Materials Research Society and Cambridge University Press Launch News Website

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Materials360 Online offers one-stop access to latest materials science news and information.

Materials Research Society (MRS) and Cambridge University Press announced today the launch of Materials360 Online, a news resource designed specifically for the materials research community. Materials360 Online captures the most important materials science news in one place, saving readers huge blocks of time navigating various resources across the web.

Through rigorous reporting, detailed fact checking, and clear writing, a dedicated editorial staff provides original news articles, videos and podcasts—all with the unique perspective of an organization devoted to the advancement of materials science. Visitors gain insight into the latest materials information not available elsewhere on the web.

The site also brings together materials news stories aggregated from many other major scientific publications and websites. A “Hot Topics” cloud offers an easy search on keywords of current importance, and a Twitter feed (@Materials_MRS) allows followers to share contributions to this ongoing stream of news, thoughts and opinions.

Rounding out the coverage, Materials360 Online also connects researchers to all MRS publications on Cambridge Journals Online (CJO), keeping readers up-to-date on highlighted, most recent, and most viewed articles from MRS Communications, Journal of Materials Research (JMR), MRS Bulletin, and the MRS Online Proceedings Library (OPL).

MRS is the first society to avail itself of this new offering from Cambridge University Press, which has developed the ability to deliver tailored, digital functionality for its portfolio of over 300 journals and its learned society partners. The Cambridge platform vastly improves the discoverability of materials science information—easily accessed via computers and mobile devices.

The launch of the new site comes just months after the birth of MRS’s newest journal to serve the materials research community, MRS Communications.

“This is a fantastic development for the materials research community. Materials360 Online cuts research time significantly, through aggregating information across the web in one easy-to-find place” said MRS President Bruce Clemens. “We continue to be proud of our relationship with Cambridge University Press and this is just another example of how two world-class organizations can work together to create outstanding results,” he said. “Along with our new journal, MRS Communications, this new site will significantly improve the information flow to materials research professionals everywhere.”

Jamie Hutchins, Head of Journals, Americas said the new site was set to be the first of many, as other learned societies, already entrusting their journals and other publications to Cambridge, take the opportunity to create a new online presence through online hubs that offer much more than just a website.

“This new capability is a true game-changer for our distinguished partners like the Materials Research Society. We can now pull information from across the globe into a meaningful site that will save the academic community untold hours of research time.”


Notes to Editors

For further information, please contact:
Hannah Gregory, +44(0)1223 325544 or email press(at)cambridge(dot)org
Anita B. Miller, 724.779.2754 or email amiller(at)mrs(dot)org

About the Materials Research Society (MRS)
The Materials Research Society (MRS) is an organization of almost 16,000 materials researchers from academia, industry and government that promotes communication for the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research to improve the quality of life. MRS members are professionals from physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and engineering—the full spectrum of materials research. Headquartered in Warrendale, Pennsylvania (USA), MRS membership now spans over 80 countries, with more than 40% of members residing outside the United States. In addition to its communications and publications portfolio, MRS organizes high-quality scientific meetings, attracting over 13,000 attendees annually and facilitating interactions among a wide range of experts from the cutting edge of the global materials community. MRS is also a recognized leader in education outreach and advocacy for scientific research.

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About Cambridge University Press
Cambridge University Press is the publishing business of the University of Cambridge. Dedicated to excellence, its purpose is to further the University's objective of advancing knowledge, education, learning, and research. Its extensive peer-reviewed publishing lists comprise 36,000 titles covering academic research, professional development, over 300 research journals, school-level education, English language teaching and bible publishing.

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