The Open Journal Project is based in Melbourne, Australia. It is an initiative of the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Institute, a not-for-profit international development organisation. We aim to use innovative new techniques to bring academic information and journal publishing to the world. We are committed to a more open and inclusive use of information and to supporting communities through the application and use of research.
We are using the peer-reviewed Journal of Humanitarian Engineering (JHE) as a case study to pilot innovations in Open Access. 'Humanitarian engineering' describes the application of engineering and technology for the benefit of disadvantaged communities. The field is vast, including water, energy, infrastructure, disability access, and much more. The JHE aims to document this intersection of technology and community development.
The JHE publishes the outcomes of research and fieldwork, and aims to highlight the importance of humanitarian engineering projects and to inspire engineering solutions for the world's most important challenges. The review process is single-blind, with multiple reviewers per paper.
Open access for all
The JHE is an open access publication, striving to set the highest standard of open access in the face of barriers to information. This means that the JHE is freely available for all readers, and there is no cost to authors for publication. It aims to make available plain language and translated versions of articles to enable access by non-English speakers, and those without scientific backgrounds.
The global digital divide remains a barrier to access for many. The journal strives to ensure accessibility in low-bandwidth areas through a stripped-down site, and physical copies of the journal are able to be sent throughout the world.