Royal Society Open Science

Royal Society Open Science is a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal published by the Royal Society since September 2014.[1] Its launch was announced in February 2014.[2] It covers all scientific fields and publishes all articles which are scientifically sound, leaving any judgement of impact to the reader. As of 2017 the editor-in-chief, Jeremy Sanders, is supported by a team of Subject Editors and Associate Editors.[3] Commissioning and peer review for the chemistry section of the journal is managed by the Royal Society of Chemistry.[4] The journal offers Registered Reports[5] across all subject disciplines, and Replications[6] in the Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience Section (as of 2019).

Royal Society Open Science
DisciplineNatural sciences
Edited byJeremy Sanders
Publication details
FrequencyUpon acceptance
2.515 (2018)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4R. Soc. Open Sci.

Articles published in Royal Society Open Science are regularly covered in the mainstream media, such as BBC News[7] and The Independent newspaper.[8]

The journal is indexed by a number of services, including PubMed, PubMed Central, Scopus, the Directory of Open Access Journals and the Astrophysics Data System[9].

As of January 2018, the article processing charge is GBP 900 (USD 1260, EUR 1080).[10] The journal offers a number of article processing charge waivers[11].


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  2. grrlscientist (2014). "The Royal Society will launch new open access science journal". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-10-28.
  3. Editorial Board, retrieved 9 March 2017
  4. "Royal Society of Chemistry and Royal Society launch journal collaboration". Royal Society of Chemistry. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  5. "Registered Reports | Royal Society Open Science". Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  6. "Replication studies | Royal Society Open Science". Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  7. Morelle, Rebecca (2015), "Pop music marked by three revolutions in 50 years",, BBC News, retrieved 9 March 2017
  8. Dearden, Lizzie (2015). "Singing is a 'bonding behaviour' letting adults make friends more easily, Oxford University research finds". London: The Independent.
  9. "NASA/ADS". Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  10. Open access -- article processing charge, retrieved 2018-03-10
  11. "APC waivers | Royal Society Open Science". Retrieved 2019-07-18.
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