Your contributors will benefit from:
For more information go to the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group page: Why Open Access?
Creative Commons licences provide a simple standardised way for authors to share their work with others. Offering works under a Creative Commons licence does not mean authors give up copyright. The licences allow users to reuse, remix and share the content legally, as long as they follow certain conditions. They are widely used and provide an excellent choice for managing the licencing aspect of publishing an OA journal.
Authors publishing in your journal should sign an open access licence agreement. If no licence is applied Australian copyright law automatically applies. A CC licence makes it clear to users under what circumstances they can share and reuse the content without needing to visit the journal's sharing and reuse policy or contact the journal or author. Visit the Creative Commons website for more information and assistance in selecting the most appropriate licence for your and the authors' needs.
Operating an OA journal takes resources and will incur some cost.
How will researchers, librarians and the general public discover your journal and its content?
Guides for OA Journal Publishers.This is a list of guidelines, primers, recommendations, and best practices for publishers of OA journals.
Library Publishing Directory. Produced annually by the Library Publishing Coalition. The LPC supports an evolving, distributed range of library publishing practices and furthers the interests of libraries involved in publishing activities on their campuses.
Starting an OA journal. Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG). Brief guide but most useful for the links to more detailed information and resources.
Note: Whilst UWA Library considers these directories valuable resources, you may find some broken links on these sites.
Developing Open Access Journals: A Practical Guide (Chandos Pub, 2008). This book by David J. Solomon provides a practical guide to developing and maintaining an electronic Open Access peer-reviewed scholarly journal.
Library Publishing Toolkit (pdf, 400p, IDS Project Press, 2013) This OA book, edited by Allison P. Brown, can also be downloaded free from iTunes or purchased in print from Amazon. Several chapters relate to publishing an Open Access journal eg. Open Access Journal Incubator at University of Lethbridge Library by Sandra Cowan.
Publishers (2012). Part of Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook: Practical steps for implementing Open Access. A comprehensive website by Alma Swan & Leslie Chan . External links to DOAJ, SPARC and Public Knowledge Project pages may be faulty.
Brief guides and blogs
Information for Publishers. Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Approximately 23 page document which focuses on publishing with DOAJ but also provides a "best practice" guide for prospective OA journal publishers (© 2016)
How to start an Open Access journal. (September 4, 2013). Brief post by fictocriticism author Karina Quinn (aka Quinn Eades)
Essential guide: How to start an Open Access journal in five steps. (ca 2013) Suzanne Pilaar Birch describes her experience of getting Open Quaternary started.
Open Access Publishing and Scholarly Societies: A Guide. 34 page document prepared by the Open Society Institute, July 2005.
Open Access journal management software can automate and streamline aspects of managing and publishing a journal.
Functionality varies between software, from manuscript submission, peer-review processes and workflows to layout, copyediting, production and access management. Software may be open-source or commercial; and may be hosted locally or by a third-party. Note that some systems requires a level of IT expertise, at least for initial set up.
In addition to reducing administrative workload, journal management software can enhance access, dissemination and preservation of content -- key factors in a developing a thriving Open Access journal.
Popular journal management software includes:
The table below provides a brief comparison of popular journal management software, many of which are free and open source:
OASIS (Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook) Tools and Platforms (2012). Useful overview of considerations for evaluating access and dissemination options, preservation, workflow management and hosting options.
SPARC Open Access Journal Publishing Resource Index 6: Technical Platform: Resources on technical considerations including format issues, hosting, visibility and discoverability.
A list of Free and open-source journal management software (some broken and out-of-date links).
Subscription-based journals can still support the Open Access movement and assist authors by implementing an Open Access policy that is compatible with the requirements of major funding bodies in Australia and internationally.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Australian Research Council (ARC) require that any publication arising from NHMRC or ARC supported research must be made Open Access within twelve months of publication. There is more information about funders’ Open Access mandates here.
For additional reasons why authors may be seeking to publish with journals that allow some form of Open Access see the Why make your journal Open Access box above.
To facilitate a more Open Access friendly journal, you can:
The Australian Health Review published by CSIRO is a subscription journal with an Open Access policy incorporating these elements.
Converting to Open Access
There are many pathways for converting or “flipping” a journal to Open Access, each with their own strengths, weaknesses and considerations.
Harvard Library recently published a comprehensive literature review on options and best practices on converting subscription-based scholarly journals to Open Access, including analysis of different scenarios and case studies of journals that have made the transition.
See Solomon, David, J. Mikael Laakso, and Bo-Christer Björk(authors). Peter Suber (editor). 2016. Converting Scholarly Journals to Open Access: A Review of Approaches and Experiences.
Australasian journal of medieval and early modern studies.
Showcases the research of first year students at The University of Western Australia (UWA) enrolled in a biology unit.
A multi-disciplinary Open Access journal, published continuously by the Faculty of Education since December 1950. All contents from 2000 are now available as OA articles. (Host: Faculty of Education)
A refereed academic journal of historical and cultural studies based in the Discipline of History at UWA. (Host: Faculty of Arts)
A peer-reviewed feminist cultural studies journal published in May and November. (Host: School of Humanities)
An online interactive creative arts journal created for, by and with students. (Host: UWA Cultural Precinct)