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1 a look at ACRL-LA’s new Open-Access Journal presented by Megan Lowe, Reference Librarian (ULM), Editor Karen Niemla, Reference Librarian (ULM), Webmaster

2 Open Access Journals: A Brief Look “History” of Codex Journal Details Human Details First Virtual Details Open Journal Systems (OJS) Design Matters For a more in-depth technical look, please check out Karen’s presentation “House of Cascading Style”

3 Also known as OAJ OAJs are “digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions” (Suber, 2007)Suber Generally employ Creative Commons licensing to protect themselves and the authors Can be subscription-based, in so far as you subscribe to them, but sans fee Are scholarly and facilitate the aims of scholarly communication in a much broader sense than traditional scholarly publishing

4 Come in two flavors (Keener et al, 2007):Keener et al Gold – “refers to journals and other published material that are freely available online” Green – “materials that may have been published in subscription based journals but have been made openly available via an institutional or discipline-based repository or on a website” One warning, though – some OAJs require that submitting authors pay a fee to be published in their publications; this is one way that OAJs may generate revenue

5 The OAJ movement was initiated in the scientific disciplines but has been picked up by a wide array of fields The earliest formalized document associated with OA is the Budapest Open Access Initiative which was created and signed in 2001Budapest Open Access Initiative The movement has picked up significant momentum in the last several years (Spears & Vyse, 2007) As of September 2009, the Directory of Open Access Journals includes 4359 titles in its “holdings”Directory of Open Access Journals

6 Started as the brainchild of Megan Lowe and Mike Matthews (Northwestern State U) after attending ACRL- LA’s Pre-LUC conference “Publish & Flourish: Writing for Academic Librarians” in October 2008Publish & Flourish: Writing for Academic Librarians But the issue of ACRL-LA sponsoring an electronic journal wasn’t discussed formally until February 2009February 2009 From the beginning, it was intended to be open-access It was suggested that the OAJ could phase out the ACRL-LA newsletter It was also discussed that it could be run on the ACRL-LA website It would include peer-reviewed articles and book reviews

7 By June 2009 an Advisory Council was established, composed of John Budd (U of Missouri) and Vivian Solar, who later resigned, and Melissa Goldsmith (Nicholls)June 2009 It was discussed that the journal would be blind peer- reviewed; policies, including the style format, would be approved by the Advisory Council; and that the title (which would not be determined until late June) would include a moniker referring to it as the journal of the ACRL-LA Once established (including have an ISSN) the journal should be added to the Directory of Open Access Journals

8 By late June, a title was determined by the membership through a vote in the ACRL-LA forums: Codex: the Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRLvote in the ACRL-LA forums At the August 2009 meeting of the Executive Board the newsletter was officially abolished, and ACRL-LA news would be included in Codex At that same meeting, the official position of Journal Editor (as was the position of Webmaster, currently held by Karen Niemla) was established; Journal Editor will be an appointed position; the current Editor is Megan Lowe

9 The first issue is due out in November/December and is composed of solicited articles; amongst those contributing articles are John Budd, Jim Elmborg, Sigrid Kelsey, Michelynn McKnight, Alma Dawson, and Ralph Boé An ISSN as been obtained but is contingent upon publication of the first issue A pool of peer-reviewers from around the state and beyond has already been established and is being expanded every day; the pool includes library faculty and staff

10 Blind peer-review Criteria for review are based on Relevance Originality Methodology Abstract Organization & Style Documentation Bi-annual publication Articles of any length Reviews (primarily books currently)

11 All articles submitted are reviewed by the Editor ; articles deemed appropriate for the journal are passed to reviewers Articles will be identified by the following ratings: Accepted without revisions Accepted with revisions Rejected with suggested revisions to submit Rejected Creative Commons licensing FAQ is in the works Run on the Open Journals System via the ACRL-LA website (but more on that later)Open Journals System

12 Current Editor is Megan Lowe The Webmaster, Karen Niemla, takes care of the technical side of things A pool of peer-reviewers has been accumulated from volunteers around the state and beyond, but we welcome more – just contact the Editor! Peer-reviewers who are interested in doing book reviews as well are encouraged to express this to the Editor; folks interested in only doing book reviews are also encouraged to contact the Editor

13 Karen Niemla, Webmaster



16 You’re looking at a digital object

17 “Chairs are for Sitting. PDF is for Printing.”






23 language database


25 *think*




29 (read: you)



















48 (tiny, ain’t they?)






54 À Suivre!


56 Presentation URL ACRL-LA Website OJS Website Our Contact Info Megan Lowe, Editor: Karen Niemla, Webmaster:

57 ACRL-LA minutes (Executive and Business) Budapest Open Access Initiative Directory of Open Access Journals Peter Suber’s Open Access Overview Public Knowledge Project: Open Journal Systems Spears, M., & Vyse, R. (2007, Fall2007). The Human Right To Know and the Open Access Movement: An Optimal Path for Scholarly Journals. PNLA Quarterly, 72(1), 10-11. Retrieved September 24, 2009, from Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text database. 10 Things You Should Know About Scholarly Communication

58 If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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