Do you know what the most strenuous job for a relatively young technical/scientific journal is? (The word "young" is really the right one: the first issue of this journal (at that time bilingual, in English and German) appeared in July 1999.) The toughest job is to get adequate submissions, an interesting mix of theoretical papers and papers dealing with practical operating experience in nuclear and fossil power plants. A nearly sixty-five-year-old, just retired person was the first publisher in the world to start publishing a scientific/academic journal on power plant chemistry. At that time, the unanimous comments related to this endeavor were – he is an expert in power plant chemistry but he is a fool. This cannot work. I give him two or three months and the journal will disappear.
Nearly fifteen years later, the PowerPlant Chemistry journal is still here and has a very large readership worldwide. It is therefore appropriate to thank all the authors of papers published in this journal for their kind cooperation. I would like to encourage all young people working in power plant chemistry, in this exciting technical and scientific area, to submit papers for publication in our journal. Make work a little easier for this old person (you can add up sixty-five and fifteen yourselves) who is waiting for your contributions.
And if any of you would be interested in taking over the above-described job, please contact the publisher of this journal. You can find the contact information for the publisher (Waesseri GmbH) in the Imprint on the last page.
Now let's change the subject. PowerPlant Chemistry is one of the sponsors of the International Conference Combined Cycles with HRSGs – Heat Recovery in the Industry. The conference will take place in Heidelberg, Germany, on May 6–8, 2013. This conference is the ultimate power cycle chemistry conference. It features experts addressing all chemistry-related topics important for combined cycle units with heat recovery steam generators and heat recovery in the industry. The conference agenda also includes topics of interest to fossil power generators in utilities, as well as to independent power producers and industrial power and steam generators. More information about the conference and about the keynote speakers may be downloaded at following this link I hope to see you in Heidelberg.
That's all. Remain true to us and do not forget: the best source of the latest information on power plant chemistry is and always has been a subscription to our journal.
Albert Bursik, Editor