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Since our original call for openness in scientific publishing, things have been developing extremely well with SciPost. One quick glance at our publishing activities (our list of publications now numbers more than 100, including some highly-cited ones) is hopefully enough to convince you that we are well on our way to implementing a healthier infrastructure for scientific publishing.
Separately, in a sure sign that The Times They Are A Changin', big players are moving towards implementing Open Access very similarly to our vision (including the European Commission with its recent Call for Tenders, though you should read recent blog posts here and here for how this relates to SciPost).
We are very thankful for the immense support we have received from the scientific community during our initial phase. In view of this success, the time is now ripe for us to be bold, and unleash the next steps in our implementation plans. Read on to see how you can concretely help us bring forth a new age in publishing.
Update [2018-11-13]: see our broader expansion plans at our Plan SciPost page.
At SciPost, our ambitions for Open Access publishing are uncompromised, as can be seen from our guiding principles or our short intro video. In particular, we implement the Genuine Open Access principles (which include an explicit non profit requirement), are resolutely quality-oriented and international in outlook.
Our immediate expansion plan is very simply summarized in the following two pillars:
The first aims to ensure we can process the increasing editorial workflow. The second aims to ensure that we can expand the support team needed to run the infrastructure underlying all our operations (at the moment this still relies on a large amount of pro bono work from the core team).
By the end of 2018, we wish to have achieved:
Our estimates are that we can fully process around 500 publications per year with this upscaling of our cost-slashing infrastructure.
Are you sympathetic towards what we are aiming to achieve? You can help us accelerate our growth with these easy steps:
We will keep you continuously updated on the results from this Expansion and Sustainability Drive 2018 on our website, on Twitter at @scipost_dot_org and with the #SciPostDrive2018 and #SciPost hashtags, and via our News page.
Many thanks in advance for your help.
On behalf of the SciPost foundation,
Prof. dr Jean-Sébastien Caux
Published 22 May 2018