Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Press release 22nd March 2005
New International Journal on Freedom of Information launches

Contact: Steve Wood, Editor editor@opengovjournal.org
Telephone: +44 (0)151 231 3589

A new open access e-journal entitled “Open Government: a journal on freedom of information” published its inaugural issue on the 22nd March 2005. The journal, funded by School of Business Information at Liverpool John Moores University aims to publish research and communications related to Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation from the perspective of academics, practioners and FOI users.

The Editor Steve Wood, a Senior Lecturer in information management at Liverpool University founded the journal after receiving feedback that there was a need for an International journal in this subject. Commenting on the launch of the journal he said: “Open Government is an excellent new opportunity for the publication of new peer reviewed research about freedom of information legislation from around the world.”

The editorial board for the journal draws on FOI expertise of academics, lawyers, practioners and journalists, from Europe, USA, India, Australia and New Zealand.

The inaugural issue contains articles on the following subjects:

· The Right to Information in India
· The interaction between Data Protection and Freedom of Information
· Procurement and the UK Freedom of Information Act
· Coordination of Freedom of Information Act requests
· A report from 3rd annual Information Commissioner’s conference

This open access journal is available free of charge at: www.opengovjournal.org and will be published on a quarterly basis. Notes on how and when to submit are available on the website. The journal has an ISSN of 1745-8293. To be notified of each issue send a blank email to editor@opengovjournal.org with “notify” as the subject line.

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