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EPJ to announce Open Access plans in the course of 2011

In order to foster and accelerate the development of full Open Access publishing in the physical sciences, as well as to coordinate better with the successful existing hybrid physics journals portfolio, Springer's STM division and BioMed Central have agreed to transfer and integrate PhysMath Central into a new initiative of the European Physical Journal (EPJ), EPJ.Open. EPJ.Open is a series of new, fully Open Access Physics journals to complement the existing portfolio of EPJ titles.

EPJ, a collection of well known physics journals jointly published by Springer, EDP Sciences and the Italian Physical Society (SIF) will announce its plans for full open access publishing in the course of 2011.

This development will benefit the Physics community due to the combined strength of Springer Science - with its strong global presence and long history of physics publishing - and BioMed Central - who operate a portfolio of over 200 open access journals and have demonstrated the ability to develop and sustain large scale Open Access operations.

Kari Dalnoki-Veress wins Rutherford Memorial Medal

Professor Kari Dalnoki-Veress of McMaster University, Canada, Associate Editor of EPJ E, has been awarded the 2010 Rutherford Memorial Medal of the Royal Society of Canada for outstanding research in Physics.


EPJ B – A step up in the game of electron-ion dynamics simulations

EPJ B – A step up in the game of electron-ion dynamics simulations

A Colloquium paper by McEniry et al. published in EPJ B surveys the theory and applications of a new family of computational methods, namely Correlated Electron-Ion Dynamics, which enable the simultaneous evaluation of the electronic current, along with the current-induced forces and subsequent motion of the nuclei.


EPJ H - Foundations of Quantum Statistical Physics Revisited

There is a divide, in quantum statistical physics, between the "ensemblists" who regard thermal equilibrium as a property of an ensemble (or a mixed state) and the "individualists" who regard thermal equilibrium as a property of an individual system (in a pure state). A long forgotten concept of equilibrium put forward by John von Neumann in 1929 is reanalyzed and shown to be influenced by both approaches, yet to be mainly based on the individualist view - a view that has gained ground recently.

EPJ D - Ions that love DNA to bits

Ions that love DNA to bits

Low energy carbon ions have been directed to small DNA strand. The results provide new information of the mechanisms of DNA damage during ion beam therapy, also called hadron therapy.


Daan Frenkel wins Soft Matter and Biological Physics Award

Professor Daan Frenkel (Cambridge University), Editor in Chief of EPJ E is the 2010 recipient of the Soft Matter and Biological Physics award for his contributions to the development and application of computational methods that have transformed our understanding of soft and biomolecular materials.

The Royal Society of Chemistry established this award in 2008. The award will be officially presented to Daan Frenkel in spring 2011. The publishers and the EPJ E journal team congratulate Daan Frenkel on this prestigious achievement.

Discounted Open Access fee for Physical Society members

Members of the European Physical Societies represented in the EPJ Scientific Advisory Committee who choose to publish their EPJ paper in open access enjoy a 10% discount on the open access fee. For detailed information on how open access works in EPJ please click here.

EPJ D – Measurements in the hot spot of a plasma

Measurements in the hot spot of a plasma

A group of researchers in Greifswald, Germany, measured the electron concentration and electron temperature in the active discharge zone of a self-organized plasma jet. Self-organized discharge patterns are shown as time averaged top view in the picture.

Miniaturized non-thermal plasma jets are an emerging technique for surface treatments at ambient pressure, such as cleaning, activation, etching, films deposition and more.

The authors of this EPJ D paper used two independent approaches: spectroscopy and a two-dimensional fluid model calculation of a discharge filament. The results from the two methods are consistent and indicate electron concentrations between 2.2 and 3.3×1014 cm-3. This work represents a first step towards a thorough physical description of the discharge dynamics and energy transport to gain a better understanding of self-organization effects in non thermal plasma jets.

EPJ B – Longitudinal polarization analysis, SANS souci

Longitudinal polarization analysis, SANS souci

Ground breaking experiments in EPJ B by D. Honecker and colleagues on an FeCr two-phase nanocrystalline alloy demonstrate the power of one-dimensional neutron-spin analysis in a small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) experiment.


EPJ D – Phase equations describe birdsongs

maltese canary
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The air sac pressure patterns used by domestic canaries during song were analyzed by a group of Argentinean statistical physicists in terms of phase equations.


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Agnès Henri (EDP Sciences) and Sabine Lehr (Springer-Verlag)
Dear Isabelle, dear Ms. Lehr,
We want to express our sincere thanks to you for your outstanding work perfectly in time.

Kerstin Eckert, TU Dresden, Germany
on behalf of the other Editors EPJ Special Topics 220, 2013

ISSN: 1951-6355 (Print Edition)
ISSN: 1951-6401 (Electronic Edition)

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