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Scope and mission

OpenWebJournal is an independent on-line community focused on advancing openness, innovation and opportunity on the web by publishing peer-reviewed articles, and other media, of contributors for and against these ideas. The target audience are early adapters to new Internet technologies, the main stream users of the Internet and fans of the Open Initiative and Open Source Software.

- OpenWebJournal’s primary mission is to contribute to the evolution of the Internet, while defining the interface between research, developers and users -


  • Marco Casteleijn (Project lead, Creative Director)
  • Paul Booker (Drupal consulting | Ubuntu / Slicehost administrator) (Sponsored by Appcoast)
  • mono
  • Jamey Boje (Creative input)
  • Ian Hayward (Appcoast Director & Open Source Entrepreneur)
  • Robin Monks (Former SFX 1.0 admin, current Drupal developer and technical writer)


  • Jason Hibbets (project manager on Brand Communications + Design team (basically an internal agency) at Red Hat and the lead administrator for
  • Carlo Frinolli (creative director
  • Otto de Voogd (owner of; Mozilla community member)
  • Ken Saunders (owner of and; Mozilla community member)

People Needed

  • Moderators
  • Editor in Chief
  • Editor(s) {Social Impact}
  • Editor(s) {Personification and New Tools}
  • Editor(s) {Reviews of Available Mozilla Tools}
  • Editors(s) {Commercial involvment}
  • Editors(s) {Shorts}
  • Internal Authors
  • Suggested Peer reviewers (for each section; please add you name if you are available)
  • External Authors (to be Peer reviewed)
  • Graphic designer

The Journal

  • Consists of Content made and written by the community
  • Content is from Peer Reviewed Authors/Artists/Designers
  • Content is text, video, audio, art and photo
  • Some minor Content is Editorial and
  • Different roles can be identified:
  1. Administrators {they take care site related issues, such as maintenance}
  2. Moderators {they moderate comments/subscribers/blogs} (a)
  3. Editors {they take care of how Content is displayed, this includes layout of the magazine, different blocks, updates of the "look" over time etc...} (b)
  4. Authors {they submit Content} (c)
  5. Subscribers {registered users with something to say (comments)}(d)

Combinations of roles a, b, c, and d are possible.

  • There is input and output:


  1. - Content submitted by Authors (also in an editorial role)
  2. - Automated list of newly submitted titles ("the buzz")
  3. - Automated list of top 10 lists (most commented article)
  4. - Blog network of Subscribers
  5. - Automated list of top 10 lists (most commented blog)


  1. - Frontpage (one before, one after log-in), overview of latest articles, most commented articles, featured article,other?
  2. - Articles (Editorial and per subsection Peer Reviewed) as drupal nodes (and as downloadable PDFs??)
  3. - Comments (also Disqus module and microblogged (if user chooses so)
  4. - DOI number to research articles
  5. - Abstracts to external publisher?

Editorial Sections

  • /Featured /
  • /News and Views? /
  • /Opinion and Comment (correspondence; Commentary; Book Reviews) /
  • /Jobs/Adds?

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  • A Editorial Collage with a theme picked from the articles. The collage will consist of Editorial Content and summaries of peer-reviewed Articles submitted in the past which fit this theme.
  • The Collage will have an 'In this Collage' Page
  • The Collage will have 'Views and Commentary'
  • Each Collage will have its own flavor, but will be published 1-4 times a year and also uploaded to Magcloud.

Peer Review Sections

The Journal consists of the following topics:</br> (this may change, but seems ok right now)

Social impact The Internet is a social integral part of modern daily life. The authors may comment on (in a review), or show in original work (in a research article), these aspects in relation to education, communication, collaboration, business, entertainment and society as a whole.

Own Web and New Tools The Internet is used by individuals. Fundamental rights such as privacy, security, personalization of Internet tools, transparency, and legal ownership of data(traffic) are topics to be discussed from an original (research) standpoint. New software tools may also fit this scope.

Reviews of Open Web Tools Critical review of Open Web tools, especially in relation to other compatible tools will give valuable feedback in relation to openness, innovation and opportunity on the web.

Commercial involvement Companies are hereby invited to give their view, research and involvement in the development of the Internet. Companies may develop Open Internet Tools or Closed Applications. The authors may not have to agree with the mission of Openness on the Internet, a healthy dialog between different approaches will give new insights in the metrics of the Internet.

Short original opinions which fit into the mission statement of the Journal in the form of a 1-2 frame comic, original artwork, letters, photo’s (with caption), videos/cartoon (max. 10 sec, for Internet publishing only), letter of intent for kick-starter projects, or code (keep it short and simple).


  • Content Life Time:

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In regards to the work-flow module and the underlying processes, the work flow of OpenPublish will be used to start with.


//What a form should contain according to the flow diagram above.

  1. Creating contentWhen an Authors creates an Article he/she is asked to fill a downloadable form and needs to be filled and submitted to the Editors.
  • Peer Reviewing:
  1. A peer reviewer user should be created in the OpenPublish format or individual nodes get a special access for the reviewers
  2. Comments to the article should be done in drupal, but not published later when the article is published (if the reviewer wishes so).
  • Editing and Publishing:
  1. Checklist: The Editor has to check the following aspects (a more clarified explanation will be given per item):
    - Is this really you?
    - Are the Reviewers not of the same affiliation as the Author(s)
    - Is the Manuscript missing anything (Review information, Figures, Supplementary material, etc...)?
    - Is the Manuscript rejected? If so: see Rejected Manuscripts Process.
  2. The Author should be able to see a Printing Proof page.
  3. The Author re-submits the corrections, if needed, (revised manuscript in full) within 7 days. Can drupal track changes?
  4. Editor will publish the article to the site
  5. The full version is viewable for the subscribers and readers.


  • Not relevant yet


  • Idea phase (Dec. 2010)
  • URL and are purchased (Jan. 2011)
  • Social media (facebook, twitter, social@mozilla, Diaspora, ...) created.
  • Drupal site in basic format is up (Dec. 2010) based on OpenPublish
  • Sandbox: Text for menu Items: [Please Review (pR)]/[Corrections Needed (CN)/[Done (D)]
  • Community building needed and initiated (Jan. 2011)
  • Basecamp in OpenAtrium set-up (ask for invites)
  • MagCloud account created (March 2011)
  • Discussions, Bookpages are created --> transform to Cases (in Case tracker)


Feature requests

  • Peer reviewed section for specific content
  • (background info; very old, we moved away from a Mozillamagazine to a open web journal)
  • Own Drupal theme: color scheme and unique clean look (Fonts; graphics)
  • More final feature list will be public here when we know...

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