A colleague just pointed out this new journal, Copyright, to me. It looks interesting – interdiscplinary, open access, and a commitment to publishing experiments. Blurb over the fold.

Here’s the blurb from the website:

‘Copyright, a new open-access, peer-reviewed journal led by a renowned editorial team, seeks papers on all aspects of copyright in the Internet age. The journal features a rapid review and publication time while maintaining rigorous standards regarding the quality of the work. Copyright focuses on detailed research and case studies vetted by peer-review; opinion pieces and shorter communications are also invited and will be accepted at the editors’ discretion. Because the journal is open-access, the author retains the copyright to his or her works.

Copyright is structured to be a new type of journal, not just a place to publish ideas but a locus to generate them–vital in an area of academic interest largely composed of subdisciplines of other fields. For instance, while the majority of articles will still be published in the traditional fashion, a novel, collaborative approach has been implemented as well. Potential authors can simply begin contributing to such an article while the system tracks the individuals’ contributions. The article is then submitted through the normal review process and, if accepted, authorship is assigned based on the tracked contributions as the last step of the review process.’

The journal has a seriously good set of editors on its board, including: Rosemary Coombe, Michael Geist, William Landes, Lawrence Lessig, Stan Liebowitz, and William Patry (among others). Key things to note here – (a) potentially quick turn around time, being an online publication, (b) open access – meaning people can find your stuff (c) interesting ideas to expand beyond traditional straightforward publication and (d) a list of editors that makes it look like they are serious about their interdisciplinary credentials – these are not just lawyers, and in fact include some of the more important cross-disciplinary writers in the field. The editorial board is also notably international. It looks like it might be a bit like First Monday, but with a more legal/copyright focus. Definitely worth keeping an eye on, and worth sending something to them.