I started my University career, back in the eighties, teaching air pollution dispersion to undergraduate students. I found that there was not, at the time, any software available on the subject being easily understood by the students. In 1983 I developed such a computer program, first for the Apple Macintosh graphical environment, that was later translated through Visual Basic for the Windows environment. This was done through the course of several years, with the help of some of my most skillful students. I believe the software has capabilities not usually seen, e.g. powerful non-linear optimizers to find the location and value of the maximum concentration, either under real multisource dispersion or hypothetical critical conditions.

Sciendo’s journals use ScholarOne and Editorial Manager for online submissions of academic papers. Each journal has its own guidelines; these need to be read carefully before visiting the online submission portal. For instance, there might be length requirements for papers and abstracts, instructions on how to cite and format references, how to prepare documents for blind peer reviews, how to declare conflict of interest, funding and adherence to ethical policies, and many more.

Academic journals foster the progress of science by publishing new research findings. However, there are thousands of scientific journals in publication and their quality differs. Therefore institutions, authors, readers and librarians need a reliable guideline to choose the right journals to read, cite and stock in libraries. Authors also need to know which is the most authoritative journal to publish their paper in. Funding bodies also require a trusted measurement in order to shortlist applicants with the most impressive publications for their research grants.

In a previous article ”Academic institutions in the time of Covid-19: Homeworking and productivity” we looked at how Covid-19 has changed the way academic researchers work and collaborate. Several universities are navigating the ‘new normal’, cautiously re-opening buildings under stringent protocols, prioritising scientific laboratories and departments involved in Covid-19 research, re-introducing library collection services and planning teaching activities for undergraduate and postgraduate students.