AAUP 2011: Online Journals (P. Holway)


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AAUP 2011: Online Journals (P. Holway)

  1. 1. Pamela Holway Senior Editor Athabasca University Press
  2. 2. AU PressAU Press AU Press operates on the model of a knowledge-based economy, to which we contribute by providing peer-reviewed publications unfettered by the desire to commodify thought or to restrict access to ideas. AU Press was founded in 2007 as a fully open access press. We publish roughly twenty books a year as well as eight journals and three scholarly websites. We have a staff of eight.
  3. 3. OJS Journals at AU PressOJS Journals at AU Press
  4. 4. canfolkmusic.ca irrodl.org
  5. 5. AUP JournalsAUP Journals AU Press promotes and assists journal publication through the use of open source technology, in the form of Open Journals Systems (OJS). One of our journals, Labour/Le Travail, is a “traditional” journal, subscription-based and available both in print and online. The other seven are online only. Those seven use OJS, and Labour/Le Travail is in the process of shifting over to OJS management. OJS allows for the sophisticated electronic delivery of scholarly content in an open access environment while also lowering the cost of producing and disseminating information.
  6. 6. OJS Journals @ AU PressOJS Journals @ AU Press Open Journal Systems [ http://pkp.sfu.ca ] "Scholars need the means to launch a new generation of journals committed to open access, and to help existing journals that elect to make the transition to open access." Budapest Open Access Initiative, 2002 Open Journal Systems (OJS): journal management and publishing system developed by the Public Knowledge Project through its federally funded efforts to expand and improve access to research. Assists with every stage of the refereed publishing process, from submissions through to online publication and indexing.
  7. 7. OJS Editorial and Publishing ProcessOJS Editorial and Publishing Process http://goo.gl/2nP39
  8. 8. OJS: Reviewing SubmissionsOJS: Reviewing Submissions
  9. 9. OJS: Journal ManagementOJS: Journal Management
  10. 10. What we doWhat we do We carry out the initial set-up in OJS, for which we charge a fee. Cost varies, depending on what the journal requests. We provide subsequent technical support (trouble-shooting, other advice), and we advertise the journal in our catalogue. We also carry out the annual submission of journal content to Library and Archives Canada. For this we charge an annual hosting fee. We provide additional services on a fee-for-service basis (for example, conversion to HTML and/or XML).
  11. 11. What we don’t doWhat we don’t do We do not “own” the journal and are not officially the publisher. Copyright remains in the hands of the journal, which is free to determine its own copyright policy. (Many of our journals use some form of a Creative Commons license, but this is up to them.) We do not set editorial policy or otherwise intervene in the editorial management of the journal. Editorial matters are left entirely to the journal’s editorial board. We are not involved in the journal’s financial arrangements. Several of our journals have government funding (SSHRCC), and all rely heavily on volunteer labour.
  12. 12. Quality ControlQuality Control AU Press is committed to high scholarly standards. Each journal is therefore subjected to a rigorous editorial peer review before being accepted as an AUP journal. (1) Editors of the journal submit a detailed prospectus. (2) Peer reviewers (two) complete a detailed assessment form. (3) Editorial Committee reviews these materials and makes a decision. In addition, journals are (or will be) reassessed every five years to ensure that scholarly standards are being maintained.