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Update regarding issues 24-30 of Soft Matter

Following my previous message on July 24th, I would like to update you as to the status of the articles published in issues 24-30 of volume 8 of Soft Matter which were assigned incorrect page numbers.

These articles have now all been republished online with the correct page numbers. The hard copies of the issues will be distributed to our print subscribers very shortly and we will be liaising with abstracting and indexing services to make sure their databases contain only the correct versions of these articles. We will also be checking that citations to these articles are attributed accurately.

Once again, I would like to apologise for this error and for any inconvenience it has caused our authors, readers and subscribers.

Liz Davies
Editor, Soft Matter

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Important information regarding issues 24-30 of Soft Matter

I have to inform you of a problem regarding issues 24-30 of volume 8 of Soft Matter.

Unfortunately, an error was made which has resulted in articles published in these seven issues having the wrong page numbers. We would like to apologise to our authors and readers and assure you that we are doing everything we can to rectify this error as quickly as possible.

We will be republishing the articles with the correct page numbers by 3rd August and all authors of affected articles have been notified individually. The hard copies of the issues will be reprinted and distributed to our print subscribers. We will be publishing an appended addition and correction to each of the affected articles, as well as notices on the website to ensure readers are aware of the situation. We will also be coordinating with abstracting and indexing services such as ISI Web of Science and Scopus to make certain citations are not affected. Steps are also being put in place so this error cannot occur in the future.

We appreciate your patience and once again sincerely apologise for any inconvenience or confusion caused. If you wish to cite one of articles affected before the corrected version is published, please use the DOI.

If you would like to discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Liz Davies
Editor, Soft Matter

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Christos Likos appointed as new Soft Matter Associate Editor

I am delighted to announce that Professor Christos Likos, University of Vienna, has been appointed as an Associate Editor for Soft Matter.

Christos studied Electrical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, from which he graduated with a Diploma in 1988. He then joined the Department of Physics at Cornell, where he obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1993, working under the supervision of Neil Ashcroft on density functional theory of freezing and also collaborating with Chris Henley on problems of geometrical packing. He was Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Munich (1993-94), European Communities Fellow at the University of Trieste (1995-96), and Research Fellow at the Jülich Research Center (1997- 98), before joining the Department of Physics of the Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf, in which he obtained his Habilitation in Theoretical Physics in 2001. From 2002 to 2003 he was a Heisenberg Fellow of the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the University of Cambridge, Department of Theoretical Chemistry, before assuming a Professorship at the Department of Physics at the University of Düsseldorf in August 2003. He has held a visiting professorship at the University of Rome la Sapienza in 2005, as well as visiting scholar positions at Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 and 2007. From 2007 to 2008, he was Senior Fellow of the Erwin Schrödinger Institute for Mathematical Physics in Vienna. As of June 2010, he is Professor (Multiscale Computational Physics) at the Faculty Physics of the University of Vienna.

Christos’ research interests revolve around coarse-graining, structure and dynamics of complex fluids, mainly solutions of colloidal particles and macromolecular aggregates. He is Coordinator of the EU-wide ITN “Physics of Complex Colloids: Equilibrium and Driven” (ITN-COMPLOIDS, http://www.itn-comploids.eu), a joint effort of leading laboratories to analyze the properties of complex fluids in- and out-of-equilibrium.

Christos joins our team of Soft Matter Associate Editors, Darrin Pochan and Lei Jiang. Choose to have your next high impact soft matter paper handled by one of our professional team of Editors in our Cambridge office or one of our Associate Editors by submitting online today!

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Soft Matter has a new impact factor!

Soft Matter’s 2010 Impact Factor has been announced as 4.5 in the 2010 Journal Citation Reports released by Thomson ISI earlier this week.

Soft Matter continues to be a leading journal for high impact research on all aspects of soft matter science and brings together physicists, biologists, chemists and engineers in a unique forum for the dissemination of their research.

