ScienceOpen Collections

ScienceOpen Collections contain articles drawn from a variety of publishers and journals.

What is a Collection?

  • The major aim of ScienceOpen Collections is to provide new models for the creation, distribution and evaluation of scholarly information.
  • ScienceOpen Collections provide topic-specific bundling, editorial management and quality assurance for articles drawn from a variety of topics, publishers or journals (So_collections.ppt).
  • Collections are compiled and maintained by a Collection Editor.

What does a Collection Editor do?

  • Selects relevant articles on a specific topic from different journals to be incorporated into a single collection
  • Writes a brief comment on each article that highlights its major contribution to the collection
  • Encourages discussion of the articles through our post-publication peer review system and sharing of the collection content to colleagues, students, and other interested parties

How to create a Collection

  1. To apply for the role of Collection Editor please send a statement of interest to Stephanie Dawson ( or to the ScienceOpen Editorial Office (
  2. Identify an area of interest and choose a Collection topic.
  3. Choose an Editorial team. Consider this as a mentoring opportunity. Editorial teams which are a mixture of early career and senior scientists are a great way to share knowledge and ensure continuity. A complete ScienceOpen profile of the Editors is essential.
  4. Create a new ScienceOpen Collection in your workspace and customize the landing page:
  5. Populate your Collection with content from the ScienceOpen platform. ScienceOpen has aggregated over 26 million articles and article records and they can be added to a Collection from ScienceOpen search results.
  6. Write an Editorial. ScienceOpen provides a simple tool to publish an editorial for your collection, explaining the selection principles, focus, etc.
  7. Provide explanatory comments on most significant papers. It is suggested that these are brief, structured remarks of one or two sentences, explaining why this paper is particularly important for your research community. These will be key in kick-starting discussions around research papers.
  8. Activate your community! Invite and involve your network. Collections are based on community involvement, and the benefits that a structured and open discussion can have to the research process.
  9. Update Collection. Content is added to ScienceOpen on a daily basis. Using the “Save Search” functionality on ScienceOpen may alert you to new relevant content in your field via email.
  10. Collection Editors are encouraged to develop other activities, such as hosting discussions on hot topics in the field, Q&A with community leaders, and writing blog posts.
  11. The Collections will be promoted by ScienceOpen. Additionally, Editors are encouraged to contact authors whose papers are highlighted in the Collection Selection of Pre-existing Content

Call for new manuscripts

In addition to adding already published articles, the Collection Editor may also call for new article submission for their Collection. Articles commissioned by the CE are subject to the regular publishing processes, requirements, and fees of ScienceOpen (see here for further details). These articles may also be included in other collections by other Collection Editors.