About the Proceedings of the JuliaCon Conferences

The Proceedings of the JuliaCon Conferences is an open-access journal published in cooperation with the the Open Journals.

What exactly do you mean by 'journal'

The Proceedings of the JuliaCon Conferences (JCON) is an academic journal (ISSN 2642-4029) with a formal peer review process that is designed to improve the quality of the software submitted. Upon acceptance into JCON, a Crossref DOI is minted and we list your paper on the JCON website.

Don't we have enough journals already?

Perhaps, and in a perfect world we'd rather papers about software weren't necessary but we recognize that for most researchers, papers and not software are the currency of academic research and that citations are required for a good career.

We built this journal because we believe that after you've done the hard work of writing great software, it shouldn't take weeks and months to write a paper about your work.

You said developer friendly, what do you mean?

We have a simple submission workflow and extensive documentation to help you prepare your submission. If your software is already well documented then paper preparation should take no more than an hour.

You can read more about our motivations to build JCON in our announcement blog post.

Scope & submission requirements

Not all software is eligible to be published in JOSS.

JOSS publishes articles about research software. This definition includes software that: solves complex modeling problems in a scientific context (physics, mathematics, biology, medicine, social science, neuroscience, engineering); supports the functioning of research instruments or the execution of research experiments; extracts knowledge from large data sets; offers a mathematical library; or similar.

JOSS submissions must:

  • Be open source (i.e., have an OSI-approved license).
  • Have an obvious research application.
  • Be feature-complete (no half-baked solutions) and be designed for maintainable extension (not one-off modifications).
  • Minor 'utility' packages, including 'thin' API clients, and single-function packages are not acceptable.

Authors wishing to make a pre-submission enquiry should open an issue on the JCON repository.

Editorial Board

Topic Editors

Valentin Churavy
Valentin Churavy (@vchuravy)
Editor: hpc, gpu

Ph.D Student at the JuliaLab at MIT.

Arfon Smith
Arfon Smith (@arfon)
Editor

Not a Julia Conference person (just testing)

Editors Emeritus

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Code of Conduct

Although spaces may feel informal at times, we want to remind authors and reviewers (and anyone else) that this is a professional space. As such, the JCON community adheres to a code of conduct adapted from the Contributor Covenant code of conduct.

Authors and reviewers will be required to confirm they have read our code of conduct, and are expected to adhere to it in all JCON spaces and associated interactions.

Ethics Guidelines

We also want to remind authors and reviewers (and anyone else) that we expect and require ethical behavior. Some examples are:

  • All authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of any mistakes of which they become aware.
  • Plagiarism (e.g., violation of another author's copyright), for both software and papers, is not allowed.
  • Self-plagiarism (repeated publication of the same work) is not allowed.
  • Author lists must be correct and complete. All listed authors must have made a contribution to the work, and all significant contributors should be included in the author list.
  • Reviews should be accurate and non-fraudulent. Examples of concerns are: Authors should not suggest reviewers who are not real people or have conflicts. Reviewers and editors must disclose conflicts. Bribes for authors, reviewers, editors are not permitted.

Any potentially unethical behavior should be brought to the attention of the JCON staff. See Contacting JCON.

The JCON Editors will track any concerns and respond to the submitter with a resolution, which will range from doing nothing if the editors disagree about the issue to withdrawing papers and notifying authors' institutions.

JCON Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Editorial Board
  • The JCON editorial board's members are recognized experts in the field. The full names and affiliations of the members are provided on the journal’s website (see editorial board). The individual editors' contact information are provided on that site, via their GitHub pages, and general contact information for the editorial office also on the journal’s website.
Authors and Authors responsibilities Peer-review process
  • All of JCON's content is subjected to peer-review (see about and docs).
  • JCON peer-review is defined as obtaining advice on individual manuscripts from reviewers expert in the field. This advice is public, and is given to both the editor(s) and the author(s), with the aim of pointing out issues the reviewers believe are insufficiently addressed for publication.
  • The JCON review process is clearly described on the journal’s website.
  • Judgments should be objective.
  • JCON reviewers should ideally have no conflict of interest. In practice, this is not always possible. If a reviewer has a conflict of interest, it must be declared and recorded, and the editors may choose to waive it if this is in the best interest of the review process.
  • Reviewers should point out relevant published work which is not yet cited.
  • JCON reviews are public and non-anonymous while in progress and post-review, as they take place via GitHub issues in a public repository.
Publication ethics
  • All authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of any mistakes of which they become aware.
  • Plagiarism (e.g., violation of another author's copyright), for both software and papers, is not allowed.
  • Self-plagiarism (repeated publication of the same work) is not allowed.
  • Author lists must be correct and complete. All listed authors must have made a contribution to the work, and all significant contributors should be included in the author list.
  • Reviews should be accurate and non-fraudulent. Examples of concerns are: Authors should not suggest reviewers who are not real people or have conflicts. Reviewers and editors must disclose conflicts. Bribes for authors, reviewers, editors are not permitted.
Copyright and Access
  • JCON copyright and licensing information is clearly described on the journal’s website.
  • The journal and all individual articles are freely available to all readers.
Archiving
  • JCON articles, metadata, and reviews are archived with Portico.
Ownership and management
  • Information about the ownership and/or management of a journal is clearly indicated on the journal’s website (see http://www.theoj.org).
  • JOSS and the Open Journals do not use organizational names that would mislead potential authors and editors about the nature of the journal’s owner.
Website Publishing schedule
  • JCON immediately publishes accepted articles; it is not a serial publication.
Name of journal
  • As far as we know, the journal name (Proceedings of the JuliaCon Conferences (JCON)) is unique and not one that is easily confused with another journal or that might mislead potential authors and readers about the journal’s origin or association with other journals.

Cost and Sustainability Model

Proceedings of the JuliaCon Conferences is an open access journal committed to running at minimal costs, with zero publication fees (article processing charges) or subscription fees.

Under the NumFOCUS nonprofit umbrella, JCON is now eligible to seek grants for sustaining its future. With an entirely volunteer team, JCON is seeking to sustain its operations via donations and grants, keeping its low cost of operation and free service for authors.

In the spirit of transparency, below is an outline of our current running costs:

  • Annual Crossref membership: $275 / year
  • Annual Portico membership: $250 / year
  • JCON paper DOIs: $1 / accepted paper
  • JCON website hosting (Heroku): $19 / month

Assuming a publication rate of 200 papers per year this works out at ~$4.75 per paper ((19*12) + 200 + 275 + 250) / 200.

A more detailed analysis of our running costs is available on our blog.

Income

JOSS has an experimental collaboration with AAS publishing where authors submitting to one of the AAS journals can also publish a companion software paper in JOSS, thereby receviving a review of their software. For this service, JOSS receives a small donation from AAS publishing. In 2019, JOSS received $200 as a result of this collaboration.

Donate

Donations are one way for JOSS to offset our costs:

Content Licensing & Open Access

JCON is an open access journal. Copyright of JCON papers is retained by submitting authors and accepted papers are subject to a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Any code snippets included in JCON papers are subject to the MIT license regardless of the license of the submitted software package under review.

Any use of the JOSS logo is licensed CC BY 4.0. See the joss/logo directory in the digital-assets repository for more information about it.

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Public user content licensed CC BY 4.0 unless otherwise specified.
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