The IJVS Office is moving from it’s present position in the University of Southampton to an off-campus address from 15th October 1999. 

Please note our NEW numbers for contact as follows:

Office Phone:+44 (0) 1703 390935

Office Fax:+44 (0) 1703 390935

Office Email:ijvs@soton.ac.uk or louise@ijvs.demon.co.uk   UNCHANGED

Editor’s Fax+44 (0) 1962 776390  UNCHANGED



This is the first edition to be published under a new arrangement. Up until now our sponsors Perkin Elmer have funded the publication of IJVS from my office in the University of Southampton. Next week I hang up my boots – I’m retiring so my professorial office will close and we have decided to move off-campus. There are several very minor consequences as far as you the readers and contributors are concerned, of which the main ones are changes in contact numbers and addresses. My own editorial contacts remain the same as they always have been. Above are the new numbers, although they are headlined elsewhere in this edition.

What effect will this have on your Journal – NONE! The staff, Louise Martin, our Webmaster and myself will continue exactly as before except that I will have a little more time to dedicate to the Journal! (better had !? – Assistant Editor)

100th Subscriber

We have been keeping quiet about it but we were certain that during the Autumn of 1999, we would pass 1000 registered readers. The 1000th person to register was Libuse Pleserova from the Czech Republic, on 14th September .

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could reach 2000 next year! By the way, very few scientific journals have a circulation as big as ours – interesting thought! Couldn’t be anything to do with the fact that IJVS is FREE?

This Edition

We don’t normally talk much about future editions because somehow our plans always seems to come unstuck but we can announce that we will shortly produce an edition concentrating on Bio-Applications. Kai Griebenow has taken on the thankless task of editing it. Christmas and the Millennium New Year. We plan something light-hearted and different to mark the start of the year 2000, but NO I’m not telling you anything about it in advance!

During 2000 we will definitely include an edition dedicated to Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy and it’s applications, to be edited by ZQ Tian at the University of Xiamen, China. I am also planning a Special Edition to bring you all up-to-speed on the calculation of vibrational frequencies and we will definitely highlight NIR during the year.

Turning now to this edition – we have an excellent article from Ray Frost, Theo Kloprogge and Joelene Schmidt from Brisbane in Australia in which they show us all how valuable Raman is in the analysis of minerals. The subject isn’t really new and Raman has a long way to go before it will really augment the standard methods, but Ray and his colleagues are obviously convinced it will be a valuable method in a few years time. Read the paper and tell us all what you think.

I have a “bee in my bonnet” that the method we all used 30 years ago to present infrared data was one hell of a lot better than it is now! Oh no, I hear you all groan. When will the silly old duffer shut up? Have a look at what Anne de Paepe and I have to say and then send the blasts by e-mail.

I always thought infrared emission spectroscopy was an ultra specialised method really of value only in the most academic research – an opinion based solely and exclusively on ignorance. I have never run an i.r. emission spectrum! Well it seems things have moved along and Drs Friedrich and Zahn want to tell us exactly how. They characterise textile fibres this way

You will note that our notice board is really slim – Dear Reader has very little in it because you, the Dear Readers, are not sending in the goodies. I know you’ve all been at Conferences (on the beach!) but now we are all refreshed and bushy tailed get your keyboards going and send us some comments, questions and answers.

The submitted section – three very varied offerings – an applied paper on Raman applied to ceramics, another on the analysis of cerium oxide films followed by a completely different subject – normal coordinate analysis. Dr Dodoff’s paper reminded me that we really need a special edition on the calculation of vibrational frequencies.