Thinking of creating a new journal?

This page was last updated on November 4, 2010.

On April 8th 2008, the Scholarly Communications Initiative hosted a symposium called the "Graduate Student Journal Symposium." This event was intended as a discussion forum about topics related to the publishing of scholarly journals.

Here is the original description of the event: This informal event will provide an opportunity for those involved in publishing scholarly journals to meet and discuss general aspects of publishing. Topics can include such things as: the nitty gritty of journal workflow, creating and producing journal websites, maintenance, dissemination and evaluation of journal impact, publisher-author agreements, copyright issues, and issues related to the peer review and open access models.

Notes from Symposium

Peer review models and criticisms
Journal roles and their functions
Sample double-blind peer review workflow
Creating an ISSN

Journal Planning and Support

The Online Guide to Open Access Journals Publishing

If you're looking to see what's involved in starting a new journal, look no further, this is the document for you. Its a concise guide to all the steps involved in starting an online open access journal.

Developing OA journals: a practical guide by David J. Solomon, PhD
"This is an abridged version of the original book published by Chandos Publishing, Oxford England." This document gives you a taste of Dr. Solomon's book on Developing OA Journals. The book is highly recommended reading if you've decided to create or work with an online journal.

York Digital Journals
"York University Libraries are working with Open Journal Systems (OJS) software to help York University journal creators publish their journals online quickly and easily."

Peter Suber's Open Access overview
"This is an introduction to open access (OA) for those who are new to the concept. I hope it's short enough to read, long enough to be useful, and organized to let you skip around and dive into detail only where you want detail. It doesn't cover every nuance or answer every objection. But for those who read it, it should cover enough territory to prevent the misunderstandings that delayed progress in our early days."

Best Practices for Publishing Journal Articles: National Federation for Advanced Information Services
"The NFAIS Working Group that drafted these best practices began by identifying key problems
related to article-by-article publishing..."

Public Knowledge Project collected scholarly works and Scholarly Publishing Guide
"The Public Knowledge Project is a research and development initiative directed toward improving the scholarly and public quality of academic research through the development of innovative online publishing and knowledge-sharing environments."

Scholarly Editing by York Arts Faculty
A list of York Faculty members involved in the publication of scholarly journals.

Canadian Association of Learned Journals
"The Canadian Association of Learned Journals (CALJ) was organized in 1990 to ensure the well-being of learned journals in Canada as important disseminators of scholarly work. Representing over 100 Canadian journals, CALJ concentrates its efforts on three main areas: education, promotion and lobbying."

SSHRC Aid to Scholarly Journals

Journal of Scholarly Publishing
"The Journal of Scholarly Publishing addresses the age-old problems in publishing as well as the new challenges resulting from changes in technology and funding. Some articles suggest ways to get effectively published in books and journals, while others address such topics as editorial and publishing policy, computer applications, electronic publishing, effective marketing and business management."

Dissemination and Impact

Ulrich's International Periodical Directory

Related Resources Students for Free Culture
"Students for Free Culture is an international chapter-based student organization that promotes the public interest in intellectual property and information & communications technology policy."

Open-access Journal Publishing Resource Index
A variety of resources are available to guide the launch and operation of an open-access journal. To promote awareness of these resources, and to facilitate their efficient use, this section provides a high-level index to these guides by topic. Also included are links to example documents for key planning elements, such as new journal prospectuses, bylaws, sample editorial policies, and others.

Digital Campus Podcast Episode 40: Supermodels
"In a freewheeling news roundup we discuss the significance of a number of major changes in academic publishing, including MIT going open access, the University of Michigan Press going digital, Sony putting 500,000 books on their digital reading device, and the impact of budget cuts on presses and journals. We explore new models for academic publishing in the face of the economic downturn and the digital revolution. Picks of the week include a way for new Twitter users to find others in their discipline, documents from the National Security Archive, and a deadline for an unconference."

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN).pdf102.49 KB
Peer review models and criticisms.pdf40.91 KB
Journal roles and their functions.pdf27.92 KB