Leopoldina: New Scientific Journal

NAL-live is the new open access journal for review style articles published by the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. The articles will focus on interdisciplinary topics that have a high degree of social relevance. They are published as living reviews, that allow comments, discussion and updating of articles on a continuous basis.

The journal deals with all disciplines represented in the Leopoldina. The Leopoldina does not charge any fees.

Statement on Scientific Publications

The Academie des sciences, the Leopoldina and the Royal Society have published a set of principles with the aim of defining best practice for scientific journals. The guidelines include four fundamental principles:

1- Efficient and high-quality dissemination of scientific information.
2- The avoidance of all forms of conflict of interest.
3- The necessity to ensure fair reviewing of articles.
4- Keeping the handling and decision-making processes regarding scientific articles entirely under the control of well-recognised scientists.” (See press release)

Over that the three societies support the principles of open access (both “green” and “gold” routes). They “believe that the funds currently spent on journal subscriptions should be re-directed to fund publication charges“.