Finnish OA journal

In his Editorial in the May issue of Human Technology: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Humans in ICT Environments, Pertti Saariluoma of the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, sums up the OA policies of the journal and the rationale behind.

The journal, now in its third volume, has from its start “envisioned open access to knowledge and collaboration among multiple disciplines as its key benefits… We seek to bring the perspectives of multiple disciplines and multiple cultures into dialogue regarding the interplay between humans and technology. .. By allowing a free and open forum for many voices and many perspectives on developments in science and technologies – as well as many manifestations of the human experience – all societies benefit.”

With funding from the Agora Center at the University of Jyväskylä, there has so far not been any need for author-side fees. Articles are peer-reviewed. “We can – and do – address some of the strain by lifting somewhat the burdens of access to quality research and in providing the opportunity for any knowledgeable researcher to contribute to the international discussion.”