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4open is pleased to support the initiative outlined in ASAPbio’s open letter to help improve transparency within peer review. Open peer review is one of the four key pillars upon which 4open is built, as the Journal believes it encourages a more holistic view of a published piece of work, allowing for more thorough critical evaluation.

In February 2018, members of the scholarly publishing community assembled to discuss upcoming advances regarding peer review techniques at The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Headquarters. This meeting resulted in the agreement that publishing peer review reports will improve the transparency of the publishing process.

Read a summary of the event here.

4open will implement this change in peer review policy early in 2019, enabling authors and peer reviewers to opt in or out of open peer review reports.

4open continues its publication of multi- and inter-disciplinary science with its first article in biology. The article – “Visual gene network analysis of aging-specific gene co-expression in human indicates overlaps with immuno-pathological regulations” by Bibhu Parida et al, is free to access on the 4open website

This article examines the complex process of aging to identify a set of candidate genes that are involved in organism aging processes, using a microarray meta-analysis approach.

4open is published by EDP Sciences under the auspices of the Société Française de Physique, and in partnership with Theodor-Billroth-Academy® & Int'l Consortium of Research Excellence of the TBA®.

The Journal welcomes submissions in the fields of natural sciences, medicine and technology, including material sciences and engineering.

Visit the 4open website to read the instructions for authors instructions for authors and submit your article.

Italian mathematician, Professor Alessio Figalli, has recently been awarded a 2018 Fields Medal for his work on partial differential equations and calculus of variations. The Fields Medalis awarded every 4 years by the International Mathematical Union to the most accomplished mathematicians under the age of 40.

EDP Sciences would like to congratulate Professor Figalli on this prestigious award that stands alongside a multitude of achievements acknowledged in his career over the past decade.

EDP Sciences had the pleasure of publishing several pieces of his earlier work in ESAIM: COCV, which are all freely accessible to read following the links below.

2011 - Local semiconvexity of Kantorovich potentials on non-compact manifolds

2009 - A geometric lower bound on Grad’s number

2008 - Synchronized traffic plans and stability of optima

Metallurgical Research & Technology and the team at EDP Sciences wish to congratulate the authors of ‘New advances in the laboratory characterization of refractories: testing and modelling’ , Jacques Poirier, Eric Blond, Emmanuel de Bilbao, Rudy Michel, Antoine Coulon, Jean Gillibert, Michel Boussuge, Yang Zhang, David Ryckelynk, Gilles Dusserre, Thierry Cutard, and Paul Leplay (2017), for winning the 2018 Alfred W. Allen Award.

The Alfred W. Allen Award of the American Ceramic Society was established to “honour the legacy of an educator, technical contributor and supporter of the Refractory Ceramics Division”. The award committee biennially selects the author(s) of the paper which reflects the highest level of technical quality in the refractory ceramics field.

Professor Jacques Poirier will receive the award in March 2019 at the Society’s Annual St. Louis Refractory Symposium.

4open has published its first article in the field of physics. The article – “Various damage mechanisms in carbon and silicon materials under femtosecond x-ray irradiation” by Nikita Medvedev et al, is free to read on the 4open website.

The article presents research results on damage mechanisms in materials irradiated with fem-tosecond free-electron-laser (FEL) pulses.

4open is currently encouraging submissions in the multi- and inter-disciplinary fields of natural sciences, medicine and technology, including material sciences and engineering.

Visit the 4open website to read the instructions for authors and submit your article.

Providing researchers in Europe and internationally, a world-class option for manuscript editing and publication support

EDP Sciences and Enago are now working together to offer high quality author services, including English manuscript editing and publication support, to scientific, clinical and medical researchers particularly those for whom English is a second language.

Enago is the preferred partner for manuscript editing and publication support services for researchers and institutions all over the world. Since 2005, it has assisted over 2 million authors to publish their research in international high-impact journals.

Paris, 26th June 2018: EDP Sciences reports another robust performance in the 2017 Journal Citation Reports® (JCR) published by Clarivate Analytics, 2018.

Over half of the 21 EDP Sciences journals indexed show an increase in their Impact Factor, with 47% increasing by over 10%.

Journal highlights include:

  • Astronomy & Astrophysics increases its Impact Factor by 11% to 5.565, having continued to climb for the past three years. The journal remains in the top 10 in the Astronomy and Astrophysics category, and a leading source of original research, rated 10th out of 66 journals in the discipline.

  • Parasite maintains a strong Impact Factor of 2.069. The journal is ranked 18th out of 37 journals in the Parasitology category.

  • International Journal of Limnology and Knowledge and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems both maintained a 5-year Impact Factor of above 1 (1.228 and 1.820 respectively). Knowledge and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems saw an Impact Factor increase of 25% when compared with last year.

“EDP Sciences is delighted to see the impact that our journals continue to make in the respective disciplines. Titles are growing and being cited consistently, with a cumulative increase in Impact Factor of 5% in the past year” remarked Agnès Henri, Managing Director at EDP Sciences. “EDP Sciences will continue to promote scientific excellence, supported by the hard work of the editorial teams and the contributing authors, who ensure the performance of our journals every year.

For more information on the EDP Sciences Impact Factors please contact Charlotte Van Rooyen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About EDP Sciences

EDP Sciences is a not-for-profit publisher, established in 1920, belonging to learned societies with a mission to participate in the dissemination of important research that accelerates scientific progress and cross-fertilisation of ideas of the society in general. EDP Sciences is located in Paris, London, and Shenzen and publishes over 55 scientific journals in the physical sciences, mathematics, life and environmental sciences, energy, materials and engineering, health and biomedical sciences. It also publishes 20 professional magazines, conference proceedings (www.webofconferences.org) and books.

After a scene-setting editorial, and invited commentary on the Open Access and Open Science landscape, 4open has published a letter appraising current aspects of focus in cancer research.

Read “Pragmatic cancer approach – time to change?” by Mesut Tez on the 4open website.

4open is also featured in the latest issue of European Biotechnology,where Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Dr. Björn Brücher comments that “4open is a journal both for established teams and young researchers” and seeks “excellence in science.

4open is currently inviting submissions in the multi- and inter-disciplinary fields of natural sciences, technology, and medicine, including material sciences and engineering.

Visit the 4open website to read the instructions for authors and submit your article.

EDP Sciences is pleased to announce the Open Access publication of the first issue of the Journal of the Northwestern Polytechnical University.The journal was founded in 1957 and mainly publishes research results in aviation, aerospace, marine science and engineering technology. All articles are published in Chinese language.

Publishing the journal on the EDP Sciences platform will increase its visibility among an international audience. We hope that the journal will continue to develop, and that the research performed in the Northwestern Polytechnical University will be more easily accessed and shared by the global academic community.

Astronomy & astrophysics Journal

15th May 2018 marks the beginning of the 50th anniversary of Astronomy & Astrophysics (A&A)1,2. A year-long programme of events will begin today at the annual meeting of A&A Board of Directors at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Garching, Germany.

The anniversary marks a significant milestone for one of the leading original research journals in the field. Since its launch half a century ago as the fusion of 6 national journals and in collaboration with ESO, A&A has published nearly 650 volumes and special issues, disseminating the highest quality scientific research to the academic community. Since 2008, A&A has been also supporting early career researchers through its Scientific Writing for Young Astronomers residential seminars to provide guidance on writing for professional publications.

The anniversary will be marked by several events with a highlight at the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union in Vienna, Austria (August 20th- 31st 2018).

1The member countries of A&A are: Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

2A&A is currently published by EDPS.