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21 October 2019

More open access journals from Cambridge University Press

  • Wearable Technologies launches to publish research at the convergence of biology and engineering
  • Epidemiology & Psychiatric Sciences to flip in January
  • Announcements follow a year of high-profile open research initiatives

Cambridge University Press is marking international Open Access Week with two announcements that further demonstrate its commitment to the development of a sustainable, open future for academic publishing.

Another of its existing journals, Epidemiology & Psychiatric Sciences, will move from a traditional subscription model to open access, while a brand new open access journal, Wearable Technologies, will become the first to publish original research at the convergence of biology and engineering.

Now open for submissions, Wearable Technologies, will focus on the design, control and mechanics of technologies including exoskeletons; exosuits; prosthetics; intelligent orthotics; soft wearable robotics; the development of new, wearable sensor technologies and wearable monitors, and human-computer interaction.

The aim is to connect research in areas as diverse as injury prevention, rehabilitation, industry, the military, diagnostics, animals, sport and leisure.

Editor-in-Chief – Professor Sunil Agrawal from Columbia University – said: “I am delighted to announce the launch of Wearable Technologies. Over the past few years, we have seen a surge of interest in wearable technologies and devices. This is a very exciting time in the field. I am delighted to be involved in this new journal which is the first dedicated to this topic. I look forward to working with a distinguished Editorial Board and researchers who bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge to the journal.”

Mandy Hill, Managing Director for Academic Publishing at the Press, said: “Cambridge University Press is committed to the principles of open research, of which open access publishing is an essential pillar.

“We have embarked on an ambitious Open Research programme that to date has included the development of Cambridge Core Share, Cambridge Open Engage, exciting new launches and the agreement of a number of transformative Read & Publish deals. Today’s announcements are further, tangible steps on our bold path and reflect our commitment to maximising the impact of research globally through open access publishing models.

“The launch of Wearable Technologies is hugely exciting and by facilitating discussion and encouraging the dissemination of ideas, it will become an excellent resource in this fast-growing area of research.”

From January 2020, another of the Press’s existing journals, Epidemiology & Psychiatric Sciences, will move from a subscription to an open access journal with all articles submitted since 10 June 2019 being published under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY). The license permits use, distribution, reproduction and adaptation in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

An international, peer-reviewed journal, Epidemiology & Psychiatric Sciences gives priority to innovative research articles and systematic reviews in the areas of public mental health and policy, mental health services, system research and epidemiological and social psychiatry.

Mandy Hill said: “The Press and the journal’s editors firmly believe that converting Epidemiology & Psychiatric Sciences to open access will ensure much greater visibility and impact of the high quality research that it publishes, strengthening its position as a highly influential publication in the field.

Other open research initiatives from Cambridge University Press

The last year has seen several high profile open research initiatives from the Press, including:

  • The launch of Experimental Results, a new open access journal that will give researchers a place to publish valid, standalone experimental results, regardless of whether those results are novel, inconclusive, negative or supplementary to other published work. It will also publish the outcome of attempts to reproduce previously published experiments, including those that dispute past findings. The journal will be assessed through open peer review, and link to open data where possible.
  • The announcement of its own early and open content platform Cambridge Open Engage, which will use the state-of-the-art technology behind Cambridge Core, the online home for the Press’s books and journals, to publish early and open research outputs including preprint papers, abstracts, conference proceedings, conference posters, grey literature, and open data. The content will be open and free to the reader, as well as free to the author to upload.
  • The launch of two, new open access journals: Data & Policy, which is backed by the Alan Turing Institute and UCL; and Data-Centric Engineering, launched with support from global charity, Lloyd’s Register Foundation. Data & Policy will look at how data science can improve policy-making, governance capabilities and citizen services, while Data-Centric Engineering will be the first cross-disciplinary journal to focus on research at the intersection of data sciences such as applied maths, statistical and computing science, with all areas of engineering.
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