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OPUSeJ, Open-access Peer-reviewed Universal Scholarly electronic Journal, is an innovative mode of academic publishing, dedicated to the elimination of barriers to scholarly communication. We at OPUSeJ provide a free and open site for the reporting of research, in a timely and flexible manner while maintaining quality through peer-review. OPUSeJ provides a centralized site which receives submitted scholarly material, from any scholar, from any discipline, in any format, in any language and from any location. After the editing and peer-review process is completed, all accepted work is immediately published online and made freely available to any other scholar through the internet. All content is openly available for non-commercial use and authors retain copyright to their work under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence. Unless otherwise indicated, all works found in OPUSeJ may be shared for non-commercial use, provided that the work is properly attributed to the author(s) and OPUSeJ, and that any derivative works may likewise be shared only under the same or similar license to this one. To read the licence, see http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/.

OPUSeJ is an all-electronic, not-for-profit entity, run largely by a network of volunteers. Costs of production are kept low and are offset by donation and sponsorship. Its philosophy and model of publication represents an alternative to the traditional journal-based model.

OPUSeJ is indexed and arranged by subject. Each section, or OPUSeJ Digest, includes a Table of Contents (TOC), a Forum List and a Reading List. The TOC lists the OPUSeJ Feature Articles and Discussion Papers. The Forum contains a list of article sites posted and moderated by the author. The Reading List contains a list of articles recommended by the editor of that section.

Authors interested in submitting their work to OPUSeJ should first familiarize themselves with the process. (See the OPUSeJ Author Guidelines and OPUSeJ Author Form under Forms/Guidelines.) They would electronically submit their manuscript by email to editor@opusej.org. This email will be a request to have the manuscript published by OPUSeJ. The author will include the name and email of a sponsor editor. The author will request that the work be reviewed in one of two ways; the blinded-review process or the open-review process. They would fill the OPUSeJ Author Form and include it as an attachment to the email. They will prepare their manuscript without any of their identifiers and also include it as an attachment to the same email. A nominal submission fee would apply (which is currently not being charged).

Editing is performed by sponsor editors and by OPUSeJ staff editors. (See OPUSeJ Editor Guidelines under Forms/Guidelines.) A sponsor editor is an individual, or team, that is recommended by the submitting author. They are recognized authorities, who authored works or teach or practise in the relevant field. The sponsor editor could be a team, such as the editors of a student-run or industry-specific scholarly journal. Editors would vet and proofread submissions, arrange peer-reviews, arbitrate disputes between authors and referees, recommend the disposition of submitted work, moderate open-review sites and create OPUSeJ Reading Lists. Their role is acknowledged upon publication of the submission. The sponsor editors’ main role is performed independently of OPUSeJ, although there is support and oversight by OPUSeJ editors.

In the blinded-review process, the manuscript is sent by the sponsor editor to two or more experts for their opinion. (See OPUSeJ Referee Guidelines under Forms/Guidelines.) A parallel system of quality control will exist as OPUSeJ editors will do likewise. They will be available to support the sponsor editor and will oversee the review process.

In the open-review process, the sponsor editor will work directly with the author, with oversight by OPUSeJ, to prepare the manuscript before it is posted as a discussion paper. The sponsor editor will moderate comments made by identified and registered readers. (See OPUSeJ Reader Guidelines under Forms/Guidelines.)

Articles that were previously published, in OPUSeJ or in other scholarly sites, could be registered by the author to appear in the OPUSeJ Forum. (See OPUSeJ Forum Registration.) Here, the author would post a link to their published article. If it is not available as open-access, a second link to an open-access pre-review version would be included. The author would add material and his or her comments, and would moderate the comments made about the article. A nominal registration fee would apply (which is currently not being charged).

If you have a manuscript that has been accepted for publication in a journal that is not open-access and want to have your work published there and at OPUSeJ , an option is to use the SPARC Author Addendum instead of transferring copyright to the publisher.  This would give the journal them a non-exclusive right to publish as they would otherwise and allow you to publish it anywhere, such as in a repository or in OPUSeJ. The SPARC Author Addendum is a freely available, legal instrument that modifies the publisher’s agreement and allows you to keep key rights to your articles. It has been developed by SPARC in partnership with Creative Commons and Science Commons. See http://www.sparc.arl.org/resources/authors/addendum.

Queries and suggestions are welcome. E-mail us at info@opusej.org.

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