Our partners at the Episciences platform are inviting applications from Social Sciences and Humanities Journals that would like to adopt an overlay journal publication model. The application concerns the creation of a new journal or change in the publication model of an existing journal intending to switch to a Green Open Access Policy (no publication costs for editors and authors).
The epiSHS steering committee is available to answer any questions you may have about your SSH overlay journal project.
An overlay journal is a scholarly journal whose editorial process is based on the pre-publication of a full-text preprint version of the articles by their authors in an open, public preprint archive such as HAL or ArXiv. The Episciences platform provides a review and copyedit interface that makes it possible to improve the pre-prints until they have reached the editorial maturity required by the journal to which they were submitted. At this point, the preprints are updated and integrated to the journal’s website. The Episciences interface provides online services that build on the reviewed, copyedited versions of the papers in order to generate a journal issue based on the preprint deposits.
This editorial selection can then be used to contribute to an online journal, a print publication, or a hybrid publication format.
Like the HAL preprint archive, the Episciences platform is hosted by the CCSD. Access to the platform’s services is free of charge and makes it possible to publish an Open Access journal devoid of publisher-related editorial costs. Once the journal’s application to the Episciences platform is approved, the journal’s editorial board is in charge of the entire editorial process (including reviewing, copyediting, and publication). The platform is merely a facilitating tool that accompanies each step of the process. The technical fluidity provided by the platform enables a smoother and quicker publication process.
Applications from SSH journals are first submitted to the epiSHS steering committee which will evaluate the scholarly robustness of the editorial project.
If you wish to submit a journal request, please download the application form here and send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a journal project in an SSH field of research, please specify in your message that the application is addressed to the epiSHS committee.
- Any scholar, irrespective of their professional status, can submit an overlay journal project;
- Selection criteria concern solely the project’s scholarly quality, as specified on the application form.
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