3-D lab skin for chemicals testing, research and repair

Cultured cells combine to build a complex model of real skin for animal-free chemical tests, analysing disease and potentially repairing wounds

A model system that recreates full-thickness human skin should allow more effective testing of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, while avoiding the need for animal tests. The system effectively models the development, cellular structure and barrier properties of skin. This should also make it suitable for analysing disease states and wound repair processes. Another potential use is as a substrate for repairing complex wounds.


DOAJ Seal awarded to 4open demonstrating “best practice in open access publishing”

We are pleased to announce that 4open, among 22 other EDP Sciences’ journals, has recently been awarded the DOAJ Seal which “is awarded to journals that demonstrate best practice in open access publishing”. Only around 10% of journals indexed in the DOAJ are awarded the DOAJ Seal, so it is a gratifying mark of recognition of the excellent work 4open is doing.


Introducing the new 4open COVID-19 thematic collection

Several open access articles are now available including:

  • Partition Markov Model for Covid-19 Virus
  • COVID-19: SARS-CoV-2 susceptibility in healthcare workers – cluster study at a German Teaching Hospital
  • COVID-19: Monitoring the propagation of the first waves of the pandemic
  • COVID-19: Paradox of increasing capacities versus focus on Hippocratic ethics?
  • COVID-19: Pandemic surgery guidance

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all authors for publishing their research and experiences with 4open and for contributing such valuable insights. This collection provides a research and practice snapshot of an extraordinary year.

Access the COVID-19 thematic collection here.

4open Editor-in-Chief, Professor Dr. Stéphane Petoud, helps to prepare and deliver the first online scientific writing masterclass from EDP Sciences

Following the successful launch of a series of masterclasses on scientific writing last year, a third masterclass in conjunction with Paris-Saclay University took place last month with a focus on Chemistry. Unlike previous sessions, this masterclass took place entirely online over two days and was designed to support distance learning for researchers and PhD students during these disrupted times.

Alongside Senior Publishing Editors from EDP Sciences, Dr. Petoud, Director of Research at the Centre de Biophysique Moléculaire, Orléans, France, was invited to support the preparation and delivery of the online event. Dr. Petoud offered his wealth of experience as an expert in the field of Chemistry and spoke eloquently about ‘Open Science’.


Professor Richard Daniellou joins the 4open editorial board bringing expertise in biochemistry and glycosciences

We are delighted to welcome Professor Richard Daniellou to the 4open editorial board where he will support the areas of Chemistry-Applied Chemistry and biochemistry in particular. Professor Daniellou holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry and is widely published; currently co-author of 74 publications and 3 patents. Also, contributing to his success, he has gained a wealth of experience whilst studying and working at a number of international institutions including:


New article on silent carriers of COVID-19 published in 4open and discussed on German radio

We are pleased to share the publication of a new open access article in 4open “COVID-19: SARS-CoV-2 susceptibility in health workers – cluster study at a German Teaching Hospital” by Michael Scherer et al.

Authors, Prof.Dr. Michael A. Scherer and Björn Brücher, recently discussed the paper on the German radio show together with Dr. Susanne Johne.

The article addresses silent carriers of COVID-19 after the shutdown and quarantine of Helios Amper-Klinikum. One index patient and five health care workers were initially infected, so, all patients, health care providers, physicians, and nurses were tested in order to detect silent carriers.

“Despite prior proper preparation, a COVID-19 positive patient load of up to 34.8% (46 of 132 hospital beds) resulted in a 10- to 20-fold increase in risk for healthcare workers for SARS-CoV-2 compared to the general population. Because of asymptomatic carriers, a COVID-19-free hospital cannot be expected to exist.”

Read the full article.

“The Making of the COVID-19 Pandemic Surgery Guidance” – watch the interview with our EiC, Björn Brücher

Earlier this year, Björn L.D.M. Brücher and over thirty other experts for the Pandemic Surgery Guidance Consortium (PSGC) published “COVID-19: Pandemic Surgery Guidance” open access in 4open. The article provides guidance for surgeries during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance addresses the following key areas:

  • Emergency surgery
  • Planned surgery
  • Strategy
  • Operating rooms
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)


4open now indexed in IET Inspec

We are pleased to announce that 4open is now indexed in IET Inspec, the definitive engineering, physics, and computer science research database.


“COVID-19: Pandemic Surgery Guidance” - new open access article from 4open

We would like to bring to your attention a new open access article published in 4open “COVID-19: Pandemic Surgery Guidance”. The article, by Björn L.D.M. Brücher and over thirty other experts for the Pandemic Surgery Guidance Consortium (PSGC), provides guidance to address the special issues related to the exponential spread of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.


Update to 4open editorial arrangements from January 2020

The Editors-in-Chief of 4open, Björn Brücher, Stéphane Petoud, Elias Brinks and Theodore Simos, would like to bring to your attention new editorial arrangements from January 2020.