In 2003, the magazine of the Dutch League against Epilepsy (the League) got a new look and a new name. Almost 20 years later, the formula is still the same, but now Epilepsy is published in open access. Editor-in-chief Pauly Ossenblok: ‘We are working to optimise the use of the OpenJournals.nl platform, with an editing and review process that takes less time and is of high quality. We foresee a much wider reach, with contributions by authors from the Dutch-speaking world and an expanded readership, including outside the direct epilepsy care sector.’ Read the whole interview here.
February 3, 2023
February 1, 2023
David van der Linden is editor-in-chief of Early Modern Low Countries and he explains how this journal enables young researchers to publish open access. ‘When we founded EMLC, it was a very conscious decision to make it available as diamond open access.’ Read the interview here.
Interview with David van der Linden
We invited a number of (lead) editors to tell us about their journal and why they chose to work with openjournals.nl. David van der Linden is editor-in-chief of Early Modern Low Countries and he explains how this journal enables young researchers to publish open access.
Early Modern Low Countries (EMLC) is a young journal: it is founded in 2017 and is now publishing its sixth volume. Our journal focuses on the history of the Low Countries in the early modern period, roughly the period between the Renaissance and the French Revolution. EMLC primarily caters to an academic audience, and has a strong interdisciplinary character: we publish articles on history, arts, and literature. We also aim to provide a platform to young researchers and as a result PhD students and postdocs frequently publish in our journal.
The history of the Low Countries is a very rich research field, which also attracts great interest from abroad. In short, we publish articles on all kinds of topics, from slavery and sexuality to religious tolerance and the history of ship flags and executions. We also regularly produce themed issues on specific topics, such as the rise of newspapers and most recently on alba amicorum, a kind of early modern book of friends.
I am very proud that EMLC has already managed to establish itself as a leading journal within early modern studies in just a few years. More and more authors know how to find us, both inside and outside the Low Countries. In the future, we hope to further expand our international profile and publish good articles on the pressing themes of our time, such as gender and environment – it is precisely the past that can hold up a mirror to us there!
Open science is definitely an important theme in our field. Nowadays, recipients of NWO grants are required to publish their results open access. EMLC was involved in the pilot to launch openjournals.nl from the start, not only because open access is really important to the editors, but also because we believe that journals are stronger if they work together. Open access is a costly business and by working together costs can be saved.
When we founded EMLC, it was a very conscious decision to make it available as diamond open access. We specifically wanted to offer new talent a platform to publish articles in English for an international audience. But young researchers often don’t have the financial means to make their articles available in gold open access journals – regular publishers can charge EUR 1,000 or more. By not charging authors, we still wanted to make open access publishing possible, and with success.
Researchers are increasingly aware that their work is more widely read if it is freely accessible. At Openjournals, I can easily track the number of clicks and downloads: this shows our articles are viewed many hundreds of times. That is an absolute plus for the authors and for the field.
The user-friendly interface and excellent support are without doubt the strongest points of Openjournals: in case of problems, an e-mail is usually enough to solve the issue. Often these are minor issues, such as an incorrectly created DOI. Most of the adjustments can easily be done by yourself in the system. Furthermore, the system allows the editor to process and publish articles intuitively. Overall, the platform is extremely user-friendly.
January 25, 2023
Interview with Pauly Ossenblok
We invited a number of (lead) editors to tell us about their journals and why they chose to work with openjournal.nl. Pauly Ossenblok is editor-in-chief of Epilepsie and she expects the reach of the journal will be much wider, now that Epilepsy is published in open access.
‘In 2003, the magazine of the Nederlandse Liga tegen Epilepsie (Liga) was given a new look and a new name. Now almost 20 years later, the formula is still the same. Because the Netherlands is one of the few countries where the Liga also has non-medical members, the journal also pays attention to the psychosocial side of epilepsy, next to medical topics. The contributions are accessible to the large group of paramedical and other professionals involved in epilepsy. Epilepsie has a number of goals, all of which are equally important. We want to transfer information and knowledge; promote mutual contacts; stimulate scientific research; and raise awareness of responsible epilepsy care.
‘The authors as well as the readers are professionals working in epilepsy care. Epilepsie has an extensive editorial board, with representatives from all disciplines involved in epilepsy care. Based on the network of editorial board members, authors are approached and asked to contribute, either as authors or reviewers.
