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Getting Started

Who can use the journal service?
Indiana University Faculty at all campuses who are associated (affiliated/connected) with the publishing functions of a journal or who want to start a new venture. IUScholarWorks may continue to host the journal even if its IU affiliation changes or ceases to exist. For student-run journals, please contact us.

What is the journal service?
It is a full-service publishing option for IU scholars who desire local control. We provide server space and support and training for the use of technology. Primarily we provide an Open Access hosting solution, though we are capable of subscription or pay-per-view models. The technology can provide a robust yet flexible workflow environment that could include:
Back-end workflow management

  • Facilitating author submissions
  • Guiding submissions through the various editorial processes including peer review
  • Preparing manuscripts for the publication cycle
  • Publishing completed issues to the open web

Front-end user experiences

  • Producing a journal web site for accessing current and archived content
  • Tailoring the appearance and identity of journals

All the while

  • Providing maximum exposure and visibility of publications by making full-text accessible to Google Scholar and other search services
  • Archiving, preserving, and migrating content for future technologies

Why would you want to use this service?

  • Starting a new journal
  • Migrating a current journal to a new publishing model
  • Increasing accessibility of a current journal published via another mechanism
  • Journals needing a robust backend workflow environment even if the journal is sent off for publishing with another entity
  • Archiving a ceased journal

Planning for the launch of a journal
This is a list of questions you, as editor, should be thinking about as you plan for your journal:

  • What is the scope and focus of the journal?
  • Who is the audience?
  • Is it peer-reviewed, and if so, how will you identify reviewers? How do you want reviewers to do their work?
  • What is the proposed title?
  • What titles exist in the field already and who publishes those titles? What business models are they using (subscription/fee-based or Open Access/free)?
  • Who would be designated publisher in your case? Some faculty are associated with entities like societies while others are solo faculty operations.
  • What is the publication schedule going to be? Annual, monthly, biannual, quarterly?
  • What are potential success benchmarks (how will you know the title is important/useful?)
  • Who is on the editorial board? What are their roles?
  • What kind of staff support do you have in place? We recommend at least quarter-time hourly or student GA help for the editor-in-chief to manage the routine operations of the journal.
  • What new kinds of web services would you want to embed in your title - like the ability for users to comment, providing proper citations, blogging, working paper series in conjunction with journal title, multi-media files, etc.?
  • What kinds of statistics would you like to have on the use of the journal's content?
  • Read our generic MOU and send us your questions.
  • What is your copyright policy? Read our Copyright Overview for Editors. We have an Intellectual Property Librarian who can provide consultation on copyright matters.
  • If you have backfile content, is your intention to move it to our software? What file formats are the material in and what software is storing the content? We will need to develop a detailed plan for how to migrate the content.
  • What design requirements do you have - logo, color, layout, article file format (pdf, html, xml)?
  • What are your questions for us?

Visit other institution hosted journal examples
Some of our journals run on the open source software Open Journal Systems (OJS) from the Public Knowledge Project (PKP).

PKP maintains a large list of world-wide publications using OJS: http://pkp.sfu.ca/ojs-journals

The Directory of Open Access Journals lists 4,700+ freely available scientific and scholarly journals: http://www.doaj.org/

See our IUScholarWorks Journals A-Z list

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