OA Publishing with the Royal Society

Now the Max Planck Society pays the article processing charges centrally for the following gold open access journals by the Royal Society:

Conditions for open access publishing:

  • A Max Planck author must be the corresponding author of the article.
  • The author is affiliated with a Max Planck Institute and publishes under this affiliation.
  • Acceptance date after July 1, 2018.

Royal Society Open Science
It is a gold open access journal by the Royal Society. The journal covers the entire range of science, engineering and mathematics. It offers open peer-review as an option and articles embody open data principles.

Open Biology
It is an online journal that welcomes original, high impact research in cell and developmental biology, molecular and structural biology, biochemistry, neuroscience, immunology, microbiology and genetics.

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“.

Science Book Prize 2016: Shortlist

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.