Why should researchers submit to Virtual and Physical Prototyping (VPP)?
Established in 2006, Virtual and Physical Prototyping is one of the longest running and top journals in the field of 3D printing. It was a time when not many people had heard about 3D printing. Fast forward to almost 20 years later, we are now hearing news about 3D printing on a daily basis, and are proud that VPP has been at the forefront of this research area. It is also amazing to see many other journals in the field as this proves that that the field of additive manufacturing is experiencing vibrant growth.
VPP is now a high achiever with an impact factor above 10, demonstrating the quality of this journal. In addition, 3D printing is a very dynamic research field that is seeing new inventions or new applications every day. It is very important for a journal to be up-to-date and keep up with the pace of development. In this aspect, VPP is proud to be providing high quality decision with an average of less than 5 days for first decision, and from acceptance to online publication within a month. Furthermore, with the journal converting to Open Access, your excellent research work is now able to reach an ever-expanding readership population beyond academics.
As a female researcher and one of the leading experts in the field of 3D printing and additive manufacturing, have you faced any challenges or obstacles in your career, especially related to gender bias? If yes, can you share some examples and how you overcame them?
No doubt that I am one of the few female faculty members in the school and in 3D printing. I am very lucky that I have enjoyed tremendous opportunities when starting my career as an academic in NTU back in 2013. The management and the workplace have been nothing but supportive. Having said that, it is also very normal for me to walk into a meeting room where almost all participants are male, especially at higher level meetings.
It does feel a bit different, and I sometimes wonder where do our other talented women go? While I did not encounter any challenges, that does not mean other women are as lucky. We have a lot to do together as a society to improve the situation. In summary, it is still a work in progress, but I do believe that our society is getting more open to females in leadership positions. I am the first female chair for the school in 40 years and there are many other examples we can cite in academic and in the industry. We are making progress and we must not let it slide backward.