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SN Applied Sciences is a fully open access (OA) journal. All content published in the journal is published under an open access license, and freely available to readers worldwide, enabling the widest possible dissemination and reuse.

SN Applied Sciences is joining the Discover journal series!
We are excited to announce that SN Applied Sciences will move into our fully OA Discover journal series as Discover Applied Sciences in January 2024.
We will now only accept new submissions that will be published in Discover Applied Sciences.

The Discover journal series is committed to providing a streamlined submission process, rapid review and publication, and a high level of author service at every stage - find out more here.

SN Applied Sciences is in the top 25% of qualifying journals for editorial excellence  
Journal authors have the chance to tell us about their publishing experience throughout the year with the journal author satisfaction survey. The survey results reflect how highly authors rate their experience publishing with SN Applied Sciences.

SN Applied Sciences is a multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed journal for the disciplines of Applied Life Sciences, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Materials Science and Physics. It fosters sound scientific discovery to solve practical problems. The journal encourages quality, scientifically valid, original articles which present a good understanding of scientific knowledge, experiments and theories, methods and techniques, as well as interdisciplinary linkages. It welcomes research articles, review papers, case studies, and short communications.

All papers are evaluated on the basis of scientific content. Submissions are first screened for research and publication ethics prior to peer review. In addition to direct submissions, SN Applied Sciences also considers papers that have been referred from Springer Nature‚Äôs prestigious journal portfolio. 

SN Applied Sciences offers Topical Collections designed to consolidate publications of a specific research topic. Articles can be either released as direct papers or within a Topical Collection.

The Journal encourages the submission of videos, letters to the Editors (opinions and commentaries), interviews, observations on timely topics, and other supplementary electronic materials designed to enhance reader engagement. In its commitment to promoting education, the journal welcomes submission of articles from students and their mentors.

  • Open Access means widest possible dissemination
  • More downloads, more exposure, more citations for your work
  • No colour charges
  • International interdisciplinary applied science content for a wide readership
  • Sound science discovery to solve practical problems in an innovative way
  • Rapid publication of articles with high visibility
  • Article-level metrics to track the impact of your work 

Opportunities for you or your organization to partner with the Journal and enjoy planning and publishing Topical Collections in hot areas of research.

The Applied Life Sciences section of SN Applied Sciences aims to publish relevant articles that focus on modern applications of life sciences research in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Health Sciences, Physics, Engineering and Environmental Sciences. We are particularly interested in applied research that makes significant scientific and societal contributions across the broad spectrum of life sciences.
The topics covered in this section include but are not limited to:

Agriculture and Agronomy

Aquatic and Marine Biology

Behavioral Sciences




Biomedical Sciences



Cell Biology


Environmental Life Science

Evolutionary and Developmental Biology

Food Science


Genetics and Genomics


Plant Sciences

Population dynamics

Systems Biology and Bioinformatics

Zoology and Veterinary Sciences

The Engineering section provides a forum for various sub-disciplines of Engineering Technology, e.g., Bioengineering, Applied Engineering, Robotics and Control, Signal Processing, Data Analysis, Experiments, Computational Mechanics, and Fluid Mechanics. We are looking for contributions covering theoretical and practical problems associated with:

Aerospace Engineering

Big Data, Data Science and Data Analysis

Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

Communication Systems

Complex Structures

Computer Engineering

Computing Systems

Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Electromagnetics

Energy, Power and Industrial Applications

Fluid Mechanics

Image Processing and Signal Processing

Industrial Technology and Manufacturing

Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning

Multiscale Modelling and Multiscale Analysis


Structural Integrity and Technologies in Construction

Sustainable Inventive Systems

The Interdisciplinary section provides a forum for multi-disciplinary projects that cover the expertise of experiments, numerical modelling, and theory to provide a better understanding of key processes. It welcomes manuscripts combining or link disciplines of applied sciences and explore theoretical or practical problems.

The Chemistry and Materials Science section deals with the key research fields of chemistry and material science. Among many topics that our section covers, we promote the topics relating to the catalysis, activation of small molecules, electrochemistry and energy materials. The following keywords are only few of the key topics in our section:


Click chemistry

Heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis


Green synthesis of nanoparticles

Energy conversion


Construction materials


Water splitting

Fuel cells

Inorganic chemistry

Analytical chemistry

Oxygen reduction reaction


Food chemistry

The Physics and Materials Science section of SN Applied Sciences targets the latest development in the Applied Physics area and its intersection with the Material Sciences. We encourage topics that generate an interest or are related to global challenges, including among others, alternative energy sources, climate change, food and water safety and innovative health. Some keywords that we are considering are:

Electronic properties of materials

Structure-Property relationship and characterization

Superconductivity and Magnetism


Organic electronics

Perovskite/ Silicon solar cells

Biomaterials and health applications

Bioelectronics and sensors

Applied photochemistry

Photonic materials

Mechanical properties of materials

Thermoelectric materials


Energy transfer, storage and conversion

Organic materials doping


Optical properties of materials

Alloys and ceramics

Applied Biophysics

Sustainable development in Material Sciences

The Earth and Environmental Sciences section of SN Applied Sciences aims to publish relevant articles and case studies within Earth and Environmental System Sciences. We welcome disciplinary papers from the fields of Physical Geography, Geology, Climate, Oceanography and Natural Hazards, as well as those with strong interdisciplinary connections from the fields of Geophysics, Environmental Chemistry, Geochemistry and Environmental Engineering. We welcome contributions which demonstrate linkages between natural and anthropogenic processes, human-environmental interactions and environmental processes and applications.