When 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM Oct 28, 2022
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"Make Your Research Matter: Tips from the Editor-in-Chief"

Steven Cranford
Editor-in-Chief, Matter, at Cell Press

Matter (https://www.cell.com/matter) is a new materials science journal from Cell Press (our first issue was July ‘19). Matter is the third offering in the physical sciences from Cell Press, after the successful launches of Chem (2016) and Joule (2017), and an expanding physical sciences portfolio. Our goal is to provide a high impact publication in the field on par with Nature Materials. In this talk, the editor-in-chief, Steve Cranford, will outline the aims and scope of Matter, our internal scientific editorial team, describe our assessment process and outline our framing of materials science. We present our novel MAP scale for materials research progress assessment, and provide tips in writing high impact papers and common pitfalls. Come learn about physical sciences at Cell Press and Matter!


A graduate from Memorial University (Canada), Stanford University (USA), and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), Dr. Cranford was faculty at Northeastern University’s College of Engineering prior to accepting a new role as editor-in-chief for Matter. He has over 50 publications in the field of materials sciences in a range of high impact journals, including Nature and Advanced Materials, with expertise in the area of atomistic simulation, computational modeling, and nanomechanics, encompassing a variety of materials systems, from carbyne to copper to concrete. He would have preferred to have published in Matter, but it didn’t exist. He constantly played with LEGO blocks as a child, likely leading to his interest in material assembly and structure.