Congratulations! You’ve reached the final setup step. In this section you will learn about the fifth and final journal setup step, which includes information about the journal’s appearance.
This is important to get right, as it will largely determine the visual experience for your readers. Although it may seem shallow, an amateur “look” will not reflect well on your journal’s perceived professionalism. Some journals go so far as to contract a professional graphic designer to make sure things look as good as possible.
Please read the section covering Step 5 in the OJS User Guide.
As part of this unit, you should review some of the existing OJS journals to get a sense of the variety of “looks” that have been implemented. Some are quite simple, while others are much more extensive.
You might also want to take a look at some non-OJS journals, to see how they display their online content. The Directory of Open Access Journals is a good place to start.
When reviewing both OJS and non-OJS journals, review what common elements exist, and what works (and, of course, what doesn’t).
If you are really ambitious, and want to learn about creating your own unique cascading style sheet (CSS), W3Schools is a great resource.
For this activity, login to your journal, and select your role as a Journal Manager again.
Return to the Setup section, and go to Step 5. Proceed through the different fields, adding some information to each field. Try experimenting with different journal themes and moving around the blocks (step 5.6).
Save once you’ve finished.
Please post your questions or comments!
Did everything work in Step 5 as expected, or were there some surprises? Was there anything you didn’t understand?
Also, list at least two journals that you really liked the “look” of, and briefly explain why. Please post your comments below.