Use these resources to find out more about current issues and opportunities.
- The Access Principle: the case for open access to research and scholarship
- Association of College and Research Libraries Scholarly Communication
- Development of Disruptive Open Access Journals
- Establishing and Publishing an Online Peer-Reviewed Journal: Action Plan, Resourcing, and Costs
- Gaining Independence: A Manual for Planning the Launch of a Nonprofit Electronic Publishing Venture
- Guide to Business Planning for Converting a Subscription-based Journal to Open Access, Second Edition
- Guide to Business Planning for Launching a New Open Access Journal, Second Edition
- Income Models for Supporting Open Access
- Model Business Plan: A Supplemental Guide for Open Access Journal Developers & Publishers, First Edition
- Online Guide to Open Access Journals Publishing – DOAJ (Regrettably no longer available)
- Open Access Advocacy Toolkit from the Canadian Association of Research Libraries
- Professional Editorial Standards – Editors’ Association of Canada
- Project Open Source | Open Access at the University of Toronto
- Publishing cooperatives: An alternative for non-profit publishers
- The Role of Advertising in Financing Open Access Journals
- Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
- Scholarly Publishing Re-invented: Real Costs and Real Freedoms
- Science Dissemination Using Open Access (Spanish Version)
- Sponsorships for Nonprofit Scholarly & Scientific Journals: A Guide to Defining & Negotiating Successful Sponsorships
- SSHRC’s Aid to Open-Access Research Journals
- Taking the plunge: open access at the Canadian Journal of Sociology
- Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography
Editage Insights, created and maintained by Editage editorial services, is a comprehensive learning and discussion platform for authors and journals. Available in English, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, Editage Insights provides high-quality content on a range of topics related to academic publishing, from manuscript preparation and the publication process, to hot topics in the global scholarly publishing industry, such as publication ethics, peer review, and open access. It allows users to learn through articles, video tutorials, and interviews with industry leaders; participate in discussions; and ask questions on any aspect of scholarly publishing.
The International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) hosts publishing workshops that brings together the staff from journals. According to the website: “These workshops are extremely participatory, and involve group work and discussion with the objective of providing delegates with the knowledge to help make informed decisions about their own publications”.
The Canadian Association of Learned Journals primarily provides professional development through workshops and seminars at their annual conference. CALJ has also published a guidebook entitled, Best Practices Guide To Scholarly Journal Publishing, which is a practical guide that may be useful to graduate students starting up a new journal.
The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) hosts an annual three-day conference in the United Kingdom and a series of one-day workshops throughout the year. Each workshop has a clear learning objective, a program, and two tutors. The topics of these workshops seem more conducive to those new to publishing (e.g., Introduction to Journal Marketing, Fundamentals of Journal Finance, etc.). ALPSP has also published booklets on topics such as, What Authors Want, The Costs of Learned Journal and Book Publishing, and E-Book Platforms and Aggregators. While some booklets are available for free on-line, many cost money.
The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) hosts an annual three-day conference and seminars in the Washington DC area. SSP publishes a Professional Profile, a short interview with one of its members. SSP also posts notices about internship positions that are available through its member organizations. The SSP, in collaboration with ALPSP, also has a serial, Learned Publishing, as well as other publications.
The Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing (CCSP) Press addresses the needs of a wide range of journal publishers, delivering support on all levels of the journal publishing process. Using the operational and technical foundation of Open Journal Systems (OJS), CCSP Press can provide all the publishing tools and personnel needed to have a journal published online and/or in print.
The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association represents the interests of Open Access (OA) journal publishers globally in all scientific, technical and scholarly disciplines, through exchanging information, setting standards, advancing models, advocacy, education, and the promotion of innovation.
The Research Cooperative promotes effective contact and working relationships among researchers, research students, science writers, editors, translators, illustrators, publishers, and all others involved in original research-based communication. They provide an online forum to find help with writing and publishing in all languages, for all media, topics and countries, for academic and applied research, and for volunteer to fully-paid services.
Getting your journal indexed is critical for its success. It draws researchers to your content, inviting them to access your articles and become part of your community of readers, authors, reviewers, and editors.
The following resources, drawn from the appendices of the PKP document Getting Found, Staying Found, Increasing Impact, can guide you finding the best indexes for your journal, and learning how to get your content included in these important resources.
- EBSCO – Multiple indexes in a variety of research areas
- EconLit – Economics
- Institute for Scientific Information – Sciences
- MLA Bibliography – Language, linguistics, and literature
- PsycInfo – Psychology
- Scopus – Multidisciplinary
- Ulrich’s Periodical Directory – Multidisciplinary