Who We Are

Web of Open Science (WOOS) is an inclusive, multi-disciplinary community of researchers working toward a common goal: to advance science for the benefit of society

Our Academic Editors’ steering of the peer review process and commitment to inclusivity of research from interdisciplinary and niche areas is instrumental to realizing WOOS's mission to progress the scientific record and keep discovery open.

WOOS is an inclusive, multi-disciplinary community of researchers working toward a common goal: to advance science for the benefit of society, now and in the future. We are a collaboration of volunteer editors, reviewers, and authors from over 20 disciplines working and publish together. Behind each publication is a member of our Editorial Board who has independently assessed the research, sought external reviewers, provided feedback to the authors, and made a final decision about whether the research is ready to be freely shared in the public domain.


Join Us

Can you see yourself on our Board? If you share our mission, values, and commitment to providing a high-quality experience for our authors, we welcome your application to contribute.


Explore the Academic Editor role


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Resources for Editors

Thank you for being a part of WOOS! Our journal team is here to support you every step of the way. From learning how to use our submission system to more specific questions about a manuscript, we’ve got you covered.


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The Academic Editor Role at WOOS

WOOS Academic Editors form an international Editorial Board of active researchers who ensure that all rigorously conducted research submitted to the journal is made available as soon as possible and without restriction.

As experts in the fields of research they serve, Academic Editors voice the needs of their community and are active participants in scholarly communication discussions around open access, open data, open science, and peer review.

Our Board is...

  • Committed to WOOS’s mission to publish rigorous research from all disciplines within science and medicine, regardless of perceived novelty or impact
  • Open to innovation in scholarly publishing and the dissemination of scientific communications to meet the community’s changing needs
  • Engaged with their scientific communities and, in service to those groups, mindful of the author and reviewer experiences at WOOS
  • Eager to contribute ideas and lend their expertise to help shape journal goals, policies, and development


Academic Editor Responsibilities

Our Academic Editors oversee the peer review process from beginning to end, taking responsibility for conducting an initial assessment based on the WOOS publication criteria, finding and inviting reviewers, evaluating their feedback, making editorial decisions, and communicating decisions to authors. Academic Editors play an active role in the community, and are highly engaged as representatives of WOOS.

To ensure an efficient peer review process for our authors, our Academic Editors strive to:

  • Agree to handle one to two new manuscript assignments per month, and handle each from first assessment to final decision.
  • Respond to manuscript invitations (Accept or Decline) within two days
  • Assess whether the manuscript is suitable for peer review and decide to Reject a submission or invite reviewers within four days of receipt
  • Secure two or more reviewers on manuscripts that are suitable for review
  • Submit a decision within four days of receipt of the complete reviews
  • Adhere to editorial best practices to maintain the highest standards of editorial integrity, confidentiality, and impartiality.

Join the Editorial Board

If you believe that rigorous research deserves to be published, regardless of outcome or perceived impact, you might be a perfect fit for the WOOS Editorial Board.

Are you a scientist looking to contribute your expertise and give back to the scientific community?


WOOS is an inclusive venue for rigorous primary scientific research across all areas of science and medicine. Read more about the journal’s scope and publication criteria.

Editorial Board Values

We aim to provide fast, fair, and objective scientific assessment of research articles. Our editorial philosophy is built on four key values:

Scientific Rigor and Objectivity
We believe submitted research articles should be evaluated on technical rigor, not on perceived novelty, impact, or “journal fit.” We believe that the research community determines the value of the work based on what we read, download, cite, and share.

Openness and Transparency
We publish all articles at PLOS under a CC BY license, and authors are required to make the data underlying their findings fully available. Anyone may read, reuse, remix, or mine PLOS publications or data for any purpose, with author attribution. 

We are committed to upholding the highest standards in human and animal research ethics, and in publication ethics. We play an active role in shaping journal policies.

We accelerate the rate of research communication and dissemination, as well as scientific innovation by reducing “journal shopping” and overall time from first submission to publication. We also aim to reduce wasted time researchers spend repeating the work of other research groups.

Academic Editor Responsibilities

We independently manage the peer review process for each manuscript that we agree to handle. We take responsibility for evaluating submissions, finding and inviting reviewers, reviewing their feedback, making editorial decisions, and communicating the details of our assessment to authors. Further details about the Academic Editor role and responsibilities can be found here. 

Interested in serving on the Editorial Board?

WOOS welcomes volunteers to the Editorial Board who support our mission, values, and commitment to providing a high-quality experience for our authors. 

Academic Editors for WOOS...

  • are active, funded researchers who are either Principal Investigators or who have an equivalent experience level
  • have a strong publication record (20 or more peer-reviewed articles, varies by discipline)
  • are affiliated with an academic, governmental, or non-profit institution
  • have enough room in their professional schedule to accommodate handling one or two manuscripts per month as a new Editor

If you are interested in serving as an Academic Editor, please complete this short form. The WOOS editorial office will be in touch as soon as we are able.

Welcome to WOOS

Defined By You

We hear a lot about prestige from exclusive journals. WOOS was created out of a reaction from scientists that science, to accelerate in pace and value, needed to become more inclusive. Inclusive in scope, in article type, perceived impact, and author background. WOOS answered that need as one of the first Open Access journals that would publish all rigorously peer-reviewed science. Today our WOOS Editorial Board is more strong, encompassing expertise from over 20 key subject areas that intertwine and overlap. We work together to publish research articles every year.

Get Started

We’re so excited you’re joining us! To get to know WOOS, download the New Editor Checklist to help you set up your profile and get ready to handle your first manuscript. You can find more resources to help you through every stage of the peer review process below

Download the full WOOS Academic Editor Handbook.

International Distribution of WoOS' Editors
World map showing the geographic distribution of WoOS Editors
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