There are some broad areas that journal managers need to think about, but it's attention to the details that will make setting up and running your journal an easier process.
Student journals operate on the same guidelines as other journals but with a few extra planning points.
We will schedule an annual meeting with student journal manager/editors to ensure that training needs are being met.
One way to make the layout process easier is to use a template. This provides consistent formatting (especially when several staff are doing layout) and ensures that boilerplate content you need (e.g., journal information, ISSN, DOI) is included. Check the PDFs of articles from journals in your subject area for ideas. Here are two basic templates for inspiration or adaptation. [Template 1 (Word doc); Template 2 (Word doc)]
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Workflows within OJS can be simple or complex. A few examples:
We will work with you to make sure your journal is set up properly in OJS for the workflow you choose. See the OJS workflow chart for more information on ways to determine the workflow for your journal.
Creating a New OJS Journal: Decisions (Word file). Use this checklist/worksheet to help you think about some of the major areas involved with journal publishing and make decisions about your journal. Areas include the following:
Notes from the Journal Make-Over: Practical Steps to Better Journals webinar (Google doc). If you're starting a journal now, don't wait for a make-over; make your journal better right from the start. (If you already have a journal and want to improve your workflows and other processes, these notes can help you focus on areas for change.)