The International Journal of Open Source Software & Processes is published by IGI Global,(formerly Idea Group Inc.) publisher of the “Medical Information Science Reference” and “Information Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit

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Stefan Koch


International Journal of Open Source Software & Processes


International Journal of Open Source Software & Processes – IJOSSP

An Official Publication of the Information Resources Management Association–New in 2009

The International Journal of Open Source Software and Processes (IJOSSP) publishes high-quality peer-reviewed and original research articles on the large field of open source software and processes. This wide area entails many intriguing question and facets, including the special development process performed by a large number of geographically dispersed programmers, community issues like coordination and communication, motivations of the participants, and also economic and even legal issues. Even beyond this topic, open source software is an example of a highly distributed innovation process led by the users. Many aspects therefore have relevance even beyond the realm of software and its development. In this tradition, IJOSSP also publishes papers on these topics. IJOSSP is a multi-disciplinary outlet, and welcomes submissions from all relevant fields of research and applying a multitude of research approaches.


The International Journal of Open Source Software and Processes (IJOSSP) aims to publish high-quality original research articles on the large field of open source software and processes. The primary mission is to enhance our understanding of this field and neighbouring areas by providing a focused outlet for rigorous research employing a multitude of approaches.


IJOSSP adopts an inclusive approach in its coverage. Therefore papers from software engineering, management, sociology, and other areas, as well as different research approaches are welcome. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Characteristics of open source software projects, products, and processes
  • Case studies of open source projects, their participants and/or their development process
  • Communication and coordination in open source projects
  • Open source adoption and quality
  • Open source software development processes
  • User-centered innovation processes
  • Economics of a distributed innovation process
  • Motivation of participants in open source projects and other distributed development efforts
  • Business models for open source and other community-created artifacts
  • Evolution of both open source software artefacts and open source communities
  • Legal issues of open source software
  • Implications of open source software for functional areas like public administration or teaching
  • Usage and adoption of open source software in different application areas and/or countries
  • Economic analyses of open source
  • Open science and open knowledge
  • Customer co-creation and user participation in (software) design
  • Open source software and processes research methods, tools, and data repositories

Please note that despite the title, IJOSSP acknowledges, embraces and covers other respective forms and definitions of similar nature, like free software or libre software. Therefore, each occurrence of open source should be read as free/libre/open source.

Editorial Review Board


  • Paul David, Stanford University, USA & The University of Oxford, UK
  • Brian Fitzgerald, University of Limerick, Ireland
  • Joachim Henkel, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Germany
  • Eric von Hippel, MIT Sloan School of Management, USA
  • Georg von Krogh, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Karim Lakhani, Harvard Business School, USA
  • Jesus Gonzalez-Barahona, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain


  • Jean-Michel Dalle, Universite Paris-Dauphine (Paris IX), France
  • Ernesto Damiani, University of Milan, Italy
  • Joe Feller, University College Cork, Ireland
  • Scott Hissam, Carnegie Mellon, USA
  • Greg Madey, University of Notre Dame, USA
  • Dirk Riehle, SAP Labs LLC, USA
  • Gregorio Robles, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
  • Walt Scacchi, University of California – Irvine, USA
  • Sebastian Spaeth, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Ioannis Stamelos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece


  • Ioannis Antoniadis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Evangelia Berdou, University of Sussex, UK
  • Cornelia Boldyreff, University of Lincoln, UK
  • Andrea Capiluppi, University of Lincoln, UK
  • Carlo Daffara, Conecta Research, Italy
  • Marina Fiedler, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Munich, Germany
  • Daniel German, University of Victoria, Canada
  • Stefan Haefliger, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Michael Hahsler, Hall Financial Group, USA
  • Israel Herraiz, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
  • Nicolas Jullien, TELECOM Bretagne, France
  • Sandeep Krishnamurthy, University of Washington, USA
  • George Kuk, Nottingham University Business School, UK
  • Jan Ljungberg, Gothenburg University, Sweden
  • Bjoern Lundell, University of Skoevde, Sweden
  • Martin Michlmayr, Hewlett-Packard, Austria
  • Sandro Morasca, Universita degli Studi dell’Insubria, Italy
  • Gustaf Neumann, Vienna University of Economics and BA, Austria
  • Bulent Ozel, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey
  • Barbara Russo, Free University of Bolzano/Bozen, Italy
  • Kirk St. Amant, East Carolina University, USA
  • Sulayman K. Sowe, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Megan Squire, Elon University, USA
  • Brian Still, Texas Tech University, USA
  • Stefan Strecker, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • Giancarlo Succi, Free University of Bolzano/Bozen, Italy
  • Frank van der Linden, Philips Medical Systems, The Netherlands
  • Andreas Wiebe, Vienna University of Economics and BA, Austria
  • Donald Wynn Jr., University of Dayton, USA

Submission Instructions

Prospective authors should note that only original and previously unpublished manuscripts will be considered. INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at To ensure the high quality of published material, IJOSSP utilizes a double-blind peer review process. Upon receipt of the manuscript, an associate editor and two reviewers are selected from the Editorial Review Board of the Journal. Final decision regarding acceptance/revision/rejection will be based on the reviews received from the reviewers.