What is Episciences.org

Episciences.org is a hosting platform for open access journals. It is developed and managed by the CCSD (Centre pour la Communication Scientifique Directe).

The originality of the Episciences.org platform is that it is based on contents deposited in open archive for creating overlay-journals.

General operation

The Episciences.org platform allows the editorial process: submission of manuscripts, peer reviewing management, publication.
The submission of a manuscript to a journal hosted by Episciences.org is made through a deposit in an open archive. It is freely available and therefore accessible by all, whether accepted or not by the journal.
Once the article is accepted by the overlay-journal, the open archive used for manuscript submission is updated with the publication references.

Definitions : epi-committee, epi-journal

Epi-journal (or overlay journal) : an open access digital journal made up of articles submitted in an open repository like HAL or ArXiv. Epi is a prefix meaning upon, on, over.
Epi-committee : a scientific committee made up of experts who are recognised in their fields. Its role is to promote the creation of editorial committees which set up new overlay-journals and then to monitor the content and quality levels of such journals.

Why upload to an open archive? The benefit of overlay

The philosophy of Episciences: Episciences explores new editorial models and takes a stand for Diamond Model (no fees for readers nor authors) due to the benefits of open archives.

  • The documents in Open Repositories are immediately available  and more cited
  • Documents in Open Repositories can benefit from peer feedback, which may  improve the quality of the documents
  • Documents uploaded in Open Repositories are time-stamped, which guarantees the paternity rights of the research work, protects them from plagiarism or is a defence against potential patent applications by thord parties
  • The exposure of documents in Open Repositories implies that the authors have a strong incentive to submit completed and quality documents
  • The documents thus filtered make it possible to reduce the selection work of the editorial committees
  • Open Repositories that are compatible with Episciences are trusted platforms ensuring the sustainability of documents

Open archives partners : HAL, ArXiv, CWI

HAL is a pluridisciplinary open archive,  created and managed by the CCSD.
ArXiv is a disciplinary archive managed by the Cornell University Library. Fields : physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance.
CWI is the institutional archive of the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica. Fields : mathematics and computer science.

Role of CCSD

The CCSD is responsible of the Episciences.org project and of the organization of epi-committees.
It provides to the editorial team the hardware and software infrastructure dedicated to Episciences.org.

Role of the editorial team in Episciences.org

It appoints the contact person who will be the interlocutor of the CCSD.
It develops and manages the website of the journal.
It creates its rating grid.
It manages its reviewers: invitations, account creation, sending and recovery.
It manages the peer review process : selection of the manuscripts, allocation to reviewers, exchanges with the author, publication if acceptance.
It makes the process of obtaining an ISSN. It reports the journal in DOAJ and in bibliographic databases.

Role of the epi-committee

Its role is to promote the creation of editorial committees which set up new epi-journals and then to monitor the content and quality levels of such journals.
It examines the applications of editorial teams wishing to use Episciences.org.
For the creation of a new epi-committee, please send an e-mail to contact@episciences.org.

Creation of an overlay-journal

If the journal corresponds to the scientific fields of an existing epi-committee, contact it. Otherwise, please fill in the application form (EpisciencesJournalProposal) and send it by e-mail to contact@episciences.org.
An existing journal may ask to be hosted on Episciences.org. The past issues will be imported in the open archive HAL and integrated into Episciences.org.
The epi-committee is free to accept or not the journal.