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Hélder Santos, the Editor-in-Chief of Open Material Sciences, Explains the Rationale Behind the Newly Launched Journal

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TEDMED 2013 Review, JFK Center, Washington, DC, USA, April 17, 2013 | © Courtesy of Juhan Sonin.

In early 2018, De Gruyter has launched Open Material Sciences, an Open Access, peer-reviewed journal that aims to publish latest research concerning organic, inorganic, composite, biomedical and biological materials, such as ceramics or polymers. Ewa Chmielewska and Pablo Markin have interviewed its Editor-in-Chief on this occasion.

A Blog Interview by Ewa Chmielewska and Pablo Markin.

While leading the Nanomedicines and Biomedical Engineering Lab at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki, Finland, Prof. Hélder Santos also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the newly launched journal. Ewa Chmielewska, De Gruyter Open Access, acts as its Managing Editor. In this connection, jointly with Chmielewska, Pablo Markin has arranged for an interview with Prof. Santos.

At present, Prof. Santos holds multiple associate professor, head of division, group leader and director of the doctoral program positions in drug research in the areas of pharmaceutical nanotechnology and biomedical engineering at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki. Prof. Santos has produced over 220 highly cited and high-impact scientific publications in prestigious peer-reviewed journals. In recent years, he has been receiving numerous international prizes, research awards and research funds.

In addition to his multidisciplinary research collaboration engagements, such as in nanomedicine, Prof. Santos has been acting as a guest editor, journal referee, application evaluator, editor and editorial board member for numerous organizations and journals.



Ewa Chmielewska and Pablo Markin: Could you present your area of research and your editorial experience?

Hélder Santos: My research area relates to nanomaterials, including nanoporous silica and/or silicon materials and polymeric-based nanoparticles for controlled drug delivery. The aim of my research group is to develop nanoparticles and/or nanomedicines for biomedical and healthcare applications. My work is multidisciplinary, similar to our new journal, and serves as a bridge between engineering, pharmaceutical and medical research.

I have acted as Editorial Board Member for several peer-reviewed journals, e.g., Drug Delivery Letters, Biomatter, International Journal of Nanotechnology and Nanoscience, Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology, World Journal of Pharmacology, and Journal of Biopharmaceutics and Biotechnology. Moreover, I was the founder and Editor of the Mesoporous Biomaterials journal published by De Gruyter since 2013. Also, I am an Academic Editor for BioMed Research International, Journal of Healthcare Engineering, and PLOS ONE journals.

Ewa Chmielewska and Pablo Markin: Why have you agreed to be involved in this project?

Hélder Santos: I was highly excited by this opportunity and appreciated the idea of the project very much from the beginning, because this is a great opportunity to raise the level of scientific discourse in such a multidisciplinary research area, and the possibility to provide our authors or contributors the opportunity to reach a large audience with very timely research topics in materials science. It was rather easy to give my consent to such an interesting and exciting project.


Ewa Chmielewska and Pablo Markin: What will be the main focus and purpose of the journal to be launched?

Hélder Santos: We expect to be receiving academic papers of very high quality in different formats hailing from different areas of research within the field of materials science. This will include, for example, the material-related aspects of research ranging from fabrication to characterization, but also the biological aspects, such as their biological and biomedical applications.

Ewa Chmielewska and Pablo Markin: Given that Open Material Sciences is based on an Open Access model, could please you tell how do you perceive the benefits of Open Access publishing?

Hélder Santos: Open access is crucial to make science available to everyone without any limitations and barriers. This is very important for the progress of science in the world.

Ewa Chmielewska and Pablo Markin: What will be the challenges with maintaining the journal and growing its readership over the next few years?

Hélder Santos: The most primary and important ones for the next years are to build-up a first-rate editorial advisory board with outstanding scientists in the field as its members and also to attract excellent contributions from leading scientists in different research areas to our journal. Likewise, the editorial team behind the journal has to spread the news about our launch and get to wider readership audiences, to make our journal a leading one in this research field, while having a wider impact in the larger society.

Ewa Chmielewska and Pablo Markin: Why should researchers submit their manuscripts to Open Material Sciences, in your opinion?

Hélder Santos: Open Material Sciences is different from other scientific periodicals, because our journal covers theoretical and experimental papers on all aspects ranging from fundamental sciences to commercial applications, such as those concerning biological and biomedical materials, metals, ceramics and glasses, polymers, electrical, optical and magnetic materials, fibers and composite materials, nanostructured materials and nanocomposites, and related fields in materials sciences and biomedical engineering. In addition, in this journal all articles are available to read, download and share for free. This is very important for the scientific community, to be able to have access to science without any restrictions.

By Ewa Chmielewska and Pablo Markin.

Featured Image Credits: TEDMED 2013 Review, JFK Center, Washington, DC, USA, April 17, 2013 | © Courtesy of Juhan Sonin/Flickr.

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