Aims and scope

Discover Materials is part of the Discover journal series committed to providing a streamlined submission process, rapid review and publication, and a high level of author service at every stage. It is a broad, open access journal publishing research from across all fields of materials research.

Discover Materials covers all areas where materials are activators for innovation and disruption, providing cutting-edge research findings to researchers, academicians, students, and engineers. It considers the whole value chain, ranging from fundamental and applied research to the synthesis, characterisation, modelling and application of materials.

Moreover, we especially welcome papers connected to so-called ‘green materials’, which offer unique properties including natural abundance, low toxicity, economically affordable and versatility in terms of physical and chemical properties. They are the activators of an eco-sustainable economy serving all innovation sectors. Indeed, they can be applied in numerous scientific and technological applications including energy, electronics, building, construction and infrastructure, materials science and engineering applications and pollution management and technology. For instance, biomass-based materials can be developed as a source for biodiesel and bioethanol production, and transformed into advanced functionalized materials for applications such as the transformation of chitin into chitosan which can be further used for biomedicine, biomaterials and tissue engineering applications. Green materials for electronics are also a key vector concerning the integration of novel devices on conformable, flexible substrates with free-of-form surfaces for innovative product development. We also welcome new developments grounded on Artificial Intelligence to model, design and simulate materials and to gain new insights into materials by discovering new patterns and relations in the data.


Discover Materials covers topics in seven main areas:

  • Structural materials
  • Functional materials
  • Energy materials
  • Biological and biomedical materials
  • Polymeric materials
  • Materials for interfaces, films and coatings
  • Materials modelling, design and simulation

Content Types

Discover Materials welcomes Research, Reviews, Perspectives, Comments, Brief Communications, Case Studies, Registered Reports, and Data Notes from across the full range of disciplines concerned with materials research. The journal also publishes guest edited Topical Collections of relevance to all aspects of materials research to allow readers to quickly identify research on subject areas of especial interest to them.

In addition to specific themed Collections reflecting the latest developments in materials research, the Journal focuses on three types of contributions: forward looking and/or speculative pieces that may be opinionated but should remain balanced and are intended to stimulate discussion and explore new approaches, rapid publication of early research results, and case studies/examples of how novel research has been followed through to implementation.