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In the future, the Leopoldina’s scientific journals, Nova Acta Leopoldina (NAL) and Acta Historica Leopoldina (AHL), will be completed by “NAL live”. In this new publishing format, the intention is to update articles on a continuous basis, thus creating so-called living documents. The new Chief Editor is Prof. Dr. Diethard Tautz ML, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön and Member of the Leopoldina.
NAL-live will make its articles freely accessible online (open access), with all publications written in English. Authors will submit scientific articles with a focus on interdisciplinary topics that have a high degree of social relevance. The articles undergo a peer review process and are published under Creative Commons licences. Both the authors and other scientists can refine and develop them. The documents thus represent open scientific discussions. In undergoing constant updating, the texts will also offer a source of fundamental information on the respective issues for those working in politics and the media.
Diethard Tautz is taking up the office of Director Ephemeridum, as the Academy’s Chief Editor of Nova Acta and Acta Historica Leopoldina is traditionally known. Working alongside him on NAL live are editors from all four of the Leopoldina’s classes. Prof. Dr. Gerd Leuchs ML (Class I: Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Engineering), Prof. Dr. Alfred Wittinghofer ML (Class II: Life Sciences), Prof. Dr. Ulf Eysel ML (Class III: Medicine) and Prof. Dr. Christine Windbichler ML (Class IV: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences).
The series Nova Acta Leopoldina deals with all disciplines represented in the Leopoldina. It continues the tradition of the world’s first journal of natural science and medicine, initiated by Philipp Jakob Sachs von Lewenhaimb, a physician in Breslau (Wrocław), in 1670. With its extensive articles, supplemented by elaborate figures and tables, it stood out from comparable journals of its time.
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