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About the Journal of Research of NIST

The Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology is the flagship publication of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. It has been published under various titles and forms since 1904, with its roots as Scientific Papers issued as the Bulletin of the Bureau of Standards.

In announcing the first volume, S.W. Stratton (first Director of the Bureau) wrote, “the Bulletin … will embody the results of its investigations, research, and other work which may be of importance to the scientific, technical, and manufacturing interests of the country.”

Today, the Journal continues to serve as a major mechanism for NBS/NIST scientists to report on their research in metrology and related fields of physical science, and has been the venue for papers of some of the most influential American physicists of the twentieth century.

Starting in 2012, the Journal became an electronic-only publication under a new rapid publication model - papers are published after full review, within 30-45 days of submission.  

The Journal of Research of NIST has a rigorous review process similar to other scholarly journals.  The current process is a full peer review by at least two reviewers, managed by a member of the Editorial Board. The reviewers are different from those who reviewed the manuscript for WERB/BERB.

Authors are invited to recommend reviewers and they need not be from NIST. Reviewers may choose whether or not they wish to be anonymous. If they do not wish to be anonymous, they are encouraged to contact the author directly to discuss the article.

The Journal of Research is an open access publication and all papers published within it are available for free.

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