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About Nanoscale Research Letters

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Nanoscale Research Letters, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

Aims & scope

Nanoscale Research Letters (NRL) provides an interdisciplinary forum for communication of scientific and technological advances in the creation and use of objects at the nanometer scale. NRL is the first nanotechnology journal from a major publisher to be published with Open Access.

The journal spans disciplines, emphasizing research that seeks to uncover the underlying science and behavior of nanostructures and further the goal of unifying nanoscale research in physics, materials science, biology, chemistry, engineering, and their expanding interfaces. Original research papers which appear rapidly following submission are published as Nano Express. Nano Ideas is a new format that focuses on well-founded and conceptually substantiated ideas which need neither elaborate theoretical verification nor experimental realization. NRL also publishes invited personal perspectives as Nano Commentaries, addressing general concerns of the nano community and highlighting new areas of science.

Coverage includes (but is not limited to) the latest developments in the following areas:

  • nbsp;Synthesis, fabrication, and processing of nanostructured materials: Assembly and self-assembly, nanomanipulation, lithography, patterning and printing
  • nbsp;Characterization of properties affected by nanoscale dimensions: Optical, electrical, magnetic, structural, vibrational, and mechanical properties of nanostructures
  • nbsp;Nanostructures based on: Semiconductors, metals, dielectrics, superconductors, ceramics, and bio-materials
  • nbsp;Modeling and simulation of processes and properties on the nanoscale
  • nbsp;Quantum dots, quantum wires, quantum wells, superlattices and thin films
  • nbsp;Fullerenes, organic and inorganic nanotubes
  • nbsp;Semiconducting, insulating, and metallic nanowires
  • nbsp;Colloidal nanocrystals, nanoparticles, nanoclusters
  • nbsp;Organic-inorganic hybrid nanomaterials
  • nbsp;Nanocomposites and nanoporous materials
  • nbsp;Supramolecular and biochemical assemblies
  • nbsp;Manipulation and recognition of single biological molecules
  • nbsp;Nanobioscience and nanobiotechnology: Nanomedicine, nanobiodevices, nanobiosensors, nanobioimaging, and bio-nanoelectromechanical systemts (bio-NEMS)
  • nbsp;Development of devices and technologies based on the unique electronic, optical, and magnetic properties of nanomaterials.

Open Access provides worldwide access to your research free of charge to anyone with an internet connection, ensuring maximum visibility.

Open access

All articles published by Nanoscale Research Letters are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

Authors of articles published in Nanoscale Research Letters are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the SpringerOpen copyright and license agreement.

For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Nanoscale Research Letters therefore levies an article-processing charge of £790/$1345/€1000 for each article accepted for publication. If the submitting author's institution is a Member, the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

Indexing services

Nanoscale Research Letters is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 2.52.

Publication and peer review process

Article types

Nano Express are original research papers which publish online approximately eight weeks following submission.

Nano Reviews bring NRL readers up to date on developments of special topics of importance in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Nano Ideas is a completely new format and focuses on the dissemination of ideas which are well-founded and conceptually substantiated, but need neither elaborate theoretical verification nor experimental realization.

Occasionally, NRL invites personal perspectives to be published as Nano Commentaries to address general concerns of the Nano community and to highlight important new areas of science.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Nanoscale Research Letters, a personalized section of the site.

Portability of peer review

In order to support efficient and thorough peer review, we aim to reduce the number of times a manuscript is re-reviewed after rejection from Nanoscale Research Letters, thereby speeding up the publication process and reducing the burden on peer reviewers. Therefore, please note that, if a manuscript is not accepted for publication in Nanoscale Research Letters and the authors choose to submit a revised version to another SpringerOpen journal, we will pass the reviews on to the other journal's editors at the authors' request. We will reveal the reviewers' names to the handling editor for editorial purposes unless reviewers let us know when they return their report that they do not wish us to share their report with another SpringerOpen journal.

Copyediting and proofs

Nanoscale Research Letters will copyedit manuscripts before they are published.

Following the acceptance of an article, it is published in Nanoscale Research Letters as a provisional PDF file with minimal delay (subject to formatting checks, copyediting and author verification). Fully formatted PDF and full-text (HTML) versions are made available shortly after that.


Please see our reprints website for information about reprinting articles.


Nanoscale Research Letters will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

Any manuscript, or substantial parts of it, submitted to the journal must not be under consideration by any other journal. In general, the manuscript should not have already been published in any journal or other citable form, although it may have been deposited on a preprint server. Authors are required to ensure that no material submitted as part of a manuscript infringes existing copyrights, or the rights of a third party.

Correspondence concerning articles published in Nanoscale Research Letters is encouraged. A 'post a comment' feature is available on all articles published by Nanoscale Research Letters. Comments will be moderated by the editorial office (see our Comment policy for further information) and linked to the full-text version of the article, if suitable.

Editorial standards

SpringerOpen is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). In order to safeguard the quality of SpringerOpen journal publications, Springer has developed a policy on Publishing Integrity which is in line with the philosophy of COPE.

We follow the principle that we have a prime duty to maintain the integrity of the scientific record. Springer’s Policy on Publishing Integrity addresses:

  • Clear definitions of what violation of Publishing Integrity is.
  • A manual on how to identify such a violation (in the document referred to as an Act of Misconduct).
  • Clear (COPE) examples of what such an Act of Misconduct looks like in practice.
  • Clearly defined actions which have to be undertaken by the Editor and Springer when such an Act is a clearly proven fact.
  • Q & A – a useful list of Questions and Answers on the definition of Publishing Integrity.

Please find the full document of Springer's Policy on Publishing Integrity here.

Data and materials release

Submission of a manuscript to Nanoscale Research Letters implies that readily reproducible materials described in the manuscript, including all relevant raw data, will be freely available to any scientist wishing to use them for non-commercial purposes.

Any 'in press' articles cited within the references and necessary for the reviewers' assessment of the manuscript should be made available if requested by the editorial office.

Appeals and complaints

Authors who wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint should, in the first instance, contact the Editor-in-Chief who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure.

Competing interests

Nanoscale Research Letters requires authors to declare any competing financial or other interest in relation to their work. All competing interests that are declared will be listed at the end of published articles. Where an author gives no competing interests, the listing will read 'The author(s) declare that they have no competing interests'.

Plagiarism detection

Nanoscale Research Letters's publisher, SpringerOpen, is a member of the CrossCheck plagiarism detection initiative. In cases of suspected plagiarism CrossCheck is available to the editors of Nanoscale Research Letters to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts by using the plagiarism detection tool iThenticate. CrossCheck is a multi-publisher initiative allowing screening of published and submitted content for originality.

Citing articles in Nanoscale Research Letters

Articles in Nanoscale Research Letters should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Nanoscale Res Lett [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Zhao Y, Li J, Wu C, Guan L: A general strategy for synthesis of metal oxide nanoparticles attached on carbon nanomaterials. Nanoscale Res Lett 2010, 6:71.

Why publish your article in Nanoscale Research Letters?

High visibility

Nanoscale Research Letters's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

Speed of publication

Nanoscale Research Letters offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Nanoscale Research Letters and SpringerOpen.


Online publication in Nanoscale Research Letters gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example to relevant databases and papers).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Nanoscale Research Letters are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Nanoscale Research Letters's pages and on the SpringerOpen homepage.

In addition, articles published in Nanoscale Research Letters may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Nanoscale Research Letters.

Authors of articles published in Nanoscale Research Letters retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the SpringerOpen copyright and license agreement).

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