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Niobium Literature in Japan
CBMM newly started a technical database service of steel technology in its homepage from June 2004. Anyone wishing to access this database should drop in at the company's website http://www.cbmm.com.br, and click the button <Niobium in Steel>, then <Publication in Japan>. The service is gratis.
The literature database covers Japanese-language technical reports published in Japan from 1962 to 2002. Each report concerns the development of steel materials containing niobium, or contains research published in Japan dealing with the methods of using niobium in steel production. With the permission of the original publishers below, 539 reports from the following technical journals have been compiled into the English abstract database.
Owing to the original publisher's favor and understanding of this project, the service is realized in the present form. The most important conclusions of the reports have been summarized without impairing their originality. The database was developed on the basis of careful study by specialists commissioned by CBMM. The successful creation of this database owes a great debt to the contributions of the following seven committee members.

To those who request more information, full paper, or whatever, the company asks to contact with each original publisher.

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“Materials Transactions” Institutional Subscription for Non-members, In Print and Online Versions
From 2005 April issue, the subscription of “Materials Transactions” in print version by non-member institutions or companies will be subject to the newly introduced “institutional subscription” system handled by the exclusive overseas sales contractor Maruzen Co. Ltd as follows.

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Overseas annual institutional subscription fee is $840 including surface postage.
The fee will be applied to the subscription contract completed after April, 2005.

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The online version for “Materials Transactions” for non-member institutions or companies through the “institutional subscription” system will also be available sometime in 2005.
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Materials Journal Portal Site
In order to disseminate materials-related information towards the world from Japan, “Materials Journal Portal Site” was finally established in March, 2006.
It is the only integrated site comprehensively collecting academic journals information, which is useful for both researchers and engineers of materials. This site will contribute to sustainable prosperity of society through the promotion of the research and development in the fields of materials-science and engineering.

Please access http://matjournal.org

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Special Issue: “Advanced Materials for Hydrogen Energy Applications”
The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Advanced Materials for Hydrogen Energy Applications” as April 2011. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from many countries for this special issue.
Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
      Societal demands for materials related to hydrogen energy are expected to become increasingly heavy from the viewpoint of high-level energy security as well as because we need to address the urgent issue for realizing Low-Carbon-Emission Society. It is, therefore, important and indispensable to systematically study and promote the information exchange about the advanced materials for hydrogen production, hydrogen separation/purification, and hydrogen storage/transportation. This special issue is to summarize the recent studies on “ Advanced Materials for Hydrogen Energy Applications” .
Topics:
Hydrogen Production, Hydrogen Separation/Purification, Hydrogen Storage/Transportation, Hydrides

Manuscripts due: October 1, 2010.

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Special Issue: “New Functions and Properties of Engineering Materials Created by Designing and Processing II”
The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “New Functions and Properties of Engineering Materials Created by Designing and Processing II” as July 2013. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from around the globe for this special issue.
Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Materials processing technology has significantly contributed to the success of the manufacturing industry, and emerging technologies on every front necessitate the invention of new materials and methods to fabricate these materials. This special issue covers novel functions and properties of advanced engineering materials of metals, ceramics, and polymers produced by microstructural control and alignment. In addition, it presents the current status of various techniques used for materials designing and processing, such as 3-D imaging, sensing/measurement/analysis, and multi-scale simulation. We expect to receive original papers related to the topics that will be presented at ISAEM-2012 (The Fifth International Symposium on Designing, Processing and Properties of Advanced Engineering Materials), which will be held in Toyohashi in November 2012; however, the submitted papers would not be restricted to those presented at ISAEM-2012.
Topics:
materials processing, 3-D imaging, sensing, advanced measurement and analysis, materials simulation, multi-scale modeling, microstructural control, biomedical materials, ceramics, polymer materials

Manuscripts due: January 7, 2013

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Special Issue: “Advanced Materials for Hydrogen Energy Applications II”
The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Advanced Materials for Hydrogen Energy Applications II” as August 2014.
 The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from around the globe for this special issue. Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
 The Great East Japan Earthquake has generated awareness that higher level energy security is essential. Therefore, the social request for hydrogen-energy related materials is expected to be intensified in the near future. As a consequence, systematic researches into the storage / transportation and separation/purification of hydrogen are crucial. In April 2011, a total of 16 research articles concerning hydrogen-energy related materials were published in the first special issue of “Advanced Materials for Hydrogen Energy Applications” edited with Materials Transactions. In the second issue, we will assemble the latest studies regarding both fundamentals and applications with the aim to advance researches into novel functions and characterization techniques on hydrides. ・Topics:
Hydride, Hydrogen energy, Hydrogen storage, Hydrogen purification, Quantum beam, Crystal structure, Electronic structure, Fuel cell, Secondary battery, Energy carrier

