Editorial Policy DPSP Annual

Submitting an Article

Articles must be submitted to a research question. Simply send the article to the contact address of the website.
There are no payments involved.
The article should be in Word and the text should be as flat as possible. (See Author Instruction)
The article should be combined with an abstract and keywords.
It is possible to submit an abstract only for a certain research question. In that case, indicate when the article can be expected.
Upon submission the article will be posted directly after a marginal check by the webmaster. It will be posted as an Article in progress, not citable. Later, the article will be edited, which often involves extensive interaction between author and editor. When the edit of the article is ready, the article will be sent for review. The review process is open and the publication of the article will include the review given.

Content DPSP Annual

DPSP Annual contains the yearly proceedings of the Digital Paul Scholten Project. All publications in DPSP Annual are published in open access. The content of DPSP Annual is organized in four categories. The articles in the category Research are submitted for open peer review; articles in the other three categories are not peer-reviewed.

  • I. Research. The research is organized around research questions. A Paul Scholten symposium will be organized annually on one or more research questions.
  • II. New Translations. The focus of the project is on English language translations, although translations in other languages are also welcome. Submitted translations will be subjected to a language edit by a professional native speaker before being published in DPSP Annual. Budget for a language edit will have to be organized on a case by case basis.
  • III. Edited Reissues. The original writings of Paul Scholten are in old Dutch grammar and spelling and contain many references to laws and institutions which have no contemporary value. In the course of making an English language translation the original Dutch texts will be updated, adapted and reissued. How the original writings have been adapted can be checked on the Dutch part of the website. For GM and CP
  • IV. Editor Pages. This content is not citable as journal content.

DPSP Annual and DPSP Special Issues

DPSP Annual is an independent open access e-Journal on the DPSP website. DPSP Special Issues are printed books or e-books, available for purchase. DPSP Special Issues mainly consists of a selection of published materials from different year volumes of DPSP Annual (including new translations and edited re-issues). Some new materials or materials that have been published elsewhere may be added.
The webmaster of the DPSP website is the regular editor-in-chief of DPSP Annual. Guest editors collaborate with the webmaster in the organization of the yearly Paul Scholten symposia and in the editing process of the publication of symposium contributions in DPSP Annual. Guest editors have the final say in the production of the Special Issue.

Editing policy

Submitting an article means accepting publication of it in open access. Articles should be written in English, for which the American standard will be used. No payments for publication will be made. Articles can be submitted to a specific research question only. New research questions and possible themes for special issues can be proposed by using the contact address of the website.
The (revised) contributions to symposia will be the primary research content of DPSP Annual. When an English language contribution is submitted to a research question, the webmaster, after a short check, will put it online as an Article in progress (awaiting editing) and not citable. It can take quite some time before editing is finalized. The editing focuses on comprehensibility of the argument, connection with the research question and Scholten’s texts. Sometimes an invited article will elaborate a symposium theme without explicit regard to Paul Scholten’s writings, but normally it will be required to explicitly explain how the article agrees or differs from the considerations and arguments of Paul Scholten.
As soon as the editing process is finalized the article will be published on the website as a preprint and sent to two reviewers, one of the author’s choice, the other the choice of the editor.

Open Peer Review

Open peer review is a new phenomenon and it has taken some time to discover how to use it effectively. Open peer review only works well if the editing has been done well. Then its function is the same as the reviews of books. Comments of a reviewer on lay-out and use of language or the judgement that an article is not publishable are very welcome information for the editor, but are NOT fit for open peer review. The reviewer is therefore asked to openly review the work of the author only, but not the work of the editor. The not open feedback of the reviewer on the edit-quality of the article will be used by the editor to arrive at a revision of the article in interaction with the author. The open peer review should concern the relevance of the article and its persuasiveness. As the author has the possibility to revise the article after the review, suggestions for how the article can be improved are welcome. The received reviews will be published as attachments to the article. The author will write an answer to the reviewers, which will also be attached to the article.

Language policy

Specific attention is requested here for the problem of language. The website aims at ‘global English’: a language fit for mutual understanding between people from different linguistic backgrounds, without creating high costs for language edits. At the same time, however, it is of great help when authors who can afford it send their articles to a native speaker for a language edit. Sometimes language problems can create an unsurmountable lack of comprehensibility, and for that reason the submitted article will then be rejected.

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