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For a journal whose scope is about powering the future and empowering our ubiquitously electronified life, I was curious to see how reader preference would develop as to print or electronic media. The clarity of the decision was overwhelming: once the two-year trial period ended in January 2013, institutions formalising their subscriptions went almost exclusively for electronic online access, with only around ten worldwide wanting an additional print subscription. This is such a clear mandate for saving paper and forging ahead with the new media that we have decided to focus entirely on electronic delivery of Advanced Energy Materials to our readers. We apologise for inconveniencing those ten customers, but this step allows us to concentrate our efforts on developing new ways to access, find and browse content, and to provide faster and better service to all online users of the journal.

A number of changes have been put into effect for 2014: Advanced Energy Materials abandons page numbers and switches to article numbers instead. This means that there is no longer the need for authors to wait for inclusion of the article in an issue in order to know the final citation details of their paper; publication now happens immediately in EarlyView in the final format Adv. Energy Mater. <year>, <volume #>, <7-digit article number>. In fact, authors are able to predetermine their final citation details from their manuscript number upon acceptance of their paper: for example, manuscript number aenm.201309999 turns into Adv. Energy Mater.2014, 4, 1309999 and DOI 10.1002/aenm.201309999.

Issues as such of course continue to exist – you are reading issue 1. The number of issues has been increased from 12 to 18 to reflect the ongoing explosive growth of the journal (see Figure 1) with an according increase of publication space. This will actually not dilute the journal’s tough standards and acceptance criteria – which will remain the same – as submissions leapt up by 50% after the announcement of the first Impact Factor of 10.043 for Advanced Energy Materials last June. Naturally, we’re thrilled at that instant success and the reward this means for our authors for believing in the journal and publishing excellent work in it. I am already looking forward to the next Journal Citation Report by Thomson Reuters ISI in June this year, when the first full IF spanning two years will be released for Advanced Energy Materials. Judging by the citations building up, I think we can expect solid growth and it’s safe to say that Advanced Energy Materials has taken its place on energy’s Mount Olympus.

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Figure 1. Advanced Energy Materials publications by topic 2011–2013

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I have in past editorials already advised against blindly relying on citation counts alone to judge scientific work from afar. Accordingly, I invite you to have a closer look at the most-cited papers in Advanced Energy Materials, listed in Table 1, to find out for yourself why so many readers thought them important and referred to them in their subsequent publications.

Table 1. The ten most-cited papers of 2011–2012 in Advanced Energy Materials
AuthorsTitleReferenceTimes cited
Neil D. Treat, Michael A. Brady, Gordon Smith, Michael F. Toney, Edward J. Kramer, Craig J. Hawker*, Michael L. Chabinyc*Interdiffusion of PCBM and P3HT Reveals Miscibility in a Photovoltaically Active BlendAdv. Energy Mater. 2011, 1, 82–89 DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201000023 (Full Paper)160
Jang-Soo Lee, Sun Tai Kim, Ruiguo Cao, Nam-Soon Choi, Meilin Liu, Kyu Tae Lee*, Jaephil Cho*Metal–Air Batteries with High Energy Density: Li–Air versus Zn–AirAdv. Energy Mater. 2011, 1, 34–50 DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201000010 (Review Article)118
Roar Søndergaard, Martin Helgesen, Mikkel Jørgensen, Frederik C. Krebs*Fabrication of Polymer Solar Cells Using Aqueous Processing for All Layers Including the Metal Back ElectrodeAdv. Energy Mater. 2011, 1, 68–71 DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201000007 (Communication)84
Guodan Wei, Siyi Wang, Kai Sun, Mark E. Thompson, Stephen R. Forrest*Solvent-Annealed Crystalline Squaraine: PC70BM (1:6) Solar CellsAdv. Energy Mater. 2011, 1, 184–187 DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201100045 (Communication)76
Sung-Wook Kim, Dong-Hwa Seo, Xiaohua Ma, Gerbrand Ceder*, Kisuk Kang*Electrode Materials for Rechargeable Sodium-Ion Batteries: Potential Alternatives to Current Lithium-Ion BatteriesAdv. Energy Mater. 2012, 2, 710–721 DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201200026 (Review Article)73
Yongsheng Liu, Xiangjian Wan*, Fei Wang, Jiaoyan Zhou, Guankui Long, Jianguo Tian, Jingbi You, Yang Yang, Yongsheng Chen*Spin-Coated Small Molecules for High Performance Solar CellsAdv. Energy Mater. 2011, 1, pages 771–775 DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201100230 (Communication)67
Xin Zhao, Cary M. Hayner, Mayfair C. Kung, Harold H. Kung*In-Plane Vacancy-Enabled High-Power Si–Graphene Composite Electrode for Lithium-Ion BatteriesAdv. Energy Mater. 2011, 1, 1079–1084 DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201100426 (Communication)64
Craig H. Peters, I. T. Sachs-Quintana, John P. Kastrop, Serge Beaupré, Mario Leclerc, Michael D. McGehee*High Efficiency Polymer Solar Cells with Long Operating LifetimesAdv. Energy Mater. 2011, 1, 491–494 DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201100138 (Communication)63
I-Kang Ding, Jia Zhu, Wenshan Cai, Soo-Jin Moon, Ning Cai, Peng Wang, Shaik M Zakeeruddin, Michael Grätzel, Mark L. Brongersma, Yi Cui*, Michael D. McGehee*Plasmonic Dye-Sensitized Solar CellsAdv. Energy Mater. 2011, 1, 52–57 DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201000041 (Communication)60
Donghan Kim, Sun-Ho Kang, Michael Slater, Shawn Rood, John T. Vaughey, Naba Karan, Mahalingam Balasubramanian*, Christopher S. Johnson*Enabling Sodium Batteries Using Lithium-Substituted Sodium Layered Transition Metal Oxide CathodesAdv. Energy Mater. 2011, 1, 333–336 DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201000061 (Communication)58

