Open ScienceAt WOOS, we are constantly looking for innovative ways to open up scientific communication — to make it faster, more efficient, more connected and more useful than ever before. We foresee more transparent ways to discuss and assess work over the entire lifetime of the research. Publication will just be one chapter in the life of an article. We imagine researchers discovering smarter, faster, easier paths to sharing and applying knowledge more widely than ever before. We envision new channels for collaboration where peers can share work and exchange ideas, with proper acknowledgement for contributions.
Transparent rules and processesWe increase transparency at all stages of the review to create more inclusive assessment models. More transparency allows us to have an informed collective discussion on what we as a community find reasonable. The WOOS editors are compensated for their labour. Editorial work can be a very demanding task. The WOOS model offers full transparency of the entire process. This transparency includes an entry on the costs of the review process of articles. WOOS Journals are OPEN for Published Peer Review. ALL WOOS journals offer authors the option to publish their peer review history alongside their accepted manuscript! We’ve been excited to make this announcement, and make major strides towards a more open publication process and transparent peer review options.
Published peer reviewWOOS offers a modular, opt-in approach to published peer review that encourages authors and reviewers to reveal the expert perspectives that help shape published research. The authors have option to publish their peer review history alongside their accepted manuscript! We’ve been excited to make this announcement, and make major strides towards a more open publication process and transparent peer review options. The reviewers have the option to sign their names to their reviews if they wish. This package includes the editor’s full decision letter, complete with reviewer comments and authors’ responses for each revision of the manuscript.
Data sharing policyWe ask you to make available the data underlying the findings in the paper, which would be needed by someone wishing to understand, validate or replicate the work. The data policy applies to all fields in which we publish, we recognize that we’ll need to work closely with authors in some subject areas to ensure adherence to this policy. Some fields have very well established standards and practices around data, while others are still evolving, and we would like to work with any field that is developing data standards. We are aiming to ensure transparency about data availability.
Promote your workThe best thing about Open Access is that everyone can discover, read, and share your research. Let others know about it by posting your article on your laboratory homepage or personal blog, Tweet about it on social media, and talk about it at conferences. Register for an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) identifier to easily track your publications and reviewer activity so that your academic profile is always up-to-date and linked from your CV, email signature, and online profiles. Add relevant Article-Level Metrics (ALMs) on your resume or CV along with citation information so that your institution and potential funders can see the impact of your research rather than a generalized journal metric.
Sign and publish your peer review historyResearch relies on the volunteer experts working behind the scenes to evaluate and improve research for publication. When the entire review process becomes more transparent, readers get a better understanding of your work and the research process while reviewers get more opportunities to receive academic credit for their contributions. As an author, you can choose to reveal the expert assessment that has shaped your final work by publishing the peer review history. As a reviewer, you can choose to sign your review and take credit for your comments.