We replicate on the legacy that our long-serving Chief Editor leaves behind, as he strikes on to pastures new.
A scholarly journal, like every editorial product, is formed by the character, pursuits and character of their editors. The Chief Editor units the priorities for the journal as they see match, knowledgeable by their intuition, sensibility in addition to information as a way to serve their neighborhood.
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Prior to now 9 and a half years, our Chief Editor — Fabio Pulizzi — has predicated an in depth reference to the analysis neighborhood; he formed a journal that’s receptive to the stimulations coming from the fascinating small world of nanoscience and nanotechnology. ‘Small’, as in, ten to the minus 9 metres; actually not when it comes to neighborhood measurement. The variety of practitioners of the science on the nanometre scale has grown significantly since Fabio took the main function within the journal, in June 2012. Since then, the variety of articles revealed worldwide with the time period ‘nano’ within the summary has roughly doubled, as per a fast Net of Science search. However the nanoscience neighborhood has not solely received larger, it has additionally received extra self-aware in its instruments to method real-life issues. Beneath Fabio’s editorship, the journal has grown with the neighborhood and its scope equally expanded.
We’ve got noticed an elevated consideration to utilized analysis with substantial inroads into engineering options and business purposes. This has been mirrored within the rising variety of submissions within the utilized sciences. Nonetheless, not each tutorial paper in an utilized science we publish exhibits possible sensible options, even after they report document efficiency. As a journal with ‘know-how’ within the title, we’re snug working on this house. And beneath Fabio’s management, we’ve tried to lift the notice of the wants of the business that lies on the endpoint of utilized tutorial works. For instance, battery papers examined in a laboratory setting ought to abide to sure characterization requirements that may make them extra more likely to turn out to be sensible1. Alongside the identical line, we produced a Focus subject about nanocatalysts for industrial purposes2.
Fabio has at all times envisioned the journal as an open discussion board for the change of concepts and sharing ideas value sharing. For example, we have now supplied our pages to foster a high-level dialogue by way of a collection of Correspondences and Perspective articles, inside the nanomedicine neighborhood all through the years3,4,5. This adopted a protracted interval of analysis with no main inroads to translation in clinically accredited medicine from regulatory businesses and the necessity for reporting pointers within the revealed literature.
However Fabio’s most enduring legacy is the growth of the scope of the journal to the environmental points of nanotechnology. He realized that one can not speak about nanotechnology with out elevating consciousness of the related environmental points. The evolution in direction of purposes implies a extra widespread manufacturing of nanomaterials. If industrial processes will not be correctly managed and controlled, the discharge of engineered nanomaterials within the setting is ready to develop. As a consequence, there’s the need to grasp the potential implications of nanomaterials for the setting and human well being. Analysis on environmental nanotechnology encompasses monitoring and remediation, eco-toxicology, in addition to human acceptance of merchandise containing nanomaterials and regulatory frameworks6. Micro- to nano-sized plastic particles that type from the degradation technique of artificial plastics within the setting are additionally a priority of environmental nanotechnology7.
Fabio’s curiosity in environmental points has additionally reached communities learning sustainable agriculture8 and clear water9, producing two Insights. Nanotechnology is poised to make a huge impact in clear water applied sciences, due to the potential to develop atomically managed separation membranes utilizing 2D supplies for water desalination and water purification. Publications about environmental nanotechnology constituted ~20% of our content material in 2021, in comparison with lower than 5% 9 years in the past.
No large shock then that Fabio’s ardour for environmental points has led him to Nature Water, a journal because of launch in 2023, which can cowl the interplay between society and water assets past the function of nanotechnology.
We thank Fabio for his editorial imaginative and prescient and steering prior to now 9 and a half years and want him nicely for this new journey in his profession.
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Thanks, Fabio Pulizzi.
Nat. Nanotechnol. 17, 107 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41565-022-01083-7