Jan Stake appointed editor-in-chief of scientific publication

Jan Stake, Professor of Terahertz Technology and Head of the Terahertz and Millimetre Wave Laboratory at MC2, is the new editor-in-chief of the scientific periodical IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology. “Above all, it will be exciting to work on behalf of the entire terahertz community and have the opportunity to influence this field of research,” says Stake.

Stake succeeds outgoing editor-in-chief and founder, Peter H Siegel. He hails his predecessor in his first leader column.
“Peter Siegel has done a fantastic job establishing the periodical and bringing together researchers from different disciplines. Despite only being in existence for five years, the publication has found its niche in this short time. It has also steadily increased in volume. One aim of the publication is to enrich its readers and bridge different disciplines that in some way use or research into terahertz technology. Siegel has been able to successfully bring together a “terahertz community” but we still have a big challenge in increasing the number of articles that reach outside the RF/microwave community. His series of articles on terahertz pioneers has been particularly appreciated and we intend to continue this theme in several more articles,” says Stake.
One of several Chalmers professors portrayed in this series was Erik Kollberg, who is also the subject of in an article on the MC2 website.
 

Over the moon and raring to go

Jan Stake feels both delighted and excited ahead of his new role. As editor-in-chief, he will head the everyday work involved in reviewing and publishing articles. One major part of his brief is to further develop the publication in a way that best benefits the terahertz area.
“Above all, it will be exciting to work on behalf of the entire terahertz community, and have the opportunity to influence this field of research. On a personal level, it will also give me an opportunity to gain more knowledge outside my own specialist area and to learn more about different publishing traditions. I am naturally delighted in this show of confidence and am raring to get started,” says Stake.
As editor-in-chief, he intends to focus on issues that will boost the terahertz area in the long-term. Stake not only sees the periodical's reputation as an important aspect to work with, he also aims to serve the research community in the best possible way. IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology should be the natural first port of call for anyone wishing to publish solid research work with exciting results in the area.
 

“Good review process crucial”

“Based on my own reasoning process when choosing a publication, I think a good review process that assures high quality but is also seen as quick, fair and constructive for our authors and reviewers, is particularly important. I have already started looking at how we can streamline the review process and in time, I also want to find good methods that mean we can increase the spread of our articles. In particular, I want us to publish a higher proportion of multi-disciplinary articles and pave the way for new application areas for terahertz radiation,” says Stake.
He has been appointed editor-in-chief on a three-year contract.
 
Words: Michael Nystås
Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist
 

Published: Thu 18 Feb 2016.