Science and Technology of Advanced Materials (STAM) is edited by the Editor-in-Chief, Kazuhiro Hono (National Institute for Materials Science, NIMS), and a team of 39 international experts in a wide range of materials research fields. NIMS, the only specialized research institute in Japan, and Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) in Switzerland support the publication of the journal, and actively plans and publishes special features on unique materials research.
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STAM is a ‘Gold’ open-access journal

  • Publish original and review articles
  • Editorial board of 39 experts in the field of materials science from 10 countries
  • Focus Issue to focus on areas of interest
  • Online publication of articles as soon as they are accepted for publication
  • Free access to all articles
  • The Gold Model Open Access Online Journal with a CC-BY license, where authors retain the copyright of their articles. The Article Processing Charge (APC) is US$1,200 / £925 / €1,060 / ¥131,000 (*). This fee covers the cost of using the submission system, correction of English text for publication, data production, online publication, and advertising.
    (*) Depending on the currency, the payment method may be limited. Depending on your location, these charges may be subject to local taxes. Please contact us for details.
  • On-demand printing of selected papers from Focus Issues and Editor’s Choice by theme.
  • Inclusion in the Directory of Open Access Journals, a global open access database
  • Print ISSN: 1468-6996 / Online ISSN: 1878-5514

Authors Benefits

STAM offers the following benefits to authors and readers.

  • Published papers are free to read – Anyone in the world can read your paper via the internet.
  • Impact Factor (IF) of 5.5 – As one of Japan’s top gold Open Access journals, we are making an impact on the global materials science community.
  • Rapid publication – minimum of several weeks from submission to online publication.
  • Language and style corrections for accepted papers – Upon publication, STAM reviews the language and style of the proofs to ensure the quality of presentation.
  • There is no limit to the number of pages in a published paper. However, short, concise papers are recommended as they take less time for peer review and publication.
  • Color illustrations and supplementary content (e.g., multimedia files) are available free of charge in the online version.
  • STAM is making efforts to disseminate the published papers by producing and distributing free printed copies in conjunction with major international conferences.
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  • You can receive e-mail notifications of new papers. For details and registration, click here.

Peer Review Processing

The review process for manuscripts is summarized below.

Step 1: Prescreening

One of STAM’s most important acceptance criteria is “whether the paper makes an important and influential contribution to the materials science readership.” If a submitted paper meets the criteria but has major problems, such as the following, the editorial office will contact the author within 10 days.

  • The format of the paper deviates significantly from the STAM author guidelines (see “How to Prepare a Paper” for details).
  • The text or figures in the original paper or review article submitted are substantially duplicated from previous publications, or are greatly duplicated.
  • Written in English that is not understandable to reviewers.
  • The subject area of the paper is not appropriate for STAM.
  • The reference list does not accurately reflect or cover the topic addressed in the paper.
  • Appropriate copyright permission forms are not provided at the time of submission for material copied from other publications.

After prescreening, a submission receipt will be sent to the submitter. In the event of any of the aforementioned problems, the manuscript may be resubmitted with appropriate corrections.

Step 2: Review by handling editors

STAM’s peer review criterion is “whether the paper presents a new scientific discovery. The handling editor appoints several experts in the field as reviewers and notifies the authors of their review reports via e-mail through the web submission system.

Authors will submit a revised manuscript within three months of receiving the reviewers’ report. It is important that the revised manuscript includes a clear response to the reviewers’ comments and an explanation of all changes made to the original manuscript. Authors can check the progress of the review process through the Web-based submission system.

Step 3: Final decision by the Editor-in-Chief

The Editor-in-Chief will notify the author(s) of the final decision on the submitted paper by e-mail through the Web Submission System. If a paper is not accepted, authors may file only one appeal. Objections must be filed within three months of receiving the final decision.


The target audience is materials scientists and engineers interested in the structure, properties, processing, and applications of advanced materials.

Indexing in major database

Thomson Reuters/ISI (SciSearch®, Science Citation Index®, Materials Science Citation Index®, Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition, ISI Alerting Services); Scopus; Compendex; Inspec; Proquest; Chemical Abstracts Service; Chimica; INIS Atomindex (International Nuclear Information System); Metadex; NASA Astrophysics Data System; PASCAL Database; Polymer Library; EBSCO; OCLC Worldcat; British Library; Portico; CLOCKSS; Ex Libris; PubMed Central (PMC); DOAJ