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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 a 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.

PnPub Publication Criteria

What we are most concerned about is the quality, not quantity, of publications. We only publish high-quality scholarly papers. Publication Criteria describes the criteria that should be met for a contribution to be acceptable for publication in RonPub journals.

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 existing 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

Long-Term Preservation in the German National Library

Our publications are archived and permanently-preserved in the German National Library. The publications, which are archived in the German National Library, are not only long-term preserved but also accessible in the future, because the German National Library ensures that digital data saved in the old formats can be viewed and used on current computer systems in the same way they were on the original systems which are long obsolete.

Where is RonPub?

RonPub is a registered corporation in Lübeck, Germany. Lübeck is a beautiful coastal city, owing wonderful sea resorts and sandy beaches as well as good restaurants. It is located in northern Germany and is 60 kilometer away from Hamburg.

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. When a manuscript is submitted to a RonPub journal, the editor-in-chief of the journal assigns it to an appropriate editor who will be in charge of the review process of the manuscript. The editor first suggests potential reviewers and then organizes the peer-reviewing herself/himself or entrusts it to the editor office. For each manuscript, typically three review reports will be collected. The editor and the editor-in-chief evaluate the manuscript itself and the review reports and make an accept/revision/reject decision. Authors will be informed with the decision and reviewing results within 6-8 weeks on average after the manuscript submission. In the case of revision, authors are required to perform an adequate revision to address the concerns from evaluation reports. A new 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

Our publications have been archived and permanently-preserved in the German National Library. The publications, which are archived in the German National Library, are not only long-term preserved but also accessible in the future, because the German National Library ensures that digital data saved in the old formats can be viewed and used on current computer systems in the same way they were on the original systems which are long obsolete. 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.

Pre-Check:

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. To verify the originality of submissions, we use various plagiarism detection tools to check the content of manuscripts submitted to our journal against existing publications. 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.

Privacy Policy

1. Definitions
RonPub UG (haftungsbeschränkt), Lübeck, Germany is referred to as “RonPub”. The RonPub website (www.ronpub.com) and all sub-domains are referred to as “Website”. The term “User” shall refer to the user of RonPub Website and RonPub services.

2. General
The privacy policy outlines what kind of users' personal information RonPub will collect, how RonPub collects, uses and guards this information. By submitting the information to RonPub the User consents to the practices described herein.

3. Data Collection
When the User submits an original scientific article (“Article”) to RonPub for evaluation and possible publication or when a User submits a review report, RonPub collects information about the User (name, email address, and institution), and saves the submission record or the review report. Further data processing processes may take place and this will of course be separately informed to the User. The legal basis for this processing is Article 6 sec. 1 sent. 1 lit. a GDPR.

RonPub uses session cookies (storing IDs for identifying accesses within the same browser session) in RonPub's website, which are automatically deleted after the User has closed her/his browser. RonPub only uses session cookies for the purpose of providing the captcha at the submission pages of each journal for checking if the submitters of manuscripts are humans. RonPub uses session cookies for RonPub's legitimate interest to guarantee the website's stability and security (Article 6 sec. 1 sent. 1 lit. f GDPR).

RonPub's website is hosted by 1blu AG (Stromstraße 1-5, D-10555 Berlin, Germany). 1blu stores IP addresses of accesses to the webserver in order to track attacks and to prevent dangers. Anonymized IP addresses are stored by 1blu for a calendar month for providing statistics about RonPub's website, which are deleted after the first week of the following month. The automatic data collection in this context is necessary for RonPub to provide the website (Article 6 sec. 1 sent. 1 lit. b GDPR) and for RonPub's legitimate interest to guarantee the website's stability and security (Article 6 sec. 1 sent. 1 lit. f GDPR).

If the User sends an email to RonPub, RonPub stores the metadata, the content and attachments of the email in order to answer the User's email. Storing these data is necessary for RonPub for answering the User's request (Article 6 sec. 1 sent. 1 lit. b GDPR). These data are deleted after the purpose of the User's request has been fulfilled except for cases where legal obligations require a longer period of storing (Article 6 sec. 1 sent. 1 lit. c GDPR). The mail server is hosted by 1blu AG (Stromstraße 1-5, D-10555 Berlin, Germany).

4. Data Use
RonPub uses the personal information internally to fulfill and improve services.

5. Data Sharing
RonPub does not sell, share, disclose, or make this personal information available in any other way to any third parties without the permission from the User.

An article submitted by the User to RonPub is shared with the Editor-Of-Chief and editors of the correspondent journal as well as with a small number of reviewers. A submitted review is shared with the Editor-Of-Chief and editors of the correspondent journal, and (in an anonymized form) with the authors of the reviewed article. Legal basis for the transfer of the User's personal data with her/his permission is Article 6 sec. 1 sent. 1 lit. b and f GDPR and represents RonPub's legitimate interest to implement the review process of RonPub's journals.

An accepted article and its metadata like author names, journal, number and issue in which the article is published, are made available on the webpage (in html and various formats like tex, xml, rdf and rss) and via an OAI PMH-Server for the User. These publicly available data may be indexed by libraries and bibliographic databases. Each journal webpage lists the known libraries and bibliographic databases, which index RonPub's published articles. Furthermore, the German National Library also archives RonPub's published articles for the purpose of providing an URN for long-time preservation and accessibility. Legal basis for the transfer of the authors' personal data with their permission is Article 6 sec. 1 sent. 1 lit. b GDPR.

6. Data Protection
RonPub takes all reasonable efforts and appropriate safeguards to protect the security, integrity and privacy of all data we collect from the User on our websites. We regularly review our security and privacy policies and improve them as necessary.

7. Changes
RonPub reserves the right to change the Privacy Policy at any time without prior notice. Please periodically visit our website and check the Privacy Policy for any modifications. The User's continued use of the Website implies that the User has accepted and agreed to the changes after RonPub has published the revised Privacy Policy on this page of the Website.

8. User's Rights
The User is at any time entitled to exercise some or all of the following rights:

  • The User may ask for the User's personal data stored at RonPub. The User may require to receive the personal data concerning the User in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and/or transmit those data to another controller (where technically feasible).
  • The User may request rectification, removal or restriction of the User's personal data. Data that is needed for processing open tasks or for enforcing our obligations may remain in storage for a certain period of time. We take reasonable efforts to keep the processing activities with respect to the User's data as limited as possible. In the absence of specific retention periods set out in the Privacy Policy, the User's data will be retained only for as long as we need it to fulfill our tasks, to resolve disputes and to enforce our obligations.
  • The User may refuse to provide and – without impact to data processing activities that have taken place before such withdrawal – withdraw the User's consent to processing of her/his personal data at any time.
  • The Unabhängiges Landeszentrum für Datenschutz (ULD) Schleswig-Holstein is the data protection authority responsible for RonPub. The User may contact this data protection authority for lodging complaints.

9. Contact Us
The User can send a request per email to manage@ronpub.com at any time and we will inform the User of her/his personal data we have saved. If you have any requests, questions or comments regarding this privacy policy, please contact us at manage@ronpub.com.

This privacy policy was last updated on 25 May 2018.