That's right, you could start your very own Open Access journal.
TRU Library provides digital publishing services to the University community (faculty, staff and students) by providing access to hosted online journal software: Digital Commons.
Digital Commons - a professional grade program that facilitates all aspects (call for papers, peer-review and online publishing) of open access journal publishing.
Journals on Digital Commons @ TRU Library
You will find it easier and faster to start your open access journal on Digital Commons @ TRU Library if you have already considered and developed policies and other content around the following questions:
Structure and formatting
You don't need to know HTML or CSS. Digital Commons handles all of the site design and layout. Digital Commons works with you to give your journal a professional look and feel.
Once you have had your consultation with the Scholarly Communications Librarian, you will be set up with a consultant at Digital Commons who will begin the set up your open access journal.
The design process begins when you return a completed journal setup form, which you will receive during your consultation with the Scholarly Communications Librarian, to your Digital Commons consultant. With the completed form, be sure to submit all images and other materials you’d like incorporated into the design. The Digital Commons design team will use these assets to create a site mock-up and up to two revised mock-ups based on your feedback. Once you approve a mock-up, Digital Commons will build a demonstration site based on the selected design. Your live site can be launched following completion of the demo site.
Journals hosted on Digital Commons are automatically crawled by Google and other search engines.
Other suggestions include:
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.
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.
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.Downloads
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.