Open Access
Volume 5, 2022
Article Number E2
Number of page(s) 3
Section Life Sciences - Medicine
Published online 18 May 2022

4open launches initiative to support Ukraine scientists and students

4open, its Editorial Board, scientists, and the network of the Theodor-Billroth-Academy and its International Consortium of Research Excellence (INCORE) are aware of the current dire situation for Ukrainian scientists and students. After the unprovoked attack on Ukraine on February 24, 2022, our colleagues in Ukraine are now in fear for their family members, colleagues and their own lives.

Humanity and peace initiatives should have top priority now. Alongside the hope that peace comes soon, additional support for scientists and students will become necessary in the short term.

Therefore, in solidarity with the initiative #4openScienceStandsForUkraine, we send a sign of support against war and for peace in Ukraine as Science and Arts have no borders and/or national and/or cultural issues to resolve. The goal is to provide up-to-date information for Ukrainian scholars on where to find support as well as active support for Ukraine scientists and students.

  • Up-to-date supporting information which is provided at “Humanity & Peace in Science” at 4open’s website.

  • Ukrainian researchers and students are actively supported in pursuing their research outside Ukraine by providing suggestions on new labs and advices in relocation. Ukrainian researchers and students may reach out to the information provided or reach out to any of the authors for more information and support.

  • Ukrainian scientists and students can send drafts of potential publications, projects or theses for independent peer review.

  • Ukrainian scientists and students will receive a waiver of publication charges to publish at 4open. This policy will not affect the strict, independent and rigorous peer-review and will last until the Editorial Board decides to rescind it.

Suggestions Web links for “Humanity & Peace in Science” at 4open’s website

Conflict of interest

The author reports the following conflict of interest: Björn LDM Brücher is Editor-in-Chief in Life Sciences-Medicine of 4open by EDP Sciences. Ijaz S Jamall is Deputy Editor-in-Chief in Life Sciences-Medicine of 4open by EDP Sciences. Detlef Bartsch, Ronald Przygodzki, Romain-Daniel Gosselin, Marjan Slak Rupnik, Michael A Scherer, Volkmar Weissig, Masaharu Seno, Hartmut Kühn, Jose Florencio F Lapeña Jr., Ray Perkins, Georgios Anogianakis, Jochen Salber and Reshef Tenne are Senior Editorial Board members. The following colleagues are Editorial members in Life Sciences-Medicine of 4open by EDP Sciences: Oliver Hayden, Nelson Elias, Björn Petersen, David Nguyen, Edouard Matevossian, Mesut Tez, Bruno Zilberstein, José M Correia da Costa, Mohammad Kermansaravi, Grzegorz Wallner, Avraham Rivkind, Pentti Nieminen, and Vahur Ööpik. The authors, of their own initiative, suggested publishing the manuscript as a Rapid Publication. No author took any action to influence the standard submission and peer-review process, and all report no conflict of interest. The authors alone are responsible for the content and writing of the manuscript. This manuscript contains original material that has not previously been published. The idea for this manuscript came from the first author, which was initiated with the second author and the last author. After a structure was created, INCORE members revised it and the body text was created. Every single author read, reviewed and edited the manuscript. All authors contributed to the manuscript and approved the final manuscript. Each author agrees to be accountable for all aspects of the work. This initiative manuscript was independently externally peer-reviewed, both reviewers do not wish to be named. The opinions or assertions contained herein are the private ones of the authors and are not to be construed as official or reflecting the views of the Publisher or the employers.


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Cite this article as: Brücher B.LDM, Brembs B, Bartsch D, Przygodzki R, Gosselin RD, et al. 2022. Initiative on #4openScienceStandsForUkraine scientists and students. 4open, 5, E2.

© B. LDM. Brücher et al., Published by EDP Sciences, 2022

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