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−135−Synthesiology - English edition Vol.4 No.2 (2011) Letter from the editorFour research papers and a paper supplement are delivered here in Synthesiology Volume 4 Issue 2. The subjects of the papers cover diverse fields: information, robots, sensors, photonics, and materials. All papers are written in a manner to facilitate understanding of readers in different fields as well as general readers. The Editorial Board has received readers’ comments responding to the questionnaire survey for each issue that state that one feature of the Synthesiology papers is that they are readily understandable by researchers in different fields.A roundtable discussion about writing research papers for Synthesiology was planned for this issue with six authors and Prof. Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, former president of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. The Synthesiology papers have a distinct and novel form completely different from those of conventional academic journals, so the participants of the roundtable discussion freely talked about difficulties, elaborations, and benefits coming from the writing of Synthesiology papers.Many authors gave comments in the roundtable discussion that they realized through writing the Synthesiology papers that, for a series of their own researches, there were clear research scenarios in their minds which were related to each other in a consistent manner. As Editor-in-Chief of Synthesiology, I was able to confirm again the uniqueness and significance of Synthesiology from their comments. I also agreed with the comments that the approach in which elements are identified and integrated/synthesized is useful for planning and evaluating research projects as well.It is another feature of Synthesiology that discussions are carried out between the reviewers and the authors. The discussions are presented in Synthesiology following the individual texts of their papers. It seems to me that these are good stimuli for the authors. It was pointed out that the discussions highlight the essences of the papers and help the readers’ understanding.I would be grateful if the readers would keep being interested in Synthesiology. If there would be an opportunity, I would like to suggest to you, the readers, to present your research in this new format of research papers. I believe that it will help you review your scenarios and add new perspectives to your own researches. We welcome contributions to Synthesiology from researchers in a wide range of fields of science and technology. Editor in Chief Akira Ono

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