Meet Prof. Kazuhito Hashimoto
The Editor-in-Chief of Science and Technology of Advanced Materials: Methods
Meet the Editor
We sat down with our new Editor-In-Chief, Prof. Kazuhito Hashimoto, to ask a few questions about the newly launched Science and Technology of Advanced Materials: Methods (STAM Methods), including his plans for the journal and what it can do for authors looking to publish their material science research.
Here is what he had to say.
Newly launched in 2021.
With the goal to improve and/or accelerate materials developments, Science and Technology of Advanced Materials: Methods (STAM Methods) focuses on emergent methods and tools, such as methodology, apparatus, instrumentation, modeling, high-through put data collection, materials/process informatics, databases, and programming.
Complementing its sister journal, Science and Technology of Advanced Materials (STAM), STAM Methods is particularly responsible for publishing research that describes the significance of new methodology in material science research.
Which topics are you most interested to cover in the journal?
Our new journal STAM Methods focuses on novel methods and tools to improve and/or accelerate materials developments, including methodology, informatics, databases, instrumentation, and programming. We do not require novelty of materials to demonstrate the significance of the new methods. Our target readership are materials scientists who have an interest in novel methods and tools for materials discovery, especially in the field of materials informatics (MI) research.
Furthermore, the journal is of interest not only to material scientists but also to data scientists, computational scientists, and engineers. We are confident that after reading the articles, the readers will glean deep insights into cutting-edge knowledge on how to improve/accelerate materials development.
As the Editor-in-Chief for STAM Methods, what are your plans for the coming year?
This journal was launched in January 2021 as an Open Access publication. The members of the Editorial Board are internationally renowned scientists in the field of materials informatics (MI) and we welcome the submission of manuscripts from researchers all over the world.
The priority for the first year is to raise the visibility of STAM Methods to MI researchers around the world. We are planning to do this by organizing webinars and luncheon seminars. In particular, we are planning a special session on STAM Methods at Materials Research Meeting 2021 (MRM2021) to be held in Yokohama, Japan in December 2021, where MI researchers from Japan and around the world will present their latest findings on data-driven research. These results will be published as articles in STAM Methods.
What are the current challenges facing the materials science research community?
Materials science and technology has been growing rapidly, especially since the emergence of data-driven approaches—so called materials informatics (MI)—and as more databases emerged with even wider varieties of materials properties, some of them allowed researchers to freely reuse the data to obtain further datasets. So, MI approaches have led to a new paradigm in designing new materials. Just as bioinformatics has established itself as a sub discipline in life sciences, the use of big data has led materials science to discover its new discipline. However, currently, there has not been a suitable journal for publishing articles from this emerging field.
One reason is that MI is still in its early days, and another is that this field is highly interdisciplinary with overlaps in materials science, engineering, and informatics, which has prevented the launch of new journals in the old disciplinary hierarchy. With this background, the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) proposed the launch of a brand-new journal dedicated to the advancement of MI for the purpose of standardising this new scientific knowledge.
Why did NIMS decide to launch the new journal focusing on materials informatics as an open access journal like STAM?
NIMS has been publishing Science and Technology of Advanced Materials (STAM) since 2000. We introduced a new article category on MI in 2016 and the number of submissions on this topic has steadily increased since then. However, since STAM’s aims and scope focuses on the broad definition of materials science, and not specifically on informatics (methodology, database, instrumentation, and programming), it has been struggling to increase submissions on MI even though the Editors are aware that there are many unpublished, good methodology and datasets stored in the laboratories of materials scientists.
As such, STAM Methods will be a platform to provide an opportunity for these unsung papers to be read and to be reused by third parties with the hope of navigating as yet unknown journeys of discovery for the next generation of materials science.