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RonPub -- Research Online Publishing

RonPub (Research online Publishing) is an academic publisher of online, open access, peer-reviewed journals.  RonPub aims to provide a platform for researchers, developers, educators, and technical managers to share and exchange their research results worldwide.

RonPub is open access:

RonPub publishes all of its journals under the open access model, defined under BudapestBerlin, and Bethesda open access declarations:

  • All articles published by RonPub is fully open access and online available to readers free of charge.  
  • All open access articles are distributed under  Creative Commons Attribution License,  which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction free of charge in any medium, provided that the original work is properly cited. 
  • Authors retain all copyright to their work.
  • Authors may also publish the publisher's version of their paper on any repository or website. 

RonPub is cost-effective:

To be able to provide open access journals, RonPub defray publishing cost by charging an one-time publication fee for each accepted article. One of RonPub objectives is providing a fast and high-quality but lower-cost publishing service. In order to ensure that the fee is never a barrier to publication, RonPub offers a fee waiver for authors who do not have funds to cover publication fees. We also offer a partial fee waiver for editors and reviewers of RonPub as as reward for their work. See the respective Journal webpage for the concrete publication fee.

RonPub Publication Ethics Statement:

In order to ensure the publishing quality and the reputation of the publisher, it is important that all parties involved in the act of publishing adhere to the standards of the publishing ethical behaviour. To verify the originality of submissions, we use Plagiarism Detection Tools, like Anti-Plagiarism, PaperRater, Viper, to check the content of manuscripts submitted to our journals against previous publications.

RonPub follows the Code of Conduct of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and deals with the cases of misconduct according to the COPE Flowcharts

Where is RonPub?

RonPub is a registered corporation in Lübeck, Germany. Lübeck is a beautiful harbour city, 60 kilometer away from Hamburg.

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Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS)
OJIS, an open access and peer-reviewed online journal, publishes original and creative research results on information technologies. OJIS distributes its articles under the open access model. All articles of OJIS are fully open access and online available to readers free of charge. There is no restriction on the length of the papers. Accepted manuscripts are published online immediately.
Publisher: RonPub UG (haftungsbeschränkt), Lübeck, Germany
Contact: OJIS Editorial Office
ISSN: 2198-9281
Call for Papers: txtUTF-8 txtASCII pdf
OJIS Cover
Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS)
OJIS, an open access and peer-reviewed online journal, publishes original and creative research results on information technologies. OJIS distributes its articles under the open access model. All articles of OJIS are fully open access and online available to readers free of charge. There is no restriction on the length of the papers. Accepted manuscripts are published online immediately.
Publisher: RonPub UG (haftungsbeschränkt), Lübeck, Germany
Contact: OJIS Editorial Office
ISSN: 2198-9281
Call for Papers: txtUTF-8 txtASCII pdf

Aims & Scope

OJIS aims to provide a forum for sharing and exchanging ideas, experiences and research results among scientists and practitioners of information technologies. We publish regular research papers, short communications, reviews and visionary papers in all aspects of information systems. There is no restriction on the length of the papers. 

Regular research papers are full original findings with adequate experimental research. They make substantial theoretical and empirical contributions to the research field.  Research papers should be written in as concise a style as possible.

Short communications reports novel research ideas. The work represented should be technically sound and significantly advancing the state of the art. Short communications also include exploratory studies and methodological articles.

Research reviews are insightful and accessible overview of a certain field of research. They conceptualize research issues, synthesize existing findings and advance the understanding of the field. They may also suggest new research issues and directions.

Visionary papers identify new research issues and future research directions, and describe new research visions in the field. The new visions will potentially have great impact for the future society and daily life. 

The journal expects original, high-quality papers, including but not limited to the fields:

  • Data management
  • Information management
  • Knowledge management 
  • Knowledge Representation 
  • Information integration
  • Intelligent information access 
  • Enterprise Application Integration
  • E-commerce
  • Privacy and security in an e-society 
  • Design, Development and Management of information systems

Author Guidelines

Publication Criteria

Publication Criteria provides important information for authors to prepare their manuscripts with a high possibility of being accepted.

Manuscript Preparation

Please prepare your manuscripts using the manuscript template of the journal. It is available for download as word doc docx and latex version zip. The template describes the format and structure of manuscripts and other necessary information for preparing manuscripts. Manuscripts should be written in English. There is no restriction on the length of manuscripts.

