Nuclear and Radiation Safety as Platform for Professional Communication of Scholars
With the formation and development of nuclear industry in Ukraine, it became obvious that a scientific and technical journal which would openly discuss safety issues of nuclear technology should be established. For this purpose, the State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SSTC NRS), jointly with the Odessa State Polytechnic University, founded Nuclear and Radiation Safety Journal in 1998. March 2021 marks the 23rd anniversary of the first issue of Nuclear and Radiation Safety Journal.
During this time, the journal changed, developed, extended, opened up new names, provided opportunities for young researchers, served as a platform for discussions of the scientific community, increased the circle of connoisseurs, and now occupies a leading position among professional scientific publications in Ukraine. Nuclear and Radiation Safety Journal is included in the list of periodicals approved by the Department of Personnel Certification at the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine that can publish PhD and ScD research findings and is included in the SCOPUS International Scientometric Database and INIS Database.
The main goal pursued by Nuclear and Radiation Safety Journal for over two decades is to promote a high-quality information space for public communication of scholars and official recognition of scientific publications and, particularly, to communicate research findings to domestic and global scientific communities. This is achieved through the timely and systematic publication, in Ukrainian and English, of scientific, technical, and analytical papers of Ukrainian and foreign experts in nuclear and radiation safety, representing scientific organizations, enterprises, state agencies, and higher educational institutions.
The topics addressed in Nuclear and Radiation Safety Journal include general safety issues of nuclear technology, operational safety of nuclear facilities, nuclear fuel and neutronic processes in reactor cores, safety analysis guidance and findings, long-term operation and decommissioning, management of radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel, radiation safety, electrical equipment, instrumentation and control systems, nuclear security, etc.
A professional editorial board is actively involved in journal-related efforts. The editorial board includes PhDs and ScDs from Ukrainian and foreign scientific organizations or higher education institutions. Today, the editorial board consists of 21 highly skilled experts, including researchers from the Brookhaven National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of
Energy (BNL), Argonne National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy (ANL), and Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (DSA).
Only during 2018-2020, 119 scientific papers were published in Nuclear and Radiation Safety Journal. Their authors are working at scientific and research institutions, educational institutions, and enterprises dealing with nuclear and radiation safety. Journal’s geography covers not only Ukraine but also Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Egypt, and Azerbaijan.
All papers address relevant topics and are innovative. It is noteworthy that a number of methodologies and programs highlighted in scientific publications of Nuclear and Radiation Safety Journal have been tested and implemented in practices pertaining to nuclear and radiation safety.
Society and sociopolitical system changed fundamentally, but the authors published in Nuclear and Radiation Safety Journal remained impartial and competent. The editorial board’s position contributed to high professional level of the papers published. Nuclear and Radiation Safety Journal passed a difficult post-Soviet path together with the country and its readers to become one of the most popular scientific and technical periodicals owing to the dedicated efforts of the editorial board, financial support from SSTC NRS management, information support from the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine, and numerous authors and readers from nuclear industry enterprises, scientific institutions, and organizations using radiation sources.
We will be glad to share our scientific space with you and welcome publications of experts from ETSON member organizations in Nuclear and Radiation Safety Journal since our efforts are aimed at making the world safer and any our undertakings rely on research findings, testing, experience, and finally discussion.