Measurement Science and Technology

Measurement Science and Technology
Measurement Science and Technology  
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Abbreviated title (ISO) Meas. Sci. Technol., MST
Discipline Interdisciplinary
Language English
Edited by Peter Hauptmann
Publication details
Publisher IOP Publishing (United Kingdom)
Publication history Measurement Science and Technology (1990–present)
Journal of Physics E: Scientific Instruments (1968–1989)
Journal of Scientific Instruments (1923–1967)
Frequency 12/year
Impact factor
ISSN 0957-0233 (print)
1361-6501 (web)

Measurement Science and Technology is a journal published by Institute of Physics Publishing. It is an international journal publishing articles in the areas of measurement, instrumentation and sensor technology in physics, chemistry, biology, engineering and the environmental life sciences, from inception to commercial exploitation.

Its scope includes

  • Sensors, instruments and systems for physical, chemical and biological measurands
  • Sensor applications, micro- and nano-systems
  • Signal processing techniques for measurement and sensor-actuator systems
  • Metrology and the theory of measurement, including data and error analysis, standards and calibration.
  • Specific sensors (mechanical, chemical, thermal, biological, magnetic, radiation, fibre optic)
  • Fluid flow measurement, particle sizing, combustion measurements
  • Optical and laser based measurement techniques
  • Imaging techniques, including tomography, microscopy and holography
  • Spectroscopy, including MS, NMR, ESR, IR, UV-VIS, PCS, fluorescence, optical interferometry, dielectric, acoustic spectroscopy
  • Biomedical instrumentation
  • Micro-, nano- and picoscale measurement
  • Cryogenic science and measurement
  • Dimensional, thermal and optical metrology
  • Measurement methods based on visible, infrared, x-ray or other electromagnetic radiation
  • Electrical and magnetic measurements including frequency and dielectric measurements
  • Acoustic and ultrasonics measurements and instrumentation
  • Nuclear instrumentation for measurements

The journal publishes different article types including Review Articles [1] , Papers, Design Notes and Rapid Communications. The journal also publishes a number of special topical features and issues [2] each year. The journal is published monthly with articles being published online in advance of the printed version.

The editor-in-chief is Peter Hauptmann at the Universität Magdeburg, Germany. The journal had an Impact factor of 1.350 for 2010 according to Journal Citation Reports.


History of the journal

The Institute of Physics was founded in 1919 and in 1923 the Institute launched the Journal of Scientific Instruments, 'dealing with methods of measurement and the theory, construction and use of instruments as an aid to research in all branches of science and engineering'. The first issue was introduced by J J Thompson, then President of the Institute. The idea for the journal was promoted by Sir Richard Glazebrook, the first President, then Director of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL). The journal was initially edited at the NPL under the supervision of a scientific advisory committee appointed by the Institute. The need for interdisciplinarity was recognised even then, with the desire to co-opt biologists, engineers, chemists and instrument makers, 'as well as physicists', on to the scientific advisory committee. The Institute of Physics merged with the Physical Society in 1960. By this time the Proceedings of the Physical Society had grown in size and the quality of the applied journals, British Journal of Applied Physics and Journal of Scientific Instruments, had been improved. In 1968 these journals were to form part of the Journal of Physics series of journals, A to E, the fifth journal in the series being Journal of Physics E: Scientific Instruments. In 1986 Institute of Physics Publishing (IOPP) was set up to be the sole vehicle through which the Institute's publishing was carried out. In 1990 it was decided to rename the journal Measurement Science and Technology to reflect the shift away from many scientists making their own instruments and to recognize the new technology which would be of interest to researchers making measurements of physical, chemical and biological measurands. The Institute's full electronic journals service was launched in January 1996, and in 2003 the journal archive containing all articles published since 1874 was digitized and is available online. All abstracts and tables of contents are freely available.

Time line

  • 1874 The Physical Society of London founded
  • 1919 Institute of Physics founded
  • 1923 Journal of Scientific Instruments launched
  • 1960 Merger of Institute of Physics with the Physical Society
  • 1968 Journal of Physics series created.
  • 1986 Institute of Physics Publishing set up to handle publishing activities
  • 1990 Journal of Physics E: Scientific Instruments reborn as Measurement Science and Technology
  • 1994 IOPP Electronic Journals service started with Classical and Quantum Gravity
  • 1996 Full Electronic Journals service launched
  • 2003 Journal Archive containing all articles published in the journal (since 1923) is digitized and available online


MST is indexed in:

  • New Technologies and Engineering (ANTE)
  • INSPEC Information Services
  • ISI
  • Environmental Engineering Abstracts
  • Bioengineering Abstracts
  • Engineered Materials Abstracts
  • Metals Abstracts
  • Aluminium Industry Abstracts
  • Ceramic Abstracts
  • Engineering Index/Ei Compendex
  • Geo Abstracts (World Textiles Abstracts)
  • Aerospace Database.

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