Preserving the contents of your journal:
The information provided here is based on licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution‐Noncommercial‐Share Alike 3.0. The practical guides offer more in-depth and detailed guidelines
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 (Elsevier, 2014). This book by David J. Solomon provides a practical guide to developing and maintaining an electronic Open Access peer-reviewed scholarly journal. [Requires Pheme login]
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
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:
|Subscription-based journals can 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 publish an OA journal tab 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: http://www.publish.csiro.au/nid/272/aid/17720.htm.
Converting to Open Access
There are many pathways for converting or “flipping” a journal to Open Access, each with different 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. http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:27803834.
Australasian journal of medieval and early modern studies
An 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)