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4open is pleased to introduce the sixth free article in its ‘Key summaries’ series. The ‘Key summary’ offers an easy to understand description of an article published in 4open by researchers in Italy. The article describes the use and outcomes of solar air heating to dehydrate the leaf-like ‘cladodes’ of the Opuntia prickly pear cactus for increased nutritional and medical applications.

EPJ Nuclear Sciences & Technologies (EPJ N) is pleased to announce the new topical issue, “Progress in the Science and Technology of Nuclear Reactors using Molten Salts”, guest edited by Jan Leen Kloosterman (TU Delft), Elsa Merle (LPSC-IN2P3-CNRS, UJF, Grenoble INP) and Jean Ragusa (Texas A&M University).

Strong ties to the world’s largest research organisation will strengthen EDP Sciences’ ability to serve the global academic community

Paris, France: An exchange of signatures took place on 13th November finalising the sale of EDP Sciences to China Science Publishing & Media Ltd. (Science Press). This concludes the agreement reached earlier this year by EDP Sciences’ former co-owners, Société Française de Physique, Société Chimique de France, Société Française d’Optique and Société de Mathématiques Appliquées et Industrielles, to sell their interests in their publishing partner to Science Press, the flagship of China’s sci-tech publishing industry. Science Press is 74%-owned by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the world’s largest research organisation and a prestigious learned society.

Following the launch of a new series of masterclasses on scientific writing for PhD students and young researchers earlier this year, the Lumen Learning Center of Université Paris-Saclay and EDP Sciences are pleased to host the second scientific writing masterclass, taking place on 12-13 November 2019.

4open is pleased to introduce the fifth free article in its ‘Key Summaries’ series. This ‘Key Summary’ offers an easy to understand description of an article published in 4open by researchers led by Professor George Anogeianakis. The article describes how using an algorithm to predict surgery success can allow surgeons to tailor medical procedures for individual patients to maximise the chances of success.

International Open Access Week 2019 is a key event in the scholarly communications calendar and celebrated through a variety of events and activities. This year’s theme is “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge” which highlights an important question. “As the transition to a system for sharing knowledge that is open by default accelerates, the question “open for whom?” is essential—both to consider and to act upon.” ( Nick Shockey, SPARC).

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Image credit: European Space Agency / Science Office, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

The Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (JSWSC) published yesterday a strategic report with recommendations for future consolidated and coordinated European activities in the domain of space weather risk assessment and mitigation, commissioned by the European Space Science Committee (ESSC) of the European Science Foundation (ESF) and compiled by the European Space Weather Assessment and Consolidation Committee.

Space weather refers to the environmental conditions in space as influenced by solar activity. In extreme events, space weather can be highly disruptive, causing radiation hazards for satellites and health risks for astronauts, electric power blackouts navigation problems in satellite and airline operations, interference in radio communication systems , degraded accuracy or total loss of GNSS navigation, to name the most important ones.

How can Europe explore further, understand more and prepare better for adverse space weather effects? This special report from international experts discusses on-going European space weather efforts and issues, and gives recommendations for future coordinated and better consolidated activities.

The first author of the article published in JSWSC, Prof. Hermann Opgenoorth from Umeå University, Sweden, explains: “Space weather is one of these areas where scientific knowledge, societal aspects and economic interest are intrinsically linked”. Commenting on the output of the report, Prof. Opgenoorth, adds: “From observations, modelling and refined understanding of solar, heliospheric and geospace plasma processes on one side and user requirements and the definition of the principles of an operational network on the other, our study committee identified actionable recommendations that would strengthen Europe’s knowledge and preparedness”.

The article summarising the report is published in the new Agora section of JSWSC, a place for the space weather community to discuss, evaluate and distribute non-traditional scientific output in the field of space science and space climate, such as public outreach papers, historical accounts, and strategic or programmatic articles. The full report is published as supplementary material to the article.

For more information see the European Science Foundation/ESSC press release or contact Anne Ruimy at EDP Sciences This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“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.