Springer adds Ionics to publishing program

Journal brings fast online publication to emerging key technology

Springer has signed an agreement with the Institute for Ionics to publish Ionics − International Journal of Ionics: The Science and Technology of Ionic Motion. This new journal in Springer's portfolio supplements its already strong interdisciplinary chemistry, physics, biology, materials science and engineering program. The first issue published by Springer will appear in May 2006.

Ionics publishes original articles, short communications, summary reports and reviews on the science and technology of ionic motion. This field of science has applications in fuel and electrolysis cells, batteries, supercaps, electrochromics, sensors, thermoelectric converters and photogalvanic solar cells for the conversion, storage and efficient use of energy and for environmental protection. The journal will push forward this emerging key technology by publishing scientific and technological results six times a year.

Fast publication in Online First will make the journal accessible and searchable within the framework of SpringerLink, the publisher's premier electronic information platform. Ionics offers all authors, via the Springer Open Choice program, the option of publishing their articles using the open access model (www.springer.com/openchoice).

Prof. Werner Weppner, Editor-in-Chief, said, "Springer will help Ionics reach high visibility and attract high-quality articles through SpringerLink. This is crucial, because online availability is of utmost importance in today's scientific community."

Dr. Marion Hertel, Publishing Editor at Springer, said, "We welcome the opportunity to work with the Institute for Ionics in fostering this journal in the vital field of ionic motion. Springer places high priority on publishing the latest research results, especially in developing areas such as this."

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The Institute for Ionics (www.ionics.org) is dedicated to the promotion of the science and technology of the motion of ions, especially in solids. It carries out research on new material and technologies such as high-performance batteries, fuel cells, chemical sensors and photogalvanic solar cells.

Springer Science+Business Media (www.springer.com) is one of the world's leading suppliers of scientific and specialist literature. It is the second-largest publishing group in the science, technology, and medicine (STM) sector and the largest business-to-business publisher in the German-language area. The group owns 70 publishing houses, together publishing a total of 1,450 journals and more than 5,000 new books a year. The group operates in over 20 countries in Europe, the USA, and Asia, and has some 5,000 employees. In 2005, it generated annual sales of around EUR 836 million.


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