Another paper you should see – if you haven’t already – is 2013’s most immediate eye-catcher: the article “Beyond 11% Efficiency: Characteristics of State-of-the-Art Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 Solar Cells” by Teodor K. Todorov, Jiang Tang, Santanu Bag, Oki Gunawan, Tayfun Gokmen, Yu Zhu and David B. Mitzi* (Adv. Energy Mater., 2013, 3, 34–38; DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201200348), which was cited over 75 times as of early December!

Determining which manuscripts should be published was difficult again, with so many submissions to choose from – some 1,700 in 2013. We hope we have done a good job of choosing the best ones, which would have been impossible without the reviewers’ vital contributions to the evaluation and selection process. We have many reviewers to thank for approximately 1,500 reports written, but I would like to acknowledge specifically the multiple contributions of Frederik Krebs (Roskilde), Xiong-Wen (David) Lou (Singapore), Seth Darling (Argonne), Martijn Wienk (Eindhoven), Huiming Cheng (Shenyang), Shinuk Cho (Ulsan), Martin Hager (Jena), Jinsong Huang (Lincoln), Mikkel Jørgensen (Roskilde), Emmanuel Kymakis (Heraklion), Michael McGehee (Stanford), Nam-Gyu Park (Suwon), Thomas Stergiopoulos (Athens), Rui Xu (Rochester), Ricardo Alcántara (Cordoba), Robert Armstrong (St. Andrews), Thomas Brenner (Potsdam-Golm), Jaephil Cho (Ulsan), Xinwei Cui (Edmonton), Min Feng (Pittsburgh), Yulia Galagan (Eindhoven), Neil Greenham (Cambridge), Jianhui Hou (Beijing), Yong-Sheng Hu (Beijing), Sehee Lee (Boulder), Young Jun Park (Yongin) and Fadong Yan (Dracut).

Advanced Energy Materials is not the only member of the Advanced family to have news for you in 2014. A new sibling is about to launch: Advanced Materials Interfaces. This new journal covers all aspects of surface and interface science. “AMI” is edited in the proven Advanced fashion and aims to become the top forum for physicists, materials scientists, chemists, biologists and engineers to publish and disseminate their best interfaces-related work. Issue 1, due out officially in February, is already building up online at www.advmatinterfaces.com. Make sure you direct your librarian to our complimentary access opt-in web page http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-406102.html for free access for your institution in 2014 and 2015.

Advanced Healthcare Materials looks forward to receiving its first Impact Factor in the 2013 edition of Thomson Reuters ISI’s Journal Citation Report forthcoming in June, while Advanced Optical Materials receives its first Immediacy Index.

Our mother journal Advanced Materials is celebrating its 25th anniversary, having completed volume 25 just now in December. A reception was held at the MRS Fall Meeting in Boston and we are publishing an ongoing series of nearly 50 special Anniversary Review Articles written by many of our outstanding and long-time authors. Watch out for the “AM25” logo. The series began in September with issue 36, synchronised with the launch of the Advanced Materials iPad App (check out iTunes for the download). https://itunes.apple.com/de/app/advanced-materials/id683017221?mt=8 The free app displays tables of contents and free or open access articles wherever you are and all of the journal’s content when you access AM through your subscribing institution’s network. In addition, you can get full access from anywhere through an in-app subscription for $99 per year – that’s some ten cents per new article published including full access to past years!

All our journals would not have the success they enjoy without the continued support of our Editorial Advisory Board members, our authors, reviewers and readers. For Advanced Energy Materials, we anticipate reaching the 2,000 mark for manuscript submissions in 2014, which again will be a privilege and a challenge to pick the best ones from for publication. I am therefore very much hoping to see your next batch of excellent results among them!

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