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Saturday, July 05, 2008

Materials science journal converts to no-fee OA

After seven years of TA publishing, Science and Technology of Advanced Materials converted to no-fee OA with its January-March issue.  From Teruo Kishi's editorial in that issue:

Welcome to the first issue of the new-look Science and Technology of Advanced Materials (STAM) journal which is being published by [Japan's] National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in partnership with IOP Publishing.

STAM is sponsored by NIMS and is a web-based, open-access source of the latest information on international developments in materials science. The contents are free to read, there is an 'author friendly' copyright policy, and there are no publication charges. [The costs are covered by NIMS.]  By employing this publication model, NIMS hopes to contribute to the research activities of materials scientists worldwide....

Further, to give greater worldwide visibility to our authors, we will distribute copies of the journal free of charge at international conferences and the STAM website will feature regularly updated news and research summaries of important developments....