Springer and the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Japan will partner to publish a new book series NIMS Monographs. The series will publish titles on major and advanced research themes of the research institute, one of the most important in materials sciences in Japan. Starting in 2013, five to ten titles will be published annually. All books will be available as eBooks on Springer's online platform link.springer.com, and in print-to-order (PTO) format. The first two titles, "Smart Biomaterials" and "Fiber Fuse - Light-Induced Continuous Breakdown of Silica Glass Optical Fiber", are expected to be published in July 2013.
Since its inception, the NIMS has been continuously and actively engaged in fundamental R&D related to materials. In recent years, the NIMS has promoted the discovery of new phenomena and new functions of materials by utilizing nanotechnology and establishing a variety of pioneering global technologies, including characterization techniques and material design/control technologies.
Dr. Junichi Sone, Vice President of NIMS said, "We are encouraging our scientists to write and publish books on their research to promote the activities and achievements of NIMS globally. We believe Springer's eBook strategy in particular will greatly enhance the visibility of NIMS publications throughout the world."
Takeyuki Yonezawa, Editorial Director Physical Sciences and Engineering at Springer Japan, said, "We are delighted to collaborate with the National Institute for Materials Science on the launch of a book series that will highlight the research accomplishments of NIMS researchers. Springer is proud to introduce its book series to the international scientific community."
The National Institute for Materials Science (http://www.nims.go.jp) is an independent administrative institution specializing in materials science and one of the largest research centers in Japan. The NIMS was established with the mission of improving the level of materials science and technology in Japan.
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