2015 Impact factor 1.625
Soft Matter and Biological Physics

Aims and Scope

Founded by P.-G. de Gennes.

EPJ E publishes papers describing advances in the understanding of physical aspects of Soft, Liquid and Living Systems.

Soft matter is a generic term for a large group of condensed, often heterogeneous systems -- often also called complex fluids -- that display a large response to weak external perturbations and that possess properties governed by slow internal dynamics.

Flowing matter refers to all systems that can actually flow, from simple to multiphase liquids, from foams to granular matter.

Living matter concerns the new physics that emerges from novel insights into the properties and behaviours of living systems. Furthermore, it aims at developing new concepts and quantitative approaches for the study of biological phenomena. Approaches from soft matter physics and statistical physics play a key role in this research.

The journal includes reports of experimental, computational and theoretical studies and appeals to the broad interdisciplinary communities including physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and materials science.

Article Categories

  • Regular Articles
  • Tips and Tricks
  • Colloquia
  • Topical Reviews

Tips and Tricks (T&T) are short peer-reviewed papers that focus on a novel methodological approach that facilitates new science. These papers may describe experimental, computational, or theoretical tips and tricks. Although T&T papers maybe shorter than normal research papers, they should still provide enough detail such that the reader can readily implement the ideas presented. The standards of scientific quality and rigour will be the same as a for regular papers (control experiments, clear descriptions, comparison to previous methods, statistical analysis, quantitative evaluation if appropriate, etc.). T&T can be submitted regularly through the online system, but please mention in the cover letter if your submission is a T&T paper. You may contact the T&T editors, Kari Dalnoki-Veress or James A. Forrest, for more guidance on how to prepare a T&T paper.

Colloquia describe the development of new areas of research or the impact of new and promising experimental or theoretical methods in the fields that are within the spectrum of topics covered by the respective journals. While not as extensive and complete as reviews in the usual sense, they are intended to suitably introduce new research directions and techniques in their early stages of development, and to a wider audience. There is no explicit constraint regarding the length of such manuscripts, although 20 printed pages would be the most usual length. All invited/submitted manuscripts will undergo the same refereeing procedure as all other contributions submitted to the journal. For invited colloquium papers, authors will receive a honorarium of EUR 400,-- upon publication and colour figures will be free of charge. Colloquium papers are generally solicited by the journal editors. Authors wishing to submit a colloquium paper are advised to contact the Editorial Office or the Editors-in-Chief.

Topical Reviews provide a comprehensive and extensive summary of recent research results in a field that is within the spectrum of topics covered by EPJ E and are of current interest to a broader audience. A topical review should aim to summarize the pertinent experimental, theoretical, and computational results obtained by the key research groups working in the field in the past 10 years. Historical reviews of an entire sub-field of physics are discouraged. There is no explicit constraint regarding the length of such manuscripts, although 35 printed pages would be the most usual length. All invited/submitted manuscripts will undergo the same refereeing procedure as all other contributions submitted to the journal. For invited topical review papers, authors will receive a honorarium of EUR 400,-- upon publication and color figures will be free of charge. Topical review papers are generally solicited by the journal editors. Authors wishing to submit a topical review paper are advised to contact the Editorial Office or the Editors-in-Chief.

Soft matter

Polymers and Polyelectrolytes

  • Gels, rubbers, networks
  • Crystalline, glassy and molten polymers
  • Amphiphilic systems

Liquid Crystals

  • Thermotropic and lyotropic phases
  • Liquid crystalline polymers and elastomers

Self-organised and Supramolecular Assemblies

  • Purpose-designed organic molecules
  • Hierarchical structures
  • Foams, emulsions and dispersions
  • Surfactants

Colloids and nanoparticles

  • Colloids and nanoparticles as model systems
  • Glasses, aggregates and fragility
  • Ferrofluids

Functional Materials and Nanodevices

  • Smart materials
  • DNA based nanotechnology
  • Tuneable, switchable, and addressable properties
  • Semiconducting polymers and molecular electronics: structure and morphology

Interfacial Phenomena and Nanostructured Surfaces

  • Adhesion and friction
  • Soft lithography, materials patterning

Flowing matter

Liquids and complex fluids

  • Structure and dynamics of fluids
  • Non-newtonian fluids, viscoelasticity
  • Rheology and rheophysics

Granular Materials

  • Packing and elasticity
  • Dynamics, dissipation and flow behavior, slurries
  • Transport and jamming

Interfacial phenomena

  • Capillarity, wetting and spreading
  • Microfluidics and interfacial flows, foam and emulsions rheology

Nonlinear Physics

  • Multiscale hydrodynamics
  • Non-equilibrium dynamics, instabilities, pattern formation
  • Transport processes, multiphase flows
  • Turbulence
  • Computational fluid dynamics – Lattice Boltzmann methods

Living systems

Biological Matter

  • DNA, RNA and chromatin
  • Membranes and vesicles
  • Proteins and protein assemblies
  • Cytoskeletal filaments and networks

Structure and Function

  • Single molecules
  • Nanoscale systems
  • Molecular machines: Channels, pumps and motors
  • Photobiophysics
  • Protein folding

Biomimetic Systems

  • Reconstituted systems
  • Artificial environments, microfluidics, microswimmers
  • Synthetic Biology

Cellular Processes

  • Cell mechanics and adhesion
  • Cell motility and force generation
  • Transport and trafficking
  • Fluctuations and noise, nonequilibrium processes

Multicellular Systems

  • Tissues and organs
  • Developmental processes and patterning
  • Cell communication and cooperativity
  • Sensory systems and neural networks
  • Dynamics and self-organization in biological systems

Biological Networks

  • Genetic and protein networks
  • Cellular signaling systems
  • Population dynamics and evolution
  • Robustness and reliability
  • Biological information
Editors-in-Chief
A. Bausch and F. Sciortino
On behalf of all co-authors, I wish to express to you and to the referees our deep gratitude for the time and careful work spent on our manuscript.

Cyprien Gay

ISSN (Print Edition): 1292-8941
ISSN (Electronic Edition): 1292-895X

© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica and Springer-Verlag

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