Saudi Arabian university and Nature team up for global challenge

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Saudi Arabia – King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), in partnership with Nature Publishing Group (NPG), has recently launched a free access new journal entitled Clean Water to address the global challenge ensuring clean water supply.

The journal welcomes high quality papers in all areas of desalination technology and water purification, as well as related research from other fields such as chemistry, biology, materials science, nanotechnology and physics.

“Nature is the leading weekly international scientific journal and the partnership with them will constitute an important addition to both our researchers and faculty members. The periodical will also play an important role in the development of the water sector which is one of the most vital sectors, and represents one of the key determinants of sustainable development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the region, and in the world at large,” said HE Dr Khaled S Al–Sultan, KFUPM rector.

“Research in desalination and other technologies related to the production of clean water are a strategic priority for KFUPM, who are currently working on a joint eight-year research and educational program with faculty in MIT, which has resulted in their Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy. In addition to primary research, NPG Clean Water will publish analysis of the broader issues surrounding the supply of clean water, such as education, funding, policy, intellectual property, and impacts on society,” added Dr Al–Sultan.

Dr Magdalena Skipper, executive editor of Nature Partner Journals at Nature Publishing Group said: “The supply of, and access to, clean water are serious issues facing communities worldwide. As climate change and population growth place increasing pressure on water resources, the need to find solutions to this problem becomes ever more urgent.”

She adds: “This is a global challenge that requires a multi–faceted approach. Through a new open access journal in Clean Water, we hope to facilitate the high quality, inter–disciplinary conversation that is necessary for us to successfully address this issue on all fronts. KFUPM shares our ambition, and is an ideal partner for this newest addition to the Nature Partner Journal family.”

NPG Clean Water will be the second Nature Partner Journal to be launched in collaboration with an institution in the Middle East and joins a portfolio of 16 other Nature Partner Journal titles. The journal is expected to launch its first content at the end of 2016.

Nature Publishing Group (founded in 1869) is a publisher of high impact scientific information in print and online. NPG publishes journals, online databases and services across the life, physical, chemical and applied sciences.

Focusing on the needs of scientists, NPG publishes a range of Nature research journals and Nature Reviews journals, and a range of prestigious academic and partner journals including society–owned publications. Online, nature.com provides over 8 million visitors per month with access to NPG publications and services, including news and comment from Nature, and the leading scientific jobs board.