Overlay journal

An overlay paper or overlay eJOURNAL is a term for a specific kind of open access academic newspaper , Almost always an online electronic diary (eJOURNAL). Such a journal does not produce its own content. While many overlay journals derive their content from prepress servers, others, such as the Lund Medical Faculty Monthly , the main focus of the paper is to publish the booklet.

The editors of newspaper locate Such a suitable material from open access repositories and public domain sources, read it, and evaluate-ict worth. This evaluation can take the form of the judgment of a single editor or editors, or a full peer review process.

Public validation of the texts can take several forms. At its most formal, the editor may republish the article with explicit approval. Approval might take the form of an addition to the text or its metadata . But the editor may simply link to the article, via the table of contents of the newspaper overlay. An alternative approach to articles published in various open access ejournals, but adding value by grouping scattered articles to a single themed issue of the overlay journal. These themes are relatively obscure or newly emerging topics.


The term ‘overlay journal’ was first coined by Paul Ginsparg in 1996. [1] That same year, the Journal of Physical Review , which was originally published. [2] However, the Journal of High Energy Physics , Logical Methods in Computer Science and Geometry and Topology , all of which were overlays for arXiv . [1]

In February 2016, Timothy Gowers launched the Discrete Analysis newspaper overlay . [3]


  1. ^ Jump up to:b Brown, Josh. “An introduction to overlay journals” . UCL Discovery . Retrieved 24 March 2017 .
  2. Jump up^ Cassella, Maria; Calvi, Licia (March 2010). “New journal models and publishing perspectives in the evolving digital environment”. IFLA Journal . 36 (1): 7-15. doi : 10.1177 / 0340035209359559 .
  3. Jump up^ Ball, Philip (15 September 2015). “Leading mathematician launches arXiv ‘overlay’ journal”. Nature . 526 (7571): 146-146. doi : 10.1038 / nature.2015.18351 .