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D9.1: A Specification for FIDIS Journal

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Size and frequency

E-journals are moving towards a more flexible format of rolling publications, so that content is published online as and when it is accepted, and members/subscribers are e-mailed accordingly.  Illustrative examples are the journals of the Association of Information Systems (AIS), namely JAIS and the CAIS.  Although there are obvious advantages to a quarterly publication, such as readers knowing that they will get a publication of a certain size on a certain date, such a publication is nevertheless committed to x papers per quarter, regardless of the quality of submissions.  It might be difficult to find enough quality sometimes, and we would be unwilling to dilute content with low quality.  There may also be a struggle to find sufficient reviewers available all at one time.  

On the rolling publication model, there is no need to publish low quality just to meet quotas, nor to find reviewers all at once.  The editorial board will be responsible for agreeing a target number of papers to be published in a year in order that assessments can be made in the future as to what is and what is not a respectable publishing rate.  The Board will also have responsibility for considering where particular areas of interest are being successfully represented by published content and where not so that any problems may be addressed by calls for papers in areas which may be under-represented.

The rolling publication would cater for a number of subscribed members in the first instance, but content would become freely available to the world at large after a period of, say, one year.  A rolling publication also caters for special issues in a more flexible fashion.  If the editorial board feel there is a weight of publishable material in a specific area that would justify a special issue in the context of a traditional journal, it is possible to open up a new section within the e-journal just for that issue and publish there en masse, with attendant publicity.  This means that the journal is not tied to regular ‘special issues’ and we can publish only when we have a critical mass of high quality in a particular area.

The journal will have its own website, accessible to everyone and not just the FIDIS network, which will permanently contain a page calling for submissions and detailing the submission procedure, content, length and formatting requirements.  The precise details of the substantive and formal requirements for submissions are to be discussed by the Editorial Board, however, they are unlikely to be very different from the model used by, for example, the JAIS.  The submission procedure will be entirely electronic and submissions should not be under consideration for publication anywhere else.

In addition to the permanent call for papers on the journal website, calls for papers will periodically, around once every six months, be emailed to a distribution list of existing subscribers and other interested parties, academic and non-academic alike.  As well as eliciting new submissions, this would act as a marketing tool, raising awareness of the journal.

When one or more new articles are published on the website, subscribers will be alerted by email.  Subscribers will have access to a full search facility, allowing full-text searching, but also searching by author, date, title and keywords.  Non-subscribers will have access to this facility, but will only be able to access the full text of papers published over one year ago.  When the journal website is first made live, it may be necessary to have a period of open access to all for the first 12-18 months to give enough time to raise the profile of the journal, after which time the subscription system will operate.


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