I, Tohru Motobayashi, am beginning my term as the editor-in-chief (EIC) of the AAPPS Bulletinfrom this August issue. I will try my best to continue and enhance the steady and extensive publication of the AAPPS Bulletin with Deputy EIC Akira Yamada and other editorial board members.
In 1991, the Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies (AAPPS) began publishing the Bulletin. After a long period under the leadership of Professor Pauchy Hwang (PS-Taipei), publication of the Bulletin in the current format started in 2011 with Professor Won Namkung (KPS) as the editor-in-chief. Due to the tremendous efforts of the past editors-in-chief, Professor Namkung and Professor Shoji Nagamiya (JPS), the publication of the Bulletin is now well established and providing high-level content. Thanks to the support of the Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics (APCTP) in Pohang, Korea, the AAPPS Bulletin is now on solid ground for operation by having its own office and staff support.
Efforts to make the Bulletin even more visible and useful are in progress. For example, the possibility of assigning DOIs (digital object identifiers) to each Bulletin article is under discussion. We already have 13 corporate members, which are institutions that are purchasing a certain amount of Bulletin copies for distribution, and we welcome new members. Corporate memberships, in addition to the contributions from several societies, help in strengthening the financial basis for the Bulletin’s publication. Currently, about 1,500 copies are printed and distributed among Asian physics communities, and web access to the electronic version of the Bulletin is at a similar range. To further increase readership, help from the AAPPS member societies is necessary. For example, the possibility of having each member society responsible for sending e-mail alerts to its own members regarding the publication of new issues of the Bulletin, is under discussion. For modern readers, we are also considering making the Bulletin web pages more compatible with mobile phones.
Recently, the first three AAPPS divisions were established and the creation of several more divisions is anticipated in the future. Accordingly, the Bulletin will feature the divisions’ respective activities. In addition, we will continue the effort to extend the breadth of the membership of our editorial board by involving more researchers from the AAPPS societies. We hope that the publication of the Bulletin will continue to contribute to the development of physics research in the Asia-Pacific region.