Session proposal: So, You Want to Start a Journal!

My colleague, Linda Friend, and I are interested in leading a session that’s something akin to a “helpathon” but also, we hope, a discussion inviting folks to share their experiences in scholarly publishing. We would like to address consulting with faculty who come to us with ideas for starting journal publications, including conference proceedings. Our session idea is motivated by the fact that at the Penn State Libraries, we have been fielding more inquiries this year than in recent years about journal publishing. As demand from faculty for help with, and guidance on, publishing journals increases, we are also intent on being consistent in what we tell them in a consultation. While we have a checklist of discussion items we try to make sure we touch on with faculty, we’re eager to hear from others who have also been doing this work. What are some best-practice approaches to talking with faculty about publishing a scholarly journal? What resources should we cover in a consultation – i.e., should we talk about not only what the library might or does offer but also scholarly society options, Project Muse, Open Journal Systems hosting option, etc? Has anyone gone through the process of selecting an external vendor such as OJS or BePress? If you’re a faculty member, what do you want to know or find out in consultation with a librarian? How much do domain differences matter in dispensing guidance? How do you talk about roles, service levels, content, peer-review (when applicable), the editorial process, and marketing? When do you talk about these topics? Come brainstorm with us!

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About Patricia Hswe

I am Digital Content Strategist and Head, ScholarSphere User Services, based in the department of Publishing and Curation Services at the Penn State University Libraries. My work is largely about making digital content and data discoverable, accessible, and usable over time, for as long as these materials are useful – toward the related goals of repurposing them and adding value to the Libraries’ collections and data sets. My key responsibilities include assisting faculty and students in the curation of their research data and other scholarly materials; and building a program of support and services for digital scholarship, including the digital humanities.

4 Responses to Session proposal: So, You Want to Start a Journal!

  1. Oh, man, could I use this workshop. Like you, we in the Emory Library receive many inquiries from faculty — and grad students, too — who want to start ejournals. Unfortunately, while we’re equipped to get them up and running with a website, we just don’t have a way to support the ongoing administrative work and associated costs. One thing that occurs to me is that some of us in the same position might somehow centralize resources or create a clearinghouse to refer these scholars to an organization better prepared to handle this kind of thing.

  2. Adeline Koh says:

    I love this idea! Especially as a faculty member from a liberal arts college, where we don’t have a tremendous R1 library.

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