Elsevier Launches New Journal with the National Institute of Polar Research

Consolidation of five existing publications



Amsterdam, 7 December 2006 – Elsevier, in partnership with the National Institute of Polar Research, proudly announce the 2007 launch of a new international peer-reviewed publication called Polar Science. The English-language quarterly journal is a consolidation of five existing publications: Polar Bioscience, Polar Meteorology and Glaciology, Antarctic Meteorite Research, Polar Geoscience and Advances in Polar Upper Atmosphere Research, and will publish original articles and reviews focused on a wide spectrum of sciences related to the polar regions of the Earth and other planets. All accepted articles will be published online via ScienceDirect Article Plus before appearing in print, thereby ensuring the rapid dissemination of research results.

Professor Kazuo Shibuya of the National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR) reflected on the collaboration with Elsevier. "Continuation is our strength -- this phrase by the late Emeritus Professor Masayoshi Murayama from the NIPR, characterizes the steady scientific progress obtained from Japanese Antarctic Research Expeditions. To have a jump in our steady progress, NIPR decided to publish a regular scientific journal Polar Science with Elsevier as our partner. Elsevier has a wide audience and experienced knowledge for scientific publication. Elsevier is most appropriate to realize our jump. At the beginning of the International Polar Year 2007-2008, Polar Science is determined to contribute to the next 50 years of polar science, not only from Japanese scientists but also on an international scale, especially from all Asian and Southern Hemisphere colleagues."

Elsevier Publisher Friso Veenstra commented "The launch of Polar Science coincides with the start of the International Polar Year 2007-2008 and shares its focus on the polar regions, where significant changes are occurring at present. The polar regions contain unique information on the past behaviour of the Earth system, while at the same time they are growing in economic and geopolitical importance. Polar Science will therefore be an important new addition to Elsevier’s earth and planetary sciences journals portfolio. We greatly look forward to our partnership with the NIPR and to achieving our shared goal of establishing a global reach and visibility for Polar Science."

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About the National Institute of Polar Research
The National Institute of Polar Research was established in Tokyo in 1973 as one of the Inter-University Research Institutes of Monbusho (Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture) to conduct polar research in Japan. Research activities cover various scientific disciplines, including upper atmosphere physics, meteorology, glaciology, earth sciences, biological sciences and polar region engineering.

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