MRS Communications, a new journal focused on rapid communications and high-quality, high-impact review articles across the broad materials spectrum, has been announced by the Materials Research Society (MRS). The journal will be published by MRS in partnership with Cambridge University Press.
Growth in the field of materials research over the past decade, shifting market demands, and the expanding reach of MRS—both in international and interdisciplinary scope—all provide a unique opportunity to establish this bold new publication. The journal will bring together researchers and professionals from the full range of materials fields including physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and engineering, to identify trends in research and play an influential role in future directions of the broad materials science community.
MRS Communications will be a full-color, online-only publication with accepted papers appearing immediately on Cambridge Journals Online (CJO) via FirstView. This affords authors an exceptionally rapid review process and time-to-publication, while also providing a swift reach to the global audience.
Short communications, ultra-short communications, commentaries and correspondence will be accepted for publication. Authors will be encouraged to submit supplementary material and supporting multimedia files. The journal will also feature prospectives articles, which will be succinct, forward-looking reviews commissioned from =thought leaders‘ in the field. Key content presented by distinguished speakers at MRS meetings will also be captured.
MRS Communications is the first of many new publishing ventures expected to result from the recent partnership between MRS and Cambridge University Press. The introductory issue is scheduled for fall 2011 and will join the existing suite of industry-leading MRS publications—MRS Bulletin, Journal of Materials Research, the MRS Online Proceedings Library and Materials360®.
"Through our valued partnership with Cambridge University Press, the launch of this journal marks another significant juncture in the new era of MRS publications," explains MRS President, Jim DeYoreo. "This will provide materials researchers worldwide with new opportunities to publish their results in a high-profile venue."
Simon Ross, Global Journals Director at Cambridge added "The launch of MRS Communications embodies and demonstrates the speed at which our combined resources and capabilities has enabled us to identify and respond to the evolving needs of the material research community. MRS Communications will be relevant and rapid and we're confident the community will want to read it, share it and submit to it."
About the Materials Research Society (MRS)
MRS is an international organization of almost 16,000 materials researchers from academia, industry and government, and a recognized leader in promoting the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research to improve the quality of life. MRS members are engaged and enthusiastic professionals hailing from physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and engineering—the full spectrum of materials research. Headquartered in Warrendale, Pennsylvania (USA), MRS membership now spans over 80 countries, with more than 40% of members residing outside the United States. In addition to its communications and publications portfolio, MRS organizes high-quality scientific meetings, attracting over 13,000 attendees annually and facilitating interactions among a wide range of experts from the cutting edge of the global materials community. MRS is also a recognized leader in education outreach and advocacy for scientific research. More information about the Materials Research Society can be found on its Web site, www.mrs.org.
About Cambridge Journals
Cambridge Journals (journals.cambridge.org) publishes over 270 peer-reviewed academic journals across a wide spread of subject areas, in print and online. Many of these journals are the leading academic publications in their fields and together they form one of the most valuable and comprehensive collections of research available today.
About Cambridge University Press
Cambridge University Press (www.cambridge.org) is the publishing division of the University of Cambridge, one of the world‘s leading research institutions and winner of 83 Nobel Prizes. Cambridge University Press advances learning, knowledge and research worldwide. It publishes over 270 journals and over 2,500 books a year for distribution in more than 200 countries.