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“Why do we put up with it? Do we like to be criticized? No, no scientist enjoys it. Every scientist feels a proprietary affection for his or her ideas and findings.

Even so, you don’t reply to critics, “Wait a minute; this is a really good idea; I’m very fond of it; it’s done you no harm; please leave it alone.” Instead, the hard but just rule is that if the ideas don’t work, you must throw them away.” (Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark).

4open is pleased to introduce the fourth article in the ‘Key summaries’ series. The article, which is free for all to read, offers an easy to understand description of two articles published in 4open by researchers from the University of Campinas. Both articles apply mathematical models to the public educational system in Brazil, in particular, to predict performance, compare conditional probabilities and investigate the consistency of quality indicators.

As part of a special collaborative issue, 4open is inviting contributions developed from research which will be presented at the 20th International Conference on Recent Progress in Many-Body Theories.

4open encourages all contributing authors to develop their conference presentations into full papers that explore the research presented at the International Conference. The submission platform opens on the 13th September 2019, and articles will be published open access in early 2020.

EDP Sciences is delighted to offer a special opportunity to attend Frankfurt Book Fair followed by seminars in Stuttgart and Paris from 17-23 October 2019. The week-long programme offers STM publishing professionals the opportunity to learn about and explore best practice relating to the transition from print to digital publishing and to hear about new developments and trends in digital information services for STM journal publishers.

Full details about this opportunity are available here

Following the interview with Jean Lilensten, Editor in Chief of the Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate, EDP Sciences announce the second video in this series of video interviews supporting the science writing masterclasses. The second video produced is a video interview with Jean-Lou Justine, Editor-in-Chief of Parasite, the official journal of the French Society of Parasitology

We are pleased to announce a new affiliation between 4open and the European Society of Computational Methods in Sciences and Engineering (ESCMSE). 4open is already supported by the Theodor-Billroth-Academy® and the International Consortium of Research Excellence ( INCORE) and published under the auspices of the Société Française de Physique (SFP) which will now be joined by ESCSME.

We are pleased to announce that EPJ Photovoltaics is now indexed in the Ei Compendex , joining over 3,600 high-quality peer-reviewed journals. These journals cover a vast number of areas, such as, materials science, applied physics and optics, and instrumentation and nanotechnology.

4open is delighted to announce that Professor Dr. Stéphane Petoud has accepted the position of Editor-in-Chief for Chemistry - Applied Chemistry. He joins three other Editors-in-Chief to complete 4open’s editorial board; namely Björn L.D.M. Brücher, Life Sciences – Medicine; Elias Brinks, Physics - Applied Physics and Theodore E. Simos, Mathematics - Applied Mathematics.

What can art bring to science? Historically, Japanese amateur painters have painted northern lights, and these “data” are useful for scientists to study past magnetic storms. The new Agora supplement of the Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate is the place for the space weather community to discuss, evaluate and distribute papers on historical space weather events and observations, and other non-traditional scientific output.

A growing number of prestigious, international institutions are embracing multilingual archive collections to broaden and enrich the resources available to their researchers and library users.

The EDP Sciences physics collection consists of the Journal de Physique archives (1872 to 1997), the Annales de Physique archives (1914 to 2009) and the EAS Publications Series archives (2001 to 2016). These archives represent more than 50,000 articles written over the course of 140 years of scientific discovery.