In my last week's message, I wrote about the Journals & Technical Publications Office, emphasizing its importance in carrying out AIP's mission and in contributing to AIP's financial wellbeing. This message is about AIP journal editors. The editors met in Melville last Thursday to discuss the evolution of the AIP journals during the past year and to develop a shared vision for management and future growth of the journals.
AIP's journal enterprise, consisting of nine journals plus two additional journals published with third parties, entails 16 head editors, 60 associate editors, and thousands of reviewers. AIP journals are our primary source of income. In addition, through publishing these journals, we gain valuable experience and develop publishing and support capabilities we then offer to our Member Societies and other customers in the scientific and technical community.
AIP staff meets with the editors annually to ensure effective communication and best services to the journals and their editorial staff. The demand for our journals comes from the research community and libraries, and it is determined by their quality and reputation. The reputation of the editor and the journal's impact factor are primary measures of quality. Our editors are internationally recognized leaders in their fields. They guide the journals as effective vehicles for disseminating research findings, striving to maintain their prestige in the scientific community. Together with AIP staff, they work to attract and maintain the best international authors and manuscript reviewers as well as to expand the international reader base.
We can thank our editors for these impressive statistics. Last year, AIP's nine journals published 91,550 text pages. Applied Physics Letters is the largest physics journal of its kind with over 6,200 articles published last year. Our journals are distributed to more than 5,500 institutions around the globe. AIP holds three of the top 10 most highly-cited physics journals in the world.
* Robert Kirby-Harris, the chief executive of the Institute of Physics (United Kingdom, is visiting ACP today. The visit continues an ongoing and productive engagement among IoP, AIP and APS in collaboration on physics outreach activities.
Web 2.0 tools for the AIP journals
This fall, the online editions of the AIP Journals will be enhanced, in advance of a major redesign and upgrade of the Scitation platform in 2008. In addition to a new abstract page layout, the journals will be fitted with tools to promote collaboration and integrate more effectively with the "Web 2.0 desktop"—the online realm of blogs, wikis, swickis, RSS, and tagging sites—that is fast becoming the preferred research environment of scientists. The changes will extend to AIP's 11 archival journals, as well as AIP Conference Proceedings and AIP Spotlight Publications, which include Applied Physics Reviews and JCP: BioChemical Physics. Feedback on the quality and variety of Scitation's new online feature set, as displayed in the AIP Journals, will be welcomed from users and publishing partners alike. Look for an initial wave of changes in early November.
In the spotlight
Did you know that AIP now offers the option of subscribing to specific sections of two of our key journals? Applied Physics Reviews (APR) and JCP: BioChemical Physics (BCP) are segments of Journal of Applied Physics and The Journal of Chemical Physics, respectively, each with their own particular audiences. APR contains more than 25 years of comprehensive articles which summarize current topics in applied physics, as well as some monograph-length reviews of particular applications. JCP: BCP isolates just the biologically related content from the much larger scope of JCP. This month, AIP is offering its institutional customers free trial access to these two AIP Spotlight Publications, so that they may consider them for inclusion in their 2008 subscriptions. Electronic publishing enables such "sliced" products, making AIP content accessible to libraries that might not have subscribed to the source journals.
Interns in the Archives
Ever since AIP's move to College Park, the Niels Bohr Library and Archives has provided a training ground for students from the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies graduate program in archival studies. In turn, with the help of one or more graduate interns every year, we have fully processed and cataloged many collections of historical materials. Processing a collection can mean simply placing manuscript materials into acid-free folders, or photocopying brittle papers, or deciphering the organization of messy files. Our two interns are Lara D'Agaro (right) and Mary Crauderueff (left). Thanks to Lara's hard work and growing expertise, we now have inventories for many of our older collections. Right now she is processing a collection of more than 250 cartoons pertaining to the sciences. Mary is processing the papers of the sociologist Ian Mitroff, including transcripts and audio recordings of his interviews with lunar scientists in the 1970s. The fresh perspective we get from students just starting their archival careers can be as valuable as the work they perform in the archives. For more information, contact Melanie Brown, Assistant Archivist.
Physics Today concentrates on improving online advertising
Physics Today recently hosted a sales meeting at ACP to discuss new options and pricing for online advertising. Highlights included the decisions to promote to advertisers how the high Google page ranking of PT (9 of 10) can improve a company's search results in Google and included a small number of ads with PT's RSS feeds.
Sleepless in Seattle
AIP's delegation to the AVS International Symposium and Industrial Physics Forum (IPF), held in conjunction last week in Seattle, was wide-awake—covering all aspects of the meeting(s). Industrial Outreach ran the very well attended sessions on "The Energy Challenge." Statistical Services amassed participant feedback, our media team garnered local coverage and interfaced with reporters, Physics Today also covered the meeting, hosted an exhibitors' lounge, and the PT Career Network promoted the online job site spoke to exhibitors about posting jobs on the AVS Online Job Board. The event was successful in many aspects, thanks to the full attention of the AIP team. (The coffee helped too.)
Breast cancer awareness
Health benefits are likely to be a topic of discussion during this Open Enrollment season. Your medical benefits include resources that can help in the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. During this month of Breast Cancer Awareness, you can learn more about the disease and how to put your medical benefits to greater use. The American Cancer Society has an excellent website offering advice on reducing your risk of the disease, finding the best options for treatment or joining in the fight against breast cancer. Stop by Human Resources in College Park and the lunchroom in Melville to pick up some "Breast Cancer Awareness" giveaways.
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