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Open Access Journals: starting and running a journal with Digital Commons @ TRU Library

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Promoting your Journal

Journals hosted on Digital Commons are automatically crawled by Google and other search engines.

Other suggestions include:

  • Registering with Google Scholar
  • Asking your liaison librarian for further abstracting and indexing suggestions
  • If your journal is open access, consider applying to have your journal listed with DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Library and Archives Canada's mandate is "to preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations." and publishers are legally required to make one copy of an online journal issue available to LAC within seven days of its release. Deposit guidelines.

As well as ensuring your journal is indexed and searched by both major and subject-specific search engines and indexers, you will want to promote it to your target audience. You can do this by announcing new issues on subject-specific and association listservs and social media.

Digital Commons Dashboard provides a central location for administrators to browse real-time download activity and generate usage reports on demand.

Geographic Visualization

In addition to the statistics reports, Digital Commons provides a readership distribution map for each title which visually displays where in the world your publication is getting readers.

Usage Reports

The Usage Reports tab features a visual snapshot of downloads and metadata page hits, with the ability to easily generate reports. You also have access to data for individual works and a tally of works posted during the selected time period.


The Downloads graph displays full-text downloads for the currently selected date range.

Click the Include additional files box if you wish to count supplemental files such as datasets, book chapters, or presentation materials. Additional file downloads will display in red at the top of graph bars.

To retrieve a download report for the active date range and filters, click the Generate Report button.

A Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is a number used to identify an electronic journal article or other online intellectual property. Because DOIs remain stable even if an article’s host publication changes platforms, names, or publishers, they provide permanent and reliable links for citation, sharing, and discovery. When properly implemented in citations and references, DOIs can provide readers and researchers instant access to the sources they’re looking for.

DOIs are designated and administered by the CrossRef organization. You will need to become a member of CrossRef to issue DOIs. Subscription to CrossRef is not covered by our fees and must be paid separately.