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Who can participate in the Nature-UC open science pilot?
The Nature-UC open science pilot is open to corresponding authors from all ten UC campuses who are interested in having their neuroscience research paper considered by either Nature or Nature Neuroscience. Participation is voluntary (opt-in).
What are the benefits of participating?
- Open access publishing without any cost to authors: For accepted articles, the Article Processing Charge and Editorial Assessment Charge (see below under “What is an Editorial Assessment Report?”) will be covered by the UC libraries and Springer Nature.
- Consideration by more than one journal through a single submission: UC corresponding authors can submit to either Nature or Nature Neuroscience as appropriate. If the paper is reviewed at either journal, the author will receive feedback on what revisions would be appropriate in order to be published in these journals, as well as on whether the manuscript is appropriate for publication in Nature Communications.
- Related open science support: Authors will receive collaborative advice through all the stages of publishing and an Editorial Assessment Report after a round of external peer review. (See more under “What is Guided Open Access?” and “What is an Editorial Assessment Report?”). In addition, authors will receive support for making research outputs openly available, including open access for articles, and optional open access for data, code, and peer review reports.
- Input on open science practices: Participants will be asked to provide feedback to Springer Nature on all aspects of the pilot study.