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EPJE: New section about tips and tricks in soft matter and biological physics

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EPJE Associate Editors Kari Dalnoki-Veress and James A. Forrest open the journal for submissions of a new type of paper: Tips and Tricks.

Underpinning the scientific enterprise there is often some crucial numerical recipe, a sample cell configuration, a sample preparation method, or experimental design. In some cases more emails were shared describing a trick than citations gathered by the paper where a brief description was provided. Typically such details are only briefly described in the journal literature, passed only from student to student, or simply shared as a ‘personal communication’. Sometimes such enabling techniques are not passed on at all. In all such cases, the scientific community as a whole is missing out, lacking a way to document this knowledge and to build on it. Moreover, while the specific research of some team may not be directly relevant to another, a transformative computational or experimental methodology can form the commonality between researchers working in different fields.

2015 will see the launch of a new section of EPJ E: Tips and Tricks. The expectations for an article appropriate for T&T are different from a typical research article. While the expectation for an EPJE publication is the development of new science, for T&T the scope is rather a new method with which one can do science. The same high standards of publication would apply but with the requirement of presenting new science replaced by a new tip or trick. The Editors hope that T&T articles in EPJE will become a unique resource and provide a place where one can share a methodology.

General guidelines for Tips and Tricks in Soft Matter and Biological Physics:

  • The focus is on a novel approach that facilitates new science.
  • Papers may describe experimental, computational, or theoretical tips and tricks.
  • Papers should be short, a few pages may be enough, yet present enough detail such that the reader can readily implement the ideas presented.
  • All papers will be peer-reviewed as normal and the standards of scientific quality and rigour will be the same as a for regular papers (control experiments, clear descriptions, comparison to previous methods, statistical analysis, quantitative evaluation if appropriate, etc.).

T&T can be submitted regularly through the online system, but please mention in the cover letter if yours is a T&T paper. Don’t hesitate to contact to Kari Dalnoki-Veress or James A. Forrest for more guidance on how to prepare a T&T paper.

Editors-in-Chief
L. Baudis, G. Dissertori, K. Skenderis and D. Zeppenfeld
We are grateful to the Editor, to the Referee for careful reading of the manuscript, for the interesting and useful remarks, which allow us to improve the text and clarify some of the results.

Evgenij Martynov (Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kiev, Ukraine) and Basarab Nicolescu (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

ISSN: 1434-6044 (Print Edition)
ISSN: 1434-6052 (Electronic Edition)

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