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Journal of Buddhist Ethics celebrates twenty years open access

When we decided to found the JBE [the first volume was launched in 1994] we had no idea how it would be received. At that time the concept of an electronic journal was completely novel and colleagues struggled with the

Posted in Interviews (Journals), Interviews (Scholars), Open Access, Scholarly Journals

Springer launches first open access journal in Religion: International Journal of Dharma Studies

It was almost two years ago that I received an email from the then publishing editor in Religion and Philosophy at Springer Science+Business Media expressing an interest by the publisher to launch open access journals in Religion. I wrote about

Posted in Commercial Publishing, Economics & Business Models, Interviews (Journals), Interviews (Publishers), Interviews (Scholars), Open Access, Peer Review, Scholarly Journals

Conversation with two religious studies scholars on committee at Open Library of Humanities

The other day I checked-in on developments over at Open Library of Humanities. As I reported earlier here and here, the idea for this very interesting project sprang from a number of often asked questions: Why hasn’t anyone created an

Posted in Economics & Business Models, Interviews (Journals), Interviews (Scholars), Peer Review, Publishing Platforms, Scholarly Journals

Croatian Open Access Declaration, the “Hamster” portal, and open access theology journals

I received an email last month from Matina Ćaran, theological librarian at the Biblijski institut/Bible Institute in Zagreb, Croatia about open access initiatives happening in her country. She told me about the Croatian Open Access Declaration that was officially released on October 24, 2012,

Posted in Economics & Business Models, Intellectual Property & Copyright, Interviews (Journals), Interviews (Scholars), Libraries & OA, OA Policies, Open Access, Peer Review, Publishing Platforms, Publishing Technology, Scholarly Associations, Scholarly Journals

Doxology: Open access “magnifying lens” on worship scholarship

In a previous post, I related a conversation I had with Geoffrey Moore, the new editor of the recently converted online and open access journal Doxology: A Journal of Worship (ISSN: 2167-0153) regarding the pros and cons of publishing complete periodic issues

Posted in Economics & Business Models, Interviews (Journals), Open Access, Scholarly Associations

First library published open access issue of New Theology Review launched today!

Back in June I interviewed Melody McMahon, director of the Paul Bechtold Library at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois following her announcement that the library was assuming publishing responsibility for the institution’s journal, New Theology Review. In addition to becoming the publisher,

Posted in Interviews (Journals), Interviews (Publishers), Libraries & OA, Open Access, Publishing Platforms, Scholarly Journals

Open access Journal of Southern Religion adopts Creative Commons Attribution license

Earlier this month, the long-time online open access Journal of Southern Religion (ISSN: 1094-5253) began releasing its content under a Creative Commons Attribution license. The announcement can be found on the JSR blog here. If JSR was already an open

Posted in Abstracting & Indexing, Interviews (Journals), Open Access, Peer Review, Scholarly Associations, Scholarly Journals

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