In this section you will learn about the fourth of the five journal setup steps, which includes information about managing the journal.
This will include important decisions, such as whether the journal is open access or requires subscriptions, what the publication schedule will be (annual, quarterly, etc.), and staffing arrangements. These decisions will effect the workflow of the software and enable or disable certain features depending on your choices.
Please read the section on Step 4 in the OJS User Guide.
Here is are some examples of completely open access journals using OJS: Co-Action Journals
Jazz Research Journal is an example of the full subscription model, with only the editorials being freely available.
In addition to these common economic models, OJS can also allow you to restrict access to users with free Reader accounts. There is no charge for accessing the articles, but it does require that readers have an account. This has the benefit of allowing the journal to have information about all of its readers, but also has the disadvantage of potentionally annoying or even turning away possible new readers.
You can see this in action by selecting the PDF link for Paideusis — where you will receive a page asking you to login or to create a free account.
While on the Paideusis site, if you return to their home page, you will also notice that they are using the OJS Announcement feature to post news items.
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 4. Proceed through the different fields, adding some information to each field.
Here is an example of Announcements:
For the purposes of your course journal, select these options:
4.1 Access and Security Settings
– choose “The journal will provide open access to its contents”
– Under “Additional Site and Article Access Restrictions”, do NOT check either box
– Under “User Registration”, check Readers, Authors, and Reviewers
– choose “Copyediting will be undertaken by an Editor or Section Editor assigned to the submission”
4.6 Layout Editors
– choose “An Editor or Section Editor assigned to the submission will prepare the HTML, PDF, etc., files”
– choose “An Editor or Section Editor assigned to the submission will check the galleys”
Save once you’ve finished.
You’ve just received an email from your editor, informing you that the journal’s online ISSN has changed to 5973-8512. She would like you to update it in OJS. Go ahead and give it a try. If you can’t remember where to do it, review the OJS User Guide.
Did everything work in Step 4 as expected, or were there some surprises? Was there anything you didn’t understand? Please post your comments below.