Submission

Authors submit their manuscripts following the information on the submit pageAuthors first submit their manuscripts in PDF format. Once a manuscript is accepted, the author then submits the revised manuscript as a PDF file and a word file or latex folder (with all the material necessary to generate the PDF file). The work described in the submitted manuscript must be previously unpublished; it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else. 

Authors are welcome to suggest qualified reviewers for their papers, but this is not mandatory. If the author wants to do so, please provide the name, affiliations and e-mail addresses for all suggested reviewers.

Manuscript Status

After submission of manuscripts, authors will receive an email to confirm receipt of manuscripts. Subsequent enquiries concerning paper progress should be sent to the email address of the journal.

Review Procedure

RonPub is committed to enforcing a rigorous peer-review process. All manuscripts submitted for publication in RonPub journals are strictly and thoroughly peer-reviewed. Our editorial offices will organize the peer-reviewing and collect three review reports per manuscript. The editorial board will make an accept/revision/reject decision based on the reports of reviewers. Authors will be informed with the decision and reviewing results within 6-8 weeks after the manuscript submission. Authors should perform an adequate revision to address the concerns from reviewers. A second round of peer-review will be performed if necessary.

Accepted manuscripts are published online immediately.

Copyrights

Authors publishing with RonPub open journals retain the copyright to their work. 

All articles published by RonPub is fully open access and online available to readers free of charge.  RonPub publishes all open access articles under the Creative Commons Attribution License,  which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction freely, provided that the original work is properly cited.

Editor-in-Chief

Daniel Lemire, Université du Québec, Canada

Editors

Giuliano Armano, University of Cagliari, Italy

S.M. Aqil Burney, Institute of Business Management, Karachi, Pakistan

Mihaela Cocea, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Isabelle Comyn-Wattiau, CEDRIC-CNAM and ESSEC Business School, France

Ernesto Exposito, LAAS, France

Joaquim Filipe, School of Technology of Setúbal, Portugal

William Grosky, University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA

Ivan I. Ivanov, Empire State College, USA

Sokratis K. Katsikas, University of Piraeus, Greece

Carsten Kleiner, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover, Germany

Petr Křemen, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic

Yuhua Li, University of Ulster, UK

Chuan-Ming Liu, National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan

Pericles Loucopoulos, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Stephane Maag, Telecom SudParis, France

George D. Magoulas, Birkbeck College, University of London, United Kingdom

Tim A. Majchrzak, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway

Massimo Marchiori, University of Padua, Italy, and Chief Technology Officer, Atomium Culture

Alok Mishra, Atilim University, Ankara - Turkey

Harekrishna Misra, Institute of Rural Management Anand, India

Stavros D. Nikolopoulos, University of Ioannina, Greece

Eric Pardede, La Trobe University, Australia

Giovanni Sacco, Universita' di Torino, Italy

Vittorio Scarano, Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italy

Yair Wiseman, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Kokou Yetongnon, Université de Bourgogne, France

Sherali Zeadally, University of Kentucky, USA

OJIS Publication Fees

All articles published by RonPub are fully open access and online available to readers free of charge. To be able to provide open access journals, RonPub defrays the costs (induced by processing and editing of manuscripts, provision and maintenance of infrastructure, and routine operation and management of journals) by charging an one-time publication fee for each accepted article. In order to ensure that the fee is never a barrier to publication, RonPub offers a fee waiver for authors from low-income countries. Authors who do not have funds to cover publication fees should submit an application during the submission process. Applications of waiver will be examined on a case by case basis. The scientific committee members of RonPub are entitled a partial waiver of the standard publication fees as reward for their work. 

  • Standard publication fee: 338 Euro.
  • Authors from the low-income countries: 71% waiver of the standard publication fee. (Note: The list is subject to change based on the data of the World Bank Group.):
    Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Democratic Republic), Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea (Democratic People’s Republic), Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao (People’s Democratic Republic), Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Micronesia (Federated States of), Moldova, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, São Tomé and Principe, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza Strip, Yemen (Republic), Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • Scientific committee members: 25% waiver of the standard publication fee.
  • Guest editors and reviewers: 25% waiver of the standard publication fee for one year.

Payments from within the European Union are subject to VAT (19%). European Union customers must supply their VAT Number to be exempt from VAT charge. Customers from within Germany are not exempt from VAT charge.

Editors and reviewers have no access to payment information. The inability to pay will not influence the decision to publish a paper; decisions to publish are only based on the quality of work and the editorial criteria.

