ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

Journal Title
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces

1944-8244 / 1944-8252
Aims and Scope
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces serves the interdisciplinary community of chemists, engineers, physicists and biologists focusing on how newly-discovered materials and interfacial processes can be developed and used for specific applications. The editors are proud of the rapid growth of the journal since its inception in 2009, both in terms of the number of published articles and the impact of the research reported in those articles. ACS AMI is also truly international, with the majority of published articles now coming from outside the United States, capturing the rapid growth in applied research around the globe.

The following journal TOC sections provide a high-level guide to the journal scope:

Biological and medical applications of materials and interfaces
Energy, environmental, and catalysis applications
Functional inorganic materials and devices
Organic electronic devices
Functional nanostructured materials (including low-d carbon)
Applications of polymer, composite, and coating materials
Surfaces, interfaces, and applications

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, with its focus on applications, complements the portfolio of existing ACS publications focusing on fundamental materials science discovery, including Chemistry of Materials, Langmuir, Biomacromolecules, Macromolecules, The Journal of Physical Chemistry B and C, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, ACS Energy Letters, and ACS Photonics.
Subject Area



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CiteScore Ranking
Category Quartile Rank
Materials Science - General Materials Science Q1 #31/453
Web of Science Core Collection
Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)
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Category (Journal Citation Reports 2023) Quartile
Country/Area of Publication
American Chemical Society
Publication Frequency
Year Publication Started
Annual Article Volume
Open Access
Verified Reviews
Note: Verified reviews are sourced from across review platforms and social media globally.
The biggest regret of this journal is that the impact factor did not break 10. Let's keep striving!
The process of submitting to this journal was bumpy. In the first round, there were four reviewers: one minor revision, two major revisions, and one rejection. The editor suggested a major revision and another editor advised reducing the weight because there were similar descriptions to my previous articles in terms of methodology, exceeding 4% duplication in a single section.
After the first round of revisions, three reviewers agreed to accept the suggested modifications, but the one who rejected it requested a major revision and provided many subjective comments.
After the second round of revisions, the only reviewer stated that they did not receive a satisfactory response and requested another major revision.
After the third round of revisions, the same modification suggestions as the first round were repeated, and another major revision was requested.
After the fourth round of revisions, it was mentioned that the drawing technique of the electrochemical performance graph did not attract readers' interest, so another major revision was requested.
After the fifth round of revisions, I wrote a long response, stating the significance and advantages of my research, the points that would attract readers, specific graph indicators, etc. I used a lot of diplomacy in my response, but then turned the tables and listed the reviewer's questionable wording and doubts about basic principles, and in turn questioned their familiarity with the field of electrochemistry. In the end, I concluded by saying that they could question my research content but not my passion for scientific research.
In the end, I don't know if the editor sent it to the reviewer, but it was accepted anyway.
Each review process took one month, very punctual. The whole process lasted for six months and was accepted a few days before the Lunar New Year.
In the past two years, the Chinese Academy of Sciences has once again mercilessly downgraded the ranking of this journal, causing it to lose its last bit of confidence in being a top journal.

Thirdly, despite not meeting the quality standards, the journal started blindly expanding its publication. Currently, including its own journal, it has expanded to eight journals. Unlike AM (AXM), Small NC (Communications XX), Materials Today (Materials Today XX), etc., these journals all started expanding their territory around the main journal after successfully occupying a leading position in the field. However, at that time, AMI itself had not established a solid position in the field of materials journals, which resulted in the newly launched subsidiary journals having an awkward position. No matter how they develop, everyone will perceive their positioning to be lower than AMI, and their psychological support for them will be even weaker. In addition, with the new journal classification this year, except for Nano and Polymer being in Zone 2, all the other subsidiary journals are in Zone 3, with none of them being in the Bio or Sci zones. It is feared that it will be difficult for them to form a positive cycle like other top journal subsidiaries. Once this inherent perception is formed, it will be difficult to change in the future.

In summary, as a place where everyone's research efforts are gathered, a journal can only thrive if the operating team has an advanced editorial concept and strong operational methods. As a former author, I hope that the AMI series can strive to change its shortcomings and enhance its influence, and become a true top journal as soon as possible in this era where various journals are rising.

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