An overlay journal is a scientific journal like any other, with its own editorial line and a specific editorial approach, published on an Open Access platform for scientific evaluation and publication: Episciences.

Note: It goes without saying that an overlay journal can also provide a print version of their content.

It is possible to become an overlay journal for:

  • any existing journal either wishing to break free from a commercial editorial environment, or willing to achieve a greater autonomy if they are already publishing in Open Access;
  • any journal currently under development and looking for an environment that would provide a simple and flexible tool for hosting and managing the journal, along with significant dissemination opportunities.

In order to be published in an overlay journal, a submitted paper must be available in Open Access prior to the evaluation process. In other terms, authors must first deposit their full article on a public open archive (e.g., in France, HAL or ArXiV).

Please note that Academia, ResearchGate, and other private platforms are not open archives.

For journals to submit an application, please consult the EpiSSH-committee's wiki available here.

Actual members of the EpiSSH-comittee

  • Anne Baillot (Le Mans Université | Etudes Germaniques et Humanités Numériques)
  • Paul Bertrand (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgique | Histoire médiévale et DH)
  • Jonathan Chibois (Institut Interdisciplinaire d’Anthropologie du Contemporain (IIAC) | Anthropologie)
  • Stéphanie Dord-Crouslé (CNRS, UMR 5317 IHRIM | Littérature française)
  • Séverine Sofio (CNRS, UMR Cresppa | Sociologie)
  • Marianne Reboul (ENS de Lyon, UMR 5317 IHRIM | Humanités Numériques et Lettres Classiques)