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Volume 4, Issue 1, January 2014

We are happy to announce the publication of the latest issue of JUnQ. Reaching our fourth year with the seventh issue we thought it was time to reflect on “Quality of Science”. In the current issue we deal with various ways of quality assurance in science and the humanities. We present two interviews, one with Dr. Jörg Meidenbauer, CEO of Peter Lang GmbH, and the other with Dr. Uwe Schmidt from the Center of Quality Assurance of the University of Mainz. Furthermore, we have two essays about our journalistic topic. Prof. Jörg Meibauer presents the humanities’ perspective on the qualities a doctoral candidate has to possess. The other essay was written by editorial board members Andreas Neidlinger and Felix Spenkuch about open access and public peer review.

In addition you can find scientific contributions on smectic liquid crystals from Patrick Beyer and Rudolf Zentel as well as a view on measuring scientific performance with the h-index by Michael Schreiber. Furthermore, we announce a new category of contributions in the latest issue. It is called “Views on Live, the Universe, and Everything”. It addresses authors wishing to discuss topics of interest and their views on them. The first essay is from Wolter Seuntjens and deals with the studying of mankind.

We wish you a good time with JUnQ. Please let us know what you think in the comments.

— Andreas Neidlinger on behalf of the Editorial Board

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