Calls for Papers

In addition these ongoing topical areas, JMR also publishes Focus Issues several times a year on a single topic within materials research. Upcoming Focus Issues for 2020-21 are:

Focus Issue: 3D printing of biomedical materials and devices
Submission deadline: February 26, 2021
The goal of this JMR Focus Issue, our intent is to capture the perspectives of professionals from different disciplines including science, engineering, and medicine to application of 3D printing in biomaterials and biomedical devices. More specifically, this Focus Issue is geared toward understanding of the structure-process-property relationship involving different materials under in vitro, in vivo and in silico environments.  

Focus Issue: Advanced Nanocatalysts for Electrochemical Energy Storage and Generation: Batteries, Supercapacitors, Electrolyzers and Fuel Cells
Submission Deadline: March 15, 2021
This JMR Focus Issue will review the state of the art and accelerate fundamental understandings of nanostructured materials used in alkaline fuel cells (hydrogen or alcohols as fuels) and electrolyzers, rechargeable batteries and supercapacitors. Contributions are solicited on experimental and theoretical studies of novel nanostructured materials for such electrochemical devices. 

Focus Issue: Ultra-wide Bandgap Materials, Devices, and Systems
Submission Deadline: April 1, 2021
This JMR Focus Issue will feature experimental advances and theoretical developments in the field of ultrawide-bandgap semiconductors, devices, and systems. 

Focus Issue: Early Career Scholars in Materials Science 2022
Submission Deadline: June 1, 2021
The Seventh Annual JMR Issue to promote outstanding research by future leaders in materials science JMR invites research and review articles by materials researchers who have completed their Ph.D. but have not yet been appointed as full professor, or equivalent position in non-academic organizations, at the time of submission, for peer review and publication in this special issue. The Annual Issue provides a unique opportunity to be highlighted and promoted early in one’s research career. To increase attention, the issue will be published on an open access basis.


To be considered for this issue, new and previously unpublished results significant to the development of this field should be presented. The manuscripts must be submitted via the JMR electronic submission system by March 15, 2021. Manuscripts submitted after this deadline will not be considered for the issue due to time constraints on the review process. Please select “Focus issue: Advanced Nanocatalysts for Electrochemical Energy Storage and Generation” as the Focus Issue designation. Note our manuscript submission minimum length of 3250 words, excluding figures, captions, and references, with at least 6 and no more than 10 figures and tables combined. Review articles may be longer but must be pre-approved by proposal to the Guest Editors via The proposal form and author instructions may be found at All manuscripts will be reviewed in a normal but expedited fashion. Papers submitted by the deadline and subsequently accepted will be published in the Focus Issue. Other manuscripts that are acceptable but cannot be included in the issue will be scheduled for publication in a subsequent issue of JMR.

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