[cfp] special issue "challenges in open access publishing for software engineering and information systems fields"


I am glad to have been invited as a guest editor for the Open Access Challenges journal. The special issue is entitled Challenges in Open Access Publishing for Software Engineering and Information Systems Fields. Although Open Access is gaining momentum in natural and life sciences, the current status of Open Access in the fields of Software Engineering and Information Systems is mostly unknown. Together with my co-editors Xiaofeng Wang and Pekka Abrahamsson, we are looking for high quality papers on Open Access publishing in the fields of Software Engineering and Information Systems.

Call for Papers

It is known that research results are often hidden behind the publishers’ paywall and may not be accessible for all researchers and practitioners. While there are thousands of peer-reviewed journals with consistently increasing subscription costs, universities, libraries and companies are suffering from budget cuts making it difficult for them to offer a wide access to articles and journals. Therefore, there is an apparent danger that published research results are not seen by the audience that would benefit from them. Arguably, a solution for this matter would be to make all the research results freely available over the Internet. Open Access as defined in the Budapest statement is such an initiative. Indeed, as of today, various Open Access models for publishers exist. The most commonly used models are called the gold, green, hybrid, and the delayed publishing models. Many new players are entering this market: independent journals and magazines, subscription-based traditional publishers, and the so-called predatory publishers. In Software Engineering and Information Systems fields, the status of Open Access publishing is little researched and hence to large extent an unknown and little understood venue for researchers and practitioners. The purpose of this special issue on Open Access publication challenges is to investigate the uncharted terrain in the fields of Software Engineering and Information Systems. We welcome all kinds of viewpoints including theoretical contemplations, systematic reviews, mapping studies, and empirical research papers on different topics, including those listed in the next section.


We solicit all kinds of viewpoints including theoretical contemplations, systematic reviews, mapping studies, and empirical research papers on different topics, including:

Important Dates

Abstracts (optional): October 1st, 2013. Deadline for manuscript submission: November 1st, 2013. Notification to Authors: February 1st, 2014 (tentative date). Final version: March 1st, 2014 (tentative date).

All submissions, including abstracts, have to be made through the journal’s submission systems (see next section). Abstracts will be published in the special issue Web page as soon as they are received.


Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on the website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Challenges is an international peer-reviewed Open Access biannual journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) are waived for 2013 (including this special issue). English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.

Special Issue Website

The special issue website is: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/challenges/special_issues/systems-fields

Download the CfP

The Call for Papers is available as a PDF.

Special Issue Editors

Daniel Graziotin (primary contact), Xiaofeng Wang, and Pekka Abrahamsson.

Faculty of Computer Science, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Piazza Domenicani 3, 39100 Bolzano/Bozen, Italy E-Mail: graziotin AT inf DOT unibz DOT it, xiaofeng DOT wang AT unibz DOT it, pekka DOT abrahamsson AT unibz DOT it.

Phone (Daniel Graziotin): +39-0471-016257 Fax (Daniel Graziotin): +39-0471-016009

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