Special Issue "Challenges in Open Access Publishing for Software Engineering and Information Systems Fields"


A special issue of Challenges (ISSN 2078-1547).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 November 2013)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Daniel Graziotin
Faculty of Computer Science, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Piazza Domenicani 3, 39100 Bolzano/Bozen, Italy
Website: http://task3.cc
E-Mail: graziotin@inf.unibz.it
Phone: +39-0471-016257
Fax: +39-0471-016009
Interests: human aspects in software engineering; psychometrics in software engineering; web engineering; open access; open source; open data
Guest Editor
Dr. Xiaofeng Wang
Faculty of Computer Science, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Piazza Domenicani 3, 39100 Bolzano/Bozen, Italy
E-Mail: xiaofeng.wang@unibz.it
Phone: +39-0471-016181
Fax: +39-0471-016009
Interests: software and system development methods and processes; agile and lean software development; complexity theory; complex adaptive systems; innovation; entrepreneurship
Guest Editor
Dr. Pekka Abrahamsson
Faculty of Computer Science, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Piazza Domenicani 3, 39100 Bolzano/Bozen, Italy
E-Mail: pekka.abrahamsson@unibz.it
Fax: +39-0471-016009
Interests: empirical software engineering; software processes and methods; entrepreneurship; software innovation; human aspects in software engineering; research methods

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is known that research results are often hidden behind the publishers’ paywall and may not be accessible for all researchers and practitioners. While there are thousands of peer-reviewed journals with consistently increasing subscription costs, universities, libraries and companies are suffering from budget cuts making it difficult for them to offer a wide access to articles and journals. Therefore, there is an apparent danger that published research results are not seen by the audience that would benefit from them. Arguably, a solution for this matter would be to make all the research results freely available over the Internet. Open Access as defined in the Budapest statement is such an initiative. Indeed, as of today, various Open Access models for publishers exist. The most commonly used models are called the gold, green, hybrid, and the delayed publishing models. Many new players are entering this market: independent journals and magazines, subscription-based traditional publishers, and the so-called predatory publishers. In Software Engineering and Information Systems fields, the status of Open Access publishing is little researched and hence to large extent an unknown and little understood venue for researchers and practitioners. The purpose of this special issue on Open Access publication challenges is to investigate the uncharted terrain in the fields of Software Engineering and Information Systems. We welcome all kinds of viewpoints including theoretical contemplations, systematic reviews, mapping studies, and empirical research papers on different topics, including those listed in the keywords below.

Dr. Daniel Graziotin
Dr. Xiaofeng Wang
Dr. Pekka Abrahamsson
Guest Editors


Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Challenges is an international peer-reviewed Open Access biannual journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. For the first couple of issues the Article Processing Charge (APC) will be waived for well-prepared manuscripts. English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.


  • open Access
  • publication models
  • quality of Open Access publications
  • industrial experiences
  • researchers' perceptions
  • publishers' viewpoints
  • status of Open Access research
  • costs of Open Access publishing
  • barriers for adoption of open access
  • new publication innovations in Open Access

Published Papers

No papers have been published in this special issue yet.

Last update: 12 June 2013

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