International journal npj Materials Degradation to be launched in China to tackle global challenge of corrosion
Beijing, 31 May 2016
Corrosion or environmental degradation of materials is both very costly and a hidden safety risk. It is estimated that corrosion could cost more than US$2 trillion a year globally. Nature Publishing Group (NPG), part of Springer Nature, has reached an agreement with the Chinese Society for Corrosion and Protection (CSCP) to help address this global problem by co-publishing npj Materials Degradation. It will be the first highly selective and open access journal in the field of materials degradation, with the most extensive coverage across both metallic and non-metallic materials.
“Despite the impact corrosion can have on many industries, our understanding of the fundamental underlying mechanisms is limited by insufficient sharing of knowledge within the anti-degradation community. This hinders our ability to develop effective measures to mediate and control degradation,” said Dr. Fuhui Wang, President of the CSCP. “We’re excited to partner with NPG in launching such an open access journal, which means all the cutting-edge discoveries and best solutions in this field will become accessible to all people freely and without any boundaries.”
npj Materials Degradation aims to publish top-quality peer-reviewed original papers, review articles and short communications describing basic research discovery and technology in the area of corrosion and protection of metallic and non-metallic materials, particularly the breakthroughs that provide new insights into the study of materials failures.
“The journal comes at the right time as recent years have seen a tremendous boost in the quantity, quality and diversity of degradation-related research. With its unique positioning, I am confident the journal will become an indispensable platform for scientists worldwide to share knowledge, improve research efficiency and increase the visibility of their findings,” said Nick Campbell, Executive Editor, Nature.
Professor Nick Birbilis from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Monash University, Australia and Dr. Stéphane Gin from the French Atomic Energies and Alternatives Energy Commission (CEA) have been appointed as co-editors-in-chief for the new journal.
The topics covered by the journal will include theoretical, experimental and simulation studies on fundamental mechanisms and kinetics of corrosion/degradation of natural and synthetic metallic and non-metallic materials; characterization of corrosion (degradation) from nanoscale/atomic to macroscopic scale; corrosion control, including through advanced materials and technologies; inspection and monitoring, including sensing technologies; environmental stability and durability of advanced materials and emerging applications; long-term stability and durability of all kinds of materials hosting nuclear waste.
npj Materials Degradation will open for submissions from June 1, 2016. More information on the Nature Partner Journal programme can be found here.
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Founded in 1979, the Chinese Society for Corrosion and Protection (CSCP) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to advancing corrosion mitigation in China and globally through promoting corrosion research and education. It is a Tier-1 society under the administration of China Association for Science and Technology (CAST).
CSCP has been the central network for corrosion scientists and engineers in China and currently consists of over 20,000 individual members and 1600 group members from both academia and industries. CSCP has 5 working committees, 21 technical committees focusing on different subtopics of corrosion research, and also an overseas branch represented by worldwide corrosion experts. www.cscp.org.cn