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Soft matter deals with a wide range of physical systems such as polymers, gels, colloids, emulsions, foams, surfactant assemblies, liquid crystals, granular materials, and many biological materials. What these systems have in common is that they are easily deformed by external forces and that their behavior is governed by weak interactions at energy scales comparable to thermal energy.Read More
Soft Matter Physics deals with a wide range of physical systems such as polymers, gels, colloids, emulsions, foams, surfactant assemblies, liquid crystals, granular materials, and many biological materials. What these systems have in common is that they are easily deformed by external forces and that their behavior is governed by weak interactions at energy scales comparable to thermal energy. The interplay between interactions and thermal fluctuations often leads to complex emergent behavior, such as self-assembly into mesoscopic structures at length scales that are much larger than the constituent molecules, spontaneous ordering or self-organization, slow dynamics, viscoelasticity, and non-equilibrium states. Because of its obvious links to supramolecular and physical chemistry, chemical engineering, nanotechnology, materials science, and biology, the field is strongly interdisciplinary in nature. The soft matter section welcomes articles with experimental, theoretical, or computational approaches on both fundamental and applied aspects of soft matter science. Submitted manuscripts will be subjected to a fair and rapid interactive peer review process.
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Soft Matter Physics welcomes submissions of the following article types: Book Review, Correction, Data Report, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Protocols, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge and Technology Report.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Soft Matter Physics, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Soft Matter Physics will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Physics.
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