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“.
The winner of the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize will be announced in September, but the shortlist is available now. Among the six titles you find
The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World
by Oliver Morton
The author describes the potential and risks of geoengineering to mitigate global climate change. He explores the science, history and politics behind real and theoretical case studies.
The following pdf shows an exhibition catalogue of the Philosophical Transactions. It is the 350th anniversary of publishing at the Royal Society.
Exhibition catalogue: https://royalsociety.org/~/media/publishing350/publishing350-exhibition-catalogue.pdf
2015 marks the 350th anniversary of the launch of Philosophical Transactions – the world’s first journal dedicated to science.
Read more: https://royalsociety.org/publishing350/
The Royal Society has announced the call for submissions for its new open access journal Royal Society Open Science. This online-only journal will cover the entire range of science and mathematics. It is set to launch in September.