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Focus Reviews (up to 25000 characters) are critical but balanced and scholarly surveys of recent developments in a focused research field; they are broader than personal accounts but not as comprehensive as reviews. Although Focus Reviews should be recognized as scholarly by specialists in the field, they should be written with a view to informing materials chemists in general. Thus, Focus Reviews should avoid excessive jargon and too much technical detail. Focus Reviews should contain ample illustrations (figures, formulae, schemes, tables). References are limited to 100 (citations should be selective). Focus Reviews start with an abstract (600–1000 characters, no references), which should arouse the interest of the reader. The article itself is then structured according to the following sections: 1) Introduction; 2) Body (with several numbered headings and subheadings); 3) Conclusions and Perspectives.
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Overall a Focus Review should not be of more than 25000 characters, including footnotes, literature citations, tables, and legends.
Focus Reviews should be divided into numbered sections. Cross-references in the text should also use these section numbers. The Focus Review should include an abstract (800 characters, no references), which should stimulate the readers' interest. The Introduction should primarily introduce the nonspecialist to the subject in as clear a way as possible. A Focus Review should conclude with a Conclusions and Perspectives section, in which the achievements of and new challenges for the subject are presented succinctly.
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