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Meet the 4open Editors-in-Chief: Prof. Theodore Simos

4open Interview series

In this blog series, you can discover more about the Editors-in-Chief of 4open. This week we’re talking to Professor Theodore Simos, who leads the editorial board for Mathematics and works with his fellow Editors-in-Chief on the broader development of the journal.

Theodore, can you tell us about your experience and education?

I have a Ph.D. in Numerical Analysis from the Department of Mathematics of the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. I'm a researcher in Mathematics, an active member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, the European Academy of Sciences and a corresponding member of the European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters.

I currently lead both the Group of Modern Computational Methods at Ural Federal University, and the Group of Numerical and Applied Mathematics on Urgent Problems of Energy and Power Engineering, Ulyanovsk State Technical University, both in the Russian Federation. I am also part time professor in the Laboratory of Computational Sciences within the Faculty of Economy, Management and Informatics at the University of Peloponnese, Greece.

I am the Editor-in-Chief of 4 scientific journals and an Editor of 25 more, as well as a reviewer for several other publications and conferences.

What excites you about working on this new journal?

The philosophy of the new journal - promoting excellence in academic scholarship, disseminating high quality, original research and it being an open access, multidisciplinary journal - is something unique for the international community. That is why I am so keen to support its development.

How do you see the journal developing over the next five years?

I hope that over the next five years 4open will receive a large number of papers for review and that this journal will have made a significant impact within the international community.

What advice would you give to researchers thinking of submitting to 4open?

I would strongly encourage researchers to submit their papers to 4open, as they will receive a thorough and ethical review, and will be publishing to a global audience.

Thanks Theodore, it’s great to have your expertise in the 4open team. We're confident that with the hard work of everyone involved we can achieve these goals for the journal.

If you have any specific questions about the editorial process for Theodore, you can email him directly: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Keep up to date with the latest developments and share your feedback on the journal via the 4open community on Twitter: @4openjournal

If you're an author, don't forget to visit our information page for a full breakdown of the 4open submission guidelines.

Meet the 4open Editors-in-Chief: Prof. Elias Brinks

4open Interview series

In this blog series, you can discover more about the Editors-in-Chief of 4open. This week we’re talking to Professor Elias Brinks, who leads the editorial board for Physics, and works with his fellow Editors-in Chief on the broader development of the journal.

Elias, can you tell us about your experience and education?

I am an astrophysicist, working in the general field of extragalactic astronomy. I’m fascinated by the structure and dynamics of galaxies in the nearby Universe (in contrast to similar such studies extending to the furthest reaches of the observable universe). I obtained my PhD at Leiden University in The Netherlands, held research fellowships in Germany and the UK, followed by jobs in the USA and Mexico. I currently hold a full professorship at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK, at one of the larger astronomy centres in the country, and am Associate Dean for Research at the university’s School of Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics. In addition to my role with 4open, I am joint editor-in-chief for the journal Astrophysics and Space Science.

What excites you about working on this new journal?

From the beginning, I think it was the sheer challenge for all involved, including my colleague editors-in-chief, to make this new journal from EDP Sciences a success! The project is an ambitious one, but it is timely in this era of open publishing. Scientists are generally enthusiastic about the principles underlying open publishing and, I hope, will see the value of an open access multidisciplinary journal covering the Life Sciences, Biology, and the areas of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics.

How do you see the journal developing over the next five years?

A journal such as this will only have a chance to succeed if it aims for excellence. It will be the task of the editorial board to ensure the best papers are attracted and published. While it may be difficult for papers reporting on interdisciplinary science to be published in subject specific journals, such papers are eminently suited for 4open. I could see the journal developing in that direction, in addition to becoming recognised as a high profile, multidisciplinary journal.

What advice would you give to researchers thinking of submitting to 4open?

If you have an exciting result, if it deserves to be noted beyond your discipline, and if you are keen for your work to be instantly open access and available, send your manuscript to 4open!

Thanks Elias, for sharing your thoughts with us. We very much hope that that your expectations for the journal are realised.

If you have any specific questions for Elias about the editorial process, you can email him directly: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Next in the blog series we speak with Professor Theodore Simos.

Meet the 4open Editors-in-Chief: Prof. Björn Brücher

4open Interview series

In this blog series, you can discover more about the Editors-in-Chief of 4open. This week we’re talking to Professor Björn Brücher, who leads the editorial board for Life Sciences and Medicine, and works with his fellow Editors-in-Chief on the broader development of the journal.

Björn, can you tell us about your experience and education?

