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Future research magazine

Profile and orientation

The profiling of futurology is a major challenge and a central task of the Zeitschrift für Zukunftsforschung. Articles on theoretical and methodological issues can appear in the journal and the results of empirically applied futures research can be discussed.

Articles on empirically applied futurology must have the description of probable, possible or desirable future developments or conditions as an explicit and research-guiding objective. In this way, the contributions differ from primarily present-day research, which only provides an outlook into the future.

In terms of content, the magazine is interdisciplinary. In principle, any research question related to the future can become the subject of the Zeitschrift für Zukunftsforschung, provided it is related to social developments.

Who is the magazine aimed at?

The journal is primarily aimed at the scientific community of German-language future research. The target group of readers and authors primarily includes the following people:

  • Members of universities and university-related research institutions;

  • Relevant interested parties in the diverse landscape of non-academic research institutions. These include, for example, privately financed research groups and think tanks;

  • Members of private and socio-political organizations with a future research interest - e.g. political foundations, non-governmental organizations, companies, parties or interest groups.

How is the magazine structured?

The question of the possibilities and limits of future-oriented research is an essential part of the scientific discussion in future research. In fact, future research is primarily applied research that is carried out in a wide variety of subject areas. Both approaches can be found in the structure of the magazine. Articles on methodological and method-related issues are therefore taken into account as well as the discussion of the results of foresight projects, technology early detection and technology assessment, innovation research, trend research, regional development, economic forecasts, social diagnoses and analyzes, etc.

How are the articles reviewed?

The publication of an article in the magazine for futurology is tied to a positive expert evaluation. The peer review is carried out in a double-blind process, in which the authors and reviewers are not known to each other.

How often does the magazine appear?

The magazine for futurology appears every six months in spring and autumn.

Why Open Access?

The aim of the Open Access movement is to make scientific literature and scientific materials accessible to all users free of charge on the Internet. A key aspect is to maximize the dissemination of scientific information. In all questions of reprinting, distribution and in all questions of copyright, the only limitation is to give the respective authors control over their work and to secure their right to have their work properly recognized and cited. In accordance with the basic assumption that the free and public availability of research benefits a worldwide exchange of knowledge, the magazine for futurology offers free and open access to its content.

How is the magazine archived?

The journal for futurology is published and archived on the platform of the Digital Peer Publishing (DIPP) initiative of the University Library Center North Rhine-Westphalia. In addition to regular backups, long-term archiving is ensured through several steps:

  • all publications are described with metadata and additionally provided with a persistent identifier for the purpose of citability and clear retrievability;

  • the contents are held in the Fedora repository together with the bibliographical and technical metadata;

  • the electronic publications are reported to the German National Library as online publications or, in the future, registered via the OAI-PMH interface. Due to the distribution achieved in this way, the published articles can be researched in Google Scholar, BASE or DigiBib, among others.

How is copyright regulated?

The articles published in the Zeitschrift für Zukunftsforschung are subject to a Digital Peer Publishing License (DPPL), which regulates the rights of the authors, the Zeitschrift für Zukunftsforschung and the readers to further use the published content. The DPPL was specially developed for use in the scientific community. It therefore addresses important characteristics of academic communication such as permanent traceability, citability as well as the integrity and authenticity of the content. It serves the unhindered dissemination of scientific content on the Internet, whereby the rights to the content remain with the author in principle. Version 3.0 of the DPPL, which is binding for the Zeitschrift für Zukunftsforschung, can be downloaded here.