Here are some of the topics (in no particular order) we will be discussing on this blog in the near future, as our project progresses:
- More on why open access is good for the field
- Role Models (successful open access journals in other disciplines)
- Innovation vs. Conservatism (how experimental should the journal be?)
- How to ensure that the journal will be taken seriously (for tenure & promotion, especially)
- Editorial board expectations
- Graduate students as peer reviewers
- Style guidelines
- The author agreement (no copyright transfer, what kind of license does S&P get?)
- Depositing submissions to semanticsarchive: recommended, required?
- What if S&P is so successful that it monopolizes the field?
Here’s a request: please use the comments to this entry to add other topics you would like us to discuss.
I think having graduate students be peer reviewers is a fine idea; heaven knows we–er, they can use all the professional experience they can get.
So I don’t know whether this falls under “innovation and being experimental”, and I know very little about how other open-access journals work, but something that strikes me is this: print publication as a medium puts a few distinct restrictions on a journal, two of them being length and frequency. A journal that runs 52 articles in a year presumably must pay much more for a weekly one-article printing and mailing than for six eight-article issues; a conference proceedings with 44 articles needs to limit them to eight pages each, lest the printed version become unliftable.
Neither of these is an inherent restriction on an e-journal, which could go to “press” as soon as it had three printable articles, or could indeed print each article as soon as it reached its final version; and which could print an article of any length. (Given the number of times I’ve seen things on the web labelled as expanded versions of a journal article, that may be much-needed.)
At the same time, neither restriction is without value–I wouldn’t want to see an online journal that printed just kinda whenever it y’know felt like it, nor one that ran dissertation-length articles. Just sort of throwing out there that all kinds of traditions could be questioned.
And you know what would be great is user comments, like on Amazon! Where readers could post reviews of…no, wait, that would be terrible. Never mind.