Publication Center for Pure and Applied Physics (PCPAP)
For any academic society, a journal of the discipline that could present
the latest in research to an international scientist is invaluable. It
could be said that the presentation of a member of the society made in
a conference and all the debates and exchanges of views to follow it is
concluded only when it is put into the form of a journal article. Therefore,
the publication of a journal is among the most important activities of
any academic society.
On the other hand, the publishing of academic journals is coming to a major
turning point, largely due to the two factors of concentration of publication
by the major academic societiess in the advanced nations and major publishers,
and the digitization of publishing.
The JPS, in order to make the process of publishing and distributing its
English language journal more efficient, created in April 2004, in cooperation
with the Japan Society of Applied Physics(JSAP), the Institute for Pure
and Applied Physics (IPAP). The JPS has commissioned the publication of
its Journal of the Physics Society of Japan (JPSJ) to the IPAP, as has
the Japan Society of Applied Physics its Japanese Journal of Applied Physics
and Optical Review . Since its birth, activities of the IPAP, including
the initiation of digital publication, have bore much fruit, but further
innovation has become necessary with new developments as have been mentioned
above. In 2008, the JPS and the JSAP have decided to change the status
of the IPAP from a independent organization to an internal division of
the two academic associations, changing its name into Publication Center
for Pure and Applied Physics(PCPAP).
At the new Center, staff from the two societies join their force in the
publication of the journals. The Center is run by the management committee,
with members from both societies, which also search the future shape that
academic journals should take.