Aims and scope

SN Applied Sciences is transitioning to full open access!

We are excited to announce that SN Applied Sciences will become a fully open access (OA) journal in 2021. This means that as of January 2021, all content published in the journal will be published under an open access license, and freely available to readers worldwide, enabling the widest possible dissemination and reuse. 

Springer Nature is committed to ensuring our portfolios serve and meet the evolving needs of the research community and that quality research is read and disseminated as widely as possible. Transforming SN Applied Sciences to full OA reflects our ongoing commitment to driving the transition to open research, and providing researchers with OA publication venues that can amplify their research and enable compliance with funder and institutional OA requirements, while continuing to deliver a high level of author service.

For further information and FAQs on the transition of SN Applied Sciences to open access, see the full announcement by navigating to the Journal Updates section via the SN Applied Sciences homepage.

SN Applied Sciences is a multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed journal for the disciplines of Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Materials Science and Physics. It fosters sound scientific discovery to solve practical problems. The journal encourages quality, scientifically valid, original articles which present a good understanding of scientific knowledge, experiments and theories, methods and techniques, as well as interdisciplinary linkages. It welcomes research articles, review papers, case studies, and short communications. SN Applied Sciences offers Topical Collections designed to consolidate publications of a specific research topic. Articles can be either released as direct papers or within a Topical Collection.

The Engineering section provides a forum for various sub-disciplines of Engineering Technology, e.g., Bioengineering, Applied Engineering, Robotics and Control, Signal Processing, Data Analysis, Experiments, Computational Mechanics, and Fluid Mechanics. We are looking for contributions covering theoretical and practical problems associated with


Aerospace Engineering

Big Data, Data Science and Data Analysis

Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

Communication Systems

Complex Structures

Computer Engineering

Computing Systems

Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Electromagnetics

Energy, Power and Industrial Applications

Fluid Mechanics

Image Processing and Signal Processing

Industrial Technology and Manufacturing

Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning

Multiscale Modelling and Multiscale Analysis


Structural Integrity and Technologies in Construction

Sustainable Inventive Systems


The Interdisciplinary section provides a forum for multi-disciplinary projects that cover the expertise of experiments, numerical modelling, and theory to provide a better understanding of key processes. It welcomes manuscripts combining or link disciplines of applied sciences and explore theoretical or practical problems.


The Chemistry and Materials section deals with the key research fields of chemistry and material science. Among many topics that our section covers, we promote the topics relating to the catalysis, activation of small molecules, electrochemistry and energy materials. The following keywords are only few of the key topics in our section:



Click chemistry

Heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis


Green synthesis of nanoparticles

Energy conversion


Construction materials


Water splitting

Fuel cells

Inorganic chemistry

Analytical chemistry

Oxygen reduction reaction


Food chemistry


The Physics and Materials section of SN Applied Sciences targets the latest development in the Applied Physics area and its intersection with the Material Sciences. We encourage topics that generate an interest or are related to global challenges, including among others, alternative energy sources, climate change, food and water safety and innovative health. Some keywords that we are considering are:


Electronic properties of materials

Structure-Property relationship and characterization

Superconductivity and Magnetism


Organic electronics

Perovskite/ Silicon solar cells

Biomaterials and health applications

Bioelectronics and sensors

Applied photochemistry

Photonic materials

Mechanical properties of materials

Thermoelectric materials


Energy transfer, storage and conversion

Organic materials doping


Optical properties of materials

Alloys and ceramics

Applied Biophysics

Sustainable development in Material Sciences


The Earth and Environmental Science section of SN Applied Sciences aims to publish relevant articles and case studies within Earth and Environmental System Sciences. We welcome disciplinary papers from the fields of Physical Geography, Geology, Climate, Oceanography and Natural Hazards, as well as those with strong interdisciplinary connections from the fields of Geophysics, Environmental Chemistry, Geochemistry and Environmental Engineering. We welcome contributions which demonstrate linkages between natural and anthropogenic processes, human-environmental interactions and environmental processes and applications.