Manuscripts due: February 3, 2014

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Special Issue: “Advanced Materials Science in Bulk Nanostructured Metals II”
The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Advanced Materials Science in Bulk Nanostructured Metals II” as September 2013. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from around the globe for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Severe plastic deformation or electrodeposition processes have enabled to produce bulk-scale metallic metals having the average grain size smaller than 1 μm, which is so-called “bulk nanostructured metals”. It has been reported that bulk nanostructured metals exhibit both high strength and toughness, which have been thought mutual exclusive. Such outstanding properties of bulk nanostructured metals are not understood by the knowledge stored in materials with a conventional grain size. Bulk nanostructured metals contain a large number of grain boundaries and lattice defects such as dislocations. So, it is essential to build a new category of study taking into account the interaction between grain boundaries and lattice defects in nanoscopic point of view.
In the special issue of Materials Transaction (No.1 Vol.53 2011), 24 papers are included with respect to bulk nanostructured metals, which demonstrated the energetic activities in this academic field. The study in this field advances rapidly, elucidating a new properties and the mechanism behind them. New knowledge is being stored integrating experimental science and multi-scale computer science such as first-principle calculation, molecular dynamics and finite element methods. Therefore, guest editors decide to edit a special issue again in this research area, aiming to collect cutting edge studies on bulk nanostructured metals all over the world, including experimental, theoretical and computational simulation studies. The following topics will be focused in particular:
(1) Materials Design in Bulk Nanostructured Metals
(2) Fabrication of Bulk Nanostructured Metals
(3) Structures in Bulk Nanostructured Metals
(4) Mechanical and Functional Properties in Bulk Nanostructured Metals
In addition to them, the guest editors would hope to collect studies on high-temperature mechanical properties, corrosion and electrical properties, novel analytical methods on bulk nanostructured metals, which were not included in the previous special issue. It is our great pleasure when this special issue will play a significant role on advancing materials science for bulk nanostructured metals.

Topics:
nanostructured metals, nanocrystalline metals, ultrafine grained metals, severe plastic deformation; electrodeposition, mechanical properties, functional properties, dislocation theory, grain boundary engineering, computational mechanics, corrosion

Manuscripts due: March 1, 2013

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Delayed Free Download Service for Non-Subscribers
Materials Transactions Online Journal provides delayed free download service for the papers published before one year.
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One-year free access for all papers is provided for the authors of Materials Transactions.
We always welcome your contributions.

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Special Issue: “Strength of Fine Grained Materials —60 Years of Hall-Petch—”

The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Strength of Fine Grained Materials —60 Years of Hall-Petch—” as January 2014. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from around the globe for this special issue.
Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Since E. O. Hall (1951) and N. J. Petch (1953) proposed the equation σy = σ0 + kd-1/2 for the grain-size dependence of the yield strength of steels, the equation is known as the Hall-Petch law or Hall-Petch relation. The same equation has been shown to hold for the flow stress and fracture strength of metallic materials. Thus, grain refining has been used as a powerful tool of the strengthening and toughening of crystalline materials without changing the composition. Since 1990s, however, it has been found that when the grain size decreases below, say, 20 nm, the Hall-Petch law becomes no more valid and the strength even decreases with decreasing the grain size, now termed as the inverse Hall-Petch behavior. After 60 years have passed since the Hall-Petch law was established, we review in this special issue the present state of the art of the Hall-Petch and the inverse Hall-Petch relations from the experimental and theoretical viewpoints to understand the role of grain boundaries in the mechanical properties of polycrystalline materials and to carry out the optimum design of structural materials.
Topics:
Hall-Petch relation, Inverse Hall-Petch relation, Superplasticity, Fine-grained steels, Fine-grained non-ferrous metals, Fine-grained ceramics, Effect of grain-boundary segregation

Manuscripts due: July 16, 2013

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Special Issue: “Crystallographic Orientation Distribution and Related Properties in Advanced Materials IV”
 The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Crystallographic Orientation Distribution and Related Properties in Advanced Materials IV” as January 2015. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from around the globe for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
 Crystallographic orientation is an important factor affecting properties for crystalline materials such as metals and ceramics. Therefore, considerable attention is directed to texture control as a means to improve the properties in a wide range of materials including composites and thin films. Like the previous issues (Vol. 48 No. 8, Vol. 51 No. 4 and Vol. 53 No. 11), this special issue collects recent research reports on crystallographic orientation distribution in different scales analyzed by neutron diffraction, X-ray diffraction, electron back scatter diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, etc., not only with academic interest in the mechanism of texture evolution but also for technical applications of texture-related properties to several industrial fields. Texture research papers based on computing as well as on experiments are suitable for the aim of this issue.

