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The Journal of Electronic Publishing (JEP) is an open access journal that publishes research and discussion about contemporary publishing practices, and the impact of those practices upon users. Our contributors and readers are publishers, scholars, librarians, journalists, students, technologists, attorneys, and others with an interest in the methods and means of contemporary publishing. At its inception in January 1995, JEP carved out an important niche by recognizing that print communication was in the throes of significant change, and that digital communication would become an important—and in some cases predominant—means for transmitting published information.

JEP aspires to document changes in publishing, and in some cases to stimulate and shape the direction of those changes. The articles present innovative ideas, best practices, and leading-edge thinking about all aspects of publishing, authorship, and readership. The editor and publisher are committed to presenting wide-ranging and diverse viewpoints on contemporary publishing practices, and to encouraging dialogue and understanding between key decision-makers in publishing and those who are affected by the decisions being made.

Editorial direction of JEP is the responsibility of the editor Maria Bonn, Senior Lecturer at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois and former head of Michigan Publishing. See our editors page for more information about the editorial and production staff involved with JEP.


Peer Review

JEP publishes a mix of scholarly research and trade related articles. For unsolicited scholarly articles, blind peer review is mandatory. Reviewers are typically experts in the field related to the article and carefully solicited by JEP’s editors. Authors of trade articles can optionally choose peer review but will otherwise receive close editing by JEP’s editors.

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JEP does not charge author processing charges or submission fees.

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Authors retain full rights to their article and grant JEP and its publisher, Michigan Publishing, the non-exclusive right to distribute the work and make the work available in perpetuity. This ensures that authors have the ability to publish and distribute their work elsewhere, in print or digitally, if necessary.

Authors select the license applied to their published article. However, JEP strongly endorses and encourages authors to select a Creative Commons Attribution license which helps ensure the work has the lowest barrier possible to its re-use.

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