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    Journal Publishing

    Stockholm University Press provides an infrastructure to setup new journals or to transform existing journals to a fully electronic and open publishing platform at a low cost. The journal services are provided via a procured two-year agreement with the company Ubiquity Press.

    Journals hosted by Stockholm University Press will be given access to a bespoke OJS journal site to allow them to run an efficient editorial office service as well as providing full access to their published archive.

    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 to run their journal. The proposal to publish should describe how their audience is ready to contribute with new papers and readership as well as a plan on how to cover the costs of publishing.

    How to Submit your Journal Proposal

    Stockholm University Press will consider suggestions for starting a new journal or transferring existing journals, based on a document elaborating on the scope of the journal along with an editorial development plan. The written statement will be considered by the Publishing Committee before the journal is approved. The ownership of the journal title, internet domain and other intellectual property will to continue to belong to the Editors or a Society, according to the Fair Open Access Alliance Principles.

    The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for coordinating and acting as the main contact point for a journal and is expected to submit the documentation to Stockholm University Press for consideration. They will, furthermore, be responsible for organising a committed Editorial Team and Editorial Board to help develop and promote the journal.

    The journal will be assessed based on information about the editorial structure, the proposed aims & scope, the relationship to other 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 must agree to follow the Code of Conduct and Best Practices from the Committee of Publication Ethics.

    The journal need to fulfil or strive to fulfil the following requirements:

    Please complete the Journal proposal form and send via e-mail to publish@su.se for consideration. If you plan to start a completely new journal titles we recommend reading the guidelines for how to start an Editorial Board before you submit the proposal. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss your journal before submission.

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    Legal Issues

    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.

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    Journal Publishing Costs

    Stockholm University Press utilises a per-article-fee (Article Processing Charge, or APC) to ensure efficient and relevant services. This fee can be paid in advance for an entire volume or be charged per published item. The base rate per article in 2024 is GBP 416. This fee covers a basic service package including online hosting and archiving, typesetting for articles, meta-tagging, and persistent identifiers for all published items as well as technical support for Editors. Additional costs apply for journals that wishes to add services such as copy-editing, author-facing invoicing or other administrative assistance. There is also a one-time onboarding fee for setting up new journal sites on the platform of GBP 1,640. Additional fees apply for journals that wishes to transfer their existing digital archive to our platform. Contact publish@su.se 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.

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