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Editorial Team Training

If a journal decides to publish with IU Libraries, we will provide an introduction to our publishing software, either in person or virtually, to all editors and journal staff. We will use that initial training to make sure that all members of the editorial team have the correct permissions set up. We have also created an OJS 3 Instructions for Editors guide to give editorial teams a thorough overview of the journal publishing software we use.

Consultation and Troubleshooting

We will provide instructions and support for basic publishing software functionality questions. Some items that we help editorial teams understand and troubleshoot include:

  • How to manage submissions, from review through copyediting
  • How to set up review forms
  • How to set up automatic e-mail reminders
  • How to add subscribers
  • How to organize what users see effectively and efficiently
  • How to troubleshoot technical issues and request software features

Discoverability and Reputation

We consult with editorial teams to make sure that their journal is discoverable and that it displays common indicators of quality and rigor. Indicators of quality are important for attracting potential authors to your publication. We assist with discoverability by:

  • Applying for an ISSN for your journal (if you don’t already have one)
  • As members of CrossRef, assign and register Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for your journal content
  • Assist you with journal indexing to increase readership. We assist with submitting applications and updating policies/the journal website to satisfy indexing requirements. You can check our list of databases in which we have frequently helped index our journals.
  • Help you apply for Directory of Open Access Journal (DOAJ) indexing and the DOAJ Seal. DOAJ is an important directory for finding high-quality OA publications. Their seal is considered one of the best markers of a quality open access publication, and requires specific copyright, metadata, and preservation standards in order to be achieved. For more information, check out the official DOAJ Seal requirements and benefits.

Preservation

We collaborate with CLOCKSS to provide reliable digital archiving for our journals. CLOCKSS serves as a “dark archive” that does not provide user access, but preserves articles for future use. These secondary copies will withstand any potential issues and ensure that your journal’s content survives for decades to come.

Assessment

Journals can opt to receive metrics reports monthly or annually. These metrics can include article views and downloads as well as referrers, search statistics, and more.

Additional Services

We liaise with Indiana University of Press to broker important publishing services, including copyediting and print on demand (POD). While Press partners will help us find a vendor for these services, there is a fee.