What is WOOS?

Web of Open Science (WOOS) is a publishing house founded on the paradigm of Open Science, development of interdisciplinary studies, the main tasks of which are open access, sharing and promotion of science and research, public control over the quality of scientific publications, open and transparent process of scientific reviews, raising the citation.

It is publishing open access, online, peer-reviewed journals covering a wide range of academic disciplines. WOOS serves the worldwide academic communities and contributes to the progress and application of science with its publication.

Format-Free Submission

When you publish with us you can upload your research in any standard format, including Word, rich text format (rtf), open document format (odt).
We work to increase the openness and accessibility of your research and make the publishing process as simple as possible.
Web of Open Science has an open and progressive approach to research at all stages of the research process.
  • We are committed to publishing all research that is sound and valid, including negative research and replication studies.
  • The aim is to open up more opportunities and aid accessibility for all readers.
  • All WOOS articles include a Public Interest Statement to help readers easily understand and engage with research.
  • Your research can be submitted ‘format-free’ and our Production team take care of the formatting for you.


WOOS Inspires Innovation

WOOS was founded as a Open Access publisher, innovator and advocacy organization with a mission to advance progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. We believe that OPEN is a mindset that represents the best scientific values, bringing scientists together to share work as rapidly and widely as possible, to advance science faster and to benefit society as a whole. 

WOOS offer cross-linking between our published articles and its posted preprint, WOOS has been a force for transformation in scholarly publishing. We proved the viability of Open Access, redefine publishing and developed the first suite of Article-Level Metrics. Our key innovations continue to accelerate science... and we're only getting started.

The science might be complex but our principles are not



Research should be freely available to everyone for the advancement of knowledge, discovery, reproducibility and usability



Properly executed science deserves publication for the benefit of researchers, clinicians, policy makers, educators and the public



Data supporting conclusions should be accessible for the elevation of integrity, accountability, collegiality and community




Work is best judged on its own merit for timely access to varied research outputs from diverse authors, consortia and institutions



Forward-looking solutions must serve author needs by expanding the definition of published work, providing opportunity for community review and establishing credit for diverse contributions



The future is an investment for the public good by advancing science and medicine through improvements in systems and processes, advocacy for Open and initiatives for broad participation



WOOS offers a modular, opt-in approach to published peer review that encourages authors and reviewers to reveal the expert perspectives that help shape published research. 

CRediT and ORCID ensure that authors and reviewers can easily take credit and be recognized for their individual research contributions.

Our data policy underlies our commitment to Open Science and ensures your research remains replicable.

WOOS encourages posting preprints to share, get feedback, and receive credit for your results sooner. Our partnership with bioRxiv makes posting life sciences preprints easy and convenient.


Our job is not done.


Web of Open Science (WOOS) is not just about free and unrestricted access to research, it's also about open data, transparency in peer review and an open approach to science assessment. At WOOS, we are constantly looking for innovative ways to open up scientific communication—to make it faster, more efficient, more connected and more useful than ever before. 

  • We foresee more transparent ways to discuss and assess work over the entire lifetime of the research. Publication will just be one chapter in the life of an article. 
  • We imagine researchers discovering smarter, faster, easier paths to sharing and applying knowledge more widely than ever before.
  • We envision new channels for collaboration where peers can share work and exchange ideas, with proper acknowledgement for contributions. 


Choose How You Open Science

In addition to making your next Research Article Open Access, practicing Open Science can lead to new collaborations, public visibility, and more opportunities to get credit for the work you already do.


1. Preregister your study

Preregistering your research question and study design makes the intent of your scientific enquiry transparent before you even begin your investigation. This increases the credibility of your results - including negative outcomes - when your work is published. Preregistering your study also facilitates reproducibility further down the line. Plus it’s an easy way to establish priority for a new study!

Find out more about preregisteration.


2. Post a preprint

Share your results when you’re ready with a preprint. Citing and linking to your preprint on your CV can help demonstrate your current work while you’re applying for grant funding or making a career change, even before you publish your final article.

Preprints increase the visibility of your work. Comments from other researchers in your field (and editors at your target journals!) can lead to early feedback that helps shape your work for publication, or connect you with potential collaborations.

3. Share additional products of your research

There’s a lot that goes into your research. Find out if your journal offers additional published outputs so that you can get credit for each piece.

Study design, protocols, data, and code add context to your research and increase the likelihood your work will remain replicable. Use Open  repositories and tools that inform your research like protocols.io and Code Ocean when you submit.


4. Sign reviews and publish your peer review history


Research relies on the volunteer experts working behind the scenes to evaluate and improve research for publication. When the entire review process becomes more transparent, readers get a better understanding of your work and the research process while reviewers get more opportunities to receive academic credit for their contributions.

