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University of Pittsburgh Library System Offers Free Ejournal Publishing Service

The University of Pittsburgh Library System (ULS) is now offering free e-journal publishing services to help academic journals make their content available to a global audience while eliminating the cost of print production.

The E-journal Publishing Program—part of ULS’ D-Scribe Digital Publishing Program, which partners with the University of Pittsburgh Press—“is in keeping with the ULS’ commitment to free and immediate access to scholarly information and its mission to support researchers in the production and sharing of knowledge in a rapidly changing publishing industry,” said Rush G. Miller, Hillman University Librarian and director of the ULS.
The ULS trains a journal’s editorial staff in the use of Open Journal Systems (OJS) software, which channels the flow of scholarly content from initial author submissions through peer review and final online publication and indexing. OJS provides the tools necessary for the layout, design, copy editing, proofreading, and archiving of journal articles. The platform provides a vast set of reading tools to extend the use of scholarly content through RSS feeds and postings to Facebook and Twitter. E-journal articles can be discovered via blogs, databases, search engines, library collections, and other means.

“We’re delighted to offer electronic publishing services free of charge to partners who share our support for Open Access to research information and use a robust peer-review process for their content,” added Timothy Deliyannides, head of ULS Information Systems. “We can help clients new to electronic publishing at every step. We will give them the tools they need to set up an efficient workflow and help them produce a scholarly e-journal of the highest quality.”

The ULS currently publishes the following e-journals: Bolivian Studies Journal; Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture; Ethnology: An International Journal of Cultural and Social Anthropology; Études Ricœuriennes/Ricœur Studies; International Journal of Telerehabilitation; Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy; and Revista Iberoamericana.
Coming in the next few months are Timely Interventions: A Translational Journal of Public Policy and Debate; University of Pittsburgh Law Review; Journal of Law and Commerce; Pittsburgh Tax Review; Journal of Technology, Law and Policy; Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law; Motivational Interviewing: Training, Research, Implementation Practice; and the Pitt Political Review.

Source: University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Posted By Bob Buntrock11/29/2010 2:22:28 PM

Interesting development. However, although print costs are obviously saved, no mention is made of the cost of e-publishing which can't be free. Other organizations probably offer similar services and prospective users will want to comparison shop.

Also intersting that the subject areas so far are limited to the "soft" sciences, linguistics, policy and politics, and law. Any capabilites or plans for the "hard" sciences?

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