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The Korean Magnetics Society (KMS), founded on Nov. 9th, 1990 has devoted itself “to the improvement of scientific and engineering knowledge of fundamental and applied magnetism, and to making a contribution to the industry”.

Many scholars and engineers from physics, metallurgy and material science or allied subjects join the KMS. Many experts from magnetism-related and relevant industries also actively join the KMS. The number of members has increased steadily since the foundation in 1990, and now it has reached about 1,100. 

The KMS Executive Board is responsible for setting its strategic direction and policies governing all aspects of the KMS’s activity, finances and assets. The KMS Executive Board consists of the president, three vice-presidents (Business, Academic, and Editorial), two directors of general affairs and treasurer, and three special board members. The Executive Board normally meets monthly to steer the implementation of the KMS strategy and policies. 

As a crucial academic activity, the KMS holds two regular academic conferences (summer and winter) to bring together all KMS members. The conferences offer a forum for a better understanding, exchange and debate about the recent research results and technical information. Participants are also from the allied subjects like electrical engineering, chemistry, bio-magnetics, and so on. In each academic conference, normally about 150~200 digests are presented in many academic sessions: magnetic theory, materials and physical properties, spin electronics, information technology, application and measurements, bio-magnetics and others.

The KMS currently publishes two academic research journals, the Journal of the Korean Magnetics Society (JKMS, in Korean) and the Journal of Magnetics (J. Magn. in English), which are peer-reviewed open access journals. The JKMS and the J. Magn. are bimonthly and quarterly journals, respectively, and they are certificated as “excellence academic journals” by the Korea Research Foundation. The J. Magn. is indexed in both the Science Citation Index-Expanded (SCIE) in the Web of Science and the SCOPUS.

As a globally connected academic society the KMS has established vibrant partnerships with communities across the world. Recognizing the importance of international collaboration in academic activities, the KMS hosted many major international conferences; 3rd ISPMM (International Symposium on Physics of Magnetic Materials, Seoul, 1995), Intermag 99 (Gyungju, 1999), 1st ISAMMA (International Symposium on Advanced Magnetic Materials and Applications, Jeju, 2007), AMC 2008(Asian Magnetics Conference, Busan, 2008), and the 1st ICAUMS 2010(International Conference of Asian Union of Magnetics Socieites, Jeju, 2010). The KMS also successfully co-hosted, together with the Korean Physical Society, ICM 2012 (International conference on Magnetism), which was held in Busan, Korea. Over 2000 participants from all over the world attended the meeting. Most recently, we hosted again the 5th ICAUMS 2010(International Conference of Asian Union of Magnetics Socieites, Jeju, 2010) and have done successfully with more than 600 participants.

The KMS is committed to build regional partnerships with relevant societies in neighbouring Asian countries (Japan, China, Taiwan, India, Vietnam). The relevant societies in Asian countries have formed a collaborative body, which is called the AUMS (Asian Union of Magnetic Societies). The KMS is actively involved in the academic activities of the AUMS to share common aims and interests.