The risks of speeding up publication of scientific papers

31 03 2015

The process of publication of scientific papers relies on the prestige of journals that govern the peer review process. In the era in which everyone is multiply connected the editorial process is evidently affected and many changes are likely to happen in the coming years. Journals fight fiercely for getting the good papers, which increase their impact factors, as authors are eager to publish in high impact factor journals, which determines their career promotion and project winning possibilities.

Now the question is, if increasingly fast and easier pathways to publication can have the detrimental effect to increase the mediocrity of scientific production. Recently JPCL editors Kamat and Schatz commented this point in an editorial that highlights the difference between Reports and Scientific Journal. Later on, concerns were raised when a Nature Journal put in place a faster publication track–for a fee. Some people has commented that in the final limit one would have the paper accepted before submission. See the details of this story.

Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2015

31 03 2015

Renewables Re-energized: Green Energy Investments Worldwide Surge 17% to $270 Billion in 2014

According to  UNEP’s 9th “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2015”, prepared by the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Bloomberg New Energy Finance — the past year brought a rebound of green energy investments worldwide with a surge of a solid 17% to $270 Billion. Brushing aside the challenge of sharply lower crude oil prices this sudden increase reveresed the investment dip of the past two years and was mainly driven by investments in solar and wind energy.

see the reports here

Bous a la mar

24 03 2015

Bous a la mar en Denia, late 70s


Smart girl scientists in Iran

13 03 2015

60% of Iran scientists are women. Competent, smart, ambitious. They travel abroad and know the modern mind. But will they find a ceiling if going up in the ranks?

Several lady scientists and JB at Asian Nano Forum Congress 2015, Kish Island, Iran

Several solar cell scientists (Raheleh Mohammadpour, Leila Shooshtari, two ladies, Sara Rahimnejad and JB) at Asian Nano Forum Congress 2015, Kish Island, Iran


Best Practices in Perovskite Solar Cell Efficiency Measurements.

6 03 2015
Jeffrey A. Christians, Joseph S. Manser, and Prashant V. Kamat
J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2015, 6, 852–857
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.5b00289

This Viewpoint brings to light some of the issues pertaining to perovskite solar cells and provides the field with best practices for measuring and reporting perovskite solar cell performance.