The editorial independence is upheld. The content of Royal Society periodicals is completely separate from the Society's opinions on any scientific or policy concerns. The Society will not be affected or compromised in any way by the editor's choice. Authors have complete control over their work and can decide what to submit and when. The Editor-in-Chief merely acts as an agent for the Society by managing its publications.
All articles published in Royal Society journals are peer reviewed before publication. In addition, authors can opt for a rapid review process if they so desire. Editors select reviewers based on their expertise with respect to the journal's scope. Reviewers are generally scientists who are selected by editors based on their availability. It is common for several reviewers to be asked to review a single article. They may be colleagues of the author(s) or others interested in the topic. Often more than one reviewer gives comments to the editor, who selects the most useful ones for further consideration.
Reviewers can request changes to their reviews, either at a specific point during the refereeing process or at a later date if they come up with new ideas for improving the manuscript. These requests are usually made via e-mail.
The Royal Society's publishing section is known as Royal Society Publishing. As a learned institution, the Society produces eleven high-impact, peer-reviewed publications, including the world's oldest scientific title, Philosophical Transactions, which was first published in 1665. The other journals are: Biology Letters, Brain, Behavior and Evolution, Current Biology, eLife, Immunity, Nature, Neuroscience Letters, Open Biology, PeerJ and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
All Royal Society publications are open access: immediately freely available to read online, download for printing or presentation. The majority of our articles are published under a Creative Commons license, allowing others to build on them, change them, and use them how they see fit. Our latest series, Science Advances, publishes groundbreaking studies that are not suitable for full peer review. Instead, they are presented to an audience of scientists for discussion and feedback before being published in a journal article or statement. These provide a rapid route through the peer-review process for new ideas that might not otherwise be considered complete papers.
The Society's website offers a range of free content, from news and blogs about science and society, to podcasts, lectures, videos and workshops. There are also job listings for staff and freelance contributors.
The Royal Society produces peer-reviewed publications of the highest quality in all scientific areas. Only a small proportion are commissioned; others are discovered by editors or editorial staff. All papers are evaluated for accuracy and significance before publication. This process ensures that only work that is truly innovative and useful is published.
Peer review is the method used by academic journals to ensure that only good work gets published. Reviewers provide feedback on submitted manuscripts, which helps authors make improvements and ultimately increases the quality of research. It also encourages researchers to publish outside their own fields of interest, which increases knowledge transfer across disciplines.
All Royal Society journals use peer review as part of their publishing process. However many non-commissioned papers are pre-published online (i.e., open access) before being sent to reviewers. These can be new results that have not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal or studies that have been published in other sources but want to extend their reach by appearing in a high-profile journal.
Open access journals do not charge readers any fees to read the articles they publish. This means that scientists from poor countries will be able to access important research documents that they might not otherwise be able to afford.
Trusted Peer Review—As a nonprofit scientific publisher, ACS Publications maintains the highest editorial standards, with timely, informed peer review and publishing decision-making by notable editors who are active researchers in the area. Articles are published only after they have been reviewed by at least one editor and deemed acceptable for publication.
Yes, all journals publish a statement listing their reviewers and other details about journal policies. These can be found on each journal's website. Please see our list of professional journal websites for links to these sites.
Reviewers are independent scientists who give opinions on manuscripts before they are submitted to journals. They may be asked to comment on whether an article is likely to meet the journal's criteria for interest, importance, originality, and so forth. Reviews help editors select articles that will appeal to a broad audience within their journals and allow them to make decisions based on expert opinion rather than on subjective factors such as personal preference or familiarity. Reviews also help authors improve their papers by pointing out issues such as unclear aims, errors, and deficiencies in data analysis or presentation. Authors often thank reviewers for their time and expertise by including them in lists of authors on future submissions.
No, peer review does not imply endorsement by the publishers. Academic publishers such as ACS do not endorse products or services presented in the literature we publish.
You are unlikely to receive attention from your colleagues if you publish in predatory journals, and you may even harm your reputation. Because predatory publications do not adhere to the same peer review criteria as more respectable journals, the material has no place in the scientific archive. Furthermore, articles published in these journals can lead to rejected manuscripts later found in reputable journals, which harms both your reputation and that of legitimate journals.
Predatory journals have many names - e-prints, open access journals, article banks - but they all share several traits: low costs, high yields, and low standards. They are usually operated by for-profit companies or individual scholars who want to make a quick buck. Some have been around for decades while others appear and disappear quickly. Although they offer an easy way for researchers to get their work published, this option comes with risks because you could be publishing in a journal that later collapses.
In conclusion, yes, it is recommended to publish only in reputable journals. However, if you are unable to find such journals, then it might be best to keep your research under lock and key rather than risk being used as currency by predators.