Stockholm University Press provides an infrastructure to setup new journals and/or to transform existing journals to a fully electronic and open platform to a low cost.
The possibility of starting a journal is open to any group of researchers with a relation to Stockholm University that can describe a concept of how they plan for their journal to address an audience ready to contribute with new papers and readership. Please describe the plan for how to further contribute to the specific academic context in your journal proposal, see instructions below.
Stockholm University Press will consider suggestions for starting a new journal or for contracting existing journals, based on a proposal elaborating on a sound editorial structure and development plan. A written statement should be submitted for the Publishing Committee to consider before the journal is approved. We do not claim ownership of journal titles, domains or other intellectual property belonging to the Editors or the owning Society, according to the Fair Open Access Alliance Principles.
The Editor-in-Chief is in this model considered to be the co-ordinator and main point of contact for a journal. It is, therefore, this person who is expected to be sending documentation to Stockholm University Press for consideration. They are recommended to recruit and organise a committed Editorial Team and Editorial Board to help develop and promote the journal.
The journal proposal will be reviewed by the Press' Publishing Committee, where they evaluate the development plan, the editorial plan and the relevance to the intended readership of the journal. The project will be assessed based on information about the editorial structure, the proposed aims & scope, the relationship to other simliar publications on the market, the plans to develop and/or keep a readership as well as the organisation of the peer-review process. All journals publishing with Stockholm University Press should agree to follow the Code of Conduct and Best Practices from the Committee of Publication Ethics.
Please complete the Journal proposal form for our consideration. For new journal titles starting up, begin with reading the guidelines for how to start an Editorial Board. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss your proposal before submission.
In short, the journal need to fulfil or strive to fulfil the following requirements:
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Copyright, libel, plagiarism, competing interests, offensive material etc. should be scrutinised before publication of all items made public on the journal websites. Concerns about such matters should be raised with the publisher as soon as a potential problem arises. For editorial support, the COPE resources page will often provide useful information on the expectations and responsibilities of individuals involved in the journal.
All journal articles are published Open Access with a CC-BY 4.0 publishing license as standard, which means that authors will retain copyright to their work, allowing others to download, share and remix the content to contribute to further academic development as long as they attribute the author. Self-archiving is of course also allowed according to this policy.
All rights to the journal name and the ownership of the domain name belonging to the journal stays with the Editor-in-Chief or the Journal Owner. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for making sure that all authors, board members and reviewers are kept up-to-date with the necessary legal and ethical aspects of the publishing process. However, Stockholm University Press offers assistance for the Editor-in-Chief to manage legal matters when relevant.
Our base Article Processing Charge (APC) for journals in 2023 is set at a flat rate of GBP 400 per article. This price covers a full-service package, including the standard service of typesetting, meta-tagging, online hosting and archiving of articles. Additional cost may apply for journals that wishes to add services such as copy-editing, author-facing invoicing and other administrative assistance to their offer. There is also a one-time onboarding fee for setting up new journals on our platform of GBP 1,580. Additional fees may apply for journals that wishes to transfer their existing digital archive to our platform. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a more detailed price quote.
The publishing costs may be borne by an organisation or a publishing grant or, you can consider adopting a model where the author pays a fee to publish the accepted manuscript (after review). Please ensure to add a description on how you plan to cover the costs for the next two volumes when you submit a journal proposal.