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Who can publish open access journals and books with IU Libraries?

Anyone affiliated with any IU campus that is interested in open access publishing is eligible for publishing services. Faculty and staff from IUPUI interested in starting an OA publishing should contact IUPUI directly. We encourage you to contact to discuss your journal in more detail.

Is there a limit on the number of new journals you publish each year?

We review applications for our publishing program on a case by case basis in consultation with library leadership. In 2019, we are focusing on sustainability and prioritizing journals that are “flipping” to an OA model. We are happy to talk to editorial teams in more detail.

I’m in interested in starting a new publication with Indiana University. How do I start this process?

If you are interested in publishing with us, please contact to express interest. We’ll work with you to get more information about your publication. Then we will ask you to complete the New Journal Toolkit. This form will ask for a variety of information about your potential publication, including questions about your editorial workflow, copyright policy, and ideal publication timeline. The more information you provide here, the more effectively and efficiently we will be able to set up your journal’s website. Finally, we will send your group a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which provides additional information about expectations for both parties.

Can IU Libraries help me make back issues of my journal open access?

We will consult with any journals interested in digitizing their back content. We are willing to do some metadata work on digitized publications and move your back issues into OJS, but are often limited in resources and our ability to digitize multiple back issues. For journals that no longer publish, we provide a platform in our Legacy Journals space. Please contact us at so we assess your scope and requirements

Can IU Libraries help me publish a hybrid journal?

We are committed to publishing open access content. However, we can work with you to create a business model that is most practical for your editorial team and/or scholarly society. One option is to implement an embargo where only subscribers and/or members have access to the latest issue. We’re happy to explore hybrid publishing models with your team at

Will you publish closed, subscription-based journals?

No, please contact Indiana University Press to inquire about publishing subscription-based or closed journals.

What is Open Journal Systems?

Open Journal Systems (OJS) is a journal management and publishing system that has been developed by the Public Knowledge Project through its federally funded efforts to expand and improve access to research. OJS is open source software made freely available to journals worldwide for the purpose of making open access publishing a viable option for more journals.

What publishing services does the library offer?

Read more about the services we offer.

Do you collaborate with Indiana University Press?

Yes! IU Press partners with the Scholarly Communication department and provides invaluable expertise on Print on Demand, indexing, and marketing. We work closely with our Press colleagues to operationalize several pieces of the journal publishing program.

Why are DOIs important?

DOIs increase the reach and impact of your work. Publishers, repositories, aggregators, indexers, and providers of research and academic profiles are now relying on DOIs to identify specific works accurately, which in turn more reliably links that work to its authors and creators. Furthermore, metadata and information about individual works are increasingly tied to DOIs. Find out more details on the importance of DOIs, as well as how to mint them, on our Why DOI? page.

What is the Directory of Open Access Journals?

The Directory of Open Access Journals, commonly referred to as DOAJ, is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. This database can serve as great resource for finding reliable open access journals. Receiving official recognition as an open access journal by DOAJ, particularly by receiving the DOAJ Seal, can ensure users that your own open journal is high quality.

How can I get help drafting a copyright policy for my journal?

Our journals are required to have a written copyright policy. The copyright policy should be easily discoverable by potential authors and reviewers. Each editorial team should create and disseminate a copyright policy that aligns with their relationship with their journal’s authors and their future aspirations for the content that they publish. As supporters of open access and advocates of authors’ rights, the Scholarly Communication Department highly encourages journals to use a non‐exclusive license to publish their authors’ work when possible. For additional one-on-one assistance with crafting your copyright policy, please contact the IU Libraries Copyright Librarian.

What is an APC?

An APC, or Article Processing Charge, is a payment that some publishers require from authors in order tome their article open access. If you are interested in publishing open access in a journal with an APC, IU Bloomington has an APC fund, which can help subsidize the cost of these fees.

Do all open access journals charge an APC?

Not always. There are several routes to OA and paying an APC is only one of them! For example, none of the 50 or so journals we publish currently charge an APC. However, when your article is published in an open access journal, there is a chance be required to pay an article processing charge or APC. IUB has an APC fund, which can help subsidize the cost of these fees.

How can I get an ISSN for my journal?

We’ll apply for an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) to uniquely identify your journal as part of the onboarding process. The turnaround time on this varies, but is often quicker than the two months the Library of Congress estimates.

What is a predatory journal?

Publishers and journals categorized as "predatory" are uninterested in sharing properly cited and reviewed work or respecting the rights of authors; they are interested solely in profit and often ask authors to pay huge publishing or presenting fees. Some predatory journals claim to be legitimately Open Access, which results in scholars sometimes conflating OA with predatory practices. Check our Predatory Publishers Guide for more details, as well as a thorough guide on how to avoid these businesses.