Good news: Royal Society Open Science has what is needed


Royal Society Open Science will be the first of the Royal Society’s journals to cover the entire range of science and mathematics. It will provide a scalable publishing service, allowing the Society to publish all the high quality work it receives without the restrictions on scope, length or impact imposed by traditional journals. The cascade model will allow the Royal Society to make more efficient use of the precious resource of peer review and reduce the duplication of effort in needlessly repeated reviews of the same article.

The journal will have a number of distinguishing features:

objective peer review (publishing all articles which are scientifically sound, leaving any judgement of importance or potential impact to the reader)
• it will offer open peer review as an option
• articles will embody open data principles
• each article will have a suite of article level metrics and encourage post-publication comments
• the Editorial team will consist entirely of practicing scientists and draw upon the expertise of the Royal Society’s Fellowship
• in addition to direct submissions, it will accept articles referred from other Royal Society journals

Looks great!  That is important news, for two reasons:

  • it has some key features: “objective peer review” ,  “open peer review as an option” , “post-publication comments”
  • it is handled by a learned society.

It “will launch officially later in 2014”.  I believe them.  (And if not then another learned society should take the lead, because it’s just the right time.)

For me, as a mathematician, it is also important that it covers math.

After reading one more time, I realize that in the announcement there is nothing about the OA colour: green or gold?

What I hope is that in the worst case they will choose a PeerJ green (the one with the discrete, humanly pleasant shade of gold, see Bitcoin, figshare, dropbox, open peer-review and hyperbolic discounting).  If not, anyway they will be the first, not the last,  academic society (true?) which embraces an OA system with those mentioned important features.


UPDATE:  Graham Steel asked and quotes  “The APC will be waived for the first year. After this it will be £1000”.

Disappointing!  I am a naive person.

So, I ask once more: What’s needed to make a PeerJ like math journal?



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