Starting an open energy journal


#1

At the workshop in Milan in October 2016 we discussed the possibility to start an open energy journal. Here were the main points we mentioned (wiki-editable):

Main features of journal

  • All articles are open access (preferably CC)
  • All research results are based on publicly accessible data and code (preferably open licence)
  • High scientific quality (guaranteed by reputation of editors and editorial board, to distinguish from spam open journals)
  • Non-profit (hopefully running costs could be covered by donations, otherwise small fee for article processing)

Other journals from other fields to serve as model

Necessary steps to form a journal

  • clearly-defined topics
  • reputable editor-in-chief, editors and editorial board
  • journal name
  • journal website
  • software to handle the processing of papers and referee reports etc.
  • formal aspects like ISSN, DOIs
  • perhaps the hardest bit: getting it recognised by university hiring committees, Scopus, Web of Science and other indices

These steps are expanded below.

Topics of the journal (please add suggestions)

Similar to Energy/Applied Energy /Renewable Energy/Energy Policy/Energy Journal

  • energy system modelling
  • power system modelling
  • energy economics
  • energy policy
  • energy model descriptions
  • energy data descriptions

Potential professors for editorial board

Potential criteria: known to support open science, at least 5 publications in existing competitor journals (see above), (full?) professor? (possibly difficult for UK where professorship comes later in career)

Rather than putting names online, please email suggestions to @tom_brown.

Journal name suggestions

  • Open Energy (simple, descriptive, short)
  • Open Energy Journal (simple, descriptive, short)

Software

Other issues

Is it worth starting a new journal given the decision of the EU that all research should be accessible in future?
=> the formulation is too weak to be sure that this will be implemented.

Alternative: not all papers are completely open; those which do not want open access or do not publish open data/code have to pay a publication fee (which can be a part of the financing of the journal)

Alternative model: example of SCOAP3 - selection of libraries pay for all papers in a given journal to be open access; no costs for authors

Separate project:
reviewed Datasets with DOI; you can have DOIs for Datasets from “Zenodo” but this Data is not (peer) reviewed.
=> ToDo: ask climate modellers if their Datasets are reviewed and if they are reviewed - how it works

References/Background reading


Journals for descriptions of open energy models
#2

Another editorial board in mathematics rebels and goes open access: