– Swiss and Japanese Institutes Join Forces to Publish Open-Access Journal –
Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, and the Japanese National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) signed a 5-year collaborative agreement on co-publishing the open access journal “Science and Technology of Advanced Materials” (STAM).
Both Empa and NIMS are the leading materials science research institutes in their respective countries with histories spanning more than half a century. STAM was founded in 2000, and in 2008, NIMS took over the management of its peer review and financial systems. In January 2014, Empa has joined NIMS in the editorial management of STAM.
Sukekatsu Ushioda, president of NIMS, welcomes Empa’s participation and Empa CEO Gian-Luca Bona says in a press release (Empa), “It is our intention to attract high-impact contributions from Europe and the US to STAM and thus make the journal one of the world’s leading publications in materials science. What’s more, we plan to extend the scope of the journal to cover new technology areas such as the use of novel materials for medical applications; this, we think, will greatly enhance the visibility and the overall appeal of STAM.”
The NIMS-Empa agreement will provide additional momentum and opportunities for the journal’s further development. In particular, it will increase the visibility of STAM in Europe and attract new authors and reviewers. Empa will also set up a STAM editorial office in Switzerland, which will act as the journal’s hub in Europe.