The UOC is co-publishing the journal Internet Policy Review

Subject:  Multidisciplinary

The IN3 is now on the editorial board of the e-journal on internet regulation, meaning another step forward in the UOC's strategy to become an open, global knowledge hub.

In 2012, the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in Berlin launched the journal Internet Policy Review to promote high-quality, interdisciplinary research on internet regulation. Over the years, the HIIG has partnered with a number of European research centres to co-publish this journal, and it is now also partnering with the UOC's Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3).

To quote the journal's editorial manager, Frédéric Dubois, Internet Policy Review "tracks public regulatory changes as well as private policy developments, which are expected to have long-lasting impacts on European societies".

Internet Policy Review's focus on information technologies aligns perfectly with the UOC's and IN3's strategic objectives and in fact, this is one of the University's main reasons for entering into the co-publishing agreement. The journal "showcases the research being done on internet regulation, particularly in Europe", remarked IN3's director, David Megías.

Promoting open knowledge

As is the case with the UOC's other academic journals, the articles published in Internet Policy Review are available in open access under a Creative Commons licence. The cost of publishing the papers does not fall upon the authors, but is covered by the co-publishing organizations, led by the HIIG.

Expanding our international academic network

Megías also explained that the IN3's involvement in the journal's editorial board will enable the UOC to strengthen ties and alliances with European research centres and improve the University's international positioning and visibility.

Open-access, restriction-free publication and exchange with international experts align with the UOC’s Open Knowledge Action Plan, with which the University hopes to become an open, global knowledge hub.

Specific features of Internet Policy Review

As a defining feature, Dubois highlighted the transparency of the journal's peer review process: "authors, reviewers and editors 'see each other' and work on the same copy of the manuscript from submission to publication". In addition, the e-journal implements short review cycles so that it can offer contents quickly in a constantly evolving field of study.

With this co-publishing agreement, the UOC now has ten academic journals. All of them are open access and share a common denominator – the different disciplines' interaction with information technologies or online education and the University's research areas.