First Monday (journal)

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First Monday  
Discipline Computer science, internet studies
Edited by Edward J. Valauskas
Publication details
First Monday Editorial Group (United States)
Publication history
Frequency Monthly
ISSN 1396-0466 (print)
1396-0458 (web)

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.


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. At the Fifth International World Wide Web Conference in Paris, the first issue was distributed on diskette as well as over the Internet from a server in Copenhagen. 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 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[1] and July[2] 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.

The original First Monday site was, operated by Mondo Media for Munksgaard in Copenhagen. The journal moved to the University of Illinois at Chicago at the end of 1998; the January 1999 issue was the first issue published in Chicago. The First Monday servers have been hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago for over a decade.


  1. ^ "Volume 11, Number 6 — 5 June 2006". 2006-06-05. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  2. ^ "Volume 11, Number 7 — 3 July 2006". 2006-07-03. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 

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