Penn Press Journal Observational Studies Joins Lyrasis Open Access Community Investment Program

Penn Press is thrilled to share the news that our journal Observational Studies will be participating in the Lyrasis Open Access Community Investment Program (OACIP), an initiative that enables stakeholders to collectively fund Diamond Open Access (OA) journals, meaning journals published with no charges to readers or authors. As recently announced by Lyrasis, Observational Studies will be one of eight Diamond OA journals seeking funding for three years, from 2024 to 2026, as part of the program. Since the launch of OACIP in 2020, eight participating Diamond OA journals have fully met their funding goals, and we hope Observational Studies will be the next to receive complete funding!

Observational Studies is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes manuscripts on all aspects of observational studies. The journal was originally self-published and moved to the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2021. The target audience of the journal is statisticians, biostatisticians, econometricians, epidemiologists, and data scientists who develop and apply novel statistical and causal inference methods for observational data.

Observational Studies is seeking funds to cover its annual costs. To address the number of high-quality papers it receives, the journal has recently expanded from two issues per year to four, which will require more support and time from the editorial office. Stakeholders’ investments will provide external copy-editing services and editorial office resources and will pay for additional marketing services. The funds will also help the editorial team offer additional support to early career scholars and scholars for whom English is not their first language.

Visit Lyrasis’s website for more information about OACIP and about the various ways that you can support Observational Studies and other participating journals!

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