Open Access Week: Starting your own journal

Open-AccessInterested in starting an open access journal or migrating an existing open access journal? The Library can help publish open access journals using resources available through the Texas Digital Library. The publishing workflow is managed using Open Journals System (OJS) software. Features include:

  • Handling online submissions from authors
  • Managing the peer-review process
  • Publishing issues online
  • Indexing content

The submission requirements, peer-review process, and the journal’s look and feel are customizable. OJS can also manage subscription-based journals with delayed open access options. Email notification and commenting tools further enhance the publication workflow.

The Texas Digital Library provides a list of existing hosted peer-reviewed online journals. Another journal using OJS is the UBC Medical Journal (a student-run academic journal that hopes to engage students in dialogs in medicine).

eLife, Biomedical Imaging and Intervention, and the Open Women’s Health Journal are some other examples of biomedical open access journals. Some journals provide limited open access. BMJ provides open access articles for all research articles published.

For more information about starting or migrating an open access journal, contact the library at Training and other assistance is available.