H. Frederick Dylla Director's Matters

London onlineEleven AIP staffers, myself included, just returned from the Online Information 2008 meeting in London. With more than 10,000 registrants from several dozen countries, it is the largest conference in the world for science, technology, and medical (STM) publishers and the information industry. The conference covers six main sectors: online content resources, ePublishing, library management systems, Web content management, Web 2.0 technologies, and search solutions. These areas directly impact AIP’s business and our customers’ business. It is, therefore, vital that our organization have a strong presence—to learn, to network, to keep tabs on our competitors, to meet with our customers, and to market our products and services to create new business opportunities.

The primary goal of AIP’s participation in this year’s London meeting was to raise visibility of our Scitation online platform. To do so, we staged a formal launch of the ongoing Scitation 2.0 development project, which we co-branded “C3—content, context, connections.”  C3 incorporates two critical pieces of infrastructure – an XML content server, with powerful content storage, access, product development and enrichment capabilities, and a robust web content management system, with strong presentational, contextual, and connection capabilities.

The components of the launch included an extensive revision of booth graphics, a video presentation featuring current online projects that use the new Scitation platform infrastructure, a reception for current and potential clients and key STM publishing contacts, demonstrations for and meetings with prospective Scitation clients, and the sponsorship of two highly visible conferences held in conjunction with the meeting: the International Association of Scientific, Technical, and Medical Publishers’ eProduction seminar and the STM Innovations seminar.

I thank Paul Lurrie and Yvonne Reyes of the Marketing team in Melville for their rapid and detailed coordination of this elaborate, multimedia marketing effort. In addition, Larry Belmont, Christopher West, and Melanie Coutrier of AIP’s online services created a very polished video demo of the C3 platform, which was highly effective in attracting attention and conveying our development efforts.

In addition to Scitation, AIP had other items on its agenda at Online Information 2008. The marketing, sales, and business development teams held ongoing meetings to promote and increase sales for AIP, Member Society, and other journals represented by AIP. AIP journal publisher Mark Cassar demonstrated content delivery to eReaders and had multiple devices on hand to show how AIP’s journal content appears on them. We were pleased to share our exhibit space with two AIP publishing partners: APS and SPIE.

With all this activity, there was no break for four o’clock tea... Despite the fact that the recession affecting most of the world will undoubtedly impact the publishing industry, AIP is using this time wisely to position ourselves as a progressive force, to emerge from the economic slump as an industry leader—in products and in services for scientific publishing.


October 29, 2008, JPCRD Management Board Meeting. From the left: Donald Burgess, Linda Diane Decker, and Robert Watters, from NIST, along with AIP’s journal publisher Mark Cassar.
’Tis the season ... for editors
For AIP journals, editorial board meetings abound as the year draws to a close. These gatherings serve as important venues for conferring about journal policy and making plans for the coming year. In addition, they provide the perfect opportunity for AIP staff to express appreciation to our esteemed group of journal editors for their tireless efforts on behalf of AIP journals.

The season kicked off with three journal-related gatherings held during the last week of October at the AIP Publishing Center: the annual meeting of the Management Board of the Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data, the annual meeting of the AIP Journal Editors’ Panel, and a meeting of the editors of the Journal of Chemical Physics. Following those meetings were AIP journal editorial board meetings held during two APS division meetings: one for Physics of Plasmas at the Division of Plasma Physics meeting in Dallas, TX and the other for Physics of Fluids at the Division of Fluid Dynamics meeting in San Antonio, TX. The final editorial board gathering of 2008—held during the Materials Research Society meeting in Boston, MA—was a joint meeting of the editorial boards of Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Applied Physics, and Applied Physics Reviews. As always, AIP is indebted to our editorial, reviewer, and author community for their ongoing support of the journals published by AIP. We wish our entire journal community peace and prosperity in the New Year.

October 30, 2008, AIP Journal Editors’ Panel Meeting. Standing from the left: Marsha Lester (JCP), Branka Ladanyi (JCP), Donald Burgess (JPCRD), David Campbell (Chaos), Bruno Nachtergaele (JMP), Jules Routbort (APL), John Turner (JSRE), Chia Chang (Biomicrofluidics), Ronald Davidson (PoP). Seated from the left: John Kim (PoF), Albert Macrander (RSI), Nghi Lam (APL), Roy Benedek (JAP)

October 30, 2008, AIP Journal Editors’ Panel Meeting.Outgoing chairperson Albert Macrander (center)—editor of Review of Scientific Instruments—congratulates John Kim (left)—co-editor of Physics of Fluids—on his election as incoming chairperson. Kim’s term as chairperson will begin in January 2009. On the right is AIP Executive Director and CEO Fred Dylla.

ASA and AVS join AIP Congressional Science Fellowship Program
AIP will be selecting an additional Congressional Fellow to work on Capitol Hill starting in the fall of 2009. The expansion of the AIP Congressional Science Fellowship Program is made possible by increased support from two AIP Member Societies: the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and AVS: Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing. To learn more, see last week’s FYI.

Congressional Fellowships are an opportunity for physicists who want to apply their knowledge and skills beyond the lab and who believe there is a need for technical advice and analysis in the forming of national policy. This program enables qualified, highly-motivated scientists to actively participate in the congressional policymaking process. AIP’s first Congressional Fellow, Dr. George Atkinson, became Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State in 2003.

Marian Anderson (IEEE Computer Society) and Justin Stewart (PTCN) at SC08.

PTCN joins IEEE Computer Society at SC08
Physics Today Career Network (PTCN) promoted the IEEE Computer Society Career Center at SC08, the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis, held November 15–21 in Austin, TX. The IEEE Computer Society, the latest addition to PTCN, cosponsored the conference and staffed a booth to provide information on its membership and publications, including Computing in Science and Engineering magazine (a joint publication of AIP and IEEE Computer Society). PTCN staff discussed the IEEE Computer Society job board with conference attendees and fellow exhibitors. The Physics Today prize wheel attracted many visitors, who could spin to win promotional items such as T-shirts and light-up pens.

Holiday cheer
This week, AIP will celebrate the season with holiday parties and charity drives. We hope you can join in the festivities and help make this a true season of giving.

Melville, NY

  • AIP Holiday Party: Friday, December 19, starting at noon, at the Woodbury Country Club.
  • Toys for Tots campaign, sponsored by the Marine Corps' Alpha Company, 6th Communications Battalion.  Toy donations will be collected on Monday, December 15.

College Park, MD

  • ACP Holiday Breakfast: Tuesday, December 16, 9–10 a.m. in the ACP Rotunda.
  • AIP Holiday Party: Wednesday, December 17, starting at noon, at the Newton White Mansion.
  • Gift drive by College Park Youth & Family Services: Select a slip of paper with a gift suggestion of clothing or supplies, and drop off the item (wrapped if possible) at your events committee representative’s drop box by Thursday, December 18.

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