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VUB B-Phot Prof. H. Thienpont editor-in-chief of new interdisciplinary JPhys Photonics (IOP)


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 .’

Prof. Hugo Thienpont, editor-in-chief of JPhys Photonics on the interdisciplinary character of the journal: “Research is increasingly a collaborative enterprise. Researchers cross traditional subject boundaries, working collaboratively and adopting the techniques of other disciplines in their work. Journals must evolve to reflect these changes. JPhys Photonics is an innovative new open access journal for high quality research in all areas where physical sciences are applied in the field of photonics. It builds on the prestige of the Journal of Physics series, which celebrated 50 years of publishing in 2017. The journal will showcase the most significant and exciting developments in photonics and photonics-enabled research. JPhys Photonics welcomes submissions from physics, chemistry, engineering and related fields, and aims to facilitate the flow of knowledge between and beyond these communities, ensuring authors gain maximum impact and visibility for their interdisciplinary work. “

The journals will open for submissions in April, visit IOP Science for more information.