Newswise — July 1, 2014 – Warrendale, PA (USA): The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) announces the launch of its newest, peer-reviewed publication, Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy, set to publish in 2015. The quarterly journal, published in partnership with Springer Science+Business Media, addresses a need by presenting metallurgical processes and related research aimed at improving the sustainability of metal-producing industries, with a particular emphasis on materials recovery, reuse, and recycling.
"Despite the plethora of existing journals, it was quite apparent that we lacked a platform to disseminate and publish articles that focus on sustainable metallurgy," said Diran Apelian, 2008 TMS president and one of the publication's three editors-in-chief. "A journal was needed that would be community driven, interdisciplinary, focused, and a contributor to one of the greatest challenges we face in the 21st Century—sustainable development.
"The Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy aspires to address this by examining how we can reduce production waste; recover and reuse post-consumer waste; develop measures, sensors, and controls that can be used in recovery and reuse; and manufacture for disassembly and recycling."
Apelian, the Alcoa-Howmet Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director, Metal Processing Institute, at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA, is part of an international team of editors that includes: Bart J. Blanpain, Professor, KU Leuven, Belgium; and Shin-ya Kitamura, Professor, Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University, Japan. The journal's managing editor is Yiannis Pontikes, Senior Researcher, KU Leuven, Belgium.
Pontikes will be responsible for ensuring that the new journal's vision is realized with every issue. "We aspire to publish groundbreaking work—'papers to remember'—that provide insights and challenge established thinking with data," he said. "There will be no compromise in quality, but we are also seeking creativity and novelty."
TMS was the obvious choice to publish the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy, adds Apelian, because advancing solutions for environmental challenges is one of the society's key strategic goals. TMS also publishes several other successful journals, including Journal of Electronic Materials, and Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, B, and E.
"Sustainability is a growing area of intense scientific, engineering, economic, environmental, and social interest worldwide. The criticality of sustainability within our metals industries suggests that the time has come for a unique scholarly journal on this topic," said James J. Robinson, TMS Executive Director. "With its exceptional editorial leaders guiding the way, the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy will powerfully complement the existing suite of TMS publications, while providing an impactful new voice in the global community of metal producers and users."
Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy's editorial scope will encompass new techniques, as well as optimization of existing processes, including utilization, treatment, and management of metallurgically generated residues. Articles on non-technical barriers and drivers that can affect sustainability will also be considered.
Article types will include review article, research article, short communication, and letter to the editor. To see the call for papers and other information on the journal, visit www.tms.org/JSM.
The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) is a member-driven international professional society dedicated to fostering the exchange of learning and ideas across the entire range of materials science and engineering, from minerals processing and primary metals production, to basic research and the advanced applications of materials. Included among its 12,000 professional and student members are metallurgical and materials engineers, scientists, researchers, educators, and administrators from more than 70 countries on six continents. For more information on TMS, visit www.tms.org.