After nearly a year of behind-the-scenes planning, the American Ceramic Society just announced that it is launching a new journal on advanced glass research. This new peer-reviewed quarterly will be called the International Journal of Applied Glass Science.

The journal’s debut is timely as new generations of glass and glass-related materials are increasingly being called upon to play a role in many of the world’s emerging technologies, including energy, medical, transportation, construction, environmental, optical and defense technologies spheres.

ACerS President John Kaniuk says IJAGS will encompass the description, application, modeling, experimental investigation and manufacture of glass materials.

L. David Pye, dean and professor of glass science, emeritus, at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University has agreed to serve as the founding editor of IJAGS. Pye will be aided by an international advisory board. Pye, who is the past president of ACerS, says the new journal “will advance all of the branches of materials science and engineering, and it will support the growing role of glass applications throughout society.” He said the first issue will be released in March 2010.

ACerS says the production of IJAGS will be done in partnership with leading science publisher Wiley-Blackwell. ACerS and Wiley-Blackwell already have a strong publishing track record and jointly produce two other peer-reviewed journals: The Journal of the American Ceramic Society and the International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology. These journals are among the most cited ceramic publications in the world.