The Episciences.org project is involved in the open access movement.
The main idea is to provide a technical platform of peer-reviewing; its purpose is to promote the emergence of epijournals, namely open access electronic journals taking their contents from preprints deposited in open archives such as arXiv or HAL, that have not been published elsewhere.
The editorial boards of such epijournals organize peer reviewing and scientific discussion of selected or submitted preprints. Epijournals can thus be considered as “overlay journals” built above the open archives; they add value to these archives by attaching a scientific caution to the validated papers.
The project proposes an alternative to existing economic models, without competing with traditional publishers.
The objectives are to achieve free journals and implement free access to electronic versions of articles. The epijournals could be new titles or existing ones wishing to join the platform. The Episciences.org platform will host epij ournals of all scientific subjects.
Epijournals can be either new titles created from scratch, or existing ones wishing to join the platform with a compatible publishing policy.
The authors are not requested to sign restrictive agreements and retain their copyrights on their papers.
The Episciences.org platform is hosted and developed by the CCSD.