This week we have showcased a small selection of the high-quality open access articles published across all our journals in celebration of Open Access Week. As the UK national academy of science, the Royal Society is committed to the widest possible dissemination of research to foster innovation and to engage the public in the latest scientific advances.
In keeping with this mission, the Royal Society recently launched its first open access journal covering the whole of science, engineering and mathematics, Royal Society Open Science. The journal is of course open access, allowing researchers and the public to read in full, all published articles. In addition to this, all data supporting claims made in the papers must be made publicly available. Open data can help to promote new research as well as fuel cross-disciplinary work; it also increases the transparency of the research and should allow all interested parties to repeat published experiments. Royal Society Open Science is the first journal in our portfolio to offer and promote open peer review, as we feel that publishing reviewer comments alongside the article can help to encourage discussions (also helped by our commenting module Disqus) and to increase the transparency of the review process.
Back in 2011 we launched the Royal Society’s first fully open access journal, Open Biology, which specialises in biology at the cellular and molecular level. Over the past three years, the journal has established itself and demonstrated the Society’s support for open access publishing, leading to the launch of Royal Society Open Science. The journal offers a valuable opportunity for researchers at various stages in their career to participate, and make their findings widely accessible to the scientific community.
We believe that the Royal Society can play a leading role in the new era of open access publishing and that it can draw from 350 years of experience to promote accessibility to scientific research, which will ultimately only serve to improve communication and collaboration among the scientific community, and between researchers and the general public.