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So You Want to Be a Publisher: Planning and Publishing the Journal of eScience Librarianship
University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium
  • Raquel Abad, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Sally A. Gore, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Donna Kafel, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Elaine Russo Martin, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Lisa A. Palmer, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Mary E. Piorun, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Start Date
4-4-2012 1:00 PM
End Date
4-4-2012 2:00 PM
Description

Objective: To describe the planning process and activities of the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Lamar Soutter Library around the publication of the new Journal of eScience Librarianship (JESLIB).

Methods: The University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Lamar Soutter Library through funding from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine has been a leader in educating librarians about eScience and its impact on librarianship. In spring 2011 the Library began to explore the idea of publishing a peer-reviewed, open access electronic journal about eScience and data management for librarians. Planning and implementation considerations included: choosing a unique and appropriate name; infrastructure and hosting options; organizational and governance structure; roles and responsibilities; journal structure and content; aims and scope; editorial, peer review and other policies and procedures; and dissemination.

Results: The inaugural issue of the Journal of eScience Librarianship (http://escholarship.umassmed.edu/jeslib/) was published on February 15, 2012 via the journal management platform of the Library's institutional repository, eScholarship@UMMS. JESLIB has been assigned ISSN 2161-3974. The medical school joined CrossRef so that article metadata could be deposited into their system and each article assigned a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).

Conclusion: Libraries can successfully publish as well as host online journals. Helpful planning guides and other resources are available to assist libraries and academic groups in publishing open access peer-reviewed journals. Lessons learned include: consider professional copy editing services to assist the Editorial Board; Editorial Team roles and responsibilities should be clearly defined but allow room for flexibility; and have a clear marketing communication and promotion strategy.

Keywords
  • eScience,
  • librarianship,
  • electronic journals,
  • publishing,
  • open access,
  • libraries as publishers
Creative Commons License
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0
Citation Information
Raquel Abad, Sally A. Gore, Donna Kafel, Elaine Russo Martin, et al.. "So You Want to Be a Publisher: Planning and Publishing the Journal of eScience Librarianship" (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/lisa_palmer/20/