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Spotlight on Polymers

This week, we’re shining a spotlight on Polymers. With its first issue launched in 2009, the journal has grown considerably over the years. Here, we’ll look at its history, scope and aims as well as the submission process for researchers interested in publishing with the journal.

A history of Polymers

Polymers was launched in 2009 as a quarterly publication with Prof. Dr. Alexander Böker as Editor in Chief (EiC). During its 16-year history the journal has grown in scope and output, with the aim of publishing high-quality Open Access research related to all areas of polymer science.

In 2014, Polymers launched the first edition of its Best Paper Award to recognize high-quality, impactful research that is of scientific significance. A number of other awards have been established since, including the Young Investigator Award, Best Paper Award and Best PhD Thesis Award. You can visit the awards page to see whether nominations are currently open.

In 2019, Polymers was indexed in PubMed and PubMed Central; to find out more about the databases and archives Polymers is covered by, you can visit the Indexing and Archiving section of the journal’s page.

Polymers in numbers

In total, Polymers has published 24,697 papers, of which 10,120 have been cited 10 or more times. The journal has also seen a steady rise in both its Citescore and Impact Factor since 2009; the history of these metrics can be seen through the graphs below.

Citation trends for Polymers. It has steadily risen since its launch in 2009.
Citation trends for Polymers between 2017 and 2022. (Data as of 28 May 2024).
Graph showing impact factor trend for the journal Polymers. It has steadily risen since its launch in 2009.
Impact Factor trend for Polymers since 2017. It has steadily risen since receiving its first impact factor in 2013. (Data as of 28 May 2024).


Sections and scope

The topics, sections and scope of the journal have evolved since it was first launched. Today, the journal aims to publish communications and review articles that advance the following fields: (i) polymerization methods, (ii) theory, simulation, and modeling, (iii) understanding of new physical phenomena, (iv) advances in characterization techniques, and (v) harnessing of self-assembly and biological strategies for producing complex multifunctional structures. The specific sections now include:

  • Polymer Analysis;
  • Polymer Synthesis
  • Polymer Physics;
  • Polymer Theory and Simulation;
  • Polymer Processing and Performance;
  • Polymer Applications;
  • Biopolymers.

Want to learn more?

In 2024 and ahead, Polymers will continue to publish high-quality research related to materials science. For those interested in learning more about related research trends, you can read about the themes explored in the “Polymers 2024—Polymers for a Safe and Sustainable Future conference in a previous blog post. Additionally, you can look at the journal’s about page to learn all about the research it publishes.

Thinking of submitting your manuscript to Polymers?

Manuscripts for Polymers should be submitted online at susy.mdpi.com. The submitting author, who is generally the corresponding author, is responsible for the manuscript during the submission and peer review process.

To submit your manuscript, register and login to the submission website. Once you have registered, click here to go to the submission form. All co-authors can see the manuscript details in the submission system if they register and log in using the e-mail address provided during manuscript submission.

Future research

Polymers is dedicated to publishing cutting-edge research on a range of topics. If you’re planning on submitting work in this area of research, the journal will have a section suitable for you.

If you’re interested in finding more information about the journal’s scope, future awards, or anything else, please visit their website.