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“Philosophy-based Research and Papers Containing Stories”

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KAIST Invites International Journal Editors to International MSE Workshop

Prof. Kim Il-Doo, “An Opportunity to Publicize KAIST’s Research Capacity”  

 

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“As the editor of an international journal, I review and reject a number of papers every day. The key elements are readability and understandability. Scientists need to write their papers to help readers understand their achievements, instead of listing knowledge to show off their skills. Not as technology, but as a story, science should become easy to be understood by the public and become concise.” (Jillian Buriak, editor of Chemistry of Materials)  

 

While the solar panel cost per watt has fallen from $101 to $0.61 over the past four decades, the global installation of solar panels has expanded from 2MW to 64,892MW during the same period, impacting energy, social, and environmental areas. Scientists are now strengthening their R&D endeavors with an aim to create the first space solar-power generation system. (Harry Atwater, editor of ACS Photonics) 

 

A group of editors of major international academic journals visited Daejeon. On August 2, KAIST held the International Materials Science and Engineering Workshop at the Fusion Hall of KI Building, with the attendance of over 400 experts in materials science. With the theme “Big Ideas in Emerging Materials,” the participants discussed future technologies of the global nanoscience and materials science fields.  

 

Notably, the workshop was attended by nine prominent scholars in materials engineering who are serving as editors of international journals specialized in materials science, chemistry, applied physics, and chemical engineering, including ACS Nano.  

 

“Editors review a number of papers each day, with continued exploration of research issues”  

 

While highly appreciating the research activities of Korean scientists, the editors made a range of suggestions for further development in the years to come.  

 

Prof. Reginald M. Penner of UC Irvine, also an associate editor of ACS Nano, explained that creativity and impact factor are for him the central elements when reviewing papers. 

 

“We have more than 1,100 papers every month and reject all but about 15% of them,” stated Prof. Penner. “A total of 17 editors are concurrently reviewing those papers, and it is a daily routine for us to access the web page and spend a certain amount of time for reviewing.”   

 

“In conducting their research, scientists should be able to describe why certain issues are important and how they will affect humankind,” continued Mr. Penner. “It is particularly important for researchers to refuse to settle with a 10-15% improvement in their study, but instead to lead a paradigm shift by themselves.”  

 

“I was impressed by passionate Korean researchers who have been studying energy, batteries, and solar power and addressing related issues,” commented Jillian Buriak, editor of Chemistry of Materials. “At a time when research expenditures in the United States and Canada remain flat, South Korea is continuously expanding its R&D investment.”  

 

“Scientists tend to become narrow-minded while focusing on their research topics,” added the chief editor. “They should not stop elaborating on the purpose and the necessity of their research in the social context and looking for ways to explain them to the general public.” 

 

Editor Buriak also emphasized that “the United States and other developed countries have been able to remain as leading research-centric nations despite the shortage of funding because researchers had clear goals and consistency. Scientists are required to develop their own philosophy and keep asking questions throughout their career.”

 

“Korea’s nanoscience occupies the world’s top position following the United States, Germany, and Japan, with actively ongoing research activities,” said Prof. Hyeon Taeghwan, who is an associate editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society. “I decided to participate in this workshop as it is a rare opportunity for editors of prominent journals to gather together.”  

 

“Compared to six or seven years before, recent papers include notably more names of Chinese researchers,” pointed out Prof. Hyeon. “It is essential to pay attention to China and its rapidly growing research activities.”  

 

Prof. Hyeon also gave some advice to Korean researchers based on his experience of reviewing papers. “I often encounter Korean scientists’ entries written with the help of close researchers, which I believe is a practice that must be changed,” he noted. “In addition, young researchers need to develop their own research philosophy and create their own trademarks so that all other researchers can understand what kind of research they are working on.”  

 

With nearly 500 participants, the workshop is also introduced in a Chemistry of Materials editorial 


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“I invited these editors of world’s renowned journals with a hope that all departments as well as my own will participate in this event, benefitting KAIST at large,” explained Prof. Kim Il-Doo of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at KAIST. “I am grateful that this workshop received greater attention than I expected.”

 

The workshop was indeed well received by over 500 students and professors. The students who did not find seats had to sit down or stand in the hallway to listen to the lectures.  

 

Prof. Kim and around 20 students in the department’s lab were in charge of the entire process of the event from the preliminary planning. Their concerted efforts resulted in smooth progress of the publication and abstract collections and rehearsal preparation.  

 

The workshop was the first of its kind in Korea to gather the major journal editors in the field of materials science and engineering. The occasion was of significance in that gatherings of key figures of various academic societies are rare overseas as well.

 

“The workshop is a follow-up event of the international symposium we held in 2015 in partnership with MIT in the United States and Technion in Israel, the top institutions in the area of materials science,” said Prof. Kim.

 

The secretariat sent emails to invite the editors of ACS journals and other major publications, and most of them resonated with the event’s purpose and gladly accepted to participate in the workshop. Among the Korean researchers, Prof. Ryoo Ryong of KAIST and Prof Hyeon Taeghwan of Seoul National University participated as speakers.

 

According to Prof. Kim, the invited editors were keen to attend the workshop. Prof. Julia R. Greer, the associate editor of Nano Letters, took an early morning flight to travel to Korea despite childbirth two weeks before the workshop, and Younan Xia, another associate editor of the journal, also brought his wife to the occasion. Distributing T-shirts celebrating her journal, Jillian Buriak encouraged the participating students to ask questions and demonstrated her outstanding presentation skills as an experienced speaker.   

 

Following the workshop, the participating editors spent some time making ties with each other at a banquet, and on the next day they had a meeting with young professors at KAIST and learned about their major research achievements.  

 

The workshop helped KAIST enhance its global awareness. In particular, Jillian Buriak, the editor of Chemistry of Materials, published an editorial on the international event.  

 

“Since scientific papers are related to national standing, sometimes the Board of Directors reject unqualified papers in advance. I thought the workshop would be a good opportunity to publicize KAIST’s research capacity,” noted Prof. Kim. “As we anticipated, I believe this occasion significantly helped enhance KAIST’s image and presence at a time when it is increasingly necessary to strengthen global exchanges.”  

 

Prof. Kim expressed his wish for the workshop to result in more related events and support research endeavors for globalization.  

 

“Papers are important tools to globally announce research outcomes. Some students even went to the editors at the workshop to give their resumes. I believe that the occasion became an opportunity for the students to present themselves to the globally prominent research group and develop interest in the global research field,” observed Prof. Kim. “It is not easy to hold this kind of event every year, but I will try my best to make more opportunities.”  

 

 

 

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