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Physics Societies Announce Joint Venture to Launch Virtual Journals

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Physics Societies Announce Joint Venture to Launch Virtual Journals

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The American Institute of Physics (AIP) and the American Physical Society (APS) have announced that the first two of a series of "virtual" journals in the physical sciences are set to launch next month.

Jointly developed by the two organizations, Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research and Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science and Technology are online journals that will collect relevant papers from a broad range of physical science journals, including all journals published by APS and AIP and selected journals from participating publishers on AIP's Online Journal Publishing Service (OJPS). According to the announcement, from the user's perspective the virtual journals will look and feel like "real" journals, providing browsable tables of contents and freely available abstracts with links to full-text articles in the source journals. Subscribers to the source journal will be able to seamlessly access the full-text articles, while nonsubscribers will have the option to purchase articles for immediate online delivery.

"Virtual journals will provide users with quick, convenient access to information in cutting-edge fields," said Martin Blume, editor in chief at the American Physical Society. …

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