Aims and scope

4open is an open access multidisciplinary journal dedicated to publishing high-quality content adhering to excellence in all disciplines of science and research, including materials and engineering (see Disciplines and Topics):

Life Sciences – Medicine

Biology Science

  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Bioinformatics & statistics
  • Biomarkers
  • Biophysics
  • Biosemiotics
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany & plant Science
  • Cell biology
  • Cell culture and animal models
  • Cryobiology & hyperthermia
  • Cytoskeleton
  • Computational biology
  • Development biology
  • Drug discovery
  • Ecology & environmental science
  • Epigenetics
  • Evolution
  • Fibrosis
  • Forestry
  • Genetics
  • Inflammation
  • Marine biology
  • Methodology & models
  • Molecular biology
  • Nanobiology & nanotechnology
  • Pharmacogenomics & pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Polymer Science
  • Proteomics
  • Psychology
  • Stem cells
  • System biology
  • Tissue engineering
  • Zoology

Medical Science

  • Anaesthesiology & pain
  • Anatomy & embryology
  • Bionics & biomechanics
  • Etiology & pathogenesis
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular
  • Critical care
  • Dermatology
  • Devices, diagnostics & technology
  • Diseases
  • Ear, nose & throat (ENT)
  • Emergency & disaster
  • Endocrinology & metabolic disorders & nutrition
  • Epidemiology
  • Forensics
  • Geriatrics, gerontology & rehabilitation
  • Health care / public health
  • Hematology & oncology
  • Hepato-biliary-pancrean diseases
  • Imaging
  • Immunology
  • Lung & pulmonology
  • Microbiology, mycology, parasitology & infectious diseases
  • Nephrology
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing
  • Obstetrics & gynecology
  • Optics
  • Orthopedics, sports & trauma
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Prevention
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Radiation oncology
  • Rheumatology & autoimmune
  • Surgery
  • Toxicology
  • Urology
  • Veterinary science
  • Virology

Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Behavioral sciences
  • Communication studies
  • Demography
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Environmental
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information science
  • International studies
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Political sciences
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Sustainability

Chemistry – Applied Chemistry

  • Analytical chemistry
  • Atmospheric chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Bioprocess engineering
  • Carbohydrate chemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Chemical engineering
  • Chemical thermodynamics
  • Chromatography
  • Colloids
  • Composites
  • Computational chemistry
  • Corrosion chemistry
  • Crystallography
  • Electrochemistry
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Kinetics
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Material sciences
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Molecular dynamics
  • Molecular mechanics
  • Nonlinear chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Photochemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Quantum chemistry
  • Solid state chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Surface science
  • Nanomaterials
  • Heat and mass transfer
  • Intelligent materials
  • Microencapsulation
  • Nanoclusters
  • Polymers
  • Wearable technology
  • Rheology
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Biofuels
  • Food Sciences
  • Carbohydrate chemistry
  • Solar chemistry
  • Structural chemistry
  • Vibrations

Physics – Applied Physics

  • Astrophysics
  • Atomic and molecular physics, and Optics
  • Biophysics and Soft Matter
  • Classical physics
  • Complex systems
  • Condensed Matter
  • Nuclear and High Energy physics
  • Optical physics
  • Particle physics
  • Plasma physics
  • Quantum Physics
  • Theoretical and Mathematical physics

Mathematics – Applied Mathematics

  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Chaos theory
  • Combinatorics
  • Complex analysis
  • Complex numbers
  • Control theory
  • Cryptography
  • Differential equations
  • Differential geometry
  • Dynamical systems
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Fractal geometry
  • Game theory
  • Geometry
  • Graph theory
  • Group theory
  • Integers
  • Mathematical biology
  • Mathematical chemistry
  • Mathematical economics
  • Mathematical finance
  • Mathematical physics
  • Measure theory
  • Mechanics of structures
  • Mechanics of deformable solids
  • Natural numbers
  • Number theory
  • Numerical analysis
  • Optimization
  • Order theory
  • Particle mechanics
  • Probability theory
  • Rational numbers
  • Real numbers
  • Statistics
  • Topology
  • Trigonometry
  • Vector calculus

The journal promotes excellence and integrity in academic scholarship, with all articles rigorously peer-reviewed before publication.

Accepted formats include: long form articles, communications and letters, reviews, case reports, doctoral theses, rapid reports, and videos. (For a full list please visit the Instructions for authors page.)

The journal is multidisciplinary and international in scope, offering a home for research papers across the “Sciences”, “Technology”, “Engineering” and “Medical” domains. Underlying these aims are the four key principles of Open Science:

  • Open Data - 4open authors are invited to upload supplemental datasets related to their research to an online repository, making it available for both human and machine reading in order to further aid the acceleration of scientific discovery.
  • Open Code – authors are invited to make this publicly available in order to make the research methodology explicit and allow for the replication of processes in subsequent exploratory research.
  • Open Papers - in order for research advances to achieve optimal reach and impact, 4open publishes in fully Open Access with no embargo period.
  • Open Peer Review is encouraged by the journal, dependent on both the author and the reviewer’s agreement to this format. 4open believes that open peer review provides a holistic view of a published piece of work, allowing for more thorough critical evaluation.

Journal standards

4open follows the standards created by Council of Science Editors (CSE), World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), regarding:

  • the duties of authors, editors, peer reviewers,
  • the process of peer reviewing, journal production,
  • editorial independence,
  • scientific misconduct / fraud etc.,
  • conflict of interest and
  • ethical standards.