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About the Journal of Research of NIST

The Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology is the flagship publication of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. It has been published under various titles and forms since 1904, with its roots as Scientific Papers issued as the Bulletin of the Bureau of Standards.

In announcing the first volume, S.W. Stratton (first Director of the Bureau) wrote, “the Bulletin … will embody the results of its investigations, research, and other work which may be of importance to the scientific, technical, and manufacturing interests of the country.”

Today, the Journal continues to serve as a major mechanism for NBS/NIST scientists to report on their research in metrology and related fields of physical science, and has been the venue for papers of some of the most influential American physicists of the twentieth century.

Learn more about the historical significance of physics-related NIST/NBS research by viewing a poster presented at the American Physical Society March Meeting in 2008.

Starting in 2012, the Journal became an electronic-only publication under a new rapid publication model - articles are published as soon as we receive them rather than waiting to be published as part of a journal issue. 

The Journal of Research is an open access publication and all papers published within it are available for free.

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