ELSSS - Electronic Society for Social Scientists

What is ELSSS

Forthcoming ELSSS journal:
The Review of Economic Theory


For Librarians.
ELSSS Papers

ELSSS, the ELectronic Society for Social Scientists is a not-for-profit organisation aimed at solving the ever deepening crisis in scholarly and scientific communication created by the pricing policies of some commercial publishers that have forced libraries in the developed world to cut their journal portfolios and to slash their book collection and that have priced developing and transition economies out of the knowledge loop altogether. With institutional support from the Royal Economic Society, the University of St Andrews, the Consortium of University and Research Libraries, and Scottish Enterprise Fife, ELSSS is committed to:

  1. Increase competition in the academic journal publishing marketplace by providing direct and credible alternatives to specific high-priced journals;
  2. Introduce a fairer and more efficient way of producing, distributing, and using academic journals whereby the system that currently produces large rents being earned by some commercial publishers is replaced by a mechanism that yields lowest-cost access and widest dissemination by rewarding only those individuals who contribute to making high-quality journals, namely, authors, referees, and editors - with substantial savings for libraries and the academic and student community.

ELSSS is proud to announce that its first journal, The Review of Economic Theory, is endorsed by SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).

Over one thousand economists worldwide have already registered their commitment to participating in one or more ELSSS journals. Using the highly innovative ELSSS Publishing Template, authors, referees, and readers will be able to attain new levels of scholarly communication, in terms of quality of research, speed of diffusion, ease of use, and ability to communicate and interact.

ELSSS's mission

  1. to return control of journal publishing in the social sciences to social scientists themselves;
  2. to attempt to remove the inefficiencies in the current system of scientific journal publicing;
  3. to adopt and devise innovations that can improve the quality of research as well as the speed and reach of its dissemination.
ELSSS's main means for achieving its mission is the publication of journals in the social sciences that comply with the following criteria:
  1. aims, scope, and general policies of the journal are determined by an Advisory Board of outstanding scientific stature and international reputation;
  2. the journal is edited by a Board of Editors of outstanding scientific competence, vast experience in the field, and dedication to the scientific community;
  3. both the Advisory Board and the Board of Editors are committed to devising and implementing policies that lead to the strictest and fairest criteria of peer review and to the fastest turnaround of submissions compatible with scrupolous review;
  4. the journal is run on a strictly non-for-profit basis, with the cost of peer review, editing, publishing, and dissemination being recovered through subscriptions;
  5. break-even subscriptions for the journal can only be levied from high-income countries, with Universities and non-commercial research centres located in the rest of the world being given full-text access to current and past volumes at no cost;
  6. the journal is committed to responding effectively to the needs of both researchers and libraries, providing state-of-the-art online access and low-cost hard-copy options;
  7. the journal subscribes to ELSSS's "fairness to authors" policy, whereby authors retain full copyright to their material;
  8. the journal is committed to archiving all its contents in robust and widely supported formats and to make both current and past issues available to subscribing institutions in perpetuity.
ELSSS's first journal to be published, The Review of Economic Theory, fulfills all the above criteria and indeed has set the standard to be followed by future journals.

ELSSS is currently exploring the possibility of launching journals in the following fields:

  1. monetary economics
  2. public economics
  3. development economics

If you have any suggestions, comments, etc. please do contact us.

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