Open letter to the AAAS about their new journal, Science Advances

In my last post ( I mention that ” serious questions are being raised about the nature of a new Open Access* (*terms and conditions apply) journal from AAAS.”

This open letter summarises these questions and calls for AAAS to change or at least explain the decisions they’ve made regarding their new journal, Science Advances.

Erin C. McKiernan

The following open letter has been delivered to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and published online in The Winnower. Thanks to Jon Tennant (@Protohedgehog) for leading this effort.  Thanks also to everyone who contributed to writing the letter, shared with colleagues, and signed.


Dear  AAAS,

This is an open letter concerning the recent launch of the new open access journal, Science Advances. In addition to the welcome diversification in journal choices for authors looking for open access venues, there are many positive aspects of Science Advances: its broad STEM scope, its interest in cross-disciplinary research, and the offering of fee waivers. While we welcome the commitment of the Association to open access, we are also deeply concerned with the specific approach. Herein, we outline a number of suggestions that are in line with both the current direction that scholarly publishing is…

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