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Open Access and Open Assessment:
The Future of Peer Reviewed Journals?
Experiences with a New Journal in Economics
Rethi...
Overview
(1) Scholarly Communication in Economics
(2) Peer-Review Journals and Open Access
(3) The Concept of Economics
(4...
(1) Scholarly Communication in Economics
• Preprint culture (Working/Discussion/Research Papers)
• Main research findings ...
(2) Peer-Review Journals and Open Access (OA)
Traditional (licensed) Journals:
• Oriented at print model (Issues, Lack of ...
(3) The Concept of Economics
• Two-Stage Publication Process:
=> Contributions are published as Discussion Papers and as
J...
(4) Further Features of the Journal
• Download-ranking (“Most downloaded papers”)
• Full-text links in references of each ...
(5) Archiving and Dissemination
• All papers are archived in ZBW’s digital repository
• The journal is indexed and abstrac...
(6) Organisation of the Journal
• Editor / Editorial Office: Kiel Institute (IfW)
• Archiving and Dissemination; Organizat...
(7) The Journal in Numbers
• Online since March 2007
• Almost 250 submissions
• 83 Published discussion papers
• 50 Publis...
(8) Outlook
• Integration of citation analysis (via Citec or Google Scholar)
• Trying to get accepted in the SSCI
• Establ...
Thank you for listening!
Korinna Werner-Schwarz
korinna.werner-schwarz@economics-ejournal.org
Olaf Siegert
o.siegert@zbw.eu
Open Access and Open Assessment: The Future of Peer Reviewed Journals? Experiences with ... , von Olaf  Siegert und Korinn...
Open Access and Open Assessment: The Future of Peer Reviewed Journals? Experiences with ... , von Olaf  Siegert und Korinn...
Open Access and Open Assessment: The Future of Peer Reviewed Journals? Experiences with ... , von Olaf  Siegert und Korinn...
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Open Access and Open Assessment: The Future of Peer Reviewed Journals? Experiences with ... , von Olaf Siegert und Korinna Werner-Schwarz

  1. 1. 1 Open Access and Open Assessment: The Future of Peer Reviewed Journals? Experiences with a New Journal in Economics Rethinking the university after Bologna: New concepts and practices beyond tradition and the market December 12th – 13th 2008 , University of Antwerp Olaf Siegert Korinna Werner-Schwarz German National Library of Economics (ZBW) Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) www.economics-ejournal.org
  2. 2. Overview (1) Scholarly Communication in Economics (2) Peer-Review Journals and Open Access (3) The Concept of Economics (4) Further Features (5) Archiving and Dissemination (6) Organization of the Journal (7) Economics in Numbers (8) Outlook www.economics-ejournal.org
  3. 3. (1) Scholarly Communication in Economics • Preprint culture (Working/Discussion/Research Papers) • Main research findings in Peer-Review Journals • Top Journals (mainly Anglo-American) in Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) • High subscription prices (up to 3,000 Euros) • Up to two years between preprint and article • English as main language, no relevant sub-languages • Growing use of research data • Increasing importance of rankings
  4. 4. (2) Peer-Review Journals and Open Access (OA) Traditional (licensed) Journals: • Oriented at print model (Issues, Lack of “Web 2.0”) • Lapse of up to two years between preprint and article • High subscription prices (restricted dissemination) Open Access Journals: • High Dissemination (Free availability on the Internet) • Creative use of Internet („Web 2.0“, rankings), but: • Not established yet (only 2% of all journals; only 2 OA journals in SSCI) www.economics-ejournal.org
  5. 5. (3) The Concept of Economics • Two-Stage Publication Process: => Contributions are published as Discussion Papers and as Journal Articles • Double Peer-Review Process: => Traditional Peer-Review by referees is supplemented by an “Open Assessment” of registered readers • No issues, just single articles • No author fees www.economics-ejournal.org
  6. 6. (4) Further Features of the Journal • Download-ranking (“Most downloaded papers”) • Full-text links in references of each paper (via RePec) • “Related papers” and “related links” • Publication of related data sets for individual articles • Integration of selected articles in online version of „Financial Times Deutschland“ (German business newspaper) • Use of Open Access licence (Creative Commons) www.economics-ejournal.org
  7. 7. (5) Archiving and Dissemination • All papers are archived in ZBW’s digital repository • The journal is indexed and abstracted in several major databases: – EconLit – RePEc – ECONIS – EBSCO – IBSS (forthcoming) – …and in Google / Google Scholar www.economics-ejournal.org
  8. 8. (6) Organisation of the Journal • Editor / Editorial Office: Kiel Institute (IfW) • Archiving and Dissemination; Organizational Support: German National Library of Economics (ZBW) • Advisory Board: 19 international renowned economists (including five Nobel prize winners) • Initial Funding via German Research Foundation (DFG) www.economics-ejournal.org
  9. 9. (7) The Journal in Numbers • Online since March 2007 • Almost 250 submissions • 83 Published discussion papers • 50 Published journal articles • Very international author affiliation (USA, UK, Italy, Germany) • 65.000 downloads (i.e. about 500 downloads per paper) • 1800 registered readers • 380 comments • Only 60 ratings and recommendations www.economics-ejournal.org
  10. 10. (8) Outlook • Integration of citation analysis (via Citec or Google Scholar) • Trying to get accepted in the SSCI • Establishing a business model for a sustainable operation without external funding • Working on more registered readers and more comments / ratings • Better integration of data sets ⇒ Establishing Economics in the rankings of TOP journals ⇒ Trying to push the barriers for scholarly communication! www.economics-ejournal.org
  11. 11. Thank you for listening! Korinna Werner-Schwarz korinna.werner-schwarz@economics-ejournal.org Olaf Siegert o.siegert@zbw.eu

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