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Information for Journal Editors

The editor of a scholarly journal views the world from a unique perspective. Providing leadership for the discipline’s scholarly communication, editorial service represents a deep commitment to the discipline during a time in which the research of others takes priority over one’s own. A journal editor is at the center of scholarly enquiry. Collaboration with an editorial board, authors, and peer reviewers engages a community of scholars who share a passion for the discipline and represent diverse points of view. Seeking manuscripts, nurturing new authors, competing for contributions from recognized scholars—these and other parts of the editorial process offer a heady intellectual experience that compensates for the detail-oriented tasks that also come with the responsibility.

Newfound Press Can Host Your Journal

Newfound Press invites proposals from editors of scholarly journals or other serial works. Newfound Press journals are managed by an editor. The journal sponsor (e.g. scholarly society, university department) accepts responsibility for the content. The software supports browse and keyword searching, and multimedia files. Journals published by Newfound Press include the publisher's branding while operating on the same software as the library's Trace digital showcase and archive. The Trace platform includes the powerful editorial management system Edikit™ so that editors can manage their submissions, peer review, and editorial workflow online. Newfound Press assists journal editors with web page design. Editors receive training and ongoing assistance from Newfound Press for using the journal publishing system.

Proposals should address the following and include sample material:

• Describe the journal. What is its subject/scope? Who is the intended audience? Why is the journal unique?  Why is it suited for open access?
• How is the editorial board established?
• Describe the process for assuring quality from submissions to journal presentation.
• Describe the journal‘s match with one or more of the Newfound Press criteria.
• Describe the journal’s business plan, including plans for sustainability.
• What kinds of files must be supported?

Decisions facing a new journal editor and sponsor include:

• What is the journal title?
• How will the editorial board be formed and what are their responsibilities?
• What will be the publication schedule and frequency?
• Will articles be published as they are accepted or published as a complete issue or volume?
• What will be the typical size of an issue?
• When will the first issue be available?
• What file formats can be supported? (e.g. text, tables, images, graphics, audio, video, etc.)
• Who will be responsible for web design?
• What will be the process for submitting an article and guidelines for authors?
• Will the journal be open access or will the user pay to view the content?
• If the sponsor sells subscriptions, what processes are required?
• What are the plans for business, marketing, and editorial policy?

Getting Started

Open access guides provide in depth business planning advice for converting a subscription-based journal to open access or for launching a “born-digital” journal. Some available guides are:

  • Guide to Business Planning for Converting a Subscription-based Journal to Open Access v3
  • Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook
  • Model Business Plan: A Supplemental Guide for Open Access Journal Developers & Publishers
  • The Directory of Open Access Journals lists more than 6,000 free, open access, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.

    Selecting a Journal Title

    Look at the UlrichsWeb (subscription required; available in print and electronic formats). University of Tennessee, Knoxville faculty, staff and students may connect through the library’s database menu or directly to UlrichsWeb for a list of more than 300,000 academic and scholarly journals, e-journals, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more. Enter a keyword (for example, chickens) related to the subject of the journal and discover existing journal titles.

    The Scholarly Publishing Environment

    (NISO) PIE-J: The Presentation & Identification of E-Journals. The recommended practice guidelines presented in this document offer guidance to e-journal publishers and providers and will help ensure that e-journal content can be reliably discovered, cited, and accessed by users over time. (March, 2013)

    SPARC: The Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition has many resources to support scholarly publishing. See SPARC’s numerous guides and planning resources available for publishers.

    University of Tennessee Libraries Scholarly Communication site links to publications and web sites featuring innovation in scholarly publishing.

    The Association of Research Libraries offers examples and documents discussion about new models of scholarly communication.

    See examples of journals being published with the Digital Commons software.


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