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Open Access Publishing: Create an
OA Journal

This resource will guide you in the use of UTA Libraries' OA Publishing Fund.

Start Your Own OA Journal

UTA Libraries Mavs Open Press offers a variety of services to assist UTA faculty members in hosting their own OA journals. These services include:

  • Providing server space for the journal content
  • Hosting software that manages the online workflow of article submission and peer-review
  • DOI (Digital Object Identifier) number assignment for articles
  • ISSN assignment
  • Assisting with indexing in appropriate online databases
  • Long-term preservation of content
  • Expertise of Libraries staff in starting a new journal

Publishing your first OA journal will go more smoothly if you have a strong sense of your readiness. Here are some questions to think about as you assess how prepared you may be to start a new journal or to transfer an existing one to the Mavs Open Press:

  • Do you have staff predesignated to serve as journal managers, reviewers, copyeditors, and layout editors? See Best Practices in Peer Review Handbook from the Association of American University Presses.
  • If you are moving from subscription-based print to open access digital publishing, do you have a plan for communicating the changes to your subscribers?
  • How familiar are you with journal publishing? If you are new to it, you will need to allow extra time to become familiar with managing the review process.

The more complex your setup, the more planning and time you will need to invest.

How do I start?

We will schedule a consultation to discuss your needs when setting up a new journal. Even if you are just thinking about starting a new OA journal, please contact at LIBRARY-SC@LISTSERV.UTA.EDUand we can discuss the possibilities.

Copyright and Open Access

Copyright is a complex and often confusing topic, but with open access publishing, a simple system exists that allows you to share your work with the world and grant exactly the number of permissions you want to. It's called Creative Commons, and you can find out more on this guide.  

OA Journals Published by Mavs Open Press