OJIS Indexing

In order for our publications getting widely abstracted, indexed and cited, the following methods are employed:

  • Various meta tags are embedded in each publication webpage, including Google Scholar Tags, Dublic Core, EPrints, BE Press and Prism. This enables crawlers of e.g. Google Scholar to discover and index our publications.
  • Different metadata export formats are provided for each article, including BibTex, XML, RSS and RDF. This makes readers to cite our papers easily.
  • An OAI-PMH interface is implemented, which facilitates our article metadata harvesting by indexing services and databases.

The paper Getting Indexed by Bibliographic Databases in the Area of Computer Science provides a comprehensive survey on indexing formats, techniques and databases. We will also continue our efforts on dissemination and indexing of our publications.

OJIS has been indexed by the following libraries and bibliographic databases:

Submission to Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS)

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Submission to Regular or Special Issue

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For Authors

Manuscript Preparation

Authors should first read the author guidelines of the corresponding journal. Manuscripts must be prepared using the manuscript template of the respective journal. It is available as word and latex version for download at the Author Guidelines of the corresponding journal page. The template describes the format and structure of manuscripts and other necessary information for preparing manuscripts. Manuscripts should be written in English. There is no restriction on the length of manuscripts.

Submission

Authors submit their manuscripts via the submit page of the corresponding journal. Authors first submit their manuscripts in PDF format. Once a manuscript is accepted, the author then submits the revised manuscript as PDF file and word file or latex folder (with all the material necessary to generate the PDF file). The work described in the submitted manuscript must be previously unpublished; it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else. 

Authors are welcome to suggest qualified reviewers for their papers, but this is not mandatory. If the author wants to do so, please provide the name, affiliations and e-mail addresses for all suggested reviewers.

Manuscript Status

After submission of manuscripts, authors will receive an email to confirm receipt of manuscripts within a few days. Subsequent enquiries concerning paper progress should be made to the corresponding editorial office (see individual journal webpage for concrete contact information).

Review Procedure

RonPub is committed to enforcing a rigorous peer-review process. All manuscripts submitted for publication in RonPub journals are strictly and thoroughly peer-reviewed. Our editorial offices will organize the peer-reviewing and collect three review reports per manuscript. The editorial board will make an accept/revision/reject decision based on the reports of reviewers. Authors will be informed with the decision and reviewing results within 6-8 weeks after the manuscript submission. Authors should perform an adequate revision to address the concerns from reviewers. A second round of peer-review will be performed if necessary.

Accepted manuscripts are published online immediately.

Copyrights

Authors publishing with RonPub open journals retain the copyright to their work. 

All articles published by RonPub is fully open access and online available to readers free of charge.  RonPub publishes all open access articles under the Creative Commons Attribution License,  which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction freely, provided that the original work is properly cited.

Digital Archiving Policy

To guarantee permanent access to our publications, we will use LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Save) and CLOCKSS to archive our content. Further measures will be taken if necessary. Furthermore, we also encourage our authors to self-archive their articles published on the website of RonPub.

For Editors

About RonPub

RonPub is academic publisher of online, open access, peer-reviewed journals. All articles published by RonPub is fully open access and online available to readers free of charge.

RonPub is located in Lübeck, Germany. Lübeck is a beautiful harbour city, 60 kilometer away from Hamburg.

Editor-in-Chief Responsibilities

The Editor-in-Chief of each journal is mainly responsible for the scientific quality of the journal and for assisting in the management of the journal. The Editor-in-Chief suggests topics for the journal, invites distinguished scientists to join the editorial board, oversees the editorial process, and makes the final decision whether a paper can be published after peer-review and revisions.

As a reward for the work of a Editor-in-Chief, the Editor-in-Chief will obtain a 25% discount of the standard publication fee for her/his papers (the Editor-in-Chief is one of authors) published in any of RonPub journals.

Editors’ Responsibilities

Editors assist the Editor-in-Chief in the scientific quality and in decision about topics of the journal. Editors are also encouraged to help to promote the journal among their peers and at conferences. An editor invites at least three reviewers to review a manuscript, but may also review him-/herself the manuscript. After carefully evaluating the review reports and the manuscript itself, the editor makes a commendation about the status of the manuscript. The editor's evaluation as well as the review reports are then sent to EiC, who make the final decision whether a paper can be published after peer-review and revisions. 

The communication with Editorial Board members is done primarily by E-mail, and the Editors are expected to respond within a few working days on any question sent by the Editorial Office so that manuscripts can be processed in a timely fashion. If an editor does not respond or cannot process the work in time, and under some special situations, the editorial office may forward the requests to the Publishers or Editor-in-Chief, who will take the decision directly.

