American OpenScience (AOS) is an online, open access, open review, open data, multidisciplinary, rapid and transparent publishing platform. AOS publishes original, high quality research within all major academic disciplines. Click here to refer to our complete list of disciplines and research areas covered.

Manuscripts submitted to AOS are assessed based on scientific validity and technical soundness, irrespective of perceived significance, impact or novelty. We believe every finding from a careful research study is important to be published, including, null findings and scientifically-justified replications that not only contribute to a cumulative knowledge base but also save other researchers’ time, effort and money.

AOS aims to promote open access, open data, open methodology and open peer review in research publishing:

Open Access

All AOS articles are published under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution International License (CC BY License). The CC BY License allows users to freely copy, distribute, adapt and transmit any article, as long as the original work is appropriately cited in the manner specified by the copyright owner. Abstracts and full texts of all articles will be made freely available in PDF, HTML and XML formats, immediately after publication.

Open Data and Methodology

We are committed to promoting reproducibility and data reusability in research, and believe open data and open methodology are indispensable towards achieving this goal. To this end, all research articles published by AOS include source-data (where applicable) and complete information about methodology used. All source-data underlying AOS articles is made freely available under Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0 License). Click here to learn more about CC0 license.

Open Peer Review

AOS operates a transparent post-publication peer review model. Articles are published immediately after a quick review by in-house editors, followed by transparent peer review by independent author-invited referees. Referee reports are made publicly available along with referees’ details (including name, designation and affiliation). Click here to learn more about our open peer review process.

All articles published by AOS are assigned a CrossRef-DOI (Digital Object Identifier issued by CrossRef) and are immediately indexed in Google Scholar. Only articles that pass post-publication peer review (received at least 2 “Approved” statuses or 1 “Approved” and 2 “Approved with Reservations” statuses) will be indexed in CrossRef. We are currently working out the details towards cooperating with other major bibliographic indexing and abstracting services.

Authors are permitted to self-archive PDF and XML copies of their final published articles in institutional and public repositories. In addition, the HTML, PDF and XML copies of each published article is archived permanently in AOS SSL-secured servers. We are currently working out the details to also archive articles in other major public repositories.

We assess manuscripts based on scientific validity and technical soundness, irrespective of perceived significance, impact or novelty. Therefore, traditional Impact Factor is not a relevant measure for our publishing platform. Moreover, we believe traditional journal level Impact Factor is misleading and does not represent true impact of a given publication.

We are currently developing ways to explicitly calculate article-level and author-level metrics based on citations, downloads, discussion on social media, number of browser views, article comments, etc. We believe article-level metrics will represent true impact of the research we publish.