Soft Matter is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published weekly (48 times per year) by the Royal Society of Chemistry. It was established in 2005, initially publishing only 12 issues per year. As submissions increased, the journal began publishing 24 issues per year in 2009, and then increased to its current output in 2012. As of May 2012, the editor of Soft Matter is Liz Davies.
Soft Matter publishes original research on the generic science underpinning the properties and applications of soft matter. The following topics are covered in the journal: Bulk soft matter assemblies; Soft nanotechnology and self-assembly; Biological aspects of soft matter; Surfaces, interfaces, and interactions; Building blocks/synthetic methodology; and Theory, modeling, and simulation.
The journal publishes the following types of articles: Research Papers, Communications, Reviews, Highlights, Emerging Areas, Tutorial Reviews, and Opinions. Reviews, Highlights, Emerging Areas, Tutorial Reviews and Opinions are written by special invitation of the Editor or Editorial Board only.
Soft Matter has a global circulation and interdisciplinary audience with a particular focus on the interface between physics, materials science, biology, chemical engineering and chemistry. Soft Matter appeals to a wide variety of researchers, but particularly to: materials scientists; surface scientists; physicists; biochemists; biological scientists; chemical engineers; physical, organic and theoretical chemists.