ANS commits to open research publishing

September 13, 2022, 12:02PMANS News

After more than a year of discussion and planning, American Nuclear Society Executive Director/CEO Craig Piercy recently signed an agreement with open research (OR) publisher F1000 (a subsidiary of Taylor & Francis) to create a new publishing platform that adopts F1000’s innovative open research methodology and technology. A generous, sustaining donation from ANS member Sushil C. Jain, P.E., will allow ANS to bring this plan from idea to reality. All content published on the new ANS F1000 platform will be free and open to the public. Both organizations are excited to begin this critical step forward, bringing ANS scholarly publications into the future.

What they're saying: Rebecca Lawrence, F1000’s managing director, commented, “We are delighted to be working with ANS, an organization that understands and embraces open research in a critical field of science and human knowledge. F1000 looks forward to working with ANS to engage nuclear researchers in open research and its significant benefits, both in the U.S. and worldwide.”

Making research freely available to everyone, without fees or subscriptions, is the concept behind OR publishing. This style of knowledge sharing offers tangible benefits to both authors and consumers. Authors who make their research available on OR platforms receive more visibility, which can lead to more citations and greater influence; and consumers have the benefit of ease of access to the latest information. Some supporters of open research believe it is a “fiscal responsibility” (for federally funded research) and “moral imperative” to publish research openly to benefit underserved and underrepresented communities.

“Open research is a significant and growing trend in the publishing world, and this new platform allows ANS members to publish quality content freely available for the public.” Piercy said. “The benefits of open research are clear, which is why ANS is ecstatic to be a leader in the physical sciences by embracing a fully open research publishing option to support and grow our community.”

What is OR publishing? F1000’s OR publishing model offers researchers the opportunity to share any sound research output. Platform submission allows for rapid publication of research, thereby accelerating the dissemination of knowledge and the pace of new discoveries. Open, post-publication peer review promotes understanding of the review and revision process, including the elimination of editorial delays and removal of peer-review bias. Once published, all content on the ANS F1000 platform will be available to researchers, teachers, journalists—anyone and everyone—free of charge. Research that passes peer review will be indexed in major databases, such as Scopus.

Alongside the ability to publish any research and support all stages of the research journey, aiding further discovery and knowledge building, the bespoke ANS F1000 platform will feature gateways (a dedicated space on the platform for each division) and collections (compilations of related research). ANS director of publications John Fabian said, “The way that we are envisioning the platform is to allow each ANS professional division to have its own ‘gateway’ that could contain content from members in those fields. I see these professional division gateways as places that allow for the transfer of knowledge within divisions, a place for established professionals to share work with the younger generation in the nuclear community, as well as a place for young members to publish their early research and get feedback from more established members of their professional division. I am really excited for the possibilities of this platform, but it will require the full support of our professional divisions to make this a success.”

The ANS F1000 platform will require up to six months to build, with a target launch date of early 2023. The ANS Publications Department staff will provide updates to the membership while the new platform is built in consultation with F1000.

“I firmly believe that adopting OR publishing is integral to sustaining ANS publishing activities into the future,” Fabian said. “With the support of our members, our donor Mr. Jain, and F1000, we can make ANS a more open, inclusive, and supportive publishing community for the next generation of engineers and scientists.”

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