We are delighted to have welcomed 24 new participants to our Institutional Open Access Programme (IOAP) since the beginning of September this year. These are University libraries and Research Institutions located around the world; from the USA and Canada to the UK, and from Norway and Spain to Greece. Well respected Universities, such as the University of Denver, the University of Colorado Boulder, and the University of Arizona in the US, have signed up, while their researchers can now benefit from a 10% discount on the Article Processing Charges (APC) for any papers they publish in MDPI journals, at no cost for the library or the University.
We are more than happy to see the Open Access movement growing stronger and wider every day and we appreciate the vital role which librarians, repository managers, and other scholarly communications professionals play in the field. Our communication with and service to this community is, therefore, one of our principal priorities. The IOAP is our way to support academic and scientific Institutions as well as their scholars in managing, administrating, and publishing research in an Open Access world.
The IOAP set of free services, provided by MDPI to institutions that sign up, include:
More details about the programme and a list of our current participant institutions can be found at: http://www.mdpi.com/about/ioap
Institutions which are interested to participate may do so online at: http://www.mdpi.com/ioap-form
The full list of the Institutions that signed up in September is as follows:
Once over 10 papers are received for this Special Issue, one of the published papers will be selected to receive an SI Best Paper Award by an Evaluation Committee.
From papers submitted to this Special Issue, the award nominees will be assessed for their originality, quality, contribution to the field, and presentation.
An SI Best Paper Award consisting of 300 CHF and a Certificate will be given to the authors of the winning best paper at the Special Issue–Microwave Photonics 2017.
Editor-in-Chief of Photonics, Nelson Tansu, recently hosted U.S. Congressman Charles W. Dent at the Lehigh University’s Center for Photonics and Nanoelectronics (CPN). Tansu is the Director of CPN and the Daniel E. ’39 and Patricia M. Smith Endowed Chair Professor, and he is also the Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).
Since 2005, said Tansu, 140 Lehigh students have received PhDs working in photonics-themed disciplines within the center. Many now hold positions of technical leadership with top academic institutions and industrial companies. Leveraging the vertically-integrated faculty and facilities within CPN, these faculty research projects have led to impactful activities in the areas of III-nitride semiconductors, 2D layered materials, terahertz sensors, optical coherence tomography, functional glass photonics and others.
Congressman Dent said he was greatly impressed by the work being done at the CPN, and he highlighted that the CPN is “at the forefront of technologies that operate at scales often invisible to the human eye”.
Professor Nelson Tansu (left) and U.S. Congressman Charles Dent (right) discuss about the status and plans for the Center for Photonics and Nanoelectronics at Lehigh University. The meeting also includes CPN faculty members and other representatives of the photonics industry.