Article based publishing

In 2010 we began introducing article-based publishing for journals, making final and citable articles available online faster, and improving their findability. Articles will be published as soon as possible without waiting for an issue to be compiled; they will appear in an “Issue in Progress”.

* Final and citable articles are published without needing to wait until a journal issue is complete
* Publication speed is improved by an average of 7 weeks
* Faster citations; researchers can use the complete citations earlier
* Publication process reflects industry shift from print to electronic publishing

With an increasing focus on online publishing, there is a growing need for innovative publication models geared towards individual articles instead of the print-based issue model. Article-based publishing is the assigning of final citation data on an article-by-article basis, decoupled from the compilation of the journal issue itself.

What is Article-based publishing
Article-based publishing is publishing an article to an “Issue in Progress” as soon as it is finalized and not having to wait for the entire issue to appear. Until now, articles had to wait until a journal issue was fully complete to be assigned page numbers; articles could therefore be moved around inside a journal issue, and page numbers could be reassigned before publication. Now, every time an individual article is finished, it receives a page range and is published online inside an Issue in Progress. Each finished article follows the previous one until the issue is filled with fully citable articles. Volume and issue numbering system will remain because this is the industry standard, and it also provides context to when the article was published.

“Article-Based Publishing is major step forward in publishing. Now the article is published in its final form within just a few weeks after acceptance, which provides the journal an important competitive advantage,” said Professor René Janssen, Editor of Organic Electronics. “Authors will be equally pleased to see the results of their research published sooner.”
Article-Based Publishing is a key part of Elsevier’s efforts to find new ways to speed up and enhance the publication process,” said Martin Tanke, Managing Director of S&T Journals for Elsevier. “Along with PeerChoice and Article of the Future, we’re continuously addressing our community’s requests for publishing innovation.”

Multiple Volumes in a catalogue year
If multiple volumes are available for a journal, multiple Issues in Progress can be open and filled with articles simultaneously, eliminating the lag time between issues. As a new volumes starts on page 1, article page numbers are known even though the previous volumes is still open.

Article based publishing 

Why Multiple Volumes?
It all comes down to ensuring we have the operational elements in place to publish quickly and accurately on the Article Based Publishing model that we’re moving to in 2012. We've observed that journals on ABP publishing more than 12 issues per annum sometimes become delayed. This is mainly because we need to wait for confirmation of the end page number of an issue before we can open up the next issue.
As a solution, having multiple volumes (all starting on page 1) allows us to stagger production planning, meaning that we can have more than one volume open at once (which is also useful for special issues) and close out each volume with an end page number.

* Publication times are reduced even further
* Scheduling of multiple volumes avoids delays between issues

Flexibility for Special Issues
* Special Issues can be inserted into the schedule without affecting the publication times of regular articles

* Catalogue may change to facilitate flexibility with multiple volumes – Please note that this change in the publication schedule (and possibly frequency) will not influence pricing.