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Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand

Special Issue: 150th anniversary of Ernest Rutherford's birth

EOI Deadline
30 April 2020

About this Special Issue

The Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand is pleased to announce a forthcoming 2021 special issue to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Ernest Rutherford's birth. The main aim of this issue is to focus on Rutherford's legacy and how current forefront research stems from his ideas and experimental methods. We welcome manuscripts reporting from fields, such as physics, chemistry, radiology, that are indebted to his contributions to science, and where his methods and ideas live on.

We also encourage researchers from Humanities or Arts to consider contributing to this special issue i.e. by analysing Rutherford's societal and cultural impact or how his legacy has shaped the New Zealand nation to this day.

While papers may review material to draw historical comparison, we expect the submitted papers to be original and to display clear novelty, either by reporting new results or by taking a new angle on existing subject matter. Papers are expected to be between 5,000 and 8,000 words including all parts (text, graphics, bibliography, etc.). All submitted manuscripts will be subject to the same level of peer review as a standard publication.

Portrait of Ernest Rutherford (5 May 1929) - Photograph by Umbo. Ref: PAColl-0091-1-003. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

Submission Information

Please send a preliminary title, indicative author list and a short descriptive paragraph outlining the scope of your proposed manuscript as soon as convenient to either of the Associate Editors, Niels Kjaergaard at [email protected] or Daniel Schumayer [email protected] by 30 April 2020.

The anticipated manuscript submission deadline is 15 November 2020 with the aim of getting the special issue formally published around October, 2021. Individual article will be published online first with a DOI before it appears in the special issue.

For further information, or to discuss your thoughts on contributing to this issue, please contact the Associate Editors who are happy to liaise with all potential contributors in order to create a coherent and well-rounded special issue.

Associate Editors:
Prof. Niels Kjaergaard and Dr. Daniel Schumayer  

Department of Physics, University of Otago, New Zealand