APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE

Journal Title
APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE

APPL SURF SCI

ISSN / eISSN
0169-4332
Aims and Scope
Applied Surface Science covers topics contributing to a better understanding of surfaces, interfaces, nanostructures and their applications. The journal is concerned with scientific research on the atomic and molecular level of material properties determined with specific surface analytical techniques and/or computational methods, as well as the processing of such structures.
Subject Area

CHEMISTRY, PHYSICAL

MATERIALS SCIENCE, COATINGS & FILMS

PHYSICS, APPLIED

CiteScore
12.70 View Trend
CiteScore Ranking
Category Quartile Rank
Physics and Astronomy - Condensed Matter Physics Q1 #18/423
Physics and Astronomy - Surfaces, Coatings and Films Q1 #9/131
Physics and Astronomy - Surfaces and Interfaces Q1 #5/55
Web of Science Core Collection
Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)
Indexed -
Category (Journal Citation Reports 2023) Quartile
CHEMISTRY, PHYSICAL - SCIE Q2
MATERIALS SCIENCE, COATINGS & FILMS - SCIE Q1
PHYSICS, APPLIED - SCIE Q1
PHYSICS, CONDENSED MATTER - SCIE Q1
H-index
159
Country/Area of Publication
NETHERLANDS
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Frequency
Semimonthly
Year Publication Started
1985
Annual Article Volume
3441
Open Access
NO
Contact
ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV, PO BOX 211, AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS, 1000 AE
Verified Reviews
Note: Verified reviews are sourced from across review platforms and social media globally.
The surface catalysis calculations in Applied Surface Science are simply disastrous. The magnetic systems do not exhibit magnetism, the transition states do not converge, the +U term is not included, and the force convergence is set to 0.2 eV/A in the articles, which are abundant in every issue. The computational studies published in the journal often claim certain pathways without providing any comparisons. In terms of experiments, the journal accepts many ultra-high vacuum (UHV) and electrocatalysis studies with high uncertainty, yet without even an error bar. Many articles of poor quality that cannot even reach the fourth quartile are published in ASS.

Foreign peers in the field of surface catalysis strongly resist this journal, as they believe that publishing an article in it can greatly affect their reputation. For instance, a friend collaborated with a catalysis materials expert from the Max Planck Institute and submitted an article to ASS. After receiving the submission email, the expert was very angry and directly requested the author to withdraw the manuscript and submit it to another journal.

Furthermore, this year the self-citation rate of this journal is outrageously high, and its impact factor is supported by some reviews. To be objective, the journal is only at the level of the fourth quartile. It is astonishing that it has been elevated to the first quartile in China. It is truly incomprehensible.
2022-01-06
2022/2/21 submitted to journal;
2022/2/28 with editor;
2022/3/1 under review, unable to find reviewers who agreed to review, typically only one reviewer accepted every week, took 40 days to receive comments from three reviewers on 4/8, notified corresponding author of minor revisions on the same day;
2022/4/8 major revise, two major revisions and one minor revision, editor provided a two-month timeframe for revisions, but delayed the process by conducting other experiments, started revisions around May 10th, took two weeks to complete experiments and calculations;
2022/5/23 revision submitted to journal;
2022/5/24 under review, however, two out of three initial reviewers declined the review invitation, editor notified on 6/10 that one reviewer agreed to review;
2022/6/14 accept, the only reviewer who agreed to review provided an acceptance decision on 6/14, editor made the decision to accept on the same day.
The editor is Dr. Ian Shuttleworth from the UK, he is very efficient, taking no more than a day to send for review or make a decision on acceptance. It is possible that finding suitable reviewers in my specific field took longer, resulting in a longer review process. If I had made revisions more quickly, it would have been sufficient to receive acceptance within three months.
2022-06-23

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