Helping high school researchers get published
The University of Alberta Libraries (a PKP Platinum sponsor) have established a partnership agreement with a local high school to establish a peer-reviewed journal for the research that comes out of their prestigious Advanced Placement Capstone Diploma Program (a Cambridge University initiative).
The publication, tentatively named The Cornerstone, will have a home on the University of Alberta Libraries’ OJS hosting service, which already hosts 29 peer-reviewed academic journals related to U of A research or faculty.
“Hosting the high school journal—and hopefully others like it—is key to the U of A Libraries mandate,” said Gerald Beasley, vice-provost and chief librarian for the U of A.
“This is part of what libraries do, the same as lending books,” he said. “U of A Libraries is committed to disseminating new knowledge, and this project with Strathcona High School is an opportunity to take community knowledge and make it more widely available. … “We are proud to have established this publishing platform, and we are opening it up to any community group in Alberta.”
Leah Vanderjagt, U of A’s Digital Repository Services Librarian, says “we are grateful to PKP for developing OJS, which enables us to run our hosting service and do this great project”.
We agree: this is a great initiative, and PKP wishes the students and everyone involved with The Cornerstone the best of luck with their new publication!
For more information, see the following news story:
As well as this CBC radio interview between Leah, the teacher from the school, and one of the student researchers; where you can learn more about the kind of research the students are doing: