelve months. Perhaps you were able to spend some time among family and friends, and hopefully that was a contrast to the turbulences that make up what seems to be a typical year these days. 2012 was another rollercoaster ride with the global economy, politics, scandals, emotions, weather extremes, spectacular scientific results, innovative products and fascinating experiences all on board again.

It's well-known that people look for common denominators and familiar traits when exposed to a whirl of information and a fast-paced environment. And yet, choice is good and variety is even better. Monopolies of information, doctrine or products have rarely–if at all–been good for society, the economy and individuals. Such monopolies often mean loss of opportunities or create discontent, shortfalls, or worse. A healthy supply always includes a choice and creates a virtuous circle together with diverse demand. Family ties come in handy as orientation, though, and so it's unsurprising that successful brands grow through consumer acclaim and other positive multiplication. Families with well-known values clearly have value.

The needs of scientific communities progress just as much as the science they themselves advance, and so the Advanced Materials editorial team is delighted with the continued growth of our journals family to address these needs. Just over ten years ago, Advanced Materials rejoiced in its new Full-Paper sibling, Advanced Functional Materials, and its cousin Advanced Engineering Materials catered for the materials engineers, a distinctly separate readership at the time.

The last ten years have seen the rise of–among others–China and Korea as global players in science and economy as well as a diversification of research directions, paradigm shifts and the emergence of some supertopics such as energy, climate, environment, health, and whole new markets for consumer gadgets. The Advanced family has prospered: When you read this editorial, it encompasses eight lively journals. This year, we are for the first time able to announce two new siblings for Advanced Materials in one go: Last year's special section Advanced Optical Materials has launched as an independent journal and Particle also newly joins the family that already comprises Advanced Materials, Advanced Engineering Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Small, Advanced Energy Materials and Advanced Healthcare Materials.

Advanced Optical Materials is handled by Dr. Eva Rittweger, Dr. Guido Fuchs and Dr. Peter Gregory while Particle is managed by Dr. Mary Farrell and Dr. Duoduo Liang, all supported by the entire Advanced editorial team in Germany, China and the USA. AOM publishes breakthrough discoveries in photonics, plasmonics, metamaterials and all aspects of light/matter interactions. Particle provides a forum for all research on the synthesis, characterisation and especially the many applications of particulate structures and systems. Both journals will publish short Communications, Full Papers, Progress Reports and Review Articles. I invite you to check out and for more details and author guidelines. We are hoping for your enthusiasm and support and, naturally, many submissions of manuscripts.

It's important to note that this considerable growth in quantity has gone hand in hand with quality rising as well. Traditional acclaim and reputation aside, the journals' metrics have increased rapidly. After making double digits in its ISI 2010 Impact Factor, Advanced Materials has rocketed by another 28% to 13.877 for its 2011 IF. Advanced Functional Materials has followed the mother journal into double digits, receiving 10.179 in the ISI 2011 Journal Citation Report (a plus of 20%). We are particularly excited by this development as it shows that despite AM's spectacular increase, the Full Papers in AFM are hot in pursuit and continue to play in the same league. Small's 2011 IF of 8.349 underlines its upward trend of the last years with an excellent 14% growth this time around. With Advanced Energy Materials having received an initial Immediacy Index of 1.950 for 2011, we are eager to see its first Impact Factor, which is due to be published in the 2012 Journal Citation Report in June 2013. Judging by the citations recorded in Web of Science to date, we can expect it to reach 8 or even more.

I often stress that Impact Factors are averages, and that they should be consumed as such. To give you an idea of the strongest contributors to the 2011 IF, please see Table 1. It lists the top ten most cited articles published in 2009–2010, i.e., the papers on which the 2011 IF calculation is based. Our congratulations go to the authors!

Table 1. Ten largest contributors to 2011 ISI Impact Factor (Source: Web of Knowledge, Thomson Reuters ISI)
  Authors, Publication Title and ReferenceCitations total*
  1. *as of November 16, 2012.

 Yongye Liang, Zheng Xu, Jiangbin Xia, Szu-Ting Tsai, Yue Wu, Gang Li, Claire Ray and Luping Yu  
1For the Bright Future-Bulk Heterojunction Polymer Solar Cells with Power Conversion Efficiency of 7.4%727339
 Adv. Mater. 2010, 22 (20), E135–138 DOI: 10.1002/adma.200903528  
 Gilles Dennler, Markus C. Scharber and Christoph J. Brabec  
2Polymer-Fullerene Bulk-Heterojunction Solar Cells846325
 Adv. Mater. 2009, 21 (13), 1323–1338 DOI: 10.1002/adma.200801283  
 Rainer Waser, Regina Dittmann, Georgi Staikov and Kristof Szot  
3Redox-Based Resistive Switching Memories–Nanoionic Mechanisms, Prospects, and Challenges478204
 Adv. Mater. 2009, 21 (25/26), 2632–2663 DOI: 10.1002/adma.200900375  
 Gustau Catalan and James F. Scott  
4Physics and Applications of Bismuth Ferrite432165
 Adv. Mater. 2009, 21 (24), 2463–2485 DOI: 10.1002/adma.200802849  
 Li-Min Chen, Ziruo Hong, Gang Li and Yang Yang  
5Recent Progress in Polymer Solar Cells: Manipulation of Polymer:Fullerene Morphology and the Formation of Efficient Inverted Polymer Solar Cells373151
 Adv. Mater. 2009, 21 (14/15), 1434-1449 DOI: 10.1002/adma.200802854  
 Yanwu Zhu, Shanthi Murali, Weiwei Cai, Xuesong Li, Ji Won Suk, Jeffrey R. Potts and Rodney S. Ruoff  
6Graphene and Graphene Oxide: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications395133
 Adv. Mater. 2010, 22 (35), 3906–3924 DOI: 10.1002/adma.201001068  
 Christoph J. Brabec, Srinivas Gowrisanker, Jonathan J. M. Halls, Darin Laird, Shijun Jia and Shawn P. Williams  
7Polymer-Fullerene Bulk-Heterojunction Solar Cells (II)277117
 Adv. Mater. 2010, 22 (34), 3839–3856 DOI: 10.1002/adma.200903697  
 Chang Liu, Feng Li, Lai-Peng Ma and Hui-Ming Cheng  
8Advanced Materials for Energy Storage267105
 Adv. Mater. 2010, 22 (8), E28–E62 DOI: 10.1002/adma.200903328  
 Qifeng Zhang, Christopher S. Dandeneau, Xiaoyuan Zhou and Guozhong Cao  
9ZnO Nanostructures for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells247104
 Adv. Mater. 2009, 21 (41), 4087–4108 DOI: 10.1002/adma.200803827  
 Xiaohua Huang, Svetlana Neretina and Mostafa A. El-Sayed  
10Gold Nanorods: From Synthesis and Properties to Biological and Biomedical Applications20792
 Adv. Mater. 2009, 21 (48), 4880–4910 DOI: 10.1002/adma.200802789  

Last year, manuscript submissions reached a new milestone–for the first time, Advanced Materials received over 5,000 manuscripts. Accordingly, a new record was also set regarding reviewer reports: Over 4,000 were written by our reviewers for Advanced Materials in 2012. We particularly thank John Rogers (Urbana), Xiong-Wen (David) Lou (Singapore), Max G. Q. Lu (Brisbane), Gaoquan Shi (Beijing), Markus Antonietti (Potsdam-Golm), Katsuhiko Ariga (Tsukuba), Hua Zhang (Singapore), David Gracias (Baltimore), Frederik Krebs (Roskilde), Jun Yeob Lee (Yongin), Yongshen Chen (Tianjin), Marcus Halik (Erlangen), Xudong Wang (Madison), Zhong Lin Wang (Atlanta) and Antonio Facchetti (Evanston) as the most prolific among our reviewers. Our gratitude goes out to them and also their peers for this achievement, without which Advanced Materials would not be able to maintain the standards our readers have come to expect.

Guest editors and institutions from around the globe again contributed special issues to Advanced Materials, see Figure 1. The WPI Research Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics at NIMS (Japan) presented issue 2, giving an overview of their research efforts. In issue 5, guest editors Ullrich Scherf and He Tian edited “Functional Molecules for Electronics and Optoelectronics” on the occasion of Klaus Müllen's 65th birthday, while Samir Mitragotri and Jörg Lahann brought together “Materials for Drug Delivery” in issue 28. Nanyang Technical University (Singapore) presented its research in issue 30, as did Rice University (USA) in issue 36.

Figure 1.

Advanced Materials Special Issues in 2012.

We are again indebted to our Editorial Advisory Board for its contributions to Advanced Materials in the shape of reviewing complicated cases, providing advice, enabling close ties to the global materials science community and encouraging scientists to entrust their research results to us. Back in 1988, the then Advisory Board members were instrumental in shaping the journal's birth as a special section in Angewandte Chemie–25 years on, Advanced Materials will accordingly celebrate its ‘Silver Jubilee’ in 2013. Look out for special celebratory articles and features in the summer months.

The Advanced team wishes you a successful and prosperous 2013 and enjoyable reads. Around the world, we are looking forward to meeting you at conferences, to your next manuscripts and to any feedback you might have!

PS: Interested in taking your research from the lab bench and into business? In Issue 1 of Advanced Engineering Materials, nano-chemistry expert Geoffrey Ozin talks about just that in his essay Spin of a Nanotech Spin-off (

Biographical Information

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