I wanted to offer a quick personal perspective on OA week. I've been involved since the very first one 10 years ago, when a team of us at PLOS (where I worked back in the day) brainstormed the logo in its distinctive color of orange largely because we could see the SF Giants stadium from our offices! I couldn't be prouder of how far the movement has come, so far indeed, that it seems more like a giant business than a grass roots effort to change the way science is communicated. I still believe that this community spark lies at the heart of its success.
Although I moved on from PLOS, and joined another nonprofit, Annual Reviews (together with another PLOS alum, Katie Fleeman), it's a huge honor to continue to work at the forefront of making scientific knowledge more understandable and accessible. In this regard, I am happy to announce the arrival of a new digital publication, Knowable Magazine, which launches this Thursday at the World Conference of Science Journalists (#WCSJ17), October 26–30 in San Francisco and during Open Access Week 2017, October 23-29.
“The name Knowable reflects our belief in the power of the scientific process to reveal more about how the world works,” says Editor Eva Emerson. “We want to empower readers with this knowledge by making it more accessible and freely available.” Magazine articles are published under a CC BY-ND license. Review articles written by leading scholars from the 50 Annual Reviews journals serve as springboards for stories in Knowable Magazine and are also freely available for a limited time.
Our new digital magazine is supported by generous grants from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. To find out more, connect with Knowable Magazine on Facebook and Twitter.