Potentially much wider reach
‘Until recently, the journal was printed and sent to all Liga members. In addition, once a year a theme issue was compiled and sent to all neurologists in the Netherlands, also to those not specifically working in epilepsy care. Now that Epilepsie is published open access, its reach is potentially much wider. Epilepsie is now accessible to the entire Dutch-speaking region and not only those working in epilepsy care have access to the journal, but also professionals interested in or indirectly involved with epilepsy.
‘We want to make the best use of the openjournals.nl platform, with an editing and review process that takes less time and is of high quality. We foresee a much wider reach, with contributions from authors of the Dutch-speaking world and with an expanded readership, including those outside the direct epilepsy field.
Challenges with open science
‘Open science is in the interest of all professionals working in epilepsy care and patients. At the same time, we do have some challenges with open science within our field. For example, it clashes with patient-related data that cannot be shared due to privacy laws, and sometimes also with the interests of entrepreneurs who supply institutions with equipment/software.
We chose openjournals.nl because it offers full professional support in making both new issues and the Epilepsie archive open access. We are proud that, as the Nederlandse Liga tegen Epilepsie, we are now using the most widely used open source publishing platform for scientific journals.’
January 18, 2023
Interview with Sible Andringa
We invited a number of (lead) editors to tell us about their journals and the reasons why they chose to work with Openjournals.nl. Sible Andringa, editor-in-chief of the Dutch Journal of Applied Linguistics feels that the journal has become more attractive to authors since switching to Openjournals and he explains why his editors quit working with a traditional publisher.
Sible Andringa: ‘The journal Dutch Journal of Applied Linguistics (DuJAL) has been around for a long time. It started as the Journal of Applied Linguistics in Articles. The first volume was published in-house in 1976. From the beginning, the journal was published by the Dutch Association of Applied Linguistics Anéla (see www.anela.nl). In 2012, it was decided to change its name. The journal was renamed Dutch Journal of Applied Linguistics and it has since been published by John Benjamins. In January 2021, the journal moved to Openjournals.
‘So Anéla owns the journal and this association unites all applied linguistics scholars in and near the Netherlands (especially Flanders). Articles in DuJAL are actually always about language use, language acquisition and/or language policy and everything related to it. Articles can also have a methodological angle. And authors often come to us if there is clearly a ‘Dutch angle’ to the article.
‘Open science is becoming an increasingly important theme in our field. Applied linguistics is highly interdisciplinary and for example, leans heavily on the methods of psychology. There is a lot of experimentation and use of complex designs and statistical procedures. This makes the transparency of procedures and sharing of data and analyses increasingly important. There was a reproducibility crisis in psychology, and although we do not have such a crisis in linguistics, this field also suffers from a lack of transparency and replication.
‘It is also becoming increasingly important for scientists to engage in open science. You can often present all kinds of badges with your article these days: open data badge, open instruments badge, etc.. So yes, open science is important and it is becoming more and more important. At the same time, I feel that open access publishing in particular is stagnating somewhat, although I cannot substantiate this with numbers. The emphasis seems to be more and more on open data, open instruments, and less on the open access publication. While I think this is the most important thing: open data and open instruments are a service to the research field, while open access publishing ensures that knowledge is accessible to everyone. So I do worry about how things are going.
‘That’s why Dutch Journal of Applied Linguistics is now available as a diamond open access journal. We really choose diamond for ideological reasons: we all have a costly moral obligation to make our research public, and we want equality. Open access becomes elitist as soon as authors have to pay for it. The knowledge generated by science should be accessible to everyone, and everyone should be able to publish open access. You will only achieve that with diamond open access.
‘We had an open access deal at Benjamins: the last two volumes were open access there too. Yet we left. That had a lot to do with a lack of freedom. We wanted a publishing model that was not attractive to Benjamins. That’s when we left. Fortunately, Openjournals was just launched. What we really like is the total freedom to set up our journal the way we want. Openjournals only asks that we publish open access and that is also what we want.
