Applying for a journal

Application documents

The journal team or publisher should submit an application by completing an OpenEdition Journals membership request form. This document is downloadable below in French and English. It must be submitted in both print and digital formats.
This written application asks you to describe the academic aim of the journal and explain its digital publishing project. It also asks you to indicate the quantity and type of texts the journal team wishes to publish online, the files it has in its possession, the individuals who will be in charge of running the project, etc.
The application should contain three copies of each of the four latest print issues of the journal (including digital journals). 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.

Application criteria

  • Journals must have published at least four issues (online or in print) before applying to join OpenEdition Journals. Our team’s limited resources mean we can no longer assist in the creation of digital 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.


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. Receipt of the complete application dossier and verification that the above-mentioned application criteria are met;
  2. Presentation of the dossier to OpenEdition’s academic board and designation of experts;
  3. Internal assessment and double external expert assessment of the application;
  4. Drafting of a summary of the application, including feedback from experts;
  5. Ranking of applicant journals by the academic board on the basis of four criteria: scientific merit, editorial professionalism, operational feasibility (organisation and technical capacity of the editorial team), priority in terms of OpenEdition’s key academic areas. This ranking is carried out each quarter and enables us to decide which titles can be accepted in view of OpenEdition’s operational capacity.
  6. The journal team is informed of the final decision.

External expertise

OpenEdition works with a large number of experts who are selected on the basis of their area of expertise and academic status. Experts are selected by OpenEdition’s academic board. Evaluation is anonymous.

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.

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

Technopôle de Château-Gombert
22, rue John Maynard Keynes
Bâtiment C
13013 Marseille

By telephone

+33 (0)4 13 55 03 43

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)