My studies began at Johannes-Gutenberg-University in Mainz, with time also spent in Bradford, Edinburgh and Oxford in the UK. My Cancer Surgery, Research Education and Training were performed at the Technical University of Munich including my habilitation (in accordance to Ph.D.). Cancer research took me to the Helmholtz Institute in Munich and the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, USA.

I’m a member of distinguished cancer and surgical societies worldwide and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons of England and of the Royal Society of Biology. I received an honorary membership for the Israeli Society of Surgical Oncology (ISSO) in 2012 and a Professorship of Ethical Leadership from the New Westminster College in Vancouver, Canada, and I was appointed as an Ambassador of the European Association of Cancer Research (EACR).

I’m the Founder and Director of the Theodor-Billroth-Academy® (TBA®) and Co-Founder of its International Consortium of Research Excellence (INCORE), both of which are partner societies of 4open.

Since June 2015, I have been Deputy Chair at the Carl-Thiem-Klinikum in Cottbus. Together with my friend and colleague, Dr Ijaz S. Jamall, our cancer research studies have led to pioneering a new cancer hypothesis as well as a new anticancer strategy.

What excites you about working on this new journal?

As a scientist, how often in life does someone get the noteworthy opportunity, honour and privilege to become involved in the creation of a new journal from scratch?

EDP Sciences and I have been working together over the last few years exchanging ideas about the concept of a new journal. During that time we have developed a strong, long- term vision for this new, quality, open access publication. From the beginning it has been an outstanding pleasure and honour to work closely with EDP Sciences, and especially with Dr Claus Roll.

Any organization is only as good as its people. It does not matter if you take a scientific group, a department of Physics, Chemistry or Mathematics, or Surgical Oncology: all are nothing without technical assistants, sub-specialized physicists, chemists, mathematicians, physicians, diplomates, engineers or nurses working collaboratively as a team. We are all humans – nothing else, and only by working alongside one another can something unique be created and this is entirely dependent on the quality and integrity of its people. The single individual becomes less important. The editors in chief and editorial board are outstanding and committed to achieving success for 4open.

How do you see the journal developing over the next five years?

The TBA® and INCORE join a host of distinguished societies, academies and Nobel Laureates (who founded the company) in partnering with EDP Sciences. These prestigious communities are very important and our collaboration will contribute enormously to the success of 4open. Developments in Life Sciences, Medicine, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics continue at pace and we aim to attract quality research in all disciplines.

What advice would you give to researchers thinking of submitting to 4open?

We face huge challenges within the 21st Century, the “science, geo-cultural and geo-political century”, including rapid developments in all different topics of the above-mentioned disciplines. All are influenced by politics, economy, societies, different cultural values and evolution. 4open, as a new multi- and inter-disciplinary journal, is the logical answer.

Thanks Bjorn. It has been a pleasure working with you, and the TBA®, from the beginning. We look forward to continued collaboration.

If you have any questions for Björn you can contact him via: LinkedIn, Twitter or ResearchGate and the TBA® LinkedIn group.

Keep up to date with the latest developments and share your feedback on the journal via the 4open community on Twitter: @4openjournal

If you're an author, don't forget to visit our information page for a full breakdown of the 4open submission guidelines.

Next in the blog series we speak with Professor Elias Brinks.

Launch of 4open- a new Open Access journal from EDP Sciences

Paris, France June 29th 2017- EDP Sciences, a learned society owned publisher, has announced the launch of a new multi- and inter-disciplinary Open Access journal: 4open.

4open promotes excellence and rigour in academic scholarship, disseminating high quality, original research in all subjects across the STEM domain. The journal has resolute commitments to academic excellence and the advancement of the four pillars of open science: Open Access, Open Data, Open Code, and Open Peer Review. Read the full Aims & Scope on the journal website.

4open partners with the Theodor-Billroth-Academy® (TBA®) and International Consortium of Research Excellence of the TBA® (INCORE) in this new launch. Professors Björn L.D.M. Brücher, Elias Brinks, and Theodore E. Simos will lead, as Editors-in-Chief, a truly international editorial board of over 130 members in 37 countries.

“Developing 4open has been an exciting project for all involved”, Jean-Marc Quilbé, CEO at EDP Sciences said of the launch “I am glad to see that the hard work has paid off, and I am in no doubt that in the coming years the journal will succeed in establishing itself as a respected voice in the scientific community.”

EDP Sciences is currently in the process of recruiting an expert steering committee, which will guide 4open on strategy, scientific direction and ethics ensuring the highest standards of academic integrity.

The journal is open for submissions and prospective authors are invited to visit our Instructions for authors for full guidance.

Follow @4openjournal on Twitter for updates, or visit https://www.4open-sciences.org/

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