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“.

Chemical Preprint Server Being Planned

The American Chemical Society is planning to establish a preprint server (“ChemRxiv”) for the global chemistry community. It is expected that ChemRxiv will follow the established model of arXiv in physics. ACS will cooperate with the Society’s Chemical Abstracts Service and other partners to shape the preprint server as a collaborative endeavor.

ACS Press Resease: American Chemical Society announces intention to establish “ChemRxiv” preprint server to promote early research sharing

EU Scientific Articles Could Be Freely Accessible as of 2020

The Dutch EU Presidency considers Open Science as one of its top priorities. Now Europe has made a definitive choice for open access. So all publicly funded scientific papers published in Europe could be made free to access by 2020. This is one of the main outcomes of the meeting of the Competitiveness Council in Brussels last month.

Press release:
All European scientific articles to be freely accessible by 2020 [pdf]

Open Access Transformation of Scholarly Journals

Research organizations worldwide has started an initiative that aims to convert the majority of today’s scholarly journals from subscription to Open Access publishing. The OA 2020 initiative is the result of the 12th Berlin Open Access Conference hosted by the Max Planck Society in December 2015.

Numerous international scholarly organizations have signed an Expression of Interest.

OA 2020 website:

Press release: