Call for Proposals: 2020 JMR Focus Issues
Although each regular issue of JMR covers a range of materials research topics, Focus Issues are devoted entirely to a single topic and are published several times a year. Focus Issues allow the journal to comprehensively examine the current research in a particular area of interest to JMR readers.
Proposals are being accepted for JMR Focus Issues to be published in 2020. Proposals should follow the template provided below. Submit your proposal to the JMR Editor-in-Chief now!
See http://www.mrs.org/jmr-focus/ for previously published and planned Focus Issues.
- 1. Proposed topic:
Topics should be interdisciplinary materials research and focused on the science of the field. Focus Issues should cover emerging and progressing fields in materials science or topics that would benefit from comprehensive coverage. Queries regarding the appropriateness of a topic can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(While topics may come from past or planned symposia, invitations for authors must extend beyond papers presented at meetings in order to capture the best and widest coverage of the given topic.)
- 2. Proposed guest editor names and full contact information:
Three to four guest editors representing the diversity of MRS are required. Please define the roles of the individual participants. One person should be identified as the primary contact, or lead editor. (Note: The lead editor must be a member of MRS.) Guest editors should be knowledgeable of the field of the proposed topic, able to present a balanced view of the topic, capable of writing clear English, organized and able to meet deadlines. Previous editorial experience is a plus.
A current member of the JMR editorial board will be named by the Editor-in-Chief to serve on the Focus Issue editorial team as a liaison to the JMR editorial board.
- 3. Overall scope:
Describe the Focus Issue topic in one or two paragraphs, and why a Focus Issue is important at this time. Is the topic associated with a planned meeting? Evaluation will be based on scientific value, presentation quality and plans to attract cutting edge papers in the field (e.g., reviews, invited research papers). A minimum of 20 published articles is expected for each Focus Issue. Please list at least 10 potential author names and draft paper titles to be invited. Invited authors should be representative of work in the field, drawing on the global materials research community and representing work in academia, industry and government labs. Please consider the full pool of talented scientists, engaging all demographic groups worldwide. Except for Reviews, articles should be original, full length papers. [Note: JMR does not publish communication-length papers.] See www.mrs.org/jmr-submission-req... for details on manuscript requirements. (Additional Note: MRS provides authors the option to publish their papers with Open Access, but only after peer review and final publication acceptance.)
- 4. Proposed schedule to produce the issue:
During what quarter of 2019 (Jan.-March, April-June, July-Sept., Oct-Dec.) do you prefer to organize the Focus Issue? For 2020 publication, the Call for Papers should be released by JMR at least 12 months before the publication date.
- 5. Other information, if applicable:
Include any additional information or other special requests you may have.
- 6. Submitted by:
Name, affiliation and contact information of the proposer.
Focus issue topics for 2020 will be selected by the Editor-in-Chief and associate editors. (Scheduling of approved Focus Issues will be determined after the proposal has been accepted.)