Proudly Announcing some Flipped Journal Content – Accessibility First!

Today we present another milestone for our mission for a more open academic world as we are introducing the first 2018 content from Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research (SJDR) – a journal that has now completed their flip from closed to Open Access (OA). Not only will they publish all their future material with OA, but their entire article archive from 1999 to 2017 has also been transferred to the new website and is now publicly available.

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The new articles are made available for readers without costs for the authors as the society behind the journal, Nordic Network on Disability Research (NNDR), has decided to use their conference surplus to pay for the production costs of the journal. The cost-coverage of publishing from 2018–2020 is also possible due to a grant from the Joint Committee of Nordic Research Councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS)  The intention is to ensure that anyone can afford to publish a research paper without a paywall.

open access publishing is also a business model which ensures and promotes social justice, equal rights, access and accessibility in a much better way than traditional publishing models: Once a paper is published, it can be accessed and read by anyone because the publishing cost is transferred to the author, or the author’s institution, whom, by paying a publishing fee ensures access for everyone.”
/NNDR President, Patrick Kermit of NTNU in Trondheim, Norway

The Stockholm University Press and the Ubiquity Press teams have been working hard in collaboration in the past year to make this transition as smooth as possible. We have also been working closely with the Editorial Team; Hanna Bertilsdotter-Rosqvist (Editor-in-Chief), and Hisayo Katsui & Janice McLaughlin (Associate Editors) to ensure that the authors and their articles are well cared for in their new online home. It takes a village to raise a journal to new levels!

To celebrate the flip, the three Editors took a look in the rearview mirror to explain more about the “Nordic model of disability”. Their editorial Touring the Archive 1999–2017 and Mapping the Future of Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, give an overview of articles from the past, but also provide the readers with an optimistic look at the road ahead.

Take the opportunity and submit your next article to make it accessible for all directly upon publication. To find the author instruction and read more about the journal, please visit sjdr.se. If you have any questions about how to flip a journal from closed to open access, you are more than welcome to contact our Journals Manager, Sofie Wennström. There’s also material available on our website if you are interested in submitting a proposal to publish your journal with Stockholm University Press.

Learn more about the reason why NNDR & SJDR decided to flip to OA with a new publisher in our past blog posts:

A Journal and Network in Transition to Open Access
from December 7, by Patrick Kermit, President of the Nordic Network on Disability Research (NNDR).

Flipping Subscription Journals to Open Access – For Whom and to What Cost?
from October 27, an interview in text and video with former President of NNDR, Simo Vehmas, Professor in Special Education at Stockholm University.


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