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.


“Sun-drying system could boost nutritional and medical value of a popular Mexican food” – new ‘Key Summary’ from 4open

4open is pleased to introduce the sixth free article in its ‘Key summaries’ series. The ‘Key summary’ offers an easy to understand description of an article published in 4open by researchers in Italy. The article describes the use and outcomes of solar air heating to dehydrate the leaf-like ‘cladodes’ of the Opuntia prickly pear cactus for increased nutritional and medical applications.


“Using artificial intelligence to predict the success of laser eye surgery” – new ‘Key Summary’ from 4open

4open is pleased to introduce the fifth free article in its ‘Key Summaries’ series. This ‘Key Summary’ offers an easy to understand description of an article published in 4open by researchers led by Professor George Anogeianakis. The article describes how using an algorithm to predict surgery success can allow surgeons to tailor medical procedures for individual patients to maximise the chances of success.


Dr Ijaz S. Jamall appointed as a member of the European Academy of Science and Arts

4open is thrilled that Dr. Ijaz S. Jamall, one of its editorial board members, has been appointed as a member of the European Academy of Science and Arts, under the class II (medicine) membership category.


New publication – "Synopsis: Special Issue on “Disruption of signaling homeostasis induced crosstalk in the carcinogenesis paradigm Epistemology of the origin of cancer”"

We are pleased to share the publication of a new article in 4open "Synopsis: Special Issue on “Disruption of signaling homeostasis induced crosstalk in the carcinogenesis paradigm Epistemology of the origin of cancer”" by Björn L.D.M. Brücher and Ijaz S. Jamall. The synopsis concludes the open access special issue guest edited by Obul R. Bandapalli.

In this special issue, the authors set out to challenge established thinking on cancer and present a new cancer paradigm which “…provides compelling evidence that carcinogenesis is explained by a six-step sequence of events for the vast majority of cancers.”


“Putting exams to the test: Do entrance exams predict academic achievement?” – new ‘Key summary’ from 4open

4open is pleased to introduce the fourth article in the ‘Key summaries’ series. The article, which is free for all to read, offers an easy to understand description of two articles published in 4open by researchers from the University of Campinas. Both articles apply mathematical models to the public educational system in Brazil, in particular, to predict performance, compare conditional probabilities and investigate the consistency of quality indicators.

The ‘Key summaries’ article uses non-technical language to help non-experts and other interested groups understand, in this instance, the correlation between entrance exam results and later undergraduate performance in Brazil.

“The assumption is that students who perform well in these two exams will also perform well in the university’s statistics course – a linear way of calculating success that Prof González-López and her colleagues decided to test.”

Read the ‘Key summaries’ article – “Putting exams to the test: Do entrance exams predict academic achievement?”

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Call for papers for 4open special issue: Recent Progress in Many-Body Theories (RPMBT 2019)

As part of a special collaborative issue, 4open is inviting contributions developed from research which will be presented at the 20th International Conference on Recent Progress in Many-Body Theories.

4open encourages all contributing authors to develop their conference presentations into full papers that explore the research presented at the International Conference. The submission platform opens on the 13th September 2019, and articles will be published open access in early 2020.

The issue will be guest edited by Professor Eric Suraud, Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, Institute of Research on Complex Atomic and Molecular Systems (IRSAMC), Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France and Dr. Giovanni Manfredi, Director of Research, Scientific Research National Center (CNRS), Institute of Physics and Chemistry of Materials of Strasbourg, France.

The International Conference on Recent Progress in Many-Body Theories, held from 9th-13th September in Toulouse, France, brings together many scientists from a range of areas, dealing with the many-body problem. Topics include ‘High Performance Computing platforms’ and ‘Non equilibrium dynamics and dissipation’. This meeting allows scientists to share and discuss the latest research and knowledge relating to the many-body problem.

Find out how to submit your paper to the 4open special issue here.

