About the partner
npj Materials Degradation is a part of the Nature Partner Journals series and is published by Springer Nature in partnership with Chinese Society for Corrosion and Protection and the University of Science and Technology Beijing..
Founded in 1979, Chinese Society for Corrosion and Protection (CSCP) is a national non-profit organization dedicated in advancing corrosion mitigation in China and globally through promoting corrosion research and education. It is a Tier-1 society under the administration of China Association for Science and Technology (CAST).
CSCP has been the central network for corrosion scientists and engineers in China and currently consists of over 20,000 individual members and 160 group members from both academia and industries. CSCP has 5 working committees, 21 technical committees focusing on different subtopics of corrosion research, and also an overseas branch represented by worldwide corrosion experts.
The University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB) was founded in 1952 following the amalgamation of the best departments in related fields of five eminent universities as a result of a nationwide reorganization of the higher education system. Over half a century of remarkable growth, it has developed into one of the most influential key national universities sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Education. USTB is renowned for its study of metallurgy and materials science. Its main focus is on engineering; at the same time it maintains a balanced programme of science, management, humanities, economics and law. It was one of the first universities to be entitled to establish state-approved graduate schools and was chosen to be part of China's "211 Project", which is designed to develop a hundred first rate universities in the 21st century. In 2006 it was also selected as one of a select group of pilot universities for the "Platform for National Advanced Disciplines Innovation" program.
USTB values greatly and will forever cherish its long tradition of being "Rigorous in Learning and Research and Venerating Practice". Over 100,000 graduates are contributing to society all over the world; most of them have become professionals and joined our national elites in the field of politics, economics, science and education. As metallurgy and materials science are the two disciplines for which it is most renowned, USTB is also known as "the cradle of iron and steel engineers".