September 2015

Issue 70


ELS-XV Topical Issue of Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer

The 2-page solicitation of manuscripts for the ELS-XV topical issue of JQSRT is available here:

Please note the submission deadlines: 15 Sep for regular papers and 30 Sep for invited reviews and Van de Hulst essays.

Please let me know if you have already submitted your manuscript as a standard JQSRT contribution (i.e., without selecting the``SI: ELS-XV (Regular)`` manuscript category during submission) but want me to transfer your paper to the topical issue.

Michael Mishchenko

Call for Papers: Planetary and Space Science Special Issue on Cosmic Dust VIII

The 8th meeting on Cosmic Dust (Cosmic Dust VIII) was held at Tokyo Skytree Town Campus of Chiba Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan from Monday, August 17, 2015 through Friday, August 21, 2015. This special issue of Planetary and Space Science (PSS) will be primarily devoted to Cosmic Dust VIII and contain the papers presented at this particular meeting. However, it is also open to submission of any other papers that discuss some aspect of cosmic dust. All kinds of cosmic dust are the subject of discussion. Also welcome are papers on dust-related topics, for example, the formation of molecules and their reactions on and their desorption from the surface of cosmic dust; light scattering by non-spherical particles and particulate surfaces.

In particular, the topic of interest includes but is not limited to intergalactic dust, interstellar dust,protoplanetary disk dust, debris disk dust, cometary dust, interplanetary dust, circumplanetary dust, stellar nebular condensates, presolar grains, micrometeorites, meteoroids, meteors, regolith particles, planetary aerosols.


There is no charge for submission of a paper and no page charges for publication of the paper, except for color reproduction in print or an open access option. All papers will be peer-reviewed by two independent reviewers. Accepted papers will be published in the online (ScienceDirect) edition of the journal within about 3 weeks of acceptance. A detailed submission guideline is available as ``Guide to Authors`` at: All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted through Elsevier new web-based system EVISE. The authors must select ``Cosmic Dust VIII`` on the``Enter Manuscript Information`` step in the submission process. The submission website for PSS is located at:

A request for additional information should be addressed to the guest editors at .


Hiroshi Kimura (Kobe Univ., Japan); Ludmilla Kolokolova (Univ. of Maryland, USA); Aigen Li (Univ. of Missouri, USA); Jean-Charles Augereau (IPAG, France); Hidehiro Kaneda (Nagoya Univ., Japan); Cornelia Jaeger (MPIA, Germany)


Deadline for submission: November 15, 2015

Deadline for acceptance: April 30, 2016


Position Open: Post-doctoral position in astronomy, University of Helsinki 

The full announcement can be read at

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in astronomy at the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland. The successful applicant is expected to carry out research related to the dense interstellar medium and Galactic star formation. The fellow will participate in projects using data from the Planck and Herschel satellites and from ground-based near-infrared and radio telescopes. Preference is given to applicants with expertise in the observations or modelling of the following: interstellar dust, dust polarization and scattering, submillimetre dust emission, molecular line studies, interstellar chemistry. Candidates should have, by the starting date, a PhD in astronomy or a closely related field. Applicants should send a CV, a list of publications, and a three-page statement of research interests by email as a single PDF file. They should also arrange for two letters of reference to be sent by the same date. These should include an assessment of the applicants abilities for independent scientific research, knowledge of the research field, and particular skills in observational and theoretical/numerical work.

The deadline for applications is the 15th of September 2015. The position will be filled initially for two years, with a starting date as early as possible and no later than 1.1.2016.

For inquiries and to submit an application, please contact Mika Juvela,


In its 10-years-long on-line presence, (Topics in Particle and Dispersion Science) became widely visited and praised reference on particle and dispersion optics and particle science in general. From the onset we opted for open access to its content, aiming at unrestricted accessibility. At the same time, we hoped that the readers of that content will voluntarily support the editing and publishing effort. Unfortunately, we received virtually no such support. Hence, given that TPDSci had no institutional support, we were forced to close this publication.

Many thanks to everybody who contributed to TPDSci. I hope that this contributing has broadened your publishing experience and exposed your work to a multidisciplinary audience.

Miroslaw Jonasz

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