New Publication at the Open Journal of Astrophysics!

Well, it’s time at last to announce the first paper to be published by the new incarnation of the Open Journal of Astrophysics, which we just published this morning. Here it is!

It’s by Syksy Räsänen of the University of Helsinki. You can find the full article on the arXiv here.

This is the first published paper to have been submitted to the Open Journal of Astrophysics since its re-launch last October; the others on the OJA site were published on the old platform and imported into the new site after publication. This new paper has gone all the way through submission, refereeing, revision and publication on the new platform.

It’s been quite exciting for the last couple of months, as various papers have been working their way through the Editorial pipeline, to see which would win the race and get published first. Some submissions have been slowed down by folk reluctant to accept reviewing requests, presumably because the journal is not so well known and some are suspicious that it might not be bona fide. Hopefully that will pass with time. Moreover, after internal discussions, the Editorial Board have decided to ask for two referees for each paper by default and that has probably also slowed us down a bit.

We have a few other papers coming up for publication soon, and some have been sent back to authors for revise and resubmit. I think I know which one will be published next, but I’ll keep that to myself for now!

14 Responses to “New Publication at the Open Journal of Astrophysics!”

  1. Anton Garrett Says:

    Open Journal of Astrophysics is open ! Excellent news and congratulations to all.

    What is meant by the “first new paper”, please? As abstracts of other papers appear on OJA’s online frontpage I’m a bit confused.

  2. telescoper Says:

    It takes a while for it to be activated ..

  3. telescoper Says:

    Where does it say that?

  4. telescoper Says:

    The doi fairies have done their work overnight and it is now registered..

  5. telescoper Says:

    We don’t know for sure what the final requirements for Plan S will be. The consultation closes on 8th February. As things stand the only thing we’re missing is membership of DOAJ, for which we don’t yet qualify because the journal has to publish at least five papers a year. Given that we have quite a few papers in the pipeline – some of which have big name authors – we expect to reach that soon.

    There may be additional requirements on metadata, but those will probably be trivial to fix.

  6. Anton Garrett Says:

    The idea behind OJA and other such journals is to put the people who charge, one way or another, large fees for access, out of business.

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