Royal Society visit to China

Chinese Academy of Sciences President, Professor Bai Chunli guest-edits Philosophical Transactions A

From 12-17 September, Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society, visited China for the first time, on an official visit to meet with the President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and other key dignitaries.

Paul Nurse presents Bai Chunli with a copy of his issue

During this visit, Paul Nurse presented Bai Chunli, President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, with a copy of his recent Philosophical Transactions A Theme Issue 'Molecular nanostructure and nanotechnology'. The issue was guest edited with Wang Chen, Professor of Physical Chemistry and Director of the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, and highlights the "significant progress that has been made in our understanding of the formation and nature of molecular assemblies and the consequent construction of functional nanostructures". Our journals have published a wealth of high-quality papers within nanotechnology; you can view the full collection here.

Royal Society Publishing's relationship with Chinese researchers has been further strengthened in recent years through increased submissions and an increasing number of Chinese representatives on the editorial boards. Our dedicated history of science journal, Notes and Records, recently published a paper exploring how scientific relations have improved between the UK and China since the 1970s.

Proceedings B palaeontology China issue

Special issues across the journal portfolio have investigated a range of focused topics of interest to Chinese scholars. In 2012, the Royal Society's themed cross-disciplinary journal, Interface Focus, published a popular issue on biomaterial research in China, highlighting the expanding field within China to a global audience. China has long been known as a hub for palaeontological activity, with fossil discoveries driving considerable progress in the field over the last 20 years. A special issue in Proceedings B brought together recent papers that had used Chinese fossils to resolve issues in phylogeny and evolution during the current geological eon.

Our research journals receive a large number of submissions from China, with recent highlights including a description of the active process of movement of a turtle embryo within its shell to seek out cooler temperatures (Biology Letters), marine incursion events driving present-day diversity in East Asia (Proceedings B), and tap-dancing water droplets (Proceedings A). Interface is particularly popular with Chinese academics, publishing articles which receive significant media attention and a wide readership. This recent article describes how honeycomb develops its characteristic shape due to the flow of molten wax. Our newest journal, the fully open access, online only Open Biology has also published high-quality research from China including an article on non-invasive prenatal diagnostic procedures.

Given that the UK is third only to the US and Japan in co-authorship of scientific papers with Chinese researchers, Royal Society Publishing hopes to nurture and expand our existing links with China and continue to publish the highest-quality output from the country.