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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 Big Data (OJBD)
OJBD, an open access and peer-reviewed online journal, publishes original and creative research results on Big Data. OJBD distributes its articles under the open access model. All articles of OJBD 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: OJBD Editorial Office
ISSN: 2365-029X
Call for Papers: txtUTF-8 txtASCII pdf
OJBD Cover
Open Journal of Big Data (OJBD)
OJBD, an open access and peer-reviewed online journal, publishes original and creative research results on Big Data. OJBD distributes its articles under the open access model. All articles of OJBD 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: OJBD Editorial Office
ISSN: 2365-029X
Call for Papers: txtUTF-8 txtASCII pdf

Aims & Scope

Big Data research is expected to be the hottest topic for the next five years. We shall have solid plans and regular meetings to ensure that our journal attracts the best papers from reputable researchers to support our mission continuously. Our objectives are as follows:

  • Disseminate the emerging techniques, technologies and services associated with Big Data.
  • Offer empirical evidence and approaches to demonstrate contributions made by Big Data.
  • Offer recommendations to research and enterprise communities that use Big Data as a solution for their work.
  • Offer guidelines and strategic directions in the way that Big Data research should progress.

We will seek recommendations and practices that can be successfully delivered to other disciplines such as healthcare, finance, education and science, providing us quality papers centered on Big Data and whose lessons learned will be transferable across disciplines to encourage inter-disciplinary research and funding activities essential for progressive research and development. We will cover extensive studies to ensure that the research and enterprise communities can take our recommendations, guidelines and best practices, which will make real positive impacts to their services and projects. We will ensure that key lessons taken from our journal can be very useful to communities. By blending workshops and calls for papers in our journal, we will ensure that our articles are of the highest caliber and can demonstrate added values and benefits to the people adopting our recommendations. We will ensure all submitters understand and use our recommendations, so that their citations and adoptions of our key lessons will keep our quality high.

Our journal has an advantage over the competing journals in Big Data as follows. First, steps involved in Big Data development should be reproducible to allow organizations to follow. Some articles in competing journals are very theoretical, making reproduction difficult. Second, all demonstrated deliveries in our journal should be easy to use, and provide real added value to technology-adopting organizations beyond just technical implementations. Unlike some articles in competing journals, whose deliveries are hard to understand and don’t consider technical or organizational adoption. We also encourage industrial partners to provide their latest developments, success stories (empirical) and best practices (quantitative and qualitative) to ensure our journal articles have the edge over others.

The Open Journal of Big Data (OJBD) welcomes high-quality and scholarly papers, which include new methodologies, processes, case studies, proofs-of-concept, scientific demonstrations, industrial applications and adoption. The journal covers a wide range of topics including Big Data science, frameworks, analytics, visualizations, recommendations and data-intensive research. The OJBD presents the current challenges faced by Big Data adoption and implementation, and recommends ways, techniques, services and technologies that can resolve existing challenges and improve on the current practices. We focus on how Big Data can make huge positive impacts to different disciplines in addition to IT, which include healthcare, finance, education, physical science, biological science, earth science, business & management, information systems, social sciences and law. There are eight major topics as follows:

  • Techniques, algorithms and innovative methods of processing Big Data (or Big datasets) that achieve performance, accuracy and low-costs.
  • Design, implementation, evaluation and services related to Big Data, including the development process, use cases, experiments and associated simulations.
  • Systems and applications developed by Big Data and descriptions of how Big Data can be used in disciplines such as bioinformatics, finance, education, natural science, weather science, life science, physics, astronomy, law and social science.
  • Security, privacy, trust, data ownership, legal challenges, business models, information systems, social implications, social network analyses and social science related to Big Data.
  • Consolidation of existing technologies (databases, web, mobile, HPC) and how to integrate them in Big Data such as SOA Big Data, data mining, machine learning, HPC Big Data and cloud storage.
  • Recommendations, emerging technologies and techniques associated with Big Data such as mobile Big Data, standards, multi-clouds and internet of things.
  • Data analysis, analytics and visualization, including GPU techniques, new algorithms and methods showing how to achieve significant improvements from existing methods.
  • Surveys, case studies, frameworks and user evaluations involved with qualitative, quantitative and/or computational research methods.

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.

 Open Access 

Conformance of Social Media as Barometer of Public Engagement

Songchun Moon

Open Journal of Big Data (OJBD), 2(1), Pages 1-10, 2016, Downloads: 1068

Full-Text: pdf | URN: urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194393 | GNL-LP: 1132360560 | Meta-Data: tex xml rdf rss | Show/Hide Abstract | Show/Hide BibTex

Abstract: There have been continuously a number of expectations: Social media may play a role of indicator that shows the degree of engagement and preference of choices of users toward music or movies. However, finding appropriate software tools in the market to verify this sort of expectation is too costly and complicated in their natures, and this causes a number of difficulties to attempt technical experimentation. A convenient and easy tool to facilitate such experimentation was developed in this study and was used successfully for performing various measurements with regard to user engagement in music and movies.

BibTex:

    @Article{OJBD_2016v2i101_Moon,
        title     = {Conformance of Social Media as Barometer of Public Engagement},
        author    = {Songchun Moon},
        journal   = {Open Journal of Big Data (OJBD)},
        issn      = {2365-029X},
        year      = {2016},
        volume    = {2},
        number    = {1},
        pages     = {1--10},
        url       = {https://www.ronpub.com/OJBD_2016v2i101_Moon.pdf},
        urn       = {urn:nbn:de:101:1-201705194393},
        publisher = {RonPub},
        bibsource = {RonPub},
        abstract = {There have been continuously a number of expectations: Social media may play a role of indicator that shows the degree of engagement and preference of choices of users toward music or movies. However, finding appropriate software tools in the market to verify this sort of expectation is too costly and complicated in their natures, and this causes a number of difficulties to attempt technical experimentation. A convenient and easy tool to facilitate such experimentation was developed in this study and was used successfully for performing various measurements with regard to user engagement in music and movies.}
    }

OJBD 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.

OJBD 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.

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

Submitting to Open Journal of Big Data (OJBD)

Please take care that you have considered the author guidelines. Especially take care that the paper is formatted according to the templates for latex or word provided there. Papers not formatted according to the RonPub templates are rejected without review!

Authors submit their manuscripts through the Submission System. Please contact us (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have problems in submitting.

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.