As a reward for the work of editors, an editor will obtain a 25% discount of the standard publication fee for her/his papers (the editor is one of authors) published in any of RonPub journals.

Guest Editors’ Responsibilities

Guest Editors are responsible of the scientific quality of their special issues. Guest Editors will be in charge of inviting papers, of supervising the refereeing process (each paper should be reviewed at least by three reviewers), and of making decisions on the acceptance of manuscripts submitted to their special issue. As regular issues, all accepted papers by (guest) editors will be sent to the EiC of the journal, who will check the quality of the papers, and make the final decsion whether a paper can be published.

Our editorial office will have the right directly asking authors to revise their paper if there are quality issues, e.g. weak quality of writing, and missing information. Authors are required to revise their paper several times if necessary. A paper accepted by it's quest editor may be rejected by the EiC of the journal due to a low quality. However, this occurs only when authors do not really take efforts to revise their paper. A high-quality publication needs the common efforts from the journal, reviewers, editors, editor-in-chief and authors.

The Guest Editors are also expected to write an editorial paper for the special issue. As a reward for work, all guest editors and reviewers working on a special issue will obtain a 25% discount of the standard publication fee for any of their papers published in any of RonPub journals for one year.

Reviewers’ Responsiblity

A reviewer is mainly responsible for reviewing of manuscripts, writing reviewing report and suggesting acception or deny of manuscripts. Reviews are encouraged to provide input about the quality and management of the journal, and help promote the journal among their peers and at conferences.  

Upon the quality of reviewing work, a reviewer will have the potential to be promoted to a full editorial board member. 

As a reward for the reviewing work, a reviewer will obtain a 25% discount of the standard publication fee for her/his papers (the review is one of authors) published in any of RonPub journals.

Launching New Journals

RonPub always welcomes suggestions for new open access journals in any research area. We are also open for publishing collaborations with research societies. Please send your proposals for new journals or for publishing collaboration to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Publication Criteria

This part provides important information for both the scientific committees and authors.

Ethic Requirement:

For scientific committees: Each editor and reviewer should conduct the evaluation of manuscripts objectively and fairly.
For authors: Authors should present their work honestly without fabrication, falsification, plagiarism or inappropriate data manipulation.

Before review:

In order to filter fabricated submissions, the editorial office will check the authenticity of the authors and their affiliations before a peer-review begins. It is important that the authors communicate with us using the email addresses of their affiliations and provide us the URL addresses of their affiliations. The overall quality of paper will be also checked including format, figures, tables, integrity and adequacy. Authors may be required to improve the quality of their paper before sending it out for review. If a paper is obviously of low quality, the paper will be directly rejected.

Acceptance Criteria:

The criteria for acceptance of manuscripts are the quality of work. This will concretely be reflected in the following aspects:

  • Novelty and Practical Impact
  • Technical Soundness
  • Appropriateness and Adequacy of 
    • Literature Review
    • Background Discussion
    • Analysis of Issues
  • Presentation, including 
    • Overall Organization 
    • English 
    • Readability

For a contribution to be acceptable for publication, these points should be at least in middle level.

Guidelines for Rejection:

  • If the work described in the manuscript has been published, or is under consideration for publication anywhere else, it will not be evaluated.
  • If the work is a plagiarism, or contains data falsification or fabrication, it will be rejected.
  • Manuscripts, which have seriously technical flaws, will not be accepted.

Call for Journals

Research Online Publishing (RonPub, www.ronpub.com) is a publisher of online, open access and peer-reviewed scientific journals.  For more information about RonPub please visit this link.

RonPub always welcomes suggestions for new journals in any research area. Please send your proposals for journals along with your Curriculum Vitae to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

We are also open for publishing collaborations with research societies. Please send your publishing collaboration also to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Be an Editor / Be a Reviewer

RonPub always welcomes qualified academicians and practitioners to join as editors and reviewers. Being an editor/a reviewer is a matter of prestige and personnel achievement. Upon the quality of reviewing work, a reviewer will have the potential to be promoted to a full editorial board member.

If you would like to participate as a scientific committee member of any of RonPub journals, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your curriculum vitae. We will revert back as soon as possible. For more information about editors/reviewers, please visit this link.

Contact RonPub

Location

RonPub UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
Hiddenseering 30
23560 Lübeck
Germany

Comments and Questions

For general inquiries, please e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For specific questions on a certain journal, please visit the corresponding journal page to see the email address.