Special Issue "New Frontiers for Openness in Scholarly Publishing"

A special issue of Publications (ISSN 2304-6775).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2019

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Tony Ross-Hellauer

Know-Center GmbH, Graz, Austria
Interests: Open Science; Open Access; FAIR data; science policy; research integrity; innovative research infrastructures; alternative peer review models; information ethics; philosophy of technology
Guest Editor
Dr. Bianca Kramer

Utrecht University Library, Universitair Medisch Centrum Utrecht, Room G1.503, 3584 CX Utrecht, The Netherlands
Guest Editor
Dr. Jon Tennant

Open Science MOOC, UK
Institute for Globally Distributed Open Research and Education (IGDORE)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Open Scholarship (also often called Open Science) is reshaping the scope and nature of scholarly publishing in its technological, social, legal, economic, and ethical dimensions. However, while more and more transparency is now often expected of researchers, major elements of scholarly publishing processes and the policies that govern them remain relatively opaque. Peer review and editorial selection remain largely hidden from view, business models and operating costs often lack transparency, proprietary platforms and technologies create walled gardens for research, licensing and metadata restrictions limit re-use, and data about all these processes are usually kept closed. How might the wider scholarly publishing ecosystem benefit from increased interoperability, transparency, and accessibility of processes and data?

Here, we welcome contributions that seek to investigate how increased interoperability, transparency, and accessibility of processes and data could aid scholarly publishing to best serve the needs of scholarship and wider society. Equally, critical views that engage with the benefits of ‘closed’ or proprietary systems are encouraged. Our intention is to increase the critical discourse surrounding this rapidly evolving landscape, and we encourage submissions from the global research community.

This issue especially welcomes contributions that address the following:

  • Open and interoperable infrastructure, platforms, services, and tools
  • De-centralisation, open-source or community-driven efforts
  • Benefits and drawbacks of transparency and harmonisation of policies for peer review, preprints, ethics, data-availability, licensing, etc.
  • Transparency of costs (e.g., APCs, subscriptions, big deals)
  • Business models for publishing
  • Openness in editorial processes, including peer review and editorial selection
  • Interoperable metadata, for instance, openness of citation data and other sources for metrics
  • Data-sharing to optimise editorial processes
  • Social, political, and economic arguments for the different aspects of ‘open scholarship’
  • Publishing’s place in the evolving scope of research in modern society
  • The intersection of scholarly publishing and (changing) research norms

Dr. Tony Ross-Hellauer

Dr. Bianca Kramer
Dr. Jon Tennant
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short 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 (although we encourage authors to post preprints on recognised preprint servers), nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a  single-blind peer-review process, complemented by optional publication of peer review reports/reviewer identities. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Publications is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) is waived for well-prepared manuscripts submitted to this issue (and all Publications submissions in 2018–2019). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • transparency
  • scholarly publishing
  • open scholarship
  • policies
  • infrastructure

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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