The Impact Factor for 2010 is calculated from the total number of citations given in 2010 to articles published in 2008 and 2009, divided by the number of articles published in 2008 and 2009.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our authors and referees who have supported the journal since its launch in 2005. Please visit our website to learn more about Soft Matter, or submit an article today.

Liz Davies
Editor, Soft Matter

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all our readers, authors and referees! Here in the Cambridge office, the Soft Matter Editorial team is looking forward to 2011. We have some excellent themed issues coming up, so keep an eye out. I will be attending various conferences throughout the year so let me know if you would like to meet for a chat.

I would also like to congratulate Professor Martien Cohen Stuart, Chairman of the Soft Matter Editorial Board, who has recently received one of the prestigious Advanced Grants from the European Research Council (ERC), for work on novel protein polymers and their properties as soft materials. Congratulations, Martien!

Professor Martien Cohen Stuart

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Merry Christmas from Soft Matter!

We would like to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year! The Editorial office will be closed from 24th December 2010 and will re-open on January 4th 2011.

We’re looking forward to 2011, which will see some great themed issues, the 2011 Soft Matter Lectureship and much more! Don’t miss out – sign up to our blog’s RSS feed!

from the Soft Matter Editorial team

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New Soft Matter web writer

I would like to introduce our new web writer, Katherine Thomas (University of Cambridge, UK). Katherine will be contributing articles to the Soft Matter blog on the latest news  of interest to the soft matter community.  

Katherine Thomas

Katherine completed an undergraduate masters degree in Physics at the University of Nottingham. For her final research project she looked at the spontaneous wrinkling of polymer/polymer bilayers under the supervision of Dr. James Sharp. She moved to the University of Cambridge to carry out a PhD in polymer physics under the supervision of Professor Ullrich Steiner. Her thesis is entitled ‘Physical phenomena of thin surface layers’ and looks at the wetting behaviour of thin film polymer blends, non-equilibrium behaviour of thin polymer films and iridescence in tropical understorey plants. On completion of her PhD Katherine was awarded a PhD plus EPSRC fellowship to continue looking at the non-equilibrium behaviour of thin polymer films. In February 2011 she will take up a post-doctoral research position at the Max-Plank Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organisation in Göttingen under the supervision of Stephan Herminghaus.

 

Read Katherine’s latest paper, published in Soft Matter: Wetting induced instabilities in miscible polymer blends
Katherine R. Thomas, Nigel Clarke, Rosa Poetes, Mihai Morariu and Ullrich Steiner
Soft Matter, 2010, 6, 3517-3523

Look out for Katherine’s posts on the Soft Matter blog! To make sure you don’t miss any Soft Matter news sign up to the blog’s RSS feed

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Themed Issue on Active Soft Matter: Call for Papers

We are delighted to announce a high-profile themed issue on Active Soft Matter to be published in 2011. The guest editors of the issue will be Professor Fred MacKintosh (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and Professor Mike Cates (University of Edinburgh, UK) and it is our pleasure to invite you to submit to this themed issue.

Now in its sixth year of publication, Soft Matter has quickly been established as the platform where biologists, colloid scientists, physicists, polymer scientists, chemical engineers, chemists, and materials scientists can present work for interdisciplinary inspiration. We have published several themed issues on other important emerging topics in recent years, and it now seems particularly timely to publish a focused set of articles covering Active Soft Matter. The key aim is to highlight the most important areas and directions in this field within a high quality and high impact issue.

The deadline for the receipt of manuscripts for this themed issue is Friday 3rd September.

Submissions, either communications or full papers, should be high-quality manuscripts of original, unpublished research, containing important new insight. All submissions will be subject to rigorous peer review to meet the usual high standards of Soft Matter.

Manuscripts can be submitted using our online submission service. Please indicate on submission that your manuscript is intended for themed issue on Active Soft Matter.

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Keep up-to-date with all the latest news from Soft Matter! Follow us @softmatter to find out our latest Hot articles, themed issues, news from the journal and much more!

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