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Creating and Running an Open Access Journal

The FIrst Issue

  • Make sure your website looks appealing, well-maintained, and reputable. Consider if you would submit to the journal if you came across it.
    • Are there empty, incomplete, or out of date pages, like "About this Journal"?
    • Has anything been customized visually? You don't have to customize every aspect of the journal's look and feel, but a little bit can go a long way to making the website feel well maintained.
  • Think about who you want to submit articles to the journal. Where are they most active?
    • Social media? Listservs? Community sites? These are places where you can promote your new journal and post a call for submissions.
  • For the first issue or two, you may want to reach out to individual researchers to ask them to submit to your journal. If you do this, do so very mindfully and carefully. Researchers get many junk emails from non-reputable journals asking them to publish, and you don't want your email to be regarded with suspicion as well.
    • Clarify that it is a new journal, and this is why you are asking for submissions.
    • Proofread the email for grammar and spelling to distinguish from spam emails.
    • Avoid traditionally predatory practices, such as those on this page: Predatory and Questionable Publishers.

Promotion Checklist

These are optional tasks to increase the reach of your journal. Not all will be applicable to every journal, and many won't be able to happen until a few issues have been published.

  • Create social media accounts for your journal.
  • Promote your journal on subject-specific listservs.
  • Index your journal in subject-specific databases. Talk to your subject librarian for suggestions.

Journal Statistics

OJS has built in statistics.