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Creating and Open Access Journal: A case study

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Joe Williams and Stephen Dew discuss the creation of an open access journal for their library.

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Creating and Open Access Journal: A case study

  1. 1. Creating an Open Access Journal A Case Study The Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians March 11, 2011 Joe M. Williams & Stephen H. Dew, Ph.D.
  2. 2. Overview • Open Access publishing @ University Libraries, UNC Greensboro • Journal of Learning Spaces • Back story, current status • Lessons learned so far • What’s next • Questions Creating an Open Access Journal: A case study03/11/2011 2
  3. 3. Entrepreneurism • Project began at Univ. Libraries… • No profits, but potential rewards • Significant risks Creating an Open Access Journal: A case study03/11/2011 3
  4. 4. Library Goals & Customer Service Values Addressed by OJS Publishing Goals of the University Libraries • Build and preserve print, electronic resources and other unique collections that support the University's missions and programs • Seek out and take advantage of appropriate entrepreneurial opportunities Customer Service Values • We must provide an environment that encourages creativity and innovation in the delivery of our services. • We will create systems, services, and procedures with our customers' needs foremost in mind. Creating an Open Access Journal: A case study03/11/2011 4
  5. 5. Benefits of OJS Publishing at UNCG • Open-Source Software (no cost on a tight budget) • Prior to OJS, no support for faculty to publish scholarly journals • Library is still an information provider, but it is now also an information creator • Faculty and administrators see the library playing an increasingly important and expanding role Creating an Open Access Journal: A case study03/11/2011 5
  6. 6. Journal of Learning Spaces Topic of shared interest Institutional history Mix of schools and departments ERIT commits to support OJS Creating an Open Access Journal: A case study03/11/2011 6
  7. 7. Journal of Learning Spaces Filling a perceived void Collaborative, multidisciplinary efforts Creating on online learning space Creating an Open Access Journal: A case study03/11/2011 7
  8. 8. Focus and Scope “A peer-reviewed, open-access journal published biannually, The Journal of Learning Spaces provides a scholarly, multidisciplinary forum for research articles, case studies, book reviews, and position pieces related to all aspects of learning space design, operation, pedagogy, and assessment.” Creating an Open Access Journal: A case study03/11/2011 8
  9. 9. Focus and Scope Learning spaces encompass formal, informal, and virtual environments: – formal: lecture halls, laboratories, traditional classrooms – informal: learning commons, multimedia sandbox, residential study areas, huddle rooms – virtual: learning management systems, social media websites, online virtual environments Creating an Open Access Journal: A case study03/11/2011 9
  10. 10. Getting Started • DOAJ Start-up Guide • One-page vision document • One meeting face-to-face – Scholarly Communications librarian Creating an Open Access Journal: A case study03/11/2011 10
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  12. 12. OJS Roles • Manager • Subscription Manager • Editors • Section Editors • Peer Reviewers • Copyeditors, Layout Editors, & Proofreaders • Authors • Readers Creating an Open Access Journal: A case study03/11/2011 12
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  16. 16. UNCG OJS Publications Currently in Development • Women & Girls in Sport • International Journal of Nurse Practitioner Educators • Journal of Applied Peace & Conflict Studies • Journal of Learning Spaces • Richard Hoggart Society Newsletter • UNCG Technical Reports Creating an Open Access Journal: A case study03/11/2011 16
  17. 17. Lessons Learned: OA Publishing Creating an Open Access Journal: A case study03/11/2011 17 • Faculty who have an interest in journal publishing find OJS to be a great service; however, only a limited number will take on the challenge of starting a new journal • Even the faculty and administrators who are not directly involved with OJS view this service as a positive and important development , and they see the library playing an increasingly important and expanding role on campus
  18. 18. Lessons Learned: OA Publishing • Some of the OJS software is not intuitive, so there is usually a learning curve and the need of some library assistance • Most faculty are not familiar with how to get journals indexed, so assistance from liaisons and reference librarians may be necessary 03/11/2011 Creating an Open Access Journal: A case study 18
  19. 19. Lessons Learned: JLS • Give yourself time • Use software before publication • Lots of unknowns – Duties – Work loads – Community response Creating an Open Access Journal: A case study03/11/2011 19
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  21. 21. Current status: JLS  Scope, focus, publicati on schedule  Org. structure  ISSN assigned  CFP editors, peer reviewers closed  CFP authors open! • Finalizing content • Interactivity • Indexing • Marketing Creating an Open Access Journal: A case study03/11/2011 21
  22. 22. What’s Next • Journal of Learning Spaces Conference – Build on community – Keep project active, applied – Virtual or face-to-face? Creating an Open Access Journal: A case study03/11/2011 22
  23. 23. Related Resources of Interest • DOAJ Guide to OA Journal Publishing http://www.doaj.org/bpguide/ • Open Access Overview, Peter Suber http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/overview.htm • OJS User Guide • http://pkp.sfu.ca/ojs/docs/userguide/2.3.3/index.html • OJS Tutorials http://libguides.acadiau.ca/content.php?pid=38188&sid=280491 • UNCG OJS Homepage http://libjournal.uncg.edu/ojs/ Creating an Open Access Journal: A case study03/11/2011 23
  24. 24. With OJS at UNCG Libraries, we have now joined the publishing industry. The Journal of Learning Spaces is just the Beginning Creating an Open Access Journal: A case study03/11/2011 24
  25. 25. Wiley and Elsevier, Beware! Creating an Open Access Journal: A case study03/11/2011 25
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