New forms of publishing
‘What you see happening a lot now is that a publication becomes very fragmented. If someone publishes in a journal of one of the big publishers, you often see that the article is offered there in final form. At the same time, there is a pre- or post-print in some public archives so people without access can also read it. And to make things more complicated, somewhere else, the dataset or instrumentation is offered. With Openjournals, you can choose to offer all that together: pre- and post-prints are not necessary, and all data and instruments can be co-published.’
‘The ideal model, if you ask me.’
‘In addition we can now also think about all kinds of new forms of publishing, such as publishing conference posters and the like. Those conversations we now have, because we know it is possible and allowed by the publisher. We find that we have become more attractive to authors now that we are open access and publish on an ongoing basis. There are not huge numbers of submissions right away, but a steady stream of good quality.’
September 28, 2022
The journal Technology and Regulation (TechReg) has been registered in the Directory of Open Access Journals. This means the journal meets DOAJ’s strict requirements and quality criteria. TechReg is an international journal of law, technology and society, with an interdisciplinary identity. It provides an online platform for disseminating original research on the legal and regulatory challenges posed by existing and emerging technologies (and their applications). TechReg is published in collaboration with Open Press TiU.
September 19, 2022
The second Dutch edition of the Open Science Festival was held on 1 September, at the Vrije Universiteit. Openjournals attended and presented a workshop on diamond open access publishing in cooperation with Radboud University Press and TU Delft Open Publishing. The Open Science Festival provided an opportunity to learn about the many aspects of open science and the numerous initiatives in this field. The large turnout and participation of minister Robbert Dijkgraaf clearly showed the broad enthusiasm for open science in the Netherlands.
August 23, 2022
We are delighted to present a new journal on openjournals: Passion: Journal of the European Philosophical Society for the Study of Emotion is the bi-annual journal of the European Philosophical Society for the Study of Emotion (EPSSE). It aims to bring together thoughts and ideas about affect and emotion from all areas of philosophy, such as the metaphysics, phenomenology, sociology, ethics, politics, and (cognitive) science of emotion. Passion is not limited to representing one tradition of philosophical thought. The journal welcomes papers from all philosophical traditions including (but not limited to) analytic, continental, experimental, feminist and non-Western philosophy. Although primarily philosophical, Passion will also publish high-quality interdisciplinary work on emotions and related topics. The journal will also regularly publish special issues on various emotion-related themes.
July 13, 2022
The journal Aesthetic Investigations is now available on openjournals.nl. The journal is published on behalf of the Dutch Association of Aesthetics. The aim of this journal is to develop contemporary debates in the philosophy of aesthetics, and initiate new ones—and to do this from any available angle. Aesthetic Investigations is open to any contributions, but to generate new discussions the journal also issues specific calls. The journal started publication in 2015 and earlier volumes are also available on openjournals.
July 6, 2022
The openjournals team participated in the PKP Sprint 2022 in Helsinki on 15 and 16 June. PKP (Public Knowledge Project) is the organisation that develops the open source software for the Open Journals Systems (OJS). This software is used by the openjournals platforms and by more than 25,000 scientific journals worldwide.
During a sprint, developers and users come together to discuss a number of problems or wishes and devise and develop a solution on the spot. In addition, this sprint was an opportunity to exchange experiences with representatives of other national platforms or journal editors. More and more universities and other scientific organisations are taking the publication process into their own hands in order to contribute to open science.
June 27, 2022
On 3 June, the new journal Tijdschrift voor Onderwijspraktijkstudies (TOPS) was launched during a festive online meeting. TOPS publishes articles for anyone with an interest in practice-based research and its added value for educational practice. TOPS focuses on reaching educational researchers, current and future teachers and school leaders, administrators, teacher trainers and policymakers. Articles in TOPS are aimed at all sectors of (special) education, primary and secondary schools, vocational schools, universities of applied sciences and higher education.
May 18, 2022
The “Dutch Journal of Applied Linguistics” has been accepted for registration by the “Directory of Open Access Journals” (https://doaj.org). DOAJ’s mission is to increase the visibility, accessibility, reputation, usage and impact of quality, peer-reviewed, open access scholarly research journals. DOAJ registration is regarded as an important and widely accepted quality stamp and therefore this (future) registration is a requirement for journals hosted on openjournals. The DOAJ website contains a detailed list of criteria for inclusion of journals.
