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Bug 4242

Summary: Allow for registering previous journal names
Product: OJS Reporter: James MacGregor <jmacgreg>
Component: Journal ManagementAssignee: Alec Smecher <alec>
Status: RESOLVED FIXED    
Severity: enhancement CC: alec
Priority: P5    
Version: 2.3   
Hardware: PC   
OS: Mac OS X 10.3   
Version Reported In: Also Affects:
Attachments: Patch against OJS pre-2.3 CVS

Description James MacGregor 2009-05-04 14:40:16 PDT
As journals do occasionally change names over their publication history, we should allow for this information to be gathered and displayed at certain levels. Off the top of my head:

1) JMs should be able to enter any previous journal titles & ISSNs (which, IIRC, change every time a journal title changes) during Journal Setup Step 1.1, as well as the date range for any particular title.

2) This information should probably be displayed in the HTML header metadata. 

3) Editors should also be able to mark backissues as being published under the previous name, somehow ... maybe by being able to select from a drop-down box on the Issue Data page. 

Are there any current workarounds for this issue? I have a feeling that this has come up before, but I can't find anything. I know that the JCS, for example, was previously published under a previous name (http://journals.hil.unb.ca/index.php/JCS/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope), so maybe that's what I'm thinking of. 

(courtesy of http://pkp.sfu.ca/support/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4461&p=17379#p17379)
Comment 1 Alec Smecher 2009-05-04 15:28:29 PDT
James, the approach I'd favour for this is something like the following: Add a TinyMCE-capable field called "Journal History" that displays in a new "About" page. That way they could enter previous ISSNs, titles, etc. free-form without us needing to create a history field for each of them (much easier on our part, and more flexible for them). The only case where we might need to consider a specific field is if we have a need for a particular piece of data to be treated individually, i.e. if it's needed as part of the embedded metadata, or if an export format needs it alone.
Comment 2 James MacGregor 2009-05-04 16:41:02 PDT
(In reply to comment #1)
> James, the approach I'd favour for this is something like the following: Add a
> TinyMCE-capable field called "Journal History" that displays in a new "About"
> page. That way they could enter previous ISSNs, titles, etc. free-form without
> us needing to create a history field for each of them (much easier on our part,
> and more flexible for them). The only case where we might need to consider a
> specific field is if we have a need for a particular piece of data to be
> treated individually, i.e. if it's needed as part of the embedded metadata, or
> if an export format needs it alone.

Alec, that sounds totally workable (not to mention much easier and practical on our end). Now that I think about it, there's probably no practical advantage to attaching old journal names to back issues directly, so long as that information is captured and displayed somewhere.
Comment 3 Alec Smecher 2009-05-22 13:36:31 PDT
Created attachment 1837 [details]
Patch against OJS pre-2.3 CVS

Added History field to end of setup page 1
Comment 4 Alec Smecher 2009-05-22 13:37:40 PDT
Implemented.