New booklet – Accelerators: powering cutting-edge research

By IOP. Published on 27 November 2014 in:
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“Accelerators: powering cutting-edge research” is a booklet, prepared by the Science and Technology Facilities Council in collaboration with the Institute of Physics and the Cockcroft Institute. It explains what a particle accelerator does and examines its many different uses, from medical treatments to environmental impact.

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Dedicated to EPS Individual Members

By Luisa Cifarelli. Published on 25 August 2014 in:
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Announced and implemented!

Yes, EPS Individual Members can access for free, from the EPS web page, the current latest issues of two appealing journals.

The first is the European Journal of Physics [EJP] , dedicated to maintaining and improving the standard of taught physics in universities and other higher education institutes…

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A new publication frequency for Europhysics News

By Victor Velasco. Published on 25 July 2014 in:
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In response to the decision at 2014 Council to save production costs and to insure that the magazine remains spread widely in Europe, it was agreed to change the publication frequency of Europhysics News.
In 2014 and 2015, Europhysics News will move from 6 printed issues to 5 printed issues. In this way we hope to satisfy the interests of authors and advertisers and achieve the sustainability of the publication.
Europhysics News constantly evolves to better fit the needs and expectations of the readers. The fifth issue will be larger (32 + 16 pages) than the other issues to accommodate extra features and…

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A visible Editorial Board for a visible EPL

By Giorgio Benedek. Published on 28 April 2014 in:
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EPL has still a modest impact factor [IF], only occasionally above 3 in connection with high-temperature and iron-based superconductors. This is too low when compared with the high quality of most EPL papers. It is fair to say that the IF does not really measure the impact of a journal but rather its visibility. The impact of a journal is measured by the scientific progress that has resulted from its papers, e.g., by the number of papers, which led to a Nobel Prize. Today visibility is nevertheless something a journal cannot do without, due to the growing background noise of hundreds of journals, often insignificant. It is the lack of visibility which leaves many remarkable papers written by…

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Featured in EPN

By EPN. Published on 27 February 2014 in:
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Most recent highlights from EPN…
- ‘In free fall’ by Herman C.W. Beijerinck
- 100 years of semiconductor science – The Ukrainian contribution by V.G. Lytovchenko and M.V. Strikha
- Confined to grow? – Publication dynamics and the proliferation of scientific journals by Istvan Daruka
- The atmospheres of extrasolar planets by Thérèse Encrenaz
- Chernobyl’s Legacy: Black Prophecies’ Bubble by Yehoshua Socol…

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Managing the Transition to Open Access Publication

By David Lee. Published on 26 November 2013 in:
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Discussions regarding open access to scientific literature began in 1990s as a result of the widespread availability of the World Wide Web. In order to better understand the implications and impact of recent policy developments, the European Physical Society [EPS] organised a Round Table on Open Access publishing at its Council Meeting on 5 April 2013. The Round Table brought together scientists from different fields (astronomy, chemistry, physics, biology…) and from different countries and learned societies. Sir John Enderby chaired the Round Table, whose participants were: J. Dudley (EPS); M. Huber (EAS); D. Kulp (APS); A. Oleandri (SIF – EPJ); B. Pulverer (EMBO); U. Schubert (EuCheMS); and J.-H. Weil (FEBS).

The Round Table showed that publishing is an essential part of scientific research, necessary for the communication of results, inspiring future research and career development. Publishing is also a core activity of learned societies. The Round Table also brought to light that different scientific communities, national contexts, and positions in learned societies have an influence on positions regarding open access to scholarly, peer reviewed articles.

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Featured in EPN

By EPN. Published on 25 October 2013 in:
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Most recent highlights from EPN:

A Tribute to Jean Perrin by Henk Kubbinga
Can comments cause citations? Yes, they can! by Michael Schreiber
A look inside white OLEDs by Peter Bobbert and Reinder Coehoorn.
On inverse problemes in physics by Georges Jobert.

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News on the Open Access front

By Luisa Cifarelli. Published on 21 August 2013 in:
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In June this year the American Physical Society [APS] has decided not to participate as a publishing partner in the SCOAP3 initiative launched by CERN as an Open Access possible model for the very international particle-physics community.
Of course, this does not mean that the APS will abandon its long-standing commitment to Open Access. However this decision signals, once more, how steep the road is to achieve sustainable Open Access for scientific publishers. Despite the universally recognised merits of the Open Access principle to grant unrestricted access to the results of…

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Report on citizenship education published

By Ian Randall. Published on 28 June 2012 in:
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European students are getting more involved in school politics – and learning about civic engagement – according to a report published by Eurydice earlier this month. The study, entitled “Citizenship Education in Europe”, analyses the regulations on the promotion of student participation in school governance which are now in effect in all European Countries.

The document – an update on a previous Eurydice study from 2005 – contains information on progress…

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IoP report benchmarks physics research in the UK

By Ian Randall. Published on 16 March 2012 in:
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The Institute of Physics has published a report on the “Bibliometric evaluation and international benchmarking of the UK’s physics research”.

The publication reports a decline in the United Kingdom’s share of physics paper publications over the last decade – a trend seen across most G7 countries, following an increase in the output of Chinese research. Despite this, the UK’s contribution was regarded as still having a significant impact…

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