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Publishing with Open Journal Systems (OJS)

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Considering a New Open Access Journal?

Information to assist potential and current ejournal editors

What is it like to start and manage an online journal? Here is some insight from people who know:

  • Developing open access journals: A practical guide, by David Solomon. Chandos Publishing, 2008. Written from the perspective of a faculty member who has started and edited an online open access journal. Chapter 3 covers journal planning issues, including forming an editorial board, defining a peer-review policy, journal structure and content, and developing instructions for authors.
  • What does it take to run your own journal? by Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar. BioMed Central, 2014. An informative and succinct blog posting by the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice.
  • Why become a journal editor? A question and a few answers from faculty who have.
  • "Case study on the development of the International Journal of Exercise Science," by Scott Lyons. Berkeley Electronic Press Case Studies Collection, 2011. This is a summary case study on the origination, development, marketing, and on-going management of a student-focused journal, written by one of its faculty founders.
  • Starting a new scholarly journal in Africa (PDF), by Kevin Stranack. Public Knowledge Project, 2008. A thorough examination of the questions and choices available to new editors. Chapters include Types of Journals Published, Publication Methods, Economic Models, Promoting a New Journal, and Ensuring the Success of a New Journal.