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Science  11 Mar 2016:
Vol. 351, Issue 6278, pp. 1119
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf6194

This week, the Science family of journals launches some new and important initiatives. The first is that when authors visit the manuscript submittal portal for Science, Science Translational Medicine, and Science Signaling, they will notice an additional choice: Science Immunology. The newest member of the Science family is open for submissions!

Under the leadership of Editor Dr. Angela Colmone, who formerly handled the immunology content for Science Translational Medicine, Science Immunology aims to drive discovery and illuminate function across the ever-expanding field of immunology. The journal welcomes contributions involving research in all organisms and model systems, including humans, and particularly encourages articles on cancer immunology. Although interested in traditional models, the journal encourages nontraditional approaches as well. An Editorial Advisory Board is led by Dr. Abul Abbas from the University of California, San Francisco, and Dr. Federica Sallusto, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland. The Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies will be affiliated with Science Immunology to provide advice on journal direction. Journal policies will follow those of the other Science family journals. Science Immunology's first articles will appear online in midsummer 2016, and for a trial period they will be freely available to all.


“…Science Immunology aims to drive discovery… across the ever-expanding field of immunology.”

Alert readers will notice another major change this week—the addition of the Peer Review Evaluation (PRE) badge displayed on papers published by the Science family of journals, retroactive to 1 January 2016. Many scientists have been disheartened by reports of journals failing in peer review, or authors committing fraud through the use of peer-review rings to get published without critical scrutiny. These examples raise the question: “Whom can you trust?” PRE seeks to uphold the standards of peer review by placing more transparency on the process. The digital PRE badge permits the reader to view how many reviewers saw the paper, how many rounds of review it received, how many editors were involved in the decision, and journal-specific items such as whether a statistical expert reviewed the paper. The icon also provides links to more standard information such as the journal's peer-review policies and the relevant industry initiatives that the journal supports. Use of PRE is a sign that a journal is committed to quality and transparency in peer review. In addition to the Science family of journals, PRE is available on journals published by the American Diabetes Association and The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.*

At the same time as the Science family of journals is implementing PRE, we are also asking the first and corresponding authors to provide Open Researcher and Contributor IDs (ORCIDs) when they submit their revised papers through the submittal portal. ORCIDs are free, easy to use, and fast to obtain, and are rapidly becoming an international standard for uniquely identifying authors, thus removing confusion that can arise with common author names, when authors change their names, and when authors change institutions and/or are inconsistent about publishing with or without initials. Use of ORCIDs also means that authors get credit for citations consistently.

The new responsive website for the Science family of journals reflects a design that is faster and better suited for smartphones and tablets. There is now a consistent look and feel between the various journals, making navigation between them easier. As our digital content continues to grow, the new website is truly an ideal venue for the scientific community to relay discoveries, commentaries, news, and beyond to our global audience.

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