We have begun working with Springer Media’s journals division as our new publisher for Spatial Demography. It is a pleasure to make this transition from one that we produced wholly in-house with volunteers. As good as they have been, it has been both a time and financial cost to Jeremy and me as Editors-in-Chief. When PressForward’s Alfred Sloan grant ended, we were forced to host the journal and this website on a different (commercial) server. Jeremy and I are using our consulting company’s web host provider for this purpose as a way to support the journal’s continuation.
The acquisition of the journal by Springer Media, however, is a significant and strategic move for us. The Open Access model in today’s scholarly marketplace can be quite popular as it offers a shift from a “reader-pay” model (subscriptions; advertising) to an “author-pay” (page charges) model. Institutions often provide a subvention to Open Access publishers so that individual authors associated with that institution do not have to pay processing (or page) fees for a paper. However, the Open Access model does not resolve the problem that someone still has to pay for the costs inherently involved in publishing a peer-reviewed journal. Continue reading →
The Center for Spatial Studies (University of California, Santa Barbara), is launching a new biennial series of unconferences, entitled SPATIAL, with the goal of reaching out to domain specialists to inspire and guide research on spatial information. Each edition will focus on applications of spatial information as a primary force to push the frontiers of Geographic Information Science, Spatial Cognition, and related fields. Instead of listening to paper presentations, attendees will debate new ideas, address challenges, and discuss how to improve solutions. Continue reading →
It is with great pleasure that Jeremy and I as Editors-in-Chief welcome you to Spatial Demography. We have collaborated with the PressForward project, at George Mason University, to build a home for this new journal outlet for demographers and others who use spatial data, methods, and theory. We anticipate your submissions to the journal at: firstname.lastname@example.org. This journal has no submission or page-charge fees as is customary with nearly all journals today.
But this website is more than the typical academic journal published on a quarterly basis. We hope that you will register for the Forum area and post your thoughts about the work being done by others as well as yourself. Because so many forum areas are replete with spam postings, we are requiring nominal registration so as to keep spammers quiet there. Our privacy assurance is absolute: we will never share your information with anyone! Period. The four area Editors each have their own topical areas in the Forum in addition to others. We hope that you will dialog with your peers here so that a community of scholars can be created through this website. This was one of the issues identified in December 2011 by the NIH-sponsored meeting of Specialists at UC-Santa Barbara.
The journal will publish a quarterly issue with four per volume. But the Online First section will contain each article as soon as it is ready for public display. This will reduce the time-to-publication significantly. Commentary on published articles will take place in the Forum area, allowing authors to amplify their work, gaining insight as to building it forward toward better science. We will moderate those discussions to ensure civility in academic discourse.
In the planning stages, we will publish podcasts of interviews with interesting scholars doing work contributing to spatial demography. These interviews will be in the Connections (forthcoming) area of the website. Because they are licensed under the Creative Commons licensing model, they can be used as class material, for rebroadcast elsewhere, and so forth.