How will the Publishing Process Change When IGI Global Journals Convert to a Continuous Publication Schedule?

By IGI Global on Sep 13, 2021
As journals have become more digital over the last several years, publishers are striving to break away from the limitations that traditional print/issue schedules present, and instead are opting to migrate to a more continuous pace. Research becomes dated quite quickly and risks losing its value if it sits for too long, and waiting for the assembly of a monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, etc. issue for articles to be published can be a huge detriment to timely research dissemination. Open Access (OA) publishers have been among some of the first to quickly transition to a continuous publication frequency to better cater to online publishing, but recently traditional publishers have been starting to more actively pursue this as well. In 2022, all of IGI Global’s 173+ scholarly journals will be converting to this publication frequency.
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So what exactly does continuous publication mean?
In journal publishing, continuous publication means that article manuscripts are being published immediately online as part of a continuous volume throughout the year. Instead of waiting for a full issue to be completed, the articles, once finalized, are each assigned an article number and filled into the current volume year. IGI Global’s process is that as soon as an article completes the peer review process and is accepted for publication it is moved into the production environment and then can quickly be typeset and then released online, creating a more rapid publication flow of topical and high-quality research.
What about article numbering?
Under the continuous publication frequency there is greater weight place on the volume and article numbering as well as the release date, as page numbers are no longer as critical or relevant. Some publishers will opt to still assign issue numbers. For IGI Global, all articles within a journal that are not part of a special issue are placed into “Issue 1”. Then, special issues are labeled with subsequent issue numbers (i.e. “Issue 2”, “Issue 3”, and so on and so forth) and as such any articles within those special issues will be assigned the appropriate issue number.
When does a volume year close?
journals For IGI Global, when a volume year closes and all content for the volume year has been released online, the next volume year will commence. For some journals, the volume year may end sooner than others with some closing out their volume year as early as October or November.
What about print?
For continuous publication journals, some publishers may opt not to release a print version, however, IGI Global does. At the conclusion of each volume year, IGI Global will release an end-of-year print publication for each journal which is comprised of all the article content published within the journal during that respective volume year.
What about indexing?
Moving to a continuous publication schedule does not affect journal indexing as indexes are looking at the total number of articles published across each volume year and then will look at year-to-year comparisons to ensure that a journal is consistent and/or demonstrating growth in the amount of content it is releasing.
What does this mean for authors and the readership of the journal?
Authors benefit from a much swifter publication process and no longer have to wait until issues are completed (or be at the mercy of a print schedule) to see their articles published online. Readers benefit from much swifter access to the final version of published articles, as they will no longer have to wait until issues are completed to gain access.
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