Since June 2022, I am an Editorial Board Member of the eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government (JeDEM) – a platinum/diamond scholarly-led Open Access e-journal managed by an interdisciplinary team of scholars at the Department for E-Governance and Administration at Danube University Krems, Austria. Its new Chief Editor – an external scholar in the journal’s key area, who is invited every 4 years to advice on the journal’s strategy – is Anneke Zuiderwijk with whom I was proud to collaborate very actively as part of my research visit to Delft University of Technology, Faculty Technology Policy and Management.
JeDEM is interested in both theoretical, practical and empirical research in the categories Research Papers, Invited Papers, Project Descriptions and Reflections. Within this scope, JeDEM particularly welcomes, but is not limited to, submissions related to the following topics:
- ICT and communication technologies to promote democracy or (re-)democratization;
- Digital Divide, social inclusion and related political strategies;
- Data Divide and algorithmic accountability;
- policy analysis;
- the role of security and privacy;
- democratic innovation, governance models and alternative solutions.
- e-Society and e-Participation
- civic technologies and platforms (e.g. evaluation, critical and innovative approaches, national or international solutions);
- collaborative decision-making and participatory budgeting;
- the role of civil society and organizations;
- stakeholder analysis, tool assessment and evaluation (e.g. political parties, government);
- analysis of platform engagement (e.g. semantic analysis, computational or discourse analytical approaches);
- co-decision, co-creation, co-production, decision-making and e-voting.
- general government services, evaluation of public policies (e.g. platforms for digital communication, virtual organizations and solutions, organizational training);
- decision-making, Artificial Intelligence and automatization;
- environmental, social and smart governance solutions;
- governmental innovation.
- Open data, including both social and technical aspects and the intersection between them
- open data policy, governance, decision-making and co-production;
- technical frameworks for open data and metadata (e.g. ontologies, data formats, standards and APIs; data visualization; data quality);
- evidence and impacts of open data: on society and/or public administration; value of real-life applications based on open data, costs and benefits of providing or using open data; emerging good practices; value generation (e.g. transparency, accountability, economic value, public service provision).
- Data sharing and use, including but not limited to:
- data with different levels of openness;
- the role of public, private and societal stakeholders in data sharing and use, data end-users and intermediaries;
- challenges and solutions for data sharing and use by various actors, including governments, researchers, companies, citizens, journalists, students, NGOs, librarians and intermediaries.
- Open science, open access and open source software, including but not limited to:
- best practices of open science;
- benefits and challenges of scholarly publication, publishing data, information, articles and code through portals and platforms with different levels of openness;
- safe and responsible sharing of data, information, articles and code with others
- communication platforms to get more exposure and enhance usability of (open) data information, publications and code.
We encourage a diversity of methods and theoretical lenses, including critical studies in the above-mentioned thematic fields. It is the journal’s mission to encourage interdisciplinarity, unconventional ideas and multiple perspectives, and to connect leading thinkers and young scholars in inspiring reflections. JeDEM is an innovative journal that welcomes submissions from all disciplines and approaches. We publish both theoretical and empirical research, both qualitative and quantitative.
For the types of contribution, they are:
- Research papers (double blind peer-review):
- Regular submissions (submitted throughout the year, unrelated to a specific call for papers);
- Special issue submissions (related to a call for papers);
- Enhanced conference papers;
- Reflections (reviews, comments, discussions, interviews, project descriptions) (editorial review).
JeDEM provides full open access to its authors and readers. Publishing with and reading JeDEM is free of charge. We ask authors to register with JeDEM to manage the publishing process. To gain all the benefits of the JeDEM community we recommend authors, readers, editors and reviewers to register their interest with JeDEM. JeDEM is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal (ISSN: 2075-9517). All journal content, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Licence.
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