IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society

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The IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) is a transnational group of about 3000 professional engineers and scientists.[1] The IEEE-affiliated Society sponsors 5 major annual, and six biennial conferences and symposia. It also sponsors or co-sponsor four peer-reviewed academic journals.[2]

The IEEE is the world's largest technical professional organization with more than 360,000 members in around 175 countries.

History of the NPSS

In 1947, the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) formed the Nuclear Studies Committee to assess the role of the IRE in the field. Two years later, the Professional Group on Nuclear Science was formed. In 1954 the first issue of the Transactions on Nuclear Science appeared, increasing to four issues per year in 1956.

In 1963 the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) merged with the IRE to form the IEEE, and the AIEE Nucleonics Committee and the Committee on Nucleaonic and Radiation Instruments merged with the IRE Professional Group on Nuclear Science on October 29, 1963, to become the Nuclear Science Group of the IEEE.

In 1972, the scope of the group was widened to include plasma sciences, and the group became a Society, its name changing to the Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society.[3]


Transactions on Nuclear Science

The first issue of the Transactions on Nuclear Science first appeared in 1954, the number of issues rising to four per year in 1956. In 2005, the journal was ranked No.3 for impact factor in Nuclear Science & Engineering by Thomson.[4] (Web site)

Transactions on Plasma Science

The first issue of the Transactions on Plasma Science appeared in 1973. The 'Tennessee Orange,' cover color was picked by Igor Alexeff, Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.[5] Published bimonthly, its scope includes all aspects of the theory and application of plasma science, and regularly features "Special issues" (eg. eight in 2004).[6] Between 2000-2004, the journal was ranked No.10 for impact factor in "Physics - Fluids & Plasmas" by Thomson.[7]

(Web site)

Transactions on Medical Imaging

The journal encourages papers on the imaging of body structures, usually in situ, rather than microscopic biological entities.[8] In the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) from Thomson, which ranks journals by their impact factor, in 2005, the journal was ranked:[4]

  • No.1 in Imaging Science & Photographic Technology
  • No.2 in Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • No.3 in Computer Science, Interdisciplinary Applications
  • No.3 in Biomedical Engineering
  • No.6 in Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging

Web site


The IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society organizes a number of conferences. A calendar of upcoming conferences can be found on the IEEE NPSS website. Following is a list of several IEEE NPSS conferences.

Fields of Interest

Areas of technical activity include:[9]

  • Nuclear science and engineering:
  • instrumentation for research
  • detection and measurement of radiation
  • nuclear biomedical applications
  • radiation monitoring and safety equipment
  • particle accelerators
  • nuclear instrumentation development for reactor systems
  • effects of radiation on materials, components, and systems
  • applications of radiation and nuclear energy to other than utility power generation
  • Plasma science and engineering:
  • Medical Imaging [8]
  • ultrasound
  • X-rays (including CT)
  • magnetic resonance
  • radionuclides
  • microwaves
  • light
  • medical image processing and analysis, visualization, pattern recognition

See also


  1. IEEE NPSS new member letter
  2. NPSS Home Page
  3. Lua error in Module:Citation/CS1 at line 746: Argument map not defined for this variable.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Citations to IEEE Journals Continue to Climb
  5. History of the Founding of the Transactions on Plasma Science
  6. TPS Annual Report (2004)
  7. Journals Ranked by Impact, "What's New in Research: May 8, 2006"
  8. 8.0 8.1 IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, Statement of Editorial Policy
  9. NPSS Fields of interest