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Aims and scope

Nanoscale Research Letters (NRL) provides an interdisciplinary forum for communication of scientific and technological advances in the creation and use of objects at the nanometer scale. NRL is the first nanotechnology journal from a major publisher to be published with Open Access.

Additional information

The journal spans disciplines, emphasizing research that seeks to uncover the underlying science and behavior of nanostructures and further the goal of unifying nanoscale research in physics, materials science, biology, chemistry, engineering, and their expanding interfaces. Original research papers which appear rapidly following submission are published as Nano Express. Nano Ideas is a new format that focuses on well-founded and conceptually substantiated ideas which need neither elaborate theoretical verification nor experimental realization. NRL also publishes invited personal perspectives as Nano Commentaries, addressing general concerns of the nano community and highlighting new areas of science.

Coverage includes (but is not limited to) the latest developments in the following areas:

  • Synthesis, fabrication, and processing of nanostructured materials: Assembly and self-assembly, nanomanipulation, lithography, patterning and printing
  • Characterization of properties affected by nanoscale dimensions: Optical, electrical, magnetic, structural, vibrational, and mechanical properties of nanostructures
  • Nanostructures based on: Semiconductors, metals, dielectrics, superconductors, ceramics, and bio-materials
  • Modeling and simulation of processes and properties on the nanoscale
  • Quantum dots, quantum wires, quantum wells, superlattices and thin films
  • Fullerenes, organic and inorganic nanotubes
  • Semiconducting, insulating, and metallic nanowires
  • Colloidal nanocrystals, nanoparticles, nanoclusters
  • Organic-inorganic hybrid nanomaterials
  • Nanocomposites and nanoporous materials
  • Supramolecular and biochemical assemblies
  • Manipulation and recognition of single biological molecules
  • Nanobioscience and nanobiotechnology: Nanomedicine, nanobiodevices, nanobiosensors, nanobioimaging, and bio-nanoelectromechanical systemts (bio-NEMS)
  • Development of devices and technologies based on the unique electronic, optical, and magnetic properties of nanomaterials.

Open Access provides worldwide access to your research free of charge to anyone with an internet connection, ensuring maximum visibility.

Why publish your article in Nanoscale Research Letters?

High visibility

Nanoscale Research Letters's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. 

Speed of publication

Nanoscale Research Letters offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Nanoscale Research Letters and SpringerOpen.

Flexibility

Online publication in Nanoscale Research Letters gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Nanoscale Research Letters are included in article alerts and regular email updates. 
In addition, articles published in Nanoscale Research Letters may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Nanoscale Research Letters

Copyright

Authors of articles published in Nanoscale Research Letters retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the copyright and license agreement).

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Open access

All articles published by Nanoscale Research Letters are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

As authors of articles published in Nanoscale Research Letters you are the copyright holders of your article and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate your article, according to the SpringerOpen copyright and license agreement.

For those of you who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, SpringerOpen can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Nanoscale Research Letters therefore levies an article-processing charge of £905/$1420/€1155 for each article accepted for publication. If the corresponding author's institution participates in our open access membership program, some or all of the publication cost may be covered (more details available on the membership page). We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

Springer Open provides a free open access funding support service to help authors discover and apply for article processing charge funding. Visit our OA funding and policy support page to view our list of research funders and institutions that provide funding for APCs, and to learn more about our email support service.

Indexing services

All articles published in ​Nanoscale Research Letters are included in:

  • Academic OneFile
  • Agricola
  • Astrophysics Data
  • System (ADS)
  • CAS
  • Chemical and Earth Sciences
  • ChemWeb
  • Current Abstracts
  • Current contents
  • DOAJ
  • EBSCO
  • EI-Compendex
  • EmBiology
  • Gale
  • INSPEC
  • Journal Citation
  • Reports/Science Edition
  • Materials Science
  • Citation Index
  • OCLC
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Science Citation Index
  • Expanded
  • SCImago
  • Scopus
  • Summon by Serial
  • Solutions
  • VINITI - Russian
  • Academy of Science

The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by SpringerOpen on SpringerLink.

Nanoscale Research Letters has an Impact Factor of 2.584.

Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Nanoscale Research Letters operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous.

The benefit of single-blind peer review is that it is the traditional model of peer review that many reviewers are comfortable with, and it facilitates a dispassionate critique of a manuscript.

Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two or more experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Nanoscale Research Letters should adhere to SpringerOpen's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Nanoscale Research Letters

Articles in Nanoscale Research Letters should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Nanoscale Res Lett [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Zhao Y, Li J, Wu C, Guan L: A general strategy for synthesis of metal oxide nanoparticles attached on carbon nanomaterials. Nanoscale Res Lett 2010, 6:71

Appeals and complaints

If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure.