As many of you know, last fall OSU and UO Libraries jointly established a new Open Access Journal Publishing Service called OJS@OregonDigital. Services include the full cycle of online journal publishing from submission to distribution. This morning, I will provide a brief introduction of the service and describe how it works.
We see journal publishing as a natural outgrowth of work we’ve been involved with for the last 10 years or so, digitizing books and journals, digitizing and publishing conference proceedings, Extension and Experiment Station Communications publications, university theses and dissertations, online publication of Pauling research notebooks and a wide variety of other university scholarship. All of this work reflects the libraries commitment to open access and commitment to making university scholarship freely accessible to the world and in the process promoting the university and its research.
The OJS software is a free, open source, online publication management system used by over 6500 installations. The software was developed by the Public Knowledge Project through its federally funded efforts to expand and improve access to research.
The service:Takes advantage of modern web-based distribution mechanisms;Increases the visibility of journal publications;Avoids the fees and access restrictions associated with commercial publishers;Reaches readers outside the journal's core discipline and those without access to academic libraries or traditional research channels;Ensures long-term stewardship and availability of the content.
We want to be able to maintain a consistent look and feel across all OregonDigital journals while allowing for some customization of the look and feel of each journal. We’re in the process of establishing a web template that describes what features/areas of each journals website can and can’t be customized. So far, OSU has one journal online – JTRF, Journal of the Transportation Research Forum. Currently, we’re using OJS to make back issues available online. For now, current issues are available for a fee from the society website. IN the spring we hope to make current issues freely available online in OJS alongside the back issues. UO is in the process of establishing their own undergraduate research journal. Show UO journal. Unfortunately, without consulting with us, they took this title. We may want to explore the possibility of a shared publication with UO with co-branding, equal responsibility for editing, authorship, layout, etc. or perhaps we could each publish every other issue.
The software accommodates secure user accounts for editors and reviewers to work within the system.
OJS lets authors make online submissions by filling in web-based forms and uploading manuscripts.
OJS also provides a completely online, double-blind peer review process…
Reviewers can fill out a configurable web form, add their comments and make their recommendations online. These comments and recommendations are then visible only to the editor.
OJS also lets you manage the copyediting, layout editing and proofreading of submission files and provides tracking and notifications when tasks are completed.
When issues are ready to be published, OJS supports the publication of files in a variety of formats. We recommend article PDFs but OJS can also support html files, MP3 audio files, videos and more.
OJS content is freely available to the world as open access. All content is optimized for searching in Google, Google Scholar and other internet search engines. Soon, content will also be searchable via the library’s 1Search discovery interface.
We’re working now on enabling Google Analytics in order to track journal usage information such as how often pages are viewed, how long visitors stay on the site, and where they are coming from.
More information about the software is available at the OJS site. OJS at Oregon Digital is available at http://journals.oregondigital.org/ More information about OSU’s digital publishing services is also available.Questions?
OJS@OregonDigital<br />Michael Boock, February 1, 2011<br /> Oregon State University Libraries<br />
Why is the library involved in journal publishing?<br /><ul><li>Involved in a variety of other digital publishing efforts