Debut of Copyright, a new open-access, peer-reviewed journal

September 8th, 2005 by Ross Scaife

Copyright, a new open-access, peer-reviewed journal led by a renowned editorial team, seeks papers on all aspects of copyright in the Internet age. The journal features a rapid review and publication time while maintaining rigorous standards regarding the quality of the work. Copyright focuses on detailed research and case studies vetted by peer-review; opinion pieces and shorter communications are also invited and will be accepted at the editors’ discretion. Because the journal is open-access, the author retains the copyright to his or her works.

Copyright is structured to be a new type of journal, not just a place to publish ideas but a locus to generate them–vital in an area of academic interest largely composed of subdisciplines of other fields. For instance, while the majority of articles will still be published in the traditional fashion, a novel, collaborative approach has been implemented as well. Potential authors can simply begin contributing to such an article while the system tracks the individuals’ contributions. The article is then submitted through the normal review process and, if accepted, authorship is assigned based on the tracked contributions as the last step of the review process.

Copyright is particularly interested in publishing interdisciplinary works and works not normally considered within the purview of such a journal, such as those covering social and political impact of copyright. The journal also encourages lay participation through community projects.

Copyright seeks articles on all topics related to copyright, including:

* Digital Rights Management
* Quantitative studies of the effects of legislation
* Scholarly communication and Open Access
* Peer-to-peer networks
* International copyright
* Collaborative authorship
* Blogs and other new media
* Collaborative filtering
* Copyright in developing nations
* Social implications of copyright

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