IOP launches trio of interdisciplinary open access journals

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IOP Publishing has launched three high-impact open access journals.

The scope of these journals will focus on research covering three aspects of the physical world that will shape the future of our planet: energy, materials and light. The titles will be led by editors-in-chief at the forefront of their respective fields:

  • JPhys Energy - Professor John Irvine, University of St Andrews, UK;
  • JPhys Materials - Professor Stephan Roche, Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) and Catalan Institute of Nanosciences and Nanotechnology (ICN2), Spain; and
  • JPhys Photonics - Professor Hugo Thienpont, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

The long-term aim of the new series is to reach and connect existing and emerging research communities and address high-impact themes within the physical sciences. The journals will have a highly selective editorial policy, publishing timely and important research that displays originality, scientific rigour, and significance.

Daniel Keirs, associate director for IOP Publishing, said: 'IOP has supported open scientific publishing for 20 years, and we are truly excited to be extending innovative, open access publishing options into research fields with vital importance for the future of scientific and technological development.

'Increasingly, researchers cross traditional subject boundaries, working collaboratively and adopting the techniques of other disciplines in their work, so these journals will welcome submissions from physicists, chemists, earth scientists, materials scientists, and engineers. The journals will therefore reflect and support the collaboration that is already taking place, ensuring that authors gain maximum visibility and impact for their work.'

The journals will open for submissions in April.