Applying for a journal

OpenEdition Journals is a platform dedicated to journals in the humanities and social sciences. Originally founded in 1999 under the name, it now hosts more than 450 online publications, i.e. 150,000 articles, of which 95% are available in full text.

Are you a publisher or part of a journal’s editorial team, and do you want to join this initiative? The following is a detailed description of the application criteria, the application procedures and the evaluation of the dossiers. 

Application criteria

  • Journals must have published at least 4 issues (online or in print) before applying to join OpenEdition Journals. Various hosting solutions are available for new digital journals, such as institutional (e.g. university or laboratory) websites, or private platforms.
  • Journals with issues delayed by over a year will not be accepted.
  • OpenEdition favours open access journals. Following European recommendations, journals wishing to implement a moving wall of more than 12 months will no longer be accepted.
  • Journals that publish authors from a single, restricted professional milieu (members of the same laboratory, PhD students, etc.) are not accepted.
  • OpenEdition favours journals that provide bilingual abstracts to ensure better search engine optimisation.

Application dossier

  • The journal team or publisher should submit an application by completing an OpenEdition Journals membership request form.
  • The application should contain the three latest issues of the journal in PDF and/or in print format in three copies. It should also include the names of the members of the journal’s editorial board and academic board. It should describe how these boards function and present their procedures for selecting texts.
  • The application form must be signed by the publication director and by the journal publisher’s legal representative (in the event of a publishing contract).
  • Applicants also agree to accept the General Terms and Conditions of Use of OpenEdition Electronic Platforms. The signed and dated General Terms and Conditions should be enclosed with the application by the publication director who is the journal's legal representative and, when appropriate, by the publishing house with whom the journal is contractually bound. The original version of the General Terms and Conditions must be submitted by post. 

It is also important to note that when a journal is accepted, it must ensure that its contents are regularly made available online. Training in the electronic publishing software Lodel is a mandatory prerequisite to OpenEdition Journals applications. Here is a list of external service providers in case there is a lack of resources to ensure the online publication of the articles.


Applications will be evaluated by external experts and examined by OpenEdition’s academic board before being accepted. This evaluation aims to assess the relevance and originality of the academic project, the nature of the application and its academic scope, the editorial quality of the project, its technical feasibility, and the journal’s capacity to professionally manage the entire editorial process in the long term. The decision to accept or refuse applications is the prerogative of OpenEdition’s academic board. A final decision is taken only upon receipt of a complete application dossier.

The evaluation stages

  1. Verification that the application criteria are met according to the yearly submission schedule;
  2. Double external expert assessment of the application;
  3. Internal assessment of the of the editorial quality and technical feasibility of the project ;
  4. Ranking of applicant journals by OpenEdition’s academic board four times a year on the basis of four criteria: scientific merit, editorial professionalism, operational feasibility (organisation and technical capacity of the editorial team);
  5. The journal team is informed of the final decision. 

Evaluation deadlines

Application evaluations take between 12 and 18 months. The duration varies depending on the complexity of the application. This timescale includes the designation of experts, internal and external assessment and the quarterly ranking of applications by OpenEdition’s academic board. 

To streamline the application monitoring process, we have set up a yearly calendar for the submission of applications.

2020/2021 deadlines: 

  • 18 September 2020 (for submissions between 18 June and 18 September)
  • 18 December 2020 (for submissions between 18 September and 18 December)
  • 19 March 2021 (for submissions between 18 December and 19 March)
  • 18 June 2021 (for submissions between 19 March and 18 June)

Updating application dossiers

During the application process, journals are asked to send a copy of each new issue that is published. Journals should also keep OpenEdition’s academic board informed of changes to its editorial or academic organisation (staff changes, changes to periodicity, etc.).


By email

Please use the following email address for sending membership requests and for all questions relating to the membership procedure or processes:

By post

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13013 Marseille

Downloadable documents

Formulaire de demande d'accession à OpenEdition Journals (application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document – 207k)

OpenEdition Journals membership request form (application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document – 206k)