EIoP Editorial June 2002

Dear readers of the European Integration online Papers!

The last editorial being issued quite a while ago, there are some news and changes with regard to the EIoP to be reported.

First, we are proud that a number of indexing services have accepted the EIoP. From now on, the papers published in the EIoP can be found via the following services (partly also the full text):

This will make the EIoP papers even more widely accessible. In addition, the EIoP website as a whole, and individual articles are linked to from hundreds of other websites (as a Google search reveals).

Second, the EIoP was founded in 1997 as a new type of academic publication, somewhere inbetween a journal and a working-paper series. Meanwhile, thanks to continued submissions by well-known researchers in the community and increasing numbers of citations in other publications, the EIoP is well-established in the community of Europeanists. Today, there is no doubt that it fulfills the function of a genuine academic publication. We therefore chose to call it by the appropriate name, that is an "E-journal". This will, however, not change the corner-stones of our editorial policy. The authors will still retain their copyright and will still have the right to submit a paper first published in the EIoP to another (print) journal or book (but not to another E-only publication).
As the offer to remove the full text of an EIoP paper in case of later publication in a traditional journal has been used only twice in five years, we decided to drop it. This decision regards only new submission (ex nunc), that is not including the papers already published or in the pipeline. Obviously, publishers in our field are either ready to accept later versions or they are not satisfied even by our offer to remove. As an eventual removal entails much additional work, in particular as EIoP papers are now also registered and uploaded to other databases, we hope that our future authors will understand this decision. See the editorial policy pages for details.

Third, I would like to let you know that we will continue to pursue a persistent high-quality editorial policy. That is all submitted papers are sent to at least two experts in the field for double-blind refereeing. So far, the rejection rate was at approximately 40 per cent.

Yours sincerely,
Michael Nentwich

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