Journal Concept

I. Overall Concept

Living Reviews in European Governance is an entirely web-based, peer-reviewed journal, publishing reviews of research on core themes relating to European Integration and Governance. LREG is published by the Institute for European Integration Research (EIF) / University of Vienna.

The articles in LREG are solicited from specialists in their fields and are directed towards the scientific community at or above the graduate student level. The articles provide up-to-date critical reviews of the state of research in the fields they cover. They also offer annotated insights (and where possible, active links) into the key literature and describe online resources available in these fields. LREG is unique in maintaining a range of high-quality reviews and all articles are subjected to strict peer-review. In addition, the journal is offered as a free service to the scientific community. One of the most important features of LREG is that its articles are kept up to date by their authors. This is the significance of the word "Living" in the journal's title.

LREG is the third Living Reviews journal following Living Reviews in Solar Physics and Living Reviews in Relativity (see http://www.livingreviews.org) and it was the first in the social sciences.

It is central to the concept of LREG that it is a fully electronic journal. This means that articles can be updated regularly and with minimum effort. Besides its high-quality, searchable, easily navigable scientific content, the journal includes useful indexes of print and electronic resources. In this way, LREG can be used by its readers as a database, an encyclopaedia, or a research briefing, in addition to a review journal. The goal of the journal is to develop its articles into a carefully screened and edited, well-integrated, topical set of hypertext documents that, taken together, form a valuable research tool for scholars of European Integration.

After the transfer of the journal from Max Planck Society some of the functionalities are currently not available.

II. Publication Details

The journal is organized into yearly volumes. Articles appear throughout the year, as they are ready for publication. The journal carries no page charges for authors and no subscription fees for users. Current plans are to ensure that LREG remains a freely available publication throughout its existence.

The journal is not distributed on paper in the traditional way. In general, users access and use LREG on its home website. Individual articles can be downloaded in a format suitable for printing or in a self-contained set of HTML pages for off-line reading.

As a free service, LREG maintains a subscription list. This mailing list will be used to notify journal users when a new article has been published and will also provide the article's abstract. In addition, information about general changes and other matters pertaining to LREG is emailed to subscribers. Users will not need to subscribe to the LREG mailing list in order to view the articles in the journal; joining the list, however, will be a convenient way for users to stay informed about what is happening in Living Reviews in European Governance.

III. Updatability

The key feature of Living Reviews in general and LREG in particular is the concept of a living article. This means that LREG will take advantage of the ease of editing electronic material to keep articles up-to-date.

Because LREG offers immediate online access to all its articles and to any online materials cited in those articles, it recognizes that it is essential that all articles and all links stay current.

First, and most importantly, authors will substantially revise articles as important new research developments occur. These article updates are either treated as new publications, subjected to refereeing, and published with a new publication number ("Major Updates"), or, in case of short addenda of current research results and trends ("Revisions"), are added directly to the original article.

IV. Editorial Policy

Living Reviews in European Governance publishes reviews in all areas of European Integration. The editors solicit articles from leading experts, with a view to achieving uniform coverage of research in European Governance. All submitted articles are reviewed and edited carefully, with attention paid to content, organisation, and style as they relate to the aims of LREG.

Each article should be a thorough overview of the state of the art and a commentary of its evolution, achievements and gaps. That is, an author specializing in a given area will inform advanced scholars from other subject areas about the latest significant research in his or her area of specialisation. Although articles may explain difficult concepts and provide an overall framework for understanding work in a field, they will not be primarily tutorial in nature. Rather than methodically covering every aspect of a given research area, an article published in LREG highlights significant issues affecting the field, provides thoughtful and evaluative commentary on the essential concepts being used in current research, and offers insight into the challenges facing future research efforts. Through their commentary, and, where appropriate, by offering direct annotation, authors guide users to the most useful, reliable, and interesting references.

As mentioned above, articles in Living Reviews in European Governance are revised as new research developments occur. In this way, users can be confident of finding the latest important work in LREG.
Major Updates are treated editorially as new articles, with full referee scrutiny. These are assigned a new publication number and replace their older versions in the author- and subject-organised article listings. "Major Updates" appear in the journal as soon as they are accepted. The link to the old version of the review from the table of content of the respective journal volume will be de-activated to ensure that a reader does not accidentally take an outdated version of the review for the most current one. For archival purposes, older versions of a review will remain available, but Living Reviews users will be able to access these older versions only through the review's history page.
Minor Revisions are errata or short addenda of current research results, trends and developments, or important publications that will be inserted at the appropriate place in the review text. They can either be added at the end of the paper, or be distributed throughout the text. "Revisions" will not be considered as new publications, but rather as revisions of an existing article and therefore only reviewed by the Section Editor.
All such changes are carefully documented in the online and print versions of the article, and recorded on the article's history page.

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