EditorialSCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY

Impactful science as the guiding principle

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Science Advances  04 Jul 2018:
Vol. 4, no. 7, eaau1696
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau1696

Ali Shilatifard

In the summer of 2014, I received a phone call from Marcia McNutt, then the editor-in-chief of the Science family of journals. Marcia described a new effort that she and the AAAS Board had committed to embark upon: to start a new journal—Science Advances—to propel the Science family of journals, including the emblematic flagship journal Science, into the future. Science Advances would cover all topics, strive to publish rigorous, transformative science, and, like all the Science family journals, be anchored in the mission of AAAS. However, Science Advances would be different in several critical ways. First, it would be led by an editorial board of leading scientists. Second, it would publish only research articles and reviews and allow longer, flexible formats to foster publication of impactful broad, interdisciplinary, and discipline-specific science. Third, Science Advances would be open access to promote wide global readership. Science Advances would be built to grow to accommodate the quickly expanding assortment of …

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