The Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology

General Information and Scope of the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology

The Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology is an international, peer-reviewed, Open Access journal. It provides a unique platform for rapid publication without any charges (free for author and reader) – Platinum Open Access. The content is freely accessible 365 days a year to any user worldwide. Articles are available online immediately upon publication and are publicly archived in all major repositories. In addition, it provides a platform for publishing Thematic Series (theme-based collections of articles) on topical issues in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

The journal is published and completely funded by the Beilstein-Institut, a non-profit foundation located in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The editor-in-chief is Professor Thomas Schimmel – Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He is supported by more than 20 associate editors who are responsible for a particular subject area within the scope of the journal.

The journal publishes high quality research and reviews in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology. It provides a broad coverage of both fundamental and applied research, including aspects of chemistry, physics and biology as well as materials science and engineering. The scope of the journal includes experimental and theoretical aspects as well as nanotechnology applications including (but not limited to) topics such as:

  • Self-assembly, self-organization and pattern formation on the nanoscale
  • Nano-optics, nanophotonics, and nanoscale optical microscopy
  • Nanomechanics, nanotribology and nanomotors
  • Nanomagnetics
  • Nanoelectronics and molecular electronics
  • Nanomaterials and nanocomposites
  • Nanostructured surfaces and interfaces
  • Biomimetic surfaces, interfaces and systems; bio-inspired nanotechnology
  • Carbon-based nanotechnology, including graphene, nanotubes, fullerenes and related structures
  • 2D materials, including graphene and graphene-related materials
  • Nanoparticles and quantum dots
  • Nanolithography, soft lithography, micro- and nano-electromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS)
  • Energy applications of nanotechnology, including sensors, solar cells, catalysts, energy conversion and storage, environmental remediation
  • Nanobiology and nanobiotechnology
  • Nanomedicine, drug delivery (excluding clinical trials)
  • Scanning probe techniques and sensors 
  • Advances in electron and ion microscopy
  • Chemical nanotechnology
  • Theoretical aspects and concepts in nanotechnology, nanoinformatics
  • Nanotechnology applications

Impact Factor

The 2016 Journal Impact Factor of the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology is 3.13 according to the 2016 Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics, 2017).

Key Facts

  • Open Access
    All articles published in the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology are freely and universally accessible for everyone immediately upon publication: no user registration is required. The journal has been awarded the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) Seal and is a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), confirming an exceptionally high level of publishing standards.
  • No Publication Fees
    The publication of all articles in the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology is free of charge. The journal is published and fully financed by the Beilstein-Institut – publishing in the journal is offered without the imposition of any article processing fees or other publication charges.
  • General Publication Criteria
    The main criteria for acceptance of an article for publication in the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology are high quality, originality, novelty and importance.
  • Peer Review
    All articles published in the journal are fully refereed by experts in the corresponding subfield of nanotechnology. Detailed information about the review process is given in the Instructions for Referees. The assigned editor makes a final acceptance decision based on the referees' recommendations. The identity of referees is not disclosed to authors or other referees throughout the process. The anonymized referee reports are sent to authors, but are not publically viewable.
  • Authors Retain Copyright
    Authors retain copyright of their articles. The articles of the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology are published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
  • Archived in PubMed Central and Other Repositories
    Articles of the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology are deposited in PubMed Central (the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature), UK PubMed Central (the British equivalent of PubMed Central), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (the national German archive of publications). Furthermore, authors are free to deposit the version required by their university in their university archives (usually the version that has been accepted after peer-review, but prior to publication).
  • Indexed in Databases
    Articles of the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology are indexed in SciFinder from the Chemical Abstracts Service, ISI Web of Science from Thomson Reuters, Scopus from Elsevier, and Google Scholar. All articles published in the journal are given a digital object identifier (DOI).
  • No Page Limit
    There is no page limit for articles in the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology. Authors should provide enough background information to support the aim of study and the main claims of the paper, but unimportant or trivial information should not be included. The article length should be commensurate with its scientific content.
  • Data Policy
    Information and data in the experimental section, together with supplementary material in the supporting information files should describe the experimental methods used in the work in sufficient detail to allow understanding and replication of the work by others. Furthermore, when possible, all data associated with and supporting the research results in an article should be made freely available to allow others to verify and build on. Authors are encouraged to deposit relevant data in appropriate and publicly accessible databases and repositories.
  • Preprints
    Manuscripts that have been deposited in a non-commercial preprint repository (e.g., arXiv, bioRxiv), or the author’s university repository will be considered for publication in the journal. Authors should include a link to the preprint in their manuscript and cover letter and update the preprint with a link to the final published version. Work that has been previously published, or is under consideration for publication in another journal, will not be considered.
  • Data and Text Mining
    The journal is part of the Open Access subset at PubMed Central, where articles can be downloaded in NLM XML format and as PDF. Also, all articles can be downloaded from the journal website in Beilstein XML format using the following syntax:
    http://www.beilstein-journals.org/<journal code>/content/xml/<issn>-<vol #>-<article #>.xml
    For example: http://www.beilstein-journals.org/bjnano/content/xml/2190-4286-8-21.xml
  • Similarity Check
    All submitted manuscripts are screened using the software Similarity Check and other resources to check for instances of overlapping or similar text in previously published articles. Please refer to our Instructions for Authors for details regarding our plagiarism policy.

Article Types

  • Full Research Paper
    Reports of results from original research
  • Letter
    Brief reports of original research
  • Review
    Comprehensive and authoritative summary of any subject within the scope of the journal
  • Commentary
    Short, focused and opinion-oriented articles on any subject within the scope of the journal. These articles are usually related to a contemporary issue, such as recent research findings, and are usually written by leading experts
  • Book Report
    Short summary of the strengths and weaknesses of a book with evaluation of its overall usefulness to the intended audience

Citing Articles in the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology

Articles published in the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology should be cited according to the ACS Style Guide as shown in the following example. It is recommended to include the DOI in the reference.

Rauwel, P.; Galeckas, A.; Salumaa, M.; Ducroquet, F.; Rauwel, E. Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 2016, 7, 1075–1085. doi: 10.3762/bjnano.7.101

Manuscript Submission

Authors should submit their manuscripts electronically to the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology using the secure Beilstein Publishing System. The system allows authors to keep informed about of the status of their submission. Details of the submission process and acceptable file formats are given in the Submission Checklist and the Instructions for Authors. We encourage the submitting author and all co-authors to provide their ORCID iD when submitting a manuscript; this information will appear with the published article.

When submitting a manuscript intended for a Thematic Series, please include the Thematic Series title and the name of the guest editor in the cover letter.

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