As an author, you can choose to reveal the expert assessment that has shaped your final work by publishing the peer review history. As a reviewer, you can choose to sign your review and take credit for your comments.



Check out the  Peer Review Toolbox for more ways to practice Open Science as a reviewer and get reviewing tips sent straight to your inbox. 


5. Join the research conversation

Participating in online forums brings new ideas, fresh perspectives and constructive critiques to the discussion of scientific research.

Engage in the dialogue by commenting or asking questions on preprints-- your thoughts can help authors prepare their work for submission and give editors more perspectives to consider during their review. You can also join the post-publication discussion by commenting on any WOOS article. (Just sign in to your  WOOS account to get started.)


6. Find your community

Discover new collaborators and find out more about topics that interest you by joining (or forming!) an Open Science community. You can find your peers both online or through your library (journal clubs, for example) to start sharing your ideas.

Events like International Open Access Week in October are a great time to take part in something new and get to know a wider community of Open Access supporters around the world. Look for events happening near you on their website.


7. Promote your work

The best thing about Open Access is that everyone can discover, read, and share your research. Let others know about it by posting your article on your laboratory homepage or personal blog, Tweet about it on social media, and talk about it at conferences.

Register for an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) identifier to easily track your publications and reviewer activity so that your academic profile is always up-to-date and linked from your CV, email signature, and online profiles.

Add relevant Article-Level Metrics (ALMs) on your resume or CV along with citation information so that your institution and potential funders can see the impact of your research rather than a generalized journal metric.

Find out how to spread the word about your work.


Why choose preprints?

Preprints allow you to share your results when you’re ready — whether you’re researching an emergent disaster, applying for a grant, or just excited to broadcast your work to a wider audience.


It's common for researchers to achieve a similar advance at around the same time but the publication process can artificially delay one paper or favor another. Posting preprints allows researchers to publicly date stamp their discoveries.


The sooner research becomes available, the sooner it can begin to receive views and citations. In this case, common sense is backed up by evidence. Research shows that public posting increases the number of times papers are viewed and cited



Preprints enable you to showcase your latest work for grant, hiring, or tenure committees. A link to a publicly posted preprint is more illustrative and compelling than a title on a CV with the annotation “in development” or “under review.”


Preliminary feedback helps authors improve manuscripts. Collegial discussion can lead to new ideas, follow-up studies, or collaborations with other research groups. Plus, you can cite your preprint in your letters of inquiry.


From the moment a preprint appears online to the day that the article is published in a peer reviewed journal, you can make as many updates as you want or need. Each version is numbered and incorporated into the preprint record.



Benefits of Open Access Journals


Open Access stands for unrestricted access and unrestricted reuse.




Accelerated Discovery

With Open Access, researchers can read and build on the findings of others without restriction.



Public Enrichment

Much scientific and medical research is paid for with public funds. Open Access allows taxpayers to see the results of their investment.



Improved Education

Open Access means that teachers and their students have access to the latest research findings throughout the world.

Why Open Access Matters

REPUTATION BUILDING: Access to Research & Increased Impact

  • Open access publishing makes it possible for more scholars to be able to view, cite, and share your work. 

DEMONSTRATING ACHIEVEMENT: Improve Community Engagement

  • Opening research allows for publications to become actualized in the form of policies, treatments, and decisions. 

ADVANCING KNOWLEDGE: Accelerate Research 

  • Copyright agreements inhibit the open sharing of publications. OA publishing enables equal access to vital information. 


Most publishers own the rights to the articles in their journals. Anyone who wants to read the articles must pay to access them. Anyone who wants to use the articles in any way must obtain permission from the publisher and is often required to pay an additional fee.

Although many researchers can access the journals they need via their institution and think that access is free, in reality it is not. The institution has often been involved in lengthy negotiations around the price of their site license and reuse of this content is limited.

Paying for access to journals makes sense in the world of print publishing, where providing articles to each reader requires the production of physical copies of articles, but in the online world, with distribution as wide as the internet's reach, it makes much less sense.


How It Works at WOOS

WOOS applies the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license to works we publish. This license was developed to facilitate Open Access—namely, free immediate access to, and unrestricted reuse of, original works of all types. Under this license, authors agree to make articles legally available for reuse, without permission or fees, for virtually any purpose. Anyone may copy, distribute or reuse these articles, as long as the author and original source are properly cited. Additionally, the journal platform that WOOS uses to publish research articles is Open Source.


Additional Open Access Resources

There are many other organizations, such as SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Institute) and the Open Society Foundations that work tirelessly for progress in Open Access. You can find additional free resources to help you learn more or to advocate for Open Access journals at your institution.


How to Contact WOOS?

Join WOOS's Peer-Review Program
E-mail: [email protected]

Journals Subscriptions Department
E-mail: [email protected]

Submit Special Issue Proposal
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Jobs at WOOS
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