Module 11: Journal Sections

Objective
Video
Readings
Activity
Review Activity
Evaluation
Discussion

Objective

In this unit, you will learn about the Journal Sections, how to create new ones, and edit existing ones.

This is important, because most editors will want to have each issue divided up into recurring sections, such as Editorials, Book Reviews, Commentary, Articles, Letters, etc.

Video

Readings

Please read the Journal Sections unit in the OJS User Guide.

Almost every OJS journal you visit will have the issue table of contents divided up into sections. Here’s an example from the TESOL Canada Journal, with sections that include: A Word from the Editor, Articles, In the Classroom, Perspectives, etc.

Activity

If you’ve worked for a journal before, or even just been a reader of journals, you will know that Sections are a common method of dividing up the content in a particular issue.

Sections can include headings such as “Research Articles”, “Editorials”, “Commentary”, “Book Reviews”, and more.

For this activity, it is your task to imagine four or five possible Journal Sections, and create them in your course journal.

Be sure to review the various settings for each Section too, as you will be learning that some Sections might not need to have author names displayed (e.g., Editorials), or others might not be available for authors to submit to without approval (e.g., Commentary).

Review Activity

Your editor just called again. This time, she needs you to change the wording of the submission checklist to include .docx as an acceptable file type. Can you remember where to go to update that?

Evaluation

You are at the halfway point now — congratulations! Are you still finding all of the units useful? What would you change? I would really like to hear what you think!

Discussion

Did you find creating and editing Sections easy? Were there any problems? Please post your comments below.

11 Comments on "Module 11: Journal Sections"

  1. Profile photo of Yola Yola says:

    It is very easy to make sections, and I also feel very good that some of them can restrict the.

  2. Is a great idea assign Editors to determinate Section because when a Author send a new submission this will be reviewed for an expert. The administration for Sections is very easy, just a few clicks.

  3. Everything was fine i created and edited sections without problems. add section editors to the section is useful because the submissions doesn’t pass for unassigned state at the same time it reduce the editor work.

  4. Profile photo of Ruth Jelley Ruth Jelley says:

    Can anybody help me locate some instructions on how a Section Editor can upload an Editorial?

  5. Ines says:

    Hi Kevin
    it is important to know these “tricks” 🙂

  6. Ines says:

    Hello Kevin
    I want to have a focus monograph topic and an open topic in each issue, and each topic can get research articles and short practical articles. How can I divide the articles in these two topics? Should I create a general research article section for the open topic and a new special research articles section for each focus topic?
    I hope I explain myself; maybe the solution is to create as many sections as I need and choose the option “omit this section from about the journal”? Thanks!

    • Profile photo of kevin says:

      Hi Ines,

      Yes, you’ve found the best solution. Create your sections as needed, but configure the settings of the sections to show or not show, allow for author submissions or not, etc. You are really getting to be an expert on OJS!

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