4open is an open access multi- and inter-disciplinary journal dedicated to publishing high-quality content adhering to excellence in all disciplines of science and research. The Editor-in-Chief for Physics - Applied Physics is Professor Elias Brinks, Centre for Astrophysics Research, University of Hertfordshire, UK. All papers will be subject to full peer-review upon submission. 4open supports Liberty Article Processing Charges (APCs), or “Pay What You Want”, for the publication of accepted articles.

4open announces new society affiliation with the European Society of Computational Methods in Sciences and Engineering (ESCMSE)

We are pleased to announce a new affiliation between 4open and the European Society of Computational Methods in Sciences and Engineering (ESCMSE). 4open is already supported by the Theodor-Billroth-Academy® and the International Consortium of Research Excellence ( INCORE) and published under the auspices of the Société Française de Physique (SFP) which will now be joined by ESCSME.


ESCMSE is a non-profit organization, the aims of which are “the construction, development and analysis of computational, numerical and mathematical methods and their application in the sciences and engineering.” To this end, it publishes the Journal of Numerical Analysis, Industrial and Applied Mathematics and has chosen, in addition, to support 4open - a multidisciplinary, open access journal publishing original research in the natural sciences, technology, and medicine.

The benefits of this new affiliation to ESCMSE’s members include discounted APCs for publishing in 4open (once the current Liberty APC is no longer available) and eligibility for the editorial board and therefore the opportunity to support and develop the journal’s editorial policy.

“We are delighted to support 4open and see this as a significant step in fostering research co-operation between scientists working in the field of computational methods and related disciplines,” commented Theodore Simos, President of ESCSME. “We have worked closely with 4open in the past to produce special issues of research presented at our conferences and have been impressed by the team at 4open and EDP Sciences. We feel that this is the right moment to take forward the relationship with 4open to encourage wider dissemination of research results in computational methods and, more generally, to support the excellent and necessary work of a multi- and inter-disciplinary open access journal which is rooted in and committed to Open Science.”

Society partnerships

EDP Sciences and the 4open editorial team share strong values of trust and respect and believe that partnering with learned societies ensures the highest level of academic integrity.

4open is a relatively new journal which has made impressive progress in developing a cross-community network to support its multi- and inter-disciplinary content from all branches of sciences,” commented Claus Roll, Senior Publishing Editor. “The value we place on our relationships and partnerships with societies cannot be overstated as they really help to keep us grounded and focussed on the needs of readers and researchers working in the field. ESCMSE is a dynamic organisation and we look forward to the close connection to mathematicians this affiliation will bring.”

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4open appoints Professor Dr. Stéphane Petoud as new Editor-in-Chief, Chemistry - Applied Chemistry

4open is delighted to announce that Professor Dr. Stéphane Petoud has accepted the position of Editor-in-Chief for Chemistry - Applied Chemistry. He joins three other Editors-in-Chief to complete 4open’s editorial board; namely Björn L.D.M. Brücher, Life Sciences – Medicine; Elias Brinks, Physics - Applied Physics and Theodore E. Simos, Mathematics - Applied Mathematics.


4open now indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

We are pleased to announce that 4open has just been accepted into the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) where it joins over 13,500 other high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. These journals cover all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities. Indexation in the DOAJ means 4open is in compliance with the open access policy of the DOAJ and meets all the strict criteria required for inclusion.

“The Directory of Open Access Journals is a service that indexes high quality, peer reviewed Open Access research journals, periodicals and their articles' metadata.” ( DOAJ DOAJ) The aim of the DOAJ is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The DOAJ aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content.

“As a journal expressly built on the four pillars of open science, I am very pleased 4open has been accepted into the DOAJ. It is an important step for the journal as research funders often require DOAJ indexing to release funding for OA publication charges,” commented Claus Roll, Senior Publishing Editor. “Furthermore, the DOAJ is used by many organizations worldwide as a guide to quality open access journals. Together with WAME, OASPA and COPE, the DOAJ has also established the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing, which are widely used in their own evaluation criteria for indexation.”