Published on September 26, 2014
The Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations Are we there yet? Gisela Eberhardt and Nadine Riedl The Open Access Journal eTopoi. Journal for Ancient Studies
• Brief introduction to Excellence Cluster Topoi and to its publications in general • The e-journal eTopoi – Journal of Ancient Studies o Publication Process o Peer review • Are we there yet? Further challenges Outline
Excellence Cluster Topoi - The Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations o Berlin research network o Promoted by the German Research Foundation (DFG) 2007-2017 o Hosted by 2 universities: Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin o Cooperation with 4 research institutions (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut; Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften; Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte; Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz) o More than 200 scholars o …from more than 30 disciplines o …in 25 interdisciplinary research groups View slide
Topoi‘s Publications (open access) o Book series “Berlin Studies of the Ancient World” - Launched 2008, initiately published by Walter de Gruyter (28 volumes) - Since 2014, published by Topoi www.edition-topoi.org open access and book on demand (starting Vol. 29) o eJournal “eTopoi. Journal for Ancient Studies” - Launched 2011, based on Open Journal System (OJS) - Goal: fast, open access and free of charge for all disciplines investigating antiquity View slide
eTopoi. Journal for Ancient Studies Publication Process of the eJournal 1. Contribution 2. Editor‘s check 3. Copy editing 4. Process of Quality Assurance (Peer Review) 5. Language proofreading, clearing copy rights etc. 6. Copy editing 7. Typesetting 8. Proof check 9. Online Publication
eTopoi. Journal for Ancient Studies Publication Process of the eJournal, 9 steps 1. Contribution 2. Editor‘s check 3. Copy editing 4. Process of Quality Assurance (Peer Review) 5. Language proofreading, clearing copy rights etc. 6. Copy editing 7. Typesetting 8. Proofs check 9. Online Publication
Partners in Crime by uncoolbob, on flickr (see http://www.molecularecologist.com/2014/07/peer-review-reviewed/) Peer Review o Communicator as “article-editor” (named) o Two peers (anonymous) Higher degree of trust Expert‘s network of experts
eTopoi – Are we there yet? o Open access o Free of charge for authors and readers o Peer reviewed o Full editorial assistance o Open to all interested authors and readers worldwide “a forum of exchange between all disciplines in the area of classical and ancient studies” BUT:
Main reasons o ‘No-name’ journal AND o (Too) high diversity of themes insufficient public awareness How to get there How to attract authors and readers o Create disciplinary sections o Promotion and networking o CfP-issues o Provide significant keywords and abstracts eTopoi – Why are we not there yet?
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