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More experiments with Open Science – 4open joins ScienceOpen

Publishers, editors, and authors are increasingly experimenting with new communication channels that meet the high standards of “Open Science”. The exciting new journal 4open by EDP Sciences was founded on the four pillars of open science: open access, open data, open code, and open peer review. 4open includes all types of articles and is dedicated to publishing high-quality content in all disciplines of science and research, including materials and engineering. As an interdisciplinary journal that accepts a wide range of research adhering to open science principles, it is an important new addition to the contextual discovery environment on ScienceOpen.  

The 4open journal will be featured on ScienceOpen with an attractive Collection landing page, “submit manuscript” button, interactive features, journal and article level metrics, as well as community curation and post-publication article review infrastructure. The journal is off to a great start and has already published 34 articles across a wide range of topics in this completely open model, from cancer research and public health to materials sciencemathematics and scholarly publishing. You can now search and sort the full set of articles on ScienceOpen.  

 4open is in good company on ScienceOpen  

The new open science megajournal by UCL Press, UCL Open: Environment, is already accepting submissions in all aspects of environment related research – from life and earth sciences, as well as medical, physical, engineering, and social sciences. This open access publishing platform is based on a fully open peer review model that posts preprints publicly during the open review process to speed up the scientific process. The Editor-in-Chief has written a passionate editorial about the importance of a new way of communicating research results to tackle the big problems together with the specific goal of making the world a better place.  



The broad scope open access journal by the Genetics Society of America, G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics on ScienceOpen, also has a “megajournal” approach encouraging publication of “the puzzling finding or to present unpublished results that may not have been submitted for review and publication due to a perceived lack of a potential high-impact finding” and was one of the first journals to embrace preprints. Founded in 2011, the journal has now published 2299 articles, all discoverable in this ScienceOpen collection. 



Another exciting open science journal on ScienceOpen is BMJ Open Science – a rigorous, broad-scope journal publishing preclinical and translational research closely aligned to medicine. With the mission to “improve the transparency, integrity and reproducibility of biomedical research”, BMJ OpenScience publishes open access, has an open data policy and conducts open peer review.



The physics journal by SciPost also has an open peer review model that they call “peer-witnessed refereeing”, requiring that scientific publications undergo the strictest possible peer refereeing process, witnessed by the community instead of hidden behind closed doors. Since research does not end with a publication, the journal encourages further post-publication review. Finally, the commitment of SciPost to openness extends to open citations and the open source software of their platform.  



ScienceOpen provides tools open to everyone! 

Beyond the publisher contributions, ScienceOpen also supports researcher-led collections. Researchers can apply for editor status and create collections of literature based on their expertise. The Collections place research in a broader context and often include many resources for open science. For instance, the  “Open Research, Open Science, Open Scholarship” collection created by Erzsébet Tóth-Czifra, Tobias Steiner, Jon Tennant, Lisa Hehnke and Paola Masuzzo served as a contribution for the Open Science MOOC. Additionally, we have a large selection of Collections on the topic of open science for you to explore. One of the strengths of ScienceOpen is then seeing where these Collections overlap with those from other researchers.  

It is also interesting to see how articles from some of the pioneers in scholarly publishing are used on ScienceOpen. Articles from PLoS have been added to 93 researcher-led topical collections, articles from Scientific Reports have been added to 55 Collections. Even the experimental journal Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) has a lively presence on ScienceOpen with articles added to 9 Collections. 

The ScienceOpen platform itself was conceived as an experiment in new modes of literature curation and peer review. We are thrilled to support all the journals and researchers that want to embrace a barrier-free model of science! 

If you would like to add your open science project to the list, just get in touch with us – stephanie.dawson@scienceopen.com.   

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