Tools and Services

 

Publishing Platform

ULS E-Journal Publishing uses Open Journal Systems (OJS), open source software, for the management of our journals.  OJS  was created by the Public Knowledge Project, through its efforts to expand and improve access to research, and was released under the GNU General Public License.

 

OJS Features include reader and content discovery tools:

  • Persistent URLs
  • RSS feeds
  • OAI-PMH Harvesting
  • Metadata creation and cataloging
  • Ability to Bookmark and Share on social networking sites
  • Multilingual interface with support for over 20 languages
  • Journal statistics

 

Our initial and ongoing support and services include:

  • ISSN registration
  • Assignation of Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs)
  • Web site usage statistics
  • Consultation on editorial workflow and management
  • Assistance in gaining recognition as a scholarly journal
  • Press releases and publicity within the library community

 

For journals with an existing print run, we offer low-cost print runs with our Espresso Book Machine. The Espresso Book Machine offers greatly enhanced flexibility and cost savings over commercial print vendors, including the ability to order and print a single copy at a time.

 

Archiving and Preservation

OJS uses the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

Back Issues

For existing journals, we will work with you to host the back issues of your journal on your new e-journal Web site.

Author Fees

Currently no ULS journal publications charge author fees. The editorial staff of each journal may set article processing charges for works accepted for publication. Our policy requires these charges to be waived for authors without grant funding. Author fees, if charged, will always be clearly stated in the “About” section of the journal.

 

Journal Impact and Enhanced Discoverability

Impact factor is used to rank and evaluate scholarly journals. We will work with you to expose your journal metadata to OAI-PMHEBSCO Discovery ServiceSerialsSolutions®, and other major search indexes to increase the exposure of your e-journal and enhance its impact factor. We will also assist you with submitting your e-journal to Thompson Reuters for assessment and assignment of journal impact factor. (For more information on impact factor, please visit the Thompson Reuters site.)

Your articles will be discoverable from a variety of Internet sources, enhancing the visibility of your e-journal as well as your potential readership. Your articles will be discovered via:

  • CrossRef
  • Aggregators
  • Abstracting and indexing services
  • Directories
  • Internet search engines
  • Metadata harvesters
  • Library discovery services
  • Databases
  • Google Scholar
  • Twitter
  • Blogs
  • Etc.

OJS provides access to journal statistics, which can be a useful tool when evaluating your workflow and when marketing your journal. Statistics are tracked for each journal and include the number of:

  • Issues published
  • Items published
  • Total submissions
  • Peer-reviewed manuscripts
  • Accepted manuscripts
  • Declined manuscripts
  • Resubmitted manuscripts
  • Days to review
  • Days to publication
  • Registered users
  • Registered readers
  • Article view counts (for Authors only)

You will also have access to Web site usage statistics, which track:

  • Visits
  • Unique visitors
  • Pages viewed
  • Pages per visitor
  • Pages per significant visit
  • Average visit duration
  • Average time by page seen
  • One page visit rate

Forms and other documentation

Documents can be opened using Microsoft Word 2007 and newer versions.

 

Contact us at e-journals@mail.pitt.edu to explore the possibilities for partnering with us to publish your scholarly journal.