Editor in Chief of Open Astronomy, a flagship for open publishing

Monday, June 19, 2017

In late February 2017, Senior Scientist Philip Judge was contacted by Ewa Chmielewska, Managing Editor at De Gruyter Open, a scientific publisher of its own and third-party journals. To his great surprise, Ewa invited Philip to become Editor-In-Chief of the online journal Open Astronomy.

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Philip Judge, Senior Scientist, High Altitude Observatory

"After a little research it became clear that Ewa had done a lot of homework. In me, she had found someone with similar feelings about modern scientific research and publishing to those expressed in her letter and on the journal's web site. The temptation was too great and I am now delighted to serve as EIC for such an interesting enterprise. To be able to serve is an honor," says Philip.

"The journal's philosophy is openness in every way. There are no page charges, submission is encouraged using LaTeX (free software). All one needs is access to a computer connected to the internet to submit an article, and there is help with the English language. The editorial team is deciding on a `trademark', answering the question of why someone would want to publish there. We encourage submissions from across the world, regardless of socio-economic status, ethnicity, country of origin, and to promote the best-judged work substantively performed by students. We believe that openness is the future, in this world of increased public skepticism of science. We are discussing ways to make data and calculations accessible so that others can reproduce important published results, a goal that can help pedagogically as well. Our trademark will probably also include encouragement of work containing genuinely new results and ideas, the editors being open to articles that other journals might unfairly treat as risky. An element of risk is always needed to make scientific progress."

De Gruyter Open belongs to De Gruyter publishing group, an established scholarly publisher with more than 260 years of distinguished history.