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Starting a journal the way to go

This presentation discusses how to start an online journal.

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Starting a journal the way to go

  1. 1. Starting a Journal The way to Go Balasubramanian Thiagarajan drtbalu's Otolaryngology online
  2. 2. The Decision ?? drtbalu's Otolaryngology online
  3. 3. What a Journal should not be drtbalu's Otolaryngology online  Should not be a basket where all sorts of articles are published. It should be highly topical and confirm to American Library of congress subject classification  Should not be a closed one  Should not be a Red Journal  A journal without clear cut copyright, metadata harvesting and archiving policy
  4. 4. Focus of the Journal drtbalu's Otolaryngology online  This is what all indexing services look at  Focus should ideally be a narrow subject matter  The subject should be in confirmation with guidelines laid down by American Library congress  With this in mind – Decide how many journals you would like to host
  5. 5. Aims & scope of the journal drtbalu's Otolaryngology online  This should be decided next  Aim and scope should be as narrow and focused as possible  A clear cut decision on the number of issues to be published in a year should be specified  Supplemental issues if planned should also be stated here  Scope for book reviews should be specified
  6. 6. Editorial Board drtbalu's Otolaryngology online  Should be compact  Should be headed by a Chief Editor and four Associate Editors  Names of the Editorial Board along with their contact details should be published prominently in the journal site  Role of the Editorial board should be clearly and explicitly decided  Number of Editorial Board meetings that should be conducted should be specified. Online meeting is ideal
  7. 7. Training for Editorial Board Members drtbalu's Otolaryngology online  Members who constitute the Board of Editors should be trained on article triaging, article forwarding, article reviewing, article type setting, Plagiarism check etc.  They should also be trained to manage online workflow of the journal articles  Training should include hands on training of the selected journal software
  8. 8. Reviewer - Selection drtbalu's Otolaryngology online  Selection process of reviewers should be transparent  Submitting authors can suggest reviewers  Reviewer should be a published author  He / She should have either of the following digital identification – Researcher ID / ORCID / Research Gate Member  Design of review form  Conducting orientation program for reviewers / potential reviewers
  9. 9. The Ideal Journal software drtbalu's Otolaryngology online  Should have easy online registration and submission process  Should have a credible and easy work flow algorithm  Open source  Comply with OAI initiative  Should provide metadata for harvesting by search engines  Should have facility for counting article download numbers  Should have facility for XML conversion of published articles and issues
  10. 10. Free Journal Software drtbalu's Otolaryngology online  Open Journal Systems  Annotum word press tool  Modified content management systems like Joomla / Drupal etc
  11. 11. DOI number / Article ID drtbalu's Otolaryngology online  Digital ID for published articles is a must. (Crossref)  DOI numbering system does the job. It is a paid service  ARK numbering is a free alternative. Need to maintain ARK name resolving server  Without this number your article will be orphaned
  12. 12. ISSN Number drtbalu's Otolaryngology online  Application can be submitted only after publishing the First issue  Separate application need to be submitted for online / Print versions of the journal  ISSN number allotment is free  Before applying for ISSN number decision on the number of issues to be released per year should be clearly decided  Without this number indexing services wont index the journal
  13. 13. Decisions to be made drtbalu's Otolaryngology online  Is the journal going to be open to all or only to faculty and students of the university  Quality will be good if it is open to all  Author identification – Digital ID’s  Overall supervision of the functioning of the journal – Constitution of a Board of chief editors and soft ware system administrator
  14. 14. A Green journal should look like this drtbalu's Otolaryngology online
  15. 15. How the journal is going to be archived drtbalu's Otolaryngology online  Eprint repository  Lockss system  Dspace repository
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