Public access to the record of science is not just beneficial to academia, but generally perceived as a stimulus for innovation and further economic and social development. In the first decade of this century open access publishing became firmly rooted in global scholarly communication. Increasingly governments, universities and research funders require and promote that research outcomes are made freely available to all, either at the moment of publication or after an agreed embargo period. In the light of these developments, in 2009, Brill introduced its open access option for the journal program across all disciplines it serves, including international law.
Now we are ready to take the next step, introducing Brill Open Law (bol), a new international fully open access online-only journal. Brill Open Law is meant to be a broad dedicated publication platform for papers from all branches in the field of international law. The scope of the journal includes areas like human rights and humanitarian law, private international law, and public international law.
The editors of Brill Open Law are aiming for the highest scholarly standards. Submitted papers are subject to double-blind peer review and accepted only if methodologically sound and relevant. Upon acceptance articles will be published within four to six weeks. Critical supplementary author materials like research data, audio, and video can be added at no extra costs. In Brill Open copyright remains with the author(s).1
In order to have the largest possible readership, Brill Open Law will be made fully discoverable by students and scholars all over the world, just as the rest of our journal program. Brill Open journals are listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (doaj)2 and content is to be included in the major abstract and indexing databases to make it easy to find and cite (including Google Scholar, Web of Science, Scopus). All Brill Open journals are made part of Brill’s online journal collections at no extra costs to libraries. From day one access and all use of the articles is free to all readers.3
Brill Open Law aims to be a principal outlet for scholarly articles in the various fields of international law. We invite all parties with an interest in public access – authors, teachers, students, universities, research institutes, and research funders – to join and support us in making this journal into an indispensable tool for study and research. And we encourage the scholarly community worldwide to submit papers and assist us in reviewing them. Please visit the journal’s webpage on www.brill.com/bol.
Leiden, October 2014
1 The publication process is made possible by charging the author or institute an article publication fee; for authors in the developing world special discounted rates apply. See also www.brill.com/brillopen for more information.
3 Usage is permitted by creative commons license cc-by (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).