ERPA's aim is to
provide a common access point for high quality online working paper series of
the participating institutions. ERPA is deliberately confined to high quality series in
order to contribute to a culture of high standards in the internet. Therefore,
the ERPA network is open
for further online series upon application subject
to a few criteria. In order to cover administrative and
software efforts, there is a membership fee. Subscription
is for two years and can be renewed.
The following criteria have to be met by any online series
applying to be included in ERPA:
- The CONTENTS of the papers have to relate to European
integration research in the wider sense. An easy test would be whether it is
possible to attribute a number of ERPA keywords to
these papers (Please check our list at
If a series includes both European integration papers and others, only the
European ones may be included.
- MINIMUM NUMBER OF PAPERS: at least three papers per
year for the last two successive years (these numbers apply to the specifically
European papers and not to the overall number of papers in a series).
Note: By "online publication" we mean full text publication in whatever
format, be it HTML, PS or PDF. Paper publication with only contents lists or
abstracts but no full texts online are no eligible.
- LANGUAGE: we do not encourage applications from series
whose papers are not in one of the major, widely spoken European languages.
Note that in any case the meta-data (descriptions, keywording etc.) will have
to be in English.
- On the basis of an overall assessment, the papers should
conform to SCIENTIFIC STANDARDS, e.g. scientific style, footnotes,
bibliography. It does not matter if a minority of the papers would fall in the
category of "policy papers" but purely policy paper series are not
- Papers of participating series have to undergo a QUALITY
CHECK which involves more than one person, be it an internal or external
refereeing system. The applicant is asked to describe in detail the reviewing
system applied. As with the original series, this DESCRIPTION will be
part of this series' page on the ERPA homepage.
- The EDITING INSTITUTION is either a university unit,
an extra-university research institute or a scholarly association. Series
edited by individuals will not be included in ERPA.
Applicants are asked to study the above criteria. If they think that their series meet these
conditions, they are kindly requested to send an application via email to the
ERPA management board (consisting of the five original
members) c/o Dr. Michael Nentwich <email@example.com>. The application should
include the following details:
- Name of the series
- URL of the series
- Contact person with email address
- Short description of the overall content of papers
published in the series (e.g. disciplines, which aspects of European
integration research are treated)
- Describe the editing institution (if available, please
include the URL of the homepage of this institution)
- Submit a half-page or so description of the reviewing
- Indicate the number of papers already published
(please list for all years separately) and the number of papers expected to be
published annually (Note: please distinguish between papers related to European
integration and others.)
The final decision whether or not an applicant series will be
included in ERPA will be taken
by the management board. The management boards reserves the right to revoke
its initial decision in case one or more criteria are not met at any time in
the future or if technical or administrative difficulties arise which are too
expensive to overcome.
Subscription in the ERPA network lasts
for two years and will have to be renewed by the management
Including a series in ERPA involves
administrative as well as programming costs (e.g. adapting the software and the
homepage to include the new member series). Membership is therefore not for
free. The initial contribution is set at 900 EURO.
In addition, ERPA members are
requested to contribute 300 EURO per year to cover the administrative
costs or running and improving the service.
In order to include a series in ERPA, they will also have to meet a series of technical
requirements since update of the database is automatical. In particular,
meta-data (title, date, keywords etc.) have to be included in each paper in a
specific way. For advance information please have a look at this page:
"Guidelines for sites and
Inquiries please to Dr. Michael Nentwich, <firstname.lastname@example.org>.