[open-science] Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology research topic on open science

Jenny Molloy jenny.molloy at okfn.org
Tue Nov 4 06:36:51 UTC 2014

Hi All

Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology are potentially interested in
hosting a research topic on open science (in cell and developmental

Submissions would be open access and could combine to make an e-book. If
people think this would be a good thing, would anyone be  interested in
acting as a topic editor?

I've set up a wiki page, so please add yourself if you're keen and we can
arrange a call: http://wiki.okfn.org/Open_Science/Projects/Frontiers

More info on research topics are below.

Thanks very much!


Research Topics are a collection of original articles around a theme of
your choice. Articles are not invited, but instead carefully selected from
article proposals and rigorously peer-reviewed. If your Research Topic
publishes 10 or more articles, we will create a free open-access e-book
<http://www.frontiersin.org/books/all_books> from your Research Topic. You
can find further information on organizing a Research Topic, as well as
examples of Research Topics in your field, on our Research Topics Guidelines

*Depending on your academic and editorial expertise, you will be able to
participate in various ways.*

Senior researchers can take on the task as Topic Editor ("Guest Associate
Editor"), essentially acting as handling editor for submitted manuscripts.
In our experience, the most successful Research Topics have a team of two
or three Topic Editors to share the editorial responsibilities. This team
must include at least one senior researcher (e.g. full Professor or
equivalent), and all Topic Editors must hold at least a PhD degree and have
a significant editorial experience.

Those with less editorial experience can initiate Research Topics through
their ideas if they have the support of a senior scientist interested in
proposing and hosting the Topic (i.e. acting as Topic Editor). Their
participation would entitle them to a free article submission to the
Research Topic and the possibility of an acknowledgement in the Topic
description, as well as the corresponding e-book. Thus creating a network
between established scientists and the next generation of leading

While some article types are subject to publishing fees
<http://www.frontiersin.org/about/PublishingFees>, submissions to a
Research Topic receive a substantial discount. Moreover, waivers for these
fees are available in the case of need and a number Institutional
agreements are in place.
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