Open Access means that readers can access published material for free, without paying a subscription charge. Ziggurat Publishing articles are freely available immediately after publication. This means that researchers, students, and interested laypeople from anywhere in the world have rapid access to the latest research through Ziggurat Publishing journals.
We finance publication through article processing charges (APC), paid by authors and their institutions. APCs cover the cost of managing the peer review process, professional copy-editing, and promotion of published research. Ziggurat Publishing has no other source of income.
For authors, open access means a potentially wider circle of readers for their research papers, with some research suggesting that open access papers are more highly cited.
Editorial Process, Peer-Review and Production
Articles submitted to Ziggurat Publishing journals are subject to strict peer-reviewing. Ziggurat Publishing journals operate double (some use single) blind peer-review. The Ziggurat Publishing online submission system incorporates online tools for manuscript submission, peer-reviewing and editorial decision making. The reviewers and external editors will not need to have an account with the Ziggurat Publishing submission system in order to finish the tasks assigned to them. Rather, the system will recognize the reviewers and external editors through one-time usable IDs in the URLs. Editors-in-Chief and Guest Editors can view articles submitted to their journal or special issue via the system at any time.
The Instructions for Authors on the website of each Ziggurat Publishing journal guides authors on how to prepare and submit their manuscripts.
Once a manuscript is submitted, the submission is received by the in-house Managing Editor who will subsequently coordinate the whole editorial process for the manuscript: peer-review, decision-making, possible authors’ revision, manuscript acceptance, copyediting, English editing, proofreading and final publication. An in-house Assistant Editor will be assigned to the submitted article and will send review invitations.
At least two reports per manuscript are collected for each manuscript—three if the first two differ substantially. Reviewers must hold a PhD, have not published with the authors in the previous five years, and have recent publications in the field of the submitted manuscript.
The Editor-in-Chief, Guest Editor, or a suitable editorial board member can make the final acceptance or rejection decision for a manuscript, usually after author revision. We typically allow no more than two rounds of major revisions.
After acceptance of an article for publication, the in-house editorial staff will organise the production of the paper, which entails copyediting, English editing and final production in preparation for publication on the journal website. All journals are structured in yearly volumes and either monthly or quarterly issues. Nevertheless, articles are published online immediately after acceptance and production.
The Editor-in-Chief is the head of the journal and is mainly responsible for the scientific quality of the journal. Unlike other Publishers, Ziggurat Publishing does not need the Editor-in-Chief to be actively involved in the editorial process, i.e. the Ziggurat Publishing editorial team will take care of the majority of contact with authors and reviewers. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible of assisting the Editorial Office in the management of the journal, which entails:
Scientific decisions about the journal's scope,
Inviting distinguished scientists to join the editorial board,
Suggesting topics for special issues,
Assisting the Guest Editors in the setup of special issues,
Overviewing the editorial process for individual manuscripts (mainly by taking the final decision whether a paper can be published after peer-review and revisions).
The Editor-in-Chief position is honorary. As a reward for the efforts, the Editor-in-Chief can publish one or two papers per year free of charge in any of Ziggurat Publishing open access journals. The initial term for the Editor-in-Chief position is two years and can be renewed.
Editorial Board Member Responsibilities
An Editorial Board member will be asked to review one or two manuscripts per year and may help to edit a special issue on a topic related to his or her research interests. Additionally, the Editorial Board members will be approached for input or feedback regarding new regulations relating to the journal from time to time. Editorial Board members are also encouraged to help to promote the journal among their peers or at conferences. The communication with Editorial Board members is done primarily by E-mail. The initial term for an Editorial Board membership is two years and can be renewed. An Editorial Board member may also step down from the position at any time if he or she feels overloaded by the requests from the journal’s Editorial Office.
Guest Editor Responsibility / Guest Editing a Special Issue
We appreciate collaborations with scholars all over the world. Special issues are normally edited by a Guest Editor who invites colleagues from the same research field to contribute an article on a topic within their expertise. The Guest Editor works together with the Editorial Office to prepare a description and keywords for the special issue webpage. We aim for at least ten articles published per special issue. Often, the Guest Editor will also write an editorial paper for the special issue. The Guest Editor usually makes decisions on the acceptance of manuscripts submitted to his or her special issue (depending on the journal’s policy—in some cases they may make a recommendation to the Editor-in-Chief). Papers belonging to a special issue are published online in the journal immediately after acceptance and collected together on the special issue webpage. This means that there is no delay for authors who submit their work: it will appear shortly after acceptance, even if other papers in the special issue are still being processed.
Guest Editors should not hold conflicts of interest with authors whose work they are assessing, e.g. if they are from the same institution or collaborate closely. In this case, the Editor-in-Chief or a suitable editorial board member will make final acceptance decisions for submitted manuscripts.
Launching New Open Access Journals with Ziggurat Publishing
Publishing proposals, including the transfer of existing journals, the launch of new titles or conversion of subscription journals to Open Access, must be addressed to the General Director of the Ziggurat Publishing or the CEO by [email protected]
Comments and Questions
Please direct your general questions by e-mail to [email protected]. For specific enquiries about a journal, please e-mail the appropriate journal’s Editorial Office directly.