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The International Journal of Nuclear Security—a peer-reviewed journal that publishes scholarly articles and research related to all aspects of nuclear security—is now available online and free to the public.

IJNS Board Members
IJNS board members and editors at the International Nuclear Security Education Network in Vienna, August 10-12, 2015. Left to right are Joseph R. Stainback IV, Howard Hall, Natacha Peter-Stein, and Russel Hirst.

The new journal is produced in collaboration by three units at UT: the Department of Nuclear Engineering, the Department of English, and the Institute for Nuclear Security in the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. The new publication was formally launched at the 2015 International Nuclear Security Education Network in Vienna, Austria, in August.

Howard Hall, UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Global Nuclear Security and director of the Institute for Nuclear Security, is leading the effort.

Howard Hall“The journal strengthens UT’s ties to even greater international networks of nuclear security experts,” Hall said. “We’re proud to be a strategic partner in such an innovative campus-wide project in nuclear security.”

The journal seeks to promote a much-needed international and interdisciplinary exchange of scholarly work among educators, researchers, policy makers, practitioners, and experts from government and industry, as well as the military and law enforcement communities. All of these entities work together to maintain a world secure from nuclear aggression and illicit use of nuclear materials, while supporting peaceful uses of nuclear technologies.

The Governor’s Chair program was created to strengthen the ties between UT and ORNL, as two of the main thrusts of the program are energy science and nuclear security. Along with Hall, Steve Zinkle, Governor’s Chair for Nuclear Materials; Brian Wirth, Governor’s Chair for Computational Nuclear Engineering; and William Weber, Governor’s Chair for Radiation Effects on Materials, all bring expertise from the nuclear engineering department on those topics, as well as an understanding of the kind of collaboration the journal hopes to forge.

In addition to articles, the journal publishes book reviews; news about conferences, seminars and other events relevant to nuclear security; descriptions of new educational programs or courses in nuclear security, and the work of first-place winners in the international student writing competition.

Russel Hirst—who directs the program in technical communication for UT’s English department—serves as the journal’s managing editor.

“I’m delighted to be part of this new publication, designed to connect and energize conversations among educators and professionals working in the multidimensional fields of nuclear security as well as among laypeople interested in understanding issues of vital importance to their countries and societies,” said Hirst. “Although I’m not an expert in the science, technology, or policy connected to nuclear security, I share the motivations of people working in those fields. Like them, I want a world safe from nuclear terror and enriched by peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology.”

The International Journal of Nuclear Security is published in English and is hosted on the Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange.


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