2. Reader Pages

2.1. Accessing Content

For open access journals using OJS, accessing content is as simple as selecting the Current link to see the latest issue, or the Archives link to see the previous issues.

Figure 12.1. Current Issue

Current Issue

2.2. Subscribing

If access to content requires a subscription, you will need to first register for a Reader account with the OJS journal. See the section on payments and subscriptions for more subscription information.

2.3. Signing up for notification

If you would like to receive an automatic email message alerting you to new content from an OJS journal, you can often register for a Reader account, and check the box for notification:

Figure 12.2. Reader Notification

Reader Notification

2.4. Reading Tools

Reading Tools are intended to assist both expert and novice readers of the journal in building a context for interpreting, evaluating and utilizing the research they are reading.

Reading Tools have been developed for a wide range of academic disciplines, and from which the Journal Manager can select, as well as update and edit, in supporting the reading environment for the journal. The Reading Tools also enable Readers to join relevant forums, as well as contact the author or share the item with another Reader.

The Tools open in a frame in the user's browser to the right of the article or item being read:

Figure 12.3. Reading Tools

Reading Tools

The Tools provide Readers with access to the item's indexing information, print version, and author biographical statement.

The Tools enable Readers to look up words in the item (by double clicking on any work in the HTML version of the item); to email the author or another Reader; or to comment on the article. All of these features create a much more interactive reading environment. The Tools are also designed to take the first two keywords from the submission and feed them into the search engines of open access databases and other resources grouped under Research Studies, Author's Other Works, Press and Media, Government Websites, Instructional Resources, Discussions and Forums, and other categories, depending on the set of Tools selected.

Readers are also able to access background information on each of the selected resources. In each category, whether Studies, Media, on Instruction, the Tools provide multiple choices or databases to consult, while allowing the Reader to learn more about each database by providing a link to an About page for the resource. (The Journal Manager is able to edit or delete existing resources and add new ones as well – see the Journal Management section regarding Reading Tools for details.)