[Open-access] World’s first scientific publisher launches new open access journal

Haska, Marianne marianne.haska at royalsociety.org
Thu Feb 27 17:17:55 UTC 2014

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World’s first scientific publisher launches new open access journal
Royal Society Open Science will publish on the basis of objective peer review
The Royal Society has announced the launch of Royal Society Open Science, a new open access journal publishing original research across the entire range of science on the basis of objective peer review.
Royal Society Open Science will be the first of the Royal Society’s journals to cover the entire range of science and mathematics. It will provide a scalable publishing service, allowing the Society to publish all the high quality work it receives without the restrictions on scope, length or impact imposed by traditional journals. The cascade model will allow the Royal Society to make more efficient use of the precious resource of peer review and reduce the duplication of effort in needlessly repeated reviews of the same article.
The journal will have a number of distinguishing features:

  *   objective peer review (publishing all articles which are scientifically sound, leaving any judgement of importance or potential impact to the reader)
  *   it will offer open peer review as an option
  *   articles will embody open data principles
  *   each article will have a suite of article level metrics and encourage post-publication comments
  *   the Editorial team will consist entirely of practicing scientist and draw upon the expertise of the Royal Society’s Fellowship
  *   in addition to direct submissions, it will accept articles referred from other Royal Society journals

Royal Society Open Science welcomes the submission of all high quality science including articles which may usually be difficult to publish elsewhere, for example, those that include negative findings. The journal will launch officially later in 2014 and will cover life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, engineering and computer science.
On March 6th 2015 the Royal Society will mark the 350th anniversary of the launch of Philosophical Transactions.
Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society, said:
“Philosophical Transactions was the first journal dedicated to scientific endeavour and introduced the concepts of scientific priority and peer review. Today more than 20,000 scientific journals around the world are based on these two key principles and it is difficult to imagine a research process functioning without them. The publishing model is continually evolving and it’s important that the Royal Society’s own journal offerings do so too. We are delighted to be publishing this exciting new journal. We hope that Royal Society Open Science demonstrates our continued support for open access publishing and a commitment to publishing research that benefits science and humanity.”
For further information contact:
Nicola Kane
Press and Public Relations
The Royal Society, London
Tel: 020 7451 2508
E-mail: nicola.kane at royalsociety.org<mailto:nicola.kane at royalsociety.org>
The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine. The Society’s fundamental purpose, as it has been since its foundation in 1660, is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.
The Society’s strategic priorities emphasise its commitment to the highest quality science, to curiosity-driven research, and to the development and use of science for the benefit of society. These priorities are:
1. Promoting science and its benefits
2. Recognising excellence in science
3. Supporting outstanding science
4. Providing scientific advice for policy
5. Fostering international and global cooperation
6. Education and public engagement
For further information please visit http://royalsociety.org<http://royalsociety.org/>. Follow the Royal Society on Twitter at http://twitter.com/royalsociety or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/theroyalsociety.

Marianne Haska
Institutional Open Access Consultant
The Royal Society
+33 488 432 179 (available Thursdays and Fridays)
marianne.haska at royalsociety.org<mailto:marianne.haska at royalsociety.org>

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