Topics:
metals, ceramics, composites, thin films, neutron diffraction, X-ray diffraction, electron back scatter diffraction (EBSD), transmission electron microscopy, texture evolution, deformation, recrystallization, transformation

Manuscripts due: July 1, 2014

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Graphical Abstract
1) Other than the text abstract, Graphical Abstract (hereafter GA) which best represents the contents of your paper can be displayed, but only on the J-STAGE Online Journal.
2) Authors who intend to submit GA should select a figure or a photograph for GA at the time of the submission of the paper. The appropriateness of GAwill also be judged by the reviewer and the editor in the due course of reviewing process.
3) The same figure or photograph in the paper can be used for GA without modifications.
4) GA will be displayed in the same color as the figure published in the paper.
5) The phrases in the figure can be displayed, but not the caption.
6) The figure or the photograph of GA will be proofread by authors.
7) There is no additional charge for GA.

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Special Issue: “Advanced Structural Materials for Extremely High Temperature Applications in Future”
 The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Advanced Structural Materials for Extremely High Temperature Applications in Future” as June 2017. The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from around the globe for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
 Various ideas for developing materials for extremely high temperature application have been proposed to realize high efficiency of fossil fuels and energy consumption. In this special issue, the recent studies and the progress on the Advanced Structure Materials for high temperature use which include not only metallic materials but also ceramic-based materials are summarized by Overview paper, Review papers and Original papers.

Topics:
Mo, Nb, SiC, Silicides, Aluminides, Borides, mechanical properties, creep, fracture, phase diagram

Manuscripts due: December 1, 2016

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Special Issue: “Recent Advances in Solid State Ionics and Its Applications”
The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Recent Advances in Solid State Ionics and Its Applications” as December 2017.
The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from around the globe for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
 Recent advances in solid state ionics including ion-transport phenomena, materials development, and its applications are quite remarkable. As for the ion-transport phenomena, the visualization of bulk diffusion is being developed in conjunction with computational approaches, and new spectroscopic and diffraction techniques. Conduction mechanism and electrochemical reactions around surface and nano-scale interfaces are also being well interpreted. As for the materials development, in addition to high ionic conductors and mixed conductors, recently, a new class of materials such as polyanionic and organic-inorganic hybrid materials is of great interest. Their high quality thin films can be also fabricated by using the state-of-the-art deposition techniques. Furthermore, secondary batteries and fuel cells now show better and reliable performances. Operando analyses on such the devices have been also attracting attentions. Atomic switches and memristors are novel applications
 utilizing solid state ionics. This special issue covers all of these topics to overlook the current status and future trends in this research field; overview and original papers on the following topics are highly welcomed.

Topics: ion transport phenomena, ionic conductors, mixed conductors, cathode and anode materials, nonstoichiometric compounds, secondary batteries, fuel cells, gas separation membranes, operando analysis, advanced analysis techniques, atomic switches, memristors
Manuscripts due: June 1, 2017

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Special Issue: “Kinetics and Phase Relationships for Microstructure Evolution in Metals and Alloys”
The editorial committee of Materials Transactions is planning to publish a special issue on “Kinetics and Phase Relationships for Microstructure Evolution in Metals and Alloys” as December 2017.
The committee would like to invite many contributions of original articles from around the globe for this special issue.

Objective and topics of coverage are as follows:
Physical and mechanical properties of metals and alloys are determined not only by the chemical composition but also by the microstructure. In order to realize the excellent properties, it is essentially important to optimize the microstructure. Microstructure evolution of metals and alloys during heat-treatment is usually controlled by diffusion. In the early stages of the heat-treatment, however, the microstructure evolution is governed by interface reaction. Thus, reliable information on the rate-controlling process is necessary for the microstructure optimization. The present issue concerns the articles relevant to the kinetics and the phase relationships for the microstructure evolution in metals and alloys.

Topics:Diffusion, Interface migration, Kinetics, Equilibrium, Precipitation, Heat treatment, Compound, Intermetallics, Phase diagram, Metastable
Manuscripts due: June 1, 2017

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