Rice University
Rice Magazine| The Magazine of Rice University | No. 3 | 2009

Nano-safety Journal Ratings Debut

The Rice-based International Council on Nanotechnology (ICON) has introduced an interactive feature to its Virtual Journal of Nanotechnology Environment, Health and Safety (VJ-NanoEHS) tahat allows users to post ratings and comments about technical papers archived at the site.

The five-star rating system, which was developed with extensive input from interested stakeholders, provides registered users an opportunity to acknowledge the publications that best exemplify good research practice and effective communication.

A survey of potential contributors found that, as the pace of nano-EHS publication rapidly increases, a rating system would help the highest-quality work to be identified. That will allow such work to serve as a model to others moving into the field and to better inform the public dialogue about nanotechnology’s risks and benefits.

With the introduction of this new feature, ICON continues to extend the utility of its comprehensive database on nano-safety. Other features include a customized search function and an analysis tool that allows users to track research trends over time.