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1 E-journal Publishing Strategies at Pitt Timothy S. Deliyannides Director, Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing and Head, Information Technology IMLS Library Publishing Services Workshop, May 18-20, 2011

2 Strategic Goal: Innovation in Scholarly Communication Support researchers in  efficient knowledge production  rapid dissemination of new research  open access to scholarly information Build collaborative partnerships around the world Support innovative publishing services Establish trusted repositories for the research output of the University

3 Collaboration with University of Pittsburgh Press Press focuses on books and monographs rather than journals Press Digital Editions collaborative project between Press and Library 750 books digitized by ULS includes both in-print and out-of-print titles all are Open Access

4 Open Access Author Self-archiving Repositories 2001 PhilSci Archive 2001 Electronic Theses and Dissertations 2002 Archive of European Integration 2003 Minority Health Archive 2003 Aphasiology Archive 2009 D-Scholarship@Pitt (Inst.Repository) 2010 Industry Studies Working Papers


6 ULS E-Journal Publishing Rapid growth to 21 journals since 2007 Peer-reviewed scholarly research journals Most are Open Access and electronic only Based on PKP Open Journal Systems (OJS) Editorial Teams are located around the world Five journals have multilingual content

7 Journal publishing strategies Propel scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh Extend service beyond the home institution Save ‘at-risk’ journals without the infrastructure or know-how to go electronic Incentivize Open Access publishing worldwide

8 Based on self-sufficient editors Editorial staff are expected to become self-sufficient by the time first issue is published Editors are responsible for managing: all content decisions all processing workflow all communication with their editorial staff, reviewers, authors, subscribers and readers

9 We provide: Hardware and software hosting services Advice on best practices in e-publishing Consultation on editorial workflow management Web-based training for editorial staff Graphic design services ISSN Registration Assignment of DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) Assistance in establishing formal acceptance and recognition of the scholarly content

10 On-Demand Printing (for journals with existing print publication)

11 Tools for rapid implementation Proposal Form Collects detailed information on which to base selection decision Focus, scope, description of content Justification of need Credentials of Editorial Board Description of review process

12 Selection Criteria Partners must demonstrate: Original scholarly content Rigorous blind peer review process Commitment to Open Access for content Editorial Board of internationally recognized scholars

13 Memorandum of Understanding Builds common understanding before problems occur Defines roles and responsibilities Identifies ULS as publisher of record Articulates policies on: changes to published content/issuing errata handling infringement claims, publication schedule/continuity issues long-term preservation

14 Graphic Design Brief Defines the scope of graphic design possibilities Explains design limitations based on software Prepares the client to give input on design Defines publisher branding requirements Establishes process for client input and timeframe for design







21 Article Template Design Questionnaire Defines the look of each formatted article Echoes web site design Default is MS Word Includes publisher’s formatting and branding requirements complete citation including DOI must appear on each page

22 Author Copyright Agreement Comes in two versions:  Immediate Open Access  Delayed Open Access Both are based on Creative Commons licensing (CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0) Terms are included in digital rights statement in metadata

23 SERU (Shared Electronic Resource Understanding) Used to define terms of use, typically for paid journal subscriptions Saves time and effort for negotiating and administering individual license agreements

24 Student Publications Only supported for University of Pittsburgh Provides valuable learning experience Faculty involvement is required to maintain continuity Selection criteria are relaxed for student publications  peer review process  credentials of editorial board

25 Publications Advisory Board Includes national leaders in scholarly publishing and Open Access issues Provides strategic guidance and expertise for ULS digital publishing program Assists in development of publication policies governing: Selection and evaluation criteria for partners Open Access and Creative Commons licensing Cost recovery mechanisms

26 Advertising Currently exploring OpenX Ad server as a plug-in to OJS In development:  policies/procedures for publisher review of advertising  cost model to cover publisher overhead for advertising

27 Future challenges Understanding sustainability issues Track labor costs Separate one-time and ongoing labor Long-term data collection required Quantitative measurement of impact Ongoing monitoring/evaluation of academic quality


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