How do we manage scientific journals at the UOC?7 things we do well (and some areas we need to improve) StudyTrip Universidade Aberta (Uab) - Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) Porto, 26 November 2012
SummaryI. How we are organisedII. How we workIII. 7 things we do wellIV. Areas for improvementV. Conclusions
About the UOC • Granted official status in 1995 • An online university that uses a new distance learning model, no on-site classes • Students and lecturers access the virtual campus asynchronously • 60,876 students • 35,237 graduates
My department: Communication Department of Communication Internal Linguistics Portal & InternetPress Office Audiovisuals Communication service Publications
My team: Internet Publications Portal & Internet PublicationsPortal Social Media Internet publications
Our scientific journals• Artnodes •Scientific •Formal standards• Digithum •Management standards (peer review, etc)• RUSC •Digital •Open access• IDP -Free access (no payment required)• Journal of -Open content (as well as free of charge, material can Conflictology be reused, and authors can self-archive)• Anàlisi
What do we do?:a) Publishing management Editing Translations Layout Publication Indexing etc.
What do we do? b) Strategic coordination Publications CommitteeMembers Tasks Vice President for Research (chair) Approval of editorial criteria 2 researchers Establish policies and Library Director strategies Editorial UOC Evaluate new journals Director of Communication Monitor objectives Director of Internet Publications
Strategic Indexing Plan1. How, why, where and when to index2. Ensure compliance with quality standards3. Communication microplans4. Proposal on presence in Social WebIncrease visibility to raise impact, obtain the corresponding metrics
System for management of academic journals: OJS1. Programme for management and publication of academic journals2. Promoted by Public Knowledge Project (Simon Fraser University, Stanford University, University of Pittsburgh, California Digital Library)3. Open Source (community, support forums)4. Used by 11,500 journals (Dec. 2011)
System for management of academic journals: OJS5. It provides a workflow that facilitates editorial process flows (peer review, editing procedures)6. Subscription management, notifications7. Standards (OAI-PMH, repository interoperability
4. Recognition ofworkload(lecturers involved in journalmanagement)
Recognition of workload Hours devoted to the academic management of UOC journals are detailed in the annual objectives agreed with the dean or director of studies.
Modification of CC licenses: from NC-ND-BY to BYThreefold objective:- Increase visibility (also in databases that make commercial use of their content: EBSCO)- Improve the rank of our journals in indexes (MIAR > Fuente Académica - EBSCO)- Simplify author rights management
Areas for improvement1. More external funding (publicity, research projects… authors payment?)2. More co-publications3. Open Data4. More coordination with D. of MK (journals references in course offerings catalogue!)5. Multi-format6. More web analytics: altmetrics7. Social Web
IV. To summarise 1. Dovetailing with governance strategy 2. Route map: the Indexing Plan 3. OJS management platform 4. Recognition of workload 5. Modification of CC licenses: BY 6. Editorial feedback 7. Co-publishing