“Seminare. Learned Investigations” is a scientific journal published since 1975 by the Francis de Sales Scientific Society (TNFS). It aims at presenting the results of research in various fields of human sciences and promoting the ideas and research concepts inspired by the humanism of Francis de Sales. This unique representative of the European Renaissance, Bishop of Geneva, patron of scholars and journalists is still a symbol of open dialogue and search for truth.
Although “Seminare” first appeared on the initiative and within the circle of the Salesian Society, it has since acquired the character of a nationwide environment undertaking interdisciplinary research on human being and his socio-cultural determinants with particular emphasis on the process of upbringing and education. The Editorial Policy of “Seminare” is currently directed at establishing the journal’s global significance through internationalization of the Editorial Board and the Scientific Council, increasing the contribution of authors representing foreign science and research centers, publication of texts in German, Italian, Russian and French and of one issue per year entirely in English. It is through these initiatives that “Seminare” aims at creating a broad humanistic environment for reflection on human being, but also strives towards becoming a significant voice in the contemporary dispute about human being.
Since 2014, the periodical has been published as a quarterly. In the last evaluation of Polish scientific journals in 2015, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education awarded “Seminare” the maximum of fifteen points. The periodical is published in print (ISSN 1232-8766) and online (e-ISSN 2450-1328) of which the printed version is original.
The editors endeavor to ensure high-quality of published texts through a transparent and thorough process of reviewing articles, monitoring their compliance with ethical principles and preventing violation of intellectual property rights. This is enabled by an interactive system for the management of peer-reviewed journals, the Open Journal System, implemented as part of the periodical’s computerization process. The periodical was the first in Poland to adapt the latest version of OJS 3.x to Polish.
The Editorial Board of “Seminare” provides free access to full versions of all published volumes. The journal is indexed in the following databases:
- Central European Journal of Social Siences and Humanities (CEJSH)
- Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL)
- Index Copernicus (IC)
- BazHum database of humanities journals
- European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS)
- p-ISSN: 1232-8766
- e-ISSN: 2450-1328
Dissemination of research findings through digitization of “Seminare. Learned investigations.”
- Project financed in the framework of the contract no. 504/P-DUN/2016 from the funds of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education earmarked for public understanding of science initiatives.
“Seminare. Learned investigations” as the first journal in the world has undertaken to adapt the latest OJS v. 3.x to Polish as part of its progressing computerization and digitization process.
The process consisted of:
- developing a Polish language version (translation and modification of approximately 100 system files)
- setting up the “Seminare” journal in the OJS 3.x system
- establishing permanent cooperation with the system community and developers - Public Knowledge Project (forums, social networks)
The 3.x version of the Open Journal System has been developed based on concepts and ideas of the web users community worldwide as well as trends that have appeared in the web after 2005 and which are still relevant today.
The former version of the system (Open Journal System v. 2.4), currently used by over 10 thousand journals worldwide has become obsolete with time. It lacked an intuitive character and, most importantly, it was not responsive for mobile devices (smartphones and tablets). It is worth mentioning that in 2013, the global number of journal views on the Internet exceeded 50% on mobile devices.
The new system facilitates management of online journal publication beginning with the author’s submission process, through the review process, to the control and coordination of the editorial workflow progress.