In a release titled First nanotechnology journal from a major publisher to offer open access, Springer announced its new journal “Nanoscale Research Letters (NRL), which will be the first nanotechnology journal from a major commercial publisher to publish articles with open access. The new journal provides an interdisciplinary forum for the open communication of scientific and technological advances in the creation and use of objects at the nanometer scale. The first open access articles are scheduled to appear on Springer’s online platform, SpringerLink, in July 2006″…
” ‘Nanoscale Research Letters presents a novel type of platform for ultra-rapid exchange of information on important scientific achievements in nanotechnology. I am convinced the nano community will strongly benefit from the birth of its latest child,’ commented Dieter Bimberg, Executive Director of the Solid State Physics Institute at the Technical University of Berlin and a member of the NRL Board.”
The new journal is also sponsored by the Nano Research Society: “The Nano Research Society is a nonprofit scientific organization whose members work at the forefront of nanoscale science and technology in over 12 countries in America, Europe and Asia. The Society aims to provide global leadership in stimulating interaction among a diverse group of researchers pursuing innovation at the nanoscale through research, publication, and meetings.” As I write this, the NRS appears to have no website, so it’s not real yet. Perhaps they will have one by the time you read this.
Regardless of that point, this is good news: likely to become a major open access nano journal. —Christine