Life as a mining/mineral professional doesn’t leave much time for perusing 20-page technical papers. Yet, being technologically savvy is part and parcel of a successful career in this industry. What’s an intelligent, well-informed person to do?
What you need is a monthly overview of the latest technical papers in the field, presented in a concise and interesting format. SME is providing exactly that with a special extended-abstract section in Mining Engineering starting this month. This section will feature six or more special extended abstracts of the technical papers published in Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (MME), the new journal that SME is publishing in partnership with Springer Nature, one of the world’s leading global research, educational and professional publishers. MME is a continuation of the journal that SME has been publishing since 1984, Minerals & Metallurgical Processing, with its scope widened to provide a balanced insight into the fields of mining, mineral/metallurgical processing and geology as well as an avenue for crosslinkings among these fields. These special extended abstracts are summaries of the papers distilled into just 1,000 words, starting with a paragraph or two describing the key takeaway of the paper: Why is it important? How can it be used if applied in real life? You can skim through them in minutes, then stop and browse those that interest you, and — best of all — as an SME member, you can read the full text of any or all of the papers for free, and even download free PDFs for your personal use. And when it’s time to tell others about your own work, what better avenue is there than MME?