Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties

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IOP Publishing has announced the launch of a new peer-reviewed journal, Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties. This brings IOP’s journals portfolio to 68 titles.

The electronic-only journal will focus on the progress in surface topography measurement and characterisation, instrumentation development and the properties of surfaces. The journal aims to provide an international forum for academics, industrialists and engineers from different disciplines to present results, latest research and case studies.  

Dr Nicola Gulley, editorial director of IOP Publishing, said: 'We are delighted to be launching this new title with such a great editorial board, who will bring expert knowledge to the journal. Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties will support researchers by giving greater coverage to this important interdisciplinary research area.”

The journal’s editor-in-chief is Richard Leach, principal research scientist at the National Physical Laboratory, UK, who has a PhD in surface metrology from the University of Warwick and is a fellow of the Institute of Physics.

Professor Leach said: 'Many advanced manufacturing industries are now using some form of deterministic control of surface topography to affect the function of component parts. This has resulted in an increase in the research required for the measurement and characterisation of surface topography.

'The range of disciplines for which the function of a surface relates to its topography is very diverse, from metal sheet manufacturing to art restoration. This new journal will pull the discipline together in one place, helping researchers to share common themes.'

IOP will manage the peer-review process, working closely with the journal’s editorial board, as well as taking responsibility for the production, sales and marketing of the journal. It will be published quarterly and will be freely available online until the end of 2013.

Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties is open for submission of papers