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University of Oregon Libraries and Oregon State University Libraries Establish Open Access Journal Publishing Service

Posted in ARL Libraries, E-Journal Management and Publishing Systems, Open Access, Scholarly Journals on October 25th, 2010

The University of Oregon Libraries and Oregon State University Libraries have established an Open Access Journal Publishing Service.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The University of Oregon Libraries and Oregon State University Libraries have joined forces to establish an Open Access Journal Publishing Service that will support the broader dissemination of scholarship and promote the advancement of both universities’ research. Open access journals represent an emerging academic publishing model that makes the results of scholarly research freely available online to all readers who have access to the Internet. . . .

The initiative will provide support to UO and OSU faculty members for the creation, management, distribution, and preservation of open access journals, primarily based on the Open Journal System (OJS) open source software. In addition to hosting journals on an OJS server, the initiative will assist in the migration of journal content from traditional print format to digital format. The OJS program supports the full cycle of journal publishing from article submission to archiving. . . .

Plans for creating new open access journal titles are already underway at both universities. For example, at the University of Oregon the first issue of the open access journal Humanist Studies and the Digital Age is expected to appear this winter. The journal will provide scholars and students with free and immediate online access to the results of humanities research conducted by scholars throughout the world. At Oregon State University, the Journal of the Transportation Research Forum is currently offered as an open access publication, and other titles are in the development stages. The website for the service at http://journals.oregondigital.org/ provides additional information on the new program and access to individual journals.

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    "A Survey of the Scholarly Journals Using Open Journal Systems"

    Posted in E-Journal Management and Publishing Systems, E-Journals, Open Access, Scholarly Journals on February 22nd, 2010

    Brian D. Edgar and John Willinsky have self-archived "A Survey of the Scholarly Journals Using Open Journal Systems" on the Public Knowledge Project website.

    Here's an excerpt:

    A survey of 998 scholarly journals that use Open Journal Systems (OJS), an open source journal software platform, captures the characteristics of an emerging class of scholar-publisher open access journals (with some representation from more traditional scholarly society and print-based titles). The journals in the sample follow traditional norms for peer-reviewing, acceptance rates, and disciplinary focus, but are distinguished by the number that offer open access to their content, the growth rates in new titles, the participation rates from developing countries, and the extremely low operating budgets. The survey also documents the limited degree to which open source software can alter a field of communication, as OJS appears to have created a third path, dedicated to maximizing access to research and scholarship, as an alternative to traditional scholarly society and commercial publishing routes.

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      The Online Guide to Open Access Journals Publishing

      Posted in E-Journal Management and Publishing Systems, E-Journals, Open Access, Publishing on February 7th, 2010

      Co-Action Publishing and Lund University Libraries have released The Online Guide to Open Access Journals Publishing.

      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

      The online guide is directed to small independent teams and provides practical information on planning, setting up, launching, publishing and managing an open access scholarly journal. Users can take advantage of additional resources in the form of links to related information, samples of applied practices and downloadable tools that can be adapted. The guide seeks to be interactive, allowing users to share their own best practices, tips and suggestions through a comment field. Although the guide contains some information that is specific to the Nordic region, most of its content can be applied internationally.

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        eScholarship Relaunched with New Services and Enhanced Functionality

        Posted in Digital Presses, Digital Repositories, E-Journal Management and Publishing Systems, Institutional Repositories, Publishing, University Presses on October 19th, 2009

        The California Digital Library has relaunched eScholarship with new services and enhanced functionality.

        Here's an excerpt from the press release:

        Previously known as UC's eScholarship Repository, the new eScholarship offers a robust scholarly publishing platform that enables departments, research units, publishing programs, and individual scholars associated with the University of California to have direct control over the creation and dissemination of the full range of their scholarship.

        "Our relaunch of eScholarship reflects the enormous value we see in recasting the institutional repository as an open access publisher," says Catherine Mitchell, Director of the Publishing Group at the California Digital Library. "There is significant need across the University of California campuses for a sustainable infrastructure to support the publication and dissemination of research. In our efforts to respond to this need, we have watched our institutional repository evolve into a dynamic platform for the original publication of scholarly work." . . .

        The relaunch of eScholarship brings new opportunities for digital publishing to the University of California and offers substantially improved services for previously supported publication types. Books published in eScholarship are now eligible for a combined digital/print publication service, courtesy of UC Publishing Services (UCPubS), a joint program of UC Press and the California Digital Library. In addition, eScholarship now offers conference lifecycle support, including mechanisms for proposal submission, program display, and the ultimate publication of proceedings.

        Much of the site redesign has been focused on improving the quality of access to eScholarship publications. The site is optimized for Google searches; PDFs can be viewed in their entirety without download; and research can be shared easily through third party social networking sites and RSS feeds. Likewise, the ability to locate relevant scholarship within the new site is greatly improved as a result of the implementation of:

        1. a highly developed similar items finder
        2. visual snippets of keywords within documents (KWIC Pics) accessible from the search results page
        3. facets for narrowing search results by UC campus, discipline, and peer review– status
        4. keyword search capability within documents
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          Open Journal Systems 2.3 Released

          Posted in E-Journal Management and Publishing Systems, Open Source Software, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 8th, 2009

          The Public Knowledge Project has released Open Journal Systems 2.3.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          OJS 2.3.0 introduces a major rewrite of core aspects of PKP applications that reconciles common code (e.g. shared between OJS, OCS, and the Harvester) into a separate library called the PKP Web Application Library (WAL). Many parts of the system have been changed in a way that is transparent to users but that will vastly improve maintainability and the ease with which PKP can deploy fixes and new features across multiple applications. Wherever possible, this has been done in a way that minimizes code breakage e.g. for modified installs of OJS and custom plugins.

          Read more about it at "OJS 2.3: What's New."

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            "The York Digital Journals Project: Strategies for Institutional Open Journal Systems Implementations"

            Posted in E-Journal Management and Publishing Systems, E-Journals, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 17th, 2009

            College & Research Libraries has released a preprint of "The York Digital Journals Project: Strategies for Institutional Open Journal Systems Implementations" by Andrea Kosavic.

            Here's an excerpt:

            Embarking on a university-wide journal hosting initiative can be a resource-intensive undertaking. Providing such a service, however, can be equally rewarding as it positions the library as both partner and colleague in the publishing process. This paper discusses ideas and strategies for institutional journal hosting gleaned over two years by the York Digital Journals Project. Suggestions for startup including policy considerations and service models are discussed. Ideas for advertising and networking are explored as well as the question of project sustainability.

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              PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference Blog 2009

              Posted in E-Journal Management and Publishing Systems, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on July 15th, 2009

              The PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference Blog 2009 has been providing very extensive coverage of this conference, with a number of interesting posts on open access topics (especially open access publishing).

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                Open Journal Systems 2.1.2 Released

                Posted in E-Journal Management and Publishing Systems, Publishing on June 21st, 2009

                The Public Knowledge Project has released Open Journal Systems 2.1.2.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement listing new features:

                • Complete CAPTCHA support in OCS 2.x
                • Review forms ported from OJS
                • Add a la carte items to registration
                • Merge users at site level
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