Dr. Philip Earis understands the importance of bringing people together. When the former editor-in-chief for the Royal Society of Chemistry was working in India, he was struck by the contrasts in a country with a rapidly growing economy where hundreds of millions of people still live without electricity.
“If a family doesn’t have access to electricity, its disadvantage becomes entrenched across many measures – education, employment, communication,” Dr. Earis explained.
To tackle the issue, Dr. Earis founded and ran Project Light, a collaborative effort of scientists to develop effective, robust and affordable solar energy systems in underdeveloped parts of India. “By bringing together scientists, we managed to develop simple yet effective solar systems that met the local needs and brought light and basic power to many communities. It was rewarding to see the impact of this work and the positive difference it continues to make in their daily lives.”
Earlier this year, Dr. Earis was named inaugural Editor-in-Chief of Joule, Cell Press’s forward-looking journal spanning energy research across disciplines. Launching later this year, Joule will build on Cell Press’s success in bringing together research communities.
“Different communities bring different perspectives on problems in energy research,” Dr. Earis said. “Helping to communicate these different perspectives and cross-pollinate ideas is part of Joule’s mission. We will highlight and amplify the implications, challenges and opportunities of novel energy research for different groups working across the entire spectrum of the field.”
To help achieve this, every article in Joule will be accompanied by a “Context and Scale” box that summarizes how the article fits into the bigger picture of energy research, and highlights the challenges and opportunities in scaling the conclusions of the research.
Joule will also benefit from Elsevier’s text mining and machine learning capabilities, which will help bring relevant articles to scientists across a variety of disciplines. The Mendeley article recommender, for example, gives researchers a tailored set of suggestions based on the documents they have saved in their library as well as what’s trending in their discipline.
That cross-disciplinary reach will be vital to solving the challenge around sustainable energy – one of the most pressing problems facing humanity. “Although there is excellent research taking place around the world, there is an ever-growing realization that we need more links and better communication between different disciplines to best address challenges in energy research,” Earis said.
Joule will be Cell Press’s second physical science journal. Chem, the publisher’s first chemistry journal, was introduced in July 2016. Like Joule, Chem features research that addresses the global challenges of today and tomorrow as identified by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
How science can build a sustainable future
This month, we are exploring “how science can build a sustainable future.” At Elsevier, we understand the power of bringing different perspectives together to fuel new approaches to global problems. We support sustainability science throughout our business, bringing the research to a wider audience, and providing information and analytics that shed light on sustainability research.