This journal is an international medium for the rapid publication of original research papers, short communications and subject reviews dealing with research on and applications of synthetic metals. The term ''synthetic metals'' is meant to include those chemical compounds having metallic properties but which are distinguishable from the naturally occurring elemental metals or their combinations which produce alloys. The following types of materials are considered to be synthetic metals and therefore fall within the purview of this journal: low-dimensional conductors and superconductors such as organic charge-transfer compounds, metal chain compounds and transition metal layered compounds. conducting polymers. intercalation compounds of graphite (or related layered structure materials) of either the donor or acceptor type. Experimental or theoretical papers within the subject area pertaining to the metallic nature of the above materials and dealing with synthesis or structural chemistry, physical and electronic properties, engineering applications and uniquely pertinent measurement or analytical techniques will be considered for publication.