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Functional Composites meet Sustainability: papers from ECCM20

New Content ItemThe 20th European Conference on Composite Materials (ECCM20) collaborates with Functional Composite Materials to publish a special collection of research work presented at ECCM20 in Lausanne, Switzerland. The overall theme of the collection is “functional composites meet sustainability” to follow the highlight of the conference in 2022. 

The key requirement for publication in the journal is that the concept of functionality must be clearly demonstrated. Examples of such functionality include, but are not limited to, electrical and thermal conductivity/insulation; thermoelectric; magnetic; optical; shape memory; ferroelectric; energy storage and harvesting; phase change; antimicrobial and antiviral; structural health monitoring; sensing and actuation; self-healing and integration of devices into structures. 

All articles related to functional composites will thus be of interest for this collection; however, we appreciate if the (potential) link to sustainability is highlighted in the proposed articles. 

All articles should be submitted as one of the standard Functional Composite Materials article types and will be subject to rigorous peer review.

Submission deadline

1 September 2022

Guest Editors

Nektaria-Marianthi Barkoula, University of Ioannina, Greece

Kunal Masania, TU Delft, Netherlands

Frank Clemens, Empa, Switzerland

Véronique Michaud, EPFL, Switzerland

Submission instructions

Authors must read and follow the submission guidelines for Functional Composite Materials available here prior to submitting to the journal. During the submission process, they should select the name of the collection from the dropdown menu.

Article-processing charge and funding

Springer Nature has numerous agreements around the world to help authors fund the article-processing charge (APC) in Functional Composite Materials. Please visit our institutional agreements page for more information. 

If you are not covered by any of the above, please visit our funding support page as you may have access to funds via your institution.

For authors that do not have any access to funds, Springer Nature will consider requests for waivers on a case-by-case basis for cases of financial need. For more information, see here (under "Article-processing charges"). 

Springer Nature offers APC waivers to papers whose corresponding authors are based in countries classified by the World Bank as low-income economies (for the current list, see here).

Finally, the journal has allocated a small number of waivers for authors of this collection, so if you have no other funding options, please contact the Guest Editors and/or Editor-in-Chief.  

Speed (average)
72 days to first decision for all manuscripts
43 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
86 days submission to acceptance
69 days acceptance to publication

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