Janus Part 1: The Project, “Advanced Chromatography”
The what, why and how from the point of view of a publisher.
- Fig.1: Icon for the column "news archive"
- Fig.2a: Icon for the column "Sample Preparation, Automation & Software"
- Fig.2b: Icon for the column "Pumps"
- Fig.2c: Icon for the column "columns"
- Fig.2d: Icon for the column "Detectors"
- Fig.2e: Icon for the column "Systems"
- Fig.2f: Icon for the column "Fittings, Tools & Accessories"
- Fig.3: Icon for the column Tips & Tricks (G.I.T. TNT)
- Fig.4: Icon for the column "micro-LC"
- Fig.5: Icon for the column "2D-LCe"
Since the relaunch of the GIT Labor-Fachzeitschrift with the September issue in 2013, we have learned a lot about user behavior through the evaluation of the whole cross-media orientation idea and the close connection to the online portal www.GIT-Labor.de. A practical direction with clear orientation towards problem solving has stood out particularly well. We have continued down this path consistently and continually expanded the cross media approach. The most recent step being the relocation of the references for the specialist articles to the online portal in January 2016, where they are linked directly to the original scientific publication – providing improved service to our readers.
What: The Project
A further important element was last year’s project “Photometry Compendium”, which was a collaboration with WTW. The strategy is to collect all the information that is necessary to apply a certain technology efficiently and to put it online in a dedicated website, in a clear and user oriented structure. Now we are taking the next step down this road. A team made up of our editorial office, the HPLC experts in Thorsten Teutenberg’s group at the Institut für Energie- und Umwelttechnik e. V. (IUTA) in Duisberg and several partners from the Laboratory branch are starting the cross-media project “Advanced Chromatography”. Users of modern chromatography technologies such as Micro-LC and 2D-LC will be able to find everything they need here, to get the maximum out of their system. With this information one will be able to make one’s system faster, more exact and more robust. What's more, anyone who is thinking about implementing such technology in his laboratory can find orientation here, which will help them avoid misdirected investment.
To start off we will lay the foundation stone with news and research articles which will continually increase. Further columns such as “Products” and “Applications” will be added.
Chromatography is and will remain one of the most important analytical techniques in existence.
Over the last years and decades the limits of the current technical concepts have continually been challenged.
With higher pressures, improved and faster evaluation, and continually better equipped and user friendly appliances one is coming to the limits of the technically feasible and reasonable. Having said that, new approaches have in fact been found in this time. Micro-LC and 2D-LC technologies have achieved a technical status that puts them in no way behind the classic instruments for every day use. However these newer technologies in routine analysis, have not established themselves on the market in accordance with their potential capacities. As the advantages are quite obvious, we want to help put together the knowledge about using these technologies simply and efficiently, and how to establish them as robust routine analysies in the laboratory.
Besides the clear evaluation results of the user data regarding the kind of content our readers and users need most urgently, the open, direct and intensive discussion between us and our project partners, authors, friends and customers say the same thing. Clear operating procedures, useful background knowledge and case studies are what are required. All of this, to the point and without any unnecessary frills. Background knowledge for the methods is no longer adequately provided in neither the vocational training of laboratory personnel nor in academic training in university laboratories. The basic knowledge does not appear to be available in sufficient format or amount. This, our joint project in the field of modern chromatography aims to change this situation fundamentally.
As everyone knows, one can only carry out an experiment successfully if one know what has to be done. This is exactly what we want to put together in a compact format, and then provide to our readers/users free of charge.
How: The structure
From experience we have learned that products needed for carrying out the technology are looked at more often when they are placed in an editorial setting – and this by a factor of at least 30 (this is not a typo). It becomes clear to the reader that these products are necessary if one wants to use the corresponding technology. This is why you can find all that you need on the “Advanced Chromatography” platform. Scientific background and Basics, News, Practical Tips clearly structured and easy to find.
The site is split into four columns.
Here we collect all the news and new developments in the field of advanced chromatography. Scientific articles and books will be discussed, the quintessence of scientific lectures extracted and the people, institutes and companies who are active in this field, along with their work, will be introduced. To keep the site well organized and uncluttered, old news articles will be transferred to an archive where they will still be easily available (Fig. 1).
This column will be integrated a few weeks after the initial launch of the site. Which analyte can I analyze with which system setup? How are samples prepared? How can I make the system automatic? Instructions for use from all kinds of manufacturers and other users will be simply and clearly set out by the GIT-Editors and split into 6 categories:
Sample preparation, Automation & Software (Fig. 2a)
Pumps (Fig. 2b)
Columns (Fig. 2c)
Detectors (Fig. 2d)
Appliances and Systems (Fig. 2e)
Tools, Compounds & Accessories (Fig. 2f)
You will be able to find the newest applications at the top of the column labelled application of the month. A selection of user reports will be sorted into the 6 categories below. Clicking on the topic will take you to a list of all relevant applications with links.
This column will also be added later. The same system as described for the applications will be used here too. Below the products of the month you will be able to find products in their respective categories (Fig. 2)
The heart of the project. Due to the high amount of relevant information, this column is also sub-divided – but a little bit differently. At the top you can find the newest articles, then the categories GIT&T (Tips and Tricks from practice) (Fig. 3), Micro-LC (μ-LC) (Fig. 4) and 2D-LC (Fig. 5) in this order. Here you can find all articles that fit in the respective topics. To simplify the navigation through the abundance of content there is a footer on each article which takes you back to the main site. After trying out a few things you will quickly and easily find your way around the platform.
The project is starting with a certain number of research articles and news. Slowly but surely, in a bi-monthly rhythm, specialist articles on the topic of advanced chromatography will appear in the GIT Labor-Fachzeitchrift. They will of course have the quality and practical relevance typical for GIT. In this way the project will continue to grow. Our partners from the Teutenberg team will put together a series of articles on the topic from the history and scientific background through the status of the technology, to its use in the most modern laboratories and any questions that arise from that. These articles will be accompanied by practical tips from GIT&T, user reports from the manufacturers and the most up to date news.
The newsletter, distributing information, will appear more often and the daily news will be published directly on the online-platform independent from the publication dates of the journal or the newsletter. We use the diverse media channels for their optimum journalistic strengths and leave the choice of media you prefer, up to you.
And what else is there?
As we see it, you should not only be a reader or user of our project but also a participant. Irrespective of whether you work in academic research or in a company, if you have articles on the topic, regardless of them being on technical development, GIT&T, user examples, research articles or applications we are grateful for all contributions.
This creates an excellent opportunity for scientists, who have not yet graduated, and other laboratory employees to participate in an exciting project directly, while learning and also teaching, and simultaneously making their first experiences in publishing scientific content. Please send any suggestions regarding the individual columns to our editorial department directly under (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can get support for individual problems that come up in your laboratory and practical answers to your questions from our experts’ address (email@example.com). The specialists at the IUTA can help you with technical questions on Micro-LC and 2D-LC.
The contents of the platform will be further expanded with learning units penned by the experts at the IUTA too, which our colleagues at the online platform Chemgapedia will be making available. Here you can find the basics of the technologies succinctly presented, for speedy absorption of the most important points.
The goal of a collaboration is of course to support all participants in achieving the set objective. If a project fulfils this goal, it will be successful itself. The reader gets information that is important to him, quickly and free of charge; the publisher obtains content that is highly relevant for the readers, the research institute acquires a broad basis of support from industry and other research groups and industry gains an insight into the needs of the user as well as high visibility.
Do you have questions regarding the application and technique in the field of Micro-LC and 2D-LC? Ask the experts at IUTA under: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Arne Kusserow
G.I.T. Laboratory Journal