First Monday (journal)

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First Monday  
Discipline Computer science, internet studies
Language English
Edited by Edward J. Valauskas
Publication details
First Monday Editorial Group (United States)
Publication history
Frequency Monthly
ISSN 1396-0466 (print)
1396-0458 (web)
LCCN sn97036844
OCLC no. 36875243

First Monday is an open-access electronic peer-reviewed scientific journal for articles about the Internet.


First Monday is sponsored and hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago. It is published on the first Monday of every month. Because it is published monthly, the journal has a relatively quick publication process.[1]

In 2011, the journal had an acceptance rate of about 15%.[1]

While the ranking of journals is an ever changing metric, as of 16 September 2015, First Monday had a h5-index of 31 and h5-median of 65,[2] yet was not listed or ranked by the Academic Journal Guide 2015.[3]

Open access model

According to the chief editor, Edward Valauskas, the journal emerged before the open access model emerged:

“We didn’t call it open access in 1995 but we were certainly a precursor to the whole notion of open access. We felt very strongly that the journal should have all its content made freely available and we insisted with [the Danish publisher] Munksgaard that the scholars who contributed would retain copyright of their work that they published in the journal. We felt it would encourage scholars to contribute and then re-use their content in lots of different ways".[1]

The journal does not charge authors for publishing in it. There have never been ads. Hence, the journal has no bank account.[1]


First Monday originated in the summer of 1995 with a proposal to start a new Internet-only, peer-reviewed journal about the Internet by eventual editor-in-chief Edward J. Valauskas to Munksgaard, a Danish publisher. Munksgaard agreed to publish the journal in September 1995. The first issue appeared on 6 May 1996, the first Monday of May, also the opening of the Fifth International World Wide Web Conference in Paris. The first issue was distributed at that conference on diskette as well as released on the Internet from a server in Copenhagen at the address

In December 1998, Munksgaard sold the journal to a group of the editors: Edward J. Valauskas, Esther Dyson, and Rishab Aiyer Ghosh. The server was moved from Copenhagen to the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Library. The first issue based on a server in Chicago appeared 4 January 1999. The First Monday servers have been hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago for over a decade.


The first First Monday conference took place 4–6 November 2001 in Maastricht at the International Institute of Infonomics. To celebrate First Monday’s tenth birthday in 2006, a conference took place at the University of Illinois at Chicago, 15–17 May 2006. The theme of the conference was Openness: Code, science and content. Over 200 participants from over 30 countries took part in the Conference. Papers from the Conference were published in the June[4] and July[5] issues of First Monday. This conference was sponsored by The Open Society Institute, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The University of Illinois at Chicago University Library and The Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT), University of Maastricht.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "First Monday". Open Access Success Stories. September 2011. Retrieved 10 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Google,(2015). Google Metrics. Available at: [accessed 16/09/2015]
  3. ABS. (2015), “Academic Journal Guide 2015”, Chartered Association of Business Schools Website, London, UK, available at: (accessed 8 September 2015).
  4. "Volume 11, Number 6 — 5 June 2006". 2006-06-05. Retrieved 2012-04-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Volume 11, Number 7 — 3 July 2006". 2006-07-03. Retrieved 2012-04-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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