For Authors

For Reviewers

For Authors

  • We have simplified our submission process and have chosen Open Journal System for supporting authors, reviewers and editors. Open Journal Systems (OJS) is a journal management and publishing system that has been developed by the Public Knowledge Project through its federally funded efforts to expand and improve access to research. It offers unique features and allows a seamless experience from submission to online publication and data sharing. OJS is also perfectly configured to allow crawling by search engines and it allows deposit of data to most indexing services relevant to the scientific community. Indexing services ensure that scholarly content is discoverable and accessible to the broadest possible audience. It is strategic for a journal’s content to be visible where researchers in the field are conducting their research, and this is achievable by targeting indexes favoured by scholars in a given area of study.

    To receive assistance or if you have queries regarding our submission system contact us

  • We have made the submission process as easy as possible, but we still require authors to conform to the highest ethical standards. This is valuable to ensure the highest reliability of all contents we publish. Each one of our journals offers detailed instructions to authors: refer to the individual author menu for full information.

  • Submitting high quality images with your manuscript enhances the readers’ experience, as well as offering a visual representation of your article. To help authors get the best of their artwork, review our Artwork Guidelines (pdf, 2MB).

  • Some innovative article types may be suitable to report your research results in a dynamic way. Consider to submit an Explained image or a Video article: they both offer a novel approach to scientific literature, they are both indexable and citeable.

  • Articles published in AboutScience publications are published after having successfully completed their peer review process. Their publication is covered by article processing charges (APC) paid by the author after acceptance. There are no submission fees, no fees for rejected articles and there is no additional cost for manuscript length, colour items or supplementary files, including videos. APC is waived for invited reviews and editorials.

    All readers have unlimited access to the full text of all articles published in the journal, without subscription or other firewalls, with no embargo period. Open Access contents are therefore more effectively included in search engines and indexing databases, resulting in larger visibility and higher citation.  Articles are published under the Creative Common Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 (CC-BY-NC 4.0) license, which allows third parties to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial.

    Manuscripts funded by the Wellcome Trust, RCUK, and other organizations with the similar requirements, are published under the Creative Common Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) which allows users to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format as well as remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.

    Re-use of any article for commercial purposes is not permitted and is subject to permission.  Contact our permission office.

    For additional information on our open access policy, please contact us.

For Reviewers

  • AboutScience is committed to a fair and transparent publication policy. The Editor in Chief and the Editorial boards of each  journal are primarily responsible for ensuring a fair review process at the end of which a final decision will be made and notified to the Authors. The Editor in Chiefs are also responsible to select and appoint new  members of the board. Editorial board members (including the Editor-in-Chief) do not process their own work:  submissions they make to the journal are assigned to independent editors and reviewers, who do not  have any conflict of interest with the manuscript and authors. The Publisher and the Editors are in agreement that commercial revenues will in no way influence Editorial decisions.

  • AboutScience has joined ReviewerCredits, the most comprehensive platform to certify, measure and reward the activity of scientists as Peer Reviewers and as Conference Speakers.  This innovative collaboration represents  a crucial effort and a great step forward for a higher recognition of editorial activities, contributing to a comprehensive re-thinking and a global innovation of the academic editorial world.

    Each review you will perform for AboutScience journals will be validated by the Editors, added to your personal certificate and entitle you to earn virtual credits which can be used to obtain benefits available in the ReviewerCredits virtual store. We encourage you to register as a reviewer on the ReviewCredits platform and claim reviews performed. This service is provided free of charge.