OpenEdition Journals : new yearly calendar for applications

The editorial boards of journals wishing to join OpenEdition will now be able to submit their applications according to a specific schedule, which will allow for a smoother application process. The next deadline is September 18, 2020.

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Applications will be evaluated by external experts and examined by OpenEdition’s academic board before being accepted. This evaluation aims to assess the relevance and originality of the academic project, the nature of the application and its academic scope, the editorial quality of the project, its technical feasibility, and the journal’s capacity to professionally manage the entire editorial process in the long term. 

The evaluation stages

  1. Verification that the application criteria are met according to the yearly submission schedule;
  2. Double external expert assessment of the application;
  3. Internal assessment on the technical feasibility and quality of editorial work;
  4. Ranking of applicant journals by OpenEdition’s academic board four times a year on the basis of four criteria: scientific merit, editorial professionalism, operational feasibility (organisation and technical capacity of the editorial team), priority in terms of OpenEdition’s key academic areas;
  5. The journal team is informed of the final decision. 

Evaluation deadlines

Application evaluations take between 12 and 18 months. The duration varies depending on the complexity of the application. This timescale includes the designation of experts, internal and external assessment and the quarterly ranking of applications by OpenEdition’s academic board. 

To streamline the application monitoring process, we have set up a yearly calendar for the submission of applications.

2020/2021 deadlines: 

  • 18 September 2020 (for submissions between 18 June and 18 September)
  • 18 December 2020 (for submissions between 18 September and 18 December)
  • 19 March 2021 (for submissions between 18 December and 19 March)
  • 18 June 2021 (for submissions between 19 March and 18 June)

Updating application dossiers

During the application process, journals are asked to send a copy of each new issue that is published. Journals should also keep OpenEdition’s academic board informed of changes to its editorial or academic organisation (staff changes, changes to periodicity, etc.).

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