Vol.8 No.2 2015

−112−Synthesiology - English edition Vol.8 No.2 (2015) Letter from the editorThe National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has played a major role in utilizing the results of basic research in society, and has engaged continuously and integrally in basic research to practical application research, ever since its establishment in April 2001. The role of this journal is, as explained in the “objective” at the end of the journal, to accumulate the knowledge to utilize the research results in society. Starting in April 2015, AIST has transformed from dokuritsu gyosei hojin or incorporated administrative agency to kokuritsu kenkyu kaihatsu hojin or national research and development agency. The fourth medium to long-term period has started. In the goal set for this medium to long-term, there is particular emphasis on strengthening the “bridging (translational)” function to quickly bring innovative technological potentials to commercialization.Needless to say, the accumulation of the results of synthetic and integrating research activities that is the aim of this journal is also essential for “bridging.” Together with Executive Editor Naoto Kobayashi of the Editorial Board, the author has conducted an analysis of the synthetic methods of 70 papers published in this journal [Synthesiology English edition, 5 (1), 37-55 (2012)]. As a result, while there are characteristic synthetic methods for each individual research discipline, it became clear that it is necessary to turn the feedback process several times through social trials for a result to be introduced into society. The paper “Application of laser Compton photon beam to nondestructive tests” describes the process by which the direction of research was adjusted by listening to multiple users’ voices.Recently, the Synthesiology Editorial Board conducted a questionnaire survey to the authors who published in this journal, and obtained 136 responses. 18 % of the authors responded that publishing their paper in Synthesiology was highly beneficial, and 69 % responded that it was beneficial. In total, nearly 90 % of the authors responded that publication was beneficial, and I am happy about this result. On the other hand, in recommending others to write for this journal, 58 % responded that the low awareness of this journal was a barrier. The Editorial Board has taken various measures in raising the awareness for the journal, but I think more measures are needed in the future, and I shall appreciate it if you could give us some suggestions.According to the aforementioned authors’ questionnaire survey, many people responded that it was beneficial to organize their research from a synthesiological standpoint. I feel that the knowledge is being accumulated on the direction of analyzing the synthetic methods, but on the direction of how to synthesize the elemental technologies and how to accelerate the commercialization of innovative potentials using such knowledge still needs investigation. If this direction becomes clear as the journal advances into future, I think the value of Synthesiology will rise dramatically.(Noboru YUMOTO, Senior Executive Editor)


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