A Redefined Scope
Fundamental interface science is the hallmark of Langmuir. The journal has a rich history of publishing seminal work in that area, including the groundbreaking articles highlighted in our recent 30th Anniversary Virtual Issue. Editor-in-Chief Françoise Winnik would like to emphasize the journal’s focus on work reporting significant fundamental advances in interface and colloids science. “If you want to publish solid work in this area, Langmuir is the journal for you,” Winnik says.
“In view of the increase in the number of journals that have been become available to authors in recent years and the fast-moving pace of modern science, the team of Langmuir Senior Editors and the members of the Langmuir Editorial Advisory Board undertook an extensive study to define the journal’s scope,” Winnik said in the December 2015 Langmuir editorial, “Our Vision for a Bright Future.” The priority is to showcase Langmuir as the leading journal publishing fundamental interface science.
Furthering Its Outreach
Winnik’s primary research post is as a professor at the University of Montreal’s Department of Chemistry, but she’s also a principal investigator at Japan’s WPI International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics of the National Institute for Materials Science in Tsukuba and a distinguished professor at the University of Helsinki. Having positions in other countries and traveling frequently has heightened her perception of what Langmuir could be.
Winnik wants to expand the journal’s outreach in Asia and in Europe. In January, Senior Editor Atsushi Takahara joined the team. He is a professor at Kyushu University’s Department of Materials Chemistry and Engineering in Fukuoka, Japan. He is well-known for his work on the properties of polymeric interfaces and thin films. Both Winnik and Takahara also participated in a “Meet the Editor” event that was held during the 6th Asian Conference on Colloid and Interface Science (ACCIS 2015 Japan) meeting near Nagasaki, where they had the opportunity to answer questions about the journal to a large audience of scientists from India, China, and Japan,
Some of Langmuir‘s revamp became evident in its first new issue of 2016. The January 12 issue showcased a new, sleeker logo and a graphic that highlighted every topic area the journal covers, The idea for the journal cover came from Senior Editor Joe Schlenoff, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida State University. Dr Schlenoff interests involve polymers at surfaces. His work on polyelectrolyte multilayers is particularly well regarded. Senior Editor Robert Corn of the University of California, Irvine is an expert in surface chemistry, surface biochemistry and surface spectroscopy and joined the Editorial team mid-2015. He participated in the creation of the Virtual Issue “Creating and Controlling Biointerfaces.” That issue was organized in collaboration with Vincent Rotello, Editor-in-Chief of Bioconjugate Chemistry, to illustrate the complementarity of the two journals. Senior Editor Walter Richtering of RWTH Aachen University studies the structure and dynamics of complex polymer and colloid fluids. He is also planning a special anniversary edition to be published in January 2017 to celebrate an event that took place 100 years ago.
The new editors were chosen to reflect the journal’s expanded direction and changing scope. Despite being new to this side of the journal, they, like the rest of the editorial staff are veteran scientists. All of Langmuir‘s Senior Editors are well-known researchers who are respected within the scientific community and in their field.