ELIZA GRINNELL, HARVARD SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCESAt the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago today (February 12), the organization announced the launch of its newest journal, a broadly focused, online-only publication called Science Advances. The journal will be fully open access, with authors paying article processing fees for publication, and will cover topics from life science to the social sciences to technology, engineering, and mathematics.
“This new publication is designed to encourage transformative research and attract a wide readership,” Science Editor-in-Chief Marcia McNutt said in a press release. “Science is becoming more integrated and interdisciplinary. This is why we decided to establish a single new journal with the broadest possible array of outstanding content, encompassing all fields of science.”
Science Advances is expected to debut next year. Manuscripts submitted to Science, Science Translational Medicine, or Science Signaling that receive favorable reviews will be automatically considered for publication in the new journal. “The goal is to speed publication, alleviate the burden on the reviewer community, and reduce the risk to authors of having to resubmit elsewhere,” McNutt and Alan Leshner, the association’s chief executive officer and executive publisher of Science, wrote in an editorial published this week.
“Since the mid-1990s, technology has posed new challenges for traditional scholarly publications, but it is also creating new opportunities, particularly for online collaboration among researchers,” Leshner said in a statement. “Our new journal will expand authors’ choices as well as the amount of scientific information that reaches the public.”