Issue No 4 2011

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Optimising Stencil Thickness and Ink Film Deposit Andreas Willfahrt, John Stephens, Gunter Hübner [Reviews]
Study of Rheological Properties and Tack of Offset Printing Inks Bohumil Jasurek, Jan Valis, Tomas Syrovy, Bohuslav Jablonovsky [Science & Technology]
Colour Quality Measurement of digital versus sheet-fed offset printing products I. Endredy, I. Patko [Science & Technology]
Influence of Dry-Heat Ageing on Offset and UV Inkjet Prints on Synthetic Paper Mirica Debeljak, Diana Gregor-Svetec [Science & Technology]
Development of Printed Thin and Flexible Batteries Michael Wendler, Gunter Hübner, Martin Krebs [Science & Technology]
Creation of nano-dimension structures on the surface of polymer films used in packaging and research of their properties Alina Zhuleva [Science & Technology]
Paper packaging materials and food safety Janina Leks-Stepien [Science & Technology]
The impact of the global financial crisis on Chinese printing industry Hongzhen Diao, Wencai Xu, Alexander Roos [Economics]
New skills for the printing industry appeal for new approaches in education Luk Bouters [Education]
European Digital Print Media (EDPM) Intensive Program at Budapest Tech Livia Kokas-Palicska [Education]
Mongolian Terminological System in the Sphere of Publishing Davaanyam Undraa, Damdinsuren Dugerjav, Oyunchimeg Sterenbadam [Country Reports]


Dear reader,

The International Circle and TAGA have signed a letter of intent to combine their existing journals and to publish a common one. Why?

For most researchers the old saying “publish or perish” is more true than ever in these modern times of evaluations, rankings and other procedures of that kind – like them or not. So it is a widespread and undisputed notion, also in our community, that a high-calibre scientific journal for our field must be available.

You are currently reading the fourth issue of the International Circular of Graphic Education and Research, our Journal of the International Circle, which is now in its fourth year. I take this opportunity to thank you very much for your kind interest in our and, most of all, our authors’ work. I hope you find it exciting, and that your interest in it will continue. The best way to demonstrate this is to hand in your contributions.

There is some more news regarding scientific journals for the graphic arts, however. TAGA, after a break, recently published another issue of their Journal of Graphic Technology (number 1 of volume 5) which, according to editor Liam O’Hara, has been “rejuvenated”. In November last year, our colleagues at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, published the first issue of their Journal of Graphic Engineering and Design; Dragoljub Novaković serves as the editor. Acta Graphica recently announced that they are now a media partner of the manroland-patronized Balkan Print Forum. Iarigai hope to come out with the first copies of their Journal of Print and Media Technology Research by fall this year, probably with Nils Enlund, Mladen Lovreček, and a still undisclosed third person leading.

However, our trade is a more limited one, and so is the supply for upmarket scientific contributions. Of course, it is possible to compete for the best papers and to find out which journals will survive. We are not afraid of such competition, but I am not convinced that the answer to the needs outlined above is to found too many journals. Surely it would be better to combine forces and to cooperate, rather than compete in a limited market.

Not all colleague competitors agree. However, I found one with similar views, TAGA President (now: Immediate Past President) Björn Kruse. Though Björn is a Swede, TAGA’s centre of gravity still is in Northern America. The IC is not too strongly represented there yet, and so we thought our two organisations would make a good match.

So, as mentioned in the first sentence of this editorial, we signed a letter of intent to publish a common journal. The scope of the IC Journal, which is wider than technology only, will be fully preserved.

This process cannot be completed within a few days, of course, but we will move forward in this direction. The next step will be to exchange articles and publish some of them in both journals.

This will enhance the impact of both journals, make the “double” papers known to an even wider public, and thus serve the purposes of our readership.

Wolfgang Faigle


Publisher: The International Circle of Educational Institutes for Graphic Arts: Technology and Management
Editorial Office Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Faigle
Stuttgart Media University (HdM)
Nobelstraße 10
D-70569 Stuttgart
Editorial Board Rajendrakumar Anayath, Chennai, India;
Herbert Czichon, Warsaw, Poland;
Wolfgang Faigle, Stuttgart, Germany;
Yuri Kuznetsow, St. Peterburg, Russia;
Hartmann Liebetruth, Wuppertal, Germany;
Wladimir Naumow, Moscow, Russia;
Anastasios Politis, Athens, Greece;
Seija Ristimäki, Espoo, Finland;
Robert Thompson, London, England;
Xu Wencai, Beijing.
Layout: based on a design study by Julia Gramminger, HdM
Composing: Sylvia Rennert, HdM
Print and Finishing: Moscow State University of Printing Arts
ISSN 1868-0879

Reviewers for this issue were:
Rajendrakumar Anayath, Chennai, India;
Linda Bogaert, Ghent, Belgium;
Denis Erath, Freiburg, Germany;
Wolfgang Faigle, Stuttgart, Germany;
Erich Frank, Stuttgart, Germany;
Martin Habekost, Toronto, Canada;
Gunter Hübner, Stuttgart, Germany;
Björn Kruse, Norrköping, Sweden;
Yuri Kuznetsov, St. Petersburg, Russia;
Bernd Jürgen Matt, Stuttgart, Germany;
Jacqueline May, Stuttgart, Germany;
Gillian Mothersill, Toronto, Canada;
Sue Pandit, London, United Kingdom;
Ursula Prost, Stuttgart, Germany;
Alexander Ross, Stuttgart, Germany;
Robert Thompson, Sevenoaks, United Kingdom;
Pentti Viluksela, Espoo, Finland

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