What is involved in taking a journal from issue-by-issue publication to continuous publication?
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What is it about?
"Continuous publication" of a journal means publishing each article as soon as it is ready, rather than grouping them into issues published only 3 or 4 times a year. It is a relatively new model, made possible by the transition from print publishing to digital publishing. I am on the editorial board of the Insights journal, which recently decided to move to a continuous publication model (having gone "e-only", i.e. stopped printing issues, a few years ago). The process of moving to continuous publication was actually pretty straightforward, and the editorial board agreed that it would be useful to write this up as a case study to help other editorial boards / publishers considering making the same transition.
Why is it important?
It's important to share experiences of a project like this: • to try and reduce duplication of the effort involved in considering or planning such a change • to build up evidence of the benefits of making such a change • to inspire other journals / editorial boards / publishers to consider such a change by showing that it need not be a painful or costly transition.
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