May 11, 2022
The journal Ecclesial Futures is available at openjournals since May 12 2022. This journal publishes research and theological reflections on development and change in local Christian communities and the systems that support them. Ecclesial Futures is an international and ecumenical journal that takes an interdisciplinary approach to theological research and reflections. The journal was previously published by Wipf and Stock Publishers and those volumes are now also available via openjournals.
April 22, 2022
With Google Analytics, editors can gain insight into the reading behaviour of their audience. Editors can find out how well articles are read, which subjects arouse the most interest and where readers come from. Installing Google Analytics in a journal website is relatively easy, but it does require a Gmail account. We will soon distribute a short instruction so that editors can set up this tool themselves.
April 21, 2022
It is possible to bundle selected articles as a special collection (or special issue). For example, articles that deal with the same subject, but which were published in different issues. Or articles that are all linked to a conference. A number of journals on openjournals make use of these possibilities, such as Historical Life Course Studies, LIBER Quarterly and Journal for the History of Knowledge. Should you be interested to use this feature for your journal, do not hesitate to contact the open journals team.
April 8, 2022
The journal Handelingen has recently joined the openjournals platform. Handelingen makes a valuable contribution to the professional practice of pastors, spiritual counsellors and other academics who wish to deepen their reflection on the religious and philosophical aspects of their own professional practice. The journal has existed for about 50 years and until now had limited online access. The journal is now published by Radboud University Press as a diamond open access publication, via the openjournals platform.
March 4, 2022
To ensure the sustainable preservation of articles, openjournals archives all articles published on the platform at both Portico and the PKP Preservation Network. Both archives services store all articles in a dark archive, an archive that is not searchable and public. A dark archive becomes publicly accessible only after a so-called trigger event has occurred. An example of a trigger event is the discontinuation of a magazine.
February 27, 2022
Transparency is important for modern scientific journals and this includes a statement on publication ethics, on the journal website. In this statement, an editorial staff states the policy with regard to authorship, intellectual property, availability of research data, as well as a description of complaints procedures. Increasingly, indexing services, for example, pay attention to the availability of such a statement. But it is of course also pleasant for authors and readers if this is properly arranged. Openjournals can advise.
The platform openjournals.nl has existed for one year now. There are many other countries where a similar platform exists. For example in Finland, Denmark and France. National, well-organised services where scientists can make their work available to readers easily and without barriers. In many countries, a good infrastructure is being created to publish science open access, also for books or other information sources. A good development!
February 16, 2022
It is important for academic journals to reach an interested audience. In that process, indexing services such as Web-of-Science (Clarivate) and Scopus (Elsevier) play an important role. These services use sophisticated search engines to present readers papers of interest. Sometimes journals have to apply for inclusion in their databases. Moreover, some services apply stringent criteria and a lengthy review process. Openjournals can assist in starting this application process.
February 1, 2022
Openjournals recently launched its new website. This new website allows us to inform you better about developments at openjournals, such as new services, advice to editors and introducing new journals on our platform. We would love to hear your opinion or your suggestions for improvements.
December 6, 2021
Last October, Radboud University Press, the new diamond open access publishing house of Radboud University, was festively opened. The university publishing house aims to publish both journals and books in full open access. The diamond open access model of Radboud University Press made openjournals the preferred partner for hosting the academic journals at no cost to the author or reader. Currently, Revue Relief and Religie & Maatschappij are already published at openjournals. We congratulate Radboud University Press on its official launch and look forward to further collaboration.
December 5, 2021
Twitter is a widely used social medium within academic circles. In short messages, researchers alert each other to new articles, findings, conferences, call for papers and more. This makes Twitter an ideal platform for scientific journals to collect copy, tip off interested parties about new publications and engage in a conversation with the readership. In addition to openjournals themselves, several OJ journals are also on twitter:
Openjournals also offers a personalized introduction into Twitter and the tools to get your journal hooked up to academic Twitter. Make an appointment for this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 4, 2021
The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is the largest independent database of information on OA journals. All journals on openjournals.nl should be registered or applying for registration with DOAJ. Journals must meet strict requirements to be accepted by DOAJ. For example, a clear description of the journal, its editors and the editorial process must be described on the website. Furthermore, a journal must publish at least 5 articles per year. More information about